Paper that invented U.S. ombudsman role axes job

Forty years ago, The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., was the first news organization in North America to have an ombudsman — a job that later became known as a reader advocate/representative or a public editor, the paper’s Pam Platt wrote yesterday — her last day in that job.

Platt is joining the paper’s editorial board. She quotes top Editor Bennie Ivory as saying: “The position has been a very valuable part of the newspaper, but I felt the need to move the resource to another area. I didn’t think we should weaken the editorial voice of the newspaper.”

Earlier: Praying about their next publisher in Louisville

[Image: today’s Courier-Journal, Newseum]

5 Responses to “Paper that invented U.S. ombudsman role axes job”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Bennie’s princess of milquetoast made the position irrelevant years ago.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    No ombudsman, no political cartoonist. But plenty of information center resources spent on advertorial, such as the Scene ladies’ shopper, and plenty of money spent to produce dozens of videos a month that hardly anyone watches. Priorities are, as the kids would say, wack.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Surprised I haven’t seen a posting yet about Gannett writing down $2.8 billion of goodwill for the quarter. It was in their SEC filing; they had warned this was coming when they released the quarterly earnings.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Wasn’t that related to downgrading the value of the Brit newspapers? Which has been reported here and elsewhere. Or is it something else?

  5. Anonymous Says:

    There have been several posts about the write-down, here and elsewhere, at the time it was announced — before the Q2 results.

    Obvious to many at the time it was an ill omen. And, here we are now in job-cut land.

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