New association launches today;
SNPA-Inland merger is complete
10/1/19

A new association formed by the consolidation of SNPA and the Inland Press Association was officially launched today. The name of the new association will be announced on Oct. 6 at the association's first annual meeting in Chicago.

Edward VanHorn, SNPA's executive director, said that the merger unites two of the country's oldest press associations into a progressive new organization that will use its bigger and more powerful voice to be an unapologetic advocate for newspapers.

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What's next ... now that the merger has taken place? 10/1/19

On Sunday, we'll announce the name of the new association at the Annual Meeting. On Monday, we'll launch the beginnings of a new website, send a new newsletter to you next Tuesday and start rolling out promotional materials for the new association.

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Gannett, GateHouse Media merger clears antitrust review 10/1/19

Federal regulators have cleared the way for a proposed $1.4 billion merger between newspaper giants Gannett and GateHouse Media.

The merger has passed an antitrust review by the U.S. Department of Justice, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Carmage Walls Commentary Prize honors courageous editorial writing 10/1/19

Editorial page editors and writers from The Advocate in Baton Rouge, La., and Roanoke, Va., are the recipients of the 2019 Carmage Walls Commentary Prize – in recognition of courageous and constructive editorial commentary.

The Advocate's Danny Heitman, editorial page editor/columnist, and Lanny Keller, editorial writer, placed first among newspapers with circulations over 50,000 circulation.

Dwayne Yancey, editorial page editor of The Roanoke Times, placed first among newspapers under 50,000.

Second-place honors go to Howard Goodman, editorial writer for The Palm Beach Post, and Chris Cobler, editor and publisher of the Victoria Advocate.

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SNPA's staunchest advocate honored for 43 years of service 10/1/19

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

Edward VanHorn, who went to work for SNPA 43 years ago straight out of the University of North Carolina, will be honored at next week's SNPA-Inland Annual Meeting as this year's recipient of the Frank W. Mayborn Leadership Award. The award is named for the Texas newspaperman who helped shape SNPA in the early 1950s and served as president from 1961 to 1962.

"He's been that silent leader behind the newspaper industry and SNPA," said SNPA President PJ Browning, president and publisher of The Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C. "We're honored to have the opportunity to give him this award as he's retiring. We thought it was very fitting."

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What is the status of the SNPA and Inland foundations? 10/1/19

Both the SNPA Foundation and the Inland Press Foundation remain separate from the new association. Each foundation has its own set of independently-elected trustees, who will continue to oversee their respective endowment funds, investments and spending policies.

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University of Florida launches $25,000 Collier Prize for State Government Accountability 9/30/19

The Collier Prize for State Government Accountability is now accepting entries for the $25,000 prize, one of the largest journalism prizes in the nation. Information about the prize and how to submit entries is available on the Collier Prize site.

The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications announced the creation of the prize last April. It is designed to encourage coverage of state government, focusing on investigative and political reporting, and will be awarded annually at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner starting in 2020.

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Our mission is delivering the facts honestly, fairly and without bias 9/30/19

On Sunday, The Mercury of Manhattan, Kan., reprinted the statement of values that is published daily on page 2 in all 10 of the daily newspapers owned by WEHCO Media. In doing so, the newspaper promised its readers that it also is committed to the values held by Walter E. Hussman Jr. and that it will attempt "to live by this statement, day after day, regardless of the form our journalistic work takes."

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Waycross Journal-Herald ceases publication 9/30/19

The 105-year-old Waycross (Ga.) Journal-Herald published its last edition on Monday.

Roger Williams, whose family has owned the newspaper since his grandfather, Jack Williams Sr., bought it in 1916, said his brother, sister and other stockholders had no choice other than to exhaust their personal funds to continue publication.

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Joyce McCullough honored with Carlsen Distinguished Service Award 9/30/19

When Joyce McCullough was told she would be the recipient of the 2019 Ray Carlsen Distinguished Service Award, her first reaction was, wait, me?

"I was really surprised," she said from her office in LaSalle, Ill. "There are so many people I know at Inland who do much more than I do."

Inside Inland that is strictly one woman's opinion.

McCullough will be honored with the Ray Carlsen Distinguished Service Award on Oct. 7 in Chicago during the first Annual Meeting of Inland and SNPA as a new merged association.

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