Daily News announces newsroom management appointments

Greg Kahn/Staff 
 Eric Strachan

Photo by GREG KAHN, Naples Daily News

Greg Kahn/Staff Eric Strachan

Greg Kahn/Staff 
 Jeff Bruce

Photo by GREG KAHN, Naples Daily News

Greg Kahn/Staff Jeff Bruce

— The Naples Daily News has a new leader for its reporting teams.

Jeff Bruce, a 30-year newspaper veteran, has filled a newly created managing editor job. He will oversee and lead teams for both news and sports.

In his new job, Bruce will have a nurturing role, working with staff to help produce the best investigative and enterprise stories that cannot be found anywhere else, said Phil Lewis, now the newspaper's executive editor and vice president.

"It's the first step in what we intend to be an investment in reporting," he said.

As part of that investment, Eric Strachan, who has been at the newspaper since 1981 and started as a staff photographer, has been promoted to senior managing editor and will oversee the entire newsroom, from photography to page design.

Lewis still will be responsible for newsroom operations, including the editorial and opinion pages. He will continue to head up the editorial board and will resume a weekly column.

"News reporting of the highest quality is what we believe is the future," Lewis said. "That's what we think will continue to lead our success."

The Naples Daily News, he said, is among 25 to 50 dailies that sold more newspapers in 2011 than they did in 2010.

Bruce was hired after a national search. His focus will be on improving the newspaper and continuing its growth.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to join the excellent staff of the Naples Daily News," he said. "The newspaper is highly regarded in the profession and to become part of this team is an honor."

Bruce was an editor for the Dayton Daily News in Ohio and a managing editor for the Austin American-Statesman in Texas. He was also an editor-in-chief for Cox Ohio Publishing.

Earlier in his career, he had various reporting and editing jobs with the Miami Herald, the Palm Beach Post, the St. Petersburg Times and the Tampa Times.

Bruce has been a member of two Pulitzer Prize juries and a judge for national journalism, writing and photography awards.

He is a journalist in residence at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and has traveled back and forth from Naples to teach mass media writing, editing and feature writing there. He continues to teach an online course, but that will end in March and he then will focus only on his new job at the Daily News.

Hiring Bruce will help the Daily News do an upcoming major reporting project, Lewis said.

An announcement is expected in February.

"It's something new – a way that we can be more valuable in the community," Lewis said.

Connect with Laura Layden at www.naplesnews.com/staff/laura_layden

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