GateHouse Media offered Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune employees voluntary severance packages last Wednesday, Publisher Terri Leifeste said Thursday.
Leifeste said only those in production or sales were excluded. She emphasized that acceptance of the offers is voluntary.
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When I was introduced as the new president and publisher of The State and four other McClatchy Co. newspapers in South Carolina and North Carolina, some were wondering, "Who is this guy, and what might we expect?"
At the heart of the answer is this: I'm a child of the South, raised with the values of family, faith and service. I'm a man of the South, who has lived and raised his children in the goodness of this region. And, yes, as an African-American man of the South, I know the darkness that is part of our story.
I'm also an Army brat, who moved every two years until eighth grade, learning new places, new cultures and new countries, making new friends, and seeking to become part of new communities over and over.
Those experiences, this upbringing and its challenges and opportunities have shaped me and inform what you can expect from me as publisher of this esteemed institution.MORE
Brian Tolley, executive editor of The Island Packet in Hilton Head Island and The Beaufort Gazette, has been named to the same position at The State in Columbia, S.C.
Tolley, 54, has strong ties to South Carolina. Besides serving for three years as editor of the two Lowcountry newsrooms, he is a former assistant managing editor at The State.MORE
By Matt Dulin, director of community outreach, Columbia Missourian
Lessons learned include planning ahead, early promotion and keeping batteries charged.MORE
GateHouse Media Inc. has named an Alaska newspaper publisher to lead the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune.MORE
New Media Investment Group Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune.
The Daily Tribune has been owned by members of the Waters family for the past 111 years. The newspaper serves a large region in central Missouri with 15,000 daily and 17,000 Sunday circulation. Columbia is home to the University of Missouri with more than 30,000 students.MORE
"This morning about 0500 the convoy realized its destination and the first wave was formed and started for the beach. Our job was to sweep for floating mines and air protection. When we were about 1800 yards from the beach we threw our mine sweeping gear over and that is where the fun started. They begin to fire at us from the shore as we went in LCF 31 on our port side was hit and went down. And on our starboard side I saw P.C. 1261 going down. After we saw this we were all so damn scared. We wish we had never seen that many but we had to keep going.
"After the first troops and rockets hit the beach things begin to quiet down. All day and night troops were sent to the beach."
P.C. 1621 was the first ship sunk on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
William Lunsford was a Navy Gunfire Support Craft specialist on USS LCF-27 (or Landing Craft Flak), part of the invasion force at Utah Beach in Normandy. Lunsford is the father of Margie Bennett, a sales support employee at the Aiken Standard in South Carolina. He kept a diary, and excerpts from it made up part of a package of stories commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day last week.
"They're all in their 90s now," said Managing Editor Michael Harris. "Time is killing them more than the Germans did, as I pointed out in the editorial. We're losing them. So I wanted to go into it with something different."
The Standard asked readers for their memories, stories, photos and other contributions, knowing that the dwindling number of World War II veterans meant that direct interviews would be limited. The plan was flexible based on what was submitted.More
These are rickety times for newspapers. A major issue: printing a paper costs lots of money. Delivering the paper costs lots of money.
So the McClatchy chain, which has 30 newsrooms, is on a learning journey to find out how to get readers to go from print to digital.
In April, the McClatchy-owned Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Sun News went from publishing a print product seven days a week to six. It cut the print edition and produced only digital stories on Saturdays. Because digital activation increased 8 percent in one month, revenue was not impacted and virtually no one cancelled their subscription, McClatchy is adding two more papers to what it calls “Digital Saturdays.” The Durham (N.C.) Herald Sun and the Bellingham (Wash.) Herald will no longer print on Saturdays, starting July 6.More