Dallas Morning News wins national award for coverage of police ambush 6/27/17

The Dallas Morning News has been awarded a national Edward R. Murrow Award for its breaking news coverage of last year's deadly police ambush in Dallas. The entry showcases the bravery and diligent work of the journalism team, both those in the newsroom and those on the streets when the shooting took place.

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Brainworks announces new Paywall/Day Pass functionality 6/20/17

Brainworks has announced a new expanded functionality to its paywall module. The Day Pass will allow media companies the flexibility of charging for their content on a daily basis while also providing non-subscribers the opportunity to consume editorial when convenient for the reader. The Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C., is the initial development partner for this new technology and has gone live with the Day Pass.

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Phillips Media acquires Sedalia Democrat 6/20/17

Phillips Media Group has acquired the daily Sedalia (Mo.) Democrat from North Carolina-based Civitas Media.

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Champion Media acquires N.C. and S.C. assets of Civitas Media 6/20/17

Champion Media LLC has acquired the North Carolina and South Carolina print, digital and local assets of Civitas Media LLC. The acquisition includes five daily newspapers and 17 weekly newspapers.

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Lee Enterprises to buy Dispatch-Argus of Moline/Rock Island 6/20/17

Lee Enterprises, Incorporated has announced an agreement to purchase the assets of The Dispatch-Argus, including QCOnline.com and related publications serving Moline, Rock Island and dozens of other communities in western Illinois.

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McClatchy to sell a majority of its 15% ownership in CareerBuilder 6/20/17

McClatchy has entered into an agreement along with other owners – TEGNA Inc., the controlling shareholder owning 53 percent of CareerBuilder, LLC, and Tribune Media Company – to sell CareerBuilder to an investor group.

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Tomorrow is nomination deadline for mentor program 6/20/17

Don't forget to nominate your "rising star" to participate in the 2017-18 SNPA NEX GEN mentor program by tomorrow, July 14.

This year-long program offers newspaper professionals with executive potential the opportunity to develop their industry knowledge, analytical skills and aptitude for innovation.

Each of the eight selected protégés is paired one-on-one with one of the brightest talents in the newspaper industry. The pool of NEX GEN mentors includes publishers, CEOs and executives from marketing/advertising, circulation, production and digital operations.

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Capturing emotion in your photos 6/20/17

By Lara Strydom, SNPA intern
They say a picture says a thousand words. And that is ultimately the challenge with photojournalism: finding a picture that can tell the story before the audience even reads the article. Thus, capturing the true emotion behind a photo is an essential part of telling the story, according to two-time SNPA Photo contest winner, Stephen Thornton. He is a former photographer for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock.

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"One of my great college professors said it this way, 'Don't show me what somebody does, but show me how somebody feels about what they do.' That's kind of my mantra," Thornton said. "I don't want to show people building a garden, I want to show how people feel building the garden. I want to try to convey their thoughts and emotion, their mental drive about their project. I want to show that visually."

But finding the emotion that conveys the true depths of a story is not always easy. One of the greatest obstacles photojournalists face is creating photos that don't look posed. The key to avoiding that and creating a natural feel lies in making sure that the subject is able to feel comfortable.

"At some point they'll trust you to be in the room, and long enough to where they forget that you're there," Thornton said. "That's always a magical moment for me: when I realize that nobody is attending to the big city newspaper photographer anymore, but they're just going on about their life." MORE

HD Media acquires West Virginia Group from Civitas Media 6/19/17

HD Media has acquired four West Virginia newspapers from North Carolina-based Civitas Media. The newspapers and their related websites include the Logan Banner, Williamson Daily News, Coal Valley News and The Pineville Independent Herald.

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AIM Media Midwest acquires publishing and commercial printing assets in Ohio 6/13/17

AIM Media Midwest LLC has acquired the Ohio print and online newspaper publishing assets and the commercial printing assets of Civitas Media LLC. Civitas, headquartered in Davidson, N.C., is a portfolio company of Philadelphia-based private equity investment firm Versa Capital Management LLC.

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