Tyler Morning Telegraph being acquired by M. Roberts Media 11/28/18

After more than a century of continuous family ownership and management by the Clyde and Bothwell families, the daily Tyler (Texas) Morning Telegraph is changing owners.

The paper is being acquired by M. Roberts Media, a family-owned newspaper group that operates the Longview News-Journal, Marshall News Messenger, Panola Watchman and the Victoria Advocate in Texas. The new ownership took effect Dec. 1.


Log Cabin Democrat moves to new location 11/26/18

As 2019 approaches, longtime Conway, Ark., institutions – the city main offices and the 140-year-old newspaper – each will move locations.

The Log Cabin Democrat and its staff are moving from its current location on the first floor of the Federal Building on Main Street to its new spot at 1121 Front St.


Elyria Chronicle-Telegram moves to Presteligence for editorial, website, apps and e-edition 11/26/18

Presteligence has announced that the Elyria (Ohio) Chronicle-Telegram and Medina Gazette will implement My News 360 Platform to replace a multitude of vendors in the editorial and digital space.

The My News 360 Platform offers a true multi-channel publishing system where there will be no more copying/pasting content, no more manually moving stories to an archived folder and many more streamlined efforts as a result of consolidating systems to Presteligence.


Ponca City News sold to Kay Media Co. 11/20/18

After 100 years in the Muchmore family, The Ponca City (Okla.) News has new ownership. Kay Media owners Scott Wesner and Scott Wood grew up in Cordell, Okla., and own several other papers, including The Elk City News. Josh Umholtz will serve as publisher.


Scripps Howard Awards entries open Dec. 1; midterm elections is Topic of the Year 11/19/18

The Scripps Howard Awards, one of the nation's most prestigious American journalism competitions, will accept entries from Dec. 1 to Feb. 8 for reporting and storytelling that gives light and changes lives.


Cox changes logo, tagline to bring people closer 11/19/18

Cox creates millions of moments of human connections every day and will focus more on what makes these connections so powerful and unique. To emphasize this shift, the company has launched new advertising, a new logo with a warmer look and feel, and a tagline of "bringing us closer."


Tribune Publishing offers buyouts to newsrooms 11/13/18

Tribune Publishing has offered buyouts to full-time non-unionized workers who have been with the company for at least 10 years.


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


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.


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.