New Times Record publisher pushes community journalism 8/2/16

Crystal Costa, former advertising and marketing director for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Fayetteville), took the helm of the Southwest Times Record in Fort Smith, Ark., in July. She is the first woman to hold the distinction in the publication's 132-year history. Tom Stallbaumer's last day as publisher was June 6 after three years on the job.

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Hometown publisher 8/2/16

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

James Phillips is back at the Daily Mountain Eagle in Jasper, Ala., for the third time. This time he's the publisher, a publisher who covers news stories, ramps up the paper's social media presence and thinks up promotions.

A native of Walker County in coal country northwest of Birmingham, Phillips, 38, started out as a football stringer out of high school and later served as managing editor. He's been back in town for a couple of months.

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Robert Gruber named publisher of The Fayetteville Observer 8/1/16

Robert Gruber has been named publisher for new GateHouse Media acquisition The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer, as well as several military newspapers and niche products, the IWANNA classified shoppers, and the Observer's regional commercial printing operations.

Previously, Gruber was publisher of the Star News in Wilmington, N.C. In January 2015, GateHouse Media purchased the Star News along with 13 other regional newspapers.

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Ed Graves named senior group publisher 8/1/16

GateHouse Media, the owners of The Pine Bluff (Ark.) Commercial and The White Hall Journal, has named Ed Graves as the new senior group publisher.

Graves, who will be based in Pine Bluff, replaces Byron Tate of The Commercial and Shane Allen of The Journal. Tate and Allen are no longer with the company.

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Lior Yahalomi appointed Civitas Media CEO 8/1/16

Civitas Media, a publisher of more than 100 community newspapers in 12 states, has appointed Lior Yahalomi, a board member and prior president of Civitas, as CEO. Yahalomi replaces Ralph Martin, who stepped down.

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Cornwell retires, new publisher named in Clute, Texas 7/27/16

Bill Cornwell has retired as editor and publisher of The Facts in Clute, Texas. He has been succeeded as publisher by current Facts Editor Yvonne Mintz.

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Konrad LaPrade named regional ad director 7/27/16

Konrad LaPrade has been named regional advertising director of four GateHouse Media properties in Western North Carolina and South Carolina. LaPrade will lead the advertising departments of the Herald-Journal (Spartanburg, S.C.), the Hendersonville (N.C.) Times-News, the Gastonia (N.C.) Gazette and the Shelby (N.C.) Daily Star.

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John M. Jones III, longtime Sun publisher, dies at 101 7/26/16

Reprinted from The Greeneville Sun

John M. Jones III, 101, longtime publisher of The Greeneville (Tenn.) Sun and a major force in local economic development and civic life from the late 1940s to the late 1990s, died peacefully Tuesday afternoon, July 26, surrounded by family.

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AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll to step down at year's end 7/25/16

Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll has decided to leave The Associated Press at the end of the year.

A search for the next executive editor will begin immediately, starting with the strong talent at AP. A successor is expected to be in place by Jan. 1, 2017.

Carroll, who has led AP's global news operations for 14 years, is announcing her decision now to offer sufficient time for that search.

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Jeff Gauger named editor of The Times in Shreveport 7/19/16

Former Greensboro (N.C.) editor and publisher Jeff Gauger has been named executive editor of The Times in Shreveport, La., according to Times president Alan English.

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