by Sam Hieb
Winston-Salem Journal managing editor Ken Otterbourg has resigned:
Otterbourg, 48, said he is leaving for two reasons. “I want to try something else while I am young enough to do it,” he said, adding that he hasn’t found another job.
“Also, I have some disagreements with Media General’s plans for our newsroom,” he said. “I’m not in favor of consolidating our editing.”
Media General Inc., the owner of the Journal and other media outlets, is considering consolidating the copy-editing and design functions of its three largest newspapers — Winston-Salem, Richmond and Tampa, Fla. — in one location. It already has created such news centers for its community newspapers in North Carolina and Virginia.
When describing the Journal’s reporting under his leadership, Otterbourg notes ” the truth sometimes can be a messy business.” That’s certainly the case with the newspaper industry right now.