Derek May named president of Morris Publishing Group 4/19/16

Derek May has been named president of Morris Publishing Group, LLC. The announcement was made by William S. Morris IV, president and CEO of Morris Communications, LLC.

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GateHouse Media names Tom Clifford as VP of Center for News & Design 4/19/16

GateHouse Media recently named Tom Clifford as vice president of its Center for News & Design in Austin, Texas.

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Derek Dunn-Rankin, founder of Sun Coast Media Group, dies at 88 4/18/16

By Garry Overbey, deputy Charlotte editor, Charlotte Sun

Derek Dunn-Rankin, founder and chairman of the Sun Coast Media Group, which publishes the Sun newspapers, died this past weekend at his home in Venice (one day before his newspaper won its first Pulitzer). He was 88.

Derek Dunn-Rankin was a former SNPA director and trustee, the recipient of the Mayborn Leadership Award, and the father of current SNPA President David Dunn-Rankin.

The company Dunn-Rankin founded has grown to more than 350 employees, and now includes the daily Sun papers in Charlotte, Englewood and North Port, as well as publications in Venice and DeSoto, Highlands and Polk counties, along with printing facilities in Charlotte and Sarasota.

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Walker County native named publisher of Daily Mountain Eagle 4/15/16

James Phillips has been named as the next publisher of the Daily Mountain Eagle in Jasper, Ala.

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Michael Smith joins Aiken Standard newsroom as executive editor 4/13/16

Michael Smith, formerly with the Carolina Forest Chronicle, has joined the Aiken Standard newsroom as the new executive editor.

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Daily News publisher named regional president for Gannett in Florida 4/12/16

Naples Daily News Publisher Bill Barker has been named one of two regional presidents for Gannett Co. Inc. in Florida.

The announcement follows Gannett's purchase of Journal Media Group, which was headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis. Barker will oversee newspaper operations in the Florida Southwest division, while continuing his publisher duties in Naples.

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News & Observer publisher Orage Quarles III to retire 4/11/16

The McClatchy Company has announced that Orage Quarles III, president & publisher of The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., for the past 16 years, will retire on June 3. A search for his replacement has begun.

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Cultural Center honors David Dunn-Rankin 3/29/16

David Dunn-Rankin, president of Sun Coast Media Group and president of SNPA, will be recognized April 2 as the 2016 Cultural Center of Charlotte County Honoree for his extraordinary community outreach following Hurricane Charley in 2004 and for his continued efforts on behalf of the community.

"David is someone who has been a friend of the center and contributed to the betterment of Charlotte County," said Wayne Goff, Cultural Center board president. "He has been a champion for the community."

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NCPA/NCPS hires Phil Lucey as executive director 3/29/16

The board of directors of the North Carolina Press Association and North Carolina Press Services has hired a new executive director. Philip Lucey, currently the executive director at the New Mexico Press Association, has accepted an offer to begin working in N.C. beginning May 2.

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Miller steps down as Journal's managing editor 3/28/16

The opportunity to tackle the intersection of race, culture and sports on a national platform has persuaded John X. Miller to leave as managing editor of the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal.

Miller, who became the newspaper's first black managing editor in August 2013, begins his job in early April as senior editor for news for ESPN's The Undefeated website.

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