Thursday, February 14, 2008

Stanton Named Editor of the L.A. Times

Signaling a push toward a more digital newsroom, the Los Angeles Times today named Innovation Editor Russ Stanton as the newspaper's top editor.

Stanton will lead a newsroom chafing from the exit of its third editor in less than three years and worried about staff cuts announced Wednesday. Former Editor James E. O'Shea and Publisher David Hiller parted ways Jan. 21 after a disagreement over the editorial budget.

Stanton takes the editor's desk without the same range of experience of his predecessors. Previous Times editors have won Pulitzer Prizes and other accolades for their own reporting or coverage they supervised. High-visibility assignments covering wars or Washington traditionally have been stepping-stones to the top job at The Times and other large newspapers.

"We have literally dozens of people here who have been involved in winning Pulitzer prizes in recent years," Stanton said in an interview. "What I bring to the table is an understanding of our print newsroom, our website and the Internet, and how we can make those three things work together to ensure that we're going to be around for another 126 years." [Click for MORE]

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