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Executive suite: At Digital First Media of New York City (operator of Journal Register Co. and MediaNews Group Inc. titles), Jeannie Parent has been named senior vice president of sales; previously, she was vice president of national advertising at the U.S. Community Publishing Group of Gannett Co. Inc., a job she'd held for seven months. Earlier, she spent seven months as senior national sales director at Community Publishing. From 2009-2011, Parent was senior director of major retail advertising at the Detroit Media Partnership (Gannett's Free Press and MediaNews' News). Parent joined the Observer & Eccentric group of newspapers in suburban Detroit in 2006 as retail sales manager and rose there to senior director of sales and marketing. Parent started her career in 1996 at Canada's Windsor Star, rising to national sales manager. From 2004-2006, Parent was an account executive at the Greater Detroit Newspaper Network. ... At Charleston Newspapers Inc. (the Charleston Gazette and the Charleston Daily Mail) in West Virginia, Norman "Trip" Shumate III has been named president; he remains chief financial officer (a job he's held since 2004) and a vice president of the Daily Gazette Co. (a job he's held since 1998). Shumate is the son-in-law of Elizabeth Chilton, president of the Gazette Co. He replaces Craig Selby, who is retiring after 44 years with the company; Selby had been president and general manager for eight years. Selby was publisher of the Gazette from 1992-2004 and earlier was general manager of Charleston Newspapers. Also at Charleston Newspapers, Jerry Briggs has been named vice president and ad director; previously, he was circulation director, a job he'd held since 2006. Briggs joined the company in 2001 as ad sales manager. Earlier, he had a career with Gannett. Briggs replaces Larry Levak, who is retiring after 33 years with Charleston Newspapers. Levak has been ad director since 1989 and vice president since 1994. ...

Publisher: At Horizon's Observer News Enterprise in Newton, N.C., Nanci Batson has been named publisher; previously, she was publisher of Southern Rhode Island Newspapers (Narragansett Times, et al.), a job she'd held for 2-1/2 years. Earlier, Batson was vice president of corporate advertising at the Rhode Island Media Group (Daily Call of Woonsocket, The Times of Pawtucket, Southern Rhode Island Newspapers, et al.), for three years. Batson started her career as an ad saleswoman with Harte Hanks in her native Texas in 1982 and from 1989-1995 was an account executive at the Chicago Sun-Times. For the next three years, she was ad director at North Shore Magazine in Chicago and from 1998-2000, Batson was ad and marketing director at the Northwest Arkansas Times of Fayetteville, Ark. In 2000, Batson returned to The Sun-Times as ad manager. ...

Newsroom names: At U-T San Diego, Dan McSwain has been named an editorial writer; previously, he was managing editor of the North County Times, a job he'd held for five years. This is McSwain's second stint on the San Diego editorial page; he was there in 2006-2007 as well. Earlier, McSwain was a reporter, editor and editorial page editor at the Times from 2000-2006. McSwain started in newspapers as a business reporter at the Cincinnati Enquirer in the mid-1980s but also had careers in precision manufacturing, screenwriting and started and sold a new media firm. ... At the Wall Street Journal, Ruth Altchek has been named editorial director for weekends; previously, she was editor of "Off Duty," the Journal's weekend lifestyle section, a job she'd held since 2010. Earlier, Altchek was a senior editor at Martha Stewart Living for a year and before that had a 3-3/4-year stint at Cond Nast's Domino magazine. Earlier, she was with I.D. Magazine and Art on Paper magazine. Also at the Journal, Kristina O'Neill has been named editor of WSJ. Magazine; previously, she was executive editor at Harper's Bazaar. O'Neill had spent 12 years at Harper's Bazaar and earlier was with New York Magazine and Time Out New York. ...

Hearstlings: At Hearst's Albany Times Union in New York State, Kurt Vantosky has been named senior vice president of advertising; previously, he was vice president of advertising at Newhouse's Birmingham News in Alabama, a job he'd held since August 2009. Earlier, he held the same title at McClatchy's News Tribune in Tacoma, Wash., for four years. Earlier still, he was ad director at Alaska's Anchorage Daily News (also McClatchy) for four years and before that, Vantosky was ad director at Maine's Morning Sentinel in Augusta and the Kennebec Journal from 1996-2001. ... At the company's Houston Chronicle, Michael Sacks has been named vice president of operations; previously, he was vice president of operations at the newspaper division of Tribune Co. of Chicago, a job he'd held for four years. Earlier, Sacks spent three years as vice president of operations at Newsday of Long Island, N.Y. (when it was a Tribune paper) and from 1998-2004, he was vice president of operations, circulation and technology at Tribune's Daily Press in Newport News, Va. Sacks started his career in the production department at Tribune's South Florida Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale in 1981 and rose to production director. ...

New media maven: At Gannett's USA Today Sports Media Network in McLean, Va., Patrick Scanlon has been named general manager of high school sports; previously, he was interactive media director at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a job he'd held since mid-2009. Earlier, he was executive publisher of the Americast Media Network Inc. of Fox Island, Wash., a job he'd held for three years. Earlier still, Scanlon was the business development vice president at SmallTownPapers Inc. for 15 months and before that was chief technology officer at MatchLight Software. Originally, Scanlon was a photographer for Time-Life and in 1995 was named interactive marketing director at J. Walter Thompson. ... #
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