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Published: Friday, May 21 2010 12:00 a.m. MDT

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JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt

He looks thrilled.

ScreenAge

This was surprising, but sounds like a great decision. KSL.com and DeseretNews.com are two of my favorite news websites, in part for how they build a community with the stories that is, shall we say, less troll infested than others sites.

It should be interesting to see a CEO who doesn't curse digital media, but embraces it and knows how it, and print media fit into the bigger picture.

Well done.

Alterego

I'm sure he's happy inside. lol

InspectorC

It's amazing --to me-- that the DNews has NEVER had a President or CEO! REally?!

But... it would appear they've definitely got themselves a HUGE winner here! Former prof @ Haahvud School of Business, etc., etc. I'm VERY impressed!!

I don't envy the challenge Mr. Gilbert has ahead of him, trying to keep a daily, print newspaper operational and profitable in this age. But I love his optimistic attitude and vision. Best wishes, Clark!!

As an aside-- I lived in Pennsylvania for two years, and knew Mark Willes and his family there (Broomall), when he ran the Fed Reserve Bank in Philly. And, I've subsequently followed his stellar career ever since. He's the most amazing businessman I know.

So between the two of them, this dynamic duo is going to do amazing things!

Best wishes DMC, DDM, and DN!



SP

The idea of splitting the website off from the newspaper (and from KSL) into its own entity sounded like a recipe for a dysfunctional relationship and sub-par product.

It looks like they are fixing that. If a newspaper throws content over the wall to the interactive group, you will always have a static, boring result. The best online newspapers are not going to be recognizable as newspapers - they will be a dynamic, interactive experience. You can't do that if the writers/reporters and the web designers don't even know each other.

MapleDon

This story reminds me of the announcement for upcoming ward conference.

Are there changes in the meeting schedule?

No.

Anything I need to do different from my normal routine?

No.

So, it's the same old, same old?

Yes.

harveytherabbit

Great promotion, Clark, it is a position in which you can use all your talents and energy. You are working against the tide in increasing circulation of a newpaper,but I hope you can accomplish a circulation increase in both print and electronics. I bet you can do it. Good Luck!!!!

Thinkin\' Man

I know Clark, and he's an incredibly talented and creative force of nature. He has extensive background in digital media and has done wonderful things with it.

Watch DesNews outpace the rest of the country's media!

Flashback

If he wants to make a positive change, he needs to move the paper back to an afternoon edition. I'd most likely subscribe again. I can't stand reading the morning version where the news is usually two days old.

Rexburg Reader

I worked with Clark at BYU-Idaho and I'm confident he will work wonders for the D. News! He's a person of great intelligence and capacity. Congratulations Clark! Now if you can just get your house sold in Rexburg...

ShanaD

Clark - Congratulations! I have known Clark and his family for years. Good friends of ours in Arizona. Clark will do an outstanding job for Deseret News. Congratulations Clark!

John Pack Lambert of Michigan

Actually, my first thought on reading this was "I did not know the Deseret News has a president". My next thought was "I wonder if he is the publisher with a new title". I was right on the first and wrong on the second.

Historically newspapers have had a publisher and an editor. At least if you go back far enough these were one and the same, and with the Deseret News I am not sure they became distinct until the late 20th century.

I am very happy about the Deseret News and its expanded Mormon coverage. I can not express how glad I was to see the article on the Michigan-produced musical "The Story of Job".

I hope they continue to move forward in expanding coverage. I hope they also rely a little less on the AP and get more internal reporters.

Lastly, I would like to say I really appreciate the new set-up of the comments section. There are fewer comments, but they are of a higher quality.

Screwdriver

Hopefully DN can be a little more balanced or dare we even hope for journalistic integrity and indifference to either political party? To be LDS is to seek truth not politics.

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