501 N. Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD
Sam Davis
Page One Editor/Director of Administration
My Role

As Page One Editor I work with departments throughout the newsroom to ensure that we produce breaking news, clear writing and vivid photography. Duties include: -- Leading our daily print news meetings and identifying leading contenders for A1 early in the day. -- Leading our daily planning for upcoming centerpiece articles, working with content, photo and graphic editors for upcoming articles. -- Weighing in on the selection and play of front-page stories and photography with other senior editors and ensuring that those decisions are carried out among the late staff. -- Working to ensure that news online and mobile is reflected in print in various forms, whether through blog posts, traditional articles or other means. -- Discussing with department heads or assigning editors the progress of stories that could lead to changes on page one; reads all stories for page one and the A section as well as Sports, Features, Business and Editorial to avoid duplication or conflicts.

As Director of Administration for the newsroom I am responsible for annual budget and control all spending for the newsroom. Approve all newsroom employee expense reports and invoices. Prepare financial reports as needed. Responsible for newsroom recruitment. Duties include travel to colleges and job fairs for recruitment. Also responsible for facilitating entries for annual journalism contest and faciliating the evaluation process for all newsroom employees. Serve as liason for newsroom for Human Resources, Labor Relations and Finance departments. Supervisor for newsroom Library/Research Staff. I also supervise the newsroom internship program, recruiting and supervising around 50 interns annually for all newsroom departments spread over the fall, winter/spring semesters and the summer.

My Biography

Sam Davis began his newspaper career at the Afro-American in 1979 covering high school, college and recreation sports working under Hall of Fame Sports Editor Sam Lacy. In 1980, during his junior year at Coppin State College, he began working at The Baltimore Sun, as a part-time temporary editorial assistant. In 1984 he was promoted to reporter, covering high school sports in Baltimore metropolitan area. From 1984-92 he covered high schools and served as the backup beat reporter for the Washington Bullets. In 1992 he was promoted to Local Sports Editor, responsible for directing the coverage of high school, junior college and recreational sports in five zoned sections. In 1995 he was promoted to Assistant Sports Editor, directing the coverage of high schools, local colleges and the planning of the daily sports section. In 1997 he was promoted to Deputy Sports Editor, helping oversee a staff of 60 reporters and copy editors. In 1998 he was promoted to Executive Sports Editor, as the second in command of the sports staff. In 2001 he was promoted to Assistant Managing Editor for Sports becoming the senior editor for the department. In 2004 he was named The Sun’s Assistant Managing Editor for Recruitment and Staff Development. In 2007 he was named Assistant Managing Editor for Administration and Recruitment. In 2011 he was named Page One Editor/Director of Administration. Sam is a Baltimore native, a 1977 graduate of Carver Vocational Technical High, a 1981 graduate of the Community College of Baltimore (Major: Journalism) and a 1983 graduate of Coppin State (Major: English). Sam was a high school basketball official from 1988 to 1992 and taught a class in Sports Writing at Morgan State from 1998 to 2008. Sam has also worked in broadcast media. He served as host of The Baltimore Sun High School Sports Show (also known as Replay Sun High School Sports) from 1999 to 2005.