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How well do newspapers cover stories that affect their bottom line?

On the posting of public legal notices: Surprise, surprise! Not very well

On page 10 of this morning’s Wheeling Intelligencer is a story by Ogden’s political reporter, Steven Allen Adams. The story

West Virginia Press Association: Public Notice Change Would Lead to Less Transparency

details some of the debate surrounding a House bill that the Judiciary Committee eventually sent to a . . .

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January 28, 2020

Huntington Herald-Dispatch makes winning bid for the Charleston Gazette-Mail

Instead, Ogden Newspapers buys Virginia newspaper chain

From WV Metro News earlier today:

Ogden Newspapers is out as a bidder for the Charleston Gazette-Mail, leaving Huntington’s Herald-Dispatch as the apparent new owner of West Virginia’s Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper. . . .

Ogden, which owns newspapers in several West Virginia cities, had been considered the stalking horse, . . .

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March 08, 2018

Pending sale of the Charleston Gazette-Mail

The Washington Post's coverage and a petition

The Washington Post is just up with an excellent article about the likely sale of the Charleston Gazette-Mail to Ogden Newspapers:

A West Virginia newspaper is in bankruptcy. The powerful coal industry celebrates.

The article by Steven Mufson begins with the coal head mocking G-M reporter Ken Ward that I wrote . . .

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February 16, 2018

Charleston Gazette-Mail to enter Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Ogden Newspapers likely to become the new owner

From the Charleston Gazette-Mail late this afternoon:

The owners of the Charleston Gazette-Mail agreed Monday to take the company into Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Wheeling Newspapers is currently the high bidder to assume ownership of the company.

The company, operated by the Nutting family, owns more than 40 daily newspapers . . .

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January 29, 2018

What important bills are being considered by the West Virginia legislature?

The answer depends upon which newspaper you read

There’s a media theory that argues that our mass media influence us more by what they choose to talk about than what they say about the subject. Agenda-setting theory, as it’s called, argues that that the media are important in our culture primarily because they tell us what we should think about rather than telling us what to think.*

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January 19, 2018

A tale of two cities and their newspapers

Covering gubernatorial candidate Cole's fundraisers in Charleston and Wheeling

Mark Pence, governor of Indiana, was in West Virginia yesterday in order to attend fundraisers for Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Cole in Charleston and possibly Wheeling. Governor Mike Bevin of Kentucky was also supposed to be in Wheeling.

Here are some questions about these events with the answers based upon today's . . .

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June 08, 2016

Here's the only legislative news story in today's News-Register: local delegate misses vote because of bathroom break

Don't complain -- that's one more story than yesterday's Intelligencer

Today's Sunday edition of the Wheeling News-Register, like yesterday's Intelligencer, contained no real news stories about the West Virginia legislature. There was an editorial on the need to fix state roads and the opinion section also carried the "Reporters' Notebook" which devoted a couple of paragraphs to a local . . .

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February 28, 2016

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