Jim Brady Named Head of Journalism for the Knight Foundation

From a post from knightfoundation.org saying Jim Brady will be its VP/Journalism:

Digital news leader Jim Brady will join the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as Vice President/Journalism….

“Jim Brady is a digital journalism innovator who understands that business sustainability is crucial to the success of local news. He shares Knight’s belief that communities need to be informed and engaged for democracy to thrive,” said Alberto Ibargüen, Knight Foundation president….

Brady’s experience ranges from leading major brands such as washingtonpost.com and Digital First Media to building local news sites in three cities.

He is CEO of Spirited Media,  which developed local news sites Billy Penn in Philadelphia, The Incline in Pittsburgh and Denverite in Denver, and sold them in 2019. The sites differentiated themselves with a mobile-first approach and a business focus on events and membership as core revenue lines.

Previously, as editor-in-chief of Digital First Media, Brady was responsible for the strategy and management of the 75 daily newspapers, 292 non-daily publications and 341 online sites owned by Journal Register Company and MediaNews Group. He also built and managed the company’s Thunderdome unit, which comprised more than 50 digitally focused journalists charged with providing national content for DFM’s local properties.

During Brady’s tenure as executive editor of washingtonpost.com, the site won a national Emmy award for its Hurricane Katrina coverage, a Peabody Award for its “Being a Black Man” series, and numerous other journalism awards. At AOL, he managed news coverage of the 9/11 attacks and 2000 presidential election, and also served as ESPN’s public editor from 2015-18.

“No foundation has done more to fuel experimentation, innovation and inclusion in digital media than Knight, which is always looking for ways to  strengthen democracy’s future,” said Brady. “Technology can help us build a future for journalism that is sustainable, so it can be independent, inclusive and authentically reflect local communities.”

Brady is a past president of the Online News Association, a two-time judge of the Pulitzer Prizes, and serves on the boards of the American Press Institute, NewsMedia Alliance, National Press Foundation and the Local Media Association. He is a graduate of American University….

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