Pattison named executive editor in Everett

The Blog would like to send out its congratulations to Neal Pattison, a former SND president (1997) and one of the organization’s founders, who has been named executive editor of the Everett (Wash.) Herald.

Being a part of The Herald’s ongoing growth and transition is an exciting opportunity, said Pattison, 54, of Seattle.

“Our intrinsic value is generating news, local news,” Pattison said.

“It’s not a question of ‘will newspapers survive?’ but in what form will they survive?” Pattison added. “We’re charting our own future.”

Pattison has a strong sense about where newspapers are heading in the next few years, and can help make the most of The Herald’s print and Web site publishing, Funk said. The Herald has a daily circulation of 49,000 and 55,000 on Sundays.

Pattison spent decades as a reporter and editor. In recent years, he has worked as a journalism instructor and newspaper design consultant, including work with The Herald that led to The Buzz and improved front-page story promos.

“Where Neal excels is his sense of the right visual to tell the story in a compelling way,” Funk said.

Pattison previously worked at newspapers such as the Spokane Spokesman-Review, the Albuquerque Tribune and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.


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