The Paducah Sun has lost three employees who are starting a new magazine. Executive Editor Duke Conover, Advertising Director Carolyn Raney and Sun employee Maggie Wade all left on January 17th to start VUE Magazine. Conover, Raney and Wade collectively spent more than 20 years at the Sun.
Paducah Sun Publisher Jim Paxton wouldn’t discuss the terms on which the employees left. He simply said that Conover left to pursue other opportunities. Paxton says the Sun has hired a new Executive Editor and will make an announcement regarding the appointment in coming days. He says the new editor comes from a larger market and has Kentucky Roots.
Conover says it was a hard decision to leave the Sun. He said the paper was “like a family.” He said all three former Sun employees decided to give their notice on the same day. Despite his kind words for the paper, Conover wouldn't disclose the terms on which they left.
Raney is the magazine's Publisher. “VUE Magazine stands for view unique events,” said Raney. The magazine’s core, Raney says, will be to raise awareness for non-profits and charities through coverage of events geared toward raising money for those organizations.
Conover is the magazine's editor-in-chief. He says VUE features will initially focus on McCracken and contiguous counties
Conover wouldn’t mention whether or not they came up with any startup capital for the project. Raney says the free magazine’s revenue will be solely based on advertising. Vue is on Facebook and will launch its website soon with the first publication due out May 5th.