Rex Maynor, former publisher of the NewsPress in Stillwater, Okla. , was recently named the new publisher of the Opelika-Auburn News .
“We are very excited Rex is joining the staff at the O-A News,” said Alan Davis, Regional Publisher for the World Media Enterprise Alabama Group. “He brings many years of experience, and has a solid background working with community newspapers. He understands the newspaper’s role in providing valuable and relevant content.”
Maynor has worked in the newspaper industry for 31 years and was previously vice president of sales and marketing for Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., where he worked with newspapers in Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Kentucky.
“What I really like about this community i s the location and it’s a growing community with a lot of opportunities,” Maynor said.
Maynor said the duties of a publisher should be to ensure the accurate and timely delivery of news and information from within the community.
“That’s the goal of a publisher and a newspaper,” Maynor said. “I can’t stress enough the importance of accuracy and timeliness.”
Maynor also expressed his desire to ensure that the Opelika-Auburn News continues its tradition of covering local news and events, as well as being involved in the community, working with community organizations and helping to grow and improve the quality of life for people in it.
“The part I enjoy most is the community interaction and community involvement,” Maynor said.
Maynor said with the new climate newspapers are in during the digital age, it is important for newspapers to continue with that trend.
“We have to be faster, but we also have a huge responsibility to our readers to be accurate,” Maynor said.
In addition to accuracy, Maynor maintained the importance of credibility in newspapers.
“Newspapers have one thing, and that is credibility,” Maynor said. “Once that’s gone, there’s nothing left.”
Maynor replaces former O-A News publisher Jim Whittum, who left the paper last November. Wynn Christian, vice president of digital media for community newspapers of World Media Enterprises, served as interim between the time of Whittum’s departure and Maynor’s arrival.
Maynor’s wife, Helen, and two children, Allen and Brittany, will join him here in May after the end of the school year.