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A changing of the guard
Cahn named C-I editor as Bruce transitions to Shaw News
Martha Bruce

The editorial leadership of the Chronicle-Independent (C-I) changes today, as Martin L. Cahn, previously associate editor, assumes the editor’s post and Keri Todd Boyce, Localife and West Wateree Chronicle (WWC) editor, becomes managing editor.

Martha Bruce will trade one editor’s post for another as she transitions to editor of The Shaw News, which, along with the C-I, is one of Camden Media Co.’s nine publications. She will also continue to work on C-I special sections.

“Martha has done an absolutely superlative job during her 15 years as editor of the Chronicle-Independent. In fact, she has excelled during her entire quarter century at the newspaper,” said Camden Media Co. Publisher Mike Mischner. “Martha’s steady professional style, coupled with her wise and pleasant demeanor, made her a leader not only at the Chronicle-Independent but also in the community.

“During her tenure at the newspaper, Martha very ably guided the newsroom during one of the most rapidly changing eras that our industry has ever experienced. She helped lead the C-I through pagination (photographic paste-up process to digital), several redesigns and development of our online website, Martha also hired and trained a great many journalists during her editorship, some of whom have continued here and others who have gone on to successful careers elsewhere.

“Martha accomplished all of this while overseeing the newspaper’s day-to-day local news coverage without ever once, in 15 years, missing a deadline. In short, Martha Bruce is the consummate news professional,” said Mischner.

Cahn, who joined the C-I in July 2000 as the city of Camden reporter, was named associate editor in April 2005. He will be a “writing editor,” continuing to cover Camden City Council and KershawHealth Board of Trustees meetings. He will also continue to write his weekly Monday column.

“I’m humbled by Publisher Mike Mischner’s confidence in my taking on the challenge of being the newspaper’s editor,” Cahn said. “Mike and Martha have been great mentors for nearly 13 years and I plan to take advantage of what I’ve learned -- and continue to turn to them for advice -- to maintain the C-I’s award-winning quality.”

Boyce came to the C-I team as an education reporter in 2008 after graduating from Winthrop University. In 2009, she became the editor of the West Wateree Chronicle and shortly after, also took on the role of Localife editor for the C-I. In 2011, Boyce accepted the title of graphic designer for The Camden Horse, a new equine magazine Camden Media Co. debuted last November.

“Camden Media has offered me many valuable opportunities to expand my journalism career,” Boyce said. “I have especially enjoyed working with Martha over the years. The C-I has thrived under her leadership and I’m thankful I had the chance to learn from her. She is truly an asset to Camden Media and I wish her the best moving forward with The Shaw News.”

Staff reporter Miciah Bennett takes over law enforcement reporting, and fellow staff reporter Michael Ulmer will assist Cahn with publishing material to the C-I’s website.

With these changes, Camden Media also announces the addition of Denise Schnese as a part-time reporter. She will cover Elgin Town Council meetings and contribute content to both the C-I and WWC.

Schnese, originally from Alabama, moved to Camden seven years ago with her family. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Translation Studies in 2005 from the University of Birmingham in England. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from the University of Texas - Austin in 1993. Most recently, Schnese has operated a home-based translation business, Carolina Translation Services LLC.

“I grew up in a military family, which is why I moved around a lot,” Schnese said, “but now I call Camden home.”

Bruce moved to Camden in 1986 to join the C-I staff as the education reporter. She was promoted to managing editor in 1990, a position she held until 1997, when she was named editor.

“I will always be grateful for the opportunities the Chronicle-Independent and Camden Media have afforded me in advancing my career,” Bruce said. “I am especially appreciative of the confidence Mike Mischner, my publisher, has always held in me.”

After more than 25 years with the C-I -- and 32 in the journalism field -- Bruce said she was ready for the new challenges of The Shaw News, whose content focuses on Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter.

“I approached Mike about this change, and after consideration, he agreed. I wanted to remain a member of the Camden Media team, and I appreciate his willingness to work with my request,” Bruce said.

“After Martha came to me with her request, I was pleased that she wanted to continue her association with Camden Media Co., in a different but very important role,” said Mischner.

“Under her superb leadership, the Chronicle-Independent was named the best newspaper publishing two or three times per week three of the past five years in the entire state of South Carolina. We are indeed fortunate to have two seasoned newspaper executives in Martin L. Cahn and Keri Todd Boyce to ‘take the reins’ of our newsroom and to continue our award-winning local journalism.”