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Clayton News Daily restructuring announced

JONESBORO - Southern Community Newspapers, Inc., owner of the Clayton News Daily, announced a reorganization plan Monday that changes several top positions at the company’s seven newspapers.

"Today I am announcing a restructuring of SCNI that throws out the legacy organizational chart newspapers have employed for years and replaces it with a streamlined business structure," said Michael J. Gebhart, executive vice president and chief operating officer of SCNI.

"The new organizational chart breaks down the geographic walls of seven different newspapers and opens our company to more opportunity to collaborate and share resources across all properties," he said.

Rather than operate as separate newspapers, Gebhart said, the lines of organization will be drawn by department such as newsroom, advertising, circulation, production and business.

As a result of the reorganization, the positions of publisher and advertising director are being eliminated at all seven SCNI newspapers.

Among changes affecting the local newspaper are:

Clayton News Daily Publisher Bonnie Pratt will become General Sales Manager at Jonesboro.

• J.K. Murphy, publisher of the Gwinnett Daily Post, Rockdale Citizen and Newton Citizen will become SCNI’s vice president of Content. Editors at all SCNI locations including the Clayton News Daily will report to Murphy. He will continue to be based in Gwinnett.

• SCNI Vice President of Advertising Bob McCray will become SCNI’s VP of Sales and Marketing with responsibility for Advertising and Circulation sales.

• Atlanta Circulation Director Thom Bell will become Corporate Circulation Director.

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