Missouri School of Journalism launches new investigative fellowship program to support authors 7/29/19

The Missouri School of Journalism is launching a groundbreaking fellowship program to support authors as they write in-depth print journalism projects, while also training future generations of investigative reporters.

The Watchdog Writers Group will provide stipends to authors as they work on a book that focuses on vitally important social issues. Additionally, Missouri School of Journalism students will work directly with the authors through graduate assistantships or as part of their coursework.

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Family-owned newspapers in Ohio sold to West Virginia firm 7/24/19

By The Associated Press

A newspaper that has operated under the same family for 150 years in Ohio has been sold to Wheeling, West Virginia-based Ogden Newspapers.

Ogden is buying the Sandusky Register along with the Norwalk Reflector from Sandusky Newspapers Inc.

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Fenice Community Media acquires The Katy Times 7/24/19

The Katy Times is continuing to publish, thanks to a deal negotiated between Fenice Community Media and Hartman Newspapers, Inc.

The announcement was made July 23 by Fenice Community Media Founder and Chairwoman Brandi Chionsini.

Hartman Newspapers Inc., which has owned the Times since 1973, announced earlier in July that it planned to cease publishing the print edition of the newspaper. Hartman has sold its interest in The Katy Times to Chionsini Children Ltd. Chionsini Children is managed by Cedar Park-based Fenice Community Media.

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Aiken Standard: Still growing and building for the future 7/24/19

The Aiken (S.C.) Standard is in the process of deconstructing its 34-year-old printing press and clearing space in the pressroom for a more powerful and faster printing press.

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Newspaper's redesign includes five-column layout for news, advertising 7/23/19

The Taos (N.M.) News switched to a five-column format as part of a redesign with Creative Circle that launched July 18.

"The Taos News is one of the best weekly papers in the United States," said Bill Ostendorf, president and founder of Creative Circle Media Solutions. "But their owner, Robin Martin, knew they could be even better and asked us to help them take their work up a notch."

Key elements of the redesign were to improve headlines, introduce alternative story forms, make content more relevant to readers, improve the layout and organization of the paper and make better use of their staff photographer (yes, they still have a staff photographer, and a good one). "We also worked on better planning and handling of deadlines," Ostendorf said.

But one of the biggest and most obvious changes was a switch to a five-column grid for both news and advertising.

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AP publishes Apollo 11 biography for 50th anniversary 7/23/19

The Associated Press has published "Apollo 11: An AP Special Anniversary Edition" to mark the 50th anniversary of the first manned lunar landing.

The biography explores how the U.S. forged the necessary technology during the turbulent 1960s to allow man to set foot on the moon. It remembers those who sacrificed to make the great enterprise succeed.

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Las Vegas Review-Journal goes live with Memoriams 7/23/19

The Las Vegas Review-Journal, Boulder City Review and Pahrump Valley Times are now live with Adpay's Memoriams solution to power obituary self-serve for their funeral homes and private party individuals. Las Vegas relied on the endorsement of Memoriams by the Local Media Consortium in choosing this strategy to protect and grow its local and out-of-area obituaries. On-site training is scheduled for funeral directors to ensure a seamless transition.

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All Island Media is staying on top of lead generation with Brainworks' data mining feature 7/23/19

Brainworks AR Support Manager Phil Giarraputo recently updated the company's client mapping feature and All Island Media is already reaping the benefits.

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An important moment in history 7/16/19

By PJ Browning, president and publisher of The Post and Courier, Charleston, S.C., and president of SNPA

It's never been more important for our industry to speak with one voice and champion the value of local news. Combining the experience and talents of the Inland Press Association and the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association will help ensure that voice remains loud and clear.

We will continue to serve the mission and constituents of these two longstanding organizations as we plot a new course for the traditional newspaper business. Not only will we continue to provide the networking and training opportunities both organizations are known for, we will tackle many of the biggest issues facing our members.

We will maintain a keen focus on the power and importance of local journalism and the myriad ways we serve our unique communities. We don't write and report for the pundits in Washington, D.C.; we write and report for the people who live and work in the areas we serve. It will become increasingly important for us to widely share that message.

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Deal activity stays strong 7/16/19

Daily newspapers continued to change hands at a brisk pace in the first half of 2019, largely driven by the sale of family-owned titles.

In total, 32 daily newspapers were sold or agreed to be sold in the first six months of the year, more than the number of dailies involved in transactions during the same period last year.

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