The Tennessean and Gannett have named Stefanie Murray vice president of content and engagement.
Murray (pictured) currently is the assistant managing editor/digital with the Detroit Free Press, also a Gannett paper.
The position is the Nashville daily newspaper’s top editorial leadership role, The Tennessean reports.
Relatedly, Meg Downey, The Tennessean’s managing editor since 2006, has announced her retirement after 35 years of service with Gannett.
Maria De Varenne will continue to serve as news director/editor and will report to Murray in the newly announced structure, the paper reports. De Varenne has been editor for The Tennessean since December 2011.
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Publishing giant Gannett continues to trim its staff at various locations around the country, including at 1100 Broadway. The latest Tennessean news staff to be told they no longer have a job are Senior Editor Deb Fisher, Sumner County Editor Mike Towle and sports reporter John Glennon. Steve Cavendish has the latest details at The City Paper.
Publishing giant Gannett has laid off at least a half dozen people from its local publications, reports Steve Cavendish at The City Paper. The cuts, which include Tennessean courts reporter Bobby Allyn, are part of a larger round of at least 170 layoffs across the company.
The newsroom layoffs announced earlier this month hit The Tennessean today. Multiple sources have confirmed that, among others, long-time sports columnist Joe Biddle and long-time city editor Jerry Manley are among those let go. Peter Cooper, considered the dean of the Nashville music press, was cut to part-time.
A full list follows and will be updated as the cuts are confirmed:
• Nicole Keiper, features
• Jenny Upchurch, local columnist
• Joe Biddle, sports columnist
• Jennifer Brooks, Metro
• Ellen Margulies, features
• Peter Cooper, music
• Liz Sharer, letters editor
• Brenda Squires, Williamson AM
• Bryan Mullen, sports
• Heidi Hoffman, photographer
• Jerry Manley, night city editor
• Lee Ann Overstreet, Davidson AM
• Heather Byrd, Metromix editor
Newsman Chris Echegaray was also let go.
This year's Country MusicFest brought in record revenue to Nashville — with attendees spending $30 million. The 65,000 people who attended the four-day event booked an estimated 110,000 hotel room nights
The Tennessean has the report, which indicates festival organizers are still calculating this year's total earnings, which will go toward music education and flood relief aid.
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