Ed Dulin, 63, on July 1 will become president and CEO of Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA and long-time CEO Joe Smyth, 72, will continue to chair INI’s board of directors.
Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA operates community newspapers and websites in four states – including the Apache Junction/Gold Canyon, East Mesa, Queen Creek/ San Tan Valley and Gilbert Independent newspapers in the Phoenix metropolitan area – as well as printing companies in Arizona and Delaware. The company also operates a website in Arizona at http://arizona. newszap.com and also websites in Maryland, Delaware and Florida.
Mr. Dulin has been publisher of the Delaware State News . He will be replaced by Tom Byrd, 58, who has headed INI’s Florida group for the past 12 years. Mr. Byrd has extensive newspaper management experience, including publisher level positions in Southern California, Michigan and Tampa Bay region of Florida.
“The Delaware State News is the company’s flagship newspaper, and Joe and I are delighted that we were able to tap a proven publisher like Tom Byrd – from within our own company,” Mr. Dulin said. “Tom shares our values and will take this newspaper and its website to even greater heights.”
“I’m equally pleased that Ed will succeed me as CEO,” Mr. Smyth added. “He is one of the company’s great success stories, having started as a district manager in the circulation department at the Delaware State News and succeeding in every challenge we have given him over the years. As president of INI’s Arizona group, he played a vital role in building that group. When we asked him to return to Delaware as president of our Delmarva group, he again built a wonderful record of growth for the company and service to our communities.”
INI’s structure – as a taxpaying for-profit company that is owned by a non-profit journalistic trust – is unique. There are no private or corporate shareholders. All after-tax profits are invested in the company’s mission of community service through independent journalism.
INI’s approach to journalism is also a bit unusual. It is devoted to straight and unbiased reporting. Instead of writing editorials, it draws citizens into community decision-making and showcases the public’s opinions. INI’s commitment to purposeful neutrality – along with its focus on local issues, local organizations and local involvement – help build a strong sense of community.
The Apache Junction Independent is delivered weekly.