Executive editor of Gainesville, Ga., paper steps down 10/16/18

Keith Albertson has stepped down as executive editor of The Times in Gainesville, Ga., to pursue a new career after nearly 34 years with the Gainesville newspaper.

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Fletcher, Harrison named to new positions at Herald 10/8/18

Carlton Fletcher, who has served the past several months as the newspaper's interim editor, has been named editor of The Herald and AlbanyHerald.com, and sales trainer Heather Harrison has been promoted to retail sales manager.

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Veteran news executive with Texas ties promoted to lead Fort Worth Star-Telegram 10/1/18

A veteran publishing executive whose family's roots are in Texas has been promoted to publisher of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

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HD Media announces leadership team 10/1/18

Reprinted from The Herald-Dispatch, Huntington, W.Va.

With its acquisition of Charleston Newspapers Inc. and subsequent merger now complete, HD Media Co. LLC has announced its leadership team for the combined operations.

That team, or Operating Committee, will be responsible for overseeing operations of The Herald-Dispatch (Huntington, W.W.), owned by HD Media; the Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette-Mail, which was owned by Charleston Newspapers Inc.; and several other publications.

The other publications include daily newspapers The Logan Banner and Williamson Daily News and the weekly newspapers Wayne County News, the Coal Valley News in Madison, the Independent Herald in Pineville, the Lawrence Herald and Putnam Herald. HD Media also publishes the bimonthly River Cities Magazine.

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Scott Hunter, former longtime publisher of Aiken Standard, dies at 69 10/1/18

Retired Aiken (S.C.) Standard publisher and community leader Scott Beale Hunter, 69, passed away at his home last Tuesday following a lengthy illness.

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Rick Bean to retire Dec. 31; Jana Thomasson named as successor 10/1/18

Rick Bean has announced his intention to retire as president of the North Carolina/Georgia/Tennessee division of Paxton Media Group and publisher of the High Point (N.C.) Enterprise at year end.

Jana Thomasson, publisher of the Mountain Press in Sevierville, Tenn., has been named to succeed Bean as president of the division. The announcement was made by David Paxton, president and CEO of PMG.

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AMG/PARADE promotes Monique Kakar 10/1/18

Monique Kakar has been promoted to senior vice president/chief marketing officer, digital, with AMG/Parade. The announcement was made by Tracey Altman, executive vice president of new ventures and business development.

In her new role, Kakar will oversee the planning, strategy and execution of the company's digital marketing initiatives, ensuring it effectively reaches target audiences and appeals to brand advertisers.

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Patricia Bennett named publisher of Daily Independent 9/24/18

Patricia A. Bennett, a veteran newspaper advertising executive, has been appointed publisher of The Daily Independent in Ashland, Ky., and its affiliated publications. She replaces longtime publisher Eddie Blakeley, who resigned recently.

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AP senior vice president for revenue across the Americas to retire at year's end 9/24/18

The Associated Press has announced that Senior Vice President in the Americas David Gwizdowski has decided to retire from AP at the end of the year.

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BH Media names Thornton as vice president of news 9/24/18

Rick Thornton, who had been an editor and a vice president at the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch, was named vice president of news for BH Media Group.

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