(PRWEB) May 01, 2013
Michelle Holmes, a former Knight Fellow at Stanford and director of business development at UstreamTV in San Francisco, was named vice president of content at Alabama Media Group, the company announced Monday.
As vice president of content, Holmes will oversee the editorial operations of Alabama Media Group, which includes The Birmingham News, Mobile's Press-Register, The Huntsville Times, the Mississippi Press, AL.com and gulflive.com. The company launched on Oct. 1 of last year, and delivers printed editions of each newspaper three days a week, while publishing news 24/7 online at its websites.
"I'm thrilled to have this opportunity to work with the Alabama Media Group and its great people throughout the state," Holmes said. "It's an exciting time and place to think big -- and to work with those committed to forging a vibrant and enduring future for American journalism."
Holmes was a 2012 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, focusing on journalistic innovation. At UstreamTV, she was responsible for content partnerships with some of the world's largest media companies. Previously, she was editor of both the SouthtownStar and Joliet Herald-News in Chicago, where she led award-winning staffs on the south side and suburbs of Chicago.
"Michelle is another example of the top-notch quality we're attracting to Alabama Media Group," said Alabama Media Group President Cindy Martin. "She has a range of experience that will propel our editorial group to another level of digital innovation."
Holmes started her career as a clerk in the circulation department of The News-Dispatch in Michigan City, Ind., her hometown newspaper. Holmes was managing editor and a member of the editorial board at the Post-Tribune in Merillville, Ind., before moving to the SouthtownStar.
"Alabama Media Group is at the forefront of digital transformation in news and sports coverage, while maintaining great print products. Its commitment to its communities is admirable and its innovation is leading edge. That's exciting. So is the quality of life that exists here. I look forward to immersing myself in Alabama professionally and personally, and to having a great life here while helping our company's media serve and engage their many communities."
Alabama Media Group announced Friday that current vice president of content, Kevin Wendt, would become director of special projects at Advance Digital.
"We have such a great content team, and we've seen terrific audience growth online while providing strong print editions three days a week," Martin said. "Michelle will help push us to the next level."
Holmes will be based in Birmingham, and starts her new role on May 13.