OHIO VALLEY — Michael Johnson, a newsman with 26 years of experience, many of them in Ohio, has been named content manager for Ohio Valley Publishing, which includes the Gallipolis Daily Tribune, Point Pleasant (W. Va.) Daily Register and Pomeroy Daily Sentinel, it was announced this week by Jim Lawitz, content director for Civitas Media.
Johnson will begin his new duties on Monday. He comes to the Midwest from New Mexico, where he served for the past five-plus years as editor of the Alamogordo Daily News, a six-day daily that covers a county equivalent to the size of Rhode Island.
There, he was responsible for all newsroom hiring and day-to-day supervision, as well as management of reporters and freelancers, and planning all local print, digital and social media content.
“Having worked with Michael for several years, I am excited to have someone with his skills and accomplishments leading this important group of newspapers,” said Lawitz. “Michael’s dedication to community journalism and his devotion to providing comprehensive local news will serve our readers well.”
During his tenure in Alamogordo, the Daily News earned 49 editorial and advertising awards from the New Mexico Press Association.
Johnson, a native of Michigan, and his family are returning to Ohio, where he previously worked at newspapers in Sandusky, Lorain and Chillicothe. He also worked as editor of a bi-weekly newspaper in Cody, Wyo., prior to moving to New Mexico, as well as working for newspapers in Michigan.
“I am thrilled for the opportunity to return to Ohio and be a part of the team at the Daily Tribune, Daily Register and the Daily Sentinel,” Johnson said. “My family is equally thrilled at returning home. I look forward to re-establishing roots in my adopted home state and getting to know the communities I will be serving. I love being a community journalist because it’s our responsibility to give you the news and information you can’t or won’t get anywhere else.”
Johnson and his wife, Keitha, have three children: Austin, 16; Hanna, 15, and Abigail, 9.
Centrally located in Davidson, N.C., Civitas Media encompasses more than 100 publications, many of which have served their communities for more than a century. Civitas, Latin for “community” or citizen” is a union of four media entities formerly known as Heartland Publications, Freedom Central, Impressions Media and Ohio Community Media. Civitas, which employs more than 1,400 associates across 11 states including North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee, publishes 35 daily, 28 weekend editions and 63 weekly publications for a combined circulation of more than 1.6 million.