Lee Publisher Named Scripps Newspaper IT Director

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By: E&P Staff

The E.W. Scripps Co. Wednesday named Jim York director of information technology for its newspaper division, which this summer will be spun off as a separate company.

York, 46, begins his new job June 16, and “will work with Scripps’ 15 newspapers to develop and maintain a technological plan that supports their organizational needs and aligns with business strategies,” the company said.

York most recently was publisher of The Daily Journal, a Lee Enterprises Inc. newspaper in Park Hills, Mo. During York’s tenure, Scripps said, the paper’s online revenue grew 950%, and its audience The Daily Journal saw 950% online revenue growth, and generate 225%.

Previously, York was vice president of information technology for Pulitzer Newspapers Inc. (PNI), which owned The Daily Journal before selling it to Lee.

York led IT corporate-wide for PNI from 2000 until 2005, accepting the role of president and publisher of The Daily Journal in 2003. He held both IT and president and publisher roles concurrently until 2005.

“Jim has a long history and impressive track record in the newspaper industry, having served as both a publisher of a mid-sized newspaper as well as in a corporate IT role,” Mark Contreras, senior vice president of newspapers for Scripps, said in a statement. “These two experiences allowed Jim to see both sides of the corporate spectrum and truly give him a unique perspective of our industry. Jim’s background enables him to understand and deliver the technology that our newspapers need.”

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