Are Publishers Obsolete?

Back in February when Tronc was still Tribune Publishing, new chairman Michael Ferro in one day made all the editors at his newspapers editor-publishers. Two of the publishers whose positions had been eliminated got new corporate jobs; the rest left the company.

A press release suggested the move was to reinforce the primacy of editorial excellence at Tribune (soon to be renamed Tronc). But connecting the dots, it seemed that the iconoclastic Ferro had concluded traditional publishers were no longer necessary.

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