Charlie Weaver – for more than 12 years, the design director and online and social media director for the Iowa State (University) Daily in Ames, Iowa — has been named president, publisher and CEO of Emerald Media Group at the University of Oregon.

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The announcement was made last Wednesday. Charlie replaces Ryan Frank, who will become political editor of the Las Vega Sun at the end of March.

The Emerald is perhaps one of the more interesting independent student operations out there — for a lot of reasons, but especially because it switched from a daily to a digital-first operation a year-and-half ago. The Emerald still publishes an “alt-weekly” print edition twice a week.

Designer-turned-editor-in-chief Andy Rossback — who had once interned at the Virginian-Pilot — kept us posted as the Emerald made all those changes:

  • May 23, 2012: Oregon student daily switching to biweekly, ‘alt-weekly’ format
  • Sept. 6, 2012: A look at the new twice-a-week Daily Emerald of the University of Oregon
  • Sept. 28, 2012: University of Oregon students ripped off by Yahoo News
  • Dec. 31, 2012: ‘Our goal is to redefine how college journalists cover football’
  • Jan. 3, 2013: Another bold move by the Daily Emerald: Replace its home page for a day-and-a-half

Charlie earned an associate’s degree in journalism from North Iowa Area Community College in 1999. He spent four-and-a-half years as art director of Dimensional Graphics and the Printing Office, doing everything from design to editing to running a press. He moved to Iowa State in 2001, serving as a designer and then design director of the Iowa State Daily, an independently-owned student publication

After his graduation in 2005, Charlie stayed on in his multi-platform role as part of the paper’s professional staff.

I was graphics editor of the Des Moines Register from 1999 to 2003. I spent many an afternoon in Ames, mentoring students and critiquing portfolios and editions of the Daily. I remember Charlie very well. He was brilliant as a student and he’s been brilliant as a professional. The Emerald couldn’t have made a better choice.

The Emerald‘s Sami Edge reports:

“Once you’ve participated in a college media organization it’s in your blood. It’s there for life,” Weaver said. It would take a lot to get me to even think about quitting my job at the Daily because I love the students, I love what I do and it’s a huge passion of mine. But this is an amazing opportunity that I really want to take a shot at.”

At the Emerald, he hopes to capitalize on opportunities presented by the Venture Department — the Emerald’s new creative funding agency — and help inspire innovative methods of improving the financial stability, breadth and impact of student journalism efforts.

Charlie will start in his new job no later than May 1, Sami reports.

Charlie describes himself as an “amateur chef” but a “professional nerd and geek.”

I’m also fairly certain he’s not related to this gentleman.

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That’s comedian Cliff Arquette, who performed country-type humor as a character called Charlie Weaver. Those of us who grew up in the 1960s and 1970s, remember him as the anchor in the center square on the game show Hollywood Squares.

Find the Daily/Emerald‘s Charlie Weaver here and his Twitter feed here.

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