Industry news from the past week
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
A look at some industry news from the past week.
Nevada media company president to head Oregonian Media Group
John F. Maher, the president of Nevada company RGJ Media, has accepted a position at the helm of Oregonian Media Group, the parent company of The Oregonian newspaper in Portland, Oregon. He replaces Steve Moss, who is moving to senior adviser at Advance Local, parent company of Oregonian Media Group. The job move was reported by the Reno-Gazette Journal (http://on.rgj.com/2aW9HhE ). RGJ Media owns the Reno Gazette-Journal, RGJ.com and Reno.com. Maher has been its president since 2011. Maher previously served as publisher of the Lincoln Journal Star in Nebraska and in leadership positions at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Kansas City Star.
Group honors journalists for Las Vegas newspaper sale story
A team of journalists that broke the story that Nevada's largest newspaper had been purchased by the family of billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson is receiving a national ethics award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Former Las Vegas Review-Journal reporters James DeHaven, Eric Hartley, Jennifer Robison and Howard Stutz, former editors Mike Hengel and James G. Wright, former columnist John L. Smith, and the newspaper's current managing editor, Glenn Cook, were named for the honor. Steve Majerus-Collins, a former reporter at the Bristol Press in Connecticut, was honored with them. The Bristol Press was linked to the Review-Journal through a company set up during the Adelson purchase. The society said the team "didn't waver in their exposé and related coverage" despite "obfuscation and obstacles from their new bosses."
Parent company of Aberdeen newspaper to buy Public Opinion
The parent company of the Aberdeen (South Dakota) American News and Farm Forum has agreed to buy the Watertown Public Opinion. The American News reports (http://bit.ly/2aOkSX8) that Public Opinion publisher Mark Roby will be regional publisher for both the Watertown and Aberdeen properties after the sale is finalized. The American News and Farm Forum are owned by Schurz Communications Inc. of Mishawaka, Indiana. The Public Opinion is owned by United Communications Corp. of Kenosha, Wisconsin. Roby would replace Aberdeen publisher Cory Bollinger, who is taking on regional publisher duties for the Schurz Indiana newspaper group. Bollinger, who has been Aberdeen publisher since 2010, will continue leading Schurz print operations as the company's vice president-publishing.
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