Stephen Kent and Encore2Media to lead Morris Media Network 2/8/16

Morris Communications Company has announced the engagement of Stephen Kent and Encore2Media to lead the growth, development and management of its travel and magazine division, the Morris Media Network.

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Bob Parks retires as publisher of Press-Republican 2/8/16

Robert W. "Bob" Parks, longtime publisher of the Plattsburgh (N.Y.) Press-Republican, has retired after a four-decade career in the newspaper business.

Parks has served as publisher of the paper since 2000, leading it smartly into the digital era by introducing website and mobile phone platforms that have attracted audience from throughout the North Country and beyond.

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Howard Hoffman is leaving SNPA 2/8/16

Howard Hoffman, SNPA's member services director, will step down later this month after the Mega-Conference in Austin.

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Review-Journal names former USA Today head as publisher 2/2/16

Craig Moon has been named publisher of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the newspaper has announced.

Moon, 65, is the former president and publisher of USA Today and executive vice president of Gannett Newspapers. Since leaving USA Today in 2009 he has been a newspaper industry consultant.

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Steve Stone resigns from Morris Communications 2/2/16

Steve Stone has resigned from his position as senior vice-president and CFO of newspapers for Morris Communications, announced by William S. Morris IV, CEO. Stone was responsible for the financial management, shared services and global outsourcing for Morris.

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Masters, White to lead Times-Enterprise 2/2/16

Jeff Masters, a veteran South Georgia newspaper executive, has been appointed publisher of the Thomasville Times-Enterprise, succeeding the late Norman Bankston.

Chris White was appointed general manager of the paper.

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Ricky Mathews to transition out of role as president of NOLA Media Group 1/29/16

Ricky Mathews, president of Advance Media Southeast, has announced he will transition out of his role as president of NOLA Media Group | The Times-Picayune after completing the search for his successor. Mathews will continue in his role as president of Advance Media Southeast, and will work with Advance Local, the parent of NOLA Media Group, on a number of company-wide initiatives.

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Oakes named Watauga Democrat editor 1/26/16

Anna Oakes has been named editor of the Watauga Democrat, Mountain Times Publications Publisher Gene Fowler announced.

"Anna has the utmost commitment to our community and the strongest journalistic ideals," Fowler said. "This, coupled with her passion, enthusiasm and energy, will ensure our community will have a watchdog on par with anyone I've known in my 35-year career."

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J. Stewart Bryan III, Media General chairman, has died 1/25/16

By Gregory J. Gilligan, reprinted from the Richmond Times-Dispatch

John Stewart Bryan III, who spent more than 50 years as the fourth and final generation of his family to work in the media business, died Saturday, Jan. 23.

Bryan, longtime chairman of Media General Inc. and former publisher of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, suffered a fall at his home on Jan. 15 and had been hospitalized at Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital since then.

Stewart Bryan served as chairman of the SNPA Foundation from 1978 to 1979. He was president of SNPA in 1981-1982.

He was presented the Frank W. Mayborn Leadership Award on Oct. 16, 2007. The Frank W. Mayborn Leadership Award recognizes SNPA publishers or editors for their vision, community leadership and contribution to the newspaper industry and to SNPA.

In the late 1990s, he co-chaired a fund-raising drive that created a $9 million endowment to fund the SNPA Foundation’s educational programming.

Prayers and a celebration of life for Stewart Bryan will be held 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the Commonwealth Club at 401 W. Franklin St., his family has announced.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations could be made to the Virginia Historical Society, The George C. Marshall Foundation or the charity of your choice.

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Alexander Gould named publisher of The Meridian Star 1/25/16

Alexander Gould has been appointed publisher of The Meridian Star. He comes to Meridian from Texas where he served as integrated sales director for M. Roberts Media, which includes the Longview News-Journal and Victoria Advocate.

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