Joe Lanane’s career is rooted in community journalism, having worked for a variety of Midwest-area publications before landing south of the Mason-Dixon line in 2011 as the Stillwater News-Press news editor. He arrived at Community Impact Newspaper in 2012, gaining experience as editor of the company’s second-oldest publication in Leander/Cedar Park. He eventually became Central Austin editor, covering City Hall and the urban core of the city.
Lanane leveraged that experience to become Austin managing editor in 2016. He managed eight Central Texas editions from Georgetown to San Marcos. Working from company headquarters, Lanane also became heavily involved in enacting corporate-wide editorial improvements. In 2017, Lanane was promoted to executive editor, overseeing editorial operations throughout the company. The Illinois native received his bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and his journalism master’s degree from Ball State University.
1. The best advice he’d give to an aspiring journalist is …
“Community journalism remains this industry’s strongest and most fulfilling area of focus.”
2. What makes him passionate about his job …
“Knowing how much residents want to read the news we provide, making our effort all the more worthwhile.”
3. What inspires him …
“I’m inspired every day by the fact that I get to work at a thriving, family-owned print publication.”