ATLANTA (March 24, 2014) - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a new gatekeeper for stories for its daily business page, or chapter as some at the paper call it.
Chris Quinn, currently listed as an editor of the AJC's Living section, takes over this week as the daily assignment editor for business. This means, in effect, Quinn will be the key decision-maker in which business stories appear in print and online. Quinn replaces AJC veteran Matt Kempner, who will remain on the business staff as a reporter (which really is more fun and freeing than being an editor and dealing with reporters anyway).
In another big move, Henry Unger will serve as a writer-coach, and those who work with him will be lucky. Unger has done just about everything for AJC business from Coca-Cola reporter to Sunday business editor to columnist and knows tons about the metro area's big companies and how to cover them. Anyone he coaches will be made better.
These moves are good news for fans of real estate news. Quinn served as interim CRE reporter in late 2011 and also covered residential real estate in the past. Quinn likely will do so once again in his new position. And Unger has a keen interest in real estate, especially commercial real estate, which he knows is the engine that drives Atlanta's economy.
I've talked with Unger on a couple of occasions about resurrecting a real estate column at the paper, even if it appears online only. Readers wants more commercial real estate news. Hell, I'll even write the column for free.