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THE GRIFFIN FAMILY
BAINBRIDGE MEDIA LLC
an affiliate of BOONE NEWSPAPERS INC.
We are pleased to have represented the Griffin Family
in this transaction.
THE BAINBRIDGE (GA)
SUBURBAN BEAT & ROUNDUP
Charlotte Weekly, LLC
Acquires and Grows
Charlotte Weekly, LLC (NC) acquired
The Herald and The Mountain Island
Monitor newspapers and is launching the
new Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly, creat-
ing the Carolina Weekly Newspaper
Group. The new group will make the
audited 125,000 combined circulation of
the five newspapers the largest in
Mecklenburg and Union counties.
Former Charlotte Weekly, LLC publisher
Alain Lillie of Charlotte is chief execu-
tive officer of the new group.
Lillie noted that the Charlotte market for
print community papers is not only thriv-
ing, it’s growing. “We began Charlotte
Weekly in 2002 with 23,000 circulation
and expect the new group to grow to
nearly 200,000 with acquisitions and
new launches. It couldn’t be a better time
to publish community newspapers.”
Lee Newspapers Report
Jump In Readership
The reach of
online sites among young adults in Lee
Enterprises markets has grown from 54
to 64 percent over the last year. Use of
the printed newspaper alone among
young adults has grown from 48 to 55
Those findings are among results of
comprehensive audience studies by
Wilkerson & Associates in Lee’s 10
largest markets. The studies measured
seven-day reach of newspapers and their
online sites from January to June in 2007
“These findings show the opposite of
what is often thought to be true,” said
Suzanna Frank, Lee vice president -
audience. “More people of all ages are
reading our printed newspapers as well
as using our newspaper online sites.”
Restructuring in the Black Hills
The Rapid City Journal (SD) is restruc-
turing its weekly newspaper group in the
northern Black Hills.
According to Publisher Brad Slater, the
Valley Irrigator and the Belle Fourche
Post & Bee will merge to become the
Butte County Post, a new weekly news-
paper that will publish on Wednesdays.
The Saturday editions of the Lawrence
County Journal and the Black Hills Press
will be discontinued.
The Journal, which owns and operates
the weeklies in the Northern Hills, says
the focus will be on expanding and
improving local news reporting in the
Wednesday editions of both publications
as well as online.
SNPA Leadership Change
President and CEO of
in Birmingham, AL,
was elected president
of the Southern
Newspaper Publishers Association
during the group’s annual convention..
Barrett said she wants 2009 to be a
year that newspapers seize opportuni-
ties. “There are so many,” she said.
“We have to be bold enough to seize
them and overcome the bad press that
is swirling around our industry.”
Lee Enterprises Makes
Rick Emanuel, pub-
lisher of The Citizen
in Auburn, N.Y., for
10 years, has been
of another Lee
per, The Post-Star in
Glens Falls, NY.
He succeeds Rona Rahlf, who has
become publisher of Lee’s newspaper
in Provo, Utah, The Daily Herald.
Former Provo publisher Craig Dennis
has left the company.
Mike Gulledge, Lee vice president of
publishing, said Michael Rifanburg,
advertising director at The Citizen, has
been appointed interim publisher in
‘Gazette’ Names New Editors
The Gazette,a community newspaper
group in Maryland and the
Washington, D.C ., area, has
announced the appointment of three
Ken Weiss, former managing editor of
nine Baltimore Sun Media Group
papers, has been named senior editor
overseeing The Gazette’s weekend
newspaper, The Gazette of Politics
and Business, and will coordinate its
state and regional coverage. Weiss is
also a journalism instructor for the
University of Maryland, Baltimore
Tammy Murphy and Glen Cullen
have also been named senior editors.
The Antelope Valley Press, a nationally recognized award-winning community daily newspaper in
Palmdale, California, is seeking a seasoned news professional with a conservative editorial viewpoint, but
who respects divergent opinions in the marketplace of ideas.
The successful applicant will have 5 yrs experience at a daily publication with Op-Ed exp plus and a demon-
strated record of achievement. Must be able to sort out the best opinions offered on a lively letters page that
publishes up to 100 letters per week. Demanding but rewarding position also requires an ecumenical grasp
of current religious affairs for a weekly religion section that is also an award winner. Skills needed include
contemporary page design, excellent headline and editorial writing skills, and common sense.
A strong, independent family-owned newspaper with 30,000 circulation, the Antelope Valley Press offers a
competitive compensation and benefits package and is located in the most affordable housing market in
Southern California, with access to mountains and beaches within an hour drive.
SINGLE COPY MANAGER
The Antelope Valley Press, a seven day, 30,000 circulation newspaper in Palmdale, California, is looking
for an exceptional Single Copy Manager to join our Circulation Department. This position reports to the
Circulation Director and is responsible for managing single copy sales, service, delivery and collections.
Specific duties include, but are not limited to, staff management in all areas of single copy sales/operations and
accountability for developing, recommending, and implementing strategies to increase rack and retail sales.
Qualifications include: High school diploma, college degree preferred; Minimum of 3 years newspaper cir-
culation or retail sales experience required; Requires strong leadership, communication and presentation
skills; Must be proficient in Microsoft Excel/Word and PBS; Knowledge of Bellatrix systems and ShoRack
equipment a plus
The Valley Press is located in one of the most desirable areas in Southern California and offers affordable
housing with easy access to many recreational activities. Compensation will be based on experience and
performance history. We offer a competitive and comprehensive benefits package.
Qualified candidates for both positions should please send resume and
cover letter with salary requirement to:
Antelope Valley Press, P.O . Box 4050 Palmdale, CA 93590-4050
fax: (661) 267-4284.
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