The Washington Postâ€™s voluntary staff reduction has cost it a lot of fine journalists but perhaps no loss is greater than that of Rob Curley, the
Juan Antonio Giner aptly sums up the tragedy this is for the Post, which has long been one of the more progressive papers in its approach to new media. We can only speculate on Curley’s motives. In an entry on his blog last week, Curley paid homage to all the fine talent at the Post and the support he’s received, but notes, cryptically, â€œI probably wasnâ€™t the best fit with the organizationâ€¦.In Las Vegas, our team has a chance to help shape an entire organization.â€ Perhaps they didn’t have the chance to do that in
The bio on the Washingtonpost Newsweek site sums up Curley’s accomplishments:
- Director of new media and convergence for the Naples Daily News and its sister publications along
Floridaâ€™s Gulf Coast;
- Management positions in the interactive editorial operations for the Lawrence (Kansas) Journal-World, during which time he gained national prominence as one of the first online editors chosen to lead a news organizationâ€™s entire print and broadcast news operations;
- Editor & Publisher named the Lawrence Journal-World as one the 10 newspapers in the
United Statesthat does â€œit rightâ€ in 2004. The Naplespaper later received similar praise.
Time, Inc. Joins User Content Parade
Another publisher – this time a unit of venerable Time, Inc. – tries its hand at a print publication composed entirely of user-generated content. This Old House â€“ renamed Your Old House for this experiment â€“ is the product of â€œthousands of e-mails, letters, photos and projects since editor Scott Omelianuk’s first call for submissions in his December editor’s letter.â€ The magazine set up a website to accept content and promoted the initiative in broadcast and online. 8020 Publishing and the Hartford Courant are doing the same thing, perhaps indicating that editors are finally warming to the idea that their readers have something interesting to say. It isn’t easy, though. Editors say the quality of ideas contributed by readers is remarkably good, but the copy needs a lot of work.
- The nonprofit St. Petersburg Times will try to cut staff through an early retirement incentive but might have to resort to layoffs later this year, according to a publisherâ€™s memo. Attrition has reduced headcount from 1,500 to 1,300, but it still isnâ€™t enough. The newspaper is also freezing wages for a year. (via Romenesko)
- Massachusetts-based SouthCoast Media Group has laid off five full-time and nine part-time employees. Like many news organizations that report on their own staff reductions, SouthCoastToday.com didnâ€™t give any clue as to big this layoff is, other than to note that the move reduces employment by less than 5 percent. Quotes from the publisher demonstrate unrealistic optimism about to the future.
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