The brilliant Jane Seagrave joins us for a wonderful and far reaching conversation about the current state of media, running a legendary newspaper, the threat of political fascism, and the magic of Martha’s Vineyard.
Jane Seagrave is the publisher of The Vineyard Gazette Media Group, and has been elected president of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association at its annual meeting. She was previously senior vice president and chief revenue officer for The Associated Press in New York.
Ms. Seagrave’s roots are firmly planted in coastal New England. Born in Fall River, she grew up in Darien, Conn., and was educated in the public schools there. She graduated from Bowdoin College in 1976 cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English and government. Her first job was as director of publications for the Massachusetts Municipal Association where among other things she wrote a handbook for selectmen in the commonwealth. During that period she consulted briefly with the town of Gay Head, her first brush with the Vineyard.
Following that she was a reporter for the AP for six years in Boston, Grants Pass, Ore., and Santa Fe, N.M. In 1987 she went to work for Lawyers Weekly Publications, launching weekly newspapers, also enrolling at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where she obtained a master’s degree in public administration in 1989. She said during her time at the Kennedy School she became interested in the business side of publishing.
Her work since then has covered a wide range, including in the last 10 to 15 years the digital arena of publishing. She was chief executive officer of Localbusiness.com and chief online strategy consultant for American Lawyer Media in New York. From 2003 until now she has been at the AP, as a vice president and director in new media markets and then as a senior vice president in global product development which included presiding over the transformation of AP from a wire service to a multimedia digital news provider.
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