Believe it or not, we want our community to have the truth 8/20/19

By Shannon Casas, The Times, Gainesville, Ga.

In an age of vast amounts of (mis)information, we all need a better understanding of what credible information looks like, and when the local news media is discredited, it doesn’t just hurt us, it hurts the community that now has no source of valid information.

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Fenice Community Media acquires The Katy Times 7/24/19

The Katy Times is continuing to publish, thanks to a deal negotiated between Fenice Community Media and Hartman Newspapers, Inc.

The announcement was made July 23 by Fenice Community Media Founder and Chairwoman Brandi Chionsini.

Hartman Newspapers Inc., which has owned the Times since 1973, announced earlier in July that it planned to cease publishing the print edition of the newspaper. Hartman has sold its interest in The Katy Times to Chionsini Children Ltd. Chionsini Children is managed by Cedar Park-based Fenice Community Media.

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Todd Benz named regional publisher for papers in Burlington, Lexington and Asheboro 6/3/19

Todd Benz has been named group publisher for The Dispatch in Lexington, N.C., The Times-News in Burlington and The Courier-Tribune in Asheboro, Lucy Talley, regional vice president of GateHouse Media, announced Thursday.

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Zebulon, Southern Nash papers to merge with Times titles 5/14/19

From staff reports (The Wilson Times)

The Zebulon Times and the Southern Nash News print edition will merge with Wilson Times Co. publications, announced Mark Cone, the founder of both titles and president of Cone Publications.

The Times Co. will consolidate the newspapers with its existing papers in both markets, with Zebulon Times subscribers receiving The Wake Weekly and Southern Nash News subscribers receiving The Enterprise. All current subscriptions will be honored for their full duration.

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Wilson, Dunn papers form media company 5/14/19

From staff reports (The Wilson Times)

The Daily Record and The Wilson Times, North Carolina's last two family-owned daily newspapers, have forged a strategic partnership and formed a media management company, allowing them to share resources and expertise while remaining independently owned and operated.

Bart and Brent Adams and Maere Kay Lashmit, who own The Daily Record in Dunn, N.C., and Morgan Dickerman, who owns The Wilson Times, have joined forces to create Restoration Newsmedia. The limited-liability company was incorporated and registered with the N.C. Department of the Secretary of State on April 30.

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One newspaper, one website in New Orleans 5/7/19

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

John Georges calls New Orleans a global brand, because of its history and because of its millions of visitors each year from all over the world.

"Our market is not limited to brick and mortar and rooftops. Our market is the global brand of New Orleans," he said.

It's a newspaper and website market now controlled by John and Dathel Georges with their purchase of The Times-Picayune and NOLA.com from Advance Local Media, owned by the Newhouse family. At some point in June, both will be combined with The New Orleans Advocate and advocate.com/new_orleans into one newspaper and one website.

Advocate President Judi Terzotis, an at-large member of the SNPA Board of Directors, said: "The current T-P newspaper will cease publication. The combined paper will carry both logos: The New Orleans Advocate and Times-Picayune. Our New Orleans website will be NOLA.com."

Terzotis also is president of The Advocate in Baton Rouge, which was awarded its first Pulitzer Prize this year for reporting on the racial impacts of Louisiana's unique laws allowing juries to convict defendants without a unanimous verdict. Voters amended the state constitution to require unanimous verdicts in criminal cases.

The purchase price of The Times-Picayune and NOLA.com was not disclosed, but Georges said it was the easiest part of the negotiation. The sale of Times-Picayune assets includes the brand, the website, the news archives, subscriber and advertiser information and the Loving Cup, the city's highest civic honor.

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Times-Tribune adjusting with readership, changing publication cycle 5/7/19

Beginning May 21, the Times-Tribune of Corbin, Ky., will change its publication cycle from Monday through Saturday to Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Publisher Bill Hanson announced the change in a column recently in which he noted that that staff has seen significant changes in how and where people obtain news and information, even compared to just a few years ago.

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Tampa Bay Times delivering magazines through Doorfront Direct 5/6/19

Reprinted from News & Tech

The Tampa Bay Times is now delivering national monthly magazines in the Tampa-St. Petersburg market through the Doorfront Direct network.

"Delivering monthly magazines broadens the services we offer and adds a new revenue source for our delivery organization," said Ben Hayes, director of operations for The Tampa Bay Times.

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Costa leaves position as Times Record publisher 5/6/19

Fort Smith (Ark.) Times Record Publisher Crystal Costa has accepted a new role as events director with GateHouse Live and has stepped down as publisher.

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Northeast Alabama newspaper cluster sold 5/1/19

For the first time in more than 60 years, The Times-Journal of Fort Payne, Ala., has new ownership.

Patrick Graham, who previously served as the managing editor of The Times-Journal from 1996 to 2000, has purchased the newspaper and its related products from the Walls Family and Southern Newspapers, Inc. of Houston, Texas. Southern, which continues to own and operate 12 newspapers in Texas and Oklahoma, had owned The Times-Journal since 1956.

In addition, Graham acquired The Jackson County Sentinel in Scottsboro and The Sand Mountain Reporter in Albertville, sister papers to The Times-Journal, from Southern as part of the same purchase agreement.

Cribb, Greene & Cope, under the direction of John Cribb and Senior Associate Jeffrey Potts, represented the seller in the transaction.

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