Industry Achiever: Dan Starnes

By: Nu Yang

Industry Achiever: Dan Starnes

Dan Starnes might not have an extensive background in journalism, but the Alabama newspaper publisher just launched his fourth community newspaper, the Hoover Sun, last month. He also owns The Homewood Star, 280 Living, and Village Living, all of which are free newspapers distributed monthly in print and online.

Starnes told The Birmingham News that, with the addition of the Hoover Sun, his total monthly print circulation will reach 71,000.

Even though the Birmingham News reduced print publication from seven days a week to three, Starnes told the News, “I think (print) still has a place, and I think we’re just scratching the surface of what we can do.”

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