2012-07-20 / Front Page / Local

Managing editor departs, current and former staff reflect

BRUNSWICK

Managing Editor Robert Long’s name rarely makes it into print in The Times Record but nearly every word of local news has his name behind it. Today’s edition is the last to be printed under his guidance as he moves on from the paper he has edited since 2002.

Many casual readers of The Times Record may not recognize Robert’s name, but have almost certainly felt his impact. During difficult financial times for nearly all media organizations — and arguably for print publications most of all — Robert held strong to his guiding belief that The Times Record should promote local news and photographs above all else.

At a time when the easier solution to filling each day’s newspaper would have been to turn mostly to national and international news, which is nearly limitless and provided by wire services, Robert continued to push his staff of journalists, editors and page designers to deliver relevant and high-quality stories and pictures from the Mid-coast area.

Perhaps more difficult to quantify is Robert’s touch in managing The Times Record’s newsroom team. Robert is realistic and flexible, but still motivates journalists to do their best work. These qualities led this newspaper to two straight Top 3 finishes in the Maine Press Association’s General Excellence award category in recent years.

Robert’s own skill as a writer could be seen in The Times Record almost every day, however anonymously, as the pen — or keyboard — behind a number of awardwinning newspaper editorials.

His impact as a mentor for aspiring professionals, and in the field of journalism in Maine, cannot be overstated, and he remains a valuable sounding board and trusted coach, even for former newsroom workers and interns who have gone on to win awards, join larger media outlets, and pursue ambitious careers in politics, theater and law.

Now, Robert is moving on. We wish him the best of luck, and look forward to working with him in the future.

By current and former staff of The Times Record newsroom including George Almasi, Troy R. Bennett, Beth Brogan, Bob Conn, Darren Fishell, Patrick Gabrion, Seth Koenig, Daryl Madore and Darcie Moore.


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