"I think it's really important to connect with the people in the community and connect internally with employees. I like to think of The Clarion-Ledger not as an institution, but more as a conduit for things that are going on in this community."
"We need to know the people we serve and understand what is on their minds. Do we know what people go to bed worrying about? Do we know what keeps people awake at night?"
"I don't consider us just a newspaper. I think we have transformed into what we would refer to as a multimedia marketing solution for our customers. There are many ways we can help advertisers connect with their customers."
"All people have to do is look at our research to see that we have good readership numbers. People read our products, whether it's the website, the daily newspaper, our weeklies or one of our magazines such as VIP. Because of that, we're able to reach a niche audience for our advertisers. No other medium can do that."
"When I come to work, I feel a real sense of respect. I literally believe that what we do is important . . . to further us as a democracy, to shed light on things that people otherwise might not know about. There is a great amount of pride in that, but also a huge sense of responsibility."
Here's today's front page, with the story about Hurst stripped across the bottom under a headline that says, "New 'C-L' publisher to 'connect' with community:"
There, but for the grace of...
God bless any newsroom staffer assigned to write the story about an incoming publisher or editor. I've written more than my share.
[Image: today's front page, Newseum]