Who said as an editor? Like any other 22-year-old fresh out of college, start at the beginning and work your way up.I'm curious as to why you think Mr. Closson would merit a job as an editor at this point. To my mind, he has thrown his reporters under the bus due to outside pressure. I don't presume to understand how hard it is for him at the moment, but if I were a reporter and he was hired to be my editor, I would not be filled with confidence.
That's not to say that he won't be a great editor or reporter some day, but the evidence to me seems otherwise.
I'm a firm believer in hiring for character and capability rather than established skill set. A good manager teaches his or her employees what they need to be successful. I also like working with people who have struggled with something before and found their way through it, for many of the same reasons that have been discussed on this thread.
I don't necessarily think the Daily and its staffers did everything right here, but I think they genuinely tried to examine their own procedures and make a call on what was right. Most college kids think not for one second about the prospective consequences of their actions and their decisions...like the ones here who were upset for being reported on when they took part in a public protest. I'll take up the mantle of someone who struggled with a difficult decision on behalf of his staff and expressed his position eloquently even if it's not the position I would have taken. If I'm in a position to hire an entry-level person, the process from which a potential employee has learned is more important to me than the results achieved. Teach a man to fish/give him a fish, etc.