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The following comment first appeared yesterday on this post on The Daily Bellwether, a Cincinnati-based news and information website. It concerns Cincinnati Enquirer Executive Editor Tom Callinan; Publisher Margaret Buchanan, and Desert Sun Executive Editor Rick Green. Stay tuned.Anonymous said...Callinan appears to be telling people selectively that his days as the Enquirer's pretend editor-in-chief are over. He was a no-show at an editors meeting Monday and has been acting furtively. This has everything to do with the demise of the Enquirer and its out-of-town ownership. Also, Callinan going through the motions of leadership for seven years while collecting a salary that the paper can no longer afford. Marge Buchanan should end the charade and admit that she's been the real editor all along. If she doesn't, Callinan's successor -- Rick Green perhaps -- is destined to be driving Miss Daisy every day.
10:06 has solved the riddle.
But I don't know whether the riddle applies in Cincy yet.
Callinan is a certified rumor.
Well, Rick Green used to work in Cincinnati and there even might be a few people there who remember him (as part of the Athens, Ohio mob) but I don't know if I'd trade Palm Springs for Cincinnati, Ohio no matter how much money Gannett waved at me.
I wonder if this is going to bring Newsache out of retirement again. He surfaced during last year's layoffs and nothing should get his blood racing but a bloodbath at the top of the Enquirer. The website is still active: http://cincynewsache.blogspot.com/
I know Rick Green is crazy about Ohio and really loved his time in Cincinati -- despite how Callinan treated him after he exited Phoenix and replaced Ward Bushee. But the word out West is he's far happier in Palm Springs where The Desert Sun has become a really great paper since Rick arrived. He's been able to do the things that Callinan wouldn't allow. He recruited me to Palm Springs about five years ago, and even though it's not quite the size of a metro, we're doing big-paper work. It would be a huge loss if he left.
Rick Green is in St. George for a meeting with corporate. He's either in for either a big promotion (Cincinnati) or demotion (St. George). He was apparently offered the top editor job at St. George recently but turned it down.
Why would anyone leave sunny and easy California for dreary and uptight Porkopolis? The Cincy Enquirer can't hold a candle to the paper it once was, and circulation has declined 100,000 over the last decade, to the current and astonishing 157,000. The staff has been decimated, coverage and display is determined by quirky consumer polling, management is beaten down and timid, and the editor's balls are owned by the publisher.Why would anyone walk into this mess, especially from California, where the future is more promising? There is no direction but down in Cincy, and out. If ever a newspaper needed competition to ensure its own survival, here it is.
Larry Beaupre to the rescue.
If Callinan is leaving, you might also want to cast your eyes toward Reno also.
Callinan taking vacation during election week coverage which included his not being around when people on his staff got the axe as part of Gannett’s most recent cost savings moves leads one to believe that the daily Bellwether’s post is more than just a rumor.
Publishers are taking on editorial roles in places other than Cincy as well. I sure hope the communities these papers serve don't think they're reading real news.
so what's the riddle about Riddle?
I believe the Corporate meeting at St. George, Utah, is to brief people on the status of that paper's paywall.
Love returning to the Enquirer would be interesting as would where Callinan would land…perhaps a role at an area university where he once sought a job.
When I've been asked in the past about an opening in Cincinnati, I have told people the following:I recall an editor at one newspaper where I worked saying she dreamed of some day being the top editor in Cincinnati. She has strong ties to Ohio. I do not know whether she is still interested in the job.She is Carolyn Washburn, now executive editor of The Des Moines Register. She's been in that job since September 2005.
Rumor: Dave Hunke came to work today. Again, just a rumor.
I would love some insight on how the paywalls have done..There are a few EE at mid-sized Gannett papers that had amazing years that could easily move up to Cincy.Just get used to running pictures of 20-something cleavage everyday as the top story over and over again.
Rick Green is good, plays ball with corporate and wants to get back to Ohio, so he's your man.
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