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Forum News Service, Published January 21 2013

Grand Forks Herald editor to direct Forum News Service

GRAND FORKS – Mary Jo Hotzler, editor of the Grand Forks Herald, will leave her job to become director of Forum News Service.

The current director, Mike Jacobs, will return to full-time duties as publisher of the Herald.

These changes take place Feb. 1.

Jacobs said he’ll begin a search for a new editor immediately.

Forum Communications Co., which owns the Herald, launched the news service in January 2012 to distribute content to news organizations in the Upper Midwest. Jacobs split his time between the news service and the Herald.

“We’ve built the news service to the point where it needs a full-time director,” Jacobs said. “I’m delighted that Mary Jo will carry this work forward.”

Hotzler joined the Herald in March 2012. Previously, she had been deputy editor of The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. For 18 months, she’s chaired a company committee examining how Forum company properties gather and distribute news.

“Mary Jo has the background to move the news service to the level of a complete regional wire service,” Jacobs said. “As for me, I’m delighted to be back in the publisher’s chair on a full-time basis.”

Hotzler said, “I’ve been involved with the news service since its creation and look forward to the opportunity to carry it forward.

“At the same time, this obviously cuts short my time as editor of the Herald. I think the world of the people here who have helped make this past year a truly great one.”