He looks thrilled.
This was surprising, but sounds like a great decision. KSL.com and
DeseretNews.com are two of my favorite news websites, in part for how they build
a community with the stories that is, shall we say, less troll infested than
others sites. It should be interesting to see a CEO who doesn't
curse digital media, but embraces it and knows how it, and print media fit into
the bigger picture. Well done.
I'm sure he's happy inside. lol
It's amazing --to me-- that the DNews has NEVER had a President or CEO!
REally?!But... it would appear they've definitely got themselves a
HUGE winner here! Former prof @ Haahvud School of Business, etc., etc. I'm
VERY impressed!!I don't envy the challenge Mr. Gilbert has ahead of
him, trying to keep a daily, print newspaper operational and profitable in this
age. But I love his optimistic attitude and vision. Best wishes, Clark!!As an aside-- I lived in Pennsylvania for two years, and knew Mark
Willes and his family there (Broomall), when he ran the Fed Reserve Bank in
Philly. And, I've subsequently followed his stellar career ever since. He's
the most amazing businessman I know.So between the two of them, this
dynamic duo is going to do amazing things!Best wishes DMC, DDM, and
The idea of splitting the website off from the newspaper (and from KSL) into its
own entity sounded like a recipe for a dysfunctional relationship and sub-par
product. It looks like they are fixing that. If a newspaper throws
content over the wall to the interactive group, you will always have a static,
boring result. The best online newspapers are not going to be recognizable as
newspapers - they will be a dynamic, interactive experience. You can't do that
if the writers/reporters and the web designers don't even know each other.
This story reminds me of the announcement for upcoming ward conference. Are there changes in the meeting schedule? No. Anything I need to do different from my normal routine? No. So, it's the same old, same old? Yes.
Great promotion, Clark, it is a position in which you can use all your talents
and energy. You are working against the tide in increasing circulation of a
newpaper,but I hope you can accomplish a circulation increase in both print and
electronics. I bet you can do it. Good Luck!!!!
I know Clark, and he's an incredibly talented and creative force of nature. He
has extensive background in digital media and has done wonderful things with
it.Watch DesNews outpace the rest of the country's media!
If he wants to make a positive change, he needs to move the paper back to an
afternoon edition. I'd most likely subscribe again. I can't stand reading the
morning version where the news is usually two days old.
I worked with Clark at BYU-Idaho and I'm confident he will work wonders for the
D. News! He's a person of great intelligence and capacity. Congratulations
Clark! Now if you can just get your house sold in Rexburg...
Clark - Congratulations! I have known Clark and his family for years. Good
friends of ours in Arizona. Clark will do an outstanding job for Deseret News.
Actually, my first thought on reading this was "I did not know the Deseret News
has a president". My next thought was "I wonder if he is the publisher with a
new title". I was right on the first and wrong on the second.Historically newspapers have had a publisher and an editor. At least if you
go back far enough these were one and the same, and with the Deseret News I am
not sure they became distinct until the late 20th century.I am very
happy about the Deseret News and its expanded Mormon coverage. I can not
express how glad I was to see the article on the Michigan-produced musical "The
Story of Job".I hope they continue to move forward in expanding
coverage. I hope they also rely a little less on the AP and get more internal
reporters.Lastly, I would like to say I really appreciate the new
set-up of the comments section. There are fewer comments, but they are of a
Hopefully DN can be a little more balanced or dare we even hope for journalistic
integrity and indifference to either political party? To be LDS is to seek truth