We’re behind on this one: Laura Smith, former editor of the West Memphis Times, was named news editor of the Delta Democrat Times in October. Meanwhile, publisher Matt Guthrie added duties of editor to his title. The two are picking up responsibilities of former editor Dominick Cross who departed last summer.
The executive editor of The State Journal-Register Jon K. Broadbooks resigned Wednesday to take a job with the Illinois Association of Realtors. In Mississippi, Broadbooks worked as editor at the Hattiesburg American and on the business desk for The Clarion-Ledger.
Writes David Hampton in Sunday’s Clarion-Ledger: “The web is the most amazing instrument we have ever had to advance and enrich the marketplace of ideas. It allows readers of this newspaper and other media to immediately comment and interact with writers or other readers. That’s a valuable way to advance ideas. Unfortunately, it also can also be easily abused by some who use personal attacks and offensive comments while hiding behind a wall of anonymity. It can quickly turn into a free-for-all of incivility.”
The newspaper will now use Facebook as a de facto moderator for online comments; if you don’t have a Facebook account, you won’t be able to post on the Ledger’s website.
Gannett is set to join the parade of newspaper publishers rolling out paywalls in an effort to monetize their online properties. CEO Gracia Martore yesterday told Wall Street analysts at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference that Gannett plans to launch paywalls across more newspapers in 2012 in an effort to “capture added revenue and profitability” from those properties.