Jason Parsley Assumes Role as Managing Editor
The torch has been officially passed. Jason Parsley, 33, will assume the role as Managing Editor of South Florida Gay News. Parsley will be leaving his position as a veteran writer with the Forum Publishing Group, part of the Sun-Sentinel, where he served as staff writer since 2007.
Mainly contributing to the Wellington Forum, Parsley also covered news in Boca Raton, Lake Worth and Royal Palm Beach. Many of his pieces also appeared in the Sun-Sentinel. Parsley has won a half-dozen awards – and more than $5,000 – for his investigations into FAU’s Student Government. He exposed financial corruption that forced a student body president to resign, as well as ethical lapses that resulted in the ouster of a chief justice. He was named Florida’s College Journalist of the Year and was runner-up for the national title.
A Palm Beach resident, Parsley brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this role, having held the title of Editor in Chief of University Press, Florida Atlantic University’s weekly newspaper. While in this position, Parsley was responsible for overseeing the publications budget and administering all aspects of the newspaper, including editorial, layout and distribution. He wrote prolifically, including award winning investigative pieces for the student paper.
Parsley has earned numerous accolades for his work including awards from the Florida Press Club, Institute on Political Journalism and the Society of Professional Journalists. He lives with his partner of eleven years in Boynton Beach.
Stated Norm Kent, “Jason brings to the paper credible experience in news and journalism. As SFGN enters its second year, his skill set will enhance our writing, provide continuity, and insure stability.”
In addition, SFGN formally announced last week that John Fugate has been promoted to Sales Manager. “In the two months since the former manager’s departure, John has doubled his sales, and earned the right to the promotion,” says publisher Norm Kent. “We are glad to see John has stepped up to the plate and is determined to grow the business. With John’s enthusiasm, we have double our Miami venues and also expanded to Key West. ” Fugate held the position of distribution manager prior to his promotion.