The News Media Alliance has elected Mark Aldam, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Hearst, as chairman of its board of directors for the 2019-2020 term. Aldam, who previously served as vice chairman, succeeds Terry Kroeger, president and CEO of Smith Kroeger Marketing Communications.

“Aldam and the board will continue to navigate the rapidly changing media landscape and vigorously advocate on behalf of the industry while introducing new strategies and initiatives to maximize member value,” said a release from the organization.

“Mark has been a tremendous asset to the Alliance and I am confident he will continue to exhibit the same strong leadership and enthusiasm for the industry as chairman that he has always shown,” said News Media Alliance President and CEO David Chavern.

Other News Media Alliance officers elected include Kirk Davis, chief executive officer, GateHouse Media (vice chairman); Terry Egger, chief executive officer and publisher, Philadelphia Media Network (secretary); and Antoinette “Toni” Bush, executive vice president and global head of government affairs, News Corp (treasurer). Elected to initial one-year terms on the board with terms beginning May 1 are Jim Brady, Spirited Media; Pamela (PJ) Browning, The Post and Courier; Frank Filippo, Dow Jones; Timothy Knight, Tribune Publishing; and Bill Marcil Jr., Forum Communications.

The Post and Courier (Charleston, South Carolina) announced that Scott Embry and Chris Zoeller have been named to new management positions at the newspaper. Embry has been promoted to president of King & Columbus digital marketing agency to lead its expansion into new markets in South Carolina. Zoeller will expand her role as chief revenue and marketing officer to include direct responsibility for the paper’s advertising department.

Doug Oathout, a longtime editor for the Erie Times-News (Pennsylvania) and and the newspaper’s executive editor since 2015, is stepping down from that role to accept a position with Gannon University.

Oathout will be chief marketing and communications officer for the university.

Bruce Richardson has joined imPRESSions Worldwide’s sales team. Richardson will remain based in York, Pennsylvania, and focus on the Eastern half of the U.S. He will also spend time at the company’s headquarters near Seattle and SE USA Service Center in Tupelo, Mississippi.

Steve Riley has been named executive editor at the Houston Chronicle.

He has served as interim editor since Oct. 30 after former executive editor Nancy Barnes resigned to become senior vice president for news at National Public Radio.

Matt Sandberg has been named publisher of the Elko Daily Free Press in northeast Nevada and the Times-News in Twin Falls, Idaho. Sandberg a former newspaper executive and publisher in Colorado, succeeds Kevin Kampman, who left the company in March.

Times Record (Fort Smith, Arkansas) publisher Crystal Costa has accepted a new role as events director with Gatehouse Live and has stepped down as publisher. Gatehouse Live is the events and promotion division of Gatehouse Media.

Gordon McLeod, a distinguished and well-respected media executive who held senior positions at Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, Time Inc., and CBS News, among others, died of complications from a nine-year battle with cancer on April 26 in New York City. He was 60.

Bill Fleischman, a former columnist and sports reporter for The News Journal and Philadelphia Daily News who covered the Flyers during the team’s glory years in the 1970s, has died at age 80.

Emily Weaver has been named managing editor of The Daily Record and The Mount Olive Tribune (North Carolina).

Mark Walker has been named general manager and advertising director for the Sentinel-Echo (London, Kentucky) and the Times-Tribune (Corbin, Kentucky).

Jerry Hug has been named general manager of the Tri-City Herald (Kennewick, Washington). Hug is currently

McClatchy’s Northwest director of finance/CFO, based in the Tri-Cities.

After 35 years in journalism, Providence Journal Group President and Publisher Janet Hasson has announced her retirement. Stepping into her role will be Peter Meyer, GateHouse Media regional vice president and president and group publisher of GateHouse New England. Meyer will oversee operations in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Maine, including 14 daily newspapers and more than 100 weekly publications and digital products.

Nicholas Pugliese announced that after nearly five years at The (Bergen) Record, he’s moving to WHYY, South Jersey’s public radio station.

Catherine G. Boone has been named president and publisher at Vicksburg Newsmedia and was set to assume those duties in early June. Vicksburg Newsmedia publishes The Vicksburg Post, and Vicksburg Living magazine and owns and operates Signs First and Speediprint.

William J. Pape II, editor, former publisher and president, and chairman of the board of the Republican-American (Waterbury, Connecticut), has died at the age of 87.

Jennifer Licary has been named digital sales manager for the Daily Journal (Kankakee, Illinois). Licary had been with the Chicago Tribune from late 2016 until her hiring at the Journal.

Tricia Johnston has been appointed publisher of The Goshen News (Indiana), effective immediately. Johnston is a former group president and publisher for GateHouse Media in Michigan, based at the Holland Sentinel.

Debe Johnson announced her plans to retire as advertising director at The Sentinel-Record (Hot Springs, Arkansas). Her retirement is effective May 1.

Charles Westmoreland, managing editor at The Tribune (Columbia, Missouri), has announced he’ll be leaving the newspaper this summer. Westmoreland joined the Tribune in June 2017 following the retirement of longtime editor Jim Robertson.

Jonathan Wolman, the editor and publisher of The Detroit News who helmed the newspaper during a tumultuous economic upheaval for the news business, has died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Brian Skoloff, an Associated Press video journalist who has covered numerous big stories across the United States while training many text reporters on visual storytelling, has been appointed West deputy news director for video. Skoloff will oversee and drive video coverage across 13 Western states from the regional hub in Phoenix.

The nation’s largest trade association of African American-owned newspapers and media companies, the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), announced Claudette Perry as its new executive administrator. NNPA’s member newspaper and media companies reach over 25 million readers each week in print and online.

Joseph Leong has been named senior group publisher for Lake Media/GateHouse Media Holdings (Missouri). He will oversee operations in the lake area for all of Gate-House Media’s holdings.

Postmedia Network Canada Corp. has announced the appointment of Mary Anne Lavallee to the role of executive vice president and chief operating officer. Lavallee will be primarily responsible for operational matters, particularly those focused on digital growth.

Timothy D. Burke is stepping down as publisher of The Palm Beach Post and Palm Beach Daily News.

Tom Schultz, managing editor of the Watertown Daily Times (Wisconsin) for 45 years and a full-time member of the newspaper’s staff for nearly 53 years, has retired.

Janine Gibson has been named assistant editor in the newly created role of editor, special projects at the Financial Times.

Susan Smith Richardson has been named chief executive officer of the Center for Public Integrity. Richardson will take the helm of one of America’s oldest nonprofit investigative journalism organizations as it celebrates its 30th anniversary.

The Los Angeles Times has named Shani Hilton a deputy managing editor for news. Hilton will report to executive editor Norman Pearlstine and managing editor Scott Kraft. Hilton is currently vice president of News and Programming at BuzzFeed News, where she has been an editorial executive for the past six years. She’s joining The Times in June.

Warren C. Dews Jr. has joined the National Press Institute for Audience Growth, a New York-based consulting company, as chief operations officer, NPI-AG President Mark Vinciguerra announced.

Patty Henetz, a reporter who covered everything from the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City to environmental issues for both of Salt Lake City’s major daily newspapers and The Associated Press, has died at 69.

Henetz died March 23 after suffering for several years from corticobasal degeneration, a neurological disease that attacks the cerebral cortex.

Millennial-focused personal finance site The Penny Hoarder has named Sharon J. Prill its chief operating officer and veteran journalist Molly Morehead its senior editor and team lead.

Jaci Smith has been named editor of the North Iowa Media Group, which includes the Globe Gazette. Smith will oversee news gathering operations of the Globe Gazette and its two weekly affiliates, the Summit-Tribune and Mitchell County Press News.

Emma Moody has been appointed standards and ethics editor of The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires.

Susan Chira has been named editor-in-chief of The Marshall Project, the award-winning non-profit newsroom covering the criminal justice system in the United States.

Thomas Krischke has been named president and CEO of Muller Martini North America. Krischke has been involved with the graphic arts industry for more than 20 years, beginning his career as a strategic planner at Eastman Kodak in Germany in 1996.

The Poynter Institute has announced that Bridget Donovan, a former director of online education at the University of South Florida and e-learning partner for NBC News, will oversee Poynter’s News University (NewsU) as the interactive learning manager.

Tom Hill, longtime publisher of The Oak Ridger and a leader in Tennessee media and Oak Ridge for more than a half century, died March 23 at his home surrounded by family. He was 90.

John "Gene" Chambers, former Macomb Daily publisher, has died at the age of 79.

Stephen Meurice, editor-in-chief of The Canadian Press, has announced that he’s leaving the national news service for personal reasons, effective April 26.

E. Ralph Hostetter, the former publisher and owner of the Cecil Whig (Maryland) and current chairman and publisher of American Farm Publications, has died of heart disease at his home. He was 97. American Farm Publications of Easton publishes The Delaware Farmer and The New Jersey Farmer newspapers.

Newsroom leadership appointments were announced among GateHouse New England’s southeastern Massachusetts publications, said Lisa Strattan, vice president of news for GateHouse New England and general manager of SouthCoast publications. Herald News and Taunton Daily Gazette editor in chief Lynne Sullivan was named regional executive editor of SouthCoast Media Group, The Herald News, The Taunton Daily Gazette and The Enterprise. Beth Perdue, editor of The Standard-Times, will become regional executive editor for engagement and community.

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