Russ Stanton to head Times newsroom
The last two editors were fired/forced out. Revenue is falling fast and staff cutbacks are only days away. Under these less than ideal conditions, Russ Stanton, who joined the paper a decade ago, was named editor of the Los Angeles Times. Speaking to the staff this morning for the first time in his new role, the 49-year-old Stanton, whose former title was innovation editor, acknowledged the tough job ahead.
"As the baton has been passed from one editor to the next, there have been only three constants: a smaller newspaper to read, a smaller newsroom to soldier on and no plan to reverse our fortunes," he said. "I have grown tired and am now hopping mad over this seemingly endless 'Groundhog Day' nightmare."
The Times story by Thomas Mulligan notes that Stanton, who worked at several local papers before joining the Times, lacks the Pulitzer prizes or the other high-visibility reporting assignments found on the resumes of previous Times editors.
"What I bring to the table is an understanding of our print newsroom, our website and the Internet, and how we can make those three things work together to ensure that we're going to be around for another 126 years."
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