Short-term challenges, long-term goals 11/14/17

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

Carlene Cox says her NEX GEN experience was less structured than most because her mentor was in the same city. That made getting together easier, which became important when she changed jobs.

Cox, 34, was director of newsroom development at GateHouse Media in Austin, Texas, when she was accepted into SNPA's mentoring program. At the time, she knew a job change was possible within the GateHouse corporate structure, but the specifics were still being worked out.

Ultimately, she was named director of specialty content.

The year-long NEX GEN program offers newspaper professionals with executive potential the opportunity to develop their industry knowledge, analytical skills and aptitude for innovation.

Read about her NEX GEN experience.

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GateHouse Media launches national scholarship competition 11/14/17

GateHouse Media has launched a scholarship contest for college-bound students across the nation.

Students are asked to select either the word "impact," "trusted," "community" or "local" and submit an essay of up to 500 words explaining what the word means to them.

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Your opinion counts; please share your thoughts by Nov. 30 11/14/17

Florida International University is conducting a survey designed to examine the roles and status of communication professionals – the positions they hold, the role mentoring has played in their careers and their access to management opportunities.

This survey is being distributed to professionals who work for newspapers, magazines, online and broadcast journalism, advertising, and public relations.

The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete – but the results are important. We encourage your participation before the Nov. 30 deadline.

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Skive Folkeblad goes live on Newscycle ONSET digital content management platform 11/14/17

The Danish news media company Skive Folkeblad has implemented ONSET from Newscycle Solutions as part of its strategy to generate more page views and boost ad revenues.

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NEX GEN program helps Vic Bowers with job transition 11/6/17

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

Vic Bowers of The McClatchy Company says SNPA offered him practical application as opposed to theory during his 2016-17 NEX GEN year. "How to work in a changing environment. How to adapt. How to manage up as well as manage down."

The year-long NEX GEN program offers newspaper professionals with executive potential the opportunity to develop their industry knowledge, analytical skills and aptitude for innovation.

Bowers' assigned mentor was Nancy Solliday, vice president/advertising sales for The News-Press in Fort Myers, Fla.

Read about his NEX GEN experience.

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Three McClatchy newsrooms to join News Co/Lab Initiative 11/6/17

McClatchy has announced that three newsrooms will join an innovative initiative to strengthen news literacy, credibility and public trust.

The Telegraph, in Macon, Ga., and The Modesto Bee, in central valley California, will join The Kansas City Star as part of News Co/Lab, a collaborative project developed by Arizona State University's Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and supported by the Facebook Journalism Project and the News Integrity Initiative.

The three local newsrooms will launch a variety of experiments to improve the public's ability to understand how news works, build public trust in reporting, increase transparency in how news is produced, improve community engagement with newsrooms and gather feedback. The Cronkite School will track the success of these steps and share best practices and models that work.

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Boone affiliate acquires Stanly News & Press in N.C. 11/6/17

A newly formed affiliate of Boone Newspapers has acquired the Stanly News & Press in Albemarle, N.C., from Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., based in Montgomery, Ala.

The Stanly News & Press is published three days per week with circulation of approximately 5,000 on Tuesday and Thursday and 6,100 on Sunday.

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Courier-Times sold to Dunn Daily Record 11/6/17

Reprinted from The Daily Record

The Daily Record (Dunn, N.C.) has expanded its operation with the acquisition of The Courier-Times of Roxboro, one of North Carolina's leading community newspapers.

Daily Record publisher Bart Adams, along with Brent Adams and Maere Kay Lashmit, announced the purchase. Their father and mother, Hoover and Mellicent Adams, founded The Daily Record in 1950.

Brinn Clayton, Courier-Times publisher, and Bart Adams are longtime friends and that friendship played an important role in the sale.

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Adams Publishing Group acquires MessAge Media 11/6/17

Adams Publishing Group, LLC has acquired MessAge Media, Inc., a group of local community newspapers based in Aitkin and Isle, Minn.

MessAge Media publishes two locally edited weekly newspapers, The Mille Lacs Messenger and the Aitkin Independent Age. In addition the company publishes the weekly Bargain Hunter free distribution shopper, an eight-times-per-year Real Estate Guide, along with an annual Fun Guide, and various special pages and sections throughout the year.

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Cox Media Group announces plans to sell newspapers in Austin and Palm Beach 10/31/17

Cox Media Group has announced its plans to sell its Austin American-Statesman and related Texas community newspapers and the Palm Beach newspapers, including The Palm Beach Post and Palm Beach Daily News.

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