Jacobs named editor of Flag newspapers
Phil Jacobs, a newspaper veteran of more than 30 years, has been named editor of Ocean City Today and its sister paper, Bayside Gazette, company Publisher Stewart Dobson announced this week.
Jacobs, who began his journalism career in Ocean City in 1974 as an intern and returned in 1975 as a staff writer for the then Eastern Shore Times and Beachcomber, will have authority over the papers’ news operations, while Dobson will relinquish the position of editor and focus on running the business.
“Phil and I both worked at the Beachcomber back then and we have kept track of each other over the years, with the possibility always in mind that he might one day join Ocean City Today,” Dobson said. “We began discussing that prospect in earnest about three years ago, but the timing was never right until now.”
Jacobs, 60, and a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Journalism, went on to become an award-winning writer and editor of the Baltimore Jewish Times, The Detroit Jewish News and, most recently, Washington Jewish Week.
He and his wife, Lisa, a speech therapist with the Anne Arundel County school system, have two grown children, DeDe Jacobs-Komisar of New Haven, Ct. and Emily Minton of Gaithersburg.
“This is a dream come true for me and for Lisa,” said Jacobs. “Working with Stewart and serving this community is exactly what I want to be doing. I’m looking forward to working with Stewart, Managing Editor Lisa Capitelli and the entire staff as we cover this wonderful community.”
Dobson, 66, who also serves as president of the paper’s corporation, Flag Publication Inc., said the company’s growth over the past 20 years has made it impractical for one person to oversee news and business and give both aspects the attention they require. Flag owns Ocean City Today, Bayside Gazette and is affiliated with Coastal Point in Bethany Beach, Del.
“I am not retiring, nor do I have any plans to retire,” Dobson said. “I’m simply redirecting my attention knowing that this move will allow us to do some exciting things for our readers and customers going into 2014.”