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In Merger Run-Up, GateHouse Is Closing Papers in Stuttgart, Helena

In the run-up to a $1.4 billion merger with Gannett that would create the nation's biggest newspaper chain, GateHouse Media Inc. is closing two Arkansas papers, the Stuttgart Daily Leader and the semi-weekly Helena World. read more >
Walter Hussman Jr., chairman of Wehco Media Inc., in his office at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Business Services / Investments / Manufacturing / Media & Marketing / Transportation

Walter Hussman Risks Business ‘In Order to Save It’

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Publisher Walter Hussman Jr. talks about replacing newspapers with iPads, why he's not selling his flagship and who his real competitors are. read more >
The office of the Atkins Chronicle, as it appeared in 2014.
Legal / Media & Marketing / Small Business

Insult Added to Injury at the Atkins Chronicle

Last month, folks at the Atkins Chronicle felt the latest blow in a couple of hard-knock years when the small newspaper’s retail boxes were robbed. read more >
Bart Hester
Legal

Arkansas Legislators Seek More Limits on Public Records

Two years after the Arkansas Legislature scaled back the state's decades-old law protecting public access to government records, lawmakers are considering making even more information secret. read more >
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El Dorado A&P Leaves Light On Hotel RevenuesLock Icon

Candlewood Suites in El Dorado is the city's top hotel by gross receipts, according to a list released by the El Dorado Advertising & Promotion Commission. read more >

Number of 7-Day Newspapers Drops to 8 in ArkansasLock Icon

With the Pine Bluff Commercial consolidating its Sunday print operation into a weekend edition to be published on Saturday, the count of seven-day-a-week papers remaining in the state shrank once again. read more >
Education / Government & Politics / Legal

Want State Business? Stay on Israel’s Side

The Arkansas Times, which lost ad business with the University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College after rejecting pro-Israel language in an ad contract, is suing to neuter the state law requiring it. read more >
A screenshot of the Har-Ber Herald's investigative story originally published on Oct. 30 at HarBerHerald.com.
Education / Legal

Silenced Springdale Student Paper Rescued by State Law

Springdale’s Har-Ber High School shifted into reverse last week on its headline-making shutdown of the student newspaper, which had published an article the administration didn’t like. read more >
The four parcels Mojuva LLC of Maumelle purchased in northern Pulaski County. 
Business Services / Nonprofits / Real Estate

Recent Real Estate Deals Total $1.67M

Mojuva LLC of Maumelle, led by Brandon and Kelly Hines, bought 124.6 acres on the north side of Highway 365, at Stanley Road on the northern edge of Maumelle, for $700,000. read more >
Publisher John Robert Schirmer hopes his new Arkadelphia Dispatch will fill the hole left after GateHouse Media Inc. shuttered the Siftings Herald in September.
Education / Small Business

A News Dispatch From Arkadelphia

The Arkadelphia Dispatch, a weekly startup, is coming soon to the Clark County seat. read more >

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Circulation Corrected, But Still DownLock Icon

Questions about declining circulation numbers printed last month in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette sent executives at the daily paper scrambling to grab a pencil and recalculate. read more >

No Arkadelphia Paper? Say It Ain’t So, GateHouse

After back-to-back weeks of notable newspaper shutdowns by GateHouse Media Group Inc., including The Times of North Little Rock and the Arkadelphia Siftings-Herald, we seem to be at a tipping point for local journalism in Arkansas. read more >
Garrick Feldman, publisher of The Leader, says his newspaper will focus on North Little Rock more often.
Business Services / Government & Politics / Small Business

Garrick Feldman Knows Story of Survival, Not Just in Publishing

The publisher of Jacksonville newspaper The Leader talks about his plans for expansion, his reaction to Trump tariffs and briefly about the family saga that got him to where he is today. read more >
Karen Brown waves goodbye after retiring from her position as executive director of the Arkansas Newspaper Foundation.
Nonprofits

Arkansas Newspaper Foundation Director Karen Brown Retires

Karen Brown of Bentonville has retired after 14 years as executive director of the Arkansas Newspaper Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the Arkansas Press Association. read more >
Media & Marketing

GateHouse Shutting Down Pulaski, Lonoke County Papers

GateHouse Media Inc., the national chain that owns more U.S. newspapers than any other, is shutting down its weekly print papers in Pulaski and Lonoke counties, the company’s senior group publisher based in Pine Bluff confirmed Tuesday morning. read more >

Paxton Buys Batesville Guard, State’s Last Non-Chain Family-Owned Daily

The last non-chain family-owned daily newspaper in Arkansas, The Batesville Daily Guard, is no longer independent, bought last week by the Paxton Media Group of Paducah, Kentucky. read more >

In Print, Grim Numbers But Some Successes

Numbers in the new Arkansas Media Directory from the Arkansas Press Association offer a wealth of detail on the state’s 82 weekly, nine semiweekly and 21 daily newspapers. But for fans of the inky publishing industry, they make for pretty grim reading. read more >
Media & Marketing / Small Business

Two North Arkansas Newspapers Listed for SaleLock Icon

The Marshall Mountain Wave and the Mountaineer Echo of Flippin in the north Arkansas Ozarks are for sale for $285,000 read more >
Investments / Media & Marketing / Small Business

Two Editors Lost In a Battered Industry

The Denver Post and the Log Cabin Democrat lost splendid editors this month, both exemplars of Arkansas journalism and former newsroom colleagues of mine. read more >
Ashley Wimberley
Government & Politics / Media & Marketing

Wimberley Named to Lead Arkansas Press Association

Ashley Wimberley, the daughter of longtime northeast Arkansas newspaper publishers, has been named the permanent executive director of the Arkansas Press Association in Little Rock. read more >