Newspaper editor admits he’s ‘in the way of progress’ and steps down

Kudos to Joe Butkiewicz for being refreshingly honest about his decision to resign as executive editor of the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader: “In my old-fashioned way, I’m in the way of progress.”

iresign“The company is changing, going in a direction with production and … it doesn’t fit my style,” the 55-year-old journalist told his reporter for the Times Leader’s story about his departure. (The paper recently outsourced its design and layout.)

From the Times Leader story:

Butkiewicz said pagination hubs have been successful for other newspaper chains, and he thinks it can succeed here “with the right resources.” But for him, “it’s not a good fit. And, I think for it to succeed, I think I need to step out of the way and let it go the way the company wants to go. It’s hard because I love so many aspects of it. But I do think that in my old-fashioned way, I’m in the way of progress.”

The departing editor told the Times-Tribune:

“An editor needs to be responsible for what appears in print or online. I don’t feel I have control over the final result. It would be easier for the company to achieve what it wants to achieve if someone else was leading the news operation.”

Butkiewicz, who has been a Times-Leader employee since 1983, says he’s “looking for new opportunities.”

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