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'S.F. Chron' Announces Newsroom and Web Changes

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

'S.F. Chron' Announces Newsroom and Web Changes

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San Francisco Chronicle Editor Phil Bronstein has announced a slew of changes in his newsroom operation, including the naming of a new online editor, former blogger and public relations professional Eve Batey.

Bronstein's changes come just weeks after the paper announced the cutting of 100 of its 400 newsrooms staffers in a major cost-cutting plan, which included the departures of Managing Editor Robert Rosenthal and longtime Washington correspondent Marc Sandalow.

"We now have a significantly flatter and smaller senior management structure in the newsroom," Bronstein wrote. "But there is no question that our future is so inextricably tied to online and digital that the person who oversees all things web for the newsroom should have the authority to operate at the highest levels -- throughout the room, with the Gate and with any other online entities that will benefit our journalism and our readers/users/audience."

The announced changes will affect coverage from Sacramento to Washington, D.C.

The entire memo is below:

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I'm very pleased to announce that Eve Batey will be the Deputy Managing Editor for Online at The Chronicle.

We now have a significantly flatter and smaller senior management structure in the newsroom. But there is no question that our future is so inextricably tied to online and digital that the person who oversees all things web for the newsroom should have the authority to operate at the highest levels -- throughout the room, with the Gate and with any other online entities that will benefit our journalism and our readers/users/audience.

The title is partly old school while the role is not. The reason to mix the two is to underscore how important it is to shift from within our traditional approaches to our craft.

Eve does not have the traditional newspaper/journalism background most of us do, but the critical web-oriented talents and experience she does bring, combined with the skills we have will make us a much stronger team, one that is able to weather and take advantage of the upheaval happening in our profession.

As a DME, Eve joins three veteran, committed and very talented journalists: Nanette, Steve and Meredith.

In this most wired, innovative and sophisticated of regions, we want to make sure that the skills of this newsroom are made available to as many people and in as many ways as possible. Those skills are valuable to the public, make no mistake about it. But we have to adjust what it is we do and how to reflect a revolutionary shift in culture and habits. After all, there still ought to be no better place where culture is reflected, where information is gathered and where context is explained than in a talented newsroom.

Eve's role is to ensure that the Chronicle's online presence is a multimedia-enhanced reflection of the talents of its newsroom, and in conjunction with its print presence. She will help us grow our relationships with the communities we serve. Internally, she'll eliminate the "I don't know who to talk to about this!" factor from newsroom discussions of online needs -- she'll be the person to talk to, and will be the room's chief liaison for all things web. Her ultimate purpose is to dissolve the walls between the online and print Chronicle functions, and to develop a newsroom that's producing for both, simultaneously. …

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