Monday, January 31, 2022

Fleeing the Sinking Ship

 Marlon Walker said enough is enough and said see ya to the Clarion-Ledger.  The Executive Editor of the "state newspaper" moved to the Marshall Project after only nine months in the job. The Marshall Project announced: 

The Marshall Project, the Pulitzer-winning nonprofit media organization covering criminal justice, is excited to announce the hire of its first-ever Managing Editor, Local.

Marlon A. Walker will establish, oversee and grow local news teams, shape their journalism, set journalistic vision and oversee a program of engagement journalism and community engagement. The Marshall Project recently announced its first local news operation, in Cleveland, and has published its first major project, an ongoing investigation of its criminal courts. Cleveland is intended to be the first of multiple local news teams.

Walker joins The Marshall Project from The Clarion Ledger, where he served as Executive and State Editor, managing day-to-day affairs of several Gannett papers. He brings a breadth and depth of experience in local and regional news: Walker has reported on education for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution; on transportation for the Detroit Free Press; and worked in general assignment, legal, police and government reporting for The Associated Press, The St. Louis Dispatch, The Macon Telegraph, The Raleigh News and Observer and The Tampa Bay Times.

“We are delighted to welcome Marlon as we build a network of local news teams to produce criminal justice accountability reporting,” said Susan Chira, editor-in-chief of The Marshall Project. “His extensive experience in multiple local newsrooms across the country and his commitment to cover local communities and reach audiences who have traditionally been neglected make him an ideal fit for this leadership role.”

Walker brings a range of newsroom experiences to The Marshall Project, from investigative reporting to beat reporting, editing, and contributions to major national and local projects of USA Today and The Associated Press. A major focus of Walker’s at The Clarion Ledger was engaging new and underserved audiences, a significant goal of The Marshall Project’s local journalism initiative. 

“I have admired The Marshall Project's work for years, and enjoyed collaborating with its journalists on complex criminal justice work in my local newsrooms. I am beyond delighted to join this team and be part of the organization's efforts to further its mission by establishing local newsrooms,” said Walker. “Being on the ground is critical to truly understanding what is happening in our communities and helping address systemic issues.”

Through local news reporting, The Marshall Project envisions a series of non-profit journalism teams staffed by local reporters who know their community, supported by national editorial and operational support. We aim to produce journalism that is written for, and accountable to, the communities in which the teams are based. The first installment of an ongoing reporting project, Testify, was co-published by seven different partners in Cleveland.

Walker will remain based in Jackson, Mississippi, as The Marshall Project extends its geographic reach to local newsrooms throughout the country. A Detroit native, Walker is a 2005 graduate of Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University's School of Journalism and Graphic Communication. He can be found on Twitter at @marlonawalker Announcement

 Nothing like failing upwards.  


Anonymous said... in Mississippi or Ohio?

Anonymous said...

"New and underserved audiences" don't read the CL

Anonymous said...

my life is now complete

Anonymous said...

Dang. I’d hoped Walker would join Gadfly’s blog “staff.”
Translation: A trash, copy and paste blogger speaking negatively against an actual award-winning newspaper. Pure comedy.

Anonymous said...

@9:36 AM

Anonymous said...

9:36 for the win !!

Anonymous said...

Did he not want to follow the woke dogma dictated by Gannett-Pravda mothership?

Anonymous said...

Did he get a chance to unpack?

Anonymous said...

Pure comedy.

Not nearly as funny as your repeated imbecilic efforts to comment here anonymously as if you are an actual somebody with an opinion that matters.

Anonymous said...

Pot Meet Kettle

And give us a link to your blog

Anonymous said...

10:35 : Ummmm you should maybe think before you type. Yah see, trolling is at least these days an art form. And your stab at it was weak as fackity fack.

Anonymous said...

From his bio, this will be his ninth job since college. Nothing is mentioned about what he accomplish at any of them. Maybe job hopping is the way to go for younger journalists (he's in his 40s, as I recall). I wish him well in any case.

Anonymous said...

Y'all wear trite so well. Pure comedy.

Anonymous said...

@10:35 AM
I am a nobody.
You are a somebody.
Translation: You are better than me.

Anonymous said...

@11:35 AM
Um, I don’t need your help. If you see me in a fight with a bear, don’t help me.
Translation: Help that bear.

Anonymous said...

The C/L has no local news coverage, before, during or after Walker (except what is pirated from JFP).

Anonymous said...

Anybody who hires a job hopper is an enabler, not to mention doing his employer a terrible disservice.

Four years ago, the Madison County Board of Supervisors hired a department head who had changed jobs 18 times in the previous 24 years...including three stints at different times in the Jackson Planning and zoning Department.

Anonymous said...

I noticed was the removal of Mallard Fillmore comic strip in her tenure...which of course the liberal media doesn't want anyone with a conflicting opinion .....good riddance...hopefully the local bird cage liner can get someone to at least appears to be objective.

Anonymous said...

I know of whom you speak just by your description w/o knowing the phase at Madison.
We used to laugh at his props like his briefcase.

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