Veteran Journalist Has More Than 13 Years Experience in the Graphic-Arts Industry
ST Media Group International, publishers of five trade journals for the visual-communications industries, has announced that Gregory Sharpless will join its staff as editor of The Big Picture on December 1, 2003. In his new role, Sharpless will be responsible for the editorial content of The Big Picture, the leading publication in the digital-printing industry read by more than 32,000 professional graphics producers and content creators. Sharpless will also be responsible for the magazine's accompanying website, BigPicture.net (www.bigpicture.net), with weekly updates covering the latest news in digital printing.
Sharpless brings a wealth of editing experience in the graphic-arts market to The Big Picture, with more than 13 years on the staffs of HOW, The Artist's Magazine, Signs of the Times, Step-by-Step Graphics, and Digital Output. Most recently publisher and editor for Sawmill Publishing, Sharpless has also written extensively for magazine and book publishers covering the graphic arts and related industries. A cum laude graduate of the nationally recognized journalism program at Ohio University, he will manage the four-person editorial staff of managing editor Peggy Middendorf, associate editor Kacey King, consulting editor (and noted prepress expert) Jake Widman, and art director Jaxon Cook.
"We're very pleased to have Greg Sharpless join our team," said Steve Duccilli, publisher of The Big Picture and three other ST Media Group titles. "The Big Picture speaks both to graphics producers such as commercial printers as well as production-minded artists working for ad agencies, design firms, and major corporations. He has extensive experience editing publications for both audiences, he has a very solid understanding of the digital-printing industry, and he'll bring a fresh perspective to The Big Picture."
"I'm excited to be working with The Big Picture," said Sharpless. "I'll be joining some talented people who have helped make it the best magazine out there covering digital print technologies. I'm also looking forward to covering in-depth this exciting marketplace, which I believe is on the verge of again doing some amazing things "? and I get to observe it first-hand."
The Big Picture, launched in 1997, covers the digital-printing process from start to finish, with comprehensive coverage of all of the technologies suggested by its tag line: "Capture, Process, Print, Display." The magazine features comprehensive technology updates, highlights creative applications in the field, provides proven business strategies for using the technology successfully, and goes beyond the press releases to provide depth and perspective in a rapidly changing industry. In 2004, the magazine's frequency will be increased to nine times per year, providing advertisers with additional opportunities for exposure and giving its readers more timely coverage from the publication they trust most "? confirmed repeatedly in market studies.