Zimmerman takes reins as LK Media publisher

LUFKIN—LK Media Group has named Jackie Zimmerman as publisher of all its newspapers, including the Red River Sun, The Floyd County Hesperian-Beacon, the Knox County News-Courier and the Post Dispatch, replacing Bruce Green.
Zimmerman, a former city editor with the Lufkin Daily News who also owns a marketing and public relations firm in Lufkin, previously served as managing editor of all the papers.
“She has already made great improvements within the company,” said Stormi Pressley Clifton, director of operations & design.

Fowler named publisher of The Kaufman Herald

KAUFMAN – Amy Fowler, who has worked for The Kaufman Herald since 2011, is the new publisher of the weekly newspaper.
Melanie Mazur, who joined the Herald staff a year ago as publisher, announced the appointment and added that she will remain on the Kaufman Herald staff as managing editor.
Fowler started in advertising sales and became the publication’s advertising director.
As publisher, Fowler will head up a staff comprised of office manager Wendy Perkins, reporter Sam Harmon, who also handles the Herald layout, and Mazur.

Unprecedented times

This week, as we put our paper to bed, I glanced at our front page and realized how different things in our industry are than they were last year at this time. 
It is homecoming season, of course, and since we cover three counties there’s no shortage of homecoming royalty pictures. On our front page this week were a young man and young woman from an area high school sharing with the world their joy of being crowned king and queen — but from behind their masks, protecting themselves and others even at that moment. 

Ask an Attorney: Responding to requests to take down content

In the digital age, somebody’s worst moment can be the first result a Google search returns on them, potentially forever. Increasingly, news publishers are being asked to take down content that the person making the request wants the world to forget. Whether the profession of journalism—the self-proclaimed “first draft of history”—should be in the business of unpublishing yesterday’s news presents thorny practical, ethical, and even existential dilemmas.

By CHIP STEWART, Texas Christian University, and DEBORAH L. DWYER, Reynolds Journalism Institute

Covering a pandemic: Don’t let fatigue and friction stop you

Just as some people are tiring of taking precautions against the novel coronavirus, helping it spread, I’m sure some newsrooms are tiring of covering it. And that helps it spread, too, by making it seem less of a threat and discouraging precautions.
And I fear that some newsrooms aren’t just tired of covering the pandemic, but have scaled back their coverage because of objections from people who think the pandemic is overblown or even a hoax that will fade after the election.