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Shareholders Sue Hollinger, Black
(AP) A shareholders group sued press baron Conrad Black and newspaper holding company Hollinger International on Monday, accusing Black and other executives of failing "to disclose the transfer of millions of dollars of Hollinger funds into their own pockets." - February 03, 2004

Goldman Sachs Sees Papers Moving in Right Direction
Large newspaper companies experienced a mixed bag of financial results in the fourth quarter of last year, but, in general, the industry is moving in the right direction. - January 30, 2004

Study: People Want Local News From Papers
Most Americans turn to newspapers when they want local news, according to a study from a pair of companies who fear new media-ownership rules will stifle local competition. - January 30, 2004

Journal Register Buys Portuguese Language Paper
The Journal Register on Thursday announced it acquired the assets of O Jornal, a Portuguese-language weekly that covers Massachusetts and Rhode Island. - January 30, 2004

McClatchy Posts Record Q4, 2003 Earnings
Sacramento-based publisher McClatchy Thursday announced its 19th consecutive year of daily circulation growth and record-setting earnings in both the fourth quarter of 2003 and the full year. - January 29, 2004

Newsprint Maker Bowater Reports Loss
(AP) Newsprint maker Bowater Inc. said Thursday that several unusual events, including a fiber shortage at a Canadian plant and capital improvements at a South Carolina mill, led to a larger than expected fourth-quarter loss. - January 29, 2004

Journal Register Profits Higher Last Year
The Journal Register Co. Thursday reported net income of $16.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2003, a 15.2% rise from the comparable period in 2002. For the year, the company posted net income of $72 million, a whopping 47.9% jump from 2002's $49.2 million. - January 29, 2004

'USA Today' Serves Up TiVo Top 10
USA Today on Wednesday debuted an enhanced television ratings section that includes a Top 10 list from homes with TiVo digital video recorders. - January 29, 2004

Tribune Co. Earnings Jump 75%; Newspapers Up 8%
(AP) Fourth-quarter net earnings jumped 75% at Tribune Co. as the media giant benefited from the sale of a minority holding and better-than-expected operating gains in its newspaper and broadcasting divisions. - January 28, 2004

Improving Ad Picture Boosts Media General
A strong performance by its newspaper publishing business led diversified media company Media General to announced Wednesday a healthy fourth quarter in 2003, with income of $23.7 million, an 11.3% increase over the comparable period in 2002. - January 28, 2004

CNHI Sells Miss. Weekly
Bolton Newspapers has purchased The Wayne County News in Waynesboro, Miss., from Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., according to Cribb & Associates, which represented the buyer in the transaction. - January 27, 2004

Skye Media to Take Stake in Mid-Atlantic Papers
Skye Media Inc. will soon take an equity position in several free dailies and weeklies in the Virginia and Maryland areas. - January 26, 2004

'Toronto Star' Publisher to Step Down
(AP) John Honderich, publisher of the Toronto Star, will step down from his post effective May 5, the newspaper announced Sunday. - January 26, 2004

Changes on Tap for 'Boston Globe Magazine'
(Adweek) In an effort to attract younger readers and new advertisers, The Boston Globe Magazine will relaunch on March 7. The newspaper, owned by The New York Times Co., has invested $2 million into the 110-year-old Sunday insert, which was last redesigned several years ago. - January 23, 2004

Claim: As TV Fragments, Newspapers Are Last Mass Medium
With television audience fragmentation at an all-time high, newspapers are now one of the last true mass mediums remaining, the publisher of the Toronto Star said Thursday. - January 23, 2004

Hollinger Auction Aims to Stop Black-Barclay Deal
Hollinger International, in an attempt to stop former chief Conrad Black from selling his controlling interest in the company to Frederick and David Barclay, has started a formal auction process for some of its top properties. - January 23, 2004

Dow Jones to Offer 'WSJ' in India
Dow Jones announced Thursday that it would begin publishing its flagship Wall Street Journal in India, a move executives feel will immediately enhance the paper's global impact for readers and advertisers. - January 22, 2004

Auction Fever Spreads Among Newspapers
Online auctions are becoming more popular at newspapers, as evidenced by the news this week that Knight Ridder has partnered with auction company CityXpress Corp. of Vancouver, British Columbia. - January 22, 2004

Journal Newspapers Taps James McDonald
Journal Newspapers Inc. of Alexandria, Va., on Wednesday announced it has named James McDonald president and publisher. He assumes the post on Feb. 2. McDonald, a veteran at developing major-market free dailies, was, until recently, publisher of Philadelphia Metro, the first free major-market daily in the country. He is currently an executive in Metro's headquarters in New York. Journal Newspapers said McDonald will team with the company's owners and a new investment group to form a joint venture aimed at "an aggressive effort" in the Mid-Atlantic. McDonald also will be president of the Sun Gazette newspapers, a group of free weeklies in Northern Virginia, and of the Central Virginia Gazette and Mechanicsville Local, weekly papers covering suburban Richmond. Additionally, he'll serve as publisher of Sunday, a free newspaper serving the Washington region, and Middleburg Life, a monthly paper covering Virginia's Hunt Country. Journal Newspapers publishes the Northern Virginia Journal, the Montgomery Journal and the Prince George's Journal. Combined, the three papers have a daily circulation of just over 100,000 and a Sunday circulation of 150,000. - January 21, 2004

Pulitzer Profits Jump 15%
(AP) Pulitzer Inc.'s fourth-quarter profit rose 15%, the company reported Tuesday, beating analyst's expectations on increased advertising and circulation revenues. - January 20, 2004

Was Death of Ex-Embed Linked to Iraq Experience?
Rising Newspaper Ads Lift Gannett Profits
'E&P' Names Edward M. Sears Editor of Year
BBC Reporter in Weapons Probe Resigns
'Arizona Republic' Endorses Lieberman
Washington Post Co. Profits Sag in Q4
Philly 'Inquirer' Asks for Comics at No Charge
King Features: We Denied 'Inquirer' Request
How Pittsburgh Reporter Met Sean Penn in Baghdad
McClatchy Posts Record Q4, 2003 Earnings

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Cyndi Pittman has been named the new publisher of the DeSoto Times in Mississippi. Pittman holds two decades of experience in Mississippi newspapers.

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