Assistant News Editor Jon Gillooly is now the news editor; Night Editor Emily Boorstein is now the assistant news editor/night editor; Copy Editor Margaret Chwat is now the copy desk chief; and Copy Editor Kayla Allen is now the graphics editor.
“Probably the most gratifying professional feeling you can have in my position is to see good young people rise through the ranks, and that’s why I’m proud to say these four have worked hard and earned their promotions,” said Mitchell. “They are talented journalists, and I’m confident they will play key roles in plans we have to improve our newspaper as we go forward.”
Gillooly joined the Journal in 2004 and has covered almost every beat in the newsroom. He was promoted to assistant news editor in April of 2013.
“Jon has proven himself as a top-notch, prize-winning reporter and, over the past year, has proven himself equally as a leader of the news staff,” Mitchell said. “Jon has a great rapport with the news staff, and he has invaluable contacts out in the community. He’s a dedicated newsman and I’m confident he will inspire our staff to do more in-depth reporting.”
The Journal has either won or placed in the top three in the General Excellence in the annual Georgia Press Association’s awards contest eight times in the past 10 years, and Gillooly’s enterprise reporting has been a key factor in this recognition.
Mitchell said Journal readers will continue to see Gillooly’s byline in addition to his supervisory role with the news staff.
Gillooly, an Orlando, Fla., native, earned his bachelor’s degree from Maryville College in Tenn., and resides in Marietta.
Boorstein joined the Journal six years ago as a copy editor and was promoted in 2012 to copy desk chief, a position that put her in charge of the layout and editing of the newspaper and making sure each edition made it to press by deadline. “Emily did this job with outstanding proficiency,” said Mitchell. “She’s won layout and headline-writing awards, and the tight editing of the newspaper has played an integral part in the Journal winning several overall newspaper awards.”
She was promoted to night editor a year and a half ago, a position which put her in charge of the newsroom during the nighttime shift. In her new role, Boorstein will continue to oversee the newsroom during nighttime hours and will take a more active role in editing local content.
She’s also a very dedicated worker, Mitchell noted. “When the first big snowstorm hit earlier this year, we weren’t sure if many, or if any, of the staff could make it back to the office the next day. A few of us decided to stay overnight to make sure we would be here to produce the newspaper the next day and, without blinking an eye, Emily proclaimed she was staying.
“This small ‘army’ slept in chairs or on the floor and dined on the ‘nutritious’ food in the break room.”
Boorstein is married to Journal Assistant Sports Editor Eli Boorstein, and the two have a year-old son, Tommy.
The pair earned their degrees from Georgia Southern University. They live in Kennesaw.
Chwat started as a copy editor with the Journal in December 2012, two weeks after graduating cum laude from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of the Arts, Journalism degree in newspapers and a Bachelor of the Arts degree in comparative literature.
“Margaret’s layout and design abilities, as well as her keen editing eye, became pronounced within days after she joined the staff,” said Mitchell. “She’s also a very dutiful young journalist and I’m confident she will do an excellent job in leading the copy desk staff in producing appealing layouts and soundly edited stories every day.”
In addition to her Journal responsibilities, Chwat also will be in charge of the editorial production of our sister newspaper, the Cherokee Tribune, and the weekly Cherokee Weekend newspaper. She also will be responsible for editing our monthly Cobb Business Journal.
Chwat resides in Johns Creek.
Allen started as a copy editor with the Journal in August 2013 after graduating from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with an emphasis in Publication Management and a Bachelor of Arts in English. Armed with a strong knowledge of new media and technology, she will assist Mitchell in a planned redesign of the Journal as well as creating new graphic elements to be featured throughout the paper on a daily basis.
“Kayla’s flare for use of strong, eye-catching graphics became apparent as soon as she began designing section front pages,” said Mitchell. “She will be closely involved in the redesign of the newspaper and I’m sure she will help give us a more graphically-pleasing, innovated new look.”
Allen currently lives in Sharpsburg in Coweta County.