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No public announcement for Sims resignation

The Association of Alternative Newsweeklies reports that Hank Sims’ resignation from the North Coast Journal will not be televised or otherwise announced.

Instead, all you get is last week’s scoop by the Humboldt Herald, and this quote from NCJ publisher Judy Hodgson, sent to the AAN:

Hank Sims resigned Friday after more than seven years as a staff writer, editor and web software engineer for the North Coast Journal. He asked that no public announcement be made. We respect his wishes and regret his loss to the Journal family and readers.

News of the sudden shake-up at the NCJ riveted Humboldt County news junkies, driving loads of traffic to this blog and inspiring others to digitally mock Sims’ replacement following heated interview on KSLG radio.

The Humboldt Herald will report Sims’ next journalistic move when it becomes known.

  1. Goldie
    February 8, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Seven-oh-Heaven summed up the current situation very well. http://www.northcoastjournal.com/news/2011/02/03/dot-dot-dot/

  2. Anonymous
    February 8, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Hank is a great writer, no doubt about that. But he would be foolish to walk away from this episode without learning a few lessons. Namely, an editor must be responsive to his readership, and respond without always reflexively mocking and belittling them. Far too often, Hank exhibited a syndrome of godly arrogance that reflected an unwillingness to step back, or even momentarily turn off, his trademark snarky dismissiveness and all-to-obvious belief in his own infallibility. In the last month he seemed even more out of control (during that time, I seem to recall a letter to the editor from a reader who chastised him for this, but Hank never seemed to get it).

    Humility has many lessons to teach.

  3. February 8, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Love the 7OH.

  4. Anonymous
    February 8, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Judy Hodgson, Tom Abate, and Bob Doran are responsive to readership, 9:56. So was the Eureka Reporter.

  5. Mitch
    February 8, 2011 at 10:30 am

    So Jennifer Savage loves the 7OH, and Andrew Goff must think people are being censored at the Journal.

    Why not just do the right thing, tell whoever is the censor to fuck off, and tell the world what you think?

  6. Mitch
    February 8, 2011 at 10:39 am

    To put 10:30 more aggressively, if you aren’t willing to tell the world what’s going on in your own house, why should ANYONE think you’d be willing to tell the world what’s going on in Humboldt County?

    Doing a comic strip showing blacked out words is an adorable, if somewhat juvenile, approach. But doesn’t it fall a bit short of what a self-respecting person would do?

  7. Anonymous
    February 8, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Mitch, simple answer. Columnists love seeing their name in print above all else. It doesn’t matter what transpires at the Journal. They’ll apologize for anything so long as they get their attention.

  8. Anonymous
    February 8, 2011 at 10:45 am

    It’s a smart move on Hank’s part in not pulling an HSU rant-and-tell-all upon his departure. He must have plans to stay in the game locally.

    We already know all we need to know. The daft old dame hired Mr. Wazoo. Now we sit back and watch the Journal implode. Goff and Savage remaining quiet won’t forestall the inevitable.

  9. Another Mainstream Megaphone
    February 8, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Good comparison 10:45.

    The HSU “family” or as the bosses call it “a student-centered community” pay out settlements so large that they are attached as riders to unrelated bills in Sacramento, with the sole-purpose of maintaining the protective shroud around academia’s uncomfortable truths.

    If you want to continue your career, and get that sterling letter of recommendation, you take the money and sign the confidentiality agreement.

    Not that Sims needed persuading to self-censor his own story, but censorship agreements are a pervasive cultural reality that explains why so little changes as our economy, environment and society collapse around us.

  10. February 8, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Whoa, Mitch, I think you’re taking my appreciation for the world of Seven-O-Heaven and that particular strip too seriously.

  11. Anonymous
    February 8, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Oh George, your taking every opportunity to dump on HSU never gets old. You so silly!

  12. Mitch
    February 8, 2011 at 11:20 am


    OK. Sorry. I’ll put the horse back in the barn.

  13. February 8, 2011 at 11:56 am

    I only hope mielkes shit-canned next

  14. Humboldt Politico
    February 8, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Real good market to be fired/quit in.

    What I was always amazed at was the minimum wage levels reporters, etc. were willing to work for in Humboldt County. A couple years back, T-S was hiring at a rate that worked out to $10.00 an hour. And this was for people with experience. I hear it’s not much higher these days. And them some of these reporters hold themselves up as some sort of superior beings.

    A guess Hank can go to work for Burger King and expect a pay raise.

  15. Anonymous
    February 8, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    First Olbermann. Now this. I can’t take anymore!

  16. Another Mainstream Megaphone
    February 8, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Who’s “george”?

    Just as I expected coming from “anonymous 11:17”.

  17. Hank Sims
    February 8, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Sims indicates via Twitter that Savage Henry magazine is wooing him to take over as editor. If he accepts maybe he can slap some sense into their sorry “humor” department.

    Er, hey there, Shecky Greene: That tweet was what is known as a “joke.”

  18. February 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Well, that’s good news for you then.

  19. Anonymous
    February 8, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    I don’t like this new Herald design or the North Coast Journal.

  20. Mitch
    February 8, 2011 at 5:30 pm


    And the Herald and Journal probably don’t like you, either. So?

  21. February 8, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    I’ve always wanted a 3-column layout. Sweet.

  22. February 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    The layout changes are a work in progress. Thanks for your patience.

  23. Not A Native
    February 8, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    At the least, center the Masthead and menu… or if you’re going asymmetrically ‘arty’ then put something else into the blank space

  24. February 8, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    New header is forthcoming. Please standby.

  25. Anonymous
    February 8, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    I think it looks nice. Change is always hard at first but it’s attractive and we’ll get used to it before we know it.

  26. February 8, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Thanks. Some improvements are overdue.

  27. too much
    February 8, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    too much white space on the left. this is not a political statement. long threads will get longer. all that unpopulated space. you need infill.

  28. February 8, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    @humboldt politico
    T-S reporters get paid more than $10/hour…probably at least $12/hr for somebody with no experience.

    Dude, do something with the all white background. I recommend photoshopped political statements or a middle finger

  29. February 8, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Good suggestions. Thanks.

  30. Anonymous
    February 8, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    I vote, go back to the old layout.

    The red masthead was kind of comforting, in a way, like coming home…

    Bring it back!

  31. February 8, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    The red is definitely Humboldt Herald old school.

  32. Goldie
    February 8, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    I like this one best. It makes my eyes happy.

  33. February 8, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    That’s what I was going for — easy on the eyes.

  34. Not A Native
    February 8, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Reverted back, mostly? Not enough contrast in the Comments/Most Read/Blog links. Hurts my eyes to read.

  35. treesnstuff
    February 8, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    I was actually offered a job by the Eureka Reporter a few years back to be a staff photog. The pay was dismal, the benefits were weak and the office culture was totally stiff and lame. Being a journalist in Humboldt County is no easy job between the shitty pay and a near guarantee that half of the populace will hate you within six months. Working at HSU offers slightly better pay if you can put up with the politics and all the general BS. Also, HSU is big enough and dysfunctional enough so that you don’t have to work very hard and can pretty much do whatever you want. No so at a daily or weekly newspaper, the damn thing has to be produced every day or week without fail.

  36. Anonymous
    February 8, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Are you kidding?

    Once you discover your private employer’s dirty laundry you keep your mouth shut…..and nothing changes…squeal at HSU and name your price to leave….and nothing changes….just ask Dave Wells. (Don’t bother searching the NCJ archive, HSU is sacrosanct).

    “America”, from barbarism to decadence, without civilization.

  37. Walt
    February 9, 2011 at 6:19 am

    Didn’t this start out being about Whats-his-name? But his timing isn’t great: with the elimination of unions and all public sector jobs and their benefits will mean if he’s lucky he can get a job at McHSU. Can you say “Welcome to McHSU. Can (sic) I take your order please?” Supersize you?

  38. AJS
    February 9, 2011 at 7:24 am

    Yeah, reporters make crap money. Yeah, Hank got a raw deal and I’m glad he had the ability to retain some of his self-respect and tell his employer to take the “new” job and shove it. Local journalists do the job they do because they have passion for public information and a sense of headiness over the occasional scoop or sense of excitement that occurs when you get a front row seat when something great, awful, or unusual happens. Poor compensation or not, it gets in your blood and I doubt Hank will be out of the rat race for long. Good luck to you, Hank.

  39. Anonymous
    February 9, 2011 at 7:41 am

    treesnstuff, was your departure from HSU voluntary? You didn’t stay long.

  40. treesnstuff
    February 9, 2011 at 7:49 am

    @anonymous 7:41
    yes, completely voluntary. nope, i didn’t stay long. why do you ask?

  41. Decline to State
    February 9, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Maybe Hank should consider going into local politics. I get the impression from reading his articles that he may be suited to it.

  42. February 9, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Hank has a game plan, not to worry.

  43. Anonymous
    February 9, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Because treesnstuff, I thought your behavior would have gotten you kicked to the curb as soon as your first year ‘temporary’ status came up for review. You just decided to leave a decent paying job with some of the best benefits in the county?

  44. Anonymous
    February 9, 2011 at 10:27 am

    @anonymous 10:16: i’m not sure what behavior you are referring to, but yes, i quit. life is complicated.

  45. Anonymous
    February 9, 2011 at 10:51 am

    treesnstuff, did you write a newspaper opinion piece?

  46. Not A Native
    February 9, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Changes look good to me, glad you dumped the three column layout and the most viewed category.

    I’m in favor of increasing the number of recent posts on the main page to at least 10. I don’t think older threads get enough respect. Out of sight out of mind too easily becomes the norm on the ‘net. IMO that results in more reactive responses and less critical thinking to identify larger issues that cut across the threads,

  47. February 9, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Good suggestion.

  48. Harry
    February 9, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Now he is free to sit and smoke the marijuana he loves to promote so much.

  49. Anonymous
    February 9, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    @anon 10:51: nope, i didn’t write any newspaper opinion pieces. is there an ultimate point you are getting at via your vague questions?

  50. skippy
    February 9, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Excuse me, Chris, I have to run a virus check and wash my eyes out with hydrogen peroxide now due to your great reporting talents. Thank you. Peace, my friend… skips

  51. Jacqbear
    February 9, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    A couple of things might be overlooked here: this happened fairly soon after the gory front cover for a story about people who suspend from hooks. Really bad taste; kinda Inquirerish. Then in a huge jounalistic breach in spite of a specific request quoted in the content of that article, there’s a photo that blows the cover of the woman who’s the main focus of the article. Off the record means off the record, means off the record; and no identity revelation means no photo or identity breach.

    Hank Sims was an arrogant SOMF too much enamored of himself. I wish him no harm and I’m glad to see him gone. The Journal can do better. And for those who predict the demise of the Journal, not so fast; the publication will weather this storm. When it does there will blue skies, calm seas and better journalism and community profiling.

  52. February 9, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Oh, please. She had her picture taken, and she was on video! In a room full of people standing around pretending she was cool so she could get her rocks off.

    She didn’t need the Journal to “blow her cover.” Don’t blame the messenger.

    It’s better to know you’ve got a sicko like this in your midst. And I hope she isn’t allowed anywhere the teenage 4-H volunteers any more.

  53. Anonymous
    February 10, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Jacqbear, you need to work harder as concealing your identity. Say something out of character, dude, or everyone will know your secret.

  54. February 10, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    “Hank Sims was an arrogant SOMF”

    So, all this time Hank was a “service-oriented modeling framework”? The fucker didn’t tell anyone.

  55. Jacqbear
    February 10, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Joel, that’s a good one! Although upon reflection, I retract the acronym; it was admittedly a bit harsh.
    Sometimes change isn’t pleasant, sometimes it’s a challenge, sometimes it’s a mess. Sometimes people need a kick in the butt for them to evolve. Hopefully Sims and the Journal will emerge stronger and better. In truth they each are a part of and make contributions to the community.
    Journalism and media are tough professions. Mistakes, messy separations all become terribly public drawing a lot of opinion when each side really needs quietude and time to reflect, heal, gather up to go on.

  56. FoxStudio
    February 10, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    The Town Dandy was the one thing in the Journal that, week in, week out, was a “must read”. Hank needs to revive it somehow, somewhere. After this last election, now more than ever. Judy blew it, sad to say.

  57. Anonymous
    February 10, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Did anyone notice how the first cover story by the new editor was a positive piece about the NCJ’s biggest advertiser?

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