Monday, January 18, 2010

City Paper Back in the (Occasional) Editorial Business

Posted By on Mon, Jan 18, 2010 at 3:03 PM

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Today's City Paper editorial on the convention center is the first unsigned house editorial the CP has run (as best we can tell) in almost a year. For the last 11 months there has been a steady stream of in-house and guest commentary, but no editorials. The paper had been editorially active up until the dismissal of executive editor Clint Brewer in February 2009. The last published editorial before today's appeared on Feb. 12, 2009, one day before Brewer's departure.

The revival of the CP's editorial voice comes just a week after Stephen George took over as the paper's new editor. George tells Pith that readers shouldn't expect house editorials as a regular feature. "We won't be running editorials representing the newsweekly's position every week," he says, but the paper will "weigh in on issues of major civic concern."

Another development in the SouthComm orbit is Liz Garrigan's return to a contributing editor position. Last October SouthComm CEO Chris Ferrell asked Garrigan to take on a temporary role as interim executive editor with responsibility for the company's three flagship media properties--The City Paper, Nashville Post, and the Scene. Now, with editors in place for each news organ, Garrigan returns to the contributing role originally envisioned, which involves work as a columnist and editorial adviser.

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