Bergen County, N.J.–Frank Scandale, vice president/editor of The Record (Bergen County, N.J.) has announced he will leave his post at the northern New Jersey newspaper effective immediately. North Jersey Media Group, parent company of The Record, will begin a search for a new editor. In the interim, Douglas Clancy, assistant managing editor, will fill the role.
After 11 years with North Jersey Media Group, Scandale has elevated the daily to a product consumers have come to know as their “trusted local source.” He led the paper’s award-winning coverage of the Sept. 11 attacks. He was instrumental in introducing strong environmental coverage to the paper and broke the story about the Ford Motor Company’s toxic dumping in and around Mahwah, N.J. That story, and the resulting Toxic Legacy series, were instrumental in bringing attention to a critical New Jersey issue and inspired the HBO Documentary Mann v. Ford. Under Scandale, The Record was a finalist twice for the Pulitzer Prize and received the New Jersey Press Association’s “general excellence” award as the state’s best large newspaper in eight of the past 11 years.
“Frank has been a great asset to The Record and has helped solidify our position in the very competitive New York DMA,” publisher Stephen Borg said. “The challenges of meeting the expectations of an increasingly sophisticated readership continue, and we will be looking for creativity and a new kind of leadership to take the paper forward.”
His departure comes at a time when all newspapers face both significant opportunities and continued challenges. “We are entering a new era of media that requires bold and decisive leadership and relentless focus on the consumer,” Borg continued. “Frank is a dedicated journalist with the highest of personal and professional ethics. We wish him well in his future endeavors.”
About The Record and North Jersey Media Group
The Record is the premier, award-winning daily newspaper for northern New Jersey and the center of the extensive local news-gathering operations of North Jersey Media Group. The company also publishes the Herald News, more than 40 community newspapers and a family of glossy magazines, including the popular (201) Magazine, Bergen County’s only monthly magazine, and The Parent Paper. All of the publications contribute breaking news, features, columns and local information to NorthJersey.com, the comprehensive website essential to area residents. The company recently launched Bergen.com, showcasing the people, places and events that make Bergen County, New Jersey, so unique.