Citizen parent company gets new name

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Photo by Kristen Ralph

CONYERS -- Southern Community Newspapers Incorporated is the new name of the parent company of the Rockdale Citizen, it was announced Friday. The new company name better reflects the mission of the community's seven Georgia newspapers, officials said.

The company, formerly known as Triple Crown Media, was formed in 2005 when the newspapers were spun off from Gray Television and became a new public company. In December, the company went private with new owners. In this new environment, officials felt it was time for a new name.

"It's great to have a new beginning and this is represented by our new branding. As a pure newspaper company, SCNI truly reflects our core competency along with the Southern heritage of our seven publications," said Mike Gebhart, executive vice president of SCNI and president and publisher of The Albany Herald.

The new name was selected in a contest that drew nearly 600 suggestions submitted by employees. Regional Circulation Manager Thom Bell submitted the winning entry.

"Incorporating the word 'community' in our company name emphasizes our strong ties to the Rockdale County community and our commitment to bringing our readers the best local news and advertising," said Rockdale Citizen Editor and Publisher Alice Queen. "The new name perfectly aligns with our mission."

SCNI publishes six daily newspapers, Rockdale Citizen, Newton Citizen, Gwinnett Daily Post, Clayton News-Daily, Henry Daily Herald and Albany Herald, and one weekly, the Jackson Progress-Argus.