Another Sun-Times editor jumps to Tribune news service

Jack Barry

Jack Barry

The Chicago Tribune’s syndication and licensing business just picked off another editor from the Sun-Times.

Jack Barry, assistant metro editor and a 24-year veteran of the Sun-Times, has been hired as acquisitions editor for the Tribune Content Agency, a unit of Tribune Publishing.

His move closely follows that of Zach Finken, former Sun-Times assistant managing editor for news, who was named associate editor of Tribune Content Agency in May.

Both report to John Barron, the former Sun-Times editor and publisher who has been editor of Tribune Content Agency since last October. With the complete acquisition of McClatchy-Tribune Information Services, the newly expanded Tribune Content Agency serves 1,200 media clients and digital entities worldwide.

Confirming Barry’s appointment Thursday, Barron said: “We’re going to keep him busy in a wide-ranging new job that will become increasingly important as we reorganize and expand our business.” Assigned with discovering and recruiting new contributors or creators for Tribune Content Agency, Barry also will be working with sales and marketing on developing new products and services related to the TCA News Service and syndicated content.

“Jack’s editorial experience and business development savvy, along with his pioneering background in digital media and audience-building, make him ideal for this role,” Barron said.

A journalism graduate of Indiana University, Barry worked for the St. Petersburg Times before joining the Sun-Times as a news editor in 1990. He rose to general manager of and director of interactive business development and product management before being named assistant managing editor for online publications in 2009.

Sun-Times sources said Barry’s position will be filled as part of a realignment of digital operations. Finken’s duties on the print side largely have been assumed by design director Eric White.