Santana Wood named managing editor 9/23/19

Santana Wood has been named managing editor for Tallapoosa Publishers Inc. newspapers.


Oxford Newsmedia announces new publisher hire 9/9/19

Rebecca Alexander, the publisher of Summerville Communications Inc. and 11-year veteran of its parent company, Evening Post Industries, has been named publisher of Oxford Newsmedia, LLC, Batesville Newsmedia, LLC and related products including The Panolian in Batesville, The Oxford Eagle and Oxford Magazine.


Wigfield named managing editor of Alabama daily 11/27/18

Veteran journalist Jimmy Wigfield, who has 43 years of experience at newspapers in Alabama, has been named the managing editor of The Alexander City Outlook and its affiliated weekly newspapers owned by Tallapoosa Publishers, Inc.


CNHI promotes two senior executives 9/10/18

CNHI, LLC has promoted Greg Maibach to senior vice president, chief revenue officer, and Terrence Alexander to senior vice president for human resources, the company has announced.

Donna Barrett, CNHI's president and CEO, said the promotions are in line with superior performance by Maibach and Alexander, and will strengthen the company's senior management team.


Outlook editor Mitch Sneed dies at 57 7/2/18

Mitch Sneed, editor of The Outlook in Alexander City, Ala., died Sunday night after succumbing to injuries he faced following a car accident Saturday morning.


What a daily newspaper and its parent company are learning as staff experiment with Amazon Alexa 7/24/17

By Jennifer Nelson, Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute

Although news stories can be fed automatically from a CMS to Alexa-equipped devices like the Amazon Echo, Christopher Biondi, senior director of digital development at GateHouse Media, believes tailoring the content to the new platform is the best way to provide a good listening experience.

This is just one takeaway GateHouse newspaper leaders are learning as they try out the voice assistant technology. The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch is one of the newspapers hand-picking its content.


Journalists, let's create stories for Alexa 6/6/17

"Alexa, tell me how to make chilaquiles."

This was one of the conversational commands University of Southern California journalism students programmed when creating a new skill for the Amazon Echo device that uses Alexa voice-powered technology. Chilaquiles is a Mexican dish made with corn tortillas and chili sauce, but this story wasn't just about a recipe.

The students put themselves in the place of their users and thought Amazon Echo would be an interesting device to experiment with.

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