Lachniet named publisher of The Free Lance-Star 5/2/16

From staff reports, The Free Lance-Star

BH Media executive Dale Lachniet has been named publisher of The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, Va., and vice president of BH Media's Eastern Community Group.

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Friedman named Wilson Times editor 5/2/16

From staff reports, The Wilson Times

The Wilson Times has named Corey Friedman as its editor, President and Publisher Morgan Dickerman III announced Monday.

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AP announces new director, 4 incumbents re-elected at annual meeting 5/2/16

One new director was elected and four incumbents were re-elected to The Associated Press board of directors at AP's annual meeting at its New York headquarters.

Joining the AP cooperative's board as a new director is Robert J. Dickey, president and chief executive officer of Gannett Co.

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Sanford Herald publisher to leave post in June 5/2/16

From staff reports, The Sanford Herald

Sanford (N.C.) Herald Publisher Bill Horner III, the namesake of the newspaper's founder who had his first byline in the pages 39 years ago, will leave the position in June.

Horner, 52, who became publisher upon his father's retirement and the sale of the newspaper to Paxton Media Group just over 18 years ago, told The Herald's staff he was stepping down as publisher and editor.

It will mark the first time in 86 years that a member of his family isn't leading the newspaper.

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Claybaugh named publisher of Asheville and Greenville papers 5/2/16

Gannett has named Thomas Claybaugh as president of the Carolinas media operations, home to The Greenville (S.C.) News and Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times.

Claybaugh, a 26-year veteran of Gannett, was named to the permanent position following a brief term as interim publisher.

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SVP Jessica Bruce adds Corporate Communications to her leadership role 4/19/16

The Associated Press has announced that Senior Vice President Jessica Bruce will be the new head of Corporate Communications while remaining in charge of Global Human Resources.

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Derek May named president of Morris Publishing Group 4/19/16

Derek May has been named president of Morris Publishing Group, LLC. The announcement was made by William S. Morris IV, president and CEO of Morris Communications, LLC.

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GateHouse Media names Tom Clifford as VP of Center for News & Design 4/19/16

GateHouse Media recently named Tom Clifford as vice president of its Center for News & Design in Austin, Texas.

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Derek Dunn-Rankin, founder of Sun Coast Media Group, dies at 88 4/18/16

By Garry Overbey, deputy Charlotte editor, Charlotte Sun

Derek Dunn-Rankin, founder and chairman of the Sun Coast Media Group, which publishes the Sun newspapers, died this past weekend at his home in Venice (one day before his newspaper won its first Pulitzer). He was 88.

Derek Dunn-Rankin was a former SNPA director and trustee, the recipient of the Mayborn Leadership Award, and the father of current SNPA President David Dunn-Rankin.

The company Dunn-Rankin founded has grown to more than 350 employees, and now includes the daily Sun papers in Charlotte, Englewood and North Port, as well as publications in Venice and DeSoto, Highlands and Polk counties, along with printing facilities in Charlotte and Sarasota.

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Walker County native named publisher of Daily Mountain Eagle 4/15/16

James Phillips has been named as the next publisher of the Daily Mountain Eagle in Jasper, Ala.

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