From The Record-Courier

Veteran journalist David Bauer, editor of the Journal-Courier, has been promoted to regional content director for Civitas Media newspapers in Illinois and Missouri.

The announcement was made Thursday by Jim Lawitz, director of content for the company.

Bauer will oversee newsrooms at the Journal-Courier and The (Alton) Telegraph in Illinois and the Sedalia Democrat in Missouri.

“We are pleased to have a dedicated, talented journalist leading these efforts,” Lawitz said. “David will maintain his role as editor in Jacksonville while creating strategies to leverage our resources around the region.”

Bauer, 51, has led the Journal-Courier newsroom since May 2009.

“It’s an exciting time for these communities and I look forward to helping energize the mission of being the best providers of local information in print and online,” Bauer said. “There is a strong synergy in each of these areas and the interaction will further that goal.”

The Cincinnati native has worked at newspapers in Ohio, Kentucky and Florida. Before moving to Jacksonville, he was assistant metro editor for eight years at the Times-Union, a 200,000-circulation newspaper in Jacksonville, Fla. Prior to that, he was managing editor of the Daily News, a 24,000-circulation newspaper in Bowling Green, Ky., and was also a journalism instructor for three years at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green.

Bauer has won a number of awards for his writing, editing and newspaper design, including a second-place national award for investigative reporting, a first-place national award for newspaper marketing and the Florida Governor’s Able Trust Award for reporting on issues affecting people with disabilities. He is a former fellow of the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism in Washington and a graduate of the FBI National Citizens’ Academy.

Bauer and his wife, Angela, have two sons, Christopher and Nicholas, and live in Jacksonville.

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