Management changes focus on digital era

Tom Clifford

A new management structure for The Post and Courier's newsroom was announced Wednesday by Editor and Publisher Bill Hawkins.

Tom Clifford was named executive news director, responsible for leading the newsroom's print and digital operations, and for managing the leadership team.

Clifford joined the newspaper in June as digital media director. Previously, he was with Florida Today in Melbourne, Fla., where he held a variety of key newsroom management positions since 1996. He holds a journalism degree from the University of North Carolina and has been a reporter in Wilmington, N.C., and Jackson, Miss. He also worked as an associate producer at NBC News. He was an assistant managing editor at the Newport News Daily Press in Virginia and was arts and entertainment editor at The Baltimore Sun.

Rick Nelson was named content editor, responsible for all reporters and for the news content in all media. He will plan and execute overall coverage.

Betsy Miller was named presentation editor, responsible for the copy desk and all design functions, including art, photo and video.

Melanie Balog was named digital editor, responsible for managing the continuous flow of stories through news desk and out to the Web.

Cleve O'Quinn was named night editor, responsible for all evening and nighttime news production.

Hawkins said the team will lead the newsroom through a reorganization that will focus on producing more content on all platforms and position the newspaper to continue to produce outstanding journalism in a rapidly changing digital era.

"Tom brings to this position a proven track record as an innovator in both the print and digital worlds," Hawkins said. "He will lead a strong and experienced newsroom team in Rick, Betsy, Melanie and Cleve that will lead our transition to a true multi-media news operation."