Arkansas Media

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A bill that would have extended the period of time state or governmental entities can comply with a Freedom of Information Act request failed to advance out of an Arkansas House of Representatives committee on Wednesday morning.

Jacksonville Democratic Rep. Bob Johnson’s bill would have extended the time that agencies or entities could comply with FOIA requests from three working days to 15 days if the request they receive is “unduly burdensome.” Johnson said it was needed in cases of requests for large amounts of records, which can be difficult to gather even in the age of computers.

Courtney Pledger AETN
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Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday named Courtney Pledger the new executive director for the Arkansas Educational Television Network. She replaces Allen Weatherly who died last November after leading the network since 2001.

The network, which airs PBS and locally produced programming on six broadcast stations around Arkansas, is operated by an agency of the state government.

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This week marks the 25th anniversary of the closing of the Arkansas Gazette, once the oldest newspaper west of the Mississippi. In 1957, as nine black students integrated Little Rock’s Central High School, the paper’s editorial stance in support of integration led it to win two Pulitzer Prizes. 

New Statewide News Network Announces Managing Editor

Apr 29, 2016

KUAR 89.1, UALR’s public radio station, along with its content partners in a regional journalism collaboration (RJC), is pleased to announce that Bobby Ampezzan will lead the newly created Natural State News as the project’s managing editor.

In his new role, Ampezzan will oversee three reporters focusing on long form reporting about education, health and energy, with a focus on rural Arkansas.

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Arkansas is a long way from Paris. But at least one Arkansan is there covering the climate conference, known by the shorthand, COP21.

 

Eric Mann, a Little Rock native is the producer and director of photography of a documentary web series called Climate Countdown.

 

There are many familiar voices on NPR but some seem to move around a bit more than others. Kelly McEvers is a thoroughly experienced and awarded foreign correspondent and one of two new anchors at NPR’s All things Considered. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman talked with McEvers about her new role.

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Its been 30 years since a legendary Little Rock radio station changed formats, marking the end of a key chapter for Arkansas media. This past weekend, many former employees of KAAY-AM 1090 got together to share stories and reflect on changes in the industry.

A judge has issued an arrest warrant for a housing agency's executive director over claims he didn't provide documents requested by an Arkansas newspaper.

District Judge Alice Lightle signed the warrant Thursday for Rodney Forte, the executive director of the Metropolitan Housing Alliance. An arrest affidavit by the Pulaski County prosecuting attorney's office states Forte is facing a misdemeanor charge of failing to comply with the Freedom of Information Act.

A prosecutor says Forte wasn't taken into custody but will have to appear later in court.

Arkansas Times

The Arkansas Times turns 40 this year. The publication’s playfulness, its literary and investigative ambitions, have survived a battle between two daily papers, arson and a crisis in the journalism industry. The Historic Arkansas Museum is currently showing an exhibition on the paper’s history. 

The first edition of the Union Station Times, later to become The Arkansas Times, told readers, "When muck arises it will be raked." In 1974, 22- year-old Alan Leveritt published the first edition with a $200 donation.

Jonesboro's police chief is to serve a 30-day suspension and issue written apologies to The Jonesboro Sun and a former reporter at the paper for derogatory comments he made on Facebook.

Mayor Harold Perrin announced Friday that Chief Michael Yates would be suspended without pay and has to undergo additional training. Perrin also instructed the city attorney to review the police department's policies on releasing public information and to correct any deficiencies.

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