GoLocal24 Names Former Boston Globe President Daniels COO
Monday, June 16, 2014
Daniels is the former President of the Boston Globe. He also served as CEO of Gatehouse Media for New England and led a consortium of investors who attempted to purchase the Boston Globe from the New York Times Company in 2013. He then went on to play a key role at Empirical Media Advisors based in New York, focused mainly on Tribune Publishing, where Emprical’s co-founder and CEO, Jack Griffin, recently took the role of CEO.
“Rick is a tremendous addition to the leadership of our team. At the helm of the Globe, Rick launched Boston.com and BostonWorks – two of the best and most highly monetized news Web products,” said Josh Fenton, Co-Founder and CEO of GoLocal24.
GoLocal24 announced in January it would be launching its third market, Portland, Oregon this summer. GoLocalPDX.com will focus on providing the highest quality investigative journalism, top-flight lifestyle content, and best in breed comprehensive news coverage.
“GoLocal24 is one of the most dynamic local digital news organizations in America. Its success – defined by audience levels and profitable results - in its first two markets is unmatched. While others have attempted to aggregate and automate, GoLocal24 has created a scalable model that provides readers with the best in class content,” said Daniels. “I am tremendously excited to help GoLocal24 grow to the West Coast and to new markets in the U.S.”
By the end of Daniels’s leadership at the Globe, the paper had won a cumulative total of 18 Pulitzer Prizes, including the Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service that was awarded for The Globe’s work during the first year he was the Globe’s President.
The addition of Daniels and the upcoming expansion to Portland, Oregon spark a new phase for the four-year-old media company.
Presently, GoLocal24 has media partnerships with Clear Channel and Entercom.
GoLocal24’s original content has been picked up by Politico, the New York Times, Daily Mail, New York Post, Huffington Post, CBS Radio, ESPN, Yahoo Sports, Clear Channel, Deadspin, Cumulus, Entercom’s WEEI, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Providence Journal, and dozens of other news organizations.
“We are seeing unprecedented growth and behavioral change by readers and viewers. The GoLocal brand is becoming a principal source of news and we are seeing national news organizations, as well as local TV and radio, depend on GoLocal’s reporting,” said Fenton.
“GoLocal24 is proving that content is truly king and there are remarkable opportunities for scaling this model, but it’s also critical to have a business model that is completely rooted in digital – as GoLocal24’s is” said Daniels.
GoLocal24 focuses on delivering the highest value local content – enterprise investigative stories, lifestyle, and local sports. The sites do not publish stories from news services. GoLocal24’s model highlights the work of many of the best journalists in the region and features top reporters including Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter Dean Starkman, opinion writers like former Massachusetts Speaker of the House Tom Finneran, and includes the work of more than 60 other reporters, editors, experts, and MINDSETTERS™.
Learn more about GoLocal24 www.golocal24.com
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Rick Daniels has joined GoLocal24 as Chief Operating Officer.
Daniels is the former President of the Boston Globe. He also served as CEO of Gatehouse Media for New England and led a consortium of investors who attempted to purchase the Boston Globe from the New York Times Company in 2013.
Daniels then went on to play a key role at Empirical Media Advisors based in New York, focused mainly on Tribune Publishing, where Emprical’s co-founder and CEO, Jack Griffin, recently took the role of CEO.
WLNE-TV has fired anchor Karen Meyers. She had been with the station since 2011.
Meyers had anchored the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. news with John DeLuca. Sources say station management opted not to renew her contract and decided to go in another direction.
Before Meyers joined ABC6, she was a reporter/anchor with New England Cable News and was a reporter in Washington, DC.
According to RIPR reporter Ian Donnis, Providence Journal's Health Reporter is leaving. Felice Freyer has been the sole reporter covering Rhode Island's largest businss sector.
Freyer leaves for the Boston Globe.
Her departure follows Phil Marcelo who recently left the Projo for AP in Boston.
Editor's note: An earlier version incorrectly had RIPR reporter Scott MacKay as breaking the story.
Veteran radio reporter Flo Jonic recently was fired by RINPR after she filed complaints against the station for gender-based pay discrimination.
Jonic is a 30 year veteran of New England news radio.
In her charge filed in February, Jonic wrote, "I believe that I have been discriminated against based on my sex by my employer," and referred to the difference in her pay and that of RIPR reporter Ian Donnis.
"Currently, [reporter] Ian Donnis earns at least $75,000 a year, while I make $51,000 per year. We perform the same duties, and I have 32 more years experience than he does," wrote Jonic in her complaint.
After a seven year stint reporting for the Providence Journal's state house bureau, Phil Marcelo left the paper to take a reporting gig with the Boston office of the Associated Press.
Hailing from Long Island, New York, Marcelo came to ProJo in 2006, and covered everything from regional news, to Providence City Hall and the Statehouse. Marcelo's departure was first reported by WRNI's Ian Donnis.
Formerly a nightly news reporter for WJAR, Tremmel was fired from the "Team You Trust" after two clips, one of her performing on-air handstands, and the other offering tips on what to do during a bear attack, went viral.
The video became an internet sensation, but long-time Channel 10 newsman Jim Taricani called Tremmel’s antics “a smudge on our station's reputation.”
A long-time staple of Channel 10’s news team, Taricani announced plans to retire after over three decades with the station.
Taricani has won 5 regional Emmy awards, an Edward R. Murrow award for investigative journalism and a Prestigious Yankee Quill Award from the New England Newspaper Association.
He was convicted to six months in prison in 2004 for refusing to reveal a source, and is the youngest person ever to be inducted into the Rhode Island Hall of Fame.
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