Metro Market Media, the parent company of the Forsyth County News, is making several managerial changes it believes will help ensure future success.
Nate McCullough, formerly news editor and publications manager at The Times in Gainesville, has been named group editor, overseeing newsroom operations at Forsyth, the Dawson County News and The Times.
McCullough is “an experienced newsroom leader who has worked with multiple news properties at the same time before,” said General Manager Norman Baggs. “We are very confident that he will keep our news staffs focused on stories that matter.”
Tracie Pike will remain editor of the Forsyth County News.
McCullough said he believes “strongly in the role of community newspapers, especially in counties like these that are so dynamic and growing so quickly. So I’m excited about the opportunity to lead the journalists and editors in these newsrooms as they fulfill their duty of keeping the residents informed.”
Baggs said the decision to have a group editor for three markets “will help us to better cover stories that are of regional interest and impact, and to concentrate on the depth and quality of content at all of our news companies.”
Shannon Casas, who had served as editor in chief at The Times, is now serving as director of audience for all three papers, a job that “is increasingly important at modern news companies,” Baggs said.
“The director of audience position takes advantage of the vast amount of information available about readers and their interests and uses those analytics to help shape news coverage so that we are providing our customers with the news they want, regardless of platform,” Baggs said.
In her new role, Casas will be working closely with editors to be sure the papers are covering stories that interest those in the community and “using our resources in the best possible way to meet the needs of our subscribers,” Baggs said.
“I’m excited to better get to know the Forsyth and Dawson communities and work with Nate to meet the needs of those readers,” Casas said. “I’m grateful to work for a company that believes in local journalism and for the opportunity to move into a role that will support the newsrooms at all three properties.”
Overall, Baggs said, “We feel very confident that the moves we’ve made will strengthen our news reporting in all three of our markets and will make sure we are positioned for success by always providing our subscribers with the information they need.”