It's been a tumultuous few years for employers across the country and the media industry is no exception. From layoffs to furloughs to concerns about ensuring diversity, many companies are just trying to stay afloat. But over at The Marshall Project, a non-profit news organization focused on criminal justice, a new vision is emerging for how to weather the storm and identify, recruit, and communicate with new talent.

Leading the charge is Emma Carew Grovum, the organization’s first director of careers and culture and an alum of The Daily Beast, The New York Times, and other media and consulting organizations. I sat down with Emma, who just went through her own onboarding process at The Marshall Project, about how to reform onboarding from something that’s filled with dry rote tasks to something more personal and inclusive. Here are excerpts, edited for space and clarity:

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