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David Butler, 63, Will Now Oversee 75 Daily Newspapers

DavidButlerPicDigital First Media, headquartered in New York City, has found its man. David J. Butler, editor and senior vice president of the San Jose Mercury News – as well as West editor for the company – has been promoted to chain editor-in-chief.

As such, Butler, age 63, will oversee 75 daily newspapers and other weekly publications that publish across the country. From today’s announcement:

“Dave Butler is a focused editorial leader who will continue to challenge Digital First Media newsrooms to innovate and to continue to transform,” said John Paton, DFM chief executive officer.

Added Butler: “I hope to bring a special appreciation and knowledge to the job having been a long-time editor at both companies (MediaNews Group, Journal Register Company). Our commitment at Digital First Media is unchanged — aggressively pursuing a new and exciting digital future while continue to produce superb, exclusive, local enterprise reporting that makes a difference in the lives of our readers, including those who cherish print.”

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Digital First Media Exec Touts the Power of Mobile Video

All sorts of fascinating info has been coming out of this week’s World Publishing Expo in Berlin. Among those keeping tabs on the proceedings and in some cases sharing Google docs via Twitter about the presentations has been journalism.co.uk’s Sarah Marshall.

JohnPatonBerlinToday, Digital First Media CEO John Paton spoke about his company’s expanding reliance on TOUT, a video App the Wall Street Journal started making use of in 2012. Other media companies running with the technology include CNN, ESPN and UK’s The Sun newspaper. The Digital First Media effort encompasses 1800 reporters:

The mobile video App is now used in 75 Digital First Media newsrooms. Journalists create and publish videos on the move in near real-time, with most going live in about 30 seconds.

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Jack Klunder Named New LANG President

Los Angeles Newspaper Group parent company Digital First Media announced today that LA Daily News, Torrance Daily Breeze and Long Beach Press-Telegram group publisher Jack Klunder will be replacing Fred Hamilton as LANG’s president.

“Jack Klunder has demonstrated outstanding executive leadership at the Los Angeles Daily News,” says Digital First CEO John Paton, “and with respect to his group publishing responsibilities in LANG. We are confident that he will lead the transformation of LANG’s newspaper operations to multi-platform news companies.”

Before his tenure at LANG, Klunder was vice president of circulation and distribution at the LA Times.

Hamilton, meanwhile, is departing “to pursue other interests.”

Media Exec John Paton Airs His Digital Views in the Analog World

Digitally-oriented media mogul John Paton got a nice fat profile in the LA Times over the weekend, courtesy of James Rainey. Paton is the CEO of Digital First Media, the Journal Register Company and Media News–and oversees the Daily News, Pasadena Star-News, Long Beach Press-Telegram and the Daily Breeze, among a few hundred other papers and media outlets across the country. Paton is a one-time copy boy for the Toronto Sun, who has made it big as a media executive by pushing his newspapers to embrace digital journalism–and pushing hard.

Writes Rainey:

Paton and his Digital First Media — a management company established four months ago that now oversees the recently bankrupt Journal Register and MediaNews chains — have put a 21st century spin on “Stop the presses!” Reporters post video before writing news stories, tweet to their readers in search of news tips and invite customers into news meetings to help mull story choices.

Ad reps had better be pushing Facebook placements, email blasts and online video ads. Paton’s mantra: “Stack digital dimes to match print dollars.”

The roundish chief executive with the insouciant Sydney Greenstreet affect displays a notable lack of sentimentality for parts of his lifelong trade. He has said that traditional print journalism has a value of “about zero,” urged that newspaper people stop listening to other newspaper people, and stated that the public “knows more than we do” about their towns.

Paton later qualifies those statements by arguing that newspapers are no longer fit for breaking news, when stories can be posted on the web at a moment’s notice. Which is true. But he never disputes the notion that John Q. Public somehow knows more about their town than reporters do. We’d encourage Paton to take a stroll around LA and ask people on the street if they can name all the city council members. Or even their own city council member.

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