David Skok leaves Global News for Boston Globe


After 10 years with Global News, David Skok, director of digital news, is leaving to join the Boston Globe as a digital adviser to the editor. 

According to Skok’s biography, he co-created the GlobalNews.ca network in 2009. He was a 2012 Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard University, the first digital journalist in Canada selected for the program, and the author of Breaking News: Mastering the Art of Disruption in Journalism. Skok began his career at ABC’s Nightline and joined Global News in 2003.

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In a memo announcing Skok’s departure, senior director of online and current affairs Ron Waksman said much of Globalnews.ca’s success “can be attributed to David’s vision and the direction he provided to his talented team.”

“As David said when he told me about the news, there is never a perfect time for goodbye, but it does seem like the right time to bring on new leadership,” Waksman added. “Over the next few weeks we will launch an extensive search for the best possible candidate to succeed him as the new director of Globalnews.ca. In the interim, the online team will carry on its good work under the existing management structure.”

According to a memo published on Jim Romenesko’s blog, Boston Globe editor Brian McGrory said Skok will start his new position on Jan. 20

“David will play a key role in our upcoming push to further define our two brands — bg.com as a broader, more ambitious site that better reflects the creative journalism of the Globe, and a redesigned boston.com as a sharper, edgier site with a strong news spine,” McGrory said. “He’ll work with the entire room to help develop even bolder ways to tell our stories online, and to tailor story-telling for a mobile viewership.”

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