The newly appointed publisher is shaking things up
Craig Moon, the publisher of the Sheldon Adelson-owned Las Vegas Review-Journal, sat down with 20 staffers last week and laid out a series of changes.
The daily practice of printing editorial independence guarantee on Page 3 is suspended, according to the Los Angeles Times. In addition, all stories about a proposed football stadium championed by Adelson must be reviewed by the publisher.
A new editor is coming onboard and employees are reportedly worried about potential changes to the Review-Journal staff.
“Moon did tell us there’s no hit list,” one newsroom employee told the Times. “Most of the reporters don’t believe him.”
Moon responded with his own statement to Times, saying here is no hit list, that he has not disciplined any reporters for speaking to the media, and he ended the Page 3 disclosure on his own because no other paper follows such a practice.
Moon told the Times that he did not consult with Adelson before making that decision.
Staffers are reportedly concerned about the downsizing of stories related to Adelson.
“Basically, we’re giving our readers do-it-yourself journalism at this point,” a staff member who attended the meeting with Moon told the Times.
Back in December, Adelson’s family said it acquired the paper because it believes that a “strong and effective daily newspaper plays a critical role in keeping our state apprised of the important news and issues we face on a daily basis.”