John has been the catalyst in the planning and execution of new products, initiatives and standards that have changed newsroom culture and increased community respect. He built the copy desk into an efficient operating unit and reconfigured desk responsibilities to absorb all production related to Features and the editorial pages. His systematic training has allowed new copy editors to rapidly become key players. He led the redesign of all section fronts and specialty pages to create an informative, consistent look, and he led the way on developing breakthrough special sections. John is a resourceful voice of dissent or query on presentation, perspective or play of a story. He continually asks the right questions – the inquiries a reader would express."
Nominator's comments: "John has been the principal creative source in changing the look and tone of the newspaper. He is a critical and strategic thinker while creating at his Mac or working with the staff to solve issues of the day. His high standards for design, copy quality and headline impact are reflected in his own work. He is thoughtful and consistent in presenting pinpoint feedback to his staff, peers and superiors, leading to constructive improvements and significant growth."
15 Gannett editors selected
for 2006 Supervisor Recognition Awards;
Winners cited for leadership in both print and Web work
By Ann Clark, News Executive
Fifteen editors who are helping their newsrooms move from a print-centric focus to continuous print and Web news operations are winners of this year's Gannett Newspaper Newsroom Supervisor Recognition Awards. These individuals have been cited for their abilities to provide leadership, produce excellent work, inspire their staffs and understand the importance of being reader and audience focused.
The winners join 179 other managers who have been cited for their outstanding work since the awards were first presented in 1994.
Of this group's winners, the judges said: "We salute these individuals who are working to meld the principles of good journalism with the opportunities provided by our Web sites and other publications. This group represents the type of leadership needed in our newsrooms as we work to build the Local Information Centers and build stronger relationships throughout our news organizations.
"In our discussion this year, we saw significant work being produced by these winners. We salute them for their important contributions."