Phoenix Biz Journal reorganizes newsroom, names ME

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Patrick O'grady

Ilana Lowery, the editor of the Phoenix Business Journal, writes Friday about how the American City Business Journals paper is reorganizing its news operations.

Lowery writes, “To help reach our goals, we’ve moved reporter Patrick O’Grady into the Managing Editor role. In his new role, Patrick will steer coverage of the weekly print publication, including our more in-depth Focus sections. Many of you know Patrick and would agree it’s a much-deserved promotion for him. Patrick, who has been with us for four and a half years, has helped to build our technology beat and has owned the solar beat in Arizona. Much of his time also has been spent coordinating and executing special sections.

“Additionally, Adam Kress — a face and voice you probably remember from KNXV-TV Channel 15’s Daybreak and KTAR 92.3 FM business reports — will assume the title of Digital Editor and will lead all of our online and social media operations. Adam, who has been with the paper for 10 years in various capacities (he actually started out as our technology reporter right out of college), will continue to handle day-to-day management of all online content and own the execution of the online content strategy across multiple platforms and products, including Web, email and mobile.

“Both Adam and Patrick will play key roles as part of the newsroom leadership team, and they will be instrumental to our future as our digital products increase and our print publications evolve. Together, they will serve as change agents, along with me, in the newsroom to actively advocate for the improvements and resources that take the Business Journal’s content to the next level.

“In addition, Kat Bryant will become our Associate Editor, adding special sections to her long list of responsibilities in the newsroom. Historically, Kat’s role has been to oversee copy and page flow, as well copy edit content. She will continue to handle those tasks as well as help coordinate a pending redesign and special projects.”

Read more here. As Talking Biz News reported earlier this month, the ACBJ papers are undergoing a change to focus more on online reporting.