Jetblue Hires a Chief People Officer While NPR Needs an Ombudsman, Plus Other News of the Day

– Just because the groups involved in the attempted sale of Philadelphia Newspapers totally bungled the first attempt, doesn’t mean the press should be punished for it. But that’s what bankruptcy judge Stephen Raslavich has decided, banning the press from attending the auction for The Inquirer and the Daily News. “It could lead to just pandemonium,” said Raslavich. Oh, yeah, as if the press has created all the drama.

departedposter1.jpg– Want a cool job critiquing NPR’s coverage? Its current ombudsman Lisa Shepard has decided to step down after three years on the job. “S/he is the arbiter of fairness, balance and accuracy in NPR’s news reporting,” according to the NPR job post. I can never tell, is this a sought after job? It always reminds me of Matt Damon’s character in “The Departed,” when he’s assigned to find the “rat” within the department. Not that the ombudsman is a rat, but you’re constantly criticizing your coworkers’ work. Do coworkers get upset about this? Are you allowed to go to company parties? Can someone explain this to me?

– Here’s a job title you don’t hear everyday. Jetblue has named Joanna Geraghty its new “chief people officer.” What’s that you might ask? Well it looks like it deals with keeping moral up. “JetBlue’s people have always been the secret ingredient to our success,” said Geraghty in a press release. “It is my intention to strengthen our culture, where every crewmember has a voice and the opportunity to help shape their experience, and where all crewmembers and crewleaders are valued, appreciated and understand their role in the company’s success, and share in that success.” Get this, the last chief people officer stepped down just before Steven Slater slid into our hearts. Coincidence? Jetblue says the new hire has nothing to do with Slater’s actions.

– Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S has decided to makeover its logo, and they thought a lot about it. “Hachette says the letters in new logo [pictured] are slanted forward, or toward ‘the future,’ in an effort to ‘reflect the agile and future-focused mindset of our new corporate culture,’ reports Folio:. “The logo doesn’t include any punctuation to stress the ‘social community and collaboration’ within the company. (Instead of U.S. at the end, US with no punctuation represents the ‘familial us,’ the company says.)”