Local cyber pioneer get a boost

Sean A. Polay named director of operations at Providence Journal-Bulletin 

Sean's picSean A. Polay, of Sandwich, was the editor at Cape Cod's first online newspaper, Cape Cod Journal, which was run by CapeCod.net back at the dawn of the information age, i.e. 1995. He took that fledgling online publication which started with syndicated and local opinion columns and turned it into the country's first online-only daily news publication, complete with sports, entertainment and lifestyle sections. When CapeCod.net was sold to Earthlink in the late 90's, they closed the Journal and Sean moved on.

The Eppy awardSean moved to the Journal-Bulletin's  online operation and has now been named director of online operations at what is one of America's greatest newspapers and also one of its best web sites. In fact, this year it won the newspaper industry's top award, the Eppy.

He oversees the design and programming of the newspaper's website, www.projo.com, including the site's commercial and multimedia production. He also directs product development and achievement of the newspaper's online news and sales goals.

Polay studied journalism and political science at the University of Southern California. He is secretary of the New England New Media Association and on the board of the Sandwich  Historical District Committee.

The Providence Journal Co. is part of Dallas-based Belo Corp., one of the nation's largest media companies. It is a Fortune 1000 company with 7,600 employees and $1.5 billion in annual revenues, Belo operates in Texas, the Northwest, the Southwest, Rhode Island and the mid-Atlantic.

Belo owns 19 television stations, six of which are in the 15 largest U.S. broadcast markets. The company also owns or operates seven cable news channels and manages one television station through a local marketing agreement.

Belo's other daily newspapers include The Dallas Morning News, the Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif., and the Denton Record-Chronicle in Denton, Texas.

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