Ballantine Communications Inc., parent company of The Durango Herald, has made several staffing changes as it continues to reorganize to prepare for the future.
Joining the Ballantine Communications team:
Nancy J. Bruner has been named chief digital officer for Ballantine Digital Media, a division of Ballantine Communications Inc.
Bruner is an experienced online strategist with experience in developing businesses and Web franchises in emerging media markets. Coming to Durango from the Seattle area, she worked as a marketing and management consultant for the last few years after spending time as a vice president and general manager for Fisher Interactive Network, which operates 15 websites in five states. She also served as vice president of new media for the Seattle Times Co. and as director of business development for Sprint.
Josh Stephenson will report to Bruner under the newly created position of director for digital content management for Ballantine Communications newspaper sites. He will be responsible for managing the content-management system, digital news and sales products and website enhancements, and for overseeing product development for our newspaper sites.
Stephenson will focus his efforts on making interactive templates and presentation methods available to and beneficial for all newspaper properties across Ballantine Communications Inc. This work will be in conjunction with training print and sales staff employees to achieve efficient workflow.
The goal is to create a staff that uses the strength of each media type to advance storytelling in interactive and nonlinear presentations while exploiting revenue opportunities.
While this new role expands Stephensons responsibilities, he will continue to support both Durango and Cortez newspaper sites and will be fully deployed to the Ballantine Communications newspaper sites. He also will continue to have occasional opportunities to shoot photos and create videos.
David Bergeland joins the Herald management team as a multimedia journalist specializing in digital media, including video, photography, audio slide shows, podcasts and documentary content for print and the Web.
Bergeland has more than 20 years of professional experience at small-, medium- and large-market newspapers and wire services. He worked most recently as a photojournalist at The Record of Bergen County, N.J. Previous posts include several newspapers in the Midwest and East Coast. Bergeland moved to Durango from New York City to join the Herald as its new photo/video manager.
Jim Haug, a native of LaCrosse, Wis., joins the Heralds staff as a reporter. He will be responsible for covering the city of Durango and other general assignment duties.
As a former reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Daytona Beach News-Journal, Haug has called home numerous places around the country.
He enjoys the great outdoors, archaeology, and the New Mexican-style food of the Four Corners. Haug also has a penchant for travel and recently returned from a trip to Cambodia where he wrote a story about a developmental organization called Solaid for the alumni magazine of his college alma mater, Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. Haug shares a home near downtown Durango with his 6-year-old blind poodle, Henri and two roommates.
Cliff Vancura will join the Herald as design editor. Vancura comes most recently from Bainbridge Island, Wash., where he owned his own business providing art direction, graphic design, photography and consulting. He has worked as an art director for Otak Inc., a multidisciplinary architecture, transportation and urban-planning firm that had clients in the U.S. and United Arab Emirates.
Vancura also worked in senior art positions at USA Today and the now-defunct Seattle Post-Intelligencer. As the Heralds design editor, he will illustrate stories in print and online to help readers understand the subject in depth.
Mark Hayden is the Heralds newest copy editor/page designer. Hayden joined the Herald after a six-month reporter internship at The Molokai Dispatch in Kaunakakai, Hawaii. It was his second time spent in Hawaii; for about a year, Hayden was a freelance writer for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and Honolulu Advertiser, where he wrote concert previews and interviewed a host of big-name musicians.
Before working in Kaunakakai, he spent a year and a half as an English as a second language instructor at the International Language School in Gwangju, South Korea.
While in South Korea, Hayden also was an English tutor to senior executives at Samsung Electronics. He also was a radio personality and collaborated with the host of a radio show on Gwangju Foreigner Network. Hayden is a graduate of University of Nebraska at Kearney. He also studied at University of Hawaii at Manoa.