AP expanding environmental coverage with global teamwork 9/12/16

The Associated Press is significantly expanding its environmental coverage with the formation of a digital-first global team to report on issues that affect the earth's climate, air, water, land and wildlife, the news cooperative has announced.


The Gazette makes its move 9/12/16

By Aaron Brand, Texarkana News

After more than 85 years at its downtown Pine Street office, the Texarkana Gazette has a new home in the historic Landmark Building.

The Gazette's business, circulation, advertising, creative services and editorial departments now occupy the first two floors of the Landmark Building at 101 E. Broad St. in Texarkana, Ark. The newspaper's printing press and distribution center operations will remain about two blocks away at 315 Pine St., giving the Gazette a presence on both sides of State Line Avenue.


Citizen Tribune celebrates 50 years 9/6/16

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

Today the Citizen Tribune of Morristown, Tenn., celebrates its 50th anniversary of publication with a commemorative edition, a calendar, an employee luncheon and an evening community reception. Family-run Lakeway Publishers Inc. now owns more than 30 publications in Tennessee, Virginia, Florida and Missouri.

Jack Fishman, 81, is president of Lakeway. His son Mike is publisher of the Citizen Tribune and his other son, Jeff, oversees the publishing operations in Middle Tennessee.


Local advertisers are agitated (and doing something about it) 9/6/16

Borrell Associates has been busy this summer vastly expanding its annual survey of local advertisers. That research is now complete, and the analysis is available for download.


New ownership announced for Jones Media properties 9/6/16

Jones Media, a fourth-generation family-owned media company with several daily and non-daily community newspapers, tourism-related products and services and a digital marketing solutions agency, has been sold. The buyer of Jones Media's assets is family-owned Adams Publishing Group, based in Minneapolis, Minn., and chaired by Steve Adams.

Gregg Jones will continue as president and CEO of Jones Media, a role he has held for more than 15 years, and will succeed his late father, John M. Jones, III, as publisher of The Greeneville Sun.

Additionally, Steve Adams and his family have asked Gregg Jones to assume a greater leadership position within their overall rapidly-growing newspaper publishing operations nationally.


Nominees announced for SNPA Foundation Board of Trustees 8/30/16

The SNPA Board of Directors will elect five trustees for the SNPA Foundation at its meeting in Sarasota on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

The trustees, in turn, will elect their officers – also that same morning.

Read this article to see who has been nominated as the three Foundation officers, as well as trustees. MORE

Chris Reen nominated as president of SNPA for 2016-17 8/30/16

Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman in Oklahoma City, Okla., will be nominated during the SNPA News Industry Summit to be the next president of SNPA.

SNPA members will elect officers for 2016-17 on Thursday morning, Sept. 15, in Sarasota, Fla.

Read this article to see who has been nominated as additional SNPA officers and as members of the Board of Directors.

If you have not registered for the conference yet, please register right away. Costs increase $100 per person on Thursday. MORE

Stay connected with the new AP News app 8/29/16

By Lauren Easton, manager, media relations, The Associated Press

There’s a new offering from The Associated Press available in the App Store: AP News.


Herald-Tribune signs lease with SunTrust Bank 8/29/16

By Harold Bubil, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

The Herald-Tribune has signed a lease for new office space in downtown Sarasota.

A moving van will not be required. The media company will move its journalists, advertising sales people and support staff, from 1741 Main St. to the SunTrust Bank building next door at 1777 Main. The new space will be remodeled for the downtown office's 135 employees.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Over the last 13 years, the newspaper industry has lost more than 1,400 newspapers in the U.S. to closures, mergers and the downsizing of smaller free-standing newspapers that have become editions of larger regional ones, said Penelope Muse Abernathy, Knight Chair, Digital Media Economics, School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

"We've lost more than 1,000 newspapers," she said, "but the decline in circulation has been even more dramatic. It's been halved. Total print circulation – that includes all weeklies and dailies – has declined from 117 million to 67 million, the biggest drop coming in dailies."

She said, "The average print circulation of a daily newspaper in 2018 is 20,000. Since 2004, more than a third of all newspapers have changed hands and about half of them have changed hands two times or more."

When calculcated based on the number of newspapers (not on the circulation of those papers), she said the top 25 companies own a third of the nation's newspapers and control about 50 percent of print circulation.

Three of those companies – Adams Publishing Group, Hearst and AIM Media Management – were among the conference panelists.


New app, new strategy

Block Communications markets NewsSlide as "more than an app." Instead, it's a new way to present news and advertising combining the best of print, TV and internet with the goal of immersing the reader.

Block executives call it a game-changer.

"It starts with the content," said Lisa Hurm, vice president and general manager of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "We needed a content strategy that appeals to people who really wanted to know what the news of the day was."