Rick Welch has stepped into his new job as publisher of The Messenger, where he says one of his goals is to include local advertising on the newspaper’s Web site.
The 53-year-old former publisher of the Michigan City, Ind., News-Dispatch says including local ads on the Web is essential to keeping money in the community.
Welch started his new job on Monday. He has worked at various newspapers in Indiana since graduating from Indiana University in 1980 with bachelor’s degrees in political science and journalism. He was advertising sales manager at the Evansville Courier and Press from 1998 to 2001.
Welch replaces Tony Maddox, who retired in June from the post he had held since January 2001.