This story was posted on June 23, 2012.
Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame secretary Scarlett Syse has been promoted to group editor at Home News Enterprises.
Syse joined the Columbus-based company in 1999 and most recently had been editor at the (Franklin, Ind.) Daily Journal. In her new role, she will help guide news and design at the Daily Journal, The (Columbus) Republic, The Seymour Tribune and the Brown County Democrat, according to the company’s June 23 press release.
She has led the Daily Journal through significant changes and community events and issues, including the flood of 2008. Under her leadership, the paper won the Hoosier State Press Association’s Blue Ribbon, the top prize among Indiana newspapers of all circulation sizes, and her staff has won many awards from other organizations.
Syse developed the newspaper’s first website and guided a series of new initiatives in the paper. These included the Where They Stand candidate pages; Brave Hearts, a section chronicling the journey of breast cancer survivors; and design changes.
Syse served as the the Daily Journal online editor for a year before being named editor in September 2000. She has nearly 30 years of newspaper experience, having worked as a reporter, city editor and editor. From 1985 to 1999, she worked at The Shelbyville News, serving as editor from July 1993 to November 1999.
A graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., she serves on the freedom of information and newsroom seminar committees for the Hoosier State Press Association and is a member of the board of directors of Indiana Associated Press Managing Editors.