SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — McClatchy (NYSE American: MNI) today announced a new regional structure for news and named Robyn Tomlin and Lauren Gustus as Regional Editors. Tomlin, currently Managing Editor at The Dallas Morning News, will be based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and will be responsible for the seven McClatchy newsrooms in the Carolinas. Gustus, currently Executive Editor of McClatchy’s Star-Telegram in Fort Worth, Texas, will be based in Sacramento and will be responsible for McClatchy’s five California newsrooms plus The Idaho Statesman in Boise. They will begin in their new roles in February.
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“We couldn’t be more excited about the two passionate journalists who will lead our efforts to innovate faster, collaborate more effectively and serve our readers better,” said Tim Grieve, McClatchy’s Vice President of News.
McClatchy launched a program of Newsroom Reinvention in 2017 to accelerate its digital growth and ensure that each of its newsrooms can deliver what readers need in a fast-changing news environment. Newsroom Reinvention has led to record digital readership for McClatchy and high-impact journalism that holds leaders and institutions accountable, including a recent Kansas City Star series on secrecy in the Kansas government and a Fresno Bee project on the high teen birth rate in California’s San Joaquin Valley.
“The new structure will sharpen our local focus and increase the pace and cadence of our digital transformation,” said Craig Forman, President and CEO of McClatchy.
Under the new structure, each McClatchy newsroom will have a local editor, committed to producing journalism that matters to the local community. And there will also be a regional editor responsible for ensuring that the newsrooms work together effectively and are pushing forward to the company’s digital future. McClatchy expects the regional structure to roll out nationwide over the course of the next year.
In North Carolina, Tomlin will oversee The News & Observer in Raleigh, The Charlotte Observer and The Herald Sun in Durham. In South Carolina, she will be responsible for The Island Packet in Hilton Head, The Beaufort Gazette, The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, The State in Columbia and The Herald in Rock Hill.
The move will be a homecoming for Tomlin, who graduated from the