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FOIA Bill Revised After Opposition and Chaos at Capitol

Constituents on Monday swayed lawmakers against provisions that would allow withholding a wide array of records now open to public requests. read more >
Government & Politics / Legal / Media & Marketing

Freedom of Information ‘Emergency’ Draws Skepticism

Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the sunshine law puts her and other elected officials at risk. Press groups, lawyers and even a couple of Republican read more >
Media & Marketing

Remembering Mary Fisher: A Force In Small-Town Publishing

Over nearly six decades, she published and edited four weekly newspapers, including the oldest weekly in the state, the Dardanelle Post-Dispatch. read more >

FOI Act Concerns Are Justified (Editorial)

Concerns about Attorney General Tim Griffin’s proposal to review the state’s FOI Act are rational. read more >

Arkansas Attorney General Forms Group to Consider Changes to State’s FOIA

Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin has formed a group to look at changing the state's law on public meetings and records. read more >
Ashley Wimberley, executive director of the Arkansas Press Association, described the recent legislative session as her hardest yet.
Government & Politics / Media & Marketing

Citizens Help Newspapers Dodge Legislative Threats

Many are relieved by the failure of bills that took aim at Arkansas’ strong Freedom of Information Act and current law that requires public notices to be published in newspapers. read more >
Media & Marketing

Brenda Blagg, Storied NWA Journalist, Dies at 75

She was a champion of transparency in government and a staunch defender of Arkansas’ Freedom of Information Act. read more >
Tom White, the owner of Advance Publishing and the Advance Monticellonian. White has agreed to purchase the Warren Eagle Democrat.
Media & Marketing / Small Business

Warren Eagle Democrat Looks Like a Phoenix

Tom White, publisher of the Advance Monticellonian and owner of Advance Publishing of Monticello, struck a deal to buy the weekly Eagle Democrat in his old hometown, Warren, 16 miles to the west. read more >
Tom White, the owner of Advance Publishing and the Advance Monticellonian. White has agreed to purchase the Warren Eagle Democrat.
Media & Marketing

Monticello’s Tom White in Deal to Buy Warren Paper

The Arkansas Press Association helped broker the agreement for the Warren Eagle Democrat. read more >
Business Services / Construction / Media & Marketing

Media & Marketing Notes: Group Five West Gets New Clients, Dem-Gaz Ends Zoned Editions, and a Book Debut

A roundup of industry news from Arkansas Business Assistant Editor Kyle Massey. read more >
Aaron Sadler, media relations specialist at Ghidotti Communications
Education / Government & Politics / Media & Marketing

Aaron Sadler Named Spokesman for LR Mayor Frank Scott

He's a former journalist and communications specialist who has served five state attorneys general. read more >
Jeremy Gulban
Media & Marketing

Chain Buys 5 Arkansas PapersLock Icon

Arkansas’ newest newspaper chain owner is now one of its largest, thanks to a five-newspaper deal with Rust Communications of Cape Girardeau, Missouri. read more >
Eliza Gaines, the publisher’s daughter, takes over this month as managing editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Media & Marketing

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Loses Heavy HittersLock Icon

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Managing Editor Eliza Gaines is scrambling after losing three award-winning projects team reporters to the four winds — Ginny Monk, Kat Stromquist and now Eric Besson. read more >
Media & Marketing / Small Business

Arkansas’ Newest News Chain Owner

Arkansas’ newest newspaper chain owner thinks technology has been the enemy of print news for too long. read more >
Charlotte Schexnayder died Dec. 11 at 96. Dennis Schick died Dec. 15 at 83.
Media & Marketing

Two Press Ambassadors for Arkansas, Gone in a Week

Retired Dumas Clarion editor/owner Charlotte Schexnayder died Dec. 11 at just shy of 97 years. Dennis Schick, former APA executive director, died Dec. 15. read more >
Andrew Levenson of MHP/Team SI in Little Rock
Business Services / Education / Media & Marketing

Levenson to Lead Nurture Development at MHP/Team SI (Movers & Shakers)

Andrew Levenson has been promoted to director of growth at MHP/Team SI in Little Rock. read more >
Sonny Rhodes
Education / Media & Marketing

A Professor’s Big Thrill, Like Singing to the King

UA Little Rock Professor Sonny Rhodes won the 2020 Arkansas Press Association Journalism Educator of the Year award last month. read more >
After acquiring the Pine Bluff Commercial, Walter Hussman, left, named Byron Tate as its editor.
Media & Marketing

Hussman and Tate’s Plan to Save Pine Bluff’s Paper

Byron Tate has a simple reason to be back as editor of the Pine Bluff Commercial, where he has worked three times before. read more >
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Arkansas Industries Attempt to Divine The Post-Pandemic FutureLock Icon

Some, like the hospitality industry, are bracing for a long, slow return to pre-COVID vitality. Others, like the energy sector, see a quicker recovery after the early swoon. Some trends seem baked into expectations, like reliance on home-based employees and the technology they use. read more >
Jay Jackson
Media & Marketing

Publisher Jay Jackson Dies at 94

Longtime Arkansas publisher and former Clinton Chamber of Commerce President Jay W. Jackson died March 6 in Rogers. He was 94. read more >