It's just days after Reuters announced the scrapping of its "Next" project and, relatedly, the impending departure of venerated digital executive editor Jim Roberts, but a replacement has already been named: Dan Colarusso, currently head of global programming for Thomson Reuters. We don't need to remind anyone that this will be the third such appointment in a year, but based on his tweets, Colarusso conveys the impression he is enthusiastic about the challenges ahead.
The news appears to have been broken by a cat--well, specifically, Reuters finance blogger Felix Salmon, who famously a picture of the cartoon kitty as his Twitter avatar. The tweet in question: "It has been exactly 4 years, 10 months, and 13 days since I last worked for @Colarusso42," followed by the hashtag #meetthenewboss. "Yet it feels like only yesterday," was the good-natured reply from Colarusso.
Buzzfeed's Peter Lauria (himself a Reuters alum) joined in, tweeting, "I once used 'bifurcate' in a story and @Colarusso42 told me if I did that again he would break my fingers..that's a great manager." Not to miss out on the fun, Reuters reporter Erin Geiger Smith tweeted, "Congrats to @Colarusso42! I just suggested to him that I become the next @jackshafer. I'll let you guys know what he says." The answer from her new boss: "DONE!"
Given the position's recent history, it seems Colarusso has a tough task ahead of him--but at the very least his supporting cast appears ready to back him.