NYT looks at Santa Barbara rebellion

Former Chronicle managing editor Jerry Roberts is a central figure in a New York Times story this morning about the newsroom rebellion at the Santa Barbara News-Press, where he has been editor since 2002. The article includes comments from the paper’s owner, Wendy McCaw, who says eight newsroom staffers resigned because of “personality differences.” McCaw said that Roberts decision to run a story about the drunken driving arrest of the paper’s publisher on page 3 reflected a vendetta, and Roberts

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Another view of Jerry Roberts resignation

Every op-ed piece we’ve seen on the dispute at Santa Barbara News-Press that resulted in the resignation of editor Jerry Roberts, a 25-year veteran of the Chronicle, and six of his colleagues has taken the side of the journalists. After all, they argued, the owner of a newspaper shouldn’t get involved in news gathering. Roberts concluded that private ownership of newspapers, as opposed to chain ownership, isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. Here’s the opposite point of view

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Roberts: Beware of private ownership

For a long time, the mantra among journalists was that newspaper chains were bad for journalism. But Jerry Roberts, who worked at the San Francisco Chronicle for 25 years before taking the editor’s post at the Santa Barbara News-Press, says there’s definitely a downside to private owners. Wendy McCaw, who bought the Santa Barbara paper six years ago with some of the $460 million she received in a divorce from cell phone pioneer Craig McCaw, has inserted herself into the

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Former SF editor quits Santa Barbara paper

Jerry Roberts , a former an Franicsco Chronicle managing editor, was among the journalists who resigned Thursday from the Santa Barbara News-Press because of newsroom interference by the paper’s billionaire owner, Wendy McCaw, according to the L.A. Times. Those joining Roberts in leaving the News Press were Managing Editor George Foulsham, Deputy Managing Editor Don Murphy, Business Editor Michael Todd, Metro Editor Jane Hulse and 46-year News Press fixture Barney Brantingham, whose column ran five days a week. In 2003,

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