Moor: Newspapers Not Evolving Enough for Digital Demand

By: Joe Strupp

Anthony Moor, who is leaving his post as top Web editor at the Dallas Morning News to head Yahoo’s local news division, said part of the reason for the change is that newspaper online sites are not utilizing the growing medium quickly enough.

“I have wanted to work for a forward-leaning digital company for a long time,” said Moor, who has been deputy managing editor/digital for two years at the News. “Part of this is recognition that newspapers have limited resources, they are saddled with legitimate legacy businesses that they have to focus on first. I am a digital guy and the digital world is evolving rapidly. I don’t want to have to wait for the traditional news industry to catch up.”

Moor will take the position of lead local editor at Yahoo’s Sunnyvale, Ca. location south of San Francisco. Moor, who has previously run Web sites at the Orlando Sentinel and The Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, N.Y., spent 12 years in San Francisco as a television news reporter.

“They have asked me to build a network of local editors to upgrade and improve the local content experience for Yahoo front page users,” Moor, 49, said of his new bosses. “This is the number one Web site in the world. The reason I got into the business was to help chart the development of digital news and Yahoo is doing that.”

Moor, who will stay in Dallas until Thanksgiving, plans to begin his new job the following week, on Nov. 30.

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