Media General's editing hub plans confirmed
My previous post about Media General looking at creating an editing hub for its three largest papers in Richmond, Va.; Tampa, Fla.; and Winston-Salem, N.C., has been confirmed in an article announcing the resignation of Winston-Salem Managing Editor Ken Otterbourg:
From the article:
"Also, I have some disagreements with Media General's plans for our newsroom," he said. "I'm not in favor of consolidating our editing."
Media General Inc., the owner of the Journal and other media outlets, is considering consolidating the copy-editing and design functions of its three largest newspapers -- Winston-Salem, Richmond and Tampa, Fla. -- in one location. It already has created such news centers for its community newspapers in North Carolina and Virginia.
"I appreciate Ken's concerns about the impact on the (newspaper's) quality," said Carl Crothers, the newspaper's vice president and executive editor. "We are going to make sure that the newspaper's quality will not be affected."
And to be fair, though my sources apparently had the Richmond/Tampa/Winston-Salem thing dead on, there were rumors earlier about MG's smaller papers (the editing of many now having been consolidated in Lynchburg, Va.), and Rachel Kaufman of Media Jobs Daily had that rumor in October.