Staff Changes at CityBeat

Yesterday CityBeat management internally announced a staff reorganization, and I wanted to publicly share the news and thoughts on what these changes mean for us and for you, our readers.

As everyone knows, media companies have faced challenging issues during the last few years of economic downturn, and newspapers everywhere have laid off staff in order to cut costs amidst declining revenues. CityBeat has faced that reality as well, and it is with regret that we eliminated or restructured several staff positions. Some positions will be replaced in one form or another in 2012, but we’re a close-knit organization, which makes such decisions extremely difficult.

With the launch over the past year of a new monthly publication, A-Line Magazine, and ramping up our Events division, which produces the MidPoint Music Festival and Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, we’ve found that there’s a vibrant marketplace for the more diversified and dynamic organization we’re becoming.

As such, two new leadership roles were announced yesterday: Danny Cross takes over as CityBeat Editor, and Rebecca Sylvester becomes CityBeat Creative Director.—-

In addition, Founding Editor John Fox is relinquishing day-to-day responsibilities. John will continue in his role as President and minority owner of Lightborne Publishing, CityBeat’s parent company.

Danny and Rebecca have been challenged with moving our print and online products forward as well by redesigning the print publication, better integrating our print and web content, coordinating initiatives with our Events division and regularly refreshing the weekly content. They bring immense appreciation for CityBeat’s important role in the community and a high level of enthusiasm and talent to their respective positions.

By bringing financial stability and new leadership to publishing and further developing our emerging business units, we are in the best possible position for success in 2012. We genuinely appreciate the ongoing support of CityBeat and its mission from our readers and clients. Cincinnati can look forward to a brighter and bolder CityBeat in the coming year.

— Dan Bockrath, CityBeat Publisher

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