An Ackerman disciple rejoins The Union as City Editor: Woo-hoo!

Remember Jeff Ackerman? The “Donald Trump of western Nevada County journalism”?Well, he’s baack! – at least a protegé has returned as the City Editor.

Ross Maak apparently has rejoined The Union as its City Editor, at least according to a weekend article on the newspaper’s website. (The masthead still hasn’t been updated). He replaces Liz Kellar, who moved to Alaska.

Ross is a longtime pal of The Union’s current editor Brian Hamilton; Brian was the sports editor and Ross was a sports writer and copy editor. Jeff, Brian and Ross were bosom buddies.

You can read Ross’ “swan song” here, from The Union, though it is locked behind a paywall. He transferred to retail (selling appliances) and Swift’s Greeley Tribune.

Small-town journalism in communities like ours is a hoot! Like recycling. The future of journalism is HERE, not here.

A real question for The Union’s readership is why can’t it attract any new blood outside of shifting people around within the Swift newspaper “empire”? It keeps happening.

About 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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