It picks its VP of corporate communications, Tara Connell, to lead the company’s new effort “to enhance and improve the way Gannett gathers and delivers the news and information customers want.”
Gannett Co. today named Tara Connell vice president of ContentOne, a new company-wide initiative to enhance and improve the way Gannett gathers and delivers the news and information customers want.
Connell, who was a reporter and editor for 27 years before joining the corporate staff, currently is vice president of corporate communications. A successor will be named shortly.
Said Craig A. Dubow, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Gannett: “The mission of ContentOne is to make Gannett smarter, better and more efficient at delivering news and information to our customers. ContentOne will guide major event coverage across the company, allow our community journalists to focus on local news and information and help end duplication. At the same time, ContentOne will seek new ways to use our content across multiple platforms and in multiple venues as our customers’ media consumption habits change.
“Tara has been central to discussions about content development across the company and about the creation of ContentOne over the past few years. Her deep journalism experience, her knowledge of all facets of Gannett and a fundamentally strategic approach make her the right person to take ContentOne to the next level,” Dubow said.
Connell began her career as a reporter with Gannett’s Westchester operations in 1972 covering local government and the judicial system. She was a founding staffer at USA Today in 1982. She worked at USA Today as a reporter and editor and was named managing editor of page one in 1996.
Connell was named director of media eelations for Gannett in 1999 and was named vice president of xorporate xommunications in 2003.
She was awarded an American Bar Association Silver Gavel for her judicial reporting in 1979 and was named Gannett’s Corporate Staffer of the Year in 2002.