Alabama-based publisher CNHI has made change to its news leadership structure, the company says.

Dennis Lyons, editor of the Sunbury Daily Item in Pennsylvania, will add the title of national editor and team up with nine regional editors, who will work with the company's local editors to deliver content.

James Zachary, editor of the Valdosta Daily Times in Georgia, will become the deputy national editor. He will also serve as regional editor for CNHI papers in North Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas.

The announcement of the regional editor system was made by Bill Ketter, CNHI's senior vice president for news, and Kayla Castille, CNHI's senior vice president for content and digital operations.

The pair noted CNHI has been working on the structure for the past six months as part of a project to strengthen the quality of print and online content produced by CNHI papers, build a rich multimedia culture and step up digital news growth across the company, the company said. "Great content is key to our future, and this system will help our newsrooms achieve even more success in the digital era," Castille said.

CNHI operates newspapers, websites and specialty publications in more than 110 communities in 23 states. CNHI, owned by Raycom Media, is headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama.

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