American-Statesman Publisher Patrick Dorsey has announced two leadership changes for the Statesman newsroom.
John Bridges, a 30-year veteran of the Statesman newsroom, was promoted from managing editor to executive editor, and Bill Church, the senior vice president for news for Statesman owner GateHouse Media, added Statesman editor-in-chief to his corporate responsibilities.MORE
GateHouse Media, LLC has announced that Bill Church has added the role of Austin American-Statesman editor-in-chief to his responsibilities as GateHouse Media's senior vice president of news. Church, a respected industry veteran, known for his visionary leadership, has served in his current role since 2016.MORE
Steve Dorsey has been named vice president of news performance and partnerships for the Austin-based Center for News & Design. He formerly was vice president of innovation and planning at the Austin American-Statesman.MORE
The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News has promoted Bobby Rice to general manager. Rice, 50, joined The News in July as advertising director and will continue in that role. As general manager, however, he will be involved in all of the newspaper's operations.MORE
As Florida Panhandle residents continue to deal with the destruction caused by Hurricane Michael, local newsrooms are making sure that readers, watchers and listeners remain informed even when power and communication grids are down.
Reporters at the Panama City News Herald and the Northwest Florida Daily News, as well as those from local television stations, were recently recognized in a CNN story for their use of social media channels to keep audiences up to date on the situation in Panama City.MORE
Thomas A. Silvestri, president and publisher of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch, was the recipient of the 2018 Frank W. Mayborn Leadership Award, presented Thursday morning at the SNPA News Industry Summit.
The award is named for Texas newspaperman Frank Mayborn, whose foresight and guidance helped shape SNPA in the early 1950s and who served as president of SNPA from 1961 to 1962.MORE
P.J. Browning, publisher of The Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C., was elected president of SNPA for 2018-19 at the News Industry Summit in Nashville.
Three additional officers and eight members of the SNPA Board of Directors also were elected.MORE
SNPA members will elect officers for 2018-19 on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 10, in Nashville, Tenn.
Read this article to see who has been nominated to the SNPA Board of Directors. MORE
James Doughton, regional publisher of seven newspapers, including the Gainesville (Fla.) Sun and the Ocala Star-Banner, will retire at the end of the year.MORE
Sarasota Herald-Tribune Executive Editor Matthew Sauer is adding the title general manager and assuming a new role at the media company.
Sauer will continue to oversee the Herald-Tribune's newsroom but will now work with the media company's seasoned team of executives to continue its mission as the top information source and digital and print advertising platform in Southwest Florida.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