New York. N.Y. – Digital First Media, which operates MediaNews Group and Journal Register Co., has announced a new editorial management structure to improve newsgathering efforts, communication and collaboration across the company’s newsrooms.
James McClure of the York Daily Record/Sunday News has been appointed East Editor, and will manage editorial content for DFM properties in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont.
Additionally, to facilitate better communication among Digital First’s properties, the company is also announcing the appointment of supervising editors who will deliver key support and work to improve newsroom communication, provide coverage coordination on regional stories and improve collaboration between newsrooms.
These appointments include:
Matt DeRienzo, who currently oversees its Connecticut properties, will supervise all DFM properties in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Vermont. Nancy March, editor of The Mercury in Pottstown, Pa., will supervise Pennsylvania and New Jersey properties. Both DeRienzo and March will report to Mr. McClure.
Nancy Conway, editor of the Salt Lake Tribune, will supervise its Colorado and Utah properties. Glenn Gilbert, editor of the Oakland (Mich.) Press, will supervise properties in Ohio, Michigan and Minnesota. Bob Moore, editor of the El Paso Times, will continue to oversee properties in Texas and New Mexico. Conway, Gilbert and Moore will report to Greg Moore, DFM central editor and editor of the Denver Post.
David Little of the Chico Enterprise-Record will supervise its Northern California community newspaper properties, and Michael Anastasi will assume his recently announced role overseeing the company’s Los Angeles News Group properties. Both Little and Anastasi will report to Dave Butler, DFM West Editor and editor of the San Jose Mercury News.
“One of the challenges in managing such a large physical footprint in a time of transformation is making sure our newsrooms are getting the best and most recent information possible,” said Jim Brady, editor-in-chief of DFM. “We haven’t done as well at that as we should, and elevating these excellent editors into broader regional roles will unquestionably improve communication across the company.”
McClure and the supervising editors will all continue to serve in their current positions.
“This is an important step for us as we move forward with full web and print redesigns, the rollout of Project Thunderdome and as we head into election season,” Brady said. “Our newsrooms deserve the best system of communication we can provide, and these appointments will allow that to happen.”