Perhaps the Joplin Globe doesn't recognize the newsworthiness of the appointment of a new editor, but KOAM did.
Moments ago, the KOAM 5 p.m. newscast featured reporter Jennifer Denman's interview with new Globe Editor Carol Stark and apparently, the 6 p.m. newscast will include an interview with Publisher Dan Chiodo concerning Mrs. Stark's promotion.
The KOAM feature noted Mrs. Stark is the first female editor the Globe has ever had.
I have seen a few of the negative comments on my Thursday post concerning the Globe's poor placement of its own big news story, so let me point out a few things.
-As one reader noted, the person who is in charge of what goes in the Globe's news columns is a person who wields a considerable amount of power, and it is the person whose integrity and ability will play a key role in how much the people of this area know about what is going on in the city, region, and state.
-The Globe is one of the largest medium-sized newspapers in Missouri, with only the Kansas City Star, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Springfield News-Leader being substantially bigger.
-During the last year of the Edgar Simpson regime, the Globe found itself facing considerable competition, from the Joplin Daily, Joplin Tri-State Business, Joplin Business Journal, as well as GateHouse Media's niche publications, and the Joplin Independent website. Carol Stark not only has to deal with this competition, but with the same erosion that is affecting daily newspapers across the United States.
Mrs. Stark is the person who has been chosen to complete the task of taking the Globe from the print-only days to a day not so many years in the future when a larger portion of the company's value is likely to come from its website.
The appointment of anyone to that position is worthy of page-one coverage, though I agree with the comment that it likely should be at the bottom of the page. Contrary to what one commenter said, this is not the Globe making itself the story, it is simply the Globe reporting the news and affording it its proper prominence.