Nebraska publisher buys paper from its long-time owner 10/10/16

The publisher of The Fairbury Journal-News has purchased the paper from its long-time owner.

Timothy Linscott, who has held the position of publisher for the past year, bought the paper from Fred Arnold and McBattas Publishing.


The Dallas Morning News is relocating to The Statler Library 10/10/16

The Dallas Morning News has signed a letter of intent to move its headquarters to The Statler Library, formerly known as the Old Dallas Central Library, at the corner of Commerce and Harwood Streets in downtown Dallas. After 67 years at its home on Young Street, the Morning News is taking the next step in its transformation to a digitally-focused media company. The move is planned for mid-2017.


Hurricane Matthew updates from SNPA members 10/7/16

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Posted Saturday morning by The Island Packet (Hilton Head, S.C.):

Reporters Caitlin Turner, Erin Heffernan and Rebecca Lurye were just some of the newsroom staff that spent Friday embedded with area first responders. As Hurricane Matthew ravaged Florida and headed north, here's a look at how our emergency personnel prepared for the unknown. READ MORE

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Get ready and hunker down 10/5/16

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

If your newspaper, information center or multimedia content operation is located on the eastern side of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina or North Carolina, then right now you should be figuring out what your staff knows about how to cover a hurricane.

Here are some suggestions from someone who has seen Gulf Coast storms first-hand.


Brehm Communications sells three midwest dailies to Paxton Media 10/4/16

Paxton Media Group has purchased three newspapers in Indiana and Illinois – the Princeton Daily Clarion, the Mount Carmel Register and The Standard – from Brehm Communications, according to Randy Cope, Cribb, Greene & Cope, who represented Brehm in the transaction.


Johnsons purchase The Wellman Advance and Riverside Current 10/4/16

Three Chicks Publications, LLC has sold the assets of The Wellman Advance and the Riverside Current in Iowa to Anamosa Publications owned by Jim and Bridget Johnson. The sale was effective Sept. 28.


Iowa newspapers purchased by Jim and Bridget Johnson 10/4/16

Slechta Communications, a group of three community newspapers in Iowa, has been purchased by Anamosa Publications. Slechta Communications publishes The Kalona News, The Lone Tree Reporter and The Highland Review. Ron and Helen Slectha have owned the company since June 1, 1992. They plan to retire.


HearstLive brings never-before-seen storytelling power to Hearst Tower 10/4/16

Hearst unveiled a first-of-its-kind media installation at a recent street party at its New York City headquarters. In addition to the launch of the HearstLive content platform, the night included a surprise performance from American tap dancing legend Savion Glover and the arrivals of noteworthy talent and VIPs from across Hearst's media properties.

HearstLive is a street level display housed in the base of Hearst headquarters in the landmarked Hearst Tower. The vibrant widow installation showcases continuously updated news, entertainment and information at a scale that has never before been seen in New York City.


Reporters Committee launches 'FOIA Wiki' beta 10/4/16

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has launched a beta of the FOIA Wiki, a collaborative and evolving digital resource on the federal Freedom of Information Act. The FOIA Wiki is part legal guide, part community space for sharing information that aims to serve as a central hub on all manner of issues surrounding FOIA as the law celebrates its 50th anniversary.


Keeping community newspapers relevant 10/4/16

By Mary Ann DeSantis, Special to the SNPA eBulletin

Inventor Johannes Gutenberg failed 20 times when creating the printing press, but he saw its value. In comparison, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had followers within six hours because he understood social media's value.

The message that community newspapers also add great value to communities was one that presenter Penelope Muse Abernathy stressed during her "Thriving in a Networked Age" session at the 2016 News Industry Summit, held in September in Sarasota, Fla.