Even Chris Juzwik has to chuckle a bit about his new job title: community builder. "It does sound like I have a tool belt on and construct houses."
After nearly 12 years as features editor of the Wisconsin State Journal, Juzwik recently accepted a new role. He's working for the paper's owner, Capital Newspapers, to build up its community of website users.
"Ostensibly my goal is to connect people with similar interests via Madison.com and keep them coming back to the site," says Juzwik. He'll serve as a kind of "party host" for site visitors who may be interested in particular content, analysis, advertising or contests.
"It's a whole new world for me," says Juzwik, who was eager to try something new. He's being replaced as features editor by Katie Dean, formerly with The Capital Times. In the ongoing game of musical chairs at Cap News, Dean and others (including Samara Kalk Derby) recently moved to the State Journal side.
Call it community rebuilding.