Lawton Constitution to be sold to Southern Newspapers 3/13/18

Bill Burgess, Jr. and Brad Burgess have announced that they have entered into an agreement to sell the Lawton (Okla.) Constitution to Southern Newspapers, headquartered in Houston, Texas. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.


Ogden to acquire Byrd newspapers in Virginia 3/7/18

The Byrd family, owners of daily newspapers in Winchester and Harrisonburg, Va., has reached an agreement to sell its publications to Ogden Newspapers, a family-owned newspaper group with 43 daily newspapers published in 16 states.


AP, HHMI expand collaboration to bolster health, science coverage 3/6/18

The Associated Press has announced an enhanced collaboration with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Department of Science Education that will further expand the news agency's reporting on health and science over the next three years.


SNPA newspapers shine in E&P's '10 Newspapers That Do It Right' 3/6/18

Four SNPA members made the list of Editor & Publisher's "10 Newspapers That Do it Right." And, another five were recognized among the Honorable Mentions. Congratulations!


Media execs discuss investment strategies, importance of strong newsrooms 3/6/18

By Cindy Durham, assistant executive director, SNPA

Link below includes 3-minute video clip.

The importance of the newsroom and of newspapers publishing engaging, relevant, local news was emphasized again and again by media executives on the "Investing in Newspapers" panel at the recent Key Executives Mega-Conference.

Over the last 13 years, the newspaper industry has lost more than 1,400 newspapers in the U.S. to closures, mergers and the downsizing of smaller free-standing newspapers that have become editions of larger regional ones, said Penelope Muse Abernathy, Knight Chair, Digital Media Economics, School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

"We've lost more than 1,000 newspapers," she said, "but the decline in circulation has been even more dramatic. It's been halved. Total print circulation – that includes all weeklies and dailies – has declined from 117 million to 67 million, the biggest drop coming in dailies."

She said, "The average print circulation of a daily newspaper in 2018 is 20,000. Since 2004, more than a third of all newspapers have changed hands and about half of them have changed hands two times or more."

When calculcated based on the number of newspapers (not on the circulation of those papers), she said the top 25 companies own a third of the nation's newspapers and control about 50 percent of print circulation.

Three of those companies – Adams Publishing Group, Hearst and AIM Media Management – were among the conference panelists.


Paths to subscription: Why recent subscribers chose to pay for news 2/27/18

At the Mega-Conference Tuesday morning, Jeff Sonderman and Gwen Vargo of the American Press Institute, shared the results of API's just-released study on what motivates new subscribers.

In this report, API identifies nine distinct "paths to subscriptions" – the motives and conditions that together lead a person to subscribe. Some people are looking for coverage of a particular passion topic. Others have subscribed because of a change in their lifestyle. Some want coupons to save them money. Some discovered the paper through social media. Others want to support journalism as an institution. All are subscribers.


Classifieds done right 2/15/18

Creative Circle and The Newspaper Manager have joined forces to launch an innovative and affordable classified ad production suite for print and digital media.


Paxton Media Group acquires Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald 2/3/18

Paxton Media Group has purchased The Daily Herald of Roanoke Rapids, N.C., from Wick Communications.

Dirks, Van Essen & Murray, a media merger and acquisition firm based in Santa Fe, N.M., represented Wick Communications in the transaction. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.


Arkadium and AP collaborate to bring interactive content to sports properties 1/23/18

The Associated Press and Arkadium will collaborate to integrate Arkadium's InHabit artificial intelligence tool into AP's professional football, college football and college basketball Digital News Experiences.

The integration of InHabit into AP's DNEs will allow for greater interaction with readers through automatically generated intelligent and contextual content provided by Arkadium.


AP's paginated sports pages get new design from Adams Publishing 1/23/18

Paginated sports previews from The Associated Press kicked off 2018 with a new look from the Adams Publishing Group's Big Sky News Design team, beginning with the Winter Olympics edition that was released last week.