Stackhouse establishes new Globe and Mail regime

John Stackhouse, the Globe and Mail‘s newly minted editor-in-chief, has set in place the foundational cornerstones of his newsroom. As is often the case when a sea change washes through a major news organization, some of the alterations are notable.

J-Source.ca has posted the text of Stackhouse’s lengthy memo to staff, dated yesterday. He’ll meet with daysiders and nightsiders in town-hall fashion tomorrow (Aug. 12).

David Walmsley

David Walmsley

Most important among the changes is the ascent of David Walmsley, a veteran of the Toronto Star, CBC, National Post and Daily Telegraph, to managing editor, news and sports. Other significant shifts include Sinclair Stewart to the post of national editor (a position one former Globe editorial employee calls one of the five most difficult journalism jobs in the country, owing to its demands), Jill Borra in an expanded role as managing editor, features, and the formal appointments of Elena Cherney and Derek DeCloet as editor and managing editor, respectively, of Report on Business.

Globe veterans Colin Mackenzie and Sylvia Stead remain on the newspaper’s masthead as associate editors — Mackenzie with responsibility for commentary in print and online; Stead with responsibility for staffing, training and legal issues.

Senior journalists who were markedly absent from Stackhouse’s new order are Cathrin Bradbury, dispatched last Friday from her post as managing editor, news, and Leslie Shepherd, the former politics editor whose scheduled departure in 10 days Stackhouse announced yesterday.

Coincidentally, both women will continue to have ties to the newspaper through their partners. Bradbury is married to long-time city hall columnist John Barber, who asked to be reassigned earlier this year (see the Torontoist’s profile) and is attached to the Globe’s website. Shepherd is the spouse of Jim Sheppard, whose expanded role under the Stackhouse watch is executive editor, digital.

And with all that, the Stackhouse era begins in earnest.

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