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
Morris Publishing Group, LLC has acquired Trend Publications, LLC, which includes the state-wide monthly business publication, Georgia Trend, several annual publications, georgiatrend.com and other print, digital and event assets. Trend Publications will join the newly formed Morris Business Media, LLC, that is a subsidiary of Morris Publishing Group, LLC.MORE
What is the future of newspaper advertising departments in small, low-growth communities? Can the print sales reps at these newspapers become digital advertising experts? JoAnn Sciarrino, Knight Chair in Digital Advertising and Marketing at the University of North Carolina, explores these questions in a case study on The Whiteville News Reporter, a Pulitzer-Prize-Winning, twice-weekly paper with a print circulation of 10,000.MORE
NEWSCYCLE Solutions announces that NEWSCYCLE Mobile will be featured in the new Amazon Alexa agencies and developer tools page. The Amazon web page highlights agencies, developers and tool builders that work directly with clients to deliver content on Amazon Alexa devices. The page also serves as a reference guide for companies looking for assistance in building Alexa skills.MORE
Morris Newspaper Corporation has purchased the assets of Monroe Publishing from Bliss Communications. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The acquisition included The Monroe Times, serving Wisconsin's Green and Lafayette counties, as well as two free weekly papers: the Monroe (Wis.) Shopping News and the Freeport (Ill.) Shopping News.MORE
The Dix family, owner of Dix Communications, has sold their five daily newspapers, 18 weekly publications and related websites in northeastern and east-central Ohio to GateHouse Media, according to John Cribb, Cribb, Greene & Cope who represented the Dix family in the transaction.MORE
The Bastrop Enterprise stopped the presses March 29, but its memories will live on, as will its 118 years of history in the city of Bastrop, La.More
Newspapers are all about storytelling and, yet, "with the crisis that we face as an industry, we don't do a great job of telling our very, very compelling story," Terry Egger, publisher and CEO of Philadelphia Media Network, told attendees at the Mega-Conference last week.
In his keynote address to 700 industry executives in Las Vegas, Egger called on newspapers across the country to establish conversations with local community and business leaders about the important role that newspapers play.
As an industry, he said we have suffered a lot of self-inflicted wounds. "We wish we had do-overs," he said, "but we don't. What we do have, though, is a compelling story that needs to be told."More
A new advertising support position at the Northwest Florida Daily News is paying off, according to Ethan Aden, digital sales manager for the paper based in Fort Walton Beach.
The job title is sales engineer, and the goal is to put together multimedia proposals for the sales reps to present to clients – complete proposals backed by research into markets, demographics and other factors.More