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Johnson City Press makes changes in newsroom

Madison Mathews • Feb 6, 2012 at 4:14 PM

The Johnson City Press has undergone some changes in staffing that are designed to make the news-gathering process easier for readers.

“These are changes in the newsroom designed to basically let our readers know where news should be delivered,” Managing Editor John Molley said.

There are three primary changes within the newsroom structure.

First, the title of city editor has been dropped and replaced with the new position of news editor.

Sam Watson, who most recently served as Internet and special projects editor at the Press, has been named news editor. In this capacity, Watson will be responsible for all daily local news, both for print and the Internet.

Watson has been with the Press since 1988. He was named full-time education writer in 1990 — a position in which he covered local schools and higher education for more than 18 years.

Second, Brad Jolly, who served as city editor with the Press since the mid-1980s, has been named assistant news editor/specialty pages. Jolly will assist the news editor as needed and be primarily responsible for coordinating copy for business, outdoors, religion and Heritage sections.

Jolly has been with the Press since 1980 and has served in a number of capacities during his tenure.

Third, Rex Barber will become assistant news editor/online, with the primary responsibility of assisting the news editor in the Press’ electronic publishing activities, in addition to his continued coverage of East Tennessee State University.

Barber has been with the Press since 2004. He has most recently served as a web reporter with an emphasis on covering higher education.

These structural shifts will hopefully make interaction between the newsroom and readers more “user-friendly,” Molley said.

The newsroom can be contacted by calling 929-3111.

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