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Former Nashville Scene
editor Liz Garrigan, who recently became a freelance contributing editor for the Scene
under new SouthComm ownership, has agreed to move into a significantly larger role--albeit a temporary one--as interim executive editor. Occupying a position that SouthComm CEO Chris Ferrell describes as "a temporary stint of a few months' duration," Garrigan will oversee SouthComm's three flagship local media properties--The City Paper
, the Scene
, and NashvillePost.com.
In an email today to staffers announcing the move, Ferrell observed that SouthComm's operational transition in the wake of its August acquisition of the Scene
"has posed structural and organizational challenges." Garrigan, he says, will be responsible for fine tuning the arrangement of converged editorial operations in an effort to "develop a more smoothly functioning, integrated organization."
Garrigan first joined the Scene
as a writer in 1996 and served as the paper's editor from 2004-2008. As contributing editor in recent weeks she has been developing and implementing editorial policy for blog contributions (but had no role in the post you are reading right now). Scene
editor Jim Ridley welcomes her new position. Garrigan, he says, is the ideal person to meet a "need for someone in editorial who can see how all SouthComm's moving parts fit together to best cover the city."