OLD Media Moves

Biz paper editor wants stories about progress

April 22, 2012

Posted by Chris Roush

Howard Burns, the new editor of the Pittsburgh Business Times, writes about his vision of future coverage in the American City Business Journals paper.

Burns writes, “As I begin my tenure as editor of the Business Times, I want us to be able to tell more stories of progress. More stories of companies adding workers and bringing jobs back from the abyss. More stories of creative thinking and innovation. More stories of ordinary people once again having the opportunity to relish the fruits of a good day’s work.

“The news won’t always be pretty. There’s still a long road to hoe. A repeat of the financial meltdown of ’08 is possible; some say inevitable. But when we see what’s going on in our city in such thriving sectors as energy, finance and health care, there’s reason for optimism. We are fortunate in that respect.

“As someone who lived in Los Angeles for 25 years, covered the entertainment industry as a reporter and editor, and saw one of the city’s most critical industries contract to the point where a stunning number of very talented people became enveloped by corporate downsizing, ageism and all the other ugly realities of job loss, coming to Pittsburgh at this point in time is indeed a welcome change.”

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