Shaw Media buys The Ottawa Times from Small Newspapers 3/27/18

The Ottawa (Ill.) Times has been sold to Shaw Media of Crystal Lake, Ill., according to Len R. Small, president of Small Newspapers. The Times serves both Ottawa and Streator, Ill., publishing a newspaper five days a week. The asset sale includes related operations, including Starved Rock County Magazine, a regional travel publication.

Dirks, Van Essen & Murray, a media merger and acquisition firm based in Santa Fe, N.M., represented the Small Newspaper Group in the transaction.

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New app, new strategy 2/27/18

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

Block Communications markets NewsSlide as "more than an app." Instead, it's a new way to present news and advertising combining the best of print, TV and internet with the goal of immersing the reader.

Block executives call it a game-changer.

"It starts with the content," said Lisa Hurm, vice president and general manager of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "We needed a content strategy that appeals to people who really wanted to know what the news of the day was."

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Cutting the website clutter 2/27/18

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

Here's what you won't see any longer on a Shaw Media news website: pop-ups, surveys, auto-play videos, takeovers and Taboola. Or, as Tom Shaw describes them, "all the kinds of things that our readers hate."

What you will see, once you've read three to five stories on a site, is a notice asking you to support local journalism by subscribing. The company has redesigned its news websites to be user-friendly, intending to make up in paid subscriptions was it loses in advertising.

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Shaw Media invests in data-driven audience growth 1/3/17

Shaw Media, operators of nearly 100 print/digital, paid/free publications in Illinois and Iowa, has joined a growing coalition of such family-owned companies as Calkins Media, Albuquerque Publishing Company, Frederick News-Post, Observer Publishing Company and Morris Publishing Group in pursuing audience growth, engagement and monetization through LEAP Media Solutions' proven data-driven approach, capping another year of record growth for LEAP.

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