Above: From the top left, Mabel Norris Reese, David Armstrong
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OVERLOOKED: A July commentary in the Orlando Sentinel criticized the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame for overlooking the legacy of Mabel Norris Reese, the late journalist who owned the now-defunct newspaper Mount Dora Topic.
“Reese had a cross burned on her lawn and her dog slaughtered because she exposed a crooked sheriff who systematically framed blacks for crimes they didn’t commit,” commentator Lauren Ritchie wrote. “She kept writing in the face of threats to herself and her family.”
WELCOME MAT PULLED: The Oklahoman offered a sports reporter a job, then rescinded it, Poynter.org reports. The reason is GateHouse Media, owner of the newspaper, implemented a hiring freeze. The last-minute corporate decision surprised and disappointed the 25-year-old.
ENTERING THE STREAM: The Louisiana Film Channel will go live in early 2020, organizers report. The new streaming service will offer films about Louisiana, including documentaries. Also, the service will produce a weekly show dedicated to the film industry in Louisiana and the state’s native filmmakers.
GOOD MORNING, CHATTANOOGA: The Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame has inducted Earl Freudenberg, a broadcast journalist for more than 50 years who is a Chattanooga, Tennessee radio personality. The Tennessee Associated Press named him State Broadcaster of the Year in 1981.
SUSTAINABLE: David Armstrong will be the new executive director of The Center for Sustainable Journalism at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Armstrong is executive editor of the Georgia News Lab and a journalist in residence at Kennesaw State University.
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