Chron editor Ward Bushee retiring

Bushee Ward Bushee announced today (Sept. 20) he is retiring as editor and vice president of the San Francisco Chronicle after five years in that post. No replacement was named. His retirement comes four months after the retirement of Publisher Frank Vega. The paper and its digital operations are now led by Publisher Jeffrey Johnson, former chief executive of the Los Angeles Times, and President Joanne Bradford, who honed her online media skills at Demand Media and Yahoo. Bushee, 64,

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Chron blasted for unbylined announcement

Pulitzer Prize winner David Cay Johnston, writing in CJR, blasts the Chronicle’s management for announcing the possible closure of the 144-year-old paper with a front-page press release rather than having the paper’s reporters cover story. What appeared on the top left hand column of the Chron Wednesday morning was “not a news story at all, but an unbylined ‘report.’ It is, in fact, just a rewritten press release from Hearst management,” Johnston wrote. Not one word makes it into the

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Former Watsonville editor O’Brien dies

James Edward “Bud” O’Brien, former editor of the Watsonville Register-Pajaronian who trained many reporters including Chronicle editor Ward Bushee, has died after a long illness. He was 80. He was at the Watsonville paper from 1962 until he retired in 1995. This is from the Chron obit: As he took his pen to the copy of young reporters, Mr. O’Brien was not an intimidator, said longtime colleague and friend Mike Wallace, also a former editor of the Watsonville newspaper. “He

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Chron plans to charge more, lose readers

The SF Weekly reports that Chronicle Editor Ward Bushee (pictured) told a staff meeting that he expected price increases would result in a “double digit” decline in circulation. The Chron has already raised its Sunday newsstand price from 50 cents to $2 and its annual subscription rate from $300 to $400, and the SF Weekly predicts more prices increases are coming when the paper switches to its new presses in June. (Photo credit: Mike Kepka, Chronicle)

Chronicle increases point size

Complaints from readers have prompted editors at the newly redesigned Chronicle to increase the size of the paper’s body copy to make it more readable. “We will continue to tweak our new as necessary based on the response we receive from readers,” the Chron said in an announcement on Page 2. The Chron has also gone back to indenting the first paragraph of stories — in the debut of the redesign on Sunday, the first line of every story was flush

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Chron unveils redesign — it’s all ragged right

The Chronicle showed off its new look to readers this morning. It has replaced its headline and body copy typefaces, switched the body copy to ragged-right, and has added 0.5 rules in column gutters. Between stories are three horizontal rules. The headlines are now in serif type and a bit less dense than before. In a note to readers, Editor Ward Bushee said the changes make the Chron easier to read and navigate “while retaining its distinctive, classic character.” The

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Chron’s Bushee names second-in-command

The Chronicle has a new managing editor. Editor Ward Bushee has promoted Stephen Proctor, 51, to the post left vacant by the resignation of Robert “Rosey” Rosenthal in 2007. Proctor has been deputy managing editor/news, where he has performed the duties of managing editor since Rosenthal left. Proctor joined The Chronicle in 2003 after working 23 years at the Baltimore Sun. At the Sun, he worked as a reporter, suburban editor, metro editor and deputy managing editor for features and

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Another Gannett executive to lead Chronicle

Maybe it’s just a coincidence, but the Chronicle’s three top executives — publisher, president and editor — are all former executives of Gannett Co., publisher of USA Today and more than 90 daily newspapers. Chron Publisher Frank Vega was USA Today’s first circulation manager and he has held a number of top Gannett jobs including CEO of Detroit Newspapers. Editor Ward Bushee was editor of Gannett’s Arizona Republic before he joined the Chron in January. Now, Vega has given the title

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Chron editor defends Willie Brown column

“[S]ince Willie Brown’s column was introduced into the Sunday Chronicle, it has been very well received by readers because it is amusing, topical, controversial and informed. Willie has special connections to the Bay Area,” Chronicle editor Ward Bushee (left) writes an e-mail to Guardian Editor Bruce Brugmann (right). Brugmann, a longtime critic of PG&E, discovered that the utility paid the former California assembly speaker and San Francisco mayor $200,000 last year for “consulting services.” Brugmann asked Bushee whether the payment

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