Michelle Richardson, who in 2004 was a copy editing intern on the Montreal Gazette news desk, will become the next editor-in-chief of the Ottawa Citizen and Sun, it was announced on Monday.
She succeeds Andrew Potter, who left as Citizen editor to return to academia — funny enough, at McGill in Montreal. Keith Bonnell, who was the Sun’s editor, will be deputy editor for the two papers’ merged newsroom.
The company says it hired her for the job mainly because of her success helping to guide the Gazette through a tough digital transition.
I won’t go into too much detail because she’s a close colleague, but I will say it sucks to be losing yet another strong, young talent, even if she’s staying in the Postmedia family.
Richardson was the copy editing intern the year before I was. So I just assume I’ll also be offered an editor-in-chief position some time in 2017.
UPDATE: Concordia University with a brief profile of Richardson.
That boat is sinking…the only reason to keep The Gazette afloat is that it is the only major Anglo newspaper in the province. I stopped the subscription last month, there´s no point in paying for it when I can have the same news on TV the night before, not to mention that over the years it has become the official newspaper of the CPC. The problem with The Gazette goes beyond format, irrelevant and biased journalism can also be found in apps and digital platforms
Who will replace Richardson at The Gazette?
No announcement has been made. It’s possible the job won’t be filled, but I have no information either way.
I’d subscribe to whatever paper you ended up Chief of, Steve.