Editors, News Directors, and Publishers from Forum Communications Companyâ€™s newspapers and broadcast stations met this week in Fargo.
The group discussed ways to continue to leverage the vast resources of the companyâ€™s news gathering ability.
Much of the discussion centered around empowering the â€œcommunityâ€ to contribute content through the Area Voices social media platform.
Floor hand Josh Summers works on a Unit 106 drilling rig for well operator Slawson Exploration five miles east of New Town. Photo by Eric Hylden, Grand Forks Herald
To chronicle the unprecedented reach and impact of recent oil development in the Williston Basin, Forum Communications Co. assembled a team of reporters and photographers who spent much of the past two months in the Oil Patch of western North Dakota.
Their â€œRunning with Oil,â€ an eight-day series of special reports on North Dakotaâ€™s booming oil industry, appeared Aug. 15 through Aug. 22 in the North Dakota newspapers of Forum Communications Co.
The project was reported and written by Chuck Haga, Ryan Bakken and Stephen Lee of the Grand Forks Herald, Mila Koumpilova and Patrick Springer of The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, Teri Finneman of the companyâ€™s Capitol bureau in Bismarck, and Lisa Call of The Dickinson Press.
Photographers participating in the project are David Samson of The Forum, Eric Hylden of the Grand Forks Herald and John Steiner of the Jamestown Sun.
This coverage is online at www.runningwithoil.com
The complete 48 page print collection can be purchased here.
Tracy Briggs, a veteran broadcast journalist, has been named the digital content development director for Forum Communications Company, headquartered in Fargo, N.D.
Briggs has worked for Forum Communications for 22 years, at both WDAY radio and television. She has a background in journalism and communication.
In her new position, Briggs will reach out to the public, sharing the companyâ€™s digital community publishing opportunity directly with individuals, schools and organizations. Community content contributors will have the opportunity to submit everything from Boy Scout news to recipes.
This information will flow into more than 30 of Forum Communicationsâ€™ newspaper and broadcast websites, which reach more than 1 million readers each month.
Briggs brings to the position years of journalism experience and many resources, including a vast network of contacts with many individuals and organizations.
Briggs has a masterâ€™s degree in communication from North Dakota State University and college teaching experience at Minnesota State University-Moorhead, and Concordia College. She initiated the first-ever, media-sponsored Honor Flight in the nation in the fall of 2006. She received the Sertoma Clubâ€™s service to mankind award and The Forumâ€™s person of the year honor for the work she did on this project.
FARGO, N.D. â€“ Devlyn Brooks has been named to the new position of digital content operations manager for Forum Communications Co., headquartered in Fargo, N.D.
The digital content operations manager works in Forum Communications Co.â€™s Interactive Media Group and will help deploy the companyâ€™s digital content strategy, which aims to engage the public with the companyâ€™s more than 30 newspaper and broadcast websites. FCCâ€™s websites reach more than a million readers each month.
Brooks has been employed twice with Forum Communications, most recently in various editing and administrative capacities at Forum Communications Co. in Fargo. Previously, heâ€™s worked as an editor and reporter for 16 years at newspapers around Minnesota, including Northfield, Faribault, International Falls and Bemidji, among others. Heâ€™s also taught journalism at the college and high school levels.