Corey Friedman has been named as the new editor and content manager at The Richmond County Daily Journal.
Friedman, 29, currently works as the online editor at The Wilson Times Company in Wilson. Prior to that, Friedman worked at The Shelby Star as city editor and online editor. He also worked as a reporter at The Gaston Gazette and The Sun Journal and Havelock News.
He is expected to begin working in Rockingham on May 12.
In Wilson, Friedman oversees breaking news coverage in the digital-first newsroom of the award-winning Wilson Times. He also covers public safety and open government issues for The Times and was honored with the North Carolina Press Association’s 2013 Henry Lee Weathers Freedom of Information Award.
Friedman also writes editorials for The Times and earned editorial writing awards from the state press association in 2013 and 2012. To date, he has received 17 state press awards anda Best of Freedom Award from Freedom Communications in 2007.
Friedman will report to Donnie Douglas, editor of The Robesonian in Lumberton and regional content manager for an area that includes Lumberton, Laurinburg, Rockingham and Wadesboro.
Douglas called Friedman a “home run” of a hire. He replaces outgoing editor and content manager Kevin Spradlin.
A Florida native, Friedman is a graduate of Craven Community College in New Bern.
The Daily Journal is published Tuesday through Saturday. The Cheraw Chronicle is published each Thursday. Both papers are owned by Davidson-based Civitas Media.
Civitas Media oversees more than 100 publications and employs more than 1,400 people in 11 states. The company’s 35 daily, 28 weekend and 63 weekly publications have a combined circulation of more than 1.6 million.