Donald P. Mazzella has more than 25 years experience in publishing and is an expert in small business operations having reported on and led firms in that sector. After reporting and editing stints with newspapers and wire services, he became a senior marketing executive with McGraw Hills Standard & Poors division. Subsequently, he was Editorial Director for a group of magazines operated by Thomson Publications. In recent years, Mr. Mazzella has successfully started and sold companies in the pre-press and small business arena while serving on the boards of public and private companies.
Brought in by Essence Communications to help position the magazine Income Opportunities for sale, he won the National Press Club award for best consumer publication while expanding circulation and advertiser revenue.
Mr. Mazzella holds a BA and MA in Journalism from NYU as well as an MBA from the same institution.
John C. Long is Copy Editor in Chief of the 19 online newsletters produced by Information Strategies Inc. He is a veteran of more than 40 years at daily newspapers, the past 10 as a copy editor at The Wall Street Journal and 30 at The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., as reporter, editor, manager and ombudsman; at each newspaper he shared in a Pulitzer Prize.
He edited two Ohio weekly newspapers and co-founded and directs the Main Street Free Press Museum in Fredericktown, Ohio, a center fostering First Amendment press freedom at the grass roots. He teaches journalism as an instructor at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
He holds a B.A. degree from Ohio Wesleyan University, where he was named his class’s outstanding male journalism graduate. He is a past president of the New York chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and serves on the Advisory Council of the chapter’s Board of Governors.