Rachel Leibrock woke up feeling sick on Wednesday, Nov. 9. She thought about calling in sick to her job as the editor of the Sacramento News & Review. But after watching Hillary Clinton’s concession speech, she knew that was unacceptable. There was work to be done.
“One of the amazing things about that day was how every single person on my staff came in to talk about what we need to do next, what we do going forward,” she said. “We had these really intense, sometimes teary conversations about what our role was. We got down to brass tacks. OK, we should ditch this story, push it back a week, let’s get an essay in about the election. We ended up ditching our New 1 spread, two full pages, jettisoning that in favor of photos of protests held over the weekend.”
Working with a sense of purpose is nothing new to Leibrock, who came to the News & Review after nine years at Sacramento’s daily paper.
In 2015, she and her staff developed a project in which philosophers, scientists, reporte