Ancestry.com LLC, the largest provider of family history and personal DNA testing, announced that its subsidiary has entered into a definitive agreement and plan of merger to acquire Adpay, Inc., creators and operators of the Memoriams.com obituary input network.MORE
GateHouse Media's Center for News and Design is providing other newspaper companies with its unique Community Content publishing service, which helps free a reporter's time to focus on important local stories.
GateHouse Media, which is a Strategic Partnership provider with SNPA, is offering this service at a 15 percent discount to SNPA members.MORE
Suzanne, our blond, bubbly and very able American tour guide, met us in the lobby of the NH Capri hotel and announced the "bad news." Our tour bus had broken down and she arranged for taxies to take us to dinner.
Not really a tragic announcement anywhere in the world, but not good news either.
Except in Havana, Cuba, where it turned out to be a highlight of our visit.
Lined up on both sides of the street were 17 vintage 1950s American convertibles, tops down, awaiting 41 American travelers on a 75-degree breezy evening. Buicks and Oldsmobiles and Fords and Pontiacs, all painted bright colors like lime green, sky blue, crimson and white, and the most iconic of all, Pepto Bismal pink.
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The Republican and Democratic conventions will attract a lot of reader interest this year – and SNPA has arranged a special deal with FedNet that gives its members access to complete video coverage with a 15 percent discount.
Live video coverage includes all proceedings from the main speaker platform in the convention halls. Every speech will be available through a Livestream HTML player plug-in for integration and rebroadcast from your website, mobile applications and apps. This multi-camera HD broadcast feed translates into an easy viewing experience for your online visitors, without the need to incur the high costs of attending and covering the Presidential Conventions.
FedNet – which provides digital video and production services to news organizations from The Washington Post to broadcast networks like Time Warner – is also offering separate access to an exclusive library of speeches as the convention proceeds, readymade for editors to easily integrate into your political coverage.
If your paper is sending a correspondent to Cleveland or Philadelphia, FedNet can provide Skybox Suite positions that overlook the floors at both venues. This opportunity presents an unparalleled way to maximize your investment to cover these historic conventions.
To use these services, you must sign up by June 1.MORE
When Monday's Pulitzer Prize winners were announced, the small market Sun newspapers emerged from the giants to capture a first place for Editorial Writing.
The Sun newspapers, which cover Charlotte and Sarasota counties, beat out the New York Times, Boston Globe and other industry leaders for Editorial Writing in its coverage of the state prison system and the aftermath of guards killing inmate Matthew Walker at the Charlotte Correctional Institution south of Punta Gorda.
This column, written by David Dunn-Rankin, president of Sun Coast Media Group, honors both the newspaper's staff and the mission that his father set for the papers.MORE
The Associated Press won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service based on its international investigation of the fishing industry in Southeast Asia that freed more than 2,000 slaves and traced the seafood they caught to supermarkets and pet food providers across the U.S.MORE
The Tampa Bay Times and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for the series "Insane, Invisible, In Danger." a reporting partnership between the two papers.
In addition, the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting was awarded to Michael LaForgia, Cara Fitzpatrick and Lisa Gartner of the Tampa Bay Times for their work in exposing how Pinellas County school leaders withheld promised funding and support from five predominantly black schools creating "Failure Factories," the title of the series that was published in 2015.MORE
A new strategic partnership with GateHouse Media offers SNPA member newspapers access to quality editorial and content services – at a 15 percent discount.
The GateHouse Center for New & Design creates original content, including special sections, theme and feature pages, info-graphics, cartoons and illustrations. The Center's Community Content division offers efficient re-writes of user-submitted content, including press releases, letters to the editor and calendar event listings.MORE
During its meeting Monday at the Mega-Conference, the SNPA Board of Directors approved two new members. In addition, four companies have become trial members of SNPA through a special three-month offer given to Mega-Conference exhibitors.MORE
Break-through innovation tends to happen when industries focus on non-consumers, the judge for the inaugural Mega-Innovation Award told publishers during the closing session of the Key Executives Mega-Conference.
Contest judge Michael Maness, innovator-in-residence at Harvard Business School, said: "If you focus on people who aren't using anything that you do and build a solution for them, that tends to be a solution that gets adopted by other people. So, you want to be focused on segments in your communities where there's no heavy consumption."MORE
For Adams Publishing Group, cutting edge technology and automation will give even the smallest community newspaper marketing and subscriber retention capabilities that weren't possible before.
APG has selected LEAP Media Solutions for the job. LEAP, based in Raleigh, N.C., is a full-service provider of data-optimized omnichannel marketing solutions. Its clients include GateHouse Media, Tribune Publishing and Shaw Media Group among many others.
For APG, LEAP is a high-end solution for community papers with small circulation staffs. Founded in 2013 by Mark Adams with the support of his family, APG consists of 27 daily papers, more than 100 non-dailies and other media businesses in 15 states and the District of Columbia.
"Our circulation departments are focused on getting the paper out every day, and this type of marketing seems to go by the wayside. We just never get to it. That is why we decided to go with LEAP," said Esther Maina, vice president of circulation and marketing and audience development.
According to its news release, "LEAP specializes in the media industry, applying best practices in the use of data, analytics and multi-channel marketing to drive digital and print subscriber initiatives, enhance customer value and diversify revenue. At the heart of those solutions is the BlueVenn Omnichannel Marketing Hub, specifically tailored to deliver analytics and customer journeys that grow, engage and monetize audiences."
Maina said the technology is "head and shoulders" above anything else she's seen in a newspaper career dating back to 1981. "It's like a wizard machine," she said.More
In a letter to subscribers this past weekend, Walter E. Hussman Jr., publisher of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, outlined an experiment the paper undertook last year in Blytheville, Ark., designed to confront the reality of declining profits.
For the first time in over 20 years, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette lost money in 2018. "Our profit had declined every year for a decade, but we were now unprofitable and losses would be mounting," he wrote.
"Confronted with this reality, one logical option was to cut back on unprofitable circulation in remote areas of the state, something most newspapers had done years earlier," the letter said. "But realizing that newspapers are not just a business, but a public trust vital to our democracy, we tried to determine some way we could continue to be a statewide newspaper delivered to all 75 counties. We knew that thousands of our subscribers had started reading the exact replica of the newspaper on their own iPad. Most told us they liked it so much they had continued their subscription but had stopped reading the print copy."More
With each Memorial Day that passes, putting faces to the names of veterans killed in Vietnam becomes more urgent. And community newspapers are uniquely positioned to help the cause, says Andrew Johnson, president of the National Newspaper Association.
In 1973, a fire at a government storage facility in St. Louis destroyed more than six million military records, among them thousands upon thousands of photographs of Vietnam veterans killed in action. Of the 58,300 veterans who died, 24,000 photos were still missing in 2013 when a concerted effort began to locate and collect them for the Vietnam Veterans Faces Project.
As of Friday, all but 1,064 photographs had been provided by family members or located by members of the news media and veterans groups across the country. Eleven states, Puerto Rico and Guam still have veterans with missing photos.More