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GateHouse Media newsroom profiles: Sarasota Herald-Tribune


Staff at Sarasota Herald-Tribune. STAFF PHOTO / RACHEL S. O’HARA

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune, under the expert leadership of former Executive Editor Bill Church and then managing editor, now Executive Editor Matthew Sauer, was recently named as GateHouse Media’s Large Newspaper of the Year in the 2016 Best of GateHouse competition. We caught up with Sauer to get a glimpse into his newsroom’s success in 2016.

Name: Sarasota Herald-Tribune

City/State: Sarasota, Florida

Editor: Matthew Sauer

Publisher: Patrick Dorsey

Publishing frequency: Daily

Editorial staff size: 45

What’s one thing that your newsroom does really well and how do you do it?
Great community and investigative journalism — by setting lofty goals and meeting them, never thinking that something is too complex or hard-hitting to tackle for a paper our size.

What is your hometown famous for? Any notable celebrities or events?
Stephen King

Dick Vitale

AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson

A.G. Lafley, former CEO of Procter & Gamble

Michael Kors

The (deceased) John Ringling (of the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus fame). Sarasota was the winter quarters of the circus for decades.

Bradenton, another city in our coverage area, is the home to Tropicana juices and to “Snooty,” the oldest manatee in captivity, at 68.

How does your newsroom #DoJournalismWithImpact?
Besides setting lofty goals and meeting them, we find and groom some of the best people in journalism. We also do our best to think like our readers, really pondering how everything we cover impacts them.

How does your newsroom engage with the community?
Through the newspaper, social media, community meetings and getting out and talking to readers.

How does your newsroom #EmbraceOurFuture?
By thinking digitally first and worrying about print second. That is the hallmark of our most recent projects.


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