The Courant’s ability to re-think roles, re-configure desks and redefine its coverage is nothing short of mind-boggling lately. Check out this latest series of changes as outlined in a memo from Interim Editor Naedine Hazell:
Department heads have met with their reporters/editors to chat about the coming changes, but just so everyone is aware of the overall picture, it’s outlined below.
Our goal is to have the new system of beats/assignments functioning by mid-July so you’ll be seeing people moving about in the coming weeks. Following are the specifics (in some cases a name is not attached as discussions are ongoing).
Our summer workflow will be similar to what we do now while we plan the re-sectioning of the newspaper for launch sometime in early September or mid-September.
Staff moving to town coverage: Brian Carlo, Carolyn Moreau, Mark Spencer, Peter Marteka, Ken Byron, Shawn Beals
Hartford Schools: Steve Goode
K-12 education (reporting to news) : Grace Merritt
Colleges (reporting to features): Kathy Megan
Consumer reporting (reporting to features): Janice Podsada
Responsibility for creation of the Sunday Consumer section transfers to Features
Courts: Alaine Griffin
Environment: Josh (in addition to his other duties)
Demographics beat: TBD
UCONN sports editor: Scott Powers
High School sports editor: Jay Speigel
Sports community manager (online job): Jeff Smith
Aggregation Editor: TBD (this person aggregates/collects/rewrites content from around the state, acting almost as an AP bureau for the Courant to broaden the news we offer readers online and in print).
Other non-visible changes
– The copy desk reunifies and now includes Editorial Page copy editor Ken Heidel – the newly re-unified desk will work to fill in each other’s vacations, etc throughout the summer and a new work flow will be created once the newspaper has been re-sectioned for launch in early to mid-September. The unified desk is supervised by Hugh Owen, the production editor.
– Metro and Business reporters unify under Bernie Davidow/Dan Haar