By: Ellen Liburt

New Editor Talks About Convergence

Tom Callinan, editor of the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat
and Chronicle since 1994, has “gone to the Big House,” as
those at other Gannett Co. newspapers are wont to call The
Arizona Republic – with a circulation of 445,322,
Gannett’s second-largest daily after USA Today –
where he will manage day-to-day operations in the newly created
position of editor.

A native of St. Paul, Minn., and U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran,
Callinan joined Gannett full-time in 1977 and has worked as a
reporter, photographer, and editor in Minnesota, South Dakota,
Michigan, and at USA Today in Arlington, Va. He has won
Best of Gannett awards twice and the William Allen White award
for commentary for editorial writing. He also won five Gannett
President’s rings for outstanding performance, most recently in
1999, when the Democrat and Chronicle was named one of
Gannett’s top six papers for the fourth consecutive year.

Noting that The Republic has accomplished “substantial
change” in the past decade, especially last year, when it was
redesigned, Callinan plans to build on that progress.

“My immediate task is to make sure that they’re confident that
what they’ve already started doing is not going to change
immediately; they just need to keep doing it well,” Callinan

Callinan plans to concentrate on “the people: staff development,
recruiting, retention, training. … We’ve got the plan and the
projects going,” he said. One project is aggressive convergence
with online ( and and
television news station KPNX.

Callinan also sees solid opportunities in the growing Phoenix
area for the paper to reach the Latino population, younger
readers, and women.

Ellen Liburt ( is a reporter for E&P.

Copyright 2000, Editor & Publisher.

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