::Editor Steps Down At Raleigh Chronicle
By Richard Saunders, The Raleigh Chronicle
Thursday, August 16, 2007
RALEIGH - The founding editor of the Raleigh Chronicle is stepping down from his leadership position at the newspaper.
R. Gregg, who has served as Editor In Chief of the Raleigh Chronicle since its inception in 2006, will no longer be the main editor of the newspaper. Gregg said he is stepping down for personal and private reasons and is reducing his role at all of the Chronicle's associated newspapers.
"It has been my utmost pleasure and honor to serve the citizens of Raleigh," said Gregg. "[Our competitor] the News & Observer has been the epitome of an important public advocate for citizens in North Carolina, but I sincerely believe that providing more choices in local news has always been a good thing."
Other than the period of transition that occurred when Gregg stepped down at the beginning of August, readers should not notice anything different, says the management at the newspaper.
Gregg said the newspaper just hired 12 new writers at the end of July to cover both Raleigh and Durham.
In addition, other editors will continue at the paper and Gregg said the although the paper remains unprofitable at this time, the "small town local coverage of a big city" will still be the paper's main goal.
Gregg said it was thrilling to be there to document interesting moments in the area's history such as the Carolina Hurricanes winning the Stanley Cup, the Raleigh flood, the Duke Lacrosse case, the re-opening of Fayetteville Street, the International Spy Conference, and more.
Gregg said one of his favorite duties was taking photos and he will definitely miss that role at the newspaper.
The most important coverage though was of local news that impacted people locally, said the editor.
"We are most proud of helping people who had nowhere else to turn," he said. "We helped local readers many times behind the scenes and even when it didn't result in a story, it was very satisfying to help out."
As an example of such work, Gregg said the paper was able to help a woman who was being denied her pension because of a clerical error. Although she had made several calls to no avail, the problem was fixed after one call from the newspaper.
"It is heartwrenching emotionally to hear some of the problems that people go through and we believe that it's a newspaper's role to try and help," he said.
The newspaper has received literally hundreds of letters and phone calls of support from people who have liked the additional source of local news, which Gregg said has been the biggest reward.
The Raleigh Chronicle has cancelled its plans for a print edition in Raleigh, but is in the midst of partnering with the separately owned Raleigh Downtowner, which is owned by a family member, for both print and online efforts.
A separate print paper for Durham called The Durham Flyer has already been announced and will debut in September. It is being produced by the Raleigh Chronicle and business partners from Durham and is under separate ownership and will not be affected.
The Durham Flyer has hired some former members of the Durham Herald-Sun staff to help out with that publication.
The Raleigh Chronicle is an online only newspaper that continues to receive between 20,000 and 30,000 readers every month. It also has over 3,000 readers who receive the newspaper's e-mail newsletter.
The Raleigh Chronicle is the only locally owned newspaper covering general news for Raleigh and is also an associate member of the North Carolina Press Association.
Gregg has also served as the founding editor of several newspapers and media outlets including the TechJournal South business newspaper in RTP, The Raleigh Downtowner, The Stokesdale News, RTP-TV, and others. ::