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Journalist and political staffer Wayne Weidie dies at 78

OCEAN SPRINGS — A former Mississippi newspaper publisher and political columnist who later became a congressional aide has died. Wayne Weidie (WEE-die) was 78 when he died Thursday at his home in Venice, Florida. Weidie was publisher and editor of two Mississippi Gulf Coast newspapers, the Ocean Springs Record and the Gautier Independent, from 1970 to 1990, and wrote a ...

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TODD SMITH — Facebook offers news outlets millions for publishing rights

Facebook is willing to shell out millions of dollars for the rights to publish its content in a news section that the company hopes to launch later this year, according to The Wall Street Journal. Facebook officials recently told news executives they would be willing to pay as much as $3 million a year to license headlines and previews of ...

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TODD SMITH — Gatehouse Media & Gannett – 2 largest newspaper chains – combine

The media industry continues to go through seismic shifts in order to better align with a digital world, and the evolving preferences of audiences. A major media tremor struck earlier this week, when the two largest newspaper chains in the United States agreed to merge in a nearly $1.4 billion deal – consolidating an industry rumbling with change. New Media ...

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GateHouse, Gannett to merge for $1.4B, build newspaper giant

Two of the largest U.S. newspaper companies have agreed to combine for roughly $1.4 billion, creating a new industry giant that hopes to manage the crisis of print’s decline through sheer size. GateHouse Media, a fast-growing chain backed by an investment firm, is buying USA Today owner Gannett, promising to speed up a digital transformation as readers shift online. The ...

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Instagram resume pays off for college dropout turned chef

By NICK WOOTEN / Sun Herald BAY ST. LOUIS — There’s some science and design planning to the dishes that come from the mind of Lauren Joffrion. Every detail is planned, examined and thought about carefully. It’s a product of the professional fields she almost chose. Joffrion was once a student at Mississippi State, torn between majoring in biology or ...

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TODD SMITH — Cable news audience increased 8% according to Pew State of the News media report

Throughout July, the Spin Cycle explored the recently released Pew Research Center State of the News Media report, showcasing key audience and economic indicators across the U.S. news media landscape. This data pinpoints the shifting ways Americans seek news and information in an increasingly digital world. The press – often referred to as the fourth branch of government – is ...

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TODD SMITH — State of the news media report released from Pew; Local TV news audience down, revenue up

Last week, the Spin Cycle explored the recently released Pew Research Center State of the News Media report, showcasing key audience and economic indicators across the U.S. news media landscape. This data pinpoints the shifting ways Americans seek news and information in an increasingly digital world. The press – often referred to as the fourth branch of government – is ...

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TODD SMITH — State of the News media report released from Pew; newspaper circulation down more than 10%

Each year since the early 2000s, the Pew Research Center has released its State of the News Media report, showcasing key audience and economic indicators across the U.S. news media landscape. This data pinpoints the shifting ways Americans seek news and information in an increasingly digital world. The press – often referred to as the fourth branch of government – ...

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Cooper elected president of state newspaper media association

Kevin Cooper, Senior Vice President/Digital and Special Projects for Boone Newspapers, Inc., has been elected to lead the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Press Association. Cooper, 48, is the former longtime publisher and editor of The Natchez Democrat and has served on the MPA Board since 2012. A Gulf Coast native, he is a 1993 journalism graduate of the ...

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New England newspaper owner fights to save local journalism

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Eagle has an expanded investigative team. There’s a new 12-page lifestyle section for the Eagle’s Sunday editions. There’s a new monthly magazine focusing on the area’s culinary and natural charms. There is an advisory board that includes cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Pulitzer-winning writer Elizabeth Kolbert. The newspaper is wider, its paper thicker. There’s even a ...

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