December 10, 2014

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

In his remarks to staff, Martin Kaiser, editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, spoke about why he will leave the job in February at a place where he has worked for 21 years.

“This is my decision – and mine alone. It was not an easy one. It wasn’t easy because of you and because of the relationship we have built with our readers over these years,” Kaiser said. The full transcript of his remarks can be found here. Kaiser spoke about the impact and relationship of local journalism in Milwaukee.

I don’t believe there is another place in this country where readers are more invested in a local news organization. They care deeply about what you do.

The success we have had journalistically would not be possible if our reporting — from our daily coverage to our projects to our Green Bay Packers analysis, every aspect of our work, did not connect with our readers. It allows us to have the impact that great news organizations must have to produce journalism that makes a difference.

We have a profound responsibility to our community, and we must continue to use the new technology to strengthen and grow our relationship with our readers.

We have an obligation to protect, nurture and continue to build trusted news coverage.

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Kristen Hare teaches local journalists the critical skills they need to serve and cover their communities as Poynter's local news faculty member. Before joining faculty…
Kristen Hare

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