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Lee bolsters regional news efforts

Lee bolsters regional news efforts

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GRAND ISLAND – Lee Enterprises has bolstered its regional news efforts across Nebraska with the appointment of Shon Barenklau to a sub-regional editor position.

Barenklau, who is the editor of the Grand Island Independent and the Kearney Hub, will work with the local editors across the state to coordinate coverage from the daily news operations at Fremont, Columbus, Beatrice, York, North Platte and Scottsbluff, in addition to Grand Island and Kearney. The local editors also oversee the Lee weekly newspapers in Schuyler, David City, Wahoo, Ashland, Waverly and Lexington.

“I am excited to assist a great group of editors who know their communities better than any other media outlets,” said Barenklau, who has been in the news business since 1985. “I look forward to pulling together Lee’s news resources in providing more in-depth stories about issues that affect all of our cities and many of our readers.”

Moving forward readers should expect stories delivered in multiple formats, including websites, e-editions, social media, videos and podcasts.

“It is an interesting time in our industry because our audiences have never been larger and our reach never stronger,” Barenklau said. “No matter how our audience wants the news delivered we will remain the ‘go-to’ source in our communities.”

Lee Enterprises also owns the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star, so the company’s news presence exists border to border in Nebraska. This group of news operations is part of the Lee Enterprises Midwest Region, which is directed by Regional Editor Marc Chase and includes Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana.

Nebraska and Iowa recently joined that region.

“We’re excited to have your great Nebraska news agencies in the Midwestern fold of our company,” Chase said. “This regional structure has brought more sharing of talent and resources among multiple news agencies. Look for some very rich projects and investigations, which drill down to the local level but also provide the depth and comparative perspective of a Midwestern view. Our readers are going to win big-time with this move.”

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