Gannett executive editor to address 21st century newsroom

Gannett executive editor to address 21st century newsroom

Athens, Ga. – An editor who helped Gannett develop its information center approach to how newsrooms should be organized will speak at the University of Georgia on Wednesday, April 11.

Kate Marymont, vice president and executive editor of the Fort Myers, Fla. The News-Press, will speak on “The Information Center: Gannett’s 21st Century Newsroom,” at 1:30 p.m. in room 150 of the Student Learning Center. Students, faculty and staff are invited to this free event.

The News-Press was one of four newspapers where Gannett tested its information center concept for newsroom reorganization.

Marymont has been executive editor of The News-Press since February 2001. She was previously the executive editor of the News-Leader in Springfield, Mo. Both newspapers are owned by Gannett, with which Marymont has spent 28 years.

She began her career in her hometown of Springfield as a copy editor and reporter. Over the years she has been in many roles throughout newsrooms and has worked in Nashville, Little Rock, Wilmington and a return stint in Springfield before moving to Fort Myers.

Marymont’s speech is the last in a four-part online journalism lecture series presented by the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and its James M. Cox Jr. Institute for Newspaper Management Studies.

The lecture series was organized by the department of journalism’s online journalism committee after surveys showed strong student and faculty interest, according to committee chair John F. Greenman, Grady’s Carter Professor of Journalism.

Established in 1915, the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication offers seven undergraduate majors including advertising, broadcast news, magazines, newspapers, public relations, publication management and telecommunication arts. The college offers two graduate degrees, and is home to the Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism and the Peabody Awards, internationally recognized as one of the most prestigious prizes for excellence in electronic media. For more information, see www.grady.uga.edu.