Jeff Moriarty named Senior Vice President, Digital for GateHouse Media

GateHouse Media recently announced that Jeff Moriarty has been named Senior Vice President, Digital for the company. His appointment is effective April 20, 2018.

Moriarty brings more than 20 years of success building digital news and commercial businesses in both the U.S. and the UK. At GateHouse, Moriarty will be responsible for guiding the company’s digital vision, product development and audience growth roadmap. He will collaborate closely with the company’s News, Consumer Marketing, and B2B sales teams to drive innovation, audience engagement and both consumer and advertising revenue across digital platforms.

“Growing our digital audience is a top priority for GateHouse,” said Kirk Davis, CEO of GateHouse Media. “Jeff’s experience building digital products, audiences and commercial businesses will be a significant asset for us. Jeff is a proven digital leader with a passion for data-driven decision making, great user experiences and technological innovation.”

Moriarty currently serves as Chief Product and Publishing Officer for Johnston Press, one of the largest regional and national publishers in the UK, where he manages digital and print publishing businesses across 150 local news titles. In his role, Moriarty has led the company’s successful digital audience initiatives, nearly doubling monthly unique traffic to 29 million. His responsibilities included oversight for the 2016 launch of inews.co.uk, a national news site that complements the i newspaper. The site’s monthly audience grew from 0 to more than 2mm unique visitors within two years. Moriarty previously served in a variety of senior digital management positions at The New York Times Company, including The Boston Globe, About.com and the regional newspaper division. While serving as VP, Digital Products at The Globe, Moriarty built the team and product strategy to launch the BostonGlobe.com consumer-paid site, the first publisher worldwide to use responsive design.

Moriarty has a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Florida. He began his career in a variety of editorial and digital product development positions with The New York Times Company.

“A strong regional and local media is vitally important, and I am passionate about building sustainable digital products that support local journalism,” said Moriarty. “Gatehouse has a unique opportunity to build on its presence across the U.S., and I look forward to helping to grow our audiences and digital businesses.”

GateHouse Media’s 2017 national internship program participants selected


We’re building an empire of design in Austin, Texas. We’re reimagining digital storytelling in hundreds of newsrooms across America. We’re picking up a Pulitzer here or there, too.

GateHouse Media is a rapidly-evolving heavyweight in America’s media industry, and we’re intensely focused on recruiting, identifying and nurturing top talent throughout our organization.

Meet the two newest stars we’re jazzed about: Lucille Sherman and Mara Corbett. After an intensely competitive selection process, Lucille and Mara have been selected for GateHouse Media’s 2017 national internship program.

Lucille, a University of Missouri student, has a repertoire that packs punches. Nationally-recognized writing – check. Breaking news coverage – check. State government watchdog reporting – check.

As this year’s investigative intern, she’ll spend her summer making noise with the way-smart staff at the industry-leading Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Mara, a Syracuse University student, is also dominating the collegiate media landscape. The former editor-in-chief of The Daily Orange Newspaper has done it all — magazine covers, website rebuilds, managing dozens of student journalists without breaking a sweat.

As this year’s total design intern, she’ll spend her summer sampling the best barbecue, music and funky art Austin can offer up. When she’s not exploring Austin, she’ll be using her explosive creativity to challenge the award-winning staff of GateHouse’s Center for News & Design.

“Mara and Lucille are talented journalists who have impressed us with their poise, intellect and mad, mad skills,” said Bill Church, senior vice president for news at GateHouse Media. “We are excited to learn from them during their internships.” (That’s Bill’s diplomatic way of saying he’s giddy and jazzed.)

This insanely competitive selection process resulted in a multitude of talented candidates, and further strengthened GateHouse’s dedication to recruit the industry’s best and brightest. These internships, and the dynamic projects that will result, reflect our top priorities: #DoJournalismWithImpact #EmbraceOurFuture.

Peter Meyer assumes additional leadership responsibility for GateHouse Media New England

Peter MeyerPeter Meyer, regional vice president and publisher of publications on Cape Cod and South Coast, will assume additional leadership responsibility for GateHouse Media New England, which publishes six dailies, 98 weeklies, 164 Wicked Local websites and assorted specialty publications.

Meyer began at the Cape Cod Times in 1986 as production director and also served as its general manager and assistant to the publisher before being named president and publisher in 2003. In 2008, he also became president and publisher of SouthCoast Media Group. He was named regional vice president by GateHouse media in 2015.

Before moving to Cape Cod, Meyer worked for Dow Jones & Company Inc. at Wall Street Journal publishing facilities in California, Maryland, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

He holds an MBA from Suffolk University and bachelor’s of science from Western Michigan University.

For more information, visit bit.ly/2jLssH6.

Herald-Tribune journalists honored by the Society of Professional Journalists

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Congratulations to Herald-Tribune in Sarasota, Florida, which was recently honored at the Society of Professional Journalists Florida Pro Chapter’s annual Sunshine State Awards.

The Herald-Tribune, along with the Tampa Bay Times, won the Gene Miller Award for Investigative Reporting for “Insane. Invisible. In Danger,” their Pulitzer Prize-winning joint series about budget cuts in Florida’s mental hospitals.

Investigative reporter Josh Salman, who recently investigated the federal government’s EB-5 visa program in “Shortcut to the American Dream,” was named Journalist of the Year. Reporter Billy Cox placed third in the Journalist of the Year category.

Other individual award winners included Elizabeth Johnson, who earned first place for Non-deadline News Reporting; Rachel S. O’Hara, who earned first place in the Photography Story category and second in the Feature Photography category; Emily Le Coz, who earned second place in the Best Reporting — Hardship Issues category; Ron Borresen, who earned second place in the Art of Photo Illustration category; Barbara Peters-Smith; who earned third place in the Commentary & Criticism category; and Carrie Seidman, who earned third place in the Special Publication or Section category.

Billy Cox, Jennifer Borresen and Dak Le earned third place in the online Package category.

For more information, visit bit.ly/29UcoRl.

Sarasota Herald-Tribune wins top honors at 2016 APME Innovation in Journalism Awards


Congratulations to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, which recently received a number of awards at the 2016 Associated Press Media Editors Innovation in Journalism Awards for its investigative piece “Insane. Invisible. In danger.

The investigation into the poor conditions of mental health facilities in Florida, written in partnership with the Tampa Bay Times, won the Public Service Award, the APME Foundation Sweepstakes Award as the best overall public service work and the Al Neuharth Award for Innovation in Investigative Reporting.

The Herald-Tribune also won the Community Engagement Award, the International Perspective Award and was named as one of three finalists for the Innovator of the Year award, the winner of which will be named in September.

For more information, visit bit.ly/1Re0zNm.

Director, Information Technology – Columbus, Ohio

GateHouse Media is searching for a Director, Information Technology, with responsibility for support for multiple properties, interfacing with the Regional and Local publishers and with the Corporate and local IT staffs to provide remote and on-site support for the designated properties.

Under general direction of the VP, Information Technology, this position plans, organizes and directs the IT activities for a specified geographic region for GateHouse Media. The position works closely with a peer group of IT Directors to ensure that processes and operations are consistent and leveraged as appropriate. The position also works closely with the corporate IT Shared Services team to coordinate application support and integration into other standard infrastructure and systems, supporting the pre-defined strategies and plans.

The position reports to the VP, Information Technology to develop plans and budgets for local contracts and resources with the goal of reducing expenses and to provide appropriate IT support to revenue generating opportunities.

The Director, IT has supervisory responsibility for staff members supporting field resources in the local properties and as an onsite point for Corporate application and infrastructure employees who are working out of those locations. This position is based in Columbus, Ohio.

Successful project execution of implementing the standard software/hardware in the field will be a key activity for this role, working closely with the corporate IT directors to prioritize projects and align local and corporate resources. This individual will have responsibility for leading projects within and external to his/her organization. Support of local systems varies based on the non-common systems implemented at the local properties and the complexity of production and distribution requirements at those locations.

Merger and acquisition related experience is highly valued in this role.

Additional qualifications include:

  • A minimum of ten or more years professional experience in the media industry
  • At least 5 years experience in a senior management level position
  • Deep understanding of core newspaper business systems across advertising, circulation and finance
  • Specific knowledge and experience with digital advertising platforms
  • Strong industry vendor relationships across core newspaper business systems
  • Exceptional communication skills—both oral and written—with an impressive reputation for building and maintaining relationships with people at all levels of an organization
  • Strong track record of managing multiple priorities and competing demands
  • Strong computer skills with advanced knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software
  • Undergraduate degree is required in a technical discipline. MS or MBA is a plus

Apply at dispatch.com/careers

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

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