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John Zappe, Former ERE Media Editor, Pulitzer Prize Nominee, and Recruitment Journalist, Useless at 70 – ERE


Editor’s be aware: I’m saddened to report the loss of life of a powerhouse recruiting editor and journalist. I first bought to know John Zappe once I contributed freelance articles to TLNT (ERE’s sister web site protecting all issues HR and expertise), the place he was editor. Some time later, once I grew to become editor of ERE, John grew to become my coworker.

Earlier than I joined ERE, and whereas he and I labored collectively, and properly after he moved on from ERE Media, John was a supply of integrity, kindness, and help for me. I’ve little doubt he was for a lot of others, too.

Beneath is an obituary penned by Peter Zollman, who knew John a lot better than I did and supplies an overarching view of John as an expert and as an individual.

Thanks, John, for all you’ve completed for me personally, and in your huge contribution to ERE. You may be missed.


John Zappe, an award-winning journalist who was twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and later helped Knight-Ridder, Belo Interactive, and the Los Angeles Newspaper Group develop main on-line media websites, died as we speak. He was 70 years outdated.

Zappe was recognized in November 2021 with a mind tumor. He underwent chemo and radiation earlier than dying peacefully at a care facility in Southern California. His loss of life was confirmed by his good friend and companion, Nancy Placek, who supported and took care of him in his remaining days.

Zappe labored with the AIM Group for a number of years starting in 2004, and “boomeranged” to function an AIM Group author and analyst once more starting in 2021.

He was a graduate of the Syracuse College School of Legislation with a J.D. He was additionally editor of the college’s newspaper, the Each day Orange, and served as an adjunct teacher within the Newhouse College of Communications. He selected to not change into a lawyer and as a substitute went into journalism.

He spent seven years on the Press-Telegram in Lengthy Seaside, Calif., the place he served as project editor, enterprise editor, investigative and particular tasks reporter, and later, metropolis editor, supervising a workers of 12. From there, he joined Knight-Ridder as a supervisor of recent media, main the staff that deliberate, constructed, and launched the corporate’s first newspaper web site in 1994. 

Later, at Belo Interactive, Zappe was director of recent media, with operational accountability for a multimillion-dollar internet-service supplier, together with an audio-text and internet-content operation. He additionally led an internet advertising-sales program.

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Zappe served as vice chairman of recent media for nearly three years for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group, with a workers of 23 and annual income of $5.2 million with a 35% margin.

In 2004, he joined the AIM Group, which then revealed Labeled Intelligence Report, specializing in categorised promoting on-line. He wrote about recruitment and native seek for the report and in addition served as a marketing consultant for a number of AIM Group purchasers, coaching groups in on-line gross sales and specializing in advert income development.

After the AIM Group, Zappe joined ERE Media, the place he edited TLNT and the Fordyce Letter, “the voice of the skilled government recruiter.” He additionally wrote greater than 2,000 articles about recruitment for ERE and its sister websites, earlier than rejoining the AIM Group in early 2021. Zappe additionally labored as a contract author for various firms, together with a playground tools supplier.

Along with his work in journalism, Zappe’s ardour was coaching canine and competing with them in agility trials. He traveled all through the western U.S. along with his canine, most lately Batman and Zuma, and was a part of the dog-agility neighborhood in southern California.

Zappe lived most lately in Lengthy Seaside, Calif., however was a local of the Bronx, N.Y. He attended Rhinebeck Junior and Senior Excessive Faculties, and earned a bachelor’s diploma in political science from Marist School in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Along with Placek, he’s survived by Batman, Zuma, and two giant communities of buddies from the journalism and dog-agility worlds.

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