Follow up now on a story we told you about Thursday…

Hearst Connecticut is in the process of posting multiple job openings as the company launches a strategic move into Hartford County. It is unusual for any locally based news organization to go on a hiring spree of this level given the overall economics of the news business in 2022.

Sources with internal working knowledge have shared that in addition to hiring two sales representatives, as part of the new effort, nearly a dozen editorial staff will be hired. They include:

  • Newsletter editor for Hartford expansion
  • Editor to oversee Hartford reporters
  • Four Hartford related writing positions
  • Breaking news reporters
  • Two trending reporters
  • Managing editor for CT Insider
  • Managing editor for New Haven

As we noted in our previous reporting on this story, this move into Hartford by Hearst is a strong effort to challenge the Hartford Courant, as Connecticut’s preeminent news source, on the Courant’s own turf. It also carries implications for the Journal Inquirer of Manchester, a long-time local Courant rival.

The combined forces of Hearst’s eight daily papers, 14 weeklies and the on-line hub, will give Hearst the personnel and platforms necessary to be the most influential news organization in the state.