Frank Denton, Editor, Florida Times-Union and Jacksonville.com

meet_FrankDentonDr. Frank M. Denton is editor of The Florida Times-Union and Jacksonville.com, the leading news organization in Northeast Florida. He is also vice president for journalism of Morris Publishing Group, which owns a dozen daily newspapers and weeklies in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Arkansas, Texas, Kansas and Alaska.

Before joining Morris in 2005 and adding the editor position in Jacksonville in 2008, Dr. Denton was editor of The Tampa Tribune in 2004 and the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison, 1986-2003. Over the 10 years before that, he was an editor in various capacities at the Detroit Free Press in Michigan. Earlier in his career, he was a reporter in Austin, Texas; Anniston, Alabama, and Cincinnati, Ohio. He also has taught and been a newspaper consultant.

Dr. Denton serves, or has served, on the boards of the First Amendment Foundation of Florida, the Florida Society of News Editors, the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the Mid America Press Institute, New Directions for News and the Foundation for American Communications, as well as the advisory boards of several journalism schools. For the American Society of Newspaper editors, he conceived, researched, edited and co-authored The Learning Newsroom, 2003; The Local News Tool Kit, 2001; The Local News Handbook, 1999, and Ways With Words, 1993.

Much of Dr. Denton’s work, research and writing has been at the nexus of journalism, government and citizen involvement. He was one of the editors who developed and implemented the concept of civic journalism, and in his current positions, he continues to develop innovations to motivate and help citizens become empowered and engaged with their governments. His work includes research and publication in academic journals, as well as for journalists and journalism companies.

Dr. Denton received his Ph.D. in consumer behavior and mass communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996. He also received his MBA from that university in 1994, a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University in 1970 and his bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin in 1968.