Jeff Babineau will be returning to the Senior Writer role left vacant by Jeff Rude's departure to the Back9Network and turning over the Golfweek editorial helm to Steve Harmon, a 6-year veteran of the publication.
In a letter to the staff, Babineau also makes mention of the tough times for print and Golfweek's plans to launch a Monday digital publication.
To the Golfweek staff:
As of this morning, after five-plus years as Golfweek’s editor, I'm taking on a new role with the company: I’m going to be writing full-time for Golfweek, filling the Senior Writer position vacated by Jeff Rude. I will be contributing features and columns for the magazine, helping Nick Masuda develop a new Monday product for Golfweek.com, writing for the web, and will continue to assemble The Forecaddie (need more help/contributions there!), hopefully extending that popular brand to the web, too.
I’m also pleased and proud to tell you that our new Golfweek editor is Steve Harmon. I helped recruit Steve to Golfweek from his post at The Orlando Sentinel in late 2008 because of his professionalism, his experience, his organization, his mastery of the language and his proven ability to lead a staff. He’s going to lead us in a challenging time in our industry, and he will work diligently to best mesh our print and digital assets as we redefine roles within each product. I know all of you will give Steve the support you've always given me.
A quick aside: I ran into one of our former co-workers while getting coffee early this morning, a person I hadn’t seen in 20 years. He asked about Steve, and I told him about Steve’s new role. His response: “He is the most fair guy I’ve ever worked for.” A tall compliment.
I’m going to do all I can to help Steve with his transition, and on Mondays when I’m not on the road somewhere, I’ll be in the office to help get the magazine proofed and out the door. I feel a need to re-emphasize that Mondays are THE MOST important days at our place in terms of the print product, and other folks will need to step up, expand roles and assist as well.
I've been at Golfweek for more than half my professional life (16 years). Honestly, becoming the editor of Golfweek was not something I’d really ever planned to do when the call from Rance Crain came one January night in 2009. I had served as editor for a brief time around 2000-01 as well, when Dave Seanor, who was our editor, stepped up to take on a bigger-picture role across several publications at Turnstile. But I was happy to be on a writing path. I enjoy being at events and watching history. That’s what’s in my heart.
Writing is the reason why I got into this business more than 30 years ago, and there are times such as the recent Deutsche Bank Championship that I really miss being able to fully concentrate on it. That now will change, and I’m looking forward to a new role, and contributing in a different way. I thank Francis Farrell for his help in this transition, and for the opportunity ahead.
As your editor, I can only tell you that I’ve done the best that I could in trying to make sound decisions, not all of them popular, I’m sure. I thank you all for working so hard, and for your expertise in so many areas, and for bringing quality to our magazine. I think we have the best edit team in the business, and I've always felt honored to extend a hand to some stranger and tell them I represent Golfweek.
Going forward, if content really is king, then we should do just fine.
Next stop: Scotland and the 40th Ryder Cup.
Thanks again to all of you.