TownNews tips off turnkey college bracket contests 1/29/19

With football season winding down, sports fans nationwide are turning their attention to college basketball. The TownNews Bracket Challenge empowers local media sites – newspapers, TV stations, radio stations and magazines – to create digital college basketball bracket contests that turn local sports fans into loyal repeat visitors, driving audience engagement and advertising revenue.

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#StudentPressFreedom Day: Issuu's toolkit for rising journalists 1/29/19

Issuu has published a new resource for up-and-coming student journalists to get informed of their rights for Student Press Freedom Day this Wednesday, Jan. 30.

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Advertise team pride 1/29/19

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

When the New England Patriots went down 28-24 to the Kansas City Chiefs with 2:03 remaining in the NFC Championship Game, The Telegraph's Patriots Pride advertising promotion was looking uncertain. Last year's series of wrap sections and posters proved successful, but the Patriots hadn't been as strong this season and plans had been scaled back.

But when the team came back to win in overtime, the promotion was a go for the paper in Nashua, N.H., a Boston-area bedroom community that covers a strong part of New England's fan base.

So starting this past Sunday, The Telegraph is selling ads around posters of players inserted each day and posted on the website NashuaTelegraph.com for downloading as part of the paper's E-Edition. On Saturday before the big game, the paper will run a four-page wrap around the regular eight-page A section. Should the Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII, readers may expect to see a commemorative special section as well.

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Schurz Communications announces sale of publishing division 1/29/19

Schurz Communications, a privately held communications company formed in 1872, has announced its intention to sell its publishing division to GateHouse Media, LLC and will continue investing in the areas of cloud and managed IT services and broadband operations.

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Salary Survey: Your SNPA membership lets you participate free! 1/22/19

Daily newspapers that are members of SNPA have a FREE tool to let them benchmark their salaries against those of other member newspapers.

SNPA daily newspaper members are encouraged to take part in the 2019 Survey of Newspaper Salaries, which includes job listings and several additional introductory questions – all designed to give you better data with which to evaluate your compensation plan. And, it's all FREE – if you share your data for the survey by Friday, May 17.

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Knowing your customers -- a 2019 priority 1/22/19

By Ted Stasney, Research Director On Demand
Knowing who your customers are has many lasting benefits. For example, knowing your customers will:

  • Build better customer relations
  • Provide better understanding of their needs
  • Retain customers
  • Enhance your CRM – Customer Relationship Management
  • Optimize your revenue and profits
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AP to preview every NBA game with automation from HERO Sports, data from Sportradar 1/22/19

Working with automation from HERO Sports and data from Sportradar, The Associated Press has announced that it will offer data-driven text stories previewing all National Basketball Association games.

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Year in review: Transaction volume increases for fourth straight year 1/15/19

The number of deals involving daily newspapers continued its upward trajectory in 2018, with 36 separate transactions closed by year end.

It was the largest number of daily newspaper deals since 2000, and the fourth straight year of higher transaction volume.

The two key drivers of this activity were largely unchanged from the prior year: owners of clusters of publications seeking to build larger regional footprints, and the difficulties faced by small operators lacking the scale needed to manage expenses.

Read more from Dirks, Van Essen, Murray & April.

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Shelby Daily Globe sold to Horizon Publications 1/8/19

Horizon Publications has acquired The Shelby Daily Globe Inc., which includes The Shelby Daily Globe, the Willard Times-Junction, The New London Record, Firelands Farmer and the Shopper's Helper from Scott Gove and the Stambaugh family, according to Randy Cope of Cribb, Greene & Cope who represented the families.

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Alabama pension funds continue investment in CNHI newspapers 1/8/19

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

What was announced last week as the sale of Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. to the Retirement Systems of Alabama was really an acquisition of the small percentage RSA didn't already own, according to RSA CEO David Bronner.

"We already owned 87 percent of it," Bronner said.

RSA is made up of several state employee pension funds. Its holdings include golf courses, office towers and, until now, Raycom Media, of which CNHI was a part. But Raycom was sold to Gray Media, while CNHI will remain based in Montgomery with RSA.

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