Just as Florida Weekly launched in 2007, the nation was headed into the "great recession." Pason Gaddis, however, did not let dire economic predictions steer him away from his vision to create a publication that would become a technological leader in Southwest Florida's media arena. As president and CEO of Florida Weekly, Gaddis spoke at the 2017 Key Executives Mega-Conference in Orlando about being a "Print Disruptor."MORE
Calkins Media was the recipient of the Mega-Innovation Award presented Friday afternoon at the Key Executives Mega-Conference.
When Calkins Media was named a finalist for last year's Mega-Innovation award, its video stream produced by the Bucks County Courier Times was a repeating four-hour content block. Now, it is essentially a local TV station.MORE
To revive classified advertising, the Albuquerque Journal linked its print product to smartphones. The result has been a positive swing of more than $70 per ad.MORE
Despite the industry-wide focus on digital, many a newspaper company is still trying to figure out how to make money at it. Revenue from digital often makes up only a small percentage of total annual revenue even if the percentage is growing.
But McClatchy's answer to that question as asked on the Mega-Innovation Award entry form is an eye-popping 72 percent. Yes, digital revenue made up 72 percent of total revenue over the past 12 months.MORE
If there's another newspaper with a beer named after its innovation, we haven't heard about it.
The Pilot publishes Wednesdays and Sundays and circulates 12,500 papers in Southern Pines, N.C. It, like many other papers, looked for a way to reach millennials with advertising and news while capitalizing on the services offered by its in-house First Flight Digital operation.
What The Pilot came up with does not involve top executives at the paper, and it isn't afraid to take a risk. The name of the product is The Sway, and it's an email newsletter "that delivers bite-sized information with a funny, snappy voice," according to the paper's entry.MORE
Learn from these innovative companies at the Key Executives Mega-Conference.MORE
Fortress, the largest investor of GateHouse Media – parent company of some 121 daily newspapers and more than 525 local affiliated websites as well as numerous weeklies across the U.S. – entered into a definitive merger with Japanese-based SoftBank for some $3.3 billion.MORE
Three daily newspapers in southern New Mexico and one in El Paso, Texas, owned by Gannett, have announced that they will be making changes to their print editions, reducing their size in a shift away from print and towards digital.MORE
The Associated Press has announced a yearlong collaboration with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education on two pilot projects designed to expand AP’s science journalism.MORE
Did you know that less than 8 percent of coupons used annually are from digital and the rest are from newspapers?MORE
Mentors are needed to pair with newspaper employees who have leadership potential in the 2018-19 SNPA NEX GEN program that begins in September. This structured mentorship program includes a variety of events and activities designed to strengthen participants' industry knowledge, professional relationships, analytical skills and aptitude for innovation.More
Nominate your "rising star" to participate in the 2018-19 SNPA NEX GEN mentor program by Wednesday, Aug. 1.
This year-long program offers newspaper professionals with executive potential the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally. The program offers a variety of events and activities throughout the year that are designed to strengthen participants' industry knowledge, professional relationships, analytical skills and aptitude for innovation.
The capstone of this program is the pairing of participants with a seasoned industry expert from outside his or her own company for an ongoing mentorship throughout the year.
NEX GEN mentors include publishers, CEOs and executives from marketing/advertising, circulation, production and digital operations. If SNPA selects a candidate for this program who would benefit from a different type of mentor, a suitable mentor will be recruited.More
Lance Moler has taken bargain hunting to a new level at The Edmond Sun in Oklahoma. As general manager, before he replaces a part on the press or the CTP processors he checks eBay.
In the last few months alone, Moler has saved nearly $1,000. He said he's amazed by the markups on manufacturer replacement parts and that while he doesn't find every part he needs on eBay or the local hardware store, occasional dramatic savings are well worth taking the time to search.More