Updated December 4
"Ken Jobe is out as news director at Cox owned Memphis FOX affiliate WHBQ,"Kevin Eck reported Tuesday for TVSpy.
"Yesterday, we reported the station had a new GM. Today we confirmed that news director Ken Jobe no longer works at the station.
"A Cox spokesperson told TVSpy, Cox is looking for a news director to replace Jobe. . . ."
Jobe messaged Journal-isms, "As you know, WHBQ was a FOX O&O that was part of a station trade with Cox Broadcasting. The Boston O&O and WHBQ in Memphis were traded for Cox's San Francisco duopoly. Cox decided to make a change in leadership and I'm now on the market. Not much else to say."
"Jobe started his career in Nashville," Eck continued. "He has also worked at WCBS in New York and WCPO in Cincinnati. He started at WHBQ in 2003."
"Matt Thompson (@mthomps) will join the leadership of TheAtlantic.com as the deputy editor," the Atlantic announced on Wednesday. "Thompson will work with the site's editor J.J. Gould (@jjgould) to help oversee editorial operations and shape strategic development at a time of record audience growth. Coming from NPR —where he has most recently directed news teams covering race, ethnicity, and culture; education; and global health and development — he will start at The Atlantic in the new year.
"'Matt is a force,' said Gould. 'He's creative about new media and their emerging potential, he's serious about journalism as a public good, and he's super-smart about the requirements of leadership in a digital organization. He's also just a natural fit for The Atlantic personally. Working with him is going to be a lot of fun.'
"At NPR, Thompson started the Code Switch blog, which he oversaw along with several other topic-focused verticals. He previously helped coordinate 12 local websites in conjunction with NPR member stations and coauthored NPR's ethics handbook. . . ."
Andrew Beaujon, Poynter Institute: Matt Thompson leaves NPR for The Atlantic
Carleton Bryant, assistant managing editor for foreign news at the Washington Times and a 20-year veteran of the paper, left in a round of layoffs, Bryant told Journal-isms on Tuesday. "It was just a round of layoffs. . . . They needed to make some payroll cuts to maintain financial viability. Nothing personal, just business," he messaged.
Bryant told Facebook friends, "My departure was by mutual consent: They asked me to go, and I said OK."
John Solomon, editor of the conservative newspaper, did not respond to a question about how many layoffs took place.
On his LinkedIn profile, Bryant says, "In my 20 years at The Washington Times, I have excelled in a variety of leadership roles that have provided me with expertise in human resources management, strategic planning and resource allocation, and public relations and communication. In addition, I have been involved in the daily creative production of news stories and features, and assumed a back-up role in managing the Web site that has allowed me to develop skills in blogging, online publishing and HTML. . . ."
Jordan Chariton, the Wrap: New York Times Veteran Exits: Christine Haughney Takes Buyout on Heels of Bill Carter Leaving
- Gerry Smith, Bloomberg: New York Times Gets at Least 85 Buyout Applications