Josh Bergeron, 26, editor of the Salisbury Post in North Carolina, where he was associate editor before 14 months as managing editor of The State Journal in Frankfort, Kentucky, where he "launched well-received redesigns of its monthly community magazine and the newspaper, which publishes five days per week, and its web traffic grew by 30 percent," E&P reports.
Taylor Buley, 34, chief technology officer of McNaughton Newspapers and publisher of the Winters Express in Fairfield, Calif.: He rebuilt the paper's website, linked it to social media, launched live video and created a tool for the community to share content, which has produced more than 1,500 posts, E&P reports.
Stephanie Highfill, 29, multimedia sales executive at Arkansas' Hot Springs Village Voice, which "has seen a 70 percent increase in digital growth in 2018 over 2017," E&P reports. "She also won Best of Show in the 2018 Arkansas Press Association Better Newspaper Advertising Contest beating out newspapers of all sizes, dailies and weeklies."
|Mary Koester at the 2018 Clayton 9/11 Memorial|
Stair Climb, one of her many community activities.
Courtney A. Lamdin, 31, news editor of the Times Argus in Barre, Vermont, which she joined in March after editing three weeklies: the Colchester Sun, the Milton Independent and the Essex Reporter. The papers won many state and regional awards, and she won a fellowship from the New England First Amendment Coalition.
Rob Miller, 33, digital editor of the Bulletin in Norwich, Connecticut. He has "done wonders for the Bulletin’s website and their social media platforms," E&P reports. "According to executive editor Jim Konrad, Miller’s ability to manage the digital realm of the Bulletin as well as his growing writing and reporting skills led him to become the newspaper’s morning reporter, delivering the news to readers electronically."
Adam Rogers, 32, managing editor of innovation for The Villages Daily Sun in The Villages, a retirement community in Central Florida. Under his leadership, the paper "has twice been a finalist for The Society of News Design’s Worlds Best Designed Newspapers," E&P reports. "His individual work has won more than 40 awards at the state, national and international level." Executive Editor Bonita Burton said “Adam is the Swiss-army knife of one of the few American newsrooms that is still growing. . . . If the future of newspapers is bright—especially the future of community newspapers—it will be because people like Adam Rogers led us there.” (The paper is owned by the development's operating company, a New York Times profile noted. It has an outside competitor, Villages-News.com.)