Jim Lovino to Head Scripps Journalism Journey Initiative

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CINCINNATI—The E.W. Scripps Company has announced that Jim Iovino has joined the company to lead the new Google-backed Scripps Journalism Journey Initiative.

The multiyear initiative is designed to transition experienced journalists who have backgrounds primarily in print news to new video-driven news careers. Google has made a financial commitment to Scripps to underwrite the newly created program.

Scripps also noted that the application period for the Scripps Journalism Journey Initiative is open for program start dates in December and January. Interested journalists can submit their applications here.

Iovino has more than 25 years of experience as a print and multimedia journalist. He served most recently as visiting assistant professor of media innovation at West Virginia University, where he developed and directed the NewStart Newspaper Ownership Initiative – a program that focuses on recruiting, training and supporting the next generation of community newspaper owners and publishers across the country.

“With his diverse journalism industry knowledge and experience in education, Jim quickly emerged as an exceptional person to steer this important initiative for our company,” said Adam Symson, Scripps president and CEO. “We’re pleased to find a leader that is passionate about the way this initiative will bring even more great journalism talent into Scripps.”

Prior to joining WVU, Iovino was deputy managing editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which was awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Reporting for its Tree of Life massacre coverage. Iovino managed all digital editorial initiatives at the Post-Gazette, including driving audience-first and digital subscription efforts.

Previously, Iovino was senior news editor of operations for NBC-owned stations’ digital properties across the country. He also served as digital managing editor for the NBC station in Washington, D.C., and was a digital editor for TV stations in Columbus, Ohio, and Pittsburgh.

“This is a special opportunity to draw upon every aspect of my career – print, digital, managing, educating,” Iovino said. “At a time when journalism has never been more important, this program will nurture veteran journalists and reignite their passions. I can’t wait to get started.”

Iovino began his career as a sportswriter for the Tribune-Review in Pittsburgh and Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

He graduated from Penn State University with a degree in journalism.

George Winslow

George Winslow is the senior content producer for TV Tech. He has written about the television, media and technology industries for nearly 30 years for such publications as Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and TV Tech. Over the years, he has edited a number of magazines, including Multichannel News International and World Screen, and moderated panels at such major industry events as NAB and MIP TV. He has published two books and dozens of encyclopedia articles on such subjects as the media, New York City history and economics.