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Jeana Stanley, Hearst vice president of finance, dies at 54

Jeana Stanley, who joined Hearst’s corporate finance team as vice president in August 2018, died June 26 in Tierra Verde, Florida. She was 54.

Nieman Lab announces staff changes

Two journalists at Nieman Lab, the Nieman Foundation’s publication covering digital innovation and change in journalism, are moving into new roles beginning on July 1.

Journal Star in Peoria names new executive editor

Romando Dixson has been named executive editor of the Journal Star in Peoria, Illinois, becoming the first African American to serve as editor of the paper.

Gannett forms state capitol bureau for Pennsylvania

Scott Fisher has been named bureau editor of a new state capitol bureau to serve Gannett’s 14 Pennsylvania properties and the USA TODAY NETWORK’s Atlantic Region. He will continue his news duties for the York (Pennsylvania) Daily Record.

Victoria Advocate names new general manager

George Coleman has been named the general manager of operations for the Victoria (Texas) Advocate by Stephen McHaney, president of M. Roberts Media.

The Post and Courier announces first three hires in Greenville

Ryan Gilchrest has been named managing editor of The Post and Courier Greenville, heading up the powerhouse team that will lead the South Carolina paper's digital-only newsroom in Greenville. 

Gannett eliminates CEO position for operating company, announces departure of Paul Bascobert

Gannett Co. announced yesterday that Paul Bascobert, CEO of its operating company, will leave the company after the board eliminated his position to streamline its operating structure.

SNPA Foundation announces officers slate

The Board of Trustees of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation elected a new slate of officers for 2020-2021 at its meeting on June 17.

Boone Newspapers appoints regional publisher over Andalusia, Atmore and Brewton papers

Kendra Majors has been named regional publisher of The Andalusia (Alabama) Star-News, The Atmore Advance, The Brewton Standard and associated print and digital products.

Mike Martoccia, who has been consulting with Adams Publishing Group since February, has been named APG’s vice president of digital sales and marketing. This is a new position for APG, to assist in the company's evolution to a multi-media organization.
Robert Granfeldt has been named general manager of the Midland (Texas) Reporter-Telegram and Texas Panhandle properties for Hearst Communications. The Panhandle properties include the Plainview Herald, Muleshoe Journal and Canyon News.
The Missourian newspaper (Washington, Missouri) is now under the leadership of new Editor/Publisher Tricia Miller, the first female to hold the position in the company's long history.
Michael McCarter has been named managing editor, standards, ethics and inclusion at USA TODAY. McCarter previously served as executive editor of USA TODAY Network’s Evansville (Indiana) Courier & Press, and also coordinated coverage with editors and reporters in Bloomington, Spencer, Martinsville, Paoli, French Lick and Bedford, Indiana, as well as Henderson and Union County, Kentucky.
Terrie Baker has been named regional publisher for Lee Enterprises with responsibility for three Nebraska newspapers: the Kearney Hub, Grand Island Independent and Lexington Clipper-Herald. Baker succeeds Shon Barenklau as the Hub publisher.
Jeffrey Gerritt, recipient of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing, has been appointed editor of the Sharon (Pennsylvania) Herald and New Castle News, effective July 13.
Julie Bechtel, formerly executive vice president of BH Media Group, has been named publisher of the Omaha (Nebraska) World-Herald, while Todd Sears, who previously held that position, becomes World-Herald general manager. Bechtel’s previous role included oversight of The World-Herald.
Rana Cash has been named news director of the Savannah (Georgia) Morning News, becoming the first African American to lead the Savannah newsroom in the publication’s 170-year history.
With over three decades of experience in print and digital journalism, Anne Brennan, the former editorial leader at the MetroWest Daily News, has been named executive editor of the Cape Cod Times in Hyannis, Massachusetts.
The Meridian (Mississippi) Star reported this week that its publisher, Bill Atkinson, has departed the newspaper to devote more of his time to sister newspapers in Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky.
Shane Fitzgerald, executive editor of the Bucks County Courier Times and The Intelligencer in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, and sub-regional editor for the former GateHouse Atlantic Region, will take on a broader role for the USA Today Network, serving as Gannett’s Pennsylvania editor.
Kirk Davis, former GateHouse Media CEO, has joined Nashville-based Power Poll, a nonpartisan survey, news and information company, as executive chairman of the board. The announcement comes as the rapidly expanding Power Poll launches its innovative news and survey product with media partners in Atlanta, Miami and Chicago.
Mike Feeley, executive editor of The News Journal and Delaware Online, will take on a broader role for the USA Today Network, serving as Gannett’s South Jersey and Delmarva editor.
Gannett Co. Inc.'s president of sales for the Great Lakes Region will lead the joint business operations of The Detroit (Michigan) News and Detroit Free Press.
Gannett Regional Vice President David Foster is assuming leadership over the advertising sales division of the Spartanburg (South Carolina) Herald-Journal.  Foster currently oversees The Greenville News and Anderson Independent Mail, as well as the publications in Asheville, North Carolina; Montgomery, Alabama; and Hattiesburg and Jackson, Mississippi.