BridgeTower Media, a leading provider of local and regional business information, events and marketing services, today announced the acquisition of Color Magazine, a premier publication focused on publishing and events for diverse business professionals. Based in Boston, Color Magazine was founded in 2007 by Josefina Bonilla.
As part of the transaction, Bonilla was named chief diversity officer for BridgeTower Media, in addition to continuing her role as Color Magazine’s president. Her responsibilities include growing and expanding Color Magazine’s content and programs. Bonilla will also identify new opportunities to highlight diversity across the publishing and event platforms at BridgeTower and GateHouse Media, BridgeTower’s parent company.
“Corporations are increasingly seeing the value of a diverse workforce and are looking for ways to reach, retain and recruit employees that better reflects today’s broader population,” said Bonilla. “By joining BridgeTower Media, we will have additional resources and capabilities to deliver even more diverse content and leadership development opportunities. We are excited to leverage BridgeTower’s publishing and event platforms to bring bigger, bolder and more diverse offerings to our readers, advertisers and sponsors.”
“Josefina is a visionary leader who saw a critical need in the marketplace to advance diversity, and over the course of 10 years, she has successfully elevated the conversation across the business landscape,” said Adam Reinebach, President and CEO, BridgeTower Media. “As a member of our executive team, Josefina will have additional resources and capabilities to grow Color Magazine and expand its mission across our properties. We’re excited to have her join our team, and we look forward to expanding Color Magazine and its diversity programs.”
Over the course of its nearly 10-year history, Color Magazine has featured topics and themes important to professionals of color and has highlighted hundreds of leading diverse business professionals in its content and at their events. Color Magazine hosts three signature events each year: The Women of Color Leadership and Empowerment Conference, the Men of Color Leadership and Empowerment Conference and the All-Inclusive Awards, an evening to honor those who are dedicated to diversity and inclusion within their careers.
About BridgeTower Media
BridgeTower Media is a leading provider of business information, events and marketing services for the legal, financial, construction and government sectors in more than 20 local and regional markets across the United States. In addition to providing subscribers with content relevant to their daily professional activities, BridgeTower has a research unit focused on employee satisfaction, lead generation services and live events centered on awards and education.
For more information regarding BridgeTower Media, please visit bridgetowermedia.com.
GateHouse Media recently acquired Dix Communications, which publishes newspapers in northeastern and east-central Ohio.
The acquisition includes five daily and 18 weekly publications, including The Daily Record, the Record-Courier, The Alliance Review, the Times-Gazette and The Daily Jeffersonian. In addition to the print publications, the acquisition includes a number of niche publications, websites and a commercial printing operation.
Jim Hopson, who recently served as the interim publisher in Columbus, Ohio, has been appointed interim Group Publisher of GateHouse North-Central Ohio and will oversee the new division.
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Brian Burns was recently named as the new publisher of the Ledger Media Group in Lakeland, Florida, which publishes The Ledger and the News Chief.
Burns previously served as the publisher of the Tampa Tribune, and has also worked as a vice president of digital publisher relations at Adiant.com and as the director of interactive media and vice president of digital operations northjersey.com in New Jersey. He began his career in publishing as digital manager and director of business development for the Post-Gazette in Pittsburgh after earning a degree in computer science from Penn State.
He also has a degree in fire science from Oakland University in Michigan and worked as a firefighter before an injury and desire for a career change led him to the media industry.
Burns plans to move to Polk County with his wife, Shawna, and their three children after the end of the school year.
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Rustan Burton was recently named publisher of the Columbia Daily Tribune in Columbia, Missouri.
Burton has over eight years of experience in the newspaper industry and most recently served as the publisher of the Juneau Empire in Juneau, Alaska.
Burton grew up in Idaho and lived in Utah, Colorado and South Dakota before moving to Alaska. He, his wife Anna, and their four children will make the 3,100-mile move to Columbia at the end of the school year.
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Mike Distelhorst was recently named as GateHouse Media’s Coastal North Carolina group publisher.
In this new role, Distelhorst, who already served as the publisher of three GateHouse papers in eastern North Carolina — the Jacksonville Daily News, the New Bern Sun Journal and the Kinston Free Press — will take on the role of publisher of the StarNews in Wilmington.
Distelhorst grew up in southeast Iowa and graduated from Iowa’s Central College with a bachelor’s degree in communications.
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David Adams was recently named as the new publisher of GateHouse Media newspapers in central Illinois.
He will oversee nine daily papers, including The Register-Mail in Galesburg, the Canton Daily Ledger and the Pontiac Daily Leader and the Star Courier in Kewanee, in addition to 20 weeklies and 10 shoppers.
Adams has 14 years of media advertising sales experience with a strong background in digital sales, including leadership roles in direct mail, online directory business, radio and most recently newspapers.
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John Elchert was recently named the new publisher of The Daily Telegram in Adrian, Michigan.
Elchert most recently served as publisher of the Mankato, Minnesota, Free Press.
He began his career in the journalism industry in 1982 when he served as the circulation director of his hometown newspaper, the Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune, in Tiffin, Ohio. He is a graduate of the University of Toledo.
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King Features Syndicate and More Content Now recently announced a collaboration that will make MCN special sections available via KFS.
KFS clients will have the ability to purchase special sections on bridal, health, home and garden, family, boomer issues and more at a special rate.
“GateHouse Media shares our commitment to editorial excellence,” said John Killian, vice president of syndication sales for King Features. “We are pleased to be able to add More Content Now’s sections to our content catalog.”
“Based on the success of producing sections like these for our own publications, MCN launched in 2012 with the goal of providing high-quality content at affordable rates for publications outside of GateHouse Media,” said More Content Now Director Lisa Glowinski. “This partnership furthers that mission.”
More Content Now’s lineup of more than three-dozen special sections for 2017 is available to KFS clients to preview and purchase immediately. Sections include an inauguration preview, a NASCAR season preview, monthly Family tabs, quarterly Healthy Living sections and several Auto tabs, including one timed to Presidents Day and a 2018 model-year preview.
To find out more about King Features, visit KingFeatures.com.
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Scott Jenkins was recently named the new editor of The Dispatch in Lexington, North Carolina.
Jenkins previously served as the editor of The Salisbury Post, where he began working as a reporter in 1999.
He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and began his journalism career at The Daily Independent — now the Independent Tribune — in Kannapolis.
For more information, visit bit.ly/2fndILa.
Herald-Journal Executive Editor Michael Smith was recently promoted to regional editor of the Western Carolina Media Group.
Smith will remain in his editor position at the Herald-Journal in Spartanburg, South Carolina, but will now also oversee the Gaston Gazette, the Hendersonville Times-News and the Shelby Star in North Carolina.
“Mike will add a seasoned element of guidance to our newsrooms across the region. He is highly skilled at problem-solving and is a transformational leader who understands the importance of delivering quality content our readers want and need,” said GateHouse Media Regional Vice President Lucy Talley.
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