Wanted: One Cherokee Scout editor who toes the line


The Cherokee Scout made news around the nation in journalism circles recently regarding its handling of a public records request regarding gun permits. The resulting brewhaha resulted in the newspaper editor’s resignation.

Now the community newspaper is ready to hire a new editor. The job apparently has special requirements. JournalismJobs.com has the listing, but here’s the pertinent part:

Have you always wanted to be the editor so you can order the rest of the newsroom around while challenging the community with your extreme political views? Then this isn’t the job for you. Instead, we’re looking for an editor who knows how to tell good stories – the kind people will always make time to read – from breaking news to heartwarming features to in-depth reports.

In other words, don’t make waves. To me, that goes contrary to the very fiber of every reporter and editor, who should always be ready to question and challenge. Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable and all that.


Scott March 24, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Perhaps you didn’t get the memo Jason. Journalism is dead in this country.

Jason Sandford March 25, 2013 - 10:10 am

Ha! Totally missed that one, Scott.

mike March 21, 2013 - 2:05 pm

So, basically, they’re not really looking for an editor. They’re looking for a PR flak for the owner’s cronies.

Lee March 21, 2013 - 10:30 am

Yep,most of the small town newspapers have taken the route of not taking on local politicians.The Sylva Herald is still willing to take on controversy,but The Franklin Press,Andrews Journal and a few of the others are wearing the “rose colored glasses”.

Melissa March 20, 2013 - 3:13 pm

Wow. That is just SAD.

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