Thursday, July 29, 2010

Metroland on The Record: 'The most satisfying read of any paper around'

A year ago this week I was in my first 30 days as publisher of The Record when I wrote about a shout out in Metroland's Best of the Region issue; they cited The Record for having the area's best sports department.

Well, Metroland didn't cite any award this year for sports coverage but they did again recognize The Record - this time for "Best Newspaper Turnaround" - in their Best of the Region announcement this week. They said, in part, that we "reimagined" our product, and "now regularly produce the most satisfying read of any paper around".

We're blushing. Seriously, the newspaper - and our corporate parent, the Journal Register Company - has come along way in the last year. I've chronicled some of it here: a digital first focus, more editorial staff, new investments in technology and much more. And Metroland isn't the only one to notice; our home delivery subscriber base has grown over 6 percent so far this year.

I want to use this opportunity to say thanks to the folks at Metroland for the recognition, and particularly to our staff for the hard work and dedication to publishing a worthwhile community newspaper for the greater Troy area.

And finally, I want to say that more positive developments are coming. I can't wait to read what Metroland will recognize us for next year. I am confident the staff there and our readers will still be talking about the progress.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Record is looking for a few good sales professionals

The Record currently has two openings in its advertising sales department. One is a territory sales rep and a second is an online sales manager.

If you never have considered a sales career ... take five minutes and read "6 Massive Advantages of a Career in Sales". Many people - particularly those from hospitality, customer service and retail fields - find it a rewarding career. And newspaper sales positions are more family-friendly than many jobs in the aforementioned fields with weekday hours - no weekends, evenings or holidays - and the ability to get outdoors and visit with local business owners.

If you or someone you know is looking for a challenging career with a good income and advancement potential, please contact Heather DeForge, our advertising director, for more information.

Friday, July 23, 2010

New tech blog at; author is receipient of JRC recognition

The Record's digital specialist Tom Caprood launched a technology blog this week at; it's called Digital Future.

Tom has previously contributed to our Troy Talk and  Campaign Notebook blogs at our Web site.

Tom was named recently as named to our company's Idea Lab by our CEO, John Paton. Tom - and 14 other Idea Lab members from across Journal Record Co. - will devote 10 hours a week for the next year to helping the company "think differently about what we do and how we do it". Experimenting with technology is a big part of the charge.

Record staffer gets national recognition for blog

The Record's own Siobhan Connally has been named a finalist by BlogHer in its 2010 Voices of the Year competition.

She was recognized in the editorial-opinion category for No Babies Are Saved in Killing of Doctor, posted to one of her blogs called Exiled in Toyland. Her Tiny Babel blog appears at

She has been an editor and writer with our company for 18 years. She is also an accomplished photographer; see her Flickr site.