Tuesday, May 31, 2005

ON THE MOVE AT THE HERALD. You can't tell the editors at One Herald Square without a scorecard. With some 35 union newsroom positions (and non-union positions as well) being eliminated by the end of June - part of a $7 million downsizing effort - the changes are coming fast and furious.

Here is the text of a memo obtained by Media Log that managing editor Kevin Convey sent out earlier today:

It gives me great pleasure to announce the following promotions:

Deputy Sports Editor Hank Hryniewicz is our new sports editor. [Hryniewicz replaces Mark Torpey, who took the buyout that management is offering people as an incentive to leave.] Hank's creativity, vision and management skills will open a new era in the history of our sports department.

Business reporter John Strahinich becomes our new Sunday editor. John made his bones as executive editor of Boston Magazine and founding editor of Boston Business Forward, and I know he'll put our Sunday paper on the map.

Financial Editor Eric Convey [the position might better be defined as deputy business editor] joins our news operation as senior executive city editor. Eric's insight, news chops and enthusiasm will energize both the City Desk and the reporting staff. [Eric Convey and Kevin Convey are not related, by the way.]

Assistant Financial Editor Greg Gatlin moves up to the position of financial editor. Greg's excellent performance as media reporter and all-around knowledge of business make this move a slam-dunk.

Copy editor Jen Miller joins the news desk as an executive city editor. Her youth, smarts and fresh ideas will add much to the desk.

Reporter Tom Mashberg becomes a city editor. His passion, experience and knowledge of the news business will be a tremendous asset to our operation.

Please congratulate them all and make them welcome in their new roles.

This list demonstrates that, cost-cutting aside, there are still a lot of good people at the Herald. I don't know what the downsized product is going to be like, but today's announcement does offer some hope that the Herald will still be worth picking up after June 30.

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