Lew Gilliland, a 25-year veteran of community journalism, has been appointed editor-in-chief of the Selma Times-Journal, publisher Dennis Palmer said.
Gilliland had spent the previous seven years at the Talladega Daily Home, where he served as an associate editor and editor, running the newspaper’s newsroom during the evening shift. His main responsibilities were editing and quality control.
“I am delighted to join the staff of The Times-Journal and get to know the Selma community,” said Gilliland. “I believe there is no substitute for a good community newspaper that keeps readers up to date with what is happening in their neighborhood, school, city or county. I look forward to working with Editor Dennis Palmer and Editor James Jones to tell the ongoing story of Selma and Dallas County.
Prior to Talladega, Gilliland spent 15 years at the Fort Payne Times-Journal, as a sports editor for most of that tenure before being promoted to editor, a position he held for 23 months.
Gilliland’s writing has been honored by the Alabama Press Association, the Alabama Associated Press, and the Alabama Sports Writers Association. During his senior year at Fort Payne, he ran a newsroom that won 23 awards in the Alabama APME competition.
A native of Chattanooga, Tenn., Gilliland received a communications degree from UT-Chattanooga and began her career working part-time for The Chattanooga Times, which was then the city’s morning newspaper. The Times has since merged with the city’s afternoon newspaper to form the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Gilliland’s early career included stops at community newspapers in Calhoun, Georgia; Cleveland, Tennessee; and Ringgold, Georgia.
“We are very happy to have someone with Lew’s experience to join our team here at Selma,” said Palmer. “It has come highly recommended by several people I know who are industry veterans and I know it is going to be a valuable addition not only to our journal, but to the Selma community.”
Gilliland started working last week, working from her home in Talladega before moving to Selma this week.