A multimedia journalist with more than 20 years' local experience becomes editor

CANANDAIGUA — A journalist with more than 20 years’ multimedia experience in the Finger Lakes area has been appointed Messenger Post Media’s new executive editor.

Jennifer Reed will oversee the news department of the Daily Messenger newspaper and Messenger Post’s weekly publications distributed in Ontario, Monroe and Wayne counties, including MPM’s websites and social media.

Reed replaces Sean McCrory, who left in March to become editor of the Denton Record-Chronicle newsroom in Texas.

Prior to this appointment, Reed was the digital publishing editor for Messenger Post Media and editor for MPM’s Our Home in the Finger Lakes magazine. She has been with Messenger Post Media for almost five years, also working as editor for the weekly Post publications.

Reed is recognized as a trusted and award-winning journalist across the area. She has worked as producer/editor, as well as on-air reporter for multiple television and radio stations over the span of her career. Reed has a long history in newsroom management. She was executive producer for WXXI-TV's newsroom and producer/reporter for WXXI-TV's "Need to Know," a weekly television news current affairs and political program. She also worked in commercial broadcasting, as a television news producer, digital editor and/or reporter for various multimedia television and radio stations, such as Daily Messenger’s news partner News 10NBC and 13WHAM.

“Jenn’s knowledge of the community and the importance of great journalism in it made her an easy choice. Her experience will lend itself to both print and digital mediums to provide our audiences the very best in local news,” said Rick Emanuel, regional publisher of Messenger Post Media.

Reed is a strong believer in civic journalism and the media’s responsibility to create conversations in the community. She says one of the best ways to represent this type of journalism is to embrace the transitional times of a digital world — which allows the community an immediate platform.

“Change is the new constant for journalism and I’m up to the challenge of guiding this newsroom into a leading, prominent pillar for both print and digital news,” she said.

The Finger Lakes native and St. John Fisher alumna said she is looking forward to getting out in the community and meeting up with those the Daily Messenger serves. Reed and her husband, Jim, have two school-aged children, Jake and Jayne.

“I’m excited to take on this new role," Reed said. "I believe my background in multimedia journalism will help connect this talented news team to our vested community — to ensure every voice is heard. My job is to help provide ethical and informative pieces intended to empower and, most importantly, engage the community.”