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November 2017

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PAGE 2 THE INLANDER • INLANDPRESS.ORG • NOVEMBER 2017 NEWLY FORMED NEW MEDIA GROUP ACQUIRES THREE OKLAHOMA PAPERS FROM CIVITAS MEDIA A newly formed media group with Oklahoma ties has purchased three newspapers in the southern part of the state from Civitas Media. Dirks, Van Essen & Murray, a media merger and acquisition firm based in Santa Fe, New Mexicoa, represented Civitas Media in the transaction. Larry Miller, an owner and chief exec- utive officer of Graystone Media Group LLC, announced the purchase of daily newspapers in Durant and Altus and a weekly newspaper in Frederick. Another owner, Rick Carpenter, serves as president of Graystone Media Group and publisher of the Altus Times. Miller and Carpenter have previously owned newspapers in Colorado and South Carolina. Miller will serve as publisher of the Durant Democrat and will be involved in all aspects of the paper. "My partners and I want to live in the communities we serve and work with our employees to make this paper as good as it can be," Miller said. "We know the newspaper industry has been challenged in recent years, but there are things we can do that will make this publication more valuable to readers and advertisers. We will be rolling out changes in the coming weeks and months that will help achieve that." Miller, who grew up in LeFlore County, and Carpenter, who grew up in Oklahoma City, both graduated from the University of Oklahoma with bachelor's degrees in jour- nalism in 1976. Miller earned a master's degree in jour- nalism education from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1983, and Carpenter earned a master's in communications from West Texas A&M in 1990. Miller started his career at papers in Seminole, El Reno and Edmond before joining the staff at the Daily Oklahoman, where he was an assistant editor. He left the state in 1984 to work for a variety of papers in Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsyl- vania, and South Carolina. "We have both done pretty much every job in the newspaper business, from writing/reporting, ad sales, photography, as well as upper management. Those skills, along with those of our employees, can make our newspapers better." Carpenter has written for the Daily Oklahoman, the Denver Post and the Aspen Times as well as many other daily and weekly newspapers. He also served as an intern photographer for Sports Illustrated and Time magazines in 1975. Coastal Fun Info papers sold to pres- ident of Lowcountry Local Media B.J. Frazier, owner of Coastal Fun Info LLC, publishers of the Bluffton Sun, the Hilton Head Sun and the Sun City Sun (S.C.) community newspapers – and their digital platforms – has announced THE INLANDER TEAM MARK FITZGERALD, EDITOR KARLA ZANDER, ADVERTISING DIRECTOR CREATIVE CIRCLE MEDIA SOLUTIONS, DESIGN & PRODUCTION OUTSOURCING The Inlander is the official publication of the Inland Press Association and Foundation. It is published 12 times a year. The Inlander is printed by Shaw Community News Group, Sterling, Ill. Paper supplied by PAGE Cooperative, King of Prussia, Pa. DISCLAIMER: Columns and articles do not represent the opinions of Inland Press Association or its members or of the Inland Press Foundation. Submissions from law firms do not constitute legal advice or opinions. They are intended for general information purposes only THE INLAND PRESS ASSOCIATION The Inland Press Association is a not-for-profit organization owned by its members and operated by a volunteer board. Dues are among the lowest in the industry, about $32.20 per thousand circulation for dailies, $137.50 flat rate for weeklies. The Inland Press Foundation assists with continuing educa- tion programs for newspaper employees. TOM SLAUGHTER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PATRICIA SLUSHER, DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP & PROGRAMMING KARLA ZANDER, MANAGER OF RESEARCH AND MEMBER SERVICES STEVE HOFFMAN, ACCOUNTING MANAGER INLAND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE TOM YUNT, ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT United Communications Corp. • Kenosha, Wis. DOUG HIEMSTRA, ASSOCIATION CHAIRMAN BH Media Group • Omaha, Neb. DOUG PHARES, ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT-ELECT Sandusky Newspapers Inc. • Sandusky, Ohio CORY BOLLINGER, ASSOCIATION VICE PRESIDENT Schurz Communications • Mishawaka, Ind. JEREMY HALBREICH, FOUNDATION PRESIDENT AIM Media Texas • McAllen, Texas AMY GLENNON, FOUNDATION VICE PRESIDENT Cox Media Group • Atlanta, Ga. TOM SLAUGHTER, SECRETARY-TREASURER Inland Executive Director • Des Plaines, Ill. The Inlander: (ISSN 1066-2146) is published monthly by the Inland Press Association, Inc. Subscription rate for non- members is $75. Periodical Postage Paid at Des Plaines, Ill., and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Inland Press Association, ATTN: The Inlander, 701 Lee St., Suite 925, Des Plaines, IL 60016 ©2017 The Inland Press Association, Inc. All Rights Reserved. NOVEMBER 2017 • VOL. 31, NO. 11 701 Lee St., Suite 925, Des Plaines, IL 60016 (847) 795-0380 • Fax (847) 795-0385 • BRIEFS ADAMS PUBLISHING GROUP BUYS PIONEER NEWS MEDIA ASSETS T he Pioneer News Group Co. announced that it is selling its media division assets to family-owned Adams Publishing Group. The sale will include 22 daily and weekly newspapers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Utah along with newspaper and commercial print facilities, various shoppers and websites. The sale is expected to close on Nov. 1. Terms were not disclosed. John Cribb and Randy Cope represented the sellers in the transaction. The Pioneer News Group is a family media business owned by members of the Scripps family. Pioneer Newspapers, formed by James G. Scripps in 1986, is owned by Leighton Wood; his children Stedem, Marnie, Heather and Laura; and eight next-generation family members. Marnie Roozen is chair of the company's board of directors. "It has been an honor for my family to serve our communities over these many generations," Roozen said. "We cherish the friendships we have created with our employees and truly feel we are a family. It is because of our dedication to our communities and employees that we are so pleased that Adams Publishing Group is purchasing our media division. Adams shares our values as well as a deep commitment to the future of community newspapers." The company was recently renamed Pioneer News Group to reflect its expansion to produce news and adver- tising, both in print and expanding digital formats." Adams Publishing Group, based in Minneapolis, owns and operates 100 community newspapers in 11 states. Pioneer newspapers in the sale include the Ellensburg Daily Record, the Klamath Falls Herald and News, the Lake County Examiner, the Klamath Falls Nickel, the Skagit Valley Herald, the Anacortes American, the Burlington Argus, the Sedro-Woolley Courier-Times, the Stanwood Camano News, the Logan Herald Journal, the Tremonton Leader, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the Belgrade News, the Idaho Press Tribune, the Idaho State Journal, the Kuna Melba News, the Meridian Press, the Emmett Messenger Index, the Montpelier News-Examiner, the Preston Citizen, the Rexburg Standard Journal and the Teton Valley News. OKLAHOMA, CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

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