04/02/2009 – Lucy Talley named publisher of Times-Union

Lucy Talley

Lucy Talley, an experienced newspaper executive, was appointed publisher of the Jacksonville (FL) Times-Union on Monday (Mar. 30, 2009) by William S. Morris IV, president of Morris Communications Co.

Talley, who became the newspaper’s associate publisher Nov. 1, replaces former publisher Carl Cannon, who retired in December 2007. Jim Currow, Morris Communications Co. executive vice president of newspapers, has served as interim publisher since Cannon’s retirement.

“She’s a very talented newspaper executive,” Currow said of Talley. “I think as the people of Jacksonville get to know her, they’re going to really be pleased having Lucy running their newspaper.”

Talley said her focus will be on continuing to provide readers with useful information and advertisers with an effective way to reach their audiences as the newspaper continues to navigate a punishing economic downturn.

“The people here are passionate about what they do,” Talley said. “Because of that, just on sheer determination, we’ll get through the storm. And it is a storm.”

Currow will return full-time to duties as executive vice president of newspapers for Morris Communications Co. and Morris Publishing Group, managing Morris newspapers in Arkansas, Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Minnesota, South Carolina and Texas.

He said he leaves the newspaper in good hands.

“I think Lucy will be very good sailing the ship through troubled seas,” Currow said.

Morris, chief executive officer of Morris Publishing Group, praised Talley’s demonstrated leadership.

“Lucy is one of the finest newspaper executives I have had the pleasure of working with during my career,” Morris said. “She is passionate about our business and understands the challenges and opportunities facing the industry today. We are proud of her past accomplishments and expect more great things from The Florida Times-Union and Jacksonville.com under her leadership..”

Editorially, Talley said she wants the newspaper to continue to provide the thorough reporting and impartiality readers expect.

“Many people depend on us to tell them what’s going on in the community, yet allow them, with the Internet especially, to be involved and provide feedback,” she said. “Readers depend on us to provide in-depth, investigative and enterprise reporting, and along the way we have to be entertaining as well.”

Talley said she expects the newspaper’s advertising sales force to leverage all the tools that the print and online version allow.

“Money flows to ideas, whatever business you’re in. It’s being able to come up with a solution that works for the advertiser,” she said.

Currow said he is pleased to have run the newspaper for the last 14 months.

“This newspaper is integral to this community and to the future of this community. I’m really proud of the kind of product we’re putting out at this place every day. Our employees here are particularly top-quality folks. I believe, without a doubt, this is the finest newspaper management team I’ve ever had the pleasure and privilege of working with.”

Talley began work in newspapers in 1979 at The Ledger in Lakeland, where she worked in multiple advertising roles before rising to advertising director. In 1995, she became the director of advertising for The Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C., and was promoted to general manager in 2000. She was named publisher of the Salisbury Post in North Carolina in 2004.

She became vice president of newspapers for Morris in 2006 and also is chief operating officer of skirt! magazine and skirt.com.

Talley’s husband, Mike Stricklin, and his son Alex will move here from Augusta, Ga. Stricklin’s other son, Andrew, lives in Jacksonville. Talley’s daughter, Trina, is a math teacher in Lakeland.

Lucy Talley is a Past President of Mid-Atlantic N.A.M.E.