SNPA members elect new officers/directors for 2016-17 9/15/16

Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman in Oklahoma City, Okla., has been elected as the next president of SNPA.

SNPA members elected officers for 2016-17 at the News Industry Summit in Sarasota, Fla.

Read this article to see who has been elected as additional SNPA officers and as members of the Board of Directors.

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Tom Silvestri is elected chairman of SNPA Foundation Board of Trustees 9/15/16

Thomas A. Silvestri, president and publisher of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch, has been elected chairman of the SNPA Foundation Board of Trustees.

The SNPA Board of Directors elected five trustees for the SNPA Foundation at its meeting in Sarasota on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

The trustees, in turn, elected their officers – also that same morning.

Read this article to see who has been nominated as the three Foundation officers, as well as trustees. MORE

Rebranding in Georgia's Golden Isles puts a unique emphasis on print 9/12/16

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

New name. Check. New website URL. Check. App under construction. Check. New Sunday paper. What?

In Brunswick, Ga., the family owned newspaper is rebranding its operation and investing in print. It's unlikely that there's another newspaper in America that has started a Sunday paper and expanded its newsroom staff by 25 percent in the past six months.

"We see every day the dogged passion that our readers have for the printed product," said Tim O'Briant, general manager and executive editor of what is now called The News. "They feel like it's their newspaper. The commentary we've gotten on our changes proves that. There's ownership.

"And while the audience may be smaller, it's a committed audience. Instead of shrinking our newsroom and shrinking our newshole, we felt like we need to aggressively invest in the best things about newspapers."

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Awards to be announced Thursday 9/12/16

Watch for a special edition of the SNPA eBulletin on Friday of this week.

Friday's edition will feature newly elected officers, directors and trustees of SNPA and the SNPA Foundation, as well as winners of the SNPA Photo/Video Contest, Carmage Walls Commentary Prize and Print Quality Contest.

And, you'll learn who the 2016 Frank W. Mayborn Leadership Award was presented to at the Thursday morning Awards Breakfast.

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AP expanding environmental coverage with global teamwork 9/12/16

The Associated Press is significantly expanding its environmental coverage with the formation of a digital-first global team to report on issues that affect the earth's climate, air, water, land and wildlife, the news cooperative has announced.

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The Gazette makes its move 9/12/16

By Aaron Brand, Texarkana News

After more than 85 years at its downtown Pine Street office, the Texarkana Gazette has a new home in the historic Landmark Building.

The Gazette's business, circulation, advertising, creative services and editorial departments now occupy the first two floors of the Landmark Building at 101 E. Broad St. in Texarkana, Ark. The newspaper's printing press and distribution center operations will remain about two blocks away at 315 Pine St., giving the Gazette a presence on both sides of State Line Avenue.

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Citizen Tribune celebrates 50 years 9/6/16

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

Today the Citizen Tribune of Morristown, Tenn., celebrates its 50th anniversary of publication with a commemorative edition, a calendar, an employee luncheon and an evening community reception. Family-run Lakeway Publishers Inc. now owns more than 30 publications in Tennessee, Virginia, Florida and Missouri.

Jack Fishman, 81, is president of Lakeway. His son Mike is publisher of the Citizen Tribune and his other son, Jeff, oversees the publishing operations in Middle Tennessee.

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Local advertisers are agitated (and doing something about it) 9/6/16

Borrell Associates has been busy this summer vastly expanding its annual survey of local advertisers. That research is now complete, and the analysis is available for download.

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New ownership announced for Jones Media properties 9/6/16

Jones Media, a fourth-generation family-owned media company with several daily and non-daily community newspapers, tourism-related products and services and a digital marketing solutions agency, has been sold. The buyer of Jones Media's assets is family-owned Adams Publishing Group, based in Minneapolis, Minn., and chaired by Steve Adams.

Gregg Jones will continue as president and CEO of Jones Media, a role he has held for more than 15 years, and will succeed his late father, John M. Jones, III, as publisher of The Greeneville Sun.

Additionally, Steve Adams and his family have asked Gregg Jones to assume a greater leadership position within their overall rapidly-growing newspaper publishing operations nationally.

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Nominees announced for SNPA Foundation Board of Trustees 8/30/16

The SNPA Board of Directors will elect five trustees for the SNPA Foundation at its meeting in Sarasota on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

The trustees, in turn, will elect their officers – also that same morning.

Read this article to see who has been nominated as the three Foundation officers, as well as trustees. MORE