Refurbished newspaper machines get new lives as libraries for Children's patients 1/22/19

Former newspaper machines are now putting the written word in the hands of a new generation of readers, thanks to the efforts of John Moak Scarbrough of Jackson.

This past summer, the Jackson Academy freshman began working on a community service project, a requirement for Eagle Scout hopefuls. He wanted to work on a project that would last and have a real impact on his community. His family's support of Friends of Children's Hospital - father John Scarbrough is treasurer for the nonprofit - brought him to tour Batson Children's Hospital at the University of Mississippi Medical Center to look for ways to help.

Fast forward to December, and John Moak and his Eagle Scout father were delivering six newspaper vending machines, donated by The Clarion-Ledger, that they had refurbished into Little Free Libraries.

The machines, now coated with a shiny new paint job, don't require coins, and their doors no longer have springs, so little fingers won't get pinched. They're being placed around the children's hospital's outpatient waiting areas, including the lobby, Eli Manning Clinics for Children, the Center for Maternal and Fetal Care, the neonatal intensive care unit waiting area, pediatric X-ray and Children's Rehabilitative Services.

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Generating excitement among readers and advertisers 10/30/18

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

Generations is an 8 ½ by 11 glossy magazine that is intended to look like a magazine, not like part of a newspaper, says Brenda Bennett, regional sales manager for the SCNI newspapers in Conyers, Covington, McDonough, Jackson and Jonesboro, Ga. "I think the key to the success of the book is that we're reaching outside of our media markets and looking for stories and travel ideas and food, and it also helps to have a major retailer in the mix."

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Offill named group publisher of Jacksonville, Daytona and St. Augustine newspapers 9/11/18

Daytona Beach News-Journal publisher Bill Offill has been promoted to the position of group publisher for three GateHouse Media newspapers in Florida, the company announced Friday.

Offill will now serve as publisher of the Times-Union, the St. Augustine Record and The News-Journal.

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Times-Union newsroom staff votes to unionize 7/23/18

Reprinted from The Times-Union, Jacksonville, Fla.

Journalists at The Florida Times-Union voted Thursday to form a union, becoming the third newspaper in Florida to take that step.

The NewsGuild-CWA will represent all of the newsroom's reporters, copy editors, photographers and digital producers. The vote, held under the supervision of the National Labor Relations Board, authorizes the union to begin contract negotiations with the Times-Union's parent company, GateHouse Media, on employees' behalf.

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Florida Times-Union staff take step toward unionization 6/26/18

Reprinted from News&Tech

Journalists who work as reporters, photographers, copy editors and desk editors in the The Florida Times-Union newsroom in Jacksonville have signed cards stating that they want to be represented by The NewsGuild-CWA, the guild announced.

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Mienk promoted to publisher of two East Texas newspapers 2/12/18

Jake Mienk, publisher of the Palestine Herald-Press and Corsicana Daily Sun, has expanded his publisher responsibilities to two additional Texas papers: The Huntsville Item and the Jacksonville Progress.

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Edwards leaving job as president of 2 Mississippi newspapers 1/9/18

From The Associated Press

The president of two newspapers in Mississippi is stepping down from the job.

The Clarion Ledger reported that Nathan Edwards announced his resignation from there and Hattiesburg American. Both papers are owned by Gannett Co. Inc., a media company based in Virginia. He leaves Jan. 12, and is moving to be closer to his extended family. He is going to North Carolina to oversee regional promotion efforts for GateHouse Media.

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Reorganization combines New Bern, Kinston newsrooms 7/11/17

By GateHouse Media (reprinted from the Sun Journal of New Bern)

Sister newspapers in Eastern North Carolina are reorganizing their newsroom structures in a push to enhance local coverage on digital news platforms.

Newspapers primarily affected by the reorganization are the Sun Journal of New Bern and The Free Press of Kinston. The Daily News of Jacksonville is included in the reorganization, while additional resources will be provided by the StarNews in Wilmington.

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In Jacksonville, a new business model for the local editorial voice 6/27/17

By Steve Gray, vice president of strategy and innovation, Morris Communications

Can a strong editorial voice become the center of a new local business model?

Yes, it can.

It's happening right now in Jacksonville, Fla., where Mark Nusbaum, publisher of The Florida Times-Union, has launched a new magazine with the mission of reviving the flagging downtown.

This is local advocacy journalism of a high order – an extension of The Times-Union's editorial page. And Mark and company have crafted a unique business model around it by recruiting 20 leaders of key institutions as premier partners/sponsors in support of the crusade.

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Mike Jung named new president in Memphis and Jackson, Tenn. 5/30/17

Michael Jung, president of The News-Press Media Group in Fort Myers, Fla., has been named president of The Commercial Appeal (Memphis) and The Jackson Sun.

Jung, 59, a more than 30-year industry veteran, has been the interim president at The Commercial Appeal for two months. He succeeds George Cogswell, who retired in January after five years as CA president.

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