First, the good news: 'Daily News' promotes two in digital
Daily News editor Colin Myler has announced two high-level promotions on the digital side of his newsroom.
The first is Lauren Johnston, promoted from digital managing editor to digital editorial director, "a significant new role in a general restructuring of our digital and business development operation," Myler wrote in a staff memo this afternoon.
The other is Bob Shields, who's moving up from deputy night editor to become deputy to digital boss Ted Young, the Mail Online alumnus hired by the News last May.
The promotions reflect the paper's increasing focus on web growth, which it's achieved this past year by tailoring its homepage to photo-heavy national news.
But they also come during a period of relative anxiety in the newsroom. Multiple sources have described a series of closed-door meetings this week among Daily News brass, including Myler and News president Bill Holiber. And there have been whispers that newsroom cuts may be on the horizon.
You can read Myler's full memo on today's promotions below:
I am delighted to announce the following appointments.
Lauren Johnston is to be promoted to Digital Editorial Director, a newly-created executive position.
In her new role, Lauren will head up a department that will oversee Analytics and Data collation, Social Media and S.E.O. She will also continue to work with Ted and his web team and the paper’s editorial staff in training initiatives, systems collaboration and the implementation of new multimedia tools.
This is a significant new role in a general restructuring of our digital and business development operation. Lauren has been a major driving force in the development and growth of our digital business and I know she will be a huge success in her new position. She will continue to report to me.
In another move, Bob Shields is to become Ted’s deputy. As Deputy Night Editor Bob has been a significant influence on the paper’s back bench and his experience will greatly enhance the web’s talented team.
Please join me in congratulating Lauren and Bob in their new roles.