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Ross Cranford on the Current 'Revolutionary' Climate in Advertising & Marketing
Ross Cranford

Ross Cranford on the Current 'Revolutionary' Climate in Advertising & Marketing

Before leaving to create his new agency, Ross Cranford worked for 19 years at Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods, starting as a junior copywriter in 1995, then writer, digital creative director, associate creative director, director of strategic planning, vice president for tourism services and member of the board of directors.
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Stephens Sports Reporter Robbie Neiswanger Moves to Democrat-Gazette

Neiswanger will replace staff writer Chris Bahn, who shifted beats late last year to cover Wal-Mart when reporter Cyd King moved to Little Rock. King began covering development in downtown Little Rock after the departure of Jack Weatherly last fall.
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Stephens' Halifax Made Money Before Sale to New Media

A recent U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission filing by the company that bought Halifax Media, the private newspaper chain partially owned by Warren Stephens, revealed more details about his company's financials.
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Vowell Inc. Hires Missy Penor as Publisher

If you haven't been scouring the masthead of About You or Arkansas Money & Politics lately, you might not know the two Vowell Inc. publications have a new publisher.
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