Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Publisher of the Year

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Publisher of the Year

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A publisher whose numbers are strong but whose product is not is nothing more than a good accountant

For the first time in its 116-year history, Editor & Publisher in this issue names a "Publisher of the Year." Why now, after all these years? There are several reasons, but perhaps the most salient is that the newspaper industry needs examples of excellence in management with which it may make comparisons.

In the days of family-owned newspapers and closely held chains, publishers marched to their own beat; as owners, they did what they wanted, and they were usually rich and powerful enough to get away with it. There were many more of them, so for each scalawag there was a publisher who was truly committed to public service.

At the beginning of the 21st century, a newspaper publisher is most often an employee who is faced with the seemingly incompatible missions of service to the public and making a profit for a corporation and its shareholders. Good business people do not necessarily make good newspaper publishers (see Los Angeles Times). …

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