Advance to acquire Turnitin, leading provider of academic solutions 3/19/19

Advance has announced the acquisition of Turnitin, a leading provider of education technology for academic integrity and writing solutions, from an investment entity affiliated with Insight Venture Partners, GIC and their co-investors.

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Tribune Media Company stockholders approve Nexstar merger 3/19/19

The stockholders of Tribune Media Company voted overwhelmingly last week to approve the company's previously announced acquisition by Nexstar Media Group, Inc.

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Gannett Imaging and Ad Design Center rebrands to designIQ 3/13/19

By Staff, USA TODAY NETWORK PRESSROOM

Gannett Imaging and Ad Design Center has unveiled a new look, rebranding to designIQ.

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It's Sunshine Week: How does your paper keep the sun shining all year long? 3/12/19

Join in the annual nationwide celebration of access to public information and what it means for you and your community. Find all the free resources you need to get started right here: http://sunshineweek.org/

Share ways your newspaper is celebrating Sunshine Week with us. We'd love to highlight your efforts on the SNPA Facebook page. Send links to cindy@snpa.org

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Nancy Lane is awarded Borrell Award of Merit 3/11/19

Nancy Lane, president of the Local Media Association, has been selected as the recipient of Borrell Associates' 2019 Award of Merit for outstanding leadership and innovation in local media. The award was presented Monday in front of more than 300 media executives at Borrell's 10th annual Local Online Advertising Conference at the Grand Hyatt in Manhattan.

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Measure of your local economy: A key sales indicator 3/11/19

By Ted Stasney and Robin DiSalvo - Research Director On Demand

Surveys that measure consumers' confidence in the economy are a vital benchmark of economic development.

By asking a few key questions in a survey about your local economy and consumers' future spending, your survey can be an important resource for your branding and marketing initiatives.

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Philadelphia publisher: Failure is not an option; tell your story! 3/5/19

By Cindy Durham, SNPA

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."

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Engineering sales 3/5/19

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

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.

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Stratica software meets changing conditions 3/5/19

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

The first two pieces of Brainworks Software's new Stratica platform drew a lot of attention during the trade show at the Key Executives Mega-Conference in Las Vegas.

"We were constantly busy," said Rick Sanders, president and CEO of Brainworks. "It was terrific."

Brainworks rolled out its new Stratica Advertising and CRM products at the conference and offered demonstrations. Stratica is web- and browser-based and combines print and digital transactions. It will improve a media company's ability to make revenue forecasts and track whether projections are being met, among many other functions.

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GateHouse Live puts on the show 2/26/19

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

GateHouse Live was the recipient of the Mega-Innovation Award presented Tuesday afternoon at the Key Executives Mega-Conference.

Putting on events has much in common with publishing, according to Jason Taylor, president of GateHouse Live and New Media Group Ventures.

Publishers, he said, create content that attracts an audience, and they try to monetize that audience. "An event does the exact same thing."

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