Deal activity stays strong 7/16/19

Daily newspapers continued to change hands at a brisk pace in the first half of 2019, largely driven by the sale of family-owned titles.

In total, 32 daily newspapers were sold or agreed to be sold in the first six months of the year, more than the number of dailies involved in transactions during the same period last year.

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U.S. newsroom employment has dropped by a quarter since 2008, with greatest decline at newspapers 7/15/19

Newsroom employment across the United States continues to decline, driven primarily by job losses at newspapers. And even though digital-native news outlets have experienced some recent growth in employment, they have added too few newsroom positions to make up for recent losses in the broader industry, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics survey data.

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Digital companies go print 7/15/19

By Leonard Woolsey, president and publisher, The Galveston County Daily News

Print is dead? The future is all digital? Don't tell that to a growing group of digital-based businesses who are successfully making inroads into the print magazine field.

Stop apologizing for your analog product and get your head in the game.

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Sumter Item to premier Weekend Edition paper in August 7/15/19

Reprinted from The Sumter Item

In order to provide timely high school football results and same-day mail delivery for print subscribers, as well as to improve value for advertising customers, The Sumter Item will premier its new Weekend Edition paper beginning Saturday, Aug. 3.

"When we began thinking about this possibility, it became a no-brainer," Publisher Vince Johnson said. "It's better for our readers, better for our advertisers, better for our mail delivery customers. We're trying to create the best local news experience we can for our community in print and online, and this is certainly a step in that direction."

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Time Saver: How Brainworks saved up to 450 man hours across 30 newspapers for Boone Newspapers 7/9/19

Boone Newspapers, Inc. owns and/or manages 82 newspapers along with websites, shopping guides and magazines in communities in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas.

Connie Knapp, audience development manager at Boone Newspapers, explained: "Since our launch a year ago, Brainworks Circsmart was able to save us up to 450 man hours across our 30 newspapers. The sudden onset of publications wanting to make immediate changes to delivery method and/or publication days, had us turning to Brainworks for a fast, customized work solution."

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Bill Clinton to speak in honor of paper at banquet set for Gazette's 200th 7/9/19

by Lisa Hammersly, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Former President Bill Clinton will speak at a Nov. 21 dinner celebration at the Little Rock Statehouse Convention Center honoring the 200-year anniversary of the first issue of The Arkansas Gazette newspaper.

It's part of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's 200-day celebration of the Gazette's history as the oldest newspaper west of the Mississippi River.

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Fergus Falls Daily Journal sold to Wick Communications 7/2/19

Boone Newspapers, Inc. has sold The Fergus Falls Daily Journal to Wick Communications, according to John Cribb of Cribb, Greene & Cope who represented the Boone family in the sale.

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Cox Media Group to sell radio portfolio, CoxReps and Gamut businesses 7/2/19

Cox Enterprises, Inc. has announced that it has reached an agreement to sell Cox Media Group's Radio station portfolio as well as its CoxReps and Gamut national advertising businesses to a new broadcasting company that is substantially owned by private equity funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC. The transaction will expand the new company, which announced in February its purchase of Cox Media Group's broadcast television group and the company's radio, newspaper and television properties in Ohio.

Cox Enterprises will maintain a minority stake in the new company, which will maintain the name "Cox Media Group" and will be headquartered in Atlanta, Ga.

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SNPA and Inland to consolidate! 7/1/19

By Edward VanHorn, executive director

I am happy to announce that the members of SNPA and Inland have voted overwhelming to consolidate into a new association that will launch on October 1. This is great news for the newspaper industry!

The consolidation is the result of many months of hard work by leaders from both SNPA and Inland. Our united goal was to develop a new association that will build on our strengths to serve our members not just for today, but also for the future.

The new association will provide a strong voice for newspapers, promote the indispensable value of newspaper journalism to local communities, and support newspapers as they adapt their business models to a quickly changing landscape.

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Study finds college-educated Americans fail at digital literacy 6/25/19

While 88 percent of respondents reported they are confident in their critical thinking skills, only 9 percent received an "A" on a digital literacy test, according to a new national study from edtech firm MindEdge Learning. The third annual State of Critical Thinking study, commissioned by MindEdge and conducted by Qualtrics, found that a large majority of college-educated Americans could not pass a basic, nine-question digital literacy and fake news identification, and critical thinking skills test. Fully 69 percent of survey respondents failed to answer more than five of the questions correctly.

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