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Janis Barth
Tuesday, 09 November 2010 22:12

 

 Janis Barth

Managing Editor Local News, The Post-Standard

After starting her journalism career in the 1970s as a radio reporter in the North Country, Barth became the part-time North Country reporter for the Syracuse Herald-Journal/Herald American and Post-Standard in 1978. Over more than three decades with the papers, her byline has appeared on well over 1,000 stories.

In January 1990, Barth moved into the main newsroom of the afternoon Herald-Journal and Sunday Herald American to be-come a city desk reporter. A few months later, she was promoted to assistant city editor.
It wasn’t long before her talents catapulted her over her colleagues to the position of city editor itself, a position she accepted in November 1992. Janis Barth continued as city editor after the news staffs of the Herald-Journal and The Post-Standard merged in 1996. In that capacity, she provided the leadership for the papers’ Onondaga County re-porting staff. Under that leadership, her reporters undertook many ambitious and award-winning stories of the sort that go to the very heart of great journalism: stories that comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.
Here’s one striking example: In July 1993 , Jon Craig and Hart Seely wrote a series of articles entitled “Beaten by the System,” which outlined physical and mental abuses that were taking place be-hind closed doors in residential facilities run by the New York State Division for Youth, the state’s prison system for youthful offenders. The Herald-Journal won national journalism awards from Women in Communication and Children’s Express, and several state awards from the Publisher’s Association and Associated Press for that series. It was an exposé that toppled the management at two DFY facilities and prompted changes that eventually resulted in the state’s disbanding its Division for Youth. Craig and Seely worked six months – a full man-year – on the series, always under the guidance of Barth. As city editor, she juggled her considerable duties and gave Seely and Craig the time, motivation and courage to keep going. She was the prime mover and final arbiter of every word and phrase of the series. Without Barth, the project simply would never have happened and, more importantly, more youthful offenders would have been beaten and suffered even more emotional damage.
Barth left her post as city editor of The Post-Standard and Herald-Journal to become assistant managing editor/regional of the two dailies. As such, she took on responsibility for coverage of news in the counties of Central New York outside Onondaga County. She did so with the same distinction she had shown as city editor. In 2005, she was promoted to managing editor.

 

 

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“This is my valentine to Brenda Marie McCabe Haggart. Unfortunately, this valentine will not look or taste as good as those hearts that grade school teachers in Kansas helped me cut out and paste on big pieces of red paper. I can still taste the paste. It tasted almost as good as a peanut-butter sandwich. Writing this public confession of joy may seem a little arrogant on my part, Brenda, since I didn't ask you if I could do it. But you owe me one. My voice is gone.”
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