Davis named BDN online editor

   William P. Davis of Veazie has been named online editor of the Bangor Daily News, and has begun his duties overseeing news content on bangordailynews.com, the paper’s website.
   Davis brings highly developed digital media skills and a love for journalism to the position. He replaces Eryk Salvaggio, who recently left the BDN to teach in Japan.
   “We need to make the site a lot smarter and really become a central access point for readers,” said Davis, who came to the BDN from the Kennebec Journal in Augusta, where he worked as a copy editor and helped oversee its website. “If there’s something about Maine they want to know — even if it’s not breaking news, if they want to go to dinner tonight — they should go to bangordailynews.com. That should be the first place they come to find a place to eat in our coverage area.”
   Davis will help coordinate the efforts of reporters, photographers, editors and contributors to ensure bangordailynews.com provides readers with up-to-the-minute news and the most useful information possible. He also will identify and produce multimedia projects and assist in developing strategies to grow audience through social networking and mobile applications.
   In addition to his work at the Kennebec Journal, Davis served as editor-in-chief for The Maine Campus, the newspaper at the University of Maine, also serving as production and design assistant and online editor. He previously worked at CoPress, a start-up company that provided media organizations with the resources needed to maintain a relevant and current website.
   Bangordailynews.com attracts 150,000 unique visitors a month. In 2008, it was named the best newspaper website in the region by the New England Newspaper Association.