North Carolina biz journal ME to retire
by Chris Roush
Dale Gibson, who has been the managing editor of the Triangle Business Journal in Raleigh, N.C., for more than 20 years, is retiring next month.
Gibson manages the day-to-day process of putting out the paper, and he handles inquiries on news coverage and newspaper deadlines. He has also written a popular weekly column.
Gibson served as editor of TBJ, with Sougata Mukherjee working as his managing editor, before departing to start his own enterprise. Gibson returned to TBJ four years later as managing editor.
“Before Dale was my go-to guy, I was his go-to guy,” says Mukherjee. “He’s an extremely talented editor, a superb judge of talent, a stickler for doing the right thing, and a consummate professional. He left a positive mark on the profession.”
As such, editor Mukherjee is looking for a new managing editor. The job is posted on journalismjobs.com, and part of the description reads:
The Managing Editor (M.E.) is the newsroom’s chief operating officer, overseeing and ensuring the smooth and orderly flow of content from conception to publishing on all platforms. As the newsroom’s most hands-on manager and coach of reporters, the M.E. is charged with bringing ideas, inspiration, and constant guidance to the content team. Reporting directly to the Editor, the Managing Editor actively oversees and directs the deployment of resources across the many publishing platforms – online, mobile, email, print, social, etc. – hour by hour, minute by minute.
The M.E. is charged with guiding the constant programming efforts of the content team, and as such, must possess a solid news sense, an ability to make snap judgments about the proper treatment of stories, and a high level of confidence in orchestrating the many simultaneous actions of the editorial team members.
The position combines the copy skills of a top-flight print editor and the packaging and long-range planning know-how of a Special Reports editor. Working in concert with the Editor and other top newsroom management, the M.E. helps steer coverage of our big-picture stories, personalities behind the deals, news trends and owns themed, awards and Special Section coverage.
Organization must be a strength, as the M.E. is responsible for the efficiency of the news gathering and news production operation. As with all newsrooms, resources come at a premium, and well-oiled processes are required for maximizing output. The M.E. must always be asking how the operation can run more smoothly and productively. The M.E. also is expected to serve as a change agent in the newsroom, actively advocating for the improvements and resources that take the Triangle Business Journal’s content to the next level.