Author archives: John Crouch

Sarasota Herald-Tribune Awarded National Press Foundation’s first Carolyn C. Mattingly Award for Mental Health Reporting

GateHouse Media would like to extend a congratulations to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, which was recently awarded the National Press Foundation’s first Carolyn C. Mattingly Award for Mental Health Reporting for its joint investigation with the Tampa Bay Times of Florida’s mental health hospitals.

The five-part “Insane. Invisible. In Danger” series was reported by the Herald-Tribune’s Michael Braga and the Tampa Bay Times’ Leonora LaPeter Anton and Anthony Cormier, and focused on conditions at Florida’s institutions for the mentally ill after $100 million in budget cuts.

The judges noted the collaboration between the two competing Florida papers and said the piece was “revealing, thorough, comprehensive and deep. Every element was compelling, from surveillance videos, graphics, data, strong multimedia and top-drawing writing. The project was extraordinarily strong from start to finish.”

“Insane. Invisible. In Danger” also was a finalist in the Investigative Reporters and Editors’ recent competition.

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GateHouse Media Names Tom Clifford as Vice President of Center for News & Design

GateHouse Media recently named Tom Clifford as vice president of its Center for News & Design in Austin, Texas.

Clifford, who most recently served as the executive editor of the Montgomery Advertiser, will lead the center’s general operations.

“Through a several-month search process, Tom emerged as the clear leader because of his strong journalistic credentials, newsroom management style and exposure to design centers,” said David Arkin, GateHouse Media’s senior vice president of content and product development. “He will be an enormous asset, driving the Center’s goals of creating best-in-class news products and operational efficiencies.”

As the executive editor of Montgomery Advertiser, Clifford’s work resulted in winning Best in State news operation and Most Improved News Operation two years running, and being recognized by Gannett for in-depth public service reporting, video/multimedia work and innovative use of digital platforms.

Clifford also has previously served as executive news director at the Post & Courier in Charleston, South Carolina, and led digital news operations at Florida Today, in addition to working as a reporter and editor in Baltimore, Mississippi, North Carolina, New York City and Virginia.

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Page designer/copy editor – Center for News & Design – Austin, Texas

Position: Page designer/copy editor (Level 1)
Experience: Up to 3 years

GateHouse Media’s Center for News & Design is established in the growing and vibrant community of Austin, Texas. The center is part of a long-term effort to offer a range of content services to GateHouse newspapers and market those services to other media entities. The plan incorporates both print and digital components, in addition to new platforms we plan to develop.

We are building a team of quality journalists who not only can design attractive and compelling pages but also clean up stories and sharpen headlines. The center opened in May of 2014 and we’ve been building our Design team as we grow.

A variety of shifts, both full-time and part-time, are available for qualified candidates to join desks that will produce daily and weekly pages for dozens of GateHouse publications throughout the country.

Recent college graduates are encouraged to apply, as well as those with limited professional experience. Design clips or links to online portfolios are required from all applicants, as is a skills assessment.

The designer/copy editor’s duties include:

• Using page-design software and centralized front-end system to lay out a steady stream of pages from beginning to end
• Offering and executing creative solutions to content presentation
• Publishing final stories to appropriate websites, following GateHouse Media’s content strategy
• Designing and editing special sections
• Working with local editors across the country to continually improve our publications

The designer/copy editor must:

• Have a dual skill set in both newspaper design and copy editing
• Be a true multitasker, able to handle curveballs on hard deadlines
• Be a true team player, able to interact proactively and productively with dozens of colleagues while helping to build team morale
• Be able to generate and implement creative ideas swiftly
• Have proven line-editing skills and be versed in AP style
• Have experience with layout software, preferably Adobe InDesign
• Have experience with digital publishing

Apply online here.

Outside Sales – Major Division – Quincy, Massachusetts

Outside Sales – Majors Division, Boston & Providence

Propel Marketing is a full-service digital marketing agency and we have been growing steadily since opening our doors in 2011. Our core focus is in helping clients better manage their online presence and online marketing strategy. From display advertising, social media management, SEO and SEM, our services assure that our client’s marketing dollars are working for them.

Our Major Accounts team is expanding and we need an outside sales professionals in San Francisco, Miami, Charlotte and NYC who can hunt and win new business, targeting mid-size to larger businesses across all categories. You’ll use your consultative selling skills and charm when making in-person calls to prospect for clients, conduct needs assessments, demo our best-in-class products, negotiate and close contracts in person. Because you are part of a regional team, there are team selling opportunities to help you reach goal and earn more money.

What You Have:

• 3 to 5 years of experience as a B2B outside sales rep, proposing internet marketing solutions to help businesses reach more customers
• A book of business that you will tap to shorten your ramp up time and increase your chance for success in this new role
• Experience as a road warrior and can demonstrate how you organize your days in order to maximize selling opportunities with little supervision
• An understanding of the importance of using CRM, like, to track and manage a growing and qualified pipeline
• High expectations of yourself and so, you have a track record of exceeding your business development and account management sales targets
• Desire to work for a company that recognizes your value and has real growth opportunities
• High school diploma, associate or bachelor’s degree preferred

What Propel Offers:

• Competitive base salary plus commissions and commission are uncapped!
• Propel product specific training as part of your on-boarding
• Realistic and attainable monthly goals
• Expense reimbursement
• Programs that keep you engaged while you work remotely, including contests, sales summits and monthly meetings at the corporate office
• Health and retirement benefits
• Paid time off

Our company culture is that of a true start up; we work hard, reward well, encourage new ideas and provide opportunities for growth. Send us your resume!

Multimedia Sales Executive – Middletown, New York

The primary role of the Multimedia Sales Executive (MMSE) is to increase print and digital advertising revenues by achieving or exceeding the revenue goal in their assigned territory. The MMSE will develop and present audience based, multimedia sales campaigns to meet the diversified needs of our customers and maximize customer ROI.

Key Responsibilities
• Consistently meets/exceeds all print and digital revenue targets
• Develops and demonstrates expert knowledge and understanding of all GateHouse Media sales and marketing assets, including all newspaper products, digital products and digital marketing services
• Represent and embrace new non-traditional products and services that the company may introduce as we look to diversify new revenue streams that capitalize on our customer base and scale
• Follows GateHouse prescribed best practices on Pipeline Management and Gap Analysis and completes all required sales process activities
• Regularly and customarily engaged in person with customers
• Drives customer retention through excellent customer service
• Develops new business by understanding customer needs and selling products and services that provide value to the customer
• Effectively communicates with management to provide accurate revenue forecasts and market intelligence that may impact revenue (+/-)
• Maintains the highest levels of personal and professional behavior in the workplace and in the market

Position Requirements

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
• Knowledge of competitive media landscape; use for new business development and sales analysis
• Ability to prospect new business via cold calling and other prospecting techniques including social media where applicable
• Highly motivated, self-starting individual with initiative and drive to succeed
• Ability to close new business and exceed sales targets
• Successful track record of pushing past rejection and achieving results
• Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to build and deliver effective presentations
• Strong networking and community involvement skills
• Eagerness to learn, continually seeking to improve sales skills
• Strong time management and follow up skills
• Organized with an attention for detail
• Computer and software experience with MS Office programs including Excel, Powerpoint, and Word
• Must possess a valid state driver’s license and reliable transportation

Education & Experience:
• Bachelor’s Degree in Sales, Marketing or Business preferred; or equivalent work experience in media related business
• Minimum of one year sales experience, preferably in outside sales
• Prior experience in digital marketing sales highly desirable

GateHouse Media and all subsidiaries are Equal Opportunity Employers and value diversity in our workplace.

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Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s Executive Editor Bill Church selected as a Knight Visiting Nieman Fellow

billchurchBill Church, executive editor of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and southeast regional editor of GateHouse Media, was recently selected as one of eight 2016 Knight Visiting Nieman Fellows to spend time at Harvard University working on projects designed to advance the field of journalism.

Church’s project will explore organizational behavior in community-size newsrooms and explore new models for adaptability and innovation. A major component will be trying to understand the mindset of optimistic, digital natives and start-ups in an attempt build a model newsroom structure that is more horizontally integrated and fluid in adapting to business climate changes.

His research will include four weeks on-site at Harvard and MIT, spending time in the Nieman Lab and with Harvard’s organizational behavior and innovation faculty.

The fellowship program was established in 2012 to invite individuals with promising journalism research proposals to take advantage of the resources at Harvard University and the Nieman Foundation.

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GateHouse Media’s Propel Marketing acquires ThriveHive

270876_595692900443805_22386554_nGateHouse Media’s CEO Kirk Davis and Chief Revenue Officer and Propel Business Services’ CEO Peter Newton recently announced Propel Marketing’s acquisition of guided marketing software company ThriveHive. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the award-winning company’s platform aims to address the specific marketing needs of small businesses, and was founded in 2011 by four local entrepreneurs, including MIT Sloan School of Management graduates Max Faingezicht and Adam Blake.

Launched in 2012, Propel Marketing’s annual revenue now exceeds $31 million, driven by its best-in-class product and service offerings tailored for the nation’s 28 million small and medium size businesses, and the support of the GateHouse field sales organization.

ThriveHive will operate within Propel Marketing, with ThriveHive’s CEO Max Faingezicht reporting to Propel Marketing Chief Executive Officer Peter Cannone.

New editors at The Enterprise and The Patriot Ledger announced

Lisa Strattan and Ken Johnson

Lisa Strattan and Ken Johnson

New editors have been appointed at The Enterprise in Brockton, Massachusetts, and The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Massachusetts.

GateHouse Media New England’s Senior Vice President, and Executive Editor and Publisher of Wicked Local Lisa Strattan was named executive editor of both The Enterprise and The Patriot Ledger.

Ken Johnson, a longtime Patriot Ledger editor and reporter, was named managing editor. Steve Damish will continue in his role of managing editor of The Enterprise.

“I’m excited about both of our staff announcements today.” Said Publisher Mark Olivieri. “Ken has been a 30-plus-year leader in our newsroom and Lisa brings years of editorial and publishing leadership to our organization. I have worked with Ken and Lisa on various projects over the past eight years and look forward to working them on a daily basis.”

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GateHouse Media SVP David Arkin named News Innovator of the Year

9.03.2016 John Crouch Awards
David Arkin

David Arkin

We are thrilled to announce that GateHouse Media’s Senior Vice President of Content & Product Development David Arkin was named News Innovator of the Year by the Local Media Association at its Excellence in News Coverage awards.

Each year, the award is given to a local media executive who has improved the news and content strategy at their company through innovative and disruptive ideas.

When nominating Arkin, GateHouse Media’s CEO Kirk Davis said, “David has proven he’s an innovator. He has developed programs that enable newsrooms to spend more time on original content creation, build digitally-focused culture and processes, and develop social media presence and video capabilities that are increasing audience engagement.”

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Local Media Association’s Excellence in News Coverage awards names GateHouse Media winners

9.03.2016 John Crouch Awards

GateHouse Media would like to congratulate all of its winners at the Local Media Association’s Excellence in News Coverage awards.

Winners come from across GateHouse Media newsrooms, and include the following:

Best Arts & Entertainment Criticism/Commentary
Third Place
John Staton
StarNews in Wilmington, North Carolina
Theater Reviews

Best Arts & Entertainment Criticism/Commentary
Honorable Mention
Ben Steelman
StarNews in Wilmington, North Carolina
Book Reviews

Best Arts & Entertainment Reporting (Individual Award)
Second Place
John Staton
StarNews in Wilmington, North Carolina

Best Cartoon
Second Place
Telegram & Gazette in Worcester, Massachusetts
Worcester Dog Park

Best Feature Story
Honorable Mention
Hunter Ingram
StarNews in Wilmington, North Carolina
Trip Of A Lifetime

Best Multimedia Coverage
First Place
StarNews in Wilmington, North Carolina
Civil War – 150th Anniversary

Best Local News Coverage Using Social Media
First Place
StarNews in Wilmington, North Carolina
Sports Social Media

Best Local News And Information Coverage Using Community Contributors
Third Place
StarNews in Wilmington, North Carolina
Your Voice

Best Sports Coverage (Team Award)
Second Place
StarNews in Wilmington, North Carolina
North Carolina High School Sports

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