Stephens Media (newspapers)

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Stephens Media LLC
Industry Newspapers
Founded 1940 (1940) (as Donrey Media Group)
Founder Donald W. Reynolds
Headquarters Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Products Newspapers, magazines, online
Number of employees

Stephens Media LLC was a Las Vegas, Nevada, diversified media investment company. It owned stakes in the California Newspapers Partnership and the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette.

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California Newspapers Partnership is a publisher of more than two dozen daily newspapers and several weekly newspapers in the United States state of California. The partnership is managed as a subsidiary of MediaNews Group, its majority owner. The minority partner is Stephens Media, with roughly a one-quarter ownership stake.


The company had been expanding its interactive Internet business, operating online sites for its newspapers and portal sites like, which is licensed to Greenspun Media Group. The company is also a partner in the California Newspapers Partnership with MediaNews and Gannett. The company also formed Northwest Arkansas Newspapers LLC in November 2009, a joint venture with WEHCO Media Inc., in Arkansas.

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WEHCO Media, Inc., based in Little Rock, AR is a privately held media company with holdings that include newspapers, cable television systems, and internet service. Walter E. Hussman, Jr., is the president. Hussmann is the grandson of Clyde E. Palmer, whose media holdings formed the basis of WEHCO Media.

On November 28, 2010, Stephens Media Iowa, LLC, a subsidiary of Stephens Media, acquired several newspapers, including the Ames Tribune, Boone News-Republican, Dallas County News, Nevada Journal, Ames About People & Advertiser, Tri-County Times, and Algona Upper Des Moines from Midlands Newspapers Inc., a subsidiary of the Omaha World-Herald Company. [1] In August, 2011, the Algona Upper Des Moines was sold to Hallmark Media. [2]

<i>Omaha World-Herald</i> newspaper in Omaha, Nebraska

The Omaha World-Herald is the primary newspaper serving the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area. It is based in Omaha, Nebraska, and delivers news, advertising and commentary to help keep people informed in their communities. Founded in 1885, The World-Herald has the largest news-gathering staff in the Midlands.

In February 2015, Stephens Media was purchased by GateHouse Media for $102.8 million. [3] In December 2015, GateHouse sold the Las Vegas Review-Journal , the Stephens group's largest paper, to casino magnate Sheldon Adelson for $140 million. [4]

GateHouse Media

GateHouse Media Inc., a holding company for New Media Investment Group, former symbol on OTC Markets Group's OTCQB tier GHSE, is one of the largest publishers of locally based print and digital media in the United States, headquartered in the town of Perinton, New York. As of April 2018, GateHouse Media publishes 144 daily newspapers, 684 community publications, and over 569 local-market websites in 38 states. In addition to publishing content, GateHouse Media offers commercial services including a digital marketing agency (ThriveHive), event production company, and creative services.

<i>Las Vegas Review-Journal</i> newspaper published in Las Vegas, Nevada

The Las Vegas Review-Journal is a pay for fee major daily newspaper published in Las Vegas, Nevada, since 1909. It is the largest circulating daily newspaper in Nevada and one of two daily newspapers in the Las Vegas area. It is ranked as one of the top 25 newspapers in the United States by circulation.

Sheldon Adelson American businessman, investor, and philanthropist

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The company was formerly called Donrey Media Group, which was founded by Arkansas media mogul Donald W. Reynolds and based in Fort Smith, Arkansas. After Reynolds died in 1993 at the age of 86, the company was sold to the Stephens family of Arkansas, known for their Little Rock investment banking business Stephens Inc. Some of Donrey's properties were sold off, and the company moved its headquarters to Las Vegas, Nevada, home of its largest newspaper, the Las Vegas Review-Journal . The company was renamed Stephens Media Group in 2002. In June 2006, the company became known as Stephens Media LLC. The company has no connection with Stephens Media Group, a radio broadcasting company in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Donald W. Reynolds Recipient of the Purple Heart medal

Donald Worthington Reynolds was an American businessman and philanthropist. During his lifetime, he was known for his involvement in the Donrey Media Group.

Fort Smith, Arkansas City in Arkansas, United States

Fort Smith is the second-largest city in Arkansas and one of the two county seats of Sebastian County. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 86,209. With an estimated population of 88,037 in 2017, it is the principal city of the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area, a region of 298,592 residents that encompasses the Arkansas counties of Crawford, Franklin, and Sebastian, and the Oklahoma counties of Le Flore and Sequoyah.

Stephens Inc.

Headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas, Stephens Inc. is a privately held, independent financial services firm. As one of the largest privately owned investment banks in the country, Stephens has 28 offices worldwide and employs more than 1200 people. Warren A. Stephens is chairman, president and chief executive officer at Stephens Inc.

In 2010, Stephens Media contracted with the litigation firm Righthaven LLC, giving it the power to enforce the company's copyrights [5] when online violators go beyond the bounds of fair use. [6] More than 141 lawsuits have been filed in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas since mid-March.

In a column published in the RJ shortly after the lawsuits began, publisher Sherman Frederick, said the primary goal with the partnership with Righthaven was to deter theft of the company's copyrighted materials. [7] He said if the company was successful, he hoped Righthaven would find other media clients. In late August, WEHCO Media, which owns the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and the Chattanooga Times Free Press , signed on with the firm. [8] MediaNews Group has also used Righthaven to file a copyright infringement suit.

The aggressive enforcement of the Stephens Media copyrights by Righthaven was being closely watched by other publishers, as is the debate it has generated. [9] Critics of the relatively new practice have coined it 'copyright trolling', and argue that the purpose of such enforcement is to make a profit. [10] In the Poynter article, Stephens Media general counsel Mark Hinueber says the goal is to make sure the company's intellectual rights are protected. "We were seeing our entire work product in some stories just being right-clicked and cut and pasted into blogs, where people were selling Google ads around them and making money." [9] The Las Vegas Sun has been thoroughly documenting Righthaven's activities and the response. The Sun’s outside law firm, Lewis and Roca, is defending several of the Righthaven suits.

Targets of the Righthaven lawsuits included bloggers, political forums, major political parties, and several of the newspaper's own sources including NORML,, Infowars, Free Republic, and others. [11] [12] [13] On August 25, 2010, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) announced that they will make efforts to assist Righthaven LLC defendants to the best of their ability. [14]

Righthaven's lawsuits came under increasing judicial scrutiny, which led to Righthaven being found in June 2011 to lack standing to sue for alleged infringement of copyrighted material to which it holds only a limited license, as such a license does not confer the right to sue for infringement. Sanctions against Righthaven and its attorney, Steven A. Gibson, of Nevada law firm Dickinson Wright, are currently being contemplated by one judge. Righthaven later had its assets seized to pay judgments levied against it in lawsuits it filed against those whom it said infringed on the copyrights of clients. As a result, copyrights which had been "sold" by Stephens to Righthaven were "sold back" to Stephens for $80,000 to pay legal fees. [15]

Joint venture

In September 2009, Stephens Media and WEHCO Media Inc., owner of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, announced plans to combine their newspaper operations in Northwest Arkansas and operate as a single company. [16] The venture was approved in November 2009 by the U.S. Justice Department and a new Arkansas Limited Liability Company, Northwest Arkansas Newspapers LLC, was formed. Stephens Media sold its interest in the joint venture to WEHCO on May 5, 2016, which assumed control of all operations of the newspapers in the joint venture. [17]

Newspapers in the joint venture include:


Newspapers by state


  1. Press Argus Courier, Van Buren (Weekly, Wed. & Sat.) [19]
  2. Booneville Democrat, Booneville (Weekly, Wed. & Sat.) [20]
  3. Charleston Express, Charleston (Weekly, Wed. & Sat.) [21]
  4. Greenwood Democrat, Greenwood (Weekly, Wed. & Sat.) [22]
  5. Paris Express, Paris (Weekly, Wed. & Sat.) [23]
  1. White Hall Progress, White Hall (Weekly, Wed. & Sat.) [25]
  1. North Little Rock Times, North Little Rock (Weekly, Wed. & Sat.) [26]
  2. Jacksonville Patriot, Jacksonville (Weekly, Wed. & Sat.) [27]
  3. Sherwood Voice, Sherwood (Weekly, Wed. & Sat.) [28]
  4. Maumelle Monitor, Maumelle (Weekly, Wed. & Sat.) [29]
  1. Cabot Star-Herald, Cabot (Weekly, Wed. & Sat.) [30]
  2. Lonoke Democrat, Lonoke (Weekly, Wed. & Sat.) [31]
  3. Carlisle Independent, Carlisle (Weekly, Wed. & Sat.) [32]
  4. England Democrat, England (Weekly, Wed. & Sat.) [33]
  1. Hot Springs Village Voice, Hot Springs Village (Weekly, Wed. & Sat.) [34]
  2. Van Buren County Democrat, Clinton (Weekly, Wed. & Sat.) [35]


  1. Boone News-Republican, Boone, IA (DAILY) [36]
  2. Dallas County News, (Weekly) [37]
  3. Algona Upper Des Moines, Algona, IA (Weekly) [38]
  4. Nevada Journal, Nevada, IA (Weekly) [39]
  5. Tri-County Times, Nevada, IA (Weekly) [40]
  6. Ames Sun, Ames, IA (Weekly)
  7. Story County Advertiser, Ames, IA (Weekly)


  1. Ely Times, Ely, NV (Weekly, Fri.) [41]
  2. Rebel Nation, Las Vegas, NV (Monthly, 1st of month) [42]
  3. Eureka Sentinel, Eureka, NV (twice Weekly, Wed. & Fri.)
  4. Lincoln County Record (Weekly) [43]

North Carolina


  1. Pawhuska Journal-Capital, Pawhuska, OK (twice Weekly, Wed. & Sat.) [44]


  1. Anna-Melissa Tribune, Anna, TX (Weekly) [45]
  2. Grayson County Shopper, Sherman, TX (Weekly)
  3. Prosper Press, Prosper, TX (Weekly) [46]
  4. Van Alstyne Leader, Van Alstyne, TX (Weekly) [47]
  5. Lake Texoma Life, Kingston, TX (Monthly, 1st of month)


  1. The Advertiser News , Spring Hill, TN (Weekly, Wed.)
  2. The Value Guide, Columbia, TN (Weekly, Tues.)
  3. Franklin Life, Franklin, TN (Monthly, 15th of month) [48]
  4. Brentwood Life, Brentwood, TN (Monthly, 1st of month) [49]
  5. Healthy Living, Columbia, TN (Monthly, 3rd Wed. each month)

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