Jason P. Taylor announced his resignation today as president and publisher of The Clarion-Ledger.
He is joining GateHouse Media as president and publisher of the Las Vegas Review-Journal and CEO of GateHouse Media Live and Virtual Events. Taylor will also serve as president of GateHouse Media's Western U.S. Publishing Operations.
"The staff of The Clarion-Ledger and the people of Mississippi have not only welcomed but embraced me and my family. I will forever be grateful and inspired by the people of this region," Taylor said. "Over the past year, Mississippi Media has emerged and set a path to elevate The Clarion-Ledger, clarionledger.com and our suite of products and services. This team has come together to accomplish a true resurgence of a brand in motion."
Gannett East Group President Michael Kane said details of Taylor's departure are still being worked out.
"We will work on a transition plan and carry forward a dynamic plan for the Jackson community," Kane said.
This is not exactly a good thing for the Jackson area. Mr. Taylor was community oriented and made much progress at the Clarion-Ledger. The newspaper led Gannett newspapers in digital growth after languishing in last place under previous leadership. He was young and fresh yet committed to journalism. The CL was entering a growth phase under his leadership. One little thing he did won over the staff. He moved his worktable out into the middle of the newsroom. No hiding in the cocoon for him as his predecessor liked to do. He would come to work with the laptop and backpack and set up camp right in the middle of the reporters.
However, Gannett being Gannett, they will probably send a corporate stooge who will want to do things "his way" and Jackson will be all the worse for it.