Mike Bailey was a city editor, writing coach and managing editor for more than 25 years. He attended Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Fla. and also taught writing at the junior college level for 10 years.
At one time as Managing Editor of the Elgin (Ill.) Courier News, he commanded a staff of 45 reporters, editors and photographers, putting out a four section newspaper seven days a week. The paper’s Features section won numerous awards as best in class as did the Business section. But it was the newspaper’s editorial page and Sunday Viewpoint section which garnered the most attention, with editorial writers, columnists and designers all winning Associated Press awards.
As a print consultant, he helped both the Pierre Capital Journal and the Williston Herald reorganize and refocus their editorial departments. He also provided training for reporters and editors in use of the web, video, social media and other venues to extend the reach of the newspaper. During the summer-long controlled flood of Pierre, SD in 2011, he helped add web features like videos, Flickr, interactive components and links to information which resulted in the 5,000-circulation daily logging over 1 million web hits in a 30-day period.
As managing editor of two editions of Leading Lawyer, he oversaw a staff of 10 freelance writers, edited 60-plus stories, coordinated with designers and photographers, proofread every page and consulted on cover design.