Editor Franklin Steps Down at The Baltimore Sun

Timothy Franklin, editor of The Baltimore Sun, will leave the paper at the end of the year to take a teaching position at the Indiana University School of Journalism, the Sun reported today.

The paper announced that Montgomery “Monty” Cook, director of content development, would replace him as editor and senior vice president.

“Monty Cook is a bold thinker, bringing the kind of leadership The Baltimore Sun and the industry need in this rapidly changing media world,” Timothy E. Ryan, publisher of the Sun, said in the story. “He’s a true innovator who will help The Sun grow audiences in print and online.”

In a memo to staff, Franklin said he did not want to pass up the opportunity to create a new sports journalism center at the university, which is his alma mater.

“Indiana … has asked me to launch and direct the nation’s pre-eminent sports journalism center, as well as serve as its Louis A. Weil, Jr. Endowed Chair in Journalism,” he wrote in the memo, first posted on the Poynter.org Romenesko site.

“This represents an extraordinary opportunity for me to help build a new program and have a long-lasting impact at an institution that I care deeply about and that is on the move.”