Daily Archives: June 5, 2015

He was the Sun-Times’ Homicide Watch reporter

You’d think a reporter covering murders in violent Chicago would have some job security, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case for Michael Lansu. The laid-off journalist tells Romenesko readers:

For nearly two years, the first thing I did when I woke up in the morning was check last night’s murder totals. I am going to enjoy having a cup of coffee before logging on. I have nothing lined up yet. I plan on taking a few weeks off to recharge and then maybe start freelancing until I can find something permanent.

I really believe in the Homicide Watch project and hope the Sun-Times can continue to tell the stories of Chicago’s 450 annual murder victims.

In a city where police murder totals have been called into question, I think it’s vital to have somebody keep tabs for accurate reporting.

I’m told that Homicide Watch will continue, but the paper is “integrating the HW reporting more into our overall content mix.” Lansu was the only Sun-Times staffer laid off today.

* Homicide Watch Chicago ( | @mikelansu (

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David Harmon, Gannett’s new chief people officer, most recently worked for the Federal Reserve Board and AOL. Bob Dickey’s memo doesn’t describe the CPO’s duties, but I assume he’s the human resources guy with a “clever” title.

From: A message from Bob Dickey
Date: June 5, 2015 at 3:17:34 PM EDT
To: A message from Bob Dickey
Subject: Staff Announcement

I’m pleased to announce today that David Harmon has been named Chief People Officer for new Gannett.

Dave has had more than 25 years of experience in leading diverse, cross-functional teams in the operations and human resources fields. He most recently served as the assistant director and chief human capital officer for the Federal Reserve Board./CONTINUES Read More