David B. Kennard
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Phone: 843-834-3785
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EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

EXECUTIVE EDITOR, Summerville Communications (Evening Post Industries) Charleston, South Carolina. Circulation 47,000. December 2015 to present
- Manage three non-daily papers: Summerville Journal Scene, Berkeley Independent, Goose Creek Gazette.
- Direct news staff covering hyper-local community news products.
- Establish online initiatives to reach growing audience.
- Determine editorial position of news products and write opinion pieces.
- Provide updated training for staff related to news standards.
Key Accomplishments:
- Established regular newspaper editorial pages.
- Launched Athlete of the Week feature. 


EXECUTIVE EDITOR, The Daily Herald (Lee) Provo, Utah. Circulation 36,000. October 2013 to July 2015
- Manage all sections editors.
- Develop community news sources and contacts.
- Oversee cost controls related to the news department.
- Develop digital standards and manage daily online goals.
- Run daily news meetings, editorial board meetings, etc.
Key Accomplishments:
- Repurposed universal copy desk to a regional design center.
- Established an online culture within all departments of the newsroom. 


MANAGING EDITOR, Mansfield News Journal/Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum (Gannett) Mansfield, Ohio. Circulation 25,000. January 2010 to October 2013
- Manage newsroom activities including story development and various administrative duties (payroll budgeting, etc.)
- Work as a community liaison in numerous public service functions.
- Keep abreast of, and train staff in new technologies related to digital journalism.
- Manage a combined copy/design desk to paginate five daily papers. 
- Run daily news budget meetings and coordinate coverage with 10 other daily newspapers.
Key Accomplishments:
- Transitioned newsroom from Apple platform (NewsEdit/Quark) to CCI/Newsgate
- Placed in Associated Press' General Excellence category all years


EXECUTIVE EDITOR, Utah Business magazine (Brown Publishing, former employer) Salt Lake City, Utah. Circulation 25,000. June 2009 to October 2009.
- Coordinate news coverage for Utah Business, Digital IQ and other publications.
- Develop credible news sources for online and print stories.
- Speak at company events, write speeches for company officials, and serve as community liaison/figurehead.
- Lead the collaborative effort to coordinate monthly business awards. 
- Write opinion columns for the magazine.
- Run monthly corporate roundtables that bring industry leaders together to share and solve common issues.
Key Accomplishments:
- Successfully transitioned the annual Book of Lists from a contract project to an internal publication. This included contract negotiations and hiring new staff.
- Launched the first of what is planned to be annual Green Business Awards to honor Utah businesses for their efforts in environmentally sustainable operations.
- Managed the move and redesign of complex company Web site.


MANAGING EDITOR, Morning News (Horizon Publications) Blackfoot, Idaho. Circulation 5,000. October 2008 to June 2009.
- Direct all news coverage for daily newspaper and associated special sections.
- Work with community leaders to promote positive local stories and programs.
- Develop editorial opinions for the newspaper and run the editorial board.
- Paginate daily newspaper and special sections.
- Develop sources, write stories and shoot photos on deadline.
- Manage department budgets and special projects.
Key Accomplishments:
- Established a culture of covering breaking news on deadline.
- Began long-range planning to provide better coverage of complex community issues such as economic development, politics and cultural diversity.
- Hired and trained a talented staff of reporters and editors to provided better news coverage. “Overall we have a very good staff; probably as good as I've had here.” - Publisher Leonard Martin.


BREAKING NEWS/ONLINE EDITOR, Idaho Statesman (McClatchy Newspapers) Boise, Idaho. Circulation 80,000. October 2006 to September 2008.
- Coordinate breaking news coverage.
- Develop Web-based, value-added content. 
- Manage reporters’ work schedules and work flow.
- Post stories online using Web based software.
Key Accomplishments:
- Helped increase online news hits from 150,000 daily to 300,000 daily.


PUBLISHER/EXECUTIVE EDITOR/NEWS EDITOR, Troy Daily News and The Daily Herald (Brown Publishing) Troy, Ohio. Circulation: 12,000. September 1997 to October 2006.
- Prepare, monitor and adjust annual department budgets.
- Promote company products in the community – news, online, direct mail. 
- Conduct performance reviews, hire/fire, etc. 
- Coach and train editorial staff and coordinate news coverage. 
- Write weekly column and regular opinion pieces.
- Act as community liaison: Direct citywide media day event, serve on community tourism board, serve on Chamber of Commerce audit committee, direct election forums, etc. 
Key Accomplishments:
- Launched a high school football section, “The Blitz.”
- Instituted weekly advertising sales strategies with ad reps based on news content.
- Created local editorial board and met weekly as a team of staff and community members.
- Directed redesign of newspaper, including content and layout.
- Successfully streamlined an oversized staff to take advantage of partnerships with sister publications.
- Created news partnerships with community organizations – county fair board, YMCA, tourism board, etc.
- Launched online version of newspaper, merged online staff with news staff.
- Earned multiple awards from Associated Press and within Brown Publishing for graphics, general excellence, and Front page layout. 
- Introduced full-page pagination to the Universal Desk.
- Expanded the weekly entertainment section to include local movie, music, and theater reviews.


NEWS EDITOR, Daily Herald, Provo, Utah
Circulation: 36,000. September 1997 to October 1999,
- Managed a staff of seven copy editors. 
- Coordinate dummy creation with pagination.
- Produced graphics for print and online editions.
- Trained copy editors on full-page pagination.
Key Accomplishments
- Established the position of graphic illustrator.
- Transitioned copy desk from print only to print and online editing.
- Created regular editorial page with designated editorial desk editor. 


ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR/SYSTEMS EDITOR, The Visalia Times Delta (Gannett) Visalia, Calif. Circulation: 28,000. June 1996 to September 1997.
- Manage copy desk of five editors.
- Develop daily news budgets.
- Manage flow of local and wire copy.
- Edit local graphics.
Key Accomplishments:
- Trained copy desk/sports desk in use of full-page pagination.
- Created newsroom style guide, source list and other tools.
- Developed locally produced weather page.


MANAGING EDITOR, The Siskiyou Daily News (Hollinger Intl.) Yreka, Calif. Circulation: 6,000. May 1995 to June 1996.
- Direct a seven-person newsroom and pool of stringers.
- Act as community liaison attending service organizations and other community functions 
- Write editorials, features.
- Train and coach staff in use of newsroom computers and systems.
Key Accomplishments:
- Trained staff in practice of full-page pagination.
- Introduced “usable news” features to paper – gas prices, local business info, weather, etc.
- Created newsroom style guide.
- Designed front-end system to more efficiently sort local and wire news.
- Redesigned/updated front page nameplate and other style elements.


EDITOR, The Hermiston Herald (East Oregonian Publishing) Hermiston, Ore. Circulation: 3,100. August 1993 to May 1995.
- Coordinate and plan news coverage by five news reporters and freelance writers.
- Edit all copy.
- Design, layout and paginate pages.
- Develop community contacts and promote newspaper.
- Hire and train editorial staff.
Key Accomplishments:
- Coordinated transfer from paste-up to full-page pagination and introduced new front-end system for writers.
- Created a local editorial board with locally written editorials.
- Created a “rant and rave” feature for the editorial page.
- Partnered with circulation manager to increase circulation by 5 percent.
- Created newsroom style guide.
- Introduced online content by taking advantage of the “new” World Wide Web.
- Recognized by Society of Professional Journalists for layout and design work.


EDITOR, The Quincy Valley Post Register (World Publishing) Quincy, Wash. Circulation: 2,000. May 1992 to August 1993.
- Coordinate and plan news coverage by five news reporters and free-lance writers 
- Edit all copy.
- Design, layout and paginate pages.
- Develop community contacts and promote newspaper.
- Hire and train editorial staff.
Key Accomplishments:
- Remodeled newsroom.
- Began full-page pagination.
- Redesigned paper which led to selection as first place in General Excellence from Washington Newspaper Association.
Honors

2016
- GENERAL EXCELLENCE, first place, South Carolina Press Association. JUDGES COMMENTS:Very competitive category, Top to bottom, your newspaper is solid with strong news stories complemented by engaging features. One of the several papers I enjoyed. Good work!
- OPINION PAGE/SECTION, first place, South Carolina Press Association
- ELECTION/POLITICAL COVERAGE, second place, SCPA
- USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA, second place, SCPA
- FEATURE MAGAZINE (Newcomer's Guide), third place, SCPA

2015
- Editorial Writing, first place, Associated Press

2014
- General Excellence (The Daily Herald), first place, Utah Press Association
- Best Editorial Writer, second place, Utah Press Association

2012
- General Excellence (Mansfield News Journal), third place, APSO
- Best Editorial Writer, APSO
- Best Graphic Artist, APSO
- Best Informational Graphic, APSO
- Staff, Best Community Service, APSO
- Q2 Finalist, Staff, Fire coverage, Gannett
- Q2 Finalist, Staff, storm coverage (shared with MNCO), Gannett
- Q3 First Place, Staff, Jobs package, Gannett
- Q4 Finalist, Kennard, Twig Beetle graphic, Gannett

2011
- General Excellence (Mansfield News Journal), third place, APSO
- Staff, Best Sports Section, APSO
- Staff, Best Daily Sports Section, APSO
- Staff, Best Special Section, APSO

2010
- General Excellence (Mansfield News Journal), second, APSO
- Best Informational Graphic, APSO

2006
- First place Front Page Layout, Brown Publishing Company (BPC) 
- Third place Informational Graphic, Associated Press

2005
- First Place General Excellence, BPC
- First place Community Service for “Fit to Print,” BPC
- First place Front Page Layout, Associated Press
- Second place Front Page Layout, Associated Press
- First place Feature Page Layout, Associated Press
- First place Graphics, Associated Press
- Third place Graphics, Associated Press,

2004
- First place Front Page Layout, BPC
- Second place Graphics, BPC 
- First place Front Page Layout, Associated Press
- First place Full Page Layout, Associated Press 

2003
- First place Page One Layout, BPC
- First place Graphics, BPC
- Second place Graphic, BPC, 2003
- First place Best Page One Layout, Associated Press

2002
- Second place Page One Layout, BPC 
- First place Graphics, BPC
- Second place Graphic, BPC 

2001
- Second place General Excellence, Associated Press
- First place Graphics, Associated Press
- Second place Graphics, Associated Press

1993
- First place General Excellence, Washington Newspaper Publishers Association (WNPA)
- Third place Editorial Page Design, WNPA
- First place Special Section, WNPA
 - Third place Page-One Design, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)
- Second place Feature Page Design, SPJ,

1981
Eagle Scout 

EDUCATION
- University of Colorado, Boulder, Colo., School of Journalism. December 1991.
- Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, School of Communications. July 1989.
- Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho), Rexburg, Idaho. Business Management. April 1987.

ACTIVITIES
- Rotary International
- Scout committee chairman, Troop 1331, Boy Scouts of America, Great Salt Lake Council, Salt Lake City, Utah
- Reading, writing, golfing, hiking, camping, biking, skiing, canoeing, geocaching.



OBJECTIVE
I am seeking a leadership role in the field of communications or journalism or public relations. My experience and skills are best utilized as a department head, but I have a solid foundation as a writer, editor and designer.
SKILLS PROFILE
- Newsroom management/leadership
- Multi-platform reader development (print, online, mobile)
- Community service/beat development 
- Editorial and opinion writing 
- Copy editing, headline writing
- Full-page pagination, design and layout 
- Photography and photo editing 
- Proficient with CCI/Newsgate, QuarkXPress, Photoshop, Internet navigation, etc
- PowerPoint presentations
- Spreadsheets/budget worksheets, etc.