The Valley Press, an award-winning weekly newspaper, is pleased to announce that John Fitts has joined its staff as assistant editor.
Best known locally as the owner and editor of the news website Canton Compass, Fitts has more than 20 years experience in the journalism industry.
“We’re excited to have John join our team and look forward to the ways in which we know he will enhance our publications with his strong reporting and photojournalism skills,” said Abigail Albair, executive editor of TurleyCT Community Publications, the parent company of The Valley Press. “He is a truly dynamic individual, and we are lucky to have him on board.”
Details are still being finalized, but the plan is to incorporate the Canton Compass into existing TurleyCT digital offerings. Currently, TurleyCT provides online flipbooks of all its print publications, which include a weekly West Hartford newspaper and the monthly LIFE publications.
Fitts and Albair will work together to reinvigorate the Compass as a digital element that will complement the Farmington Valley’s weekly newspaper of record and best serve the readership of The Valley Press.
“The opportunity to work with The Valley Press was a unique one that seemed the perfect fit for me and the Compass, which has become an important part of the Canton community since I founded it in 2014,” Fitts said. “I’m happy the Compass will continue to thrive and am thankful to the residents who supported me in this venture over the past few years. The Valley Press is truly the best newspaper through which to reach the Farmington Valley, and loyal Compass readers will be well-served by this joining of forces.”