Digital First Media Names Jonathan Cooper Vice President Media Relations and Employee Communications
New York, NY (July 30, 2012) – Digital First Media, which operates MediaNews Group and Journal Register Company, today named Jonathan Cooper as Vice President Media Relations and Employee Communications.
Mr. Cooper most recently served as Vice President of Digital First Media during the Company’s inception. He previously served as Vice President of Content for Journal Register Company where he led the Company’s digital cultural transformation through the Ben Franklin Project, a unique open-source publishing experiment where Journal Register used free and low-cost digital tools to publish 18 daily newspapers and websites.
“Jon Cooper has been invaluable to our company’s progress. He is first and foremost employee-centric which is vital in any employee-led transformation,” said John Paton, Chief Executive Officer of Digital First Media.
During his term as Vice President of Content for Journal Register Company, Mr. Cooper developed and implemented digital training sessions across the Company, led the Company’s inaugural ideaLab and laid the groundwork for Project Thunderdome – Digital First Media’s centralized digital content center.
“This new role is an opportunity to continue to highlight the innovative work being done across Digital First Media and ensure we are sharing what we learn across our Company and our industry,” said Mr. Cooper
As Vice President Media Relations and Employee Communications, Mr. Cooper will report to Robert Monteleone, Digital First Media’s Chief Human Resources Officer.
“Because of his broad experience at various sites and in various functions across the Company, Jon will be a critical resource dedicated to keeping our internal and external stakeholders informed of our ongoing transformation,” said Mr. Monteleone.
During Mr. Cooper’s nearly 16-year career with Journal Register Company he held many diverse positions including Director of Digital Content, Online Director for the New Haven Register and NHRegister.com, and Managing Editor for Special Projects at the New Haven Register where he launched both a youth-market magazine and a Spanish-language newspaper.
Prior to that Mr. Cooper served as editor of The Wallingford Voice; The Herald and The Herald Press in New Britain, Conn., and The Register Citizen in Torrington, Conn. – now the home of the Company’s open-to-the-public newsrooms.
Mr. Cooper is a graduate of Keene State College and resides in Conshohocken, Pa. with his wife Nicole and son James.
About Digital First Media
Digital First Media (www.DigitalFirstMedia.com) is headquartered in New York City, and jointly manages MediaNews Group and Journal Register Company. Digital First Media reaches 57 million Americans each month through more than 800 multi-platform products across 18 states.
About MediaNews Group, Inc.
MediaNews Group, Inc. (www.medianewsgroup.com) is the nation’s second largest newspaper company as measured by circulation, with headquarters in Denver, Colorado. MediaNews Group and its affiliated companies publish 57 daily newspapers and more than 100 non-daily publications in 11 states.
About Journal Register Company
Journal Register Company is a leader in local news and information in 10 states. The Company’s more than 350 multi-platform products reach an audience of 21 million people each month. For more information visit the company website at www.JournalRegister.com.
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Vice President Media Relations & Employee Communications
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