New 'Innovation in Focus' series will show journalists how to tell stories using emerging tech 1/16/18

By Jennifer Nelson, Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute

The proliferation of new storytelling technologies can overwhelm journalists as they wonder which tools are worth the investment of time and money. Even the time to investigate can be a drain on budgets and staffing.

A team at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute's Futures Lab is stepping in to help with its new video series "Innovation in Focus," which launched Jan. 15. The series is designed to teach, by example, how to tell a story using various emerging technologies. It also highlights challenges and opportunities, tips and tricks, and equipment costs.


AP and PodcastOne link in game-changing podcast deal 1/15/18

PodcastOne SportsNet and The Associated Press have teamed up to provide in-depth daily reports from national and international sporting events, beginning with the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.


Boone affiliate acquires The Coastland Times 1/15/18

Outer Banks Newsmedia, LLC, a new North Carolina affiliate of Boone Newspapers, Inc., of Tuscaloosa, Ala., has completed its purchase of The Coastland Times from Times Printing Co. and its longtime owners, the Meekins family.


Board establishes new test for reviewing employer policies 1/9/18

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

In this column, I have been predicting for some time that when all three Republican seats of the five-member National Labor Relations Board were filled by President Trump's appointees, the NLRB would begin reversing/overruling some of the Obama Board's more egregious decisions that demonstrated an outright hostility toward employers.

Chairman Philip A. Miscimarra's term expired on Dec. 17, 2017. On Dec. 14 and 15, Chairman Miscimarra went out "with a bang!"


Number of daily newspaper deals highest since 2000 1/9/18

The newspaper industry saw its busiest transaction year in nearly two decades with 31 separate deals involving daily newspapers in 2017, according to Dirks, Van Essen & Murray.

Phil Murray, senior vice president, said the activity was driven by two factors.


BlueVenn completes acquisition of media analytics and marketing specialists LEAP Media Solutions 1/3/18

BlueVenn has announced the purchase of LEAP Media Solutions (LEAP), a provider of customer analytics and marketing campaign services for the U.S. media industry.

The acquisition will strengthen BlueVenn's presence in the media and publishing market, which already boasts over 200 newsmedia brands operating the BlueVenn Customer Data Platform and its analytics, personalization and campaign management tools.

LEAP has been utilizing BlueVenn technology effectively for five years, to provide media publishers with tailored data analytics and marketing campaign capabilities through a shared-hosting model. This has enabled independent publishers with limited marketing resources the same sophisticated marketing capabilities as major publishers and media, without investing in technology systems that may otherwise be out of reach.


No eBulletin next Tuesday 12/19/17

No eBulletin will be published next week. Watch for the next issue of the eBulletin on Jan. 2.

Wishing you and your family a joyful Christmas!


Shared experiences 12/18/17

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

Two promotions. One switchover to outsourced printing. One major hurricane with historic flooding.

Robert Royer's NEX GEN year was busier than most.

Royer, 28, joined the mentoring program as multi-media sales and marketing team leader for the Victoria Advocate in Texas. About six months later, he was named retail advertising supervisor, and near the end of his NEX GEN year he was promoted to local display manager, with broader duties.

Along the way, Royer said, he learned about publishing from mentor Zach Ahrens of The Topeka Capital-Journal in Kansas.

Read about his NEX GEN experience.


RJI fellowship applications now being accepted 12/18/17

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute is looking for its next class of fellows (individuals or news outlets) to partner with on innovative projects that strengthen democracy through better journalism.


Times-Union to outsource printing operations 12/14/17

Reprinted from The Florida Times-Union

The Florida Times-Union announced plans Dec. 13 to print the Jacksonville daily paper, Monday through Saturday, in Gainesville, and its Sunday paper in Daytona.

The Times-Union is currently printed at the newspaper's central facility at One Riverside Avenue.

The change will occur in mid-February 2018.