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Carroll Named Director of News Development/Newspaper Division

Jennifer Carroll, managing editor of The Detroit News, will become Director of News Development in the Newspaper Division of Gannett Co., Inc., it was announced today.

Carroll will assume her new role in the News Department on Jan. 1, said Phil Currie, Senior Vice President/News. She will help oversee all aspects of the department, with special focus on development and advancement of new programs for news operations at Gannett’s newspapers. She also will work with newsrooms in building content quality and credibility and will help shape greater integration of newsroom and online news operations.

“Jennifer Carroll is a great addition to our news team as we move to the new millennium,” said Currie. “She has had excellent newspaper experience at four newspapers in the company, she has been part of innovative efforts in news, and she heads an APME committee addressing credibility with readers — one of the critical issues we face.”

Carroll, 41, has been managing editor of The Detroit News since August 1997. She previously had been executive editor of The Burlington (Vt.) Free Press for three years. She had reporting and editing experience at the Lansing (Mich.) State Journal, beginning in 1984 as a reporter and rising to managing editor in 1990. A graduate of Michigan State University, she began her career in November 1981 as a reporter at the Times-Herald in Port Huron, Mich.

Carroll was a member of the initial group of executives who helped create Gannett’s NEWS 2000 program in 1991. She was in subsequent groups that developed modifications to the program over the years to meet the changing needs of readers.

She was among 15 editors in Gannett’s first Senior Editor Management Development Program and was one of a group of executives participating in a Newspaper Division program, “Beyond Year 2000.”

She has served three terms as a board member for Associated Press Managing Editors and is the current chair of APME’s Credibility Committee. In that role, she has worked to expand ways in which newspapers across the country can build greater credibility with readers.

Gannett Co., Inc. is an international news and information company that publishes 74 daily newspapers in the USA, including USA TODAY, the nation’s largest-selling daily newspaper. The company also owns a variety of non-daily publications, including USA WEEKEND, a weekly magazine. Newsquest plc, a wholly owned Gannett subsidiary acquired in mid-1999, is the largest regional newspaper publisher in England with 11 daily newspapers and a variety of non-daily publications, including Berrow’s Worcester Journal, the oldest continuously published newspaper in the world.

Gannett also operates cable television systems in three states and 21 television stations.