January 10, 2014
Award-winning journalist Robert Strickley has been named content manager of The Alton Telegraph, effective Thursday, Jan. 2.
The announcement was made by Jim Lawitz, director of content for Civitas Media, The Telegraph’s parent company.
“I am thrilled about the opportunity to enhance the already sterling reputation of the Telegraph and usher in the next phase of hyper-local focus to a paper that is already rich with history and talented journalists,” Strickley said.
Prior to assuming leadership of the Telegraph’s editorial department, Strickley was the editor of the Portsmouth (Ohio) Daily Times, overseeing an award-winning newsroom.
While with the Daily Times, Strickley was recognized by the Associated Press Media Editors and the Ohio Senate for tremendous attainment in reporting.
After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University, Strickley worked for a series of weekly publications south of Boston, Mass.
Strickley said his focus is to increase the presence and scope of the Telegraph’s newsroom while providing transparency to the paper’s readers.
“This paper is an Alton establishment. However, there is no room for satisfaction in journalism,” Strickley said. “Our staff will continue to grow into the latest news mediums while delving into subjects that deserve the most thorough examinations. We will also provide readers with a transparency unfamiliar at most publications. You will know what we do and why we do it.”
The Telegraph has grown its news operation by adding journalists and restructuring news gathering processes.
“Bob will lead a newsroom that is re-energized and positioned to produce strong journalism,” Lawitz said. “He’s a top journalist and the right person for this tremendous opportunity.”
Strickley believes in investing in the community.
“By adding journalists to our staff, it will enable us to shine a spotlight on our coverage area that otherwise would remain dark,” he said.
The modern newspaper is much more than the print copy residents read over a morning cup of coffee. That is not lost on the staff of the Telegraph, Strickley said.