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Community Newspaper Holdings moving headquarters to Montgomery

Birmingham-based Community Newspaper Holdings is heading south. The newspaper publisher plans to relocate its headquarters from the Colonnade area to Montgomery’s new Retirement Systems of Alabama building in late 2011 or early 2012.

Community Newspaper HoldingsThe company, founded in 1997, owns 86 daily newspapers, 46 nondaily papers and four TV stations. In Alabama, it owns the News Courier in Athens and the Cullman Times.

RSA helps fund CNHI. According to the story, “The company will bring 70 high-paying jobs with salaries averaging $75,000 to the area.” Another report says that current employees will be offered the chance to move from Birmingham to Montgomery, and that replacements will be found for those not making the move.

Green Eyeshade Awards: 17 finalists in Alabama


The Society of Professional Journalists’ Green Eyeshade Awards announced its finalists today, including 17 entries from Alabama media outlets, four from Birmingham.

The Birmingham finalists in print are both from Laurel Mills of Lipstick magazine, which closed in March, in the Serious Commentary and Humorous Commentary categories.

The radio division includes 2008 winner WBHM (90.3 FM) in the Public Service category for “Considering Faith” and news director Tanya Ott in the Radio Specialized Reporting category for “Bible Belt Beer Brawl,” “Wilcox County’s Pain at the Pump” and “College Fight Songs.”

Other Alabama finalists:


  • Breaking News: “Desperate Search” News Staff, Press-Register (Mobile)
  • Feature Writing: “Rumble, Rumble, Rumble” Challen Stephens, The Huntsville Times (Huntsville)
  • Breaking Business News: “Sky-High” George Talbot, Jeff Amy, Dan Murtaugh, Press-Register (Mobile)
  • Courts and the Law Reporting: “Big Bad Wolf Hunt” Brendan Kirby, Press-Register (Mobile)
  • Editorials: “Collection of Editorials” Mac Thrower, Press-Register (Mobile)
  • Feature Writing: “Outside Agitators” David Holthouse, Intelligence Report (Montgomery)
  • Sports Commentary: “Spaceships and Playoff Systems” Scott Wright, The Post (Centre)
  • Courts and the Law Reporting: “Capital Murder Trial Coverage” Scott Wright, The Post (Centre)
  • Humorous Commentary: “Series of Columns” Tim Sanders, The Post (Centre)
  • Editorials: “Theology of the Dispossessed” Mark Potok, Intelligence Report (Montgomery)
  • Graphics: “Skimboarding” Bronwyn Coffeen, Press-Register (Mobile)
  • Editorial Cartoons: “J.D. Crowe Editorial Cartoons” J.D. Crowe, Press-Register (Mobile)


  • Videography: “Mr. Postman” Brandon Ross, Times Daily (Florence)

Winners will be announced this summer.

Full list of finalists, after the jump …

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SPJ Town Hall in Montgomery

Society of Professional Journalist - Town Hall meeting

The Society of Professional Journalists wants to restore the public’s faith in the press by equipping the public with tools to evaluate all forms of journalism and we want to increase the dialogue between the public and the press. SPJ feels that the more the public understands how and why journalists do their jobs, the more likely they are to understand the valuable role the press plays in democracy.

Montgomery is one of 12 U.S. cities holding this event.

  • Date: Tuesday, April 28
  • Time: 6-8 p.m.
  • Place: Huntingdon College, Recital Hall, Smith Music Building, 1500 E. Fairview Ave., Montgomery.
    Google map | campus map (PDF)
  • Cost: free
  • Moderator: Kevin Smith, President-Elect, SPJ; assistant professor of journalism, Fairmont State University
  • Program contact: Jenn Rowell, president, SPJ-Alabama, rowell83[at]gmail.com
  • Town Hall event site

Note: Wade Kwon will be on the panel and welcomes any Birmingham MOB members to tag along. We’ll leave at 4 p.m. and return around 11 p.m. Contact him for ride details.

Also, please note that SPJ is offering a six-month dues waiver for current members laid off from their full-time positions. Fill out this waiver (PDF) to apply.