Saturday, May 16, 2009

Kansas City Star elevates insider to head up business news desk

The Kansas City Star has named Keith Chrostowski as head of head the paper's business news desk, replacing the former business editor, Chris Lester, who left the paper several weeks ago.

Chrostowski's new title will be "assistant managing editor."

Why doesn't Chrostowski have the same title as Lester?

Just last month. the Star was advertising for a business editor. The Star's ad said it was looking for an individual who:
  • Has a vision for covering the biggest story in the world right now but can bring those economic issues back home to Kansas City.

  • Understands, embraces and has ideas for multi-platform business products.

  • Can work copy and push stories to A-1 while developing a strategy for daily business centerpieces.

  • Brings energy and creativity to meetings and to problem-solving.

  • Works well with his staff and also with other newsroom departments.

The Star article on Chrostowski seems to emphasize the new guy doesn't have the same title as Chris Lester. Hmmm.

Hat tip: Bottom Line Communications

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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

They can call him whatever they want. All that really matters to me is that none of my friends and colleagues were stupid enough to apply for the job.

The downside is though, no one at the KC Star has more than a rudimentary clue about business or economics beyond their own demise in progress.

Pg1News said...

So it begs the question ... who, then, becomes news editor? Everyone knew they would have to shuffle around anyone who's still there. I can see the copy desk getting smaller and smaller.

Pg1News said...

I forgot to mention that my weekly community newspaper was thicker than the Sunday KC Star ... even my other family members noticed it!

Anonymous said...

Does anyone remaining at the Red Star think they are putting out a decent print newspaper? Right now a job is a job, but I cannot imagine being an inside witness to the total destruction of a once proud and important profession.

Anonymous said...

They may be getting to the point, if they haven't already, where they just slap stuff on a page and send it off. It's sad.

Anonymous said...

Right now a job is a job, but I cannot imagine being an inside witness to the total destruction of a once proud and important profession.


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You have to keep in mind that the bottom scrapings that they kept believe that they are the key to the solution.

It never occurs to them the real reason that they managed to slip through the cracks.