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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Rotary Report 9/4/08

Marianna Rotary Club Activities, August 27 Meeting
By Sid Riley & Byron Ward, Club Media Representative
At the regular Wednesday, August 27 meeting of the Marianna Rotary Club held at Jim’s Buffet and Grill in Marianna, this week’s program was introduced by club member Paul Goulding, whose speaker was Nicole Barefield, who is publisher of the Washington County News and the Holmes County Times – Advertiser.
These papers are part of an entertainment – news conglomerate, Freedom Communications, Inc. This network is a libertarian based organization based in Irvine, California, which includes 33 daily and 77 weekly newspapers, and eight television stations. Their network reaches over three million households across the nation.
Nicole spoke about the changing nature of the newspaper business with the growing influence of alternate sources of news such as the internet, cable television, and international, satellite generated systems of information transmission. The public today has an unquenchable thirst for news on a real-time basis. This forces newspapers to create active, constant download web sites, and to turn their printed news toward local community gathered news.
In other club activities, the dictionary project is currently underway. Club volunteers are giving free dictionaries to every third grader at every public school in Jackson County.

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