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Baptist New Mexican Changing Publication Frequency, Becoming Monthly

Originally published on Feb. 1, 2021 on The Baptist New Mexican by Kevin Parker ALBUQUERQUE (BNM) – The Baptist New Mexican will transition to a larger monthly publication in March, 2021, due to funding changes and cost increases. Along with the change in publication frequency, churches and individuals will also see adjustments in subscription pricing. The changes will allow the paper to continue publication and online availability and may even bring back some color printed issues, which were totally removed in 2020 due to costs.  Until these changes, the 109-year-old Baptist New Mexican newspaper was one of only two remaining …

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The BR magazine is just around the corner

Originally posted on Dec. 8, 2020 on The Biblical Recorder by Seth Brown December 12 will mark the last publication of the Biblical Recorder’s bi-weekly newspaper, but it is the beginning of a new era for our printed news. Since 1833, the Recorder has been a news source for North Carolina Baptists. That legacy continues as we publish on more platforms than ever. The forthcoming monthly magazine in January will be an outstanding addition. Former editor Josiah Bailey (1895-1907) honored the Recorder’s 70th anniversary by saying it should be a source of inspiration and a “bond of unity binding an …

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Southern Baptist Media Day is Sunday, July 26

Originally published on July 24, 2020 on The Alabama Baptist EDITOR’S NOTE: July 26 is Southern Baptist Media Day in the Southern Baptist Convention. Trusted sources of information and inspiration for almost 200 years, Southern Baptist media have experienced myriad changes and challenges in 2020. Added to the Southern Baptist Convention calendar in 2019, Southern Baptist Media Day, on July 26, is set aside to celebrate how God has used and continues to use Southern Baptist media in His mission. “In a culture where mainstream media continue to face an identity crisis and competition from expert bloggers and TV and …

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Mississippi’s The Baptist Record goes fully digital

Originally published on July 22, 2020 by Baptist Press JACKSON, Miss. (BP) — The Baptist Record will cease printing after 143 years, going fully digital and free of charge on its own website, according to editor William H. Perkins Jr. “There came a time when the last buggy repair shop in Mississippi had to close, because the need for horse-drawn carriages had passed,” Perkins said. “As automobiles were to horse-drawn carriages in another era, the internet has brought tremendous change to the news industry, both religious and secular.” Perkins cited the newspaper’s declining print subscription base as a factor that …

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June ASBP Virtual Meeting

Baptist editors meet/conduct business virtually

By Margaret Colson Meeting virtually for the first time in the organization’s 125-year history, approximately 25 members of the Association of State Baptist Publications (ASBP) elected a president-elect and honored two retiring state Baptist editors in a business meeting convened by 2020–21 ASBP President Jennifer Davis Rash. ASBP members typically would have met in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention scheduled to have been held in Orlando, Fla., in early June. After the annual meeting was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rash, editor of The Alabama Baptist, led ASBP members to gather virtually. “We all …

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Arkansas Baptist News released to state convention, no longer independent news outlet

Originally published on Feb. 4, 2020 on The Alabama Baptist The Arkansas Baptist News (ABN) recently dissolved its autonomous board of directors and became a convention-run publication, according to an Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) press release Feb. 4. The ABN is the most recent of the traditional state Baptist newspapers, reportedly because of financial and other pressures, to make this move, leaving only four of its kind remaining. The Alabama Baptist (TAB) is one of those four and remains the largest circulated among them. The Arkansas ministry, most often referred to as the ABN, began as a part of …

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7 reasons why you should read Southern Baptist news

This article was written by Seth Brown on October 8, 2019 for The Biblical Recorder. Southern Baptist journalism plays a key role in the life of our local, state and national partnerships. Yet, like most traditional press outlets in our society today, our news agencies appear to be caught in a struggle for relevance. Many people in our pulpits and pews are not aware of the value – sometimes even the existence – of Southern Baptist news outlets at the state or national levels. Others may be familiar, but do not believe Southern Baptist journalism has any effect on their …

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Southern Baptist Media Day this Sunday

Margaret Colson wrote this story on July 26, 2019 for Baptist Press about Southern Baptist Media Day. NASHVILLE (BP)– Longtime trusted sources for information and inspiration, Southern Baptist media are now being celebrated and recognized with a day to call their own: Southern Baptist Media Day. Longtime trusted sources for information and inspiration, Southern Baptist media are now being celebrated and recognized with a day, July 28, to call their own: Southern Baptist Media Day.Photo by Shawn Hendricks Recently added to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) calendar, Southern Baptist Media Day, on July 28, is set aside to celebrate how …

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Why support your state Baptist paper?

Appeared in the THE ALABAMA BAPTIST on JUNE 11–12, 2019 Factual reporting, resources for real-life issues, good news about Baptists are a few reasons By Margaret Colson, Executive director, Association of State Baptist Publications In an era of subjective news and social media frenzy, where do Southern Baptists turn for a trustworthy source of information? For almost 200 years, amid significant societal and technological change, the answer has been the state Baptist paper. State Baptist papers have been the go-to source for trustworthy information and inspiration since Georgia’s The Christian Index was established as the first Baptist state paper in …

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Southern Baptist Editors Challenged to ‘Press On’

Margaret Colson wrote this story on May 1, 2019 for SBC Life More than thirty members of the Association of State Baptist Publications (ASBP) gathered for their annual meeting February 11–14 in Charleston, South Carolina, where they learned from author and university professor Penelope Muse Abernathy, heard reports from denominational leaders, and sharpened one another spiritually and professionally. With the theme “Press On,” based on Philippians 3:14, participants were encouraged to persevere in their callings as Christian journalists, in spite of today’s daunting challenges. Read the Entire Story

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