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Looking at the Paper: Democrat-Gazette’s Circulation TrendsLock Icon

“It’s a long ways from the days back in the 1970s when the Arkansas Gazette’s circulation was well over 200,000 on Sundays,” a retired Gazette veteran said. read more >
Wesley Brown, left, and Michael McCray, the founders of the Arkansas Delta Informer, the Black-owned independent news portal based in Pine Bluff.
Media & Marketing / Restaurants & Food / Small Business / Tourism

Black-Owned News Outlet Launches in Pine Bluff

The Arkansas Delta Informer's mission is to highlight economic development and cultural tourism in the region, but founders say it won't shy away from bad-news topics. read more >
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette used outdoor billboards, such as this one in North Little Rock, to promote its digital edition.
Media & Marketing

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 >
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 >

Freeman, Former Pine Bluff Commercial Publisher and Mentor, Dies at 94

Edmond Freeman, a world traveler, mountain climber, naval officer and Arkansas newspaper publisher who kick-started the careers of some of the nation’s top journalists, died Monday at his Little Rock home. He was 94. read more >
Paul Greenberg
Media & Marketing

Media Comings, Goings, and a Colleague’s Death

Paul Greenberg died on April 6 and was remembered as a sophisticated writer and thinker. read more >
Paul Greenberg

Pulitzer Winner Paul Greenberg Dies at 84

Paul Greenberg, the former Arkansas Democrat-Gazette editorial page editor who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1969 for civil rights editorials that appeared in the Pine Bluff Commercial, dies at age 84. read more >
Business Services / Education / Media & Marketing

Land of Opportunity (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

The perfect candidate on paper can let you down, and the riskiest hires can sometimes deliver the biggest rewards. read more >
James Bright, who became general manager of the Texarkana Gazette this year, has concrete plans and bright hopes for the paper despite a long downturn in the daily newspaper business.
Media & Marketing

Texarkana Gazette Latest to Go Digital With iPads

Wehco Media boss Walter Hussman Jr. is bringing his 21st century digital revolution to his grandfather C.E. Palmer’s first paper, the Texarkana Gazette. 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 >
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 >

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 >
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 >

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 >
Media & Marketing

Pine Bluff Paper, Seeking New Publisher, Gets Sunday Off

The Pine Bluff Commercial printed its final Sunday edition Jan. 6 and begins a new era of mail delivery with Tuesday's print edition. read more >
Paul Greenberg
Government & Politics

A Journalistic Mensch Lays Down His Pen

Paul Greenberg, the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial writer, says he’s written his last lines for public consumption, after flinging his views far and wide for decades. read more >
Media & Marketing / Small Business

GateHouse to Shutter Arkadelphia, Hope and Prescott Newspapers

Fresh on the heels of closing newspapers in North Little Rock and Lonoke County, GateHouse Media Group has confirmed the shutdown of its papers in Arkadelphia, Hope and Prescott. read more >

Buy Local — News, That Is (Editorial)

The steady drumbeat of newspaper closures continued last week, with news that GateHouse Media Inc. was shutting down its weekly papers in Pulaski and Lonoke counties. read more >