Selma-based Kingfisher Media LLC has expanded its newspaper publishing footprint by taking over Western Star’s news operations in Jefferson County, Alabama, beginning March 1, 2022.
Kingfisher Media owns the Selma Sun and operates the Marion Times Standard in Perry County. The Western Star serves the communities of Hueytown, Hoover and Pleasant Grove in western Jefferson County from its office in Bessemer.
“Kingfisher Media’s award-winning staff will make the weekly a go-to news source in West Jefferson County,” said Cindy Fisher, president of Kingfisher Media. “Western Jefferson County readers will see a big change in news coverage over the next few months, along with new features and products, including a website this year.”
Kingfisher Media entered into a co-operating agreement in October with Bibb Community Media, owner of the Western Star, Marion Times Standard and Centerville Press. Kingfisher Media owns and publishes the Selma Sun, an innovative weekly newspaper serving Dallas County. In addition to the print newspaper, the Selma Sun offers a weekly online newsletter, podcasts, a daily e-newsletter, and social media resources.
Bibb Community Media president David Daniel will serve as publisher and Fisher as editor-in-chief of The Western Star. Longtime Star staff will continue to provide content and services to advertisers.
Daniel said the two local publishing houses are working together to keep community newspapers relevant while bringing them into the 21st century.
“The Western Star, Centerville Press and Marion Times Standard publish Central Alabama Fundamentals,” Daniel said. “Current newspaper staff have worked hard to keep these important and historic print publications in circulation as so many newspapers have closed in the face of digital competition from the internet and social media. our new resources combined, we can help these publications reach new and broader audiences and continue to serve this field for generations to come. I am honored to lead this new effort and look forward to seeing what the future holds. reserve for us.”
Daniel said there will be continued focus on positive community news and events and more reporting on economic progress in all areas the publications serve.
In the near future, it is planned to offer complementary digital publications. Future subscriber packages may offer access in a variety of formats, including print, digital or full access, along with other subscriber benefits to be announced shortly.
KFM owner Cindy Fisher said her four-year-old business is excited to expand into another central Alabama community.
“KFM’s goal is to rebuild once strong community newspapers to provide readers with hyperlocal, trusted coverage they can’t find anywhere else,” Fisher said.
Kingfisher Media has won numerous statewide awards for its news coverage and innovative videos that share local stories with the community in new ways.