John Georges calls New Orleans a global brand, because of its history and because of its millions of visitors each year from all over the world.
"Our market is not limited to brick and mortar and rooftops. Our market is the global brand of New Orleans," he said.
It's a newspaper and website market now controlled by John and Dathel Georges with their purchase of The Times-Picayune and NOLA.com from Advance Local Media, owned by the Newhouse family. At some point in June, both will be combined with The New Orleans Advocate and advocate.com/new_orleans into one newspaper and one website.
Advocate President Judi Terzotis, an at-large member of the SNPA Board of Directors, said: "The current T-P newspaper will cease publication. The combined paper will carry both logos: The New Orleans Advocate and Times-Picayune. Our New Orleans website will be NOLA.com."
Terzotis also is president of The Advocate in Baton Rouge, which was awarded its first Pulitzer Prize this year for reporting on the racial impacts of Louisiana's unique laws allowing juries to convict defendants without a unanimous verdict. Voters amended the state constitution to require unanimous verdicts in criminal cases.
The purchase price of The Times-Picayune and NOLA.com was not disclosed, but Georges said it was the easiest part of the negotiation. The sale of Times-Picayune assets includes the brand, the website, the news archives, subscriber and advertiser information and the Loving Cup, the city's highest civic honor.MORE
A coalition of American newsrooms owned by Advance Local launched "Guns: An American Conversation" with the journalism organization Spaceship Media. The project convened people on opposite sides of the social and political spectrum to engage in a dialogue around the polarizing topic of guns.MORE
Kevin Denny, vice president and general manager of Advance Central Services Southeast, has been named to the SNPA Board of Directors.
He succeeds Ricky R. Mathews, who stepped down from the board after retiring as president and publisher of The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, La.MORE
Advance Publications Inc. has announced that Janine McGrath Shelffo, co-head of Technology, Media and Telecom - Americas at UBS Investment Bank, will join the company later this year in the new position of chief strategy and development officer.MORE
SNPA members elected officers for 2016-17 at the News Industry Summit in Sarasota, Fla.
Read this article to see who has been elected as additional SNPA officers and as members of the Board of Directors.
SNPA members will elect officers for 2016-17 on Thursday morning, Sept. 15, in Sarasota, Fla.
Read this article to see who has been nominated as additional SNPA officers and as members of the Board of Directors.
If you have not registered for the conference yet, please register right away. Costs increase $100 per person on Thursday. MORE
Ricky Mathews, president of Advance Media Southeast, has announced he will transition out of his role as president of NOLA Media Group | The Times-Picayune after completing the search for his successor. Mathews will continue in his role as president of Advance Media Southeast, and will work with Advance Local, the parent of NOLA Media Group, on a number of company-wide initiatives.MORE
Publishers in search of a new subscriptions platform or video app have new options from The Washington Post.
The Post's Arc Publishing is now offering Arc Subscriptions, a commerce platform that "equips publishers, broadcasters, and brands with real-time capabilities designed to accelerate digital monetization and grow revenue," according to the Post.More
When The New York Times first launched its paywall back in 2011, it offered readers 20 free stories a month. A little over eight years later, that figure seems crazy generous — today you can read just five free Times stories a month before being asked to pay — and where the Times goes, so will other papers go: New research suggests that most newspaper publishers with successful metered pay model strategies do better with higher “stop rates,” not letting a reader sample too much before they’re asked to pay up.
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Folks, it happened: The key to sustainable local news has been discovered. And it involves making money.
Spoiler alert: It's all about making money, and that takes having people whose job descriptions are specifically devoted to that task – along with tying the money-generating to the journalistic mission. And okay, maybe they haven't found the key: "No organization we spoke to claimed to have found the solution to revenue generation, but each had useful lessons for other civic news organizations at different levels of maturity."
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