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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Broadcasting from a newspaper rack 2/27/18

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser was the recipient of the Mega-Innovation Award presented Tuesday afternoon at the Key Executives Mega-Conference.

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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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Beyond the newspaper market 2/27/18

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

Flypaper, WEHCO Media's local digital marketing agency, started out in cities and towns served by WEHCO properties, but it's not necessarily connected with newspapers. In fact, Flypaper has moved into an entirely new market in Nashville, Tenn., and the agency intends to keep growing.

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There are lessons to be learned from these innovative newspapers 2/3/18

The finalists for the Mega-Innovation Award have been announced. Read this story to see which companies placed in the top four. The winner will be announced Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the Mega-Conference.

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Local newspaper also provides local TV 2/24/17

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

Calkins Media was the recipient of the Mega-Innovation Award presented Friday afternoon at the Key Executives Mega-Conference.

When Calkins Media was named a finalist for last year's Mega-Innovation award, its video stream produced by the Bucks County Courier Times was a repeating four-hour content block. Now, it is essentially a local TV station.

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Print classifieds merge with digital 2/24/17

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

To revive classified advertising, the Albuquerque Journal linked its print product to smartphones. The result has been a positive swing of more than $70 per ad.

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At McClatchy, everyone can innovate 2/24/17

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

Despite the industry-wide focus on digital, many a newspaper company is still trying to figure out how to make money at it. Revenue from digital often makes up only a small percentage of total annual revenue even if the percentage is growing.

But McClatchy's answer to that question as asked on the Mega-Innovation Award entry form is an eye-popping 72 percent. Yes, digital revenue made up 72 percent of total revenue over the past 12 months.

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The Sway's marketing tactics are a little bit different 2/24/17

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

If there's another newspaper with a beer named after its innovation, we haven't heard about it.

The Pilot publishes Wednesdays and Sundays and circulates 12,500 papers in Southern Pines, N.C. It, like many other papers, looked for a way to reach millennials with advertising and news while capitalizing on the services offered by its in-house First Flight Digital operation.

What The Pilot came up with does not involve top executives at the paper, and it isn't afraid to take a risk. The name of the product is The Sway, and it's an email newsletter "that delivers bite-sized information with a funny, snappy voice," according to the paper's entry.

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Innovation Award finalists to present this afternoon at Mega-Conference 2/24/17

Learn from these innovative companies at the Key Executives Mega-Conference.

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