Journal Register Company Hires Online Veteran To Lead Digital Transformation

By: Press Release

Yardley, PA – Journal Register Company, a leading multi-media company in local news and information, announced Jim Brady is joining the Company to lead the digital transformation of all of its newsrooms on all platforms.

Brady, a digital news veteran, the former Executive Editor of, most recently served as founder and general manager of the innovative site TBD, a local news operation dedicated to comprehensive coverage of the Washington, D.C. region that combined traditional journalism and audience-powered reporting.

“Jim has a deep understanding of how the audience both creates and consumes news and information in the digital world. The debate of bloggers vs. journalists or citizen journalists vs. professionals is now over. The new business models of news demand we understand and incorporate both. Jim has been at the very forefront of that debate and is a leader in implementing solutions,” said John Paton, Chief Executive Officer of Journal Register Company.

Brady will immediately be responsible for Project Thunderdome – Journal Register Company’s plan for engaging audience and creating content across all platforms and geographies.
In addition, Brady will be responsible for instilling newsroom practices across all JRC properties which conform to the new News Ecology of digital first and print last.

“Like many in the media business, I’ve been watching with great interest the revolutionary changes happening at Journal Register. Many news organizations preach Digital First, but few truly practice it, and the chance to jump in and help lead the way on this front was too intriguing to pass up,” said Mr. Brady.

“Our audience must be at the center of all we do at Journal Register and Jim’s vision – as displayed during his time at TBD – along with his work at, provide the right mix of journalism and audience that we know is our future,” said Jon Cooper, Vice President of Content.

During Brady’s tenure as executive editor of, the site won a national Emmy award for its Hurricane Katrina coverage, a Peabody Award for its “Being a Black Man” series, an Editor & Publisher award for Best Overall Newspaper-Affiliated Web Site, two Digital Edge awards for Best Overall News Site, a Knight-Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism, two Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Awards, four Edward R. Murrow Awards for Best Non-Broadcast Affiliated Web Site, and more than 100 White House News Photographers video awards. Brady also served as sports editor and assistant managing editor for news at from 1995 to 1999.

Aside from his time at TBD and, Brady spent more than four years at America Online, serving as Group Programming Director, News & Sports; Executive Director, Editorial Operations; and Vice President, Production & Operations. During his time at AOL, Brady was in charge of the service’s coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the 2000 presidential election.

Brady earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Print Journalism from The American University in 1989.
Born in Queens, N.Y. and raised in Huntington, N.Y., Brady now lives with his wife, Joan, in Great Falls, Va.

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