One of the most recognizable names still left at the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Editor in Chief Larry Parnass, was apparently fired today ... however, after swift heated reaction directed at publisher Jim Foudy and Aaron Julien, President CEO of Newspapers of New England, the decision was reversed.
Parnass started with the paper in 1988, back when print was in its prime. And even though the Gazette was quick to expand to the Internet w-a-y back in 1996, their use of social media is pretty much phoned in. And it shows.
Interestingly the sudden, surprising news broke via competitors, Northampton Media and WHMP radio, which underscores one of the problems with the Gazette: lack of immediacy.
Although Gazette reporter Bob Dunn did tweet the news about the decision reversal.
More on Monday. Maybe.
BREAKING: NNE reverses prior decision: Larry Parnass remains on board as DHG Editor in Chief (and there was much rejoicing)
— Bob Dunn (@BDGazette) April 12, 2013
Larry Parnass is as good and smart a man as I know. Glad to hear Northampton would not stand for his sacking.
— Ben Storrow (@bstorrow) April 12, 2013
Bob Dunn is a Gazette reporter, Ben Storrow is a former Gazette reporter