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Very sad news to report.
Jim Williams, a director of what was then
called Suburban Newspapers of America and
former publisher of Heritage Newspapers in
Michigan, was in a serious automobile accident
last month that left him in critical condition
with head injuries. His 16 year old son was
killed in the accident. His wife and other family
members were also injured
The family was en route to Florida to board a
Thanksgiving holiday cruise when their vehicle
was struck by a drunk driver in South Carolina.
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HALIFAX MEDIA GROUP
SONOMA MEDIA INVESTMENTS LLC
We are pleased to have represented Halifax Media Group
in this transaction.
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65,000 daily circulation
and affiliated publications
The 65,000-circulation Santa Rosa (CA)
Press Democrat and two affiliated publications
in Sonoma County are being sold by Florida-
based Halifax Media Group to a partnership
that includes a group of local investors. The
sale also includes the weekly Petaluma Argus-
Courier and North Bay Business Journal in
Santa Rosa and affiliated websites for The
Press Democrat and the two weeklies.
Dirks, Van Essen & Murray represented
Halifax in the transaction.
The sale will end Halifax's brief ownership
of The Press Democrat and the two weeklies,
which it purchased in January along with
13 other newspapers and related websites
- mostly in the Southeastern United States -
from the New York Times Co. for $143 million.
The Times Co. had owned The Press Democrat
since 1985, when it purchased the newspaper
from the Finley family of Santa Rosa.
Tom Rosenstiel, a distinguished journalist,
author and researcher, was named the new
Executive Director of the American Press
Institute, the foundation of the Newspaper
Association of America. Rosenstiel, the
founder and Director of the Project for
Excellence in Journalism at the Pew Research
Center, is one of the country's most widely
recognized thinkers about the evolving role
of journalism in the 21st century.
Rosenstiel will help lead the American
Press Institute into a new phase in its his-
tory, expanding the organization's role in
research and training, and continuing to
develop best practices that further the value
of journalism, including newspaper media,
on behalf of the public. He will start on the
1st of the year.s
"I could not be happier about Tom taking
the helm at the American Press Institute.
He has the perfect combination of skills --
journalism, research and a passion -- for
newspaper media and its role in American
life and democracy," said Caroline Little,
President & Chief Executive Officer of the
Newspaper Association of America.
Texas Community Media LLC has
announced the sale of 11 of the 12 East
Texas weekly newspapers it acquired ear-
lier this year in its purchase of the daily
Longview News-Journal and The Marshall
News Messenger. Texas Community Media
had acquired the two daily and 12 weekly
East Texas newspapers in June from ASP
Westward, which exited the newspaper
Stephen McHaney, president of Texas
Community Media, said the 11 papers and
their related websites were sold to four pub-
lishers with histories of success running
weekly newspapers. They are:
Northeast Texas Publishers LLC will acquire
the Atlanta Citizens Journal, Bowie County
Citizens Tribune, The Cass County Sun, The
Pittsburg Gazette and The Daingerfield Bee.
James Moser, president of Moser Community
Media LLC, is Northeast Texas Publishers'
Bluebonnet Publishing LLC will acquire the
Mineola Monitor, Wood County Democrat
and Lindale News & Times. Bill Woodall,
publisher of the Kilgore News Herald, is
Bluebonnet's managing partner.
Jim Bardwell, a former publisher of The
Gladewater Mirror, is acquiring the Mirror
and The Big Sandy & Hawkins Journal.
Dan and Mary Ann Moore will be the new
owners of the Grand Saline Sun.
Texas Community Media will retain the
daily Longview News-Journal, Marshall News
Messenger and The Panola Watchman, a
twice-weekly newspaper in Carthage.
"We believe these newspapers will be
best served by publishers that specialize
in weekly publications," McHaney said.
"We have found an outstanding group of
publishers ready to step in."
The buyers were all represented by Rollie
Hyde of W. B. Grimes and Co. Terms were
Jim Williams, former LMA Board Member,
Jim Williams at a recent
Tom Rosenstiel to leave Pew's PEJ for API
Texas Community Media Announces Sale of
California Newspapers Changes Hands
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