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  • Tribune Publishing makes senior leadership changes

    Chicago Tribune | Capital New York | Tribune Publishing

    Tribune Publishing announced several high-level job moves Wednesday, shaking up the leadership ranks of The Chicago Tribune and Tribune Content Agency.

    Joycelyn Winnecke, who was previously associate editor of The Tribune, will become president of Tribune Content Agency, the content syndication business that absorbed McClatchy-Tribune Information Services in May.

    The Tribune, which lost managing editor Jane Hirt in November, made a series of appointments to fill out the masthead:

    • Peter Kendall, formerly deputy managing editor at The Tribune, will be managing editor there.
    • Colin McMahon, formerly cross media editor at The Tribune, will be associate editor there.
    • Marcia Lythcott has been named commentary editor at The Tribune.
    • Margaret Holt has joined the masthead to “recognize her role as standards editor for the newspaper,” according to The Tribune.

    The elevations of Kendall and McMahon, who will lead The Tribune’s audience development efforts, reflect an industry-wide push to be more proactive on the fronts of social media and digital platforms, Capital New York’s Joe Pompeo writes:

    The moves suggest the same digital and audience-development push that many newspapers are embarking on as they grapple with a new generation of online competitors and the flight of readers and advertisers from print platforms to laptops and mobile devices.

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  • AP corrects: We got the wrong lawmaker

    The Associated Press has apologized and issued a correction after misattributing a quote to Hawaii state Sen. Laura Thielen.

    Thielen pointed out the error on her Facebook page Monday. She says she was quoted in a story by Associated Press reporter Audrey McAvoy but never gave an interview for the article.

    When Thielen called to ask about the quote, the reporter told her she actually spoke to her mother, Hawaii Rep. Cynthia Thielen, according to her Facebook post. Thielen says her mother denies talking to the reporter for the story and says an Associated Press editor “got irritated with me for being upset” and hung up on her in mid-sentence.

    A call to Laura Thielen’s office was not returned Wednesday.

    The error was the result of miscommunication between reporters, said Paul Colford, director of media relations for The Associated Press. In calling in a quote, which actually came from Hawaii Rep. Read more

  • Clark Gilbert is leaving Deseret News

    Clark Gilbert, one of the most influential thinkers and practitioners in the digital transformation of newspapers, is leaving his job as CEO of Deseret News and Deseret Digital Media

    In April, he will become president of BYU-Idaho, where he had worked for several years before joining Deseret in 2009. He succeeds Kim Clark, also formerly dean of the Harvard Business School, where Gilbert started his career as a professor.

    A successor at Deseret was not immediately named.

    Gilbert (a close professional friend, I should disclose) was a ready-made story as he took the reins at Deseret. Academic-puts-theory-to-practice was my take after visiting Salt Lake City and interviewing Gilbert as he was starting out.

    In the years following, Gilbert made a series of big changes in rapid order:

    • He brought in non-newspaper executives with backgrounds in other digital ventures to manage that side of the company and created a digital ad sales force.
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Don Edwards

WSYR / WSTM-TV

Club President: 1965

The road to success for Don Edwards started in a small southern Ohio village and led to the general manager job at a major Syracuse television station, and later to the top job in the broadcast journalism department at Syracuse University's Newhouse School.
Along the way, Don moved to Canton, Ohio, where he graduated from high school and soon enlisted as a private in the U.S. Army. It was 1950 and the Korean War was getting underway. By the time he was discharged in 1953, he had been promoted to lieutenant.

His interest in radio and television news brought him to Syracuse University, for which his "extensive research" showed him was where the best broadcast journalism program in the United States was located. Like many students who had been in the military, Don wanted to complete his education as soon as possible. He earned his bachelor's degree in just three years, then wasted no time starting on a master's degree in broadcast journalism in 1956. Meanwhile at SU, Don met his wife, Nancy, and, as he puts it, "I wound up trading my master's degree for a wedding license."

That same year, Don joined the staff of WSYR-TV and radio as a photographer-reporter. "In those early days of TV," he explains, "when a photographer went out on an assignment, he often was the reporter, too." So the photographer also wrote a story for the WSYR radio stations!

Don decided early that he wanted to get into management, so in 1958 he switched to producing documentaries, and directing special projects at the television and radio stations. Seven years later, he became the WSYR's public affairs director, a position he held until 1975 when he was named general manager of WSYR-FM.

During his early days at WSYR, one of Don's interests was the search for a plentiful supply of fresh water for Onondaga County. He realized that a good water supply was badly needed if the area was to develop and grow. So Don worked with Onondaga County's Lake Ontario Water Committee to successfully convince voters in the 1960's to approve the $45 million expenditure to guarantee an inexhaustible supply of Lake Ontario water.

He also found time to work on several Syracuse Press Club committees in those years, and was elected president in 1965.

In 1978, Don became program manager of WSYR-TV (now WSTM-TV), and four years later, he was named general manager of the television station. During all of these changes, Don remained in the US Army Reserve. By 1976, after serving 23 years, he had achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel and decided to retire from the Army.

In 1986, SU asked Don to join the faculty of the broadcast journalism department. He decided that after 30 years in broadcast journalism, it was time to make the move. So he accepted the job offer. The following year, he was named chair of the department and continued in that position until he retired in 1999. During Don's 10 years as chair, the department's student enrollment soared from under 100 to 600-plus.

Don and his wife, a native of Central New York, are spending their retirement years in the region they most love. "The quality of life here is fantastic," he says.
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It’s late October, and it is test time in the WHEN radio newsroom. News Director Bill Carey is quizzing his staff of young reporters on their homework.
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