Last-minute deal: Three holiday sections for $100 total 11/13/18

GateHouse Media has a special last-minute deal for SNPA members. Only $100 for all three of its top-quality special holiday sections: Gift Guide, Cookbook and Entertaining, and Holiday songbook

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North Carolina paper sells ads for elementary school folders 11/13/18

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

When elementary school children in Wilson, N.C., go home with communications folders for their parents, so do ads from The Wilson Times.

"Our advertisers love it, because it's not very often that we can give them an opportunity for something that will last so long. We give them visibility throughout the school year," said Shana Hoover, director of sales and marketing for The Times.

The promotion is in its second school year and was presented at a recent SNPA P2P video conference. The ad space sold out in a week, generating $6,455.

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Report for America announces initiative to place local reporters in California newsrooms 11/6/18

Building on the success of its first year, Report for America is launching an initiative to address the proliferation of news deserts in California with the goal of placing 10 reporters into local newsrooms in 2019 and 20 in 2020.

News deserts are spreading in the state – leaving millions of Californians without basic information and accountability reporting. Since 2004, 73 newspapers have closed in the state, according to a report released by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Report for America currently has 13 reporters in Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, New Mexico, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Texas and West Virginia. In 2019, they will place 28 reporters nationwide, with a goal of 1,000 reporters by 2023. The program pays for half of each reporter's salary and the remainder is covered by the local newsroom and local donors.

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News-Argus sold to Paxton Media Group 11/1/18

By Duke Conover, editor, Goldsboro News-Argus

Paxton Media Group has announced the purchase of the Goldsboro (N.C.) News-Argus from Wayne Printing Company.

Dirks, Van Essen, Murray & April, a media merger and acquisition firm based in Santa Fe, N.M., represented Wayne Printing Co. in the transaction. Terms were not disclosed.

Paxton Media, a family-owned company headquartered in Paducah, Ky., owns more than 35 daily newspapers, a television station and numerous weekly publications across Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee. Fourth- and fifth-generation family members manage Paxton Media.

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Kid Scoop team wins international education award 10/30/18

A project created by the Kid Scoop creative team for the United States Golf Association Museum won a 2018 ISHY for excellence in educational programming.

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After 44 years, Continental Features to shut down 10/30/18

Richard Rae, CEO of Rae Media Services Inc., dba Continental Features, announced that the company, operated with his wife, Penny, is dissolving at the end of December.

The company began in the early 1960s when several Southeastern newspapers in the U.S. banded together to obtain and print Sunday feature comics for their newspapers. Rae said, "Large metropolitan newspapers boasting statewide coverage had agreements with the leading syndicates that effectively blocked some smaller newspapers in Southeastern states from obtaining those comic strip features. Just a few of the original founders had the needed press equipment to print process color and by banding together to form their own features company, the founders felt that they would have access to process color capability as well as collectively have sufficient clout to circumvent the actions of the syndicates."

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McClatchy adds three ReadyCam Studios in newsrooms for Election Day 2018 10/23/18

With Election Day 2018 just two weeks away, McClatchy is making its journalists more accessible than ever to media outlets across the country. Three McClatchy newsrooms are now equipped with VideoLink's ReadyCam television studio systems. Leading journalists based at the Miami Herald, The Sacramento Bee and McClatchy's Washington bureau are now available for interviews to provide regional and national media outlets with on-camera insight and analysis for some of this election year's most high-stakes races.

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RTD Public Square 75: Readers' Hopes for Greater Richmond 10/23/18

Over the summer, the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch asked readers to share their hopes for the local community – and readers responded with aspirational and thoughtful ideas for Richmond's future.

At the paper's 75th RTD Public Square, the staff will share readers' collected hopes along with survey results from research they conducted on the same topic. "We're excited about the results, and we think that some of the ideas might surprise you," the paper notes in its promotion of this special event.

This will be the Richmond Times-Dispatch's 75th installment of RTD Public Square.

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McClatchy president and CEO describes independent press as patriotic not political 10/16/18

In a speech Oct. 15 to students at University of the South, McClatchy President and CEO Craig Forman criticized the term "fake news" and championed the importance of local news. He also described a free press as one that shines light in dark corners and sometimes makes people uncomfortable.

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Oak Island woman wins $10,000 in GateHouse Media sweepstakes 10/16/18

By Allison Ballard, StarNews Staff

Melissa Girard said she often ignores similar emails. But she didn't ignore this one.

The GateHouse Media Blockbuster Bucket List Sweepstakes was offering the chance to win everything from a luxurious getaway to $10,000 in cash. So she clicked and she entered. Again and again.

For more than a week, the Oak Island resident had her eye on that $10,000 prize. On Oct. 1, she learned that she won.

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