OLD Media Moves

Biz weekly splits ME duties as it explores new products

August 26, 2012

Posted by Chris Roush

Talking Biz News reported Saturday that the Boston Business Journal had hired Jon Chesto, the business editor of the Quincy Patriot Ledger, to be its managing editor for print.

The internal announcement from executive editor George Donnelly hints at a strategic shift within the newsroom:

We’re splitting the managing editor job in two, and I have exciting news about this new, and I think far more strategic, newsroom structure.

I’m delighted to announce that Jon Chesto, the business editor of the Patriot Ledger in Quincy, will join us as managing editor/print edition. Jon is a veteran business journalist. He was a business reporter for the Herald before joining the Patriot Ledger as its business editor eight years ago. Aside from editing the business section, he is an active reporter, blogger and tweeter. Jon’s primary responsibilities will be the print edition and working with reporters throughout the print cycle, but he will also contribute to all our platforms. Jon’s first day will be Aug. 27.

Craig Douglas will be promoted to a newly created role of managing editor/online vertical products and research. Some key BBJ strategies include expanding our industry-specific newsletters and also better exploiting our research franchise, especially online. Craig brings the experience and skills to lead us in both areas while also overseeing Focus and contributing to the web and print.

The goal is to give reporters more editing attention while also anticipating opportunities with new products. I believe this new structure better reflects the realities we face as our industry continues to evolve. Please join me in congratulating Craig while preparing a warm welcome for Jon, who’s a terrific guy and will be a great fit in the newsroom.

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