Two hired by business magazine
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Two graduates of St. Cloud State University’s Department of Mass Communications who graduated 28 years apart have been hired in the top two editorial positions at Minnesota Business magazine.
Sheri O’Meara ’83 has been named editor in chief and Dana Johnson ‘11 assistant editor at Minnesota Business, published by Tiger Oak Publications, Minneapolis.
O’Meara graduated with a bachelor of science in mass communications and an emphasis in public relations and advertising. She most recently served as editor of a variety of trade, consumer and custom publications, including Minnesota Meetings + Events, Format Magazine, Sun Country Airlines’ in-flight magazine and WF Vision. She is author or co-author of four books in The Minnesota Series, including: “Storms!,” “Storms 2,” “Media Tales” and “Famous Crimes.”
Johnson graduated in May with a bachelor of science in mass communications and emphasis in news editorial. She served as editor in chief of the University Chronicle from 2009-10. She also worked at KVSC 88.1 FM as a news reporter and the host of Monday Night Live from 2009-11.
O’Meara started her career as copy editor at Skyway News (now Downtown Journal), “That was back in the days before desktop publishing,” she said, “When we cropped and sized photos with a ruler and photo wheel and our hands were sticky at the end of the day from handling pasteups.” She attributes page makeup classes in school for helping her land her next job: design director at Minneapolis-St. Paul CityBusiness (now Business Journal).
Next for O’Meara came jobs at the former Twin Cities Reader, where as custom publishing manager she oversaw client publications that included the Parade of Homes magazine and arts programs for the Guthrie Theater and Minnesota Orchestra, and at K102-FM as editor-publisher of a country music magazine. She launched a freelance business in 1994, serving as editor of a number of publications for more than 15 years.
“I am thrilled to see that St. Cloud State is still turning out top-notch editors such as Dana, and I am excited for what we will do together and with the rest of our team on Minnesota Business,” O’Meara said.
Tiger Oak Publications publishes more than 25 magazines focusing on business and lifestyle topics.