Nags Head, NC, Outer Banks Sentinel Sold to Jurkowitz

Veteran journalist Mark Jurkowitz, has purchased the Outer Banks Sentinel, Nag’s Head, NC, from Womack Newspapers, Inc. in a deal announced earlier today. Jurkowitz, recently stepped down as the Associate Director of the Journalism Project at the Pew Research Center in Washington, DC.

The Outer Banks Sentinel is a paid-circulation broadsheet weekly published every Wednesday. It is distributed throughout North Carolina’s Outer Banks, a top vacation/historic destination.

Jurkowitz explained, “This is the culmination of a longstanding dream. I got my start in journalism more than three decades ago at a community weekly and in this shifting news landscape, the one constant is the need for robust local coverage. The Outer Banks is a wonderful community and the Sentinel will continue to serve it with the journalism it deserves.”

David Slavin, Grimes, McGovern & Associates, represented Womack Newspapers, Inc. in the transaction

A long-time press writer, Jurkowitz spent 10 years at the Boston Globe, first as the paper’s ombudsman and then as its first full-time media beat reporter. Moving to Pew Research, he became a familiar speaker at media industry seminars, regularly briefing foreign reporters in the U.S. sponsored by the International Center for Journalists and had discussed the project’s work on programs such as the PBS NewsHour, CNN’s Reliable Sources and On the Media from public radio station WNYC. He has authored studies on presidential campaign coverage and the newspaper industry’s search for new business models and was the lead writer of the News Index Reports, which quantified and analyzed the news agenda of the mainstream media.

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