Innovation for all sizes 2/24/16

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

Forsyth County News Publisher Vince Johnson says that when he came to the paper a couple of years ago, it had a rule about social media. Only one article was posted to Facebook each day, at 6 a.m.

In his entry form for the Mega-Innovation competition, Johnson noted that rule officially died on Jan. 20, 2014. Since then, the paper has increased its social media following by more than 1,000 percent.

That's just one example of how the Forsyth County News, described by Johnson as "wildly traditional" not so long ago, has changed.

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Proving that print advertising works 2/24/16

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

What started out as a way to bring lost advertisers back to The Dallas Morning News turned into a new AH Belo company dedicated to pay-for-performance in print.

"It's an answer to the marketplace that says, 'We want pay-per-action.' And it's driving brand new business back into the newspaper," said Richard Jones, president of Proven Performance Media.

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Newsreps applies for membership 2/2/16

Newsreps, which connects Smartphone users with news companies, has applied for membership in SNPA. The Newsreps technology allows Smartphone users to simply respond to tasks through the app or send in their own sightings directly to their local newspaper.

Newsreps offer news companies – not only increased customer engagement – but a platform that lets Smartphone users provide the newspaper with user generated news.

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SNPA Board of Directors approves four new members 10/6/15

During its meeting Monday at the News Industry Summit, the SNPA Board of Directors approved four new members: Guarantee Digital, HubCiti, McGrann Paper Corporation and NTVB Media.

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Guarantee Digital and NTVB Media apply for membership 9/29/15

Two companies that do business with newspapers have applied for membership in SNPA: Guarantee Digital and NTVB Media.

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Meet the NEX GEN class of 2015-16 9/1/15

Read bios of 2015-16 NEX GEN participants.

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Weeklies no more 9/1/15

By Jane Nicholes

In two south-central Georgia towns about 31 miles apart, newspaper readers wanted the same thing: more than one printed edition a week, please.

That's what Boone Newspapers Inc. found out when it recently bought the Cordele Dispatch and the Americus Times-Recorder. Starting Aug. 22 in Americus and Aug. 29 in Cordele, readers got their wish.

As of this week, both papers now come out on Wednesdays and Saturdays instead of only on Fridays. And executives in both places, General Manager Chris Lewis in Cordele and Publisher William Hand in Americus, use the same word to describe community reaction: "excited."

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Eight executives selected for 2015-16 9/1/15

Eight executives from SNPA member newspapers have been selected to participate in SNPA's 2015-16 NEX GEN class. They will be paired with experienced industry experts in a structured mentorship program.

Read about the executives who will participate as members of the 2015-16 NEX GEN class.

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Transparensee offers real estate, events listing technology 5/18/15

By Jane Nicholes

Real estate is all about location, location, location. Real estate online searches are all about speed, range and similarity. For some 75 newspaper clients, Transparensee markets what it believes to be faster, more efficient solutions for real estate and calendar listings, both online and print.

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Austin American-Statesman enters agreement with Hearst Newspapers 5/4/15

Cox Media Group's Austin (Texas) American-Statesman has entered into an agreement with Hearst Newspapers to move Statesman Media's printing and packaging operations from Austin to facilities in San Antonio and Houston. The transition will happen over several months starting at the end of June.

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