Watch as longtime newsmen Bill Wilson and Tom Shine talk over breakfast about some of the key issues Wichita is facing.

CANDID CONVERSATION BETWEEN WICHITA INFLUENCERS

This installment of Power Breakfast brings competitors together as Bill Wilson, managing editor of the Wichita Business Journal, discusses issues with Tom Shine, deputy editor of print at the Wichita Eagle. Despite the papers being competitors, Wilson and Shine know each other well and strive for a common goal — informing a Wichita on the move.

Listen in as they discuss issues ranging from the recent move announced by Cargill to the mission of a modern news organization.

View the conversation here:

See our viewing index below to help guide you through the conversation.



These men have decades of news experience under their belts and are well-versed in the government and business dealings of Wichita. As the managing editor of the Wichita Business Journal, Wilson drives much of the content shared in the local journal and often lends his opinion in the paper's editorials. Shine drives much of the content in the Wichita Eagle's traditional paper product, which has largely shifted from breaking news to deeper dives into the issues.

Here's what you need to know about Wilson and Shine:


BILL WILSON

Throughout his career, Wilson has covered topics ranging from city government to business at publications both large and small.

  • Wilson started his career at the Hutchinson Newspaper, after graduating from Bethel College with a bachelor's degree in communications.
  • A few years in, Wilson moved to the Wichita Business Journal for a short stint before moving to the Wichita Eagle, where he worked under Shine covering City Hall.
  • Finally, Wilson became the managing editor of the Wichita Business Journal, where he reports and editorializes about a wide range of business topics.


TOM SHINE

Originally from Detroit, Tom Shine graduated from the University of Michigan before moving his career to the Wichita Eagle, where he now works as the deputy editor of print.

  • Shine is originally from Detroit, but has now lived in Wichita for more than thirty years.
  • As deputy editor of print, Shine oversees much of the wide array of content published in the Wichita Eagle.
  • Shine's son also works in news, covering aviation for the Dallas Morning News.


THE CONVERSATION

Wilson and Shine may be competitors, but both share a passion for informing Wichitans about what's going on in their community. Listen in as they share their insights on investment from the public sector, the mission of a news organization and more.

Here's an index of the conversation:


1. WHAT'S THE LATEST WITH THE WICHITA EAGLE'S NEW LOCATION? (1:12)

Wilson jumps into the conversation by asking for the latest on the Wichita Eagle's change in location. Shine says they're still not sure where they'll end up, but it will still be downtown.

2. HOW HAS WICHITA GOVERNMENT CHANGED ITS APPROACH TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT? (2:27)

Wilson talks about how the city has changed its approach to economic development since bringing on Mayor Jeff Longwell. Shine says the county still needs to get on board with the new approach.

3. HOW DO PEOPLE PERCEIVE WICHITA? (4:11)

Wilson talks about how Wichitans have almost an "inferiority complex" in how they perceive themselves. Shine notes that people who moved to the city later often have a better perception of the city than natives.

4. HOW HAS THE CITY CHANGED ITS APPROACH TO PUBLICLY FUNDED DEVELOPMENTS IN THE PAST DECADE? (5:22)

Wilson talks about the attitude toward the funding of Intrust Bank Arena, and how that attitude has shifted. Shine recalls the fight to build the National Center for Aviation Training.

5. HOW HAS THE NEWSPAPER BUSINESS MODEL CHANGED OVER TIME? (7:12)

Wilson recalls how the Wichita Business Journal changed its model — using the internet for a faster news cycle. Shine talks about how the Wichita Eagle uses the internet alongside its traditional paper.

6. HOW DO THE WICHITA EAGLE AND THE WICHITA BUSINESS JOURNAL APPROACH COMPETITION? (9:19)

Wilson and Shine talk about the relationship between their publications and how most in the Wichita business community read both.

7. WHY IS A THRIVING NEWSPAPER IMPORTANT FOR WICHITA? (10:45)

Wilson and Shine talk through the impact a thriving news industry can have on a city's economy.

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