Virginian-Pilot, Daily Press to share editorial, opinion editor

The Daily Press and the Virginian-Pilot, which became sibling publications after Tribune Publishing purchased the Pilot this past May, will now share an editorial and opinion editor.

C.W. Johnson, who has served on the Daily Press editorial board since 2010, will begin overseeing the Pilot’s editorial and opinion pages effective next Monday, Nov. 19. Johnson has led the Daily Press’s editorial board since 2017.

Editor and publisher of the Daily Press, and editor at the Pilot, Marisa Porto, made the announcement last Thursday. She said each newspaper will keep its own editorial voice but share some content.

The Pilot’s opinion and editorial editor, Benjamin “Benjy” Hamm, is leaving the paper to return to his home state of Kentucky. He has been the Pilot’s editorial editor for the last 18 months.

“I am humbled to be given an opportunity to help these two storied institutions give voice to concerns that span the entire region,” Johnson said in a statement. “And I am privileged to be able to work with the talented colleagues at both news organizations.”

Johnson has been with the Daily Press since 1997. Prior to that, he worked at The Tennessean in Nashville for 24 years.

Daily Press, Pilot employees offered buyouts

Tribune Publishing (formerly Tronc) is offering buyouts to non-union employees who have worked for more than 10 years at the Daily Press and Virginian-Pilot, the Pilot reported late last week.

The announcement came after Tribune Publishing reported revenue losses of five percent in the third quarter. Tribune said unionized employees at the Daily Press and Pilot will receive a buyout offer equal to what non-union employees received by as early as Friday.

The company is requesting applications for buyouts be returned by Nov. 26. A decision on applications will be made the next day. The last day for employees who are approved for a buyout will be Nov. 30.

Former executive editor of RTD to be inducted into Virginia Golf Hall of Fame

Bill Millsaps, who was the executive editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch for more than a decade, will be inducted into the Virginia Golf Hall of Fame in May.

Millsaps also worked as a sports editor and writer for RTD. He is one of five being inducted in this year’s class.

Style Weekly wins award for architecture writing

Style Weekly writer Edwin Slipek–the weekly’s architecture critic–has won an award from the Virginia chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Judges said Slipek’s writing helped raise awareness “among the general public as to the importance and impact of good design.”

“On behalf of the team at Style, we love working alongside Slipek for many reasons,” Style’s editor Brent Baldwin wrote. “Not only is he a great writer, critic and conversationalist, but he’s an upbeat and friendly presence in the newsroom whose institutional knowledge of Richmond and its history has proven invaluable.”

Martinsville Bulletin gets a new editor

The Martinsville Bulletin has named a new regional editor.

Mike Owens, who also serves as the managing editor at the Danville Register & Bee, took over as the Bulletin’s regional editor last Thursday. He has worked at Register and Bee since July 2017.

“Danville and Martinsville are great cities and I’m really proud to help deliver news to both areas,” Owens said.