The Maynard Institute reports:

Samuel Martin, the last remaining African American publisher at the Gannett Co., Inc., the nation’s largest newspaper group, resigned Monday as president and publisher of the Advertiser Media Group, which publishes the Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser, the newspaper announced.

“I’m going to step back and sort of assess what I want to do with the rest of my life,” Martin, 53, told Journal-isms by telephone. “It’s a tough industry to be in right now. I still believe in newspapers . . . but we still have a lot to do, resetting this model.”

Martin’s resignation was announced on the Advertiser’s website in a story containing a brief comment from Leslie Hurst, publisher of the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss., and vice president of Gannett’s South Group. “I will make frequent trips and be onsite until we name a new president,” Hurst told Advertiser staffers in a meeting Monday, the story said.

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