Times' new editor puts focus on paper's future

TIMES' NEW EDITOR PUTS FOCUS ON PAPER'S FUTURE
[SOURCE: Los Angeles Times, AUTHOR: James Rainey]
On his first day as editor of the Los Angeles Times, James E. O'Shea pledged to the newspaper's staff Monday that he would fight to ensure that "this paper will remain a major force in American journalism." The former Chicago Tribune managing editor acknowledged that he was stepping into a difficult situation — following popular Editor Dean Baquet, who was ousted last week after battling staff cuts proposed by Tribune Co., The Times' Chicago-based corporate parent. O'Shea asked about 200 journalists who gathered to hear him speak Monday afternoon in The Times newsroom to give him a chance and not view him as "the hatchet man from Chicago." The veteran journalist, who spent most of his career at the Chicago Tribune, paid tribute to his predecessor and to his new newspaper — threatened like many other big-city dailies by pressure from the Internet and other new media.
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Times' new editor puts focus on paper's future