A commitment to better print 6/18/19

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

In the digital age, the Sun Newspapers in southwest Florida are betting on the future of print.

Under the new ownership of Adams Publishing Group and after nine months of planning, the Port Charlotte Sun and its new sister paper, the Punta Gorda Sun, roll out Wednesday with a new look, new sections and new approaches to news coverage intended to expand what readers are getting for their subscriptions.

"Overall, we wanted to create a much better newspaper for our readers, and we wanted to grow our circulation, to modernize and give it a new exciting look and feel," said Publisher Glen Nickerson. But it isn't just one newspaper, it's several.

The biggest change is that the Charlotte Sun will be split into two editions. "It will become the Punta Gorda Sun and the Port Charlotte Sun," Nickerson said.

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Former Observer publisher named president of Novant Health Foundation 3/12/19

Ann Caulkins, who most recently served as the president and publisher of The Charlotte Observer for 12 years, has been named senior vice president of Novant Health and president of Novant Health Foundation.

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Selling the cultural deal 12/17/18

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

In 2014 The Charlotte Observer started what could be described as an extended brew pub crawl by selling cards that offered customers tastings at between 15 and 18 local breweries across the city. Phyllis Weber, who recently left Charlotte to become advertising director at The Roanoke Times in Virginia, recalls how well the promotion worked.

"This one totally surprised us," she said. The paper made $13,000 in incremental digital revenue, selling about 650 cards at $20 apiece.

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Observer launches Sports Pass, for digital access to extensive coverage of Carolinas 9/11/18

The Charlotte Observer has launched Sports Pass, a sports-only digital subscription for everyone who wants to stay engaged and up-to-date on every major sports team – not just in Charlotte, but throughout the Carolinas.

For $30 a year, Sports Pass is your golden ticket to unlimited digital access to every single sports story the Observer publishes on CharlotteObserver.com.

That includes access to most sports stories published by the other six McClatchy newspapers throughout the Carolinas.

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Peter S. Yates appointed publisher of The Daily Progress 5/3/18

Peter S. Yates, a veteran newspaper executive, has been appointed publisher of The Daily Progress in Charlottesville, Va. He replaces Rob Jiranek, who served as publisher from 2016 to 2018 and left the company to pursue other opportunities.

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Caulkins to step down, successor named 4/23/18

Ann Caulkins, The Charlotte Observer’s president and publisher, is stepping down after 12 years and will be succeeded by Rodney Mahone, a longtime media executive from Georgia.

Mahone, 51, begins in Charlotte June 4.

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Nine executives selected for 2017-18 mentor program 8/8/17

The SNPA Foundation has selected nine newspaper executives to participate in the 2017-2018 NEX GEN program. Each of the nine participants will be paired with one of the brightest talents in the newspaper industry.

The year-long NEX GEN program offers newspaper professionals with executive potential the opportunity to develop their industry knowledge, analytical skills and aptitude for innovation.

Meet the Class of 2017-18!

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Meet the NEX GEN class of 2017-18 8/8/17

Read bios of 2017-18 NEX GEN participants.

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Observer editor Rick Thames retiring; Sherry Chisenhall will succeed him 4/4/17

Rick Thames is retiring as editor of The Charlotte Observer and will be succeeded by managing editor Sherry Chisenhall, publisher Ann Caulkins has announced.

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Keeping things in perspective 1/3/17

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

One of the benefits of the NEX GEN program for Bobby Youngs was learning more about the basics of newspaper publishing and how other newspapers operate. He said his mentor, Steve Dorsey, vice present/innovation and planning at the Austin American-Statesman, "exposed me to other aspects of the industry that I don't know if I would have gotten so quickly."

Read about his NEX GEN experience.

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