Tribune Publishing on Monday announced leadership changes for its Florida media properties: the South Florida Sun Sentinel and the Orlando Sentinel.
Sun Sentinel general manager Nancy Meyer will become publisher and general manager of both multimedia news organizations, and Sun Sentinel editor-in-chief Julie Anderson has been named top editor of both, according to Chicago-based parent company Tribune.
The leadership changes come as the company plans to expand digital access to news and feature content among thousands of subscribers in South Florida.
Meyer said the move will give the two newspapers a “more authoritative” voice in Florida by providing statewide issues coverage.
“I think it propels that voice even bigger,” she said.
Anderson said she sees “an opportunity to do more impactful journalism in areas that are more regional.”
One example: “We’re creating a state reporting team to do more politics and environment and public health [coverage],” Anderson said.
Meyer said advertisers in both the Sun Sentinel and Orlando Sentinel shouldn’t notice any difference. “Our advertising expertise is extremely local, and we’re going to maintain that,” she said.
Previously, Meyer was general manager for Tribune’s southeast properties, and was publisher of the Orlando Sentinel in 2015 and 2016.
Anderson became editor-in-chief of the Sun Sentinel in March 2018. Previously, she was senior vice president of content and business development for the Orlando Sentinel Media Group.
“I am confident that Nancy’s and Julie’s leadership, news judgment and history of digital innovation will benefit the entire team in Florida,” said Tim Knight, president of Tribune Publishing.
On Monday, he also announced that the Orlando Sentinel’s publisher and editor-in-chief, Avido Khahaifa, is moving on to pursue new opportunities.
The organizational changes come amid bids submitted to potentially acquire Tribune Publishing.
Tribune Publishing’s board on Nov. 5 reviewed at least three bids to buy the newspaper company, sources said. Offers came from California-based newspaper chain McClatchy, which owns The Miami Herald; New York investment firm Donerail; and Texas-based Aim Media, according to sources cited last week by the Chicago Tribune. Representatives of the bidders declined to comment.
It is unclear whether any of the offers might lead to a sale of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune and its other daily newspapers.
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