George Archibald. We’ve acquired his application letter. It’s after the jump….



    Dear Howard Sloan Koller Group,

    I seek the position of Executive Editor of The Washington Times. I want to fire up this newspaper again, rejuvenate, and I have the abilities and resources to do so.

    I was the first reporter hired by The Washington Times in pre-publication months in February 1982. I retired as senior investigative reporter in September 2005 after receiving four Pulitzer Prize nominations from the newspaper in the 1980s and 1990s. I have a book ready for publication titled “Journalism Is War.”

    Regarding your questions:

    I am totally committed to a primary Internet presence and advantage and would secure that position as a major priority as executive editor.

    As a veteran reporter, I know how to do news and appreciate good reporters and editors. Having run a successful community newspaper in Virginia, I also know how to cultivate news sources and good reporters and editors, as did Arnaud de Borchgrave and Josette Shiner, two of our best editors over the years.

    Good hands-on people skills are important for a person who is executive editor. I have those skills.

    I totally agree with the vision of The Washington Times, as I did from the beginning, and know how to bring its editorial and business staff together to build its circulation and advertising with a much better editorial product.

    Innovation means ingenuity in covering news and also making news. I can do that. I’ve proved it. But success means also bringing on new good people to do the heavy daily lifting. I can do that, having covered news in Washington and around the world, taught journalism, run a small community newspaper, and found some of the most creative young people imaginable.

    Young reporters and editors gravitate to me, and me to them, as they will tell you, because I know how to nurture and appreciate talent, and motivate them to larger demands.

    This is the stuff that an executive editor should be
    – not a retiring dud but someone out there with sleeves rolled up and there each day to exhilarate and fire up the newsroom.

    I especially urge you to talk to Douglas Tarpley, dean of Communication and Fine Arts at Biola University in California, [REDACTED], or [REDACTED], with whom I taught. He was my supervisor at the journalism graduate center at Regent University for three years, Also Michael Smith, journalism chairman at Campbell University in Littleton. North Carolina at [REDACTED].

    I can be reached at [REDACTED]. Thank you.

    Yours truly,

    /s/ George Archibald