Digital First names David J. Butler its editor-in-chief

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David J. Butler is the new editor-in-chief of Digital First Media, the company announced Friday. In 2011 MediaNews (which later placed its newspapers under DFM’s management) put Butler in charge of its Bay Area News Group properties, including the San Jose Mercury News, which he still edits.

Butler succeeds Jim Brady, who announced he would leave DFM after it cut its Thunderdome project. The company’s papers “have informally been shopped around since the start of this year,” Rick Edmonds wrote earlier this month.

Butler will remain editor of the BANG newspapers, the company says in a release.

I’ve worked with Brady in the past, and he’s on Poynter’s National Advisory Board.

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