Keeping things in perspective 1/3/17

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

One of the benefits of the NEX GEN program for Bobby Youngs was learning more about the basics of newspaper publishing and how other newspapers operate. He said his mentor, Steve Dorsey, vice present/innovation and planning at the Austin American-Statesman, "exposed me to other aspects of the industry that I don't know if I would have gotten so quickly."

Read about his NEX GEN experience.

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AP names new White House team 1/2/17

To chronicle the unprecedented level of policy and political change that comes with the incoming Trump administration, The Associated Press is enhancing its White House reporting team. Reporters in Washington and elsewhere will provide comprehensive, cutting-edge coverage as the new administration dives into its first 100 days.

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McClatchy acquires The (Durham, NC) Herald-Sun from Paxton Media Group 1/2/17

McClatchy has acquired the assets and operations of The Herald-Sun in Durham, N.C., including related digital assets, from the Paducah, Kentucky-based Paxton Media Group, which has owned the publication since 2004. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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What's your idea? Apply now for 2017-2018 RJI Fellowships 12/20/16

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute invites proposals from people and institutions to collaborate with it on innovative ideas and projects to improve the practice or understanding of journalism. Special consideration is being given this year to ideas and projects focused on solving problems created by filter bubbles, fake news and mistrust of the news media; however, they also invite submission of other ideas and projects that could strengthen democracy through better journalism.

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Public notice bill stalls in New Jersey 12/20/16

NJ.com reported Monday, Dec. 19, that a vote has been postponed on a bill to end the state's requirement that businesses and local governments place legal ads in newspapers and allow them to post the notices online.

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NEWSCYCLE Solutions launches new mobile flash briefings for Amazon Echo, Tap and Dot 12/13/16

NEWSCYCLE Solutions announces the release of a new mobile software platform that allows media companies to produce flash briefings on Amazon Alexa-powered smart speaker devices. Flash briefings are quick overviews of news updates, breaking stories and other customizable content that Amazon Alexa can read to users.

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Update on overtime rule 12/13/16

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

The Department of Labor has appealed the nationwide preliminary injunction that halted the planned Dec. 1 implementation date of the overtime rule. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit will hear the appeal on an expedited basis. Briefing of the issue will be complete by Jan. 31 – 11 days after the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

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New Media completes the acquisition of Harris Enterprises 12/6/16

New Media Investment Group Inc. has completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Harris Enterprises Inc.

Dirks, Van Essen & Murray, a merger and acquisition firm based in Santa Fe, N.M., represented Harris Enterprises in the sale.

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Three Iowa daily newspapers sell to Cedar Rapids Media Company 12/6/16

Cedar Rapids Media Company has purchased the assets of three Iowa daily newspapers including The Fairfield Ledger, Mount Pleasant News and Washington Evening Journal from the Murray family, according to Managing Director John Cribb of Cribb, Greene & Cope who represented the Murray family in the transaction.

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Two Arkansas newspapers sold 12/6/16

Argent Arkansas News Media has purchased the Forrest City Times-Herald and the Marianna Courier-Index from Weston and Kevin Lewey, according to Randy Cope of Cribb, Greene & Cope, who represented Times-Herald Publishing Company, Inc. in the transaction.

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