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Rick Cleveland leaving Clarion-Ledger

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by RustyHampton, Apr 3, 2012.

  1. RustyHampton

    RustyHampton Member

    I hate this for our paper but I'm happy for Rick. He's had a great career at the C-L and will be just as good in his new role.

  2. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    Some papers have institutional knowledge. In Jackson, Rick is the institution. Rusty has a crater-sized hole in his paper now. He'll get another columnist, but there is no "replacing" possible. Best wishes to all.
  3. swamp trash

    swamp trash Guest

    Truly one of the best journalists I've ever been around. Guy does it with class, grace and respect for the subject matter.
  4. albert77

    albert77 Well-Known Member

    This was the worst-kept secret in Mississippi. I think it was always a foregone conclusion after Michael Rubenstein passed away that Rick was the only person truly capable of filling those shoes. He'll do a great job there. As for the Ledger, losing Rick is a shot to the gut.
  5. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Rick Cleveland was a pro's pro. I'd have to think this comes as a result of the Gannett buyouts to older, tenured employees. I've heard there may be a few big names leaving even larger Gannett papers, too.
  6. GlenQuagmire

    GlenQuagmire Active Member

  7. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Rick's brother, outdoors columnist Bobby Cleveland, is also leaving.

    The Clevelands are a great sports-writing family. Rick and Bobby's father, Ace, was SID at Southern Miss for years. Rick's son, Tyler, now works for the USM Rivals.com site and the Hattiesburg American.

    Outside of Mississippi, Rick is probably best known for writing the column about former East Mississippi Junior College football coach Bull Sullivan, a copy of which Frank Deford found on a plane. It gave Deford the idea to write SportsJournalists.com favorite "The Toughest Coach There Ever Was," one of the greatest — and longest — Sports Illustrated features of all-time.
  8. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I've heard similar rumblings about big names in Indy and Nashville and maybe a couple other places. But a lot of times these places can get cold feet when it comes to getting rid of a big-name columnist.

    I know of one guy whose name comes up every time there is a Gannett layoff coming and he's survived for more than five years.
  9. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    If Kravitz is on the list at Indy... and that's PURE speculation on my part... I gotta believe some other paper would snap him up in a second, especially after the offseason he's just had.
  10. Bamadog

    Bamadog Well-Known Member

    Rick has always been a gentleman, a scholar and a helluva a great writer. His insight will be missed in the Magnolia State.
  11. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    It's interesting... It's not the best time to be a national writer, an enterprise writer or a columnist. The writers who are the hottest commodities are the beat writers, because those are the guys who ESPN is targeting for the college and pro sites that it's started and are continuing to build.
  12. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    These are voluntary buyouts, and as I understand it, they're not rejecting anyone who qualifies (at least 55 years old, at least 20 years in the company).
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