Thursday, June 21, 2007

More reporters leaving the business

Another day, another list of reporters who are leaving newspapers. Two members of the Chron's Sacramento Bureau are departing, Mark Martin and Greg Lucas. Martin is going to the Little Hoover Commission while Lucas is leaving to "write more travel stories and feed my seemingly unquenchable wanderlust," according to a note quoted by Steven Maviglio's Majority Report political blog. "And I don’t think I’m too old to learn the new trick of blog although I’m troubled since it’s a four-letter word like work and golf ... " Lucas says in the note. He adds a P.S.: "I’ll see you around campus. I’ll be the guy with the earring and the 'Will Write 4 Food" sign.'"

Maviglio notes that the "departure of Lucas and Martin leaves just two reporters left in the Sacramento bureau of the financially troubled Chronicle, having shaved an editor two weeks ago and not replacing another reporter who left."

Romenesko reports that the Sacramento Bee's Tom Philp (left), who won a Pulitzer for editorial writing in 2005, is joining the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California as executive strategist.

Finally, Glen Martin's name has popped up on the Chron's blog for staffers who are leaving as the paper cuts a quarter of its 400-person newsroom. Assistant Metro Editor Audrey Cooper says Martin (right) had the newsroom's most developed vocabulary:
    "Glen says he has a talent for 'le mot juste.' Don't be afraid to look it up: It means he has a penchant for picking the right words to convey a point. Among our favorite Glen words (at least, the ones we can remember): gambol (that means frolic), noisome (noxious), reprobate (morally depraved), saturnine (sluggish)."

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