"There hasn't yet been an official announcement or a press release. Wags say that's why there's been nothing in the newspaper Tom Callinan edits -- without handouts the Enquirer is lost. But University of Cincinnati insiders tell The Daily Bellwether that Tom Callinan has already accepted a job in the school's Journalism Department and will start teaching winter quarter. Callinan will have the title McMicken professor of journalism. The insiders said Callinan will give up the editorship to become a full-time academic."
Callinan, in an e-mail to me, wrote: "The blog you reference seems to infer that this is a full-time position. It is a 3-credit adjunct faculty job, one evening class a week. Over the years I have done similar work with The University of South Dakota, Michigan State and Arizona State while the editor in those places."
He adds: "Any decision about leaving The Enquirer is a separate issue."
Speculation making the rounds today is that an announcement could come very soon.
In a Gannett Blog post Thursday, three names surfaced as possible successors, should Callinan leave. They are the top editors at three GCI dailies, and all of strong Ohio connections: Rick Green of The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, Calif.; Beryl Love of the Reno Gazette Journal, and Carolyn Washburn of The Des Moines Register.
Last week, Callinan and Green addressed the issue with Cincinnati alternative weekly CityBeat.
Callinan said: “Regarding the rumor, I am telling inquiring reporters the truth: My wife and I have an appointment with our financial advisor next week. She is self-employed and does not have health care insurance so we would need to be very careful about any decisions."
Green, an Enquirer editor before the Sun, said: "It would be incredibly hard for me at this time to leave my team and the opportunities at hand here in Palm Springs to return to Cincinnati — even if there was a vacancy."
The papers' circulation:
- Cincinnati: M-F, 157,574; Sunday, 255,037
- Des Moines: M-F, 109,095; Sunday, 205,662
- Palm Springs: M-F, 34,419; Sunday, 40,893