Spotlight Newspaper's Tim Mulligan said he shares Lovell's enthusiasm for Web-based journalism.
A graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh, Mulligan began his journalism career at the Malone Telegram as a reporter and then moved to the Press Republican in Plattsburgh as a copy editor and page designer for six years. He then worked for the Utica Observer Dispatch on the features desk for a year and a half before joining Spotlight Newspapers in October 2005 as managing editor.
These days, Mulligan hangs a new shingle in the Delmar office: online editor.
"As managing editor, I work with the senior managing editor to help reporters develop stories, oversee production and make sure the paper goes out on time," said Mulligan. "With the online content, it's not that different. But now when I work with the reporters, I emphasize the need for photo galleries and news updates. I hope to take more photos, and have an increased presence in our communities with photos, and increase the community feel of spotlightnews.com."
Mulligan said another feature of the enhanced spotlightnews.com will be the addition of blogs.
"Right now, I expect to have four bloggers from inside Spotlight Newspapers," said Mulligan.
He said visitors would be able to enjoy " and contribute to " a sports blog, a news blog, a features blog and a blog geared toward business.
He said the Web site's new local news updates section will allow reporters "to flesh their stories out a bit further and look deeper into an issue."
This was best exemplified when Spotlight's Jim Cuozzo covered the Christopher Porco murder trial in Orange County, said Mulligan.
"We got a tremendous response from our Porco coverage," said Mulligan, noting that spotlight news.com was updated twice daily during the trial coverage. "That was sort of the model that we wanted to go for in making the Web site bigger and better."