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Aspen Times adds engagement editor to bolster online, social media presence

Staff report

If you've noticed a stronger Aspen Times presence on your social media feeds in the past few weeks, you're not mistaken.

Rose Laudicina has been promoted to a newly created position, digital engagement editor, at the Times.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina, Laudicina has worked as a copy editor and page designer at the Times for three years. Before that, she was living and working in Carrboro, North Carolina, as a reporter for the Carrboro Citizen, a community newspaper, while also taking graduate school classes at UNC-Chapel Hill in the School of Media and Journalism.

Laudicina is an (almost) native North Carolinian, having moved there when she was 3 years old from Pennsylvania. She is an enthusiastic Tar Heel fan and can often be found wearing Carolina blue and yelling at TVs in sports bars around town during college basketball season — the Tar Heels are the 2017 NCAA men's basketball champions.

"Part of our role of being a leader in the community is to let our readers know about stories that affect them," said Aspen Times editor David Krause. "Rose has a great command of social media and has come to know and love Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley. We were lucky enough to find the person we needed already in our newsroom."

Directing The Aspen Times' website and social accounts, Laudicina will provide readers with more local breaking news and content on AspenTimes.com throughout the day; send alerts and updates via Twitter (@TheAspenTimes); suggest reads, timely stories and add fun content on Facebook; and share pictures on Instagram (@aspentimes) of the incredible scenery around the valley.

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Next week, online readers will see an update to the Times' e-edition. Readers no longer will need to download Flash, so the e-edition found on the Times' online home page will be easier to access.

"Rose is a person who puts a lot of passion into everything she does," said Times publisher Samantha Johnston. "She is always looking for a fresh way to approach otherwise routine work and she thinks both creatively and analytically. She's got a great news and editing background, which will help her to provide the quality and professionalism online that our audiences expect in print."

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