Vindicator picks experienced editor to lead newsroom

YOUNGSTOWN — The Vindicator has named Todd Franko, a Buffalo native who’s held editor positions at five newspapers, as its editor.

Franko, 40, most recently served as metro editor of the Rockford Register Star in Illinois. He replaces Paul C. Jagnow, who retired last year as The Vindicator’s managing editor.

“We have a tradition of great reporting of local news that we believe Todd is well-suited to continue as we expand in the information age,” said Mark Brown, The Vindicator’s general manager.

The increased emphasis newspapers, such as The Vindicator, are placing on technology, particularly the Internet, makes this a “phenomenal time” to be a journalist, Franko said.

“Print journalists have always been the best at telling the best stories,” he said. “We didn’t always have the best technology. Audio and video tend to strike a human dynamic in a way print can’t. But now we have all those abilities.”

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