|Enquirer's Editor Headed To Academia|
It is not quite clear how wide a search process U.C. conducted it for the new professorship. There are sure to be public records requests filed seeking access to resumes, applications and whatever other hiring material went into the selection process. Were their other candidates considered and rejected? Apparently, the university believes that it has landed a big name because Callinan ran the newsroom for SW Ohio's largest daily newspaper and its companion dot.com web portal. The University of Cincinnati has been trying to build a journalism program, and awarded its first bachelor's degrees in journalism in 2005 from the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences. The program has been headed by Jon Hughes, who has been a booster for upgrading the program and getting the journalism BA established. There could be some push-back against Callinan who is jumping from a slumping newspaper to academia at age 62. The Enquirer does not have a good reputation in newspaper industry circles -- it is considered staid, stolid, understaffed and uninspiring. One U.C. faculty member said one of Callinan's selling points is that he served on the panel that awards Pulitzer Prizes. However, others have pointed out that the Enquirer's only Pulitzer in recent memory involved editorial cartooning by Jim Borgman. And Borgman left the Cincinnati Enquirer under the Callinan regime. The newspaper no longer publishes locally drawn editorial cartoons.
Said one faculty member: "U.C. has an editor who will teach journalism. Mostly this editor has cut and cut. Maybe he wants to inspire people. Here's the chance. I don't know what to think about this, especially since the guy (Callinan) tried to get hired by Miami University a few years ago. I read that he didn't get the Miami job at the time."
The Enquirer's publisher, Margaret Buchanan, serves on the University of Cincinnati's board of trustees. She was appointed by former GOP Gov. Bob Taft. Buchanan listed her political affiliation as Republican. College officials said that Buchanan played no role in Callinan's hiring by the university.
[UPDATE: 12:48 pm -- Jim said...
The Daily Bellwether story does not say anything about who would succeed Callinan.
Speculation on this blog has focused on three people: Palm Springs Executive Editor Rick Green; Reno Gazette-Journal EE Beryl Love, and Des Moines Register EE Carolyn Washburn.]