Yesterday’s announcement that Berkshire-Hathaway Media is buying my almost-local daily, the Roanoke Times, sent me off building link lists for the benefit of recent graduates still researching media careers… (See below.)
Warren Buffett’s BH Media has been acquiring papers in this region for several years, including former Media General (Richmond, Va., Lynchburg, Va., Bristol, Va., Winston-Salem, N.C.) and Landmark (Roanoke, Va., Greensboro, N.C.) publications. BH also has owned a good chunk of the Washington Post for 40 years. I’m beginning to think Berkshire-Hathaway Media Group should replace the “Berkshire” in its name with “Appalachian,” at least when doing business in this part of the world. (It also owns papers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Texas, Iowa, Nebraska and Oklahoma.)
- Warren Buffett’s newspaper group buying The Roanoke Times
- Publisher Terry Jamerson says paper must be part of ‘fabric of community’
- Billionaire investor Warren Buffett believes in the future of newspapers
- Steady ownership has marked The Roanoke Times’ history
- Editorial: A commitment to our community
I did notice that stories in out-of-town publications had an inflated idea of the Roanoke Times’ daily circulation (76,000 instead of 67,000 reported in the RT itself)– perhaps based on a press release that used old data. See the discussion thread on the Times own story. I would expect an industry bible like E&P to check the numbers, but apparently not. Note the byline “by: Press Release | Dirks, Van Essen & Murray” (a newspaper acquisition firm, which you also might expect to have up-to-date stats).
Buffett’s hometown newspaper’s version of the story (You may want to bookmark its “Warren Watch Page“)
WorldMediaEnterprise.com is the homepage of BH Media Group
News job openings with BH Media papers (About 16 vacancies in Virginia and nearby North Carolina, from internships to managing-editorships and a weekly editor-in-chief. Venues include a regional copydesk in Hickory, N.C.: “The ConsolidatedEditingCenter is located in Hickory, N.C. and is the design hub for most of the World Media Enterprise newspapers in the southeast.” It does worry me that the ConsolidatedEditingCenter doesn’t have spaces in its name. IhopeTheCopyEditorsAren’tUnderOrdersToSaveSpaceThatWay.)
Internet/socialmedia-related job openings with BH Media papers (When I looked, they needed a director of Digital Media in Bristol, Va., “the chief web designer, coordinator and developer of new products for Bristol Market group which includes the Bristol Herald Courier and http://www.tricities.com.” Also, a Digital Media Specialist in Richmond)
Meanwhile, for my former journalism students reading this, the largest Virginia daily that paper that Buffett hasn’t bought, has a few openings too — The Virginian Pilot, still a landmark of Landmark.
(Note: If you’re intrigued, as I was, that both the Pilot and BH Media jobs are posted at a site called “silkroad.com,” it’s a human resources software company independent of both Landmark and BH Media.)