Josh Shannon, a Newark native, has been selected as the new editor of the Newark Post.
Shannon, 24, has been serving in that role on an interim basis since Jan. 1, when former editor Katy Bowman left the newspaper to take a job at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
“Josh has demonstrated that he has the experience and enthusiasm needed to handle the day-to-day operations of the newspaper and its website,” Ralph Bush, general manager of the Post, said. “There’s nothing better than taking advantage of home-grown talent.”
Shannon is a 2011 graduate of the University of Delaware, where he worked for the student-run newspaper, The Review, for four years, including one year covering Newark government and two years as editor-in-chief.
He began freelancing for the Newark Post as a sophomore in college and upon graduation, was hired as a staff reporter for The Cecil Whig, the Post’s sister paper in Elkton, Md.
In March 2012, he was promoted to digital editor of ACM Chesapeake’s Upper Shore Division, which includes the Post, the Whig and the Avenue News in Essex, Md. In that role, he was responsible for helping all three papers grow their online and social media presence.
Shannon said he is excited for the chance to lead the Post, noting that he grew up reading the publication.
“Some of my first interactions with newspapers came from reading the Newark Post at my grandmother’s house, and my first professional journalism experience came from freelancing here,” he said. “This newspaper has always been special to me, and after Katy left, I jumped at the chance to help write its next chapter.”
Shannon plans to bolster the Post’s weekly print edition and also to continue developing newarkpostonline.com as the daily, go-to place for news about Newark and the surrounding area.
“It’s not lost on me that I’m taking over the same week that the Post is celebrating its 103rd birthday,” he said. “It’s come a long way since Everett Johnson published the first issue in 1910, and there’s been plenty of bumps in the road, but the Post remains rooted in the Newark community.”
In the coming weeks, Shannon said, readers can expect expanded coverage of local schools, neighborhood groups and community events, as well as continued coverage of city government, crime, sports and other news. In addition, look for the Post’s website to be spruced up with new features and easier navigation.
“Above all, I’d like to hear from readers about what they want to see more of in the Post,” he said.
Editor Josh Shannon can be reached at 302-737-0724 or email@example.com.