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Journal Publishing Co., publisher of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, has acquired the Southern Sentinel in Ripley and the Southern Advocate in Ashland. The Southern Sentinel has been serving Ripley and Tippah County since 1879 and the Southern Advocate has been serving Ashland and Benton County since 1904.

Tim Watson, publisher for both newspapers, said, “I’m excited about the change. We have a talented staff, as evidenced by the 27 editorial awards the Sentinel and Advocate won in this year’s Mississippi Press Association Better Newspaper Contest, and the 30 MPA advertising awards the two papers won this year. The change will allow us to continue to offer the best possible product to our readers in Tippah and Benton counties.”

Billy Crews, publisher and CEO of Journal Publishing said, “Our mission is to build community and improve the quality of life in Northeast Mississippi through profitable media and development initiatives. A primary way we do this is through the products we produce and our efforts to support the area we serve by setting a positive tone.”

Clay Foster, president and COO of Journal Publishing said, “We believe that success comes from uncompromising integrity, highly motivated and talented people, and a relentless focus on the needs of our customers, and we believe the Ripley and Ashland team are a good fit for our company. The addition of these papers with an already strong Daily Journal readership gives us the opportunity to continue expanding our audiences by reaching greater than 6,500 households and more than 16,000 readers on a regular basis in the Tippah and Benton county market area.”

Besides the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Journal Publishing also publishes community newspapers in Calhoun, Chickasaw, Itawamba, Monroe, Pontotoc, and Union counties.

Cribb, Greene & Associates advised Journal Publishing Co. on the transaction. Cribb, Greene & Associates is an 85-year old newspaper brokerage company with offices in Missouri, Montana, and Virginia.

Published July 15, 2008

Ripley, MS and Ashland, MS