Alabama papers changing print schedule

“Starting March 4, the Daily Home (Talladega, Alabama) and Anniston Star (Alabama) will produce print editions of the papers three days a week, Wednesdays, Fridays and a Saturday/Sunday weekend edition delivered on Saturdays. The papers had been printing five days weekly. The papers announced the new schedule.

The papers are also moving to mail delivery through the postal service.

“Our reporters and editors will continue to report the news every day and provide it first through our online platforms, including our website, Facebook, Twitter and our mobile apps,” wrote Executive Editor Anthony Cook in a FAQ on the changes.

The papers are owned by Consolidated Publishing, which also publishes The News-Journal (Jacksonville, Piedmont and Northern Calhoun County), The Cleburne News and The St. Clair Times.”

Source: News and Tech, 2020

Miami Herald moving print

“The Miami Herald Media Company is moving its printing operations from Doral to Broward County in spring, the Herald reported.

In late April, the South Florida Sun Sentinel will start printing the Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald at its Deerfield Beach plant, the Miami Herald reported.

Seventy workers, around half fulltime, will lose their positions, said Aminda Marques Gonzalez, president, publisher and executive editor of the papers, the Herald reported. The Sun Sentinel may bring on as many as 18 Herald employees to help cover the jobs handling the papers and other products.

McClatchy owns the Herald.

The company relocated from its downtown Miami headquarters in 2013, and the papers have been handled at the Doral site since.

The Doral plant was constructed in 2012 and 2013 and sits adjacent to the Miami Herald Media Company’s headquarters on 91st Ave., the paper says. In 2016, the printing press building was sold for nearly $14 million to McClatchy’s pension plan.

McClatchy is in talks with the federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. over pension obligations. McClatchy skipped a $12 million debt-interest payment due Jan. 15. The company also missed a pension payment.”

Source: News and Tech, 2020 

Sonoma Media acquires Sonoma County Gazette

“Sonoma Media Investments has announced its purchase of the Sonoma County Gazette (California) from Vesta Copestakes, publisher and owner of the Gazette since 2003.

The Sonoma County Gazette will continue as a monthly publication written by readers and local residents with 35,000 printed copies distributed to 1,000 locations throughout Sonoma County. Copestakes will continue as publisher in 2020 to assure a seamless transition in ownership.

“We welcome the addition of the Sonoma County Gazette into our portfolio of local products,” said Darius Anderson, principal owner of SMI and CEO of Kenwood Investments.

Sonoma Media Investments was formed in 2012 by Darius Anderson and several local investors to return the Press Democrat (Santa Rosa), Petaluma Argus Courier and North Bay Business Journal to local ownership. Today Sonoma Media also includes The Sonoma Index-Tribune, Sonoma Magazine, Spirited Magazine, La Prensa Sonoma and now the Sonoma County Gazette.

Kenwood Investments has managed a variety of real estate and business ventures over the past 20 years.

The deal, which closed Dec. 27, 2019, was brokered by Ken Amundson, with Grimes, McGovern & Associates, and Dave Gauger, broker with Gauger Media.”

Source: News and Tech, 2020

Country Media buying Oregon papers

“Country Media has made a deal to acquire the daily paper in Coos Bay along with weekly papers in Bandon and Reedsport (all in Oregon), the Curry Coastal Pilot reported. The company purchased the Del Norte Triplicate and Curry Coastal Pilot last summer.

Country Media President Steve Hungerford said the deal will close Jan. 31.

Southwest Oregon Publishing, a subsidiary of Lee Enterprises, is selling the World in Coos Bay, the Western World in Bandon and the Umpqua Post in Reedsport to Country Media.

Country Media is an Oregon family-owned company with headquarters in Salem, according to the Curry Coastal Pilot.

Country Media also has twice-weekly papers in Crescent City and Brookings as well as papers serving Lincoln City, Tillamook, Manzanita, Cannon Beach, Clatskanie and St. Helens, Oregon; Langdon and Bowman, North Dakota; and Baker, Montana. ”

Source: News and Tech, 2020