FARGO, N.D. – Mary Jo Hotzler has been promoted to the newly created role director of Content Services, for Forum Communications Co. In this position, she will oversee the recently formed Content Services division and will work with all FCC newsrooms to carry forward content initiatives and strategies across the company.
Hotzler currently manages Forum News Service. She has been in this role since April 2013 and in that time has grown the News Service into a full-scale regional news service with employees in Fargo, Williston, Bismarck and St. Paul. Hotzler will continue to provide direction to the News Service, but day-to-day efforts will be managed by Forum News Service Editor, Jeff Beach.
The Content Services division will encompass Forum News Service as well as the company’s video department, led by Jim Manney, and the content operations department, which will focus largely on paid and sponsored content initiatives. That group is led by Devlyn Brooks.
In addition, Hotzler will be the liaison to FCC newsrooms to provide support on content issues and newsroom best practices.
“My roots are in the newsroom, so I am excited for a position that allows me to work with content in all the forms it takes on today — traditional and non-traditional,” she said.
Hotzler has held several positions within the company over the past 13 years, including editor of the Grand Forks Herald and deputy editor of The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. She began as a reporter for The Forum in 2001, and worked previously in book publishing. Hotzler will report to FCC President and Chief Executive Officer, Bill Marcil, Jr. “ Mary Jo could work in any newsroom in the country. FCC is extremely lucky to have her organize our content services and sit on our Executive Management Team.”
Forum Communications Co. is a multimedia information company based in Fargo, that owns dozens of newspapers, websites, television and radio stations and commercial printing plants in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.