WHO: Mark Silverman, editor and vice president/content and audience development, The Tennessean
WHAT: Silverman will outline and discuss recent changes in news coverage
and operations of The Tennessean and the Gannett Co.
WHEN: Thursday, April 12, 2007, 11:30 a.m. CDT (opens 11:15 a.m.)
WHERE: Cabana Restaurant, 1910 Belcourt Ave. (37212) in Hillsboro Village.
WHY: A meeting of the Society of Professional Journalists' Middle Tennessee Professional Chapter
HOW: SPJ Members and other journalists and their guests $15; others $25 each. Advance registration required. Register by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (615) 250-1544.
MARK SILVERMAN is seven months into his assignment to change dramatically The Tennessean's approach to news coverage and interactive publishing. Silverman became The Tennessean's editor and vice president for content and audience development in September 2006, marking the latest move in a career that began in 1971, when he joined the Worcester (Mass.) Telegram, where he served as a reporter and copy editor. During 1977-1991, Silverman served in senior editorial and news-management posts with The Miami Herald, the Providence Journal-Bulletin, the Rockford Register Star and Gannett's Westchester Rockland Newspapers. He subsequently served as director of Gannett's NEWS2000 project; as vice president-news and executive editor of the Louisville Courier Journal; and as publisher and editor of The Detroit News until his Tennessean appointment. Silverman, as well as newspapers and journalists under his management, have won many corporate and national awards for excellence. Silverman is chairman of the board of trustees of the Foundation on American Communications (FACS). With offices in Pasadena and northern Virginia, FACS is a 31-year-old nonprofit organization that provides educational services and resources for professional journalists.