Granite Publications CEO Brandi Chionsini is leaving the group and has formed a new management company. Five newspapers will be part of Fenice Community Media Group – four weeklies, Madisonville Meteor, The Sealy News, Fort Stockton Pioneer and The Hill Country News – and one semi-weekly, the Gonzales Inquirer.
Granite Founder Jim Chionsini is stepping back into the operations and he, along with Controller Daniel Philhower, will manage the Granite group.
"I am excited to be branching out on my own after nearly 19 years with Granite," Ms. Chionsini said. "I am thankful to my father, Jim, for his guidance and leadership all these years and know that with this knowledge and my own experience, we will be able to make this new venture a success."
"I'm very proud of Brandi for taking this step. I remember when I made the same decision in 1978 to leave the safety of the Walls organization and go it alone. The first few years were terribly scary for her mother and me but in the end sinking or swimming on my own was the right decision. Entrepreneurship isn't for everyone but this has been Brandi's desire for a long time. Everyone is behind her decision 100 percent," Chionsini said.MORE
Millennials, 25-34 years of age, love the unique traits and characteristics of their city and community.MORE
The owners of The New Britain Herald and The Bristol Press have agreed to buy The Chronicle of Willimantic, Conn. The transaction is expected to be finalized May 1.MORE
Presteligence has announced that Lee Enterprises will add Lee AgriMedia publications to Adinfinitum for electronic tearsheets and electronic invoices.MORE
The Lexington Herald-Leader has sued the city of Lexington, Ky., alleging that a new ordinance – which restricts where publications can be delivered – runs afoul of the First Amendment.MORE
The Sedalia Democrat and Jacksonville Journal Courier have purchased NewsXtreme Lite Prepress Production Workflow Bundle from Presteligence. The deal is part of a Southern Lithoplate Strategic Alliance Partnership.MORE
Research Director On Demand is looking for partners on its national survey to learn more about Millennials and their media habits. The object of the research will be a better understanding of this massive generation, including media usage, sources of information, content preferences and newspaper readership drivers.MORE
An agreement in principal has been reached by the Randall Family, LLC, owners of The Frederick (Md.) News-Post, to explore the sale of the News-Post to Ogden Newspapers, Inc., of Wheeling, W.Va., according to Gary Greene, Cribb, Greene & Cope newspaper brokerage firm.MORE
The Hattiesburg (Miss.) American has announced plans to shift from publishing a print edition seven days a week to three – Wednesday, Friday and Sunday – beginning April 5.
In a letter to readers, Nathan Edwards, president of the Hattiesburg American, said: "The shift, driven by our consumers and advertisers, enables us to invest in new ways of doing business and better position ourselves for the future. Our research shows subscribers are increasingly choosing to access the American online via our website, mobile and tablet devices, with the Hattiesburg American having 8X more digital readers than print readers."MORE
Eighty-two percent of Americans trust prints ads, followed by TV ads (80 percent) and direct mail (76 percent); online pop-ups are the least trusted (25 percent).MORE
Elizabeth Gold Swindell, the matriarch of Wilson's local newspaper and a pacesetter for women in journalism and business, was honored Saturday with the dedication of a state historical marker on the lawn of her longtime home.More
Lee Enterprises, Incorporated has joined with BH Media Group, Inc., in an agreement for Lee to manage Berkshire Hathaway's newspaper and digital operations in 30 markets, beginning July 2.
BH Media Group chairman and CEO Terry Kroeger is stepping down, the Omaha World-Herald reported. Kroeger also is publisher of that paper, a position he will also leave. Kroeger told the paper he would stay with BH Media for a transition.
"And then Jackie and I are looking for our next adventure," Kroeger said, referring to his wife, also a former World-Herald staff member.
The agreement provides Lee with flexibility to implement revenue initiatives and business transformation consistent with how it manages its own newspaper and digital operations in 49 markets, while Berkshire Hathaway continues as owner of BH Media.More
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