New CEO at PAM and Testing the Pay Model in Pine Bluff in This Week’s Arkansas Business

It’s Monday already. And that means a new edition of Arkansas Business newspaper, available now. Among the highlights:

Stephens Media will test a locked down model for online news with its Pine Bluff Commercial, Stephens President Sherman Frederick says. He says ArkansasNews.com, which aggregates news from the Stephens papers in Arkansas, might also go behind the pay wall. And — what the heck — same goes for The Morning News and the Southwest Times Record!

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette General Manager Paul Smith likes to say that “all media companies supported by advertising are struggling.” But he’s wrong! Arkansas Business Publisher Jeff Hankins says ABPG is doing just fine, thank you. Don’t lump niche publishers in with struggling daily newspapers.

A conversation with Daniel A. Cushman, the new CEO of PAM Transportation Services Inc. of Tontitown. First steps to turning around the struggling trucking firm include fixing its fractured brand, restructuring some of its internal functions and diversifying its revenue stream.

And speaking of trucking, in case you haven’t heard, the recession hasn’t been kind.

Don’t believe everything you read in the paper! Gwen Moritz doesn’t. She picks apart a recent Arkansas Democrat-Gazette story on mortgage holders in Arkansas who are underwater and finds there’s much more to it than first meets the eye.

Two northwest Arkansas firms have developed applications for Apple’s iPhone: IFWorld Inc. of Fayetteville and Rockfish Interactive of Rogers.

Our cousin, the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal, announces its latest 40 Under 40 class.

Adding to the lending turmoil in northwest Arkansas: the increased comings and goings of banking executives in the region. Some job changes were amicable, while others were anything but. George Waldon watches the revolving doors.

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