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A Google Street View image of the former Jonesboro Sun building, which it occupied for more than 50 years before selling to St. Bernards helathcare.
Health Care / Media & Marketing / Real Estate

Price of Jonesboro Sun Building? $2.1M

The buyer plans to restore the building and "make it a thriving part of downtown Jonesboro." read more >
Media & Marketing / Small Business

A News Entrepreneur Steps Up in Arkadelphia

Siftings Herald and GateHouse veteran Joel Phelps has stepped up with Arkadelphian.com. He’s promoting it as a professionally edited 24/7 community news source, and he hopes to make it profitable. read more >
A Google Street View image of the former Jonesboro Sun building, which it occupied for more than 50 years before selling to St. Bernards helathcare.
Media & Marketing / Real Estate

Jonesboro Sun Building’s Sale Reflects New Economy of News

The paper is among many that have sought savings in a deeply besieged industry where readers, advertisers and revenue have been fleeing to the web. read more >
Jennifer Allen, owner and publisher of the Hot Springs Village Voice
Media & Marketing / Small Business

Publisher Jennifer Allen Finds Her Voice

Not long after Jennifer Allen lost her job running the Hot Springs Village Voice for Gannett, she got a call from an executive at the company asking if she’d ever considered buying the paper she had worked for since 2007. read more >
Banking & Finance / Government & Politics / Media & Marketing

PPP Loan Forgiven, ABPG Expands to Texas

“Fort Worth and Dallas, about a million miles away,” Texas singer Jimmie Dale Gilmore croons, but Arkansas publisher Mitch Bettis knows better. 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 >

Democrat-Gazette Acquires Pine Bluff Commercial, Plans Digital Replica

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Publisher Walter Hussman extends his new business model for newspapering to Pine Bluff, announcing that his Wehco Media Inc. of Little Rock is acquiring the once-storied Pine Bluff Commercial from Gannett. read more >
Mike McNeill
Construction / Media & Marketing / Real Estate

Arkansas News Outlets Assert Physical Presence

The Helena World is headed back to its old orbit, and a growing digital news outlet in Magnolia is putting down brick-and-mortar roots, company owners say. read more >
Media & Marketing

Daily Papers in Free Fall Despite COVID-19 Readership

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in America, daily newspapers enjoy their largest readership in years, but an eroding ad-based business model seems to be washing away altogether. read more >
Millie Ward of Stone Ward, Mike Sells of the Sells Agency, Myron Jackson of The Design Group, Darin Gray of CJRW and Sharon Tallach Vogelpohl of Mangan Holcomb Partners/Team SI.
Business Services

Ad, PR Pros Connect While Keeping Their Distance

How some of the state's advertising, marketing and public relations businesses are keeping the messages flowing during the COVID-19 pandemic. read more >
Media & Marketing

Ashdown Paper Inactive; Democrat-Gazette Digital Numbers Up

As one Arkansas newspaper ended a 121-year publishing history last month in Ashdown, the dogged statewide daily — the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette — reported strong sales for its future-driven model: a digital replica newspaper on iPad and a printed Sunday paper. read more >
The daily “paper” now arrives at Arkansas Business mainly on an iPad.
Government & Politics

Clinton, Parade of Journalists Celebrate Arkansas Gazette’s 200th

Bill Clinton and a parade of venerable newspaper folks throw a 200th birthday party for a state treasure, the old Arkansas Gazette. read more >
Media & Marketing

Publishing Plans Put Off at The Stuttgart Leader

Scott Siler spoke with Stephen Steed of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, reporting that publishing plans have been put off until after the first of the year. read more >
Small Business

Helena Newspaper Buyers Rescue The World

Retired Helena businessman Chuck Davis and Phillips County Community College instructor Andrew Bagley are buying the Helena-West Helena World from GateHouse Media Inc., which had planned to shutter the paper. read more >
Media & Marketing / Public Companies

GateHouse Deal Leaves Wreckage in Its Wake

After nearly four years fighting a battle of attrition as managing editor of the Pine Bluff Commercial, John Worthen is done with what he called “the madness” of leading a skeleton crew delivering news to Jefferson County. read more >

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 >
The daily “paper” now arrives at Arkansas Business mainly on an iPad.
Media & Marketing / Public Companies

Will Fortune Favor the Future of News?

Democrat-Gazette Publisher Walter Hussman has staked his paper’s future on readers taking the iPad path to daily news. That change in our reading habits have coincided with another sign of the apocalypse for daily papers, the $1.4 billion merger of America’s two largest newspaper chains, Gannett and GateHouse. read more >

Newspaper Chain GateHouse Buying Gannett, USA Today Owner

Two of the country's largest newspaper companies — GateHouse Media and Gannett Co. — have agreed to combine in the latest media deal driven by the industry's struggles with a decline in printed editions. read more >
Kelly Sublett
Media & Marketing

Kelly Sublett Signs On with Vowell

Kelly Sublett, the former Log Cabin Democrat publisher who lost her post when the Conway paper and several sister publications were sold two weeks ago, quickly took a new post as COO of Vowell Inc. read more >
Media & Marketing

An Old Friend, the LCD, Joins Paxton News Chain

The Log Cabin Democrat’s circulation has dwindled to 3,925 on weekdays and about 5,300 on Sundays, about half what it was in the mid-1980s, even as the town has grown to 65,000 people. The decline shocks nobody following the daily newspaper industry, which is dying in the internet age. read more >