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September 30, 2013 at 3:55 PM
Kathy Best, a longtime Seattle journalist and a Seattle Times editor for six years, has been named the newspaper’s editor, Seattle Times Publisher Frank Blethen announced Monday.
Best, who most recently has been one of The Times’ two managing editors, begins the new job immediately, Blethen said. She replaces David Boardman, who resigned after 30 years at The Times in August to become dean of Temple University’s School of Media and Communication in Philadelphia.
Before joining The Seattle Times, Best was the assistant managing editor for Sunday and national news at The Baltimore Sun. She had also been assistant managing editor/metro at the St. Louis Post–Dispatch and at the Seattle Post–Intelligencer.
Also Monday, Blethen appointed Suki Dardarian, who has been the newspaper’s other managing editor, to the newly created position of director of audience development and innovation. She will report directly to the publisher, and indirectly to Alan Fisco, executive vice president for revenue and new products, on ways to build the newspaper’s print and digital audiences.
Blethen said the newspaper’s newsroom leadership team “will continue our remarkable story of stewardship and perseverance (and) lead us the rest of the way into a vibrant, sustainable 21st-century model for a journalism/public service organization.”
At Monday’s announcement, Best told the paper’s news staff that with the uncertain future facing the industry, “all of us in this room need to stay laser-focused on our mission: producing useful, meaningful, kick-ass journalism that readers can’t get anywhere else.”
Dardarian, who has been at the newspaper since 2000, said, “I’m excited to remain based in the newsroom, but to extend my reach to work with other departments . . . Chief among my jobs will be to continue to identify how we can bring more value to our community and also help this company thrive.”
Other newsroom leadership positions announced:
Jim Simon, who has been assistant managing editor for local news, becomes deputy managing editor, focusing on Sunday content and enterprise and bringing the newspaper’s hard-news efforts in metro, business and investigative journalism under one umbrella.
April 27, 2012 at 11:21 AM
The Seattle Times welcomes Seattle Globalist to its local online news partner network. That brings the total number of online partners to 50. Find out more about the online news network here, and see headlines from partners here.
The folks at Seattle Globalist sent this description of their website: “The Seattle Globalist is a ‘hyperglobal’ blog celebrating our region’s international community and its many connections to the rest of the world. The Globalist offers an unexpected take on international travel, culture, development and Seattle’s global-local connections.”
The Times’ effort to build community-news relationships began in August 2009. In 2010, this project helped The Times win the fourth annual Associated Press Managing Editors’ Innovator of the Year award.
By partnering with these quality local sites, the Times can provide its readers with more links to important coverage about both neighborhoods and general interest topics. In return, the partners receive increased traffic and exposure.
Print subscribers may have noticed the launch last Sunday of a page in the Local News section of the printed newspaper dedicated to news items from the online local news network.
January 26, 2012 at 9:58 AM
Does it seem odd to ask a reporter to sign a non-disclosure agreement?
Well, that’s what Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna’s office was asking of reporters going into a news conference later this morning at Facebook offices in downtown Seattle.
AG’s spokesman Dan Sytman quickly withdrew the request — which he said was made at the behest of Facebook — but not before at least two news organizations, The Seattle Times and The Associated Press, said they wouldn’t sign.
The agreement, which requires a promise not to disclose any “non-public” Facebook information to anyone, under threat of litigation, was forwarded to reporters as an attachment to an email sent by Sytman on his state email account.
He said it seemed to deal with issues of intellectual property and wouldn’t be of interest to journalists.
Sytman later said that a reporter from The Times would not have to sign.
“We won’t boot you,” he wrote. Later, Sytman wrote to say the reporter was “exempt” from signing.
“It’s a point well taken,” Sytmans said in a telephone interview. “Maybe we should have thought through it a little more. But when we heard complaints, we took immediate action.”
The news conference involves a purported “one-two” legal punch against a company that has been targeting Facebook customers with virus-infected “Like” messages.
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