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Telegraph's managing editor resigns from Nashua newspaper over 'censorship'

By KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent

September 22. 2016 8:36PM


NASHUA — A newspaper known for promoting transparency has lost its executive managing editor, Roger Carroll, who resigned after a dispute over what he believes was censorship.

Carroll said he recently resigned from his position with The Telegraph of Nashua after concerns were raised about an article published in the paper that detailed the organization’s future move from its current location in Hudson to Main Street in Nashua.

He confirmed that after the article was published, higher-ups at the newspaper asked that the purchase price of the downtown building, along with the assessment value, be removed from the story for the online version.

“I thought that the directive represented a disrespect for the newsroom and The Telegraph readers that I was uncomfortable with,” Carroll said when reached by telephone on Thursday. “Those were things that are a matter of public record.”

Jim Konig, publisher of The Telegraph, did not immediately return a phone call and email seeking comment on the matter.

“The request came from Jim Konig, the publisher. He said that the directive came from Bill Nutting, who is the vice-president of Ogden Newspapers,” said Carroll. “I wasn’t part of the discussion. I told (Konig) that I would take it down, but he would need to find a new editor.”

The Telgraph was bought by Ogden Newspapers, a West Virginia-based newspaper chain, in April 2013.

Carroll, who lives in Nashua, would not elaborate further on his resignation, but did say it was disappointing.

“It felt like censorship — that is what it felt like,” he said, adding his future career plans are still up in the air.

There were two versions of The Telegraph story published on Sept. 9. The print version of the article, written by staff writer Damien Fisher, disclosed the purchase price of the building at 110 Main St. as $650,000, and disclosed its assessed value of $1.8 million.

However, the online version, which is still available on the newspaper’s website, does not include any details on the acquisition price or assessment for the newspaper’s soon-to-be new home in downtown Nashua.

The Telegraph is a community newspaper in the Gate City known for its transparency, investigative journalism and frequent Right-to-Know requests that have led to many awards, including its popular Sunshine Week stories that champion for transparency in local government.

Carroll began working for The Telegraph as an editorial page editor three years ago, and was promoted in the summer of 2015 to lead the paper’s newsroom after Phil Kincade retired from the executive managing editor position.

According to a previous article in The Telegraph, Carroll began his journalism career in radio, and eventually worked for Judd Gregg before becoming a reporter for the Valley News in Lebanon and the Claremont Eagle-Times where he later served as its editor.

khoughton@newstote.com


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