Top newsroom jobs eliminated at Review-Journal

AP News
Posted: Aug 30, 2012 12:20 AM
Top newsroom jobs eliminated at Review-Journal

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Las Vegas Review-Journal is eliminating its managing editor, city editor and sports editor positions in a reorganization that will leave two deputy editors overseeing the newsroom, the newspaper announced Wednesday.

The paper's art director, features editor, editorial page editor and business editor positions will also be abolished, according to a story posted on the Review-Journal's website ( ) Wednesday night.

"I am sorry to have to take these painful steps," editor Michael Hengel said. "All of these individuals have helped to make the Review-Journal the dominant source of news and information in Southern Nevada. I believe, however, that a structure which removes a layer of management will best serve our readers going forward."

Current business editor James G. Wright has been promoted to deputy editor for metro and business, while assistant city editor Mark Whittington has been named deputy editor for sports and features, Hengel said.

Hengel said the reorganization will allow the Review-Journal to focus on generating content. He said the paper is in the process of filling four reporting vacancies to add to its newsroom of about 120 journalists.

"With the changing nature of news gathering and with the economy being what it is, the traditional newsroom management structure has to change," he said.

Most of the changes will take effect on Saturday. Sports Editor Joe Hawk will continue in his position until mid-September and then transition to a reporting role.