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Tribune in no rush to replace ...
Tribune in no rush to replace 'one of a kind' Jane Hirt
Replacing the most powerful woman in Chicago journalism may not be easy.
It definitely won't be quick.
No deadline has been set to name a successor to Jane Hirt, who announced her resignation Wednesday as managing editor of the Chicago Tribune, effective November 21.
A 25-year veteran of the company, Hirt
, 47, began as an intern straight out of the University of Nebraska
and moved up the ranks, including a six-year run as founding editor of RedEye
She's been managing editor/vice president of the Chicago Tribune since 2008.
"Being the Chicago Tribune
's managing editor has been a privilege of a lifetime," Hirt
wrote on Facebook.
"But it's time for me to move on to my next adventure.
I'm so grateful for the many opportunities I found at the Tribune; all things I never could have imagined when I started as a wee intern on the sports desk in 1990.
Along the way I've worked with the smartest, most dedicated and caring journalists around.
I love this place and all of the people in it."
told colleagues she
has no immediate plans other than to take a break.
In May, Hirt
topped my list of the most powerful women in Chicago journalism. (My blog is published independently under a licensing agreement with Chicago Tribune Media Group.)
Our friend and colleague Jane Hirt will leave the Chicago Tribune on Nov. 21, concluding a magnificent 25-year career here.
Since August 2008, she has been my managing editor and, I believe, one of the best in the history of this newspaper.
is taking a break before beginning the next chapter of her
life, but I will let her
tell you about that over the next few days.
For 167 years, legions of journalists have passed through our doors and left their marks on the Chicago Tribune
, our city and our readers.
Each inherited a proud legacy and-if good enough and lucky enough-added something unique and passed it on.
contributions to our legacy are unmistakable.
joined the Tribune fresh out of the University of Nebraska
in January 1990 as an intern on the sports copy desk.
spent 12 years as a mainstay of the national and foreign desk, where she
edited the reports of our correspondents covering everything from the fall of the Soviet Union to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
In 2002, she helped conceive and launch RedEye, the Tribune's pioneering free newspaper for young urban professionals.
For six years, her
original and irreverent editing style turned RedEye
into an industry phenomenon.
When I became editor in 2008, I asked Jane
to take on the job of managing editor and bring some of RedEye
's innovative spirit over to the blue paper.
I am grateful she
was a pillar of the leadership team that still is largely intact nearly seven years later.
stood strong during our darkest days.
rare combination of creativity, optimism, good humor and impeccable news judgment lifted us up.
was a mentor to many in the newsroom and shaped their careers.
With a sharp eye for talent, Jane
helped populate the newsroom with a new generation of journalists who will carry forward our mission.
For all of this, Jane
played a decisive role in our turnaround and earned the respect of everyone at the Chicago Tribune
We love Jane
and will miss her
is one of a kind.
But like the multitudes of journalists who came before us, we will carry on, inspired by the convictions embodied in our mission.
The arc of our story is ascending, and now opportunities will appear for new leaders to rise to greatness just as Jane
We wish Jane
all the best.
Present: Jon Seidel, Deb Cohen, Howard ...
Present: Jon Seidel, Deb Cohen, Howard Dubin, Hillary Sizemore, Tony Noce, Beth Konrad, Jane Hirt, Micah Maidenberg, Tim Inklebarger, Dawn Reich, Susan Stevens, Kristen Schorsch, Suzanne McBride, Bonnie McGrath, Abdon Pallasch, Kathy Catrambone, Susan S. Stevens.
: Don Hayner and Jane Hirt
will speak briefly.
Silent auction: Jane
was the first volunteer, followed by Wes Bleed, to offer lunch or a newsroom tour.
Please send a resume, 5-6 examples of your work, references, and a cover letter describing why you are interested in becoming a professional journalist to CHC internship coordinator Jane Hirt.
Electronic applications are acceptable and may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Or mail to:
435 N. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
Applications must be post-marked by April 1, 2009.
E-mail Jane Hirt at email@example.com.
Mark your calendars-Chicago Tribune managing editor Jane Hirt (btw, Shameless expresses belated congrats on the fantastic promotion) will be the keynoter at the AWJ annual meeting in January.
was recently featured on NBC'
24/7 program putting together an issue of Red Eye.
On the phone: Howard Dubin, Jane Hirt
, Suzanne McBride
is looking at a larger room at the Tribune.
Present: Steve Walsh, Tony Noce, Jane Hirt
, Beth Konrad, Tim Inklebarger, Kathy Catrambone, Susan S. Stevens.
Lisagors: Beth said there will be a fall-off in newspaper entries (Jane agreed) so is beefing up such categories as online.
In January, Jane of the Tribune and Michael Cooke of the Sun-Times will discuss the status of newspapers.
CHC Scholarships: Jane
wants to head up the scholarship committee again.
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Jane Hirt is the founding editor of RedEye, a daily newspaper for young, social, commuting Chicagoans that is published by the Chicago Tribune.
The 200,000 circulation paper, which launched in October 2002, has been recognized as an innovator, including its designation as one of Editor & Publisher's "10 That Do It Right" in 2006.
Before RedEye, Jane served as the Chicago Tribune's foreign/national news editor and copy desk chief and also edited for the Perspective and Sports sections during her 18-year career with the Tribune.
She graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and was recognized by Crain's Chicago Business in 2006 as one of its "40 under 40.
She's a member of the "100 Wise Women" and of the Economic Club of Chicago.
Jane Hirt Stepping Down as ...
Jane Hirt Stepping Down as Chicago Tribune Managing Editor
Editor & Publisher ®
Jane Hirt, who helped lead the Chicago Tribune newsroom through the dark days of bankruptcy and into an unfolding digital future, is stepping down as managing editor to pursue personal interests, the Tribune announced Wednesday.
Hirt came to the Chicago Tribune as an intern 25 years ago.
leaves a void near the top of the newspaper's masthead, where her
name has been emblazoned since 2008.
last day is Nov. 21.
Chicago Tribune managing ...
Chicago Tribune managing editor and vice president Jane Hirt served as Red Eye editor from 2002 to 2008.
When the Tribune saw the changes in readership in 2002, it decided to launch a product targeted specifically at millennials (or "Gen-Y" as it was called back then, Hirt said).
In 2002 and even in 2006 when Red Eye appeared on our list, Hirt said Red Eye was probably considered "disruptive" for publishers.
had already left Red Eye by the time Twitter's popularity rose, she
watched Red Eye react and shift its target to reach that audience.
"( Red Eye) realized it wasn't the only news source, but it still had a place," she
said there will always be a supply of new readers as young people move into the city.
"When we launched, critics said young readers don't read, but Red Eye has proven that they will," she
: People who have the courage to create disruptive innovations, who can take a risk and push the whole industry forward.