Monday, September 21, 2009

Many items from The Rural Blog

Our friends at the Rural Blog had much to report this week concerning newspapers and the people who make them happen.

Longtime agricultural journalist Bernard Brenner died Sept. 17 of lung cancer. He was 87. Brenner was the longtime farm editor for United Press International, when it was a major wire service, and was president of the Newspaper Farm Editors of America, now the North American Agricultural Journalists, in 1975.

Horace Carter of Tabor City, N.C., publisher of the first weekly newspaper to win a Pulitzer Prize died September 16 after suffering a heart attack. He was 88. The Pulitzer went to the Tabor City Tribune, now the Tabor-Loris Tribune, and The News Reporter in Whiteville, for a "four-year crusade against the Ku Klux Klan that saw 254 Klansmen convicted and 62 sent to the penitentiary or fined," the Fayetteville Observer said in a staff report.

And finally, this:

Rural newspaper publishers are helping the U.S. Postal Service lobby for a bill that would give it some financial relief but continuing to oppose its efforts to win congressional authority to end Saturday mail delivery.

For more on these and other fascinating stories, see The Rural Blog

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