Two SWVA papers merge

Two papers owned by BH Media in Southwest Virginia have merged.

Jim Maxwell, publisher of the Bristol Herald Courier and regional publisher for several other weekly papers in Southwest Virginia, wrote to subscribers that the Clinch Valley News and the Richlands News-Press would be merged into one paper effective this week.

The new paper is called the Clinch Valley News & Richlands News-Press.

“We have decided to combine both newspapers into one, honoring the flags and names of both newspapers recognizing both communities, and adding content for both communities to read,” Maxwell wrote.

The Clinch Valley News is one of the oldest papers in the BH Virginia network. It first began publishing in 1847. The Richlands News-Press is one of the youngest papers in the BH network, first published in 1966. Both papers are located in Tazewell County.

Maxwell said the decision to merge was influenced by the changes in the local economy.

Both papers regularly shared content for many years, Maxwell said, with only an average of four pages being specific to the Clinch Valley and Richlands communities. He added that with the merger, the paper has added human resources “to help present information ahead of time, rather than report on what has happened already.”

Maxwell said the paper sees itself as a servant to the community but also as a “business, making decisions that will help maintain” the paper’s “viability and ability to do the things” readers have come to expect and more.

Richmond Magazine gets new editor

Richmond Magazine has hired Jessica Ronky Haddad as its new editor.

Last week, Haddad took over as the monthly magazine’s editorial director. She replaces longtime editor, Susan Winiecki, who has been the editor at the magazine for the past 23 years.

Haddad previously worked as the managing editor as Richmond Magazine affiliate publication, R-Home Magazine.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to take the reins of the magazine,” Haddad wrote in an email to readers. “I look forward to continuing to work with our staff to share the inside stories of the people and places that make Richmond such a great place to live.”

Winiecki will continue to work at the magazine in a new position centered around audience development.

Roanoke Times’s website gets a makeover

The website for the Roanoke Times,, got a face lift this week.

The paper joined many other BH papers, most recently the Daily Progress, in redesigning its website to load faster and read better on mobile devices.

“With a growing readership online, it’s important we continue to make improvements to the website and offer readers a better experience,” said executive editor, Lawrence McConnell.