Veteran journalist named assistant managing editor, digital at Herald

By the Herald staffJanuary 3, 2013 

Jim Van Nostrand has joined the Tri-City Herald as assistant managing editor, digital.

Van Nostrand, a veteran journalist with more than 25 years of experience as a reporter and editor, was born at the Army hospital at Camp Hanford. His family still lives in the area.

"It's not often that you get a chance to come home in this business," he said. "I'm looking forward to working with new colleagues in a great newsroom."

Van Nostrand comes to the Herald from McClatchy's Washington Bureau, where he worked with journalists covering the White House, Congress and the federal government, as well as foreign correspondents in Baghdad, Beijing, Mexico City and other countries. He also taught digital storytelling to graduate journalism students as an adjunct professor at American University.

He formerly worked as the senior editor, national news at Knight Ridder Digital, where he managed nation, world and politics coverage on 28 Knight Ridder newspaper websites across the country.

He led Knight Ridder's online coverage of the Iraq war, the 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2006 Olympics, and the 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns.

He has been immersed in internet journalism since 1995, when he launched Leadernet, an online subsidiary of the Times Leader newspaper in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

He was part of a team that won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for the Biloxi Sun Herald's online coverage of Hurricane Katrina at SunHerald.com.

He was the supervising editor for "Echo Company," a multimedia reporting project that won a 2005 Digital Edge award from the Newspaper Association of America. The project showed readers the human side of 11 Marines and a Navy corpsman killed in an ambush in Iraq. Editor & Publisher magazine called it, "One of the most ambitious and extensive projects to come out of the Iraq war."

He has been involved in two projects that won McClatchy President's Awards: Inside Iraq, a blog he launched in early 2007, and Beyond the Law, an extensive international examination of abuses at U.S. detention camps in Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Van Nostrand is a former infantry captain in the Army. He served in the First Infantry Division in Germany and in the National Guard in Oregon and Pennsylvania.

He is an avid historian and an active member of the Online News Association.

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