Newspaper and digital media publisher the Journal Register Co. announced Monday that it had named Jim Brady to be editor-in-chief of its nationwide newsgathering operations, including print and digital.
Brady was executive editor of washingtonpost.com from November 2004 to January 2009 and founder and general manager of local news website TBD. He joined Journal Register in March to help lead its digital transformation initiative, dubbed Project Thunderdome, and now will orchestrate the company's daily news coverage across all platforms.
Brady said in a statement that while the "the newspaper industry has undoubtedly suffered in the past decade, I maintain it's an amazing time to be in journalism: We're reinventing our relationship with our customers, embracing the exciting new tools of journalism, experimenting with new mobile platforms and exploring partnerships that would have been unthinkable 10 years ago."
He said Journal Register intends to be at the forefront of such opportunities.
John Paton, Journal Register's chief executive, said that journalism is key to expanding the company's digital transformation efforts.
"We must provide our audiences with original and compelling journalism _ that is the power our established brands have in the digital space," Paton said in a statement. "Jim understands this and his leadership will be key in improving the quality of our journalism."
Last month, Journal Register was acquired by the Alden Global Capital hedge fund, a deal done less than two years after the publisher emerged from bankruptcy.
Based in Yardley, Pa., Journal Register operates more than 350 products that the company says reach a monthly audience of nearly 20 million. The company has 18 newspapers in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Connecticut, Ohio, New Jersey and New York, along with other print publications and websites.
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