The Boston Association of Black Journalists’ vice president, Zuri Berry, was named the deputy managing editor for news and multimedia at the Boston Herald.
The Herald announced the news in an article on Thursday.
“Zuri has built a career in steering news organizations through the challenges of new media platforms to extend their reach and reader engagement,” Herald Editor-in-Chief Joe Sciacca said in the paper.
“Smart, energized and committed to journalism, he has a strong appreciation for the collaboration needed to make a multimedia newsroom work,” Sciacca said.
Berry previously worked as the manager of web content for WFXT FOX25 and was a sports producer and writer for the Boston Globe’s Boston.com. He has served as BABJ’s vice president since 2010.
Berry’s appointment comes eight months after the Herald angered community leaders over a cartoon some considered racist, writes Richard Prince in his Journal-isms column.
From Prince’s column:
“The Herald met with the Boston chapter of the NAACP after the cartoon controversy. Chapter President Michael Curry told Journal-isms by email , “That meeting led to more frequent conversations with the Herald leadership, who expressed an interest in identifying candidates of color for openings in order to broaden their pool of applicants.
” “The Boston NAACP, and likely others, responded by offering super-talented journalists of color from across the nation, who would make good additions to the Herald staff. I’m hopeful that Zuri is just the first of many to come…”
“Sciacca did not respond to a request for comment. Gary Washburn, president of the Boston Association of Black Journalists, said the Herald did not approach him about a candidate.”