Is the “brilliance” of The Union’s management repeating itself?

Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from a blog post back in 2009. Rebane and Steele are now former Union columnists, and Ackerman is the former (former, former) Union publisher. Now the  columnist is “Bored Georgeman.” The more things change at our local newspaper, the more they stay the same.

“This morning, I sat down with local bloggers George Rebane and Russ Steele, as well as The Union’s editor and publisher Jeff Ackerman and Tom Harbert, The Union’s online projects manager, in a meeting to discuss a possible collaboration of efforts.

“It was a fruitful meeting.

“Steele and Rebane run separate blogs covering a range of issues, including local and regional politics as well as global warming. They were interesting in seeing how they can contribute to The Union. Ackerman, our editor and publisher who is a big time deal maker, broached the idea of the two writing monthly columns. You can expect to see both of them in The Union in the near future. They both jumped on the opportunity, seeing as we all did how their local content would be a win-win-win situation for The Union, their blogs and the community.

“It’s good to see both Steele and Rebane reaching out to us and I look forward to working with them. I’m also looking forward to seeing other bloggers reach out to us in the area.”

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

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