McClatchy has named Mike Fannin as regional editor for the Midwest Region. Fannin, currently executive editor and vice president of The Kansas City Star, will continue to lead the The Kansas City Star and oversee three additional newsrooms including The Wichita Eagle in Kansas, the Belleville News-Democrat in Illinois, and the Star-Telegram in Fort Worth, Texas.MORE
McClatchy has announced the appointment of Vijay Ravindran to its board of directors, effective Jan. 1, 2018.MORE
If you are a reporter at one of McClatchy's 31 papers, you will have this meeting sometime in the next year, or you may have already:
You will be asked to join one of your editors and a member of corporate's roving "reinvention team." There will be talk of digital best practices, but the heart of the exercise is a look at how well a collection of your recent stories performed online. Which ones were hits? Which ones bombed?
The team will advise you to spend more time on the kinds of stories digital audiences are looking for in local journalism, especially high-impact enterprise stories. And drop the dull stuff. Lots of boring stories don't do much for the reader or the company's bottom line.
So far it's working, said Tim Grieve, vice president of news for McClatchy, who's five months into a new program to pick up the pace of digital transformation.
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Sean Burke has been appointed by McClatchy as president and publisher of the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram. He succeeds Gary Wortel, who was promoted to lead McClatchy's West Region in March and is now president and publisher of The Sacramento Bee. Burke previously served as president and publisher for GateHouse Media New England.
In addition, Lauren Gustus, executive editor at the Fort Collins Coloradoan, will become the Star-Telegram's new vice president and executive editor, replacing Jim Witt, who retired last fall. Gustus will start June 19.MORE
Erwin Potts, a North Carolina native who spent his early career as a newspaper reporter and editor and eventually became the first non-family member to lead McClatchy Newspapers as it grew into a national media company, died last week in Mexico.MORE
McClatchy has announced that the role of Columbus Ledger-Enquirer President and Publisher Rodney Mahone is expanding. His new job title will be regional publisher for Georgia.
Mahone, 50, will oversee the Macon Telegraph operations in addition to his duties in Columbus. Don Bailey, president and publisher of the Telegraph, will be stepping down effective May 5. Mahone will assume the duties beginning May 8.MORE
Despite the industry-wide focus on digital, many a newspaper company is still trying to figure out how to make money at it. Revenue from digital often makes up only a small percentage of total annual revenue even if the percentage is growing.
But McClatchy's answer to that question as asked on the Mega-Innovation Award entry form is an eye-popping 72 percent. Yes, digital revenue made up 72 percent of total revenue over the past 12 months.MORE
Craig I. Forman, a current member of McClatchy's Board of Directors, has succeeded Patrick J. Talamantes as the company's president and chief executive officer.MORE
McClatchy has acquired the assets and operations of The Herald-Sun in Durham, N.C., including related digital assets, from the Paducah, Kentucky-based Paxton Media Group, which has owned the publication since 2004. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.MORE
Laura Ray Iwanski says much of her job with Morris Communications markets in Savannah, Ga., and Bluffton, S.C., entails helping traditionally trained print account executives to "embrace and adopt digital" and educate their clients about the benefits. Her NEX GEN mentor, Christian Hendricks, was helpful with that, she said. "We talked a lot about innovation and propelling a team that might not seemingly be ready to move forward."
Read about her NEX GEN experience.MORE
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