Wednesday, October 19, 2011
New hires, a significant departure and a welcome return at The Post-Star
13th in a series by contributor Mark Wilson
(©2011 Mark Wilson)
The human resources department at the Post-Star is busy. News today that Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney is leaving the newspaper to take a job with the New York State Bar Association is only the latest in a list of recent personnel changes.
Post-Star Managing Editor Ken Tingley announced in a blog post last week that the newspaper recently filled three editorial positions that have been vacant since last summer. The three new writers are Mary Albl and Michael Bonner in sports and Jamie Munks in news, covering Washington County.
As well, in the past week, two other names have been added to PostStar.com’s contact page. They are Danielle Johnson, who will write obituaries, and former Post-Star Assistant Features Editor Rhonda Triller.
Triller returns to the paper's staff after a four-year stint at the Albany Times-Union. In 2007 Triller accepted a copy editing post at the Albany paper. In May 2009 she started a TimesUnion.com blog focused on her newborn triplets. She signed off from the blog (and the Times-Union) this past Monday. Triller’s new role at the Post-Star will be as copy editor.
[The hiring of quality control is long overdue at the Post-Star. In a recent post on his blog, The Front Page, Editor Ken Tingley thoroughly trashed the English language in defense of an editorial which some readers saw as critical of South Glens Falls High School. Unless his ten paragraph post was a deliberate attempt to lend the offended educators some consolation in the knowledge of their comparative literacy, uploading the scolding copy without first vetting it with a proofreader was ill-advised. Welcome back, Rhonda!]
For those keeping score, the recent hires brings to 60 Post-Star employees listed on the paper’s web site. This is four more than last month's low of 56, but one fewer than the names listed on August 2nd. The organization must hire eight more staffers to return to its June 2nd staffing level.
A comparison of the executive and editorial positions listed at PostStar.com to its nearest-sized sister publication in the Lee Enterprises barn shows a sizable staffing gap: The Lacrosse (Wisconsin) Tribune contact page lists 24 employees in these positions while the Post-Star has over forty percent more at 34.