Monday, November 2, 2015

CL "retires" two photographers

The Clarion-Ledger announced the hiring of Sports and Digital editors. However, there was one little fact left out of this announcement:

The Clarion-Ledger has named new editors over digital operations and sports.

David Bean, who has served as sports editor since this spring, is taking over digital operations for

Hugh Kellenberger, who became a columnist after serving for three years as a sports beat writer at The Clarion-Ledger, is now the new sports editor.

"David and Hugh are talented member of our staff, and it thrills me to be able to make these big changes from within our staff," said Executive Editor Sam R. Hall.

Bean will oversee special digital projects, long-term planning, analytics and digital enterprise reporting.

"We have been a digital leader within Gannett for several years. We have several important projects coming up, and we need someone with David's experience, skills and ideas to take command of them," Hall said.

The digital position has been open since Hall vacated it to become executive editor. Bean was originally tapped to take it over, but he instead took the reigns of the sports department during a reorganization.....
Photographers Rick Guy and Greg Jensen retired Friday as well.  Big bad Gannett came in and did the early retirement hustle: take this package and go home or take your chances and wait for a possible layoff one day that will not be anywhere near as sweet as this deal.   Thus the state newspaper got rid of two of its three photographers in one week.  Joe Ellis is now the only photographer on-staff- unless one counts every infobabe and infodude on Congress Street as "content creators" who know how to take pictures with an iphone.

However, the Clarion-Ledger posted this "help wanted" notice on its website last week.

Now you know the REST of the story. 


Anonymous said...

Joe Ellis does a good job. Hope they keep him.

Low information voter said...

Not a problem. Hints From Heloise and Dear Abby are still running. And, of course, editorials from newspapers far, far away. No local content, no crime news, but as it says on the newspaper's flag: "Mississippi's Information Source." Folks, it's over. Thank goodness for Kingfish and WLBT.

Anonymous said...

Sam Hall and Geoff Pender both came out against Initiative 42, while the CL editorial board endorsed it. My sense is that Sam and Geoff don't see much a future with Ganett and wrote to curry favor with the state leadership in the event they need to apply for a communications director position at one of the agencies or departments.

Anonymous said...

Who are the members of the C-L Editorial Board beside Hall and Pender? Anyone know?

Anonymous said...

Courtney Cronin should be asking some questions about the obvious glass ceiling over there.

Anonymous said...

Of all the sports beat writers over there, Kellenberger was by far the worst. Below average professionalism and creativity, and that's on scale of jr high graduate to message board poster.

Does the CL still have bloggers working for free? Might there be a pilot program for volunteer columnists?

Anonymous said...

2:33 said, "Of all the sports beat writers over there, Kellenberger was by far the worst. Below average professionalism and creativity, and that's on scale of jr high graduate to message board poster."

I cannot argue with 2:33's assessment.

Anonymous said...

How bad have things gotten at the CL? So bad that they've hired on incompetent toss-offs of the Jackson Free Press. Sad.

Kingfish said...

Didn't even thank them for their service.

As for Courtney, you might be correct.

Anonymous said...

The Ledger has been a revolving door of young talent doing a few months to a half-year then moving on to bigger and better. Churn City. Hall promotes Kellenberger so that he can pay him more thinking that will stop him from leaving for greener pastures. He'll still be leaving. Just watch.

Anonymous said...

The thing that makes me want to end our subscription is the typical 4" - 5" of text on the front page. LOTS of USA Today style pictures and little to no type. Bush League at best.

Anonymous said...

Cronin is hot as hell.

Bush League At Best said...

Who the hell is Cronin? I know I know. She is featured in an interview about once a week on Head to Head radio. Otherwise.....Who the hell is Cronin?

Anonymous said...

1:37, hope you're right. Hall needs to go.

Boss Hogg said...

Compare the C-L to the Baton Rouge Advocate. Night and day.

Bailey Harber said...

The knuckleheaded author of the release could not even spell "reins" correctly.

Anonymous said...

They could save a ton of money dumping Ramsey and buying a cartoon each week. And do we really need cartoons in this day and age?

Anonymous said...

I don't get why people keep reading the Clarion Ledger if they think it is so bad. I haven't subscribed to it in several years. I did for many years though, but I haven't missed it at all. Lots of news online now better and free.

Anonymous said...

Monday's sports page cover photo's headline spoke of Drew BREEZE. It was a USA Today photo, but I'm guessing on the CL could add a goof like that-

Anonymous said...

5:24. Good Lord. It was a play on words. God the morons that comment on this Mickey Mouse blog!!!!

Anonymous said...

5:24, sorry (not sorry) for ruffling your feathers--you work there? I almost wish you were right, though, but this was no play on words. No quotations, no ironic verb use, nothing amusing. I even took it with me to a meeting to show others--no one I spoke with agreed with your stance. But, hey, maybe we were all just especially moronic yesterday. That's probably it...

Anonymous said...

Good Lord the imbecilic anonymous morons who keep complaining about this Mickey Mouse blog!!!!

Anonymous said...

To coin an old Chinese proverb; it ain't over till the fat lady sings and she is warming up on Congress Street. Since Gannett cut the newspaper div loose on it's on not much good has happened. Their new/old broadcast div is now the golden child.

Anonymous said...

They need to drop Bill Minor. He is nothing but an old hack for the Democratic Party. He is really pathetic. I enjoy reading columnists from both sides, left and right, but Minor is really really bad.

Anonymous said...

The Liar became irrelevant years ago, even pre-USA. Haven't taken it for years. Staff is minor league caliber now. Too bad, really. Kellenberger(sp?) is a joke. No objectivity whatsoever.

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