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Change is in the air at the Chiefland Citizen and veteran journalist and former news editor Lou Elliott Jones steps up the helm as the newspaper’s editor.
Jones replaces Jim Clark, who has taken another editor position near his home in Ocala.
Jones joined the Citizen a year ago as a staff writer, and because of her strong newspaper background and leadership abilities, was promoted to news editor last fall.
Jones, a Louisiana native, holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Texas A & I, a bachelor’s degree in food service management from Johnson & Wales University and an associate’s degree in the culinary arts from JWU.
Early in her career, she worked with Gannett Company in various capacities including states news editor for USA Today and assistant news editor for the Pensacola News Journal.
In 1991, she moved to The Virginian Pilot in Norfolk, Va., where she was a bureau editor.
After her husband Grady retired from the Navy, the couple moved to Raleigh where he could be close to his Gainesville roots.
In her role as editor, Jones will supervise the news team, plan the layout of the newspaper and continue to work on assorted government stories.
Also joining the news team is Mark Scohier who is now the newspaper’s paginator (designer) and reporter.
Scohier worked part-time for the Citizen last year while attending the University of Florida. He graduated this year with a degree in journalism.
Scohier and his wife, Maya, live in Gainesville and are the parents of a son.
“We’re excited to have someone with Lou’s dedication to her profession in the editor seat,” said Tom Ten Broeck, Citizen general manager. “She has a strong sense for news, believes in fairness and integrity and has the leadership skills we need. Under Lou’s direction, we will focus on what’s important to the community and push the paper forward to be the paper you can depend on.
“Mark’s art background is an added plus to the direction we want to take the Citizen,” Ten Broeck continued. “Over the next few months, we will be closely examining the look of our newspaper and plan to make improvements that are not only appealing to the eye, but also highlight our strengths in the local arena of journalism.”