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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GateHouse Media recently announced that Bill Church, a nationally-regarded newsroom executive, has been named Senior Vice President of News for GateHouse Media.
Most recently, Church has served as Executive Editor of the award-winning Sarasota Herald-Tribune where he has elevated the quality of both print and digital editions of the newspaper. In recognition of his talent and contributions, Church was given the additional responsibility of Southeast Regional Editor for GateHouse Media in June 2015.
“Bill has thoughtfully balanced the preservation of our traditional mission and values while fostering a culture of entrepreneurial journalism at newspapers large and small,” said Kirk Davis, CEO of GateHouse Media. “Digital storytelling, creative content partnerships and community engagement are all found in his toolbox.”
Church will guide GateHouse’s news strategy and lead its Austin, Texas-based Center for News & Design, which provides editing and design services for more than 216 GateHouse newspapers. In addition, the center is headquarters for GateHouse Media’s digital products team and More Content Now, its niche content creation service. In his new role, Church will ensure that the work and creativity at the center serve as a companion to GateHouse’s local market journalism.
“I’m humbled by the opportunity to serve as an advocate for GateHouse Media’s news employees,” Church said. “I look forward to partnering with our news leaders as we evolve our journalism and our news organization.”
Church joined the Herald-Tribune in January 2013, after spending almost 23 years in editorial positions at Gannett newspapers in Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, New York and Oregon. This included six-plus years as Executive Editor of the Statesman Journal in Salem, Oregon, prior to coming to Sarasota. Both the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and Salem Statesman Journal won numerous national awards during his tenure. This year, a collaboration between the Herald-Tribune and Tampa Bay Times earned a 2016 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. In 2015, the Herald-Tribune was named to Editor and Publisher’s list of 10 Newspapers That Do It Right.
Church is the current President of Associated Press Media Editors, a 2016 Knight Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard and a two-time Pulitzer jurist. He has been a longtime member of the Asian American Journalists Association and received the national Robert G. McGruder Diversity Leadership award in 2010. Church was named a McCormick Fellow in 2006.
Dolan Company, the B2B media arm of GateHouse Media, LLC, announced Aug. 3 a new company name, website and logo as part of a corporate rebranding initiative. The new brand, BridgeTower Media, incorporates all of the local legal, construction, business and political titles within Dolan as well as the business journals, magazines, research and video units of Journal Multimedia, acquired this past May.
The rebranding coincides with a reorganization of Dolan’s media brands by industry vertical and the appointment of three key executives: Amanda Orson, Chief Digital Officer; Steve Lincoln, EVP of the Legal Division; and Hal Cohen, EVP of the Business Division. Prior to this role, Orson was Director of Marketing for Engineering.com, and previously ran her own marketing services agency focused on SMBs. Lincoln was previously COO of Today’s General Counsel and a longtime executive at ALM Media. Cohen joined BridgeTower after holding several positions at ALM Media, most recently as Vice President of its regional law titles.
“This new corporate identity underscores both the power of our publications within the local economies we serve and the exclusivity of our engaged, high-value business and professional subscribers,” said BridgeTower CEO and President Adam Reinebach. “I’m thrilled to work with this new executive team and the rest of the company to accelerate our growth and transformation.”
Since its acquisition by GateHouse in January 2016, the company has increased digital advertising revenue and significantly expanded the number of advertising programs available to its clients. BridgeTower is also driving expansion of the Best Companies Group, a research unit focused on employee satisfaction, and its growing events business, which includes several awards programs honoring women who play a critical role within their local business communities.
About BridgeTower Media
BridgeTower Media is a leading provider of business information, events and marketing services for the legal, financial, real estate and government sectors in more than 20 local 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, runs a video division, and develops, organizes and produces events centered on awards and education. For more information regarding BridgeTower Media, please visit www.bridgetowermedia.com.
Robert Gruber was announced today as the publisher for new GateHouse Media acquisition The Fayetteville Observer, as well as several military newspapers and niche products, the IWANNA classified shoppers, and the Observer’s regional commercial printing operations.
Previously, Gruber was appointed publisher of the Star News in Wilmington, North Carolina, in October of 2005. In January 2015, GateHouse Media purchased the Star News along with 13 other regional newspapers.
Gruber began his media career at his hometown newspaper in Geneva, Ohio over 37 years ago. He held advertising and marketing management positions in Vero Beach, Florida, Rock Hill, S.C., Atlanta, Georgia, Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Ocala, Florida. Gruber first became a publisher in 1998 in Lake City, Florida and then spent several years as publisher of the Times-Daily in Florence, Alabama prior to moving to Wilmington.
Gruber attended Cuyahoga Community College and a branch of Kent State University, where he majored in elementary education and later, business development. He also attended the New York Times business development training at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business and the Duke Corporate Education program.
Gruber has been a member of the Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce board of directors and a past board member of Partners for Economic Inclusion. He is also a member of the North Carolina Press Association and the Downtown Rotary Club, where he leads a leadership program named RYLA for more than 65 juniors in area high schools.
The Repository in Canton, Ohio, was recently named the official newspaper of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
As a part of the three-year partnership, all Hall of Fame guests will receive a daily edition of the Repository, which will be wrapped in a specially created section that will share the latest information about the Hall’s news and events and features about the game.
Readers of the newspaper and the website will receive specially created Hall of Fame content, including a daily feature on the paper’s front page. Cantonrep.com will also host a daily video series, which will feature the latest Hall of Fame news.
“We are incredibly proud to partner with an organization of excellence like the Hall, and we look forward to working together during this exciting time for the Hall and our region,” said Jim Porter, the Repository’s publisher.
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GateHouse Media’s Northwest Florida Daily News recently launched Destin.com, a new destination site highlighting the Florida panhandle.
Destin.com provides visitors with information on area beaches, attractions, shopping, dining, recreation and even allows them to book local accommodation for their stay.
The site also features live promotions and contests, sponsored events and giveaways and live video broadcasts at area festivals and featured events throughout the year.
For more information, visit Destin.com.
GateHouse Media would like to recognize the finance team in Pittsford, New York, for their participation in the United Way of Greater Rochester’s Day of Caring community event on May 12.
The team, led by Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer Keri Curtis, raked leaves, moved dead trees and picked up fallen branches at Mt. Hope Cemetery, which is one of the United State’s first municipal cemeteries, founded in 1818. A registered historic landmark, the 196-acre area houses about 350,000 graves, including those of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass.
For more information on the Day of Caring, visit unitedway.org.
Congratulations to South Atlantic Regional Vice President Lucy Talley, who recently received the Honorary Life Membership award from the Mid-Atlantic Newspaper Advertising and Marketing Executives.
Talley oversees operations of newspapers in Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.
“Lucy is, without question, one of the best people I’ve ever worked for. She is equally full of ideas and willing to listen to her people,” Said Konrad La Prade, advertising director of The (Gaston) Gazette and The (Shelby) Star. “She constantly moves obstacles out of the way of her team while inspiring her people to excel.”
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GateHouse Media’s Propel Marketing was one of only 34 U.S. businesses to be recently named a Google AdWords Premier Small & Medium Sized Business Partner. Propel’s selection into the elite business community is a direct outcome of its commitment to delivering best-in-class search engine marketing solutions to customers and the GateHouse Media field organization’s success selling these solutions.
Premier partners meet Google’s highest standards and criteria for qualification, transparency, customer service and retention and have completed Google product and account management training.
The program helps connect Google’s AdWords partners with businesses that want help creating, managing and optimizing online advertising campaigns. Partners also provide campaign management, detailed reporting, one-on-one customer support and broad marketing guidance.
“We are extremely excited to expand our relationship with Google by becoming one of their Premier SMB Partners,” said Pete Cannone, Chief Executive Officer of Propel Marketing. “This distinction underscores our commitment to small and medium-sized businesses. It will provide us with insights, training, and support all designed to help us better serve our valued clients, and continue delivering quality results.”
For more information, visit bit.ly/1rEWUUB.
Jason Taylor, president of GateHouse Media’s Western U.S. Publishing Operations and GateHouse Live, recently was announced as a keynote speaker at Media Finance Focus 2016, Media Finance Management’s 2016 conference, which will be held May 23-25 in Denver.
Taylor will address how a media organization can jumpstart its sales culture and how culture change is influenced by the finance function.
The conference serves as a primary source of professional education for business and credit management executives in the media industry and will feature presentations from more than 150 industry experts.
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