Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Watching Tucson's "Star"

Tucsonans and other Baja Arizonans following the twists and turns of management at the Arizona Daily Star should take a look at Walt Nett’s latest Media Watch column.

Some months ago the Star was purchased by Lee Enterprises and David Stoeffler came on board as editor. He resigned after about six months, but Nett gives him fairly high marks and comments on possible successors.

What particularly caught my eye was that Lee, which also owns the once great St. Louis Post-Dispatch, has been RIFing (RIF=Reduction in Force) employees; among them 41 newsroom employees. P-D Editor Ellen Soeteber resigned, and Nett suggests that the resignation was connected to the newsroom reduction.

I wonder what’s in store for the Star?

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