Ed Sherman did a Q-and-A with USA Today sports group editor-in-chief Dave Morgan about this week’s sacking of many veteran sports journalists at the paper. One question:
What was behind what you did this week?
It’ll show itself with how we’re defining new jobs going forward. I’m basing a lot on breaking news with a specific level of expertise. You look at the NFL. We’re looking to break news in a (highly) competitive setting. We want people setting the agenda for the sport they’re covering.
What about charges that the paper was simply getting rid of higher-priced longtime staffers? “If you look at the make-up of our staff going forward, that’s not true,” says Morgan.