Ben Doody, managing editor of our Connecticut newsrooms for the past year and a half, has two big things to celebrate today.
First, he’s been named to Editor & Publisher magazine’s “25 Under 35″ list of young people who are making a huge impact on the newspaper industry.
Second, he’s accepted a job as managing editor of Heavy.com, a pioneering Manhattan-based national breaking news and pop culture website.
Ben has had a huge impact on our operation in Connecticut. He has taken a lead role on recruitment and hiring, bringing in an array of talented reporters and editors and establishing a remarkable record of improving the diversity of our staff – from 3 minority journalists two years ago to 14 today.
He helped improve our breaking news coverage, and helped launch GameTimeCT.com, one of the most comprehensive and popular statewide high school sports outlets Connecticut has ever seen. And he was a steadying, conscientious force in the newsroom through two major elections, two major hurricanes, a 100-year blizzard, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and Boston Marathon bombing.
Keep an eye on our friend and colleague, and on his new venture with Heavy.com. We expect big things.
Albert Yuravich has joined Digital First Media’s newsroom staff in Connecticut as director of a new regional page design center based at the New Haven Register.
Yuravich led the newsroom of the Greenwich Time over the past few years as managing editor, and also assisted with a redesign of all of Hearst’s daily newspapers in Connecticut in 2012.
He follows Ben Doody and Tom Cleary in making the jump from Hearst Connecticut to Digital First. Doody was Hearst’s digital news editor and is now managing editor of DFM’s Connecticut group. Cleary was a breaking news reporter at the Connecticut Post and is now co-managing editor of DFM’s Register Citizen in Torrington.
But it’s also a homecoming for Yuravich, who was city editor of The Register Citizen from 2004 to 2008, where he won first place national awards for front page design and breaking news coverage from Suburban Newspapers of America.
Yuravich started his career in 2002 as a sports reporter and copy editor for the Waterbury Republican-American.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Boston College.
In his new job, Yuravich is overseeing a design center that will handle page design for Digital First Media’s newspapers in the region. One of his first tasks will be to help lead the New Haven Register through an upcoming print redesign and conversion to a new content management system.
Email Yuravich at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @albertyuravich.
Ben Doody will re-join Journal Register Co. in a few weeks as managing editor of our Connecticut cluster.
Ben is presently digital news editor of Hearst’s Connecticut newspapers, including the Connecticut Post in Bridgeport, the Danbury News-Times, the Greenwich Time and the Stamford Advocate.
Previously, he worked for JRC as assistant sports editor at The Trentonian in New Jersey for more than three years, and he was chosen as an inaugural member of JRC’s “Idea Lab” thanks to his innovative work there with social media, live blogging and comprehensive local and college sports coverage.
Ben holds a bachelor’s degree in English and journalism from Fairfield University and was editor-in-chief of its weekly newspaper, the Fairfield Mirror.
While still at the Trentonian, Ben started to cross over to become more involved in regular news coverage vs. just sports, and at Hearst, he started out as morning news editor overseeing breaking news coverage statewide before being promoted to a wider digital news role.
In the new role with JRC Connecticut, he’ll help the group editor coordinate statewide news coverage and continue our reorganization around breaking news, community engagement and investigative and enterprise reporting. He’ll also lead the cluster’s transition to redesigned print editions and redesigned web sites and oversee training and career development of Connecticut newsroom staff.