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Sean Burke has
group publisher of
GateHouse has six daily newspapers,
108 weeklies, eight regional websites
and more than 160 hyperlocal
community websites in Massachusetts.
“In a career that spans more than
25 years, Sean brings a wealth of
experience and inspired leadership
to his new role,” said Kirk Davis, chief
operating officer for GateHouse Media,
which publishes The Patriot Ledger
and The Enterprise of Brockton (MA).
Burke has been the publisher of
The Herald News, of Fall River, and the
Taunton Daily Gazette since February
2007. He oversees operations for O
Jornal, a Portuguese journal, and has
served on GateHouse Media New
England’s executive committee.
NORTH ANDOVER OPERATIONS
DIRECTOR NAMED E&P
David Lavigne, operations director
for CNHI’s North of Boston Media
Group, has been named one of Editor &
Publisher magazine’s “E&P Production
All-Stars for 2013.”Lavigne oversees
publication of four daily newspapers
on a Goss Metro press at a production
facility in North Andover.
“It’s difficult to find an operations
director who regularly rolls up his
sleeves to repair equipment, but also
has a handle on online and mobile
advertising,” said general manager
Jim Falzone. “He’s comfortable
coordinating the installation of an ad
production and e-proofing system, or
changing the drive chain on the gripper
conveyor.” He also credits Lavigne
with forging partnerships such as a
joint effort to produce a total-market-
circulation product with the Boston
RETURNS TO IV
PRESS AS GM
For Duby Petit,
the idea of
turning full circle
was an honor and
a surprise she
her career with the Schurz family some
10 years ago as an employee of Imperial
Valley Press (CA), Petit recalled the
warm and loving camaraderie she had
felt at the newspaper company as she
transitioned from classified director,
to marketing, to one of the first digital
directors for the newspaper.
“The leadership of Schurz is just
unmatched,” Petit said.
Now back at the Imperial Valley
Press, Petit is using her diverse skills
in media for her new position as
general manager for the advertisement,
circulation and digital departments.
Brett Riley of
The Times of
Indiana to director of audience
Suzanna Frank, Lee vice president of
audience, said Riley will be based at the
corporate headquarters in Davenport,
Iowa and will have responsibility for
developing companywide resources
and programs to grow Lee’s digital
and print audiences and subscription
BUYS SEATTLE WEEKLY
Sound Publishing, based in
Poulsbo, WA, has acquired the
Seattle Weekly. A freely distributed
newspaper in Seattle and nearby
cities, The Weekly was purchased
from Village Voice Media Holdings.
“We think highly of the Seattle
Weekly and its faithful readership,”
said Gloria Fletcher, President of
Sound Publishing. “The Weekly fits
quite well into Sound Publishing’s
culture of delivering unique and
relevant content to both print and
The purchase of the Seattle
Weekly came in tandem with a
separate purchase of the SF Weekly
by the San Francisco Examiner
which is owned primarily by David
Black, Chairman of Black Press and
other Black Press executives. Black
Press is the parent company of
FOCUS ON DIGITAL FOR
ONEIDA DAILY DISPATCH
Move Includes Launch
of Sunday Edition
The Oneida Daily Dispatch is
launching a new digitally focused
publishing schedule that includes
expanded online, mobile and
electronic offerings and a change
to a three-day print schedule. The
paper is a division of Digital First
Media which operates MediaNews
Group, Journal Register Company
and Digital First Ventures.
February 3 also marks the launch
of The Oneida Daily Dispatch’s
new Sunday print edition that,
along with Tuesday and Thursday
editions, will comprise its new
three-day print schedule.
The Oneida Daily Dispatch’s
digital offerings – including free
access to www.OneidaDispatch.
com, free downloads of tablet,
iPhone and Android mobile
applications, and access to The
Dispatch’s e-paper replica edition –
will be provided to all subscribers.
The website will remain free and
accessible to all users.
“Changes in the marketplace
have allowed us to accelerate
our transition to a more
offering,” said Jan Dewey, Digital
First Media’s New York Publisher.
“We know this is where our readers
are and we know this is where our
SAN MARCOS DAILY
RECORD ACQUIRED BY
LOCAL NEWSPAPER GROUP
Community Newspaper Holdings
Inc. has sold the San Marcos
Daily Record (TX) to San Marcos
Publishing LP, managed by veteran
newspaper executive Jim Moser.
“It’s truly been our privilege
to work with the talented, hard
working team in San Marcos
through the years, and to serve as
stewards of this important local
newspaper. We wish Jim Moser
and his company all the best
as they move into this dynamic
community,” said CNHI President
and Chief Executive Officer Donna
Moser is a veteran newspaper
executive who also serves as
president of his family’s company,
Moser Community Media, which
manages newspapers in central and
south central Texas.
2013 Local Community Website Contest
Behind every great website is a lot of work!
The 2013 LMA Local Community Website Contest will be launching later
this month. Members will have the chance to vie for recognition in many
categories including Digital Innovator of the Year.
Watch your inbox for details.
NOT AT MEGA-CONFERENCE?
Be sure to follow the action from this
month’s Key Executive Mega Conference
kicking off on February 17th. Watch for
real time web posts and twitter feeds.
LAUNCHING THIS MONTH!
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