The Dallas Morning News earns four first-place awards from the National Headliner Awards Competition 4/24/17

The Dallas Morning News earned 14 honors from the National Headliner Awards competition, including four first-place awards. This annual contest is one of the oldest and largest of its kind to recognize journalistic merit in the communications industry.

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Gannett acquires location and reputation management software company 4/24/17

Gannett Co., Inc. has acquired SweetIQ Analytics Corp., expanding the ReachLocal digital marketing suite of products. SweetIQ is a leading provider of location and reputation management Software-as-a-Service solutions that enable businesses to manage their location data and measure consumer engagement.

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Poynter selects 21 news organizations to participate in Local News Innovation program 4/24/17

The Poynter Institute has selected 21 news organizations to participate in the first year of a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation-funded initiative to accelerate digital transformation in local news. The Poynter Local News Innovation Project is an outgrowth of the Knight-Temple University "Table Stakes" project, now renamed the Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative.

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Family owners primary sellers in Q1 4/18/17

The sale of family-owned newspapers represented the bulk of the deals in the first quarter of 2017, with four of the six announced daily newspaper transactions involving a complete exit from the industry by the owner.

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Mirabel Technologies launches next generation of website visitor identification CRM software 4/18/17

Mirabel Technologies, creator of the Magazine Manager and Newspaper Manager CRM platforms, has officially unveiled "Mirabel's Marketing Manager" a next generation web visitor identification CRM platform with built-in marketing metrics, data appending and a multitude of related lead generation capabilities, including identification of unknown website visitors.

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Eyre, Gazette-Mail win Pulitzer for investigative reporting 4/10/17

Staff report from the Charleston Gazette-Mail

Eric Eyre of the Charleston Gazette-Mail won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting on Monday for his coverage of the opioid crisis in small-town West Virginia.

He was honored "for courageous reporting, performed in the face of powerful opposition, to expose the flood of opioids flowing into depressed West Virginia counties with the highest overdose death rates in the country."

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Cox Enterprises launches COMET, a unified programmatic platform 4/10/17

New company combines world-class Silicon Valley engineering with powerful data from Cox's dozens of companies to connect buyers and sellers across all advertising channels.

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Brandi Chionsini forms new management company 4/5/17

Granite Publications CEO Brandi Chionsini is leaving the group and has formed a new management company. Five newspapers will be part of Fenice Community Media Group – four weeklies, Madisonville Meteor, The Sealy News, Fort Stockton Pioneer and The Hill Country News – and one semi-weekly, the Gonzales Inquirer.

Granite Founder Jim Chionsini is stepping back into the operations and he, along with Controller Daniel Philhower, will manage the Granite group.

"I am excited to be branching out on my own after nearly 19 years with Granite," Ms. Chionsini said. "I am thankful to my father, Jim, for his guidance and leadership all these years and know that with this knowledge and my own experience, we will be able to make this new venture a success."

"I'm very proud of Brandi for taking this step. I remember when I made the same decision in 1978 to leave the safety of the Walls organization and go it alone. The first few years were terribly scary for her mother and me but in the end sinking or swimming on my own was the right decision. Entrepreneurship isn't for everyone but this has been Brandi's desire for a long time. Everyone is behind her decision 100 percent," Chionsini said.

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Community news is key driver for attracting Millennials 4/4/17

Millennials, 25-34 years of age, love the unique traits and characteristics of their city and community.

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Central Connecticut Communications to acquire Willimantic Chronicle 4/3/17

The owners of The New Britain Herald and The Bristol Press have agreed to buy The Chronicle of Willimantic, Conn. The transaction is expected to be finalized May 1.

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