Mark Lorando to lead NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune newsroom; Jim Amoss to take on new role with Advance Digital.
State/metro editor Mark Lorando will become Vice President of Content and Editor of NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, Nola Media Group President Ricky Mathews announced today. Editor Jim Amoss will remain on the editorial board into the fall, when he will become Editor at large for Advance Digital, an affiliate of the news organization.
Mathews said the changes will ensure a smooth transition between two veteran editorial leaders of the area’s largest and most widely read news organization.
“Jim has been a great newsroom leader,” Mathews said. “When confronted with revolutionary changes in the way readers consume news and information, he led the multimedia transformation of the newsroom, and in the process, carried forward a tradition of journalistic excellence into the digital era. Mark is his ideal successor – creative, inspiring and deeply caring about our community. We’re lucky to have such homegrown talent on our team.”
Publisher David Francis expressed confidence in the future direction of the news operation: “Under Mark’s leadership, the exceptional level of journalistic excellence established by Jim over his remarkable career will continue and please our readers for years to come.”
Advance Digital Senior Vice President of Content John Hassell said he looked forward to working with Amoss in his new role.
“In his 25 years as editor, Jim Amoss established The Times-Picayune as one of America’s great newspapers,” said Hassell. “Mark Lorando, who has worked closely with Jim for more than 20 years and has been instrumental in implementing the vision of an innovative newsroom deeply connected to its community, is a perfect choice to succeed him.”
Lorando, 52, is a 34-year veteran of The Times-Picayune with deep roots in the New Orleans metropolitan area. He began his journalism career in 1981 as an 18-year-old newsroom clerk after graduating from Brother Martin High School. He later became TV columnist, a position he held for 16 years, and then features editor, responsible for the newspaper’s Living section, Lagniappe and Inside Out.
In 2012, Lorando was named Director of Metro Content for NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, overseeing news, entertainment, photography and videography coverage throughout metropolitan New Orleans area. In 2014, he added oversight of Baton Rouge and Washington coverage. In his new role, he will oversee the entire newsgathering operation, including Sports.
“I have spent literally my entire adult life in this newsroom,” said Lorando, a longtime resident of Mandeville. “It is a thrill and an honor to be given the opportunity to lead it during this time of extraordinary change in our industry and in our community.”
Amoss, 67, has been editor of The Times-Picayune since 1990 and, since 2012, editor of the newspaper and of NOLA.com. A native of New Orleans, he began his journalism career as a reporter for the city’s afternoon daily, The States-Item. After the merger of that paper with The Times-Picayune in 1980, he became city editor and then metro editor. During his tenure as editor, the newspaper won four Pulitzer Prizes, the first in its 178-year history. Those included two Pulitzers with Lorando and the news staff for reporting on Hurricane Katrina and the devastation of New Orleans. Amoss was named Editor of the Year by the National Press Foundation in 1997 and by Editor and Publisher in 2006, when he also won the American Society of News Editors’ award for Editorial Leadership. He served for nine years as a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board and is a member of the Board of Visitors of the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University. He graduated from Jesuit High School and Yale University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.
“I love New Orleans and feel immensely privileged to have been editor of my hometown newspaper and website, to work with a newsroom of amazing talent and to be supported by the leadership of Ricky and David,” Amoss said. “I look forward to working with John Hassell and his team at Advance Digital.
“Mark Lorando is a remarkable journalist and my deeply admired colleague. He’s superbly equipped to lead our newsroom. I’m confident we will continue to excel as the premier news source for our readers in metro New Orleans.”