SCNI hires director of digital operations

John Bock of SCNI

John Bock of SCNI

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Southern Community Newspapers Inc., the parent company of the Gwinnett Daily Post, has hired John Bock as director of digital operations for the company.

Bock, who most recently worked as a programming consultant, will oversee development of the SCNI websites, deployment of new Internet products and growing Internet audience. In this newly created position, one of Bock's first responsibilities will be to launch new designs of all of SCNI's newspaper websites.

Mike Gebhart, executive vice president of SCNI, said Bock's skills will be an asset to the company as the newspapers continue to expand their digital presence in each market.

"We are overjoyed to have someone of John Bock's talent come to work for our company as we continue our growth in the digital world," Gebhart said.

Robert Granfeldt, vice president of digital media for SCNI, praised Bock's Internet skills, coupled with his background in the newspaper industry.

"John's level of experience in the Internet space, particularly with newspapers, is unparalleled within the industry," said Granfeldt. "His experience with site management, mobile platforms, digital marketing solutions and his training as a newspaper journalist fit well within our company and will serve our readers and advertisers very well."

Bock previously worked as director of specialty media and director of CMS for Morris DigitalWorks in Augusta. Bock began his career in newspapers as a staff photographer at the Topeka Capital-Journal in Topeka, Kan. During his stint as a photographer he invented, patented and sold equipment to protect photojournalists' equipment. He moved to the new media side of the newspaper business in 1996 and has authored and managed content management systems and put them to work at more than 50 newspapers.

Bock holds a degree in journalism from Kansas State University. He and his wife, Mary, are the parents of two sons, Kyle, a software developer for CGI in Virginia, and Neil, a sophomore at Georgia Southern University majoring in mechanical engineering.

Southern Community Newspapers Inc. is made up of seven newspapers in Georgia -- the Rockdale Citizen, Newton Citizen, Albany Herald, Gwinnett Daily Post, Clayton News-Daily, Henry Daily Herald and Jackson Progress Argus. Bock will be based at the Daily Post.