A. H. Belo Corporation announces private stock transaction 5/6/19

A. H. Belo Corporation has announced that the company's chief executive officer, Robert W. Decherd, purchased 143,419 shares of A. H. Belo common stock in a private transaction on Friday, May 3. Decherd purchased 100,000 Series B shares at $5 each and 43,419 Series A shares at $4 each.

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Walter E. Hussman Jr. is determined to save the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, one iPad at a time 5/6/19

By Rachel O'Neal, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Walter E. Hussman Jr. is banking on technology to save the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

The newspaper publisher has bought thousands of iPads to give to subscribers in parts of the state who no longer receive print editions of the Democrat-Gazette. Some of those subscribers still receive the printed edition of the Sunday newspaper.

The efforts come as Hussman is being celebrated Thursday as the Arkansan of the Year by Easterseals Arkansas. And Hussman is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Arkansas Gazette.

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Tampa Bay Times delivering magazines through Doorfront Direct 5/6/19

Reprinted from News & Tech

The Tampa Bay Times is now delivering national monthly magazines in the Tampa-St. Petersburg market through the Doorfront Direct network.

"Delivering monthly magazines broadens the services we offer and adds a new revenue source for our delivery organization," said Ben Hayes, director of operations for The Tampa Bay Times.

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Northeast Alabama newspaper cluster sold 5/1/19

For the first time in more than 60 years, The Times-Journal of Fort Payne, Ala., has new ownership.

Patrick Graham, who previously served as the managing editor of The Times-Journal from 1996 to 2000, has purchased the newspaper and its related products from the Walls Family and Southern Newspapers, Inc. of Houston, Texas. Southern, which continues to own and operate 12 newspapers in Texas and Oklahoma, had owned The Times-Journal since 1956.

In addition, Graham acquired The Jackson County Sentinel in Scottsboro and The Sand Mountain Reporter in Albertville, sister papers to The Times-Journal, from Southern as part of the same purchase agreement.

Cribb, Greene & Cope, under the direction of John Cribb and Senior Associate Jeffrey Potts, represented the seller in the transaction.

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Rochester Sentinel changes hands: Paxton Media Group acquires daily 5/1/19

Rochester Sentinel owner and publisher Sarah O. Wilson has announced the sale of the Indiana paper to the Paxton Media Group. Cribb, Greene & Cope represented the Wilson family in the sale.

The sale was effective Wednesday, May 1. A price was not disclosed.

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Newscycle Solutions announces its new brand identity as Naviga 4/30/19

Newscycle Solutions has announced a comprehensive rebrand, changing its name to Naviga. The rebrand includes a new company identity, logo, visual design, website and mission. With its "Venture Forward" tagline, the name Naviga reinforces a commitment to partnering with global customers to move toward digital expansion and success in rapidly shifting markets. The rebranding also reflects the company's recent growth and vision for the future.

"Over the six years since our company was formed, the industries we serve have evolved dramatically," said Naviga CEO Scott Roessler. "To keep pace with this transformation, we have also evolved, expanding our solution suite through numerous acquisitions and strategic initiatives. Our new company identity reinforces our continued focus on accelerating progress so our customers can focus on growing their businesses."

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AP joins global initiative to expand reporting on religion 4/30/19

The Associated Press is joining with the Religion News Service and the nonprofit publisher The Conversation to form a global initiative to expand news reporting on religion in the United States and around the world.

The collaboration is being funded by an 18-month, $4.9 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to the Religion News Service's parent organization, the nonprofit Religion News Foundation. The grant represents one of the biggest investments in religion news coverage in decades.

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University of Florida announces $25,000 Collier Prize for State Government Accountability 4/29/19

The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications has announced the creation of The Collier Prize for State Government Accountability, a prize that will be awarded annually at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner starting in 2020.

The $25,000 prize, one of the largest journalism prizes in the nation, is designed to encourage coverage of state government, focusing on investigative and political reporting.

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Stillwater News Press photographer wins national sports picture award 4/29/19

The Society of Professional Journalists has awarded its top sports photography award for 2018 to David Bitton of the Stillwater (Okla.) News Press. The Stillwater News Press is a CNHI newspaper.

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Growing circulation and audience starts and ends in the newsroom 4/23/19

By Cindy Durham, SNPA
The newsroom plays a key element in any newspaper's circulation and audience development goals, industry leaders told members of SNPA's NEX GEN Class during a video conference call last week.

Executives who addressed this month's topic were:
  • Jeff DeLoach, president of the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
  • David Kirkman, vice president of audience services, Richmond Times-Dispatch.
  • Mark Adams, audience acquisition and retention manager, The Post and Courier, Charleston, S.C. Adams also is a member of the NEX GEN Class of 2018-19.
Among the key takeaways shared with the group:
  • Retaining current subscribers is much more efficient than acquiring new ones.
  • Utilizing value-selling techniques with each subscriber touch point is critical – especially with incoming calls.
  • Reader revenue, both print and digital, has growing importance for future financial health, not only audience needs.
  • Traditional sales channels will remain important, enhanced with innovative digital marketing (email and social media).
  • Market audience leadership through quality content is essential.
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