Update: Jeremy over at Good As You has now filed his report on this news: Out and proud NOMmers eat away your rights, save room for ‘Deseret’
Rather than reading my random thoughts below, I’d suggest clicking over and reading Jeremy’s post.
For an LDS perspective, I’d suggest checking out this insider’s view of the new board:
The Editorial Advisory Board looks to me like the starting lineup of a Mormon Huffington Post. I have no idea if this will broaden the appeal of the paper outside of the Wasatch Front. Instead of producing news it looks like it is aimed at producing influence.
“… a Mormon Huffington Post.” That sounds about right.
I’ll clean the rest of this up later, cheers.
The new Deseret News board includes Robert P. George (chairman of the board of the National Organization for Marriage) and Matthew S. Holland (former NOM board member).
Maggie Gallagher, (former) NOM president:
“… there is no connection between NOM and the church except that a Mormon serves on NOM’s board.”
Nothing to see here.
Salt Lake Tribune: D-News assembles “thought leaders”
PRIDE In Utah: NOM Leader Named To DesNews Advisory Board
By the way, speaking of LDS media, I just noticed that Meridian Magazine got a facelift. Perhaps a preview of where DesNews is headed? From that SLTrib article linked to above:
The interesting thing to note here is that only four of the 13 ["thought leaders"] live in Utah, which solidifies the speculation that the Deseret News is slowly moving from being a Utah newspaper to a national LDS-centric paper/web entity.
Check out this June report over at Good As You for some background on these new board members and their ties to the Mormon leadership.