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Posts Tagged ‘David McCumber’

Barbara Roessner Named Exec Editor of Hearst Connecticut Newspapers

Hearst Newspapers has named Barbara Roessner executive editor of Hearst Connecticut Newspapers. Roessner will oversee papers such as the Connecticut PostThe News-TimesThe Advocate and Greenwich Time, along with seven other weeklies in Fairfield County.

Roessner was most recently a communications consultant for places such as Harvard University and the Aspen Institute. Previously, she was managing editor of the Hartford Courant from 2006 to 2009.

Additionally, David McCumber has been named Washington bureau chief. McCumber has been editor of The Advocate and Greenwich Time and editorial director of the Connecticut group since 2009.

Both appointments are effective August 1.

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Hearst Newspapers Fires Reporter for Repeated Fabrication

The New Canaan News, published by Hearst Newspaper subsidiary Hearst Connecticut Media Group, has fired Paresh Jha for fabricating names and quotes in at least 25 stories. According to Poynter, the paper removed the stories containing the made up sources, and David McCumber, the editorial director for Hearst Connecticut Media Group, issued an apology for a “gross violation of standards.”

“We have found 25 stories written by Paresh Jha over the last year and a half that contain quotes from nonexistent sources,” McCumber said in a statement on the New Canaan News’ site.

Jha’s works were discovered when editors were fact checking names that seemed to be spelled oddly. When confronted, Jha admitted his wrongdoing.

The paper is now investigating every story Jha wrote during his time there.