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The Boston Herald’s editor-in-chief is jumping to 7News


The Boston Herald’s editor-in-chief is jumping to 7News
Boston Herald editor-in-chief Joe Sciacca in 2010. —File picture by way of Matthew West

Joe Sciacca, the editor-in-chief of the Boston Herald, introduced Tuesday morning that he is leaving the newspaper to take a job on the native broadcast TV station 7News.

“After nearly 37 years at the Boston Herald, including more than nine as editor, I’ve given my notice to join 7 NEWS, WHDH-TV as Enterprise Editor,” Sciacca wrote in a submit on LinkedIn. “Could not pass up this awesome opportunity to apply what I’ve learned to a new medium and especially to learn some new skills in a robust, energized TV newsroom with an amazing, talented team.”

The transfer comes after 4 many years of working for each day newspapers in Massachusetts. According to his bio, Sciacca started his profession as a reporter at The Sun in Lowell and workers reporter at The Eagle-Tribune in Lawrence, earlier than becoming a member of the Herald in 1983. After making his identify on the tabloid as a political reporter and columnist, Sciacca was named editor-in-chief of the Herald in 2010.

Last December, he was additionally named “regional editor in chief” for the six different Massachusetts and New York papers owned by the Herald‘s mother or father firm, Digital First Media.

According to his LinkedIn submit Tuesday, Sciacca’s new job at 7News will concentrate on the New Hampshire major race, in addition to information protection planning. Owned by billionaire Ed Ansin, the channel — also referred to as WHDH — turned an unbiased broadcast station in 2017 after NBC determined to drop its affiliation. Without NBC’s steady of primetime reveals, the station has since devoted most of its televised schedule to native information programming.

“I will miss the Herald but I’ll remain a loyal reader of the fine work the editors, reporters and photographers continue to do there,” Sciacca wrote Tuesday.

“And I appreciate the friendship of my colleagues at the other papers I oversee as regional editor in Massachusetts and New York,” he added. “Great community journalists. As for me, on to the next adventure!”

As the Herald‘s editor-in-chief for almost a decade, Sciacca had overseen deep cuts and restructuring on the 173-year-old paper, together with two headquarters relocations — first, to the Seaport in 2012, after which, to Braintree final 12 months.

In 2018, after years of declining income, the Herald was bought by longtime writer Pat Purcell to Digital First, a New York media conglomerate hedge fund subsidiary with a fame of siphoning sources from its greater than 100 newspapers — together with slicing jobs and promoting buildings — to funnel again to buyers. In 2017, the corporate touted a $160 million revenue, amid an working margin effectively above its friends within the financially strapped media trade.

The Herald has not been exempt from Digital First’s administration technique. Shortly after the paper was bought in early 2018, its already dwindling 240-person workers went via what one now-former Herald reporter described as “dehumanizing” layoffs. By the autumn of that 12 months, the Herald‘s headcount was down to about 100, in accordance to the Boston Business Journal (and the layoffs have solely since continued).

Sciacca, who didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark Tuesday, tweeted that he was “happy with the unimaginable work by my Herald newsroom colleagues that retains that vital voice alive.”

The information of his resolution to change jobs after such a future on the paper was greeted on Twitter with congratulatory feedback from readers, trade colleagues, and each former and future co-workers  — with Sciacca replying in appreciation.

“Looking forward to having some fun,” he wrote.

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