Fitzgerald was a former Citizen-Times advertising sales representative who took on editing duties at The Black Mountain News. The weekly was purchased by Multimedia in 1995. At the time, Multimedia also owned the Asheville Citizen-Times. Later that same year, Gannett, the largest newspaper chain in the U.S., acquired Multimedia.
Clark had worked for the Citizen-Times for 20 years or more when he was laid off by Gannett about three years ago. He’s been working as a freelance magazine and newspaper writer since then. He’s also been a steady freelance photographer for the Citizen-Times during that period.
In a recent column, Clark says he’s excited about his new gig. A snippet:
Editing was a big part of the job, which prepared me well for my current duties here at The Black Mountain News. I have the privilege of editing two excellent staff writers and one crackerjack photographer and hope soon to contribute to the news flow by producing stories and photos myself.
First I’ve got to get the hang of some new editing software that right now is driving me crazy.
From time to time, you’ll see Asheville Citizen-Times content in the paper, but only when the Citizen-Times, which operates The Black Mountain News, has covered something that pertains to the Swannanoa Valley. The Black Mountain News has always been, for what I can tell, the community’s newspaper and that’s certainly not going to change now.
Clark is the latest former Asheville Citizen-Times reporter to return to Gannett. Joel Burgess, a former reporter for both the Citizen-Times and Black Mountain News, recently started covering local government for the CT. And Tonya Maxwell, a former reporter at the CT, was just hired back to cover the environment in upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina while based out of the Gannett-owned Greenville News in Greenville, S.C.