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Keeping Up With News in Northeast Arkansas

If you don’t know how important a newspaper is to a community, proceed to a town that has lost one and ask around. read more >
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Paxton Veteran Gretchen Hunt Named Editor of 4 Northeast Arkansas Papers

The Jonesboro Sun is among the publications she'll oversee. read more >
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette used outdoor billboards, such as this one in North Little Rock, to promote its digital edition.
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Will 70,000 Subscribers Make a Rabbit Climb?

Let's consider whether Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Publisher Walter Hussman Jr. has pulled a tree-climbing rabbit out of his hat. read more >

Elliott Now Leads 6 Paxton Papers

Veteran publisher and former Baxter Bulletin advertising director Mark Elliott took over leadership of six Arkansas newspapers in May as a group publisher for Paxton Media Group of Paducah, Kentucky. read more >
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Paxton Newspaper Employees’ Data Copied, Company Reveals

Paxton Media Group of Paducah, Kentucky, which owns the Jonesboro Sun, the Batesville Guard, the Daily Citizen of Searcy and other Arkansas newspapers, suffered a cyber attack that potentially compromised employees’ birthdates, Social Security numbers and banking data. read more >
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s virtually abandoned newsroom last week.
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Brainstorming to Save Local News in Crisis

The financial damage from the pandemic is amplified because ad spending tends to decrease faster than overall business spending in a recession, and job losses from COVID are unprecedented. read more >

D-G Offers Voluntary Furloughs in Pandemic Crisis; Paxton Cuts Jobs

As other Arkansas daily newspapers bleed staff and cut back printing, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has given employees a dilemma: Accept a work furlough now to cut the odds of being laid off later. read more >
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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 >

Paxton Media Group Buys West Memphis Evening News

Paxton Media Group of Paducah, Kentucky, which has bought a string of Arkansas newspapers over the past few years, has added the daily West Memphis Evening Times to its roster, a brokerage representative announced Friday. 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 >
Kelly Sublett
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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 >
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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 >

GateHouse Sold Conway Paper to Paxton, Former Publisher Says in Post

The Log Cabin Democrat in Conway has been sold by GateHouse Media to Paxton Media Group of Paducah, Kentucky, according to the paper's group publisher until Friday, Kelly Sublett. read more >

Log Cabin Democrat, Other GateHouse Papers Primed for PurchaseLock Icon

They’re not writing the headlines yet, but media industry insiders are whispering about a possible sale of the Log Cabin Democrat and three other GateHouse Media newspapers in Arkansas to the Paxton Media chain of Paducah, Kentucky. read more >

The Changing of The Batesville Daily Guard

In the wake of the death this year of Dr. O.E. Jones, publisher of the Batesville Guard, Roy Ockert was unsurprised to hear that Paxton Media Group acquired the paper June 1. 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 >