Jamila Kahlil Tops National Candidates to Become New Director of Advertising for the Colorado Springs Independent

Fran Zankowski, CEO of the Colorado Springs Independent, announced today that Jamila Khalil has been named Director of Advertising of The Independent as the Colorado Springs based alternative news weekly continues to flourish and grow its operation. In her new role, she will oversee all aspects of advertiser development, coaching and development for Colorado Springs Independent account executives. Additional changes to the management team were made as part of the papers’ strategic direction.

“Building upon a strong foundation with print news Jamila brings great creative instincts and considerable experience to her new role at The Independent. Her close relationships throughout the print news community and industry at large make her an ideal leader to drive advertiser growth for the Independent.” said Zankowski. “Jamila’s talent, energy, and commitment to delivering quality content will help us achieve our goals of producing and of delivering news you can’t get anywhere else and bringing the community together.”

“I am honored and thrilled to join a company with the history and tradition of The Independent,” said Khalil. “Working with the strong team that has been assembled under John & Fran’s leadership, I look forward to working with the papers’ impressive array of talented alternative thinkers to uphold the legacy and quality of The Independent and honor the spirit of our readers and advertisers.”

Jamila has more than 25 years sales and sales management experience.

Prior to joining The Independent, Khalil was Sales Manager of the Fayetteville Observer a privately held publication of the Fayetteville Publishing Co., Inc. a newspaper publisher in North Carolina. Khalil’s extensive sales management experience with alternatives and daily newspapers include, Anchorage Daily News, Los Angeles Daily News and the Investor’s Business Daily.

To further streamline daily operations of the Independent, Zankowski also announced today that 3-year Indy veteran Amanda Lundgren, will take on all aspects of distribution across 900+ locations, in addition to her on-going responsibilities under the title of Assistant Publisher. Lundgren will report directly to John Weiss, Publisher of the Colorado Springs Independent.

“I’m fortunate that I have been able to find talented people with passion for the Independent and our community,” said Zankowski.

In addition to the executive level changes, the Indy will also continue its growth and reorganization of the workforce at the Colorado Springs Independent.

“Our industry is evolving rapidly and in order to remain at its forefront, we are adapting our organization to be more agile, creative and responsive,” said Zankowski.

About The Colorado Springs Independent

The award-winning Colorado Springs Independent is the Pikes Peak region’s largest locally owned newspaper, with 125,000 regular readers. Every Thursday a new edition of the paper is available for free at nearly 900 locations around town or online every day at www.csindy.com. The Independent has a long history of delivering news you can’t get anywhere else and bringing the community together.

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Jack Ward
Director of Marketing & Promotions
(719) 577-4545

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