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Category: Newsmakers

John Shank to join D-R Media in Florida as vice president and group publisher

John Shank is joining D-R Media in Florida as vice president and group publisher. He will be overseeing the D-R Media weekly newspapers in Lake, Polk, and Sumter counties. D-R Media President David Dunn-Rankin said, “we are thrilled John is joining our leadership team.  We believe in the growth potential of our business, and John…
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Democrat’s Jim Henry earns national recognition from Associated Press Sports Editors for Bowden coverage

Democrat sports editor Jim Henry earned a National Top 10 award in the annual Associated Press Sports Editors contest last week. Henry placed in the breaking news category for his coverage on legendary Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden’s passing last Aug. 8. Bowden was 91. Sports editors and journalists throughout the country voted on the…
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Caplan returns to the Gainesville Sun as editor for local news

Andrew Caplan is returning to The Gainesville Sun as local news editor, supervising local news reporters and organizing local news coverage for the newspaper and its website. Caplan, 33, was an award-winning journalist for The Sun from 2016 to 2019, primarily covering local government. He left to become an investigative reporter with The State newspaper…
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New executive editor named for Naples Daily News

Wendy Fullerton Powell will take on a new role leading local journalism in Southwest Florida as executive editor of Gannett’s Naples Daily News. Her new title and responsibilities will begin after the departure of Penny Fisher, who has served as news director of the Daily News for the past 4½ years. Fisher, 40, will leave her post at the end…
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Celebration honors Diane Kortus’ lasting contributions

Diane Kortus, recently retired publisher of The Laker/Lutz News, greeted new arrivals in a ballroom at The Plantation Palms Golf Club, in Land O’ Lakes. Longtime advertisers, elected leaders, community volunteers, members of The Laker/Lutz News team, readers, family and friends gathered on Jan. 27, to wish her well in her retirement, and to honor…
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Paul Tash to retire from Tampa Bay Times; Conan Gallaty will become next chairman

After a career of more than four decades with the newspaper, Paul Tash will retire as chairman of the Tampa Bay Times on July 1 and has named Conan Gallaty, the president of Times Publishing Company, to succeed him. Tash, 67, came to the St. Petersburg Times as a reporter in 1978 and became chairman…
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Angie Campbell named Jacksonville Daily Record publisher

The Jacksonville Daily Record begins the new year with a new publisher, former business manager Angie Campbell. The fifth publisher in the 110-year history of the newspaper, Campbell, 45, succeeds founder John McManus, James F. Bailey Sr., James F. Bailey Jr. and Matt Walsh, CEO of Observer Media Group. “When we acquired the Daily Record…
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Frank LoMonte Authors Article on Student Journalism and Civic Education

Frank LoMonte, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information director, is the author of “Student Journalism and Civic Education” published in the American Bar Association’s Human Rights online magazine on Jan. 4. In the article, LoMonte focuses on the importance of offering high-quality journalism opportunities in K-12 school as part of a well-rounded…
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Parade Media Announces Retirement Of Newspaper Relations Executive And Successor Appointment

 Scot Dalquist retires; Mike Devon named Vice President, Newspaper Relations Group Parade Media Senior Vice President of Newspaper Relations Kevin Craig announced today the retirement of the company’s Vice President of Newspaper Relations, Scot Dalquist, effective April 1, 2022. Mike Devon, a 30-plus-year veteran of the newsprint industry, was named to succeed Dalquist in the…
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2021 Citizen of the Year Gerry Mulligan: community champion, cheerleader and supporter of people doing good things

t was a Friday in November 1978, Gerry Mulligan’s first day as editor of the Citrus County Chronicle. Back then, the paper came out two times a week and work was finished by noon on Fridays. At noon, Mulligan asked his boss, David Arthurs, “What’s next?” Just then, a woman pushed open the door of…
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