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  • Halifax Media Group will be bought for $280 million

    Herald Tribune

    New Media Investment Group Inc. will purchase Halifax Media Group for $280 million, according to a report in the Sarasota (Florida) Herald-Tribune.

    The purchase will include the 24 dailies owned by Halifax Media Group, which “have total daily circulation of approximately 635,000 and 752,000 on Sundays,” according to the Herald Tribune. It is scheduled to close in early 2015.

    Halifax Media Group formed in 2010 and soon acquired the Daytona Beach News-Journal in addition to nearly 15 newspapers in The New York Times Regional Media Group, according to the Herald-Tribune. It then added 19 papers from Freedom Communications.

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  • ‘Profanity dramatically increases engagement’ says NPR health blogger

    NPR

    NPR health blogger Scott Hensley has a strategy to generate buzz on social media: start cussing.

    He told NPR’s Social Media Desk that quoting a little profanity from a recent Jack Shafer interview in a tweet bumped his engagement up to 5 percent:

    If I said, “Fuck you and your mother with a stick,” you’d say, “Whoa, Jack!” I couldn’t say, “I’ve just been lynched" http://t.co/mdIY7uZ3Kn

    — Scott Hensley (@scotthensley) November 20, 2014

    Posting dog photos, Hensley said, also helps. This pooch picture bumped Hensley’s engagement rate up to 4 percent.

    "Media has a clear bias–in favor of dogs." http://t.co/P33ul4sjyr You gotta problem with that? via @picardonhealth pic.twitter.com/YO8X8PY8iJ

    — Scott Hensley (@scotthensley) November 19, 2014

    Meanwhile, NPR’s social media guidelines advise reporters to “consider how your conduct in a community will affect your reporting”:

    As you adjust behaviors such as language and dress in different situations, think about what might be most helpful or harmful to effective reporting.

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  • CPI has a wall of shame for no-commenters

    Public officials and flaks who stonewall reporters, beware: Your face might be the next added to this website.

    “____ couldn’t be reached,” a new Tumblr from the Center for Public Integrity, puts a spotlight on prominent officials and institutions that refuse to talk to news organizations for important stories. Since it went live earlier today, the Tumblr has highlighted reticence from the Obama administration, Sen. Mitch McConnell, the IRS and Amazon.com, to name a few.

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    The Tumblr was founded by CPI media specialist William Gray and engagement editor Sarah Whitmire, who were trying to expand the nonprofit’s social media footprint onto some new platforms, Gray said. They noticed public officials had slowly become decreasingly responsive over the years and wanted a way to show that trend.

    “When you finally see this lined up, it becomes obvious how many news organizations aren’t getting a response,” Gray said. He’s also the founder of Floor Charts, a Tumblr dedicated to cataloguing the wide array of props used by public representatives on the House and Senate floors. Read more


Laura Hand Wright

WSTM-TV

Laura Hand is probably best-known as the news anchor on WSTM-TV's "Action News at Noon," but she has many other jobs at the station -- and has taken on many roles in community organizations as well.
Laura got into news broadcasting while studying at Syracuse University. In the 1969-70 school year, she served as news director for WAER-FM. She spent the following summer as editor of "Report to the Middle East" at the Voice of America in Washington. After receiving a degree in journalism and political science in 1971, she joined WFBL radio as a news reporter for two years.

In 1972, Laura switched to television, joining WSYR-TV (now WSTM-TV) Channel 3 as a reporter. She's been there ever since -- mostly in news. She not only anchors Channel 3’s noon newscast, but also puts the program together every day. She also hosts and produces "Our Community" each Sunday, produces and writes the community calendar feature "3 in Touch," and is the web content manager for CNY Entertainment on wstm.com. Until a few years ago, Laura was the early morning news anchor and producer/anchor for public affairs documentaries.

Since January 1993, she added the position of community relations director to her resume. In that role, her responsibilities include developing campaigns to increase Channel 3's visibility in the community, producing and tracking public service announcements, and involving members of the station staff in community activities.

When it comes to community activities, Laura could be the role model for involvement. She is vice chair of the Salvation Army’s Advisory Board, working on marketing and annual resource development. She initiated the annual Tree of Lights gift program during the Christmas holidays, and expanded the Salvation Army's Dome Day food donation program.

She is also on the Northeast Community Center’s board of directors and serves on Syracuse’s Weed & Seed steering committee. And if all of this isn't enough, she finds time to read to school children and emcee community events.

Over the years, Laura has served with the "Hope for the Bereaved" advisory board, where she helped establish the Butterfly Garden of Hope on Onondaga Lake Parkway; the Mental Health Association Task Force on Children and Adolescents; Metropolitan Commission on Aging outreach project; American Lung Association CNY Chapter Board; Syracuse organizing committee, National Senior Sports Classic, Syracuse Press Club board; and a number of SU organizations including the Newhouse School Alumni Association board.

All of these activities have won Laura a large number of awards. Among them, she was named an SU Outstanding Alumna in 1992; She received the Marguerite Higgins Journalism Prize for Gulf War coverage; a National Merit Award from the Community Action Network for the "Feed the Hungry" campaign in 1994; three awards from the Associated Press and 10 from the Syracuse Press Club, including two SPC Professional Standards awards. Laura is listed in "Who’s Who of American Women."
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"If none of us ever read a book that was “dangerous,” had a friend who was “different” or joined an organization that advocated “change,” we would all be just the kind of people Joe McCarthy wants. Whose fault is that? Not really [McCarthy’s]. He didn’t create this situation of fear. He merely exploited it, and rather successfully."
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Hart Seely

The Post-Standard

What does Hart Seely do? The question should be, what doesn’t he do? He’s been a reporter and master-ful writer for the Post-Standard for more than three decades. Some of the other titles he’s earned are author, essayist, humorist, political commentator, broadcaster and foreign cor-respondent.

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