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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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Provincialism and Its Confessors

| May 24, 2010

If Flagler news falls in the forest and there’s no one there to pulp it into newsprint, has it really happened? Further tales and tails from the provinces of journalism.

Boners for Business

| May 8, 2010

The Pat Rice era began at the $218-a-year News-Journal in late April. That’ll buy you a whole lot of Twinkies.

Gel Raising at Medallion of Excellence

| April 22, 2010

That 4.5 tremor on the Richter scale you felt last night? That was the Davidsons rolling in their graves when Michael Redding replaced them at a Medallion of Excellence banquet.

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