Maybe it’s time for John to enjoy something else in life. But he brought outstanding leadership and an endless flow of new ideas to the Greensboro News & Record in 13 years as editor. Whoever the new leader is will have a tough act to follow.
John announced his resignation Tuesday, with his last day scheduled for Dec. 2.
John was one of the first newsroom leaders to blog and to make blogging an important part of his newsroom. He is probably the best top newsroom editor at engaging on Twitter. And he’s a heck of a nice guy (Mimi and I met him and had lunch on a trip to North Carolina last year).
The outpouring of appreciation for John on Facebook tonight is a treat to read. This is an editor who had an impact in his community, his newsroom and the profession. I know him best from social media and his blog (we just met that one time last year), but I feel that I know him well. And I don’t know of an editor who better mixes strong values, good humor and curiosity.
He doesn’t say in the News & Record story on his resignation what will be next, just that “it’s time for me to contribute to this community in new ways.”
All the best to one of the best.
Update: As you’d expect, I’m not the only person praising John and wishing him well: