WILMINGTON — Civitas Media announced it has relocated a pagination hub to Wilmington, anticipating the addition of more than 20 jobs to the local economy, according to Jesse Mullen, the director of product and content management for Civitas.
The jobs are expected to bring about three quarters of a million dollars in payroll to Wilmington, and the hub will be housed at the Wilmington News Journal facility, increasing employment there to about 35 people, Mullen said. Civitas owns the News Journal.
“We are returning an equivalent number of jobs here,” as when there was a regional graphics department located in the News Journal space on Nelson Avenue, Mullen said.
Mullen said the hub will be responsible for preparing pages for a handful of weeklies and four daily newspapers, including the Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; the Lima News in Lima, Ohio; the Alton Telegraph in Alton, Illinois; and the Jacksonville Journal Courier in Jacksonville, Illinois.
The four dailies print seven days per week, and the hub will also operate seven days per week.
Mullen said Wilmington provided a good central location to recruit employees and “is a nice community” with a good college.
Mullen said Civitas continues to recruit paginators with journalism degrees and daily newspaper experience.
Civitas employs more than 1,200 dedicated, creative and innovative associates across 12 states including North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee. Civitas publishes more than 100 publications for a combined weekly distribution of more than 1.6 million copies.
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