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Goodbye News-Journal

| July 24, 2016

Rick de Yampert, the former arts writer for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, explains why he cancelled his newspaper subscription for the first time in 43 years.

News-Journal Employees File Charges of Unfair Labor Practices Against New Owner GateHouse Media

| June 9, 2015

The press room union filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board on June 3, charging that GateHouse Media illegally abrogated their collective bargaining agreement and is trying to bust the union.

Major Layoffs Hit News-Journal and Ex-Halifax Chain 3 Months After GateHouse Takes Over

| March 4, 2015

Four newsroom employees lost their job and seven employees lost theirs in advertising. The Flagler Bureau, down to three reporters, is about to lose another as Natalie Kronicks leaves to join the Flagler County government’s communications office, coordinating marketing efforts.

1-Year-Old Child of Bankrupt Company Buys News-Journal and Halifax Media for $280 Million

| November 21, 2014

New York-based New Media Investment Group bought the Daytona Beach News Journal and Halifax Media’s three dozen newspapers for $280 million in cash today. New Media is a publicly traded company that owns 402 small to mid-size community publications.

News-Journal’s Mark Lane, Chronicler of the Darwinian, Will Try to Explain Florida In Library Talk Friday

| March 31, 2014

Lane will be bringing his wit, observation and histories to the Flagler County Public Library in Palm Coast on Friday, April 4, at 2 p.m., for a talk entitled, “Trying to Explain Florida in Print.” The free talk is hosted by the Friends of the Library of Flagler County.

Eighteen Months In, Palm Coast Observer Retrenches Back to Once a Week

| September 25, 2013

After scoring a series of successes in the Daytona Beach News-Journal’s backyard and launching an ambitious effort to go head-to-head with the twice-weekly News-Tribune a little over a year and a half ago, the Palm Coast Observer is doing what most newspapers have had to do to survive: it’s cutting back.

The Ron DeSantis-Heather Beaven Debate: Little Substance, Many Lies and Inventions

| October 18, 2012

Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Heather Beaven, congressional candidates for District 6, which includes all of Flagler, squared off in an hour debate at DeLand High School Wednesday, revealing more flair for snark, falsehoods, mis-chracterizations and generalities than substantive ideas or solutions.

The News-Journal’s Predatory Sensationalism On Sex Offenders Near Local Schools

| October 4, 2012

A News-Journal article on 445 registered sex offenders living near Flagler and Volusia elementary schools was dangerously alarming and misleading, argues George Griffin, and perpetuates numerous myths about sex offenders, encouraging bad laws.

News-Journal Puts Up $120 Barrier to Online Access in Hopes of Improving Bottom Line

| October 2, 2012

The News-Journal’s $120-a-year paywall for online readers follows the lead of more than 160 newspapers that have ended unlimited free access to websites to stop hemorrhaging print readers, where, most of the advertising revenue remains.

Two of My Favorite Jews

| October 1, 2012

Sam and Dave Markowitz celebrate birthdays with Duke Ellington, from behind the paywall of Volusia County’s Evin prison.

News-Journal Dynasty’s Post-Mortem: Federal Judge Snips Golden Parachutes’ Last Lines

| August 20, 2012

A federal district judge ruled that Georgia Kaney, the News-Journal’s former publisher, and David R. Kendall, its former chief financial officer,  must pay almost half a million dollars in legal fees Cox Newspapers incurred to avoid paying the pair $5.5 million in severance, the latest wrinkle in the collapse of the local newspaper dynasty.

News-Journal Slows Circulation Decline While Other Newspapers Tout Web Editions’ Growth

| May 1, 2012

The decline, while slower than in previous years, continued at the Daytona Beach News-Journal, with average weekday circulation falling to 2.3 percent in the period ending March 31, and 1.5 percent on Sundays.

Palm Coast Observer’s Brian McMillan Is Local Media Association’s Journalist of the Year

| March 9, 2012

The national award by the Local Media Association, formerly known as Suburban Newspapers of America, caps a succession of milestones for the Palm Coast Observer in the midst of its torrid duel with the News-Journal.

News-Journal Re-Opening Flagler Bureau, in St. Joe’s Center, as Newspaper War Intensifies

| January 20, 2012

The News-Journal’s 2,400-square-foot office in the St. Joe’s Business Park is less than a quarter the size of its old bureau on SR100, closed three years ago, and a concession that it can no longer address its Flagler competition–including a weekly newspaper and three radio stations–long distance.

Palm Coast Observer Taking On News-Tribune As It Aims for Twice A Week By April

| January 13, 2012

The Palm Coast Observer’s move would be a frontal assault on the Daytona Beach News-Journal’s diminishing hold on the Flagler market, where the paper has also been contending with competition from three new radio stations and online media.

For 1,200 News-Journal Pensioners, a Bittersweet Victory in Appeals Court’s Overrule

| January 10, 2012

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that an Orlando district judge misread Florida law when he brushed aside a $26.5 million claim from the federal PBGC to cover present and future retirement payments for Daytona Beach News-Journal employees.

Garage Sale: NYT Sells 16 Papers To News- Journal For Less Than $10 Million Apiece

| December 28, 2011

Each title went for barely $9 million, less than half the $20 million Halifax Media paid for the Daytona Beach News-Journal alone when it acquired that paper in April 2010–at discount from the $300 million price originally set by a federal judge in 2006.

Palm Coast Observer Bucks Bleaker Newspaper Trends As Weekly Nears 2-Year Mark

| November 21, 2011

The Palm Coast Observer’s latest audit shows a weekly print run of 25,000 and a household reach in Palm Coast exceeding 60 percent, compared with the News-Journal’s daily reach of 20 percent.

News-Journal Circulation Drops Another 4.5%, Now Below 9,000 in Flagler Households

| November 4, 2011

The News-Journal’s losses–the paper now reaches just a fifth of Flagler households–are at odds with gains at the St. Augustine Record and an end to declines, for now, at the Orlando Sentinel and the Jacksonville Times-Union.

Heist in Print: How Newspapers Sold Their Soul to Business Brigands

| October 30, 2011

Ethics in newspaper media, such as the once-inviolable church-state wall between newsrooms and the business department, are for the most part history as newspapers seek profits at the expense of public trust, Donald Kaul argues.

Circulation Still Declining at News-Journal, Rising at Sentinel and St. Augustine Record

| May 3, 2011

The News-Journals losses over the past 12 months were not as steep as in previous years: a 1.2 percent decline on weekdays, 2.5 percent decline on Sundays, though other regional newspapers are seeing increases in circulation.

News-Journal Inexplicably Spikes Follow-Up Story on Drowning of 3-Year-Old Girl

| April 21, 2011

The story, spiked Wednesday evening after being approved for the next day’s paper, cited police saying that the girl’s 5-year-old brother had told his mother he’d drowned his sister–information that other media reported Wednesday evening.

Happy Anniversary: News-Journal Owner Wants News Crew Selling Subscriptions & Ads

| March 31, 2011

At the 1-year mark of his ownership, News-Journal publisher Michael Redding is offering $25 to staffers who secure a 3-month subscription, $40 to those who get 6-month deal, and $50 to those who land $100 in advertising. Newsroom staffers are “insulted.”

News-Journal Pounds 71-Year-Old Palm Coast Man’s Door Over $3.97 Bill; Gun and Cop Follow

| January 11, 2011

Robert Leard of Palm Coast’s R section dropped his subscription last year. A salesman showed up and pounded on his door Saturday night. Frightened, Leard told him to “get the hell away from my door.” All over $3.97.

News-Journal Circulation Plummets 10% in First 6 Months Under New Ownership

| January 4, 2011

The News-Journal circulation has fallen by more than 41,000 copies, or 39 percent since 2005 though its recent, accelerating decline is far steeper than losses the newspaper industry is experiencing across the country.

$15 Million Short, Federal Insurance Fund Takes Over News-Journal’s Pension Plan

| August 19, 2010

A federal judge ruled against adequately funding News-Journal retirees’ pension plan, ordering instead that $40 million in cash and other values should go to Cox, the newspaper’s former minority owner.

Beat Shuffle at the News-Journal

| July 20, 2010

The paper is making fewer changes than meet the eye while continuing to attempt to do a little more with far less.

For a Few Dollars More: How the News-Journal Is Hounding Its Retirees

| July 6, 2010

Retirees’ pension and health plans are in jeopardy as battle continues over who’s owed what first.

Engaging the Next Generation By Shutting It Up

| June 13, 2010

An exception among metro newspapers, the News-Journal silenced all online comments under the guise of maintaining standards.

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