Editor Gone Before It Gets Out of Beta
A Rough First Week for SDNN.com
In a press release posted to their website late on Friday afternoon, the fledgling San Diego News Network announced the departure of editor Ron James. Veteran writer Barbara Bry, who, along with husband Neil Senturia are investors in the start-up, was named as interim editor. An national search for permanent replacement is underway, according to the website. The news site launched Monday, March 24th and is still in Beta.
James served as editor for the U-T’s Sign on San Diego website for eight years, parting with the Copley organization last year. A story in the San Diego City Beat credited him with developing the concept of SDNN, saying that he recruited Bry & Senturia after shopping the idea around town. So it would appear that the departure of James was under less than pleasant circumstances.
SDNN also lost veteran political columnist Pat Flannery during their first week. Flannery left, firing a broadside at the newbie site, accusing them of lacking backbone after they refused to challenge a San Diego Police Department decision not to grant police press passes until they’d undergone a six month probationary period.