Sarasota Herald-Tribune Executive Editor Matthew Sauer is adding the title general manager and assuming a new role at the media company.
Sauer will continue to oversee the Herald-Tribune's newsroom but will now work with the media company's seasoned team of executives to continue its mission as the top information source and digital and print advertising platform in Southwest Florida.MORE
In 2016, the Herald-Tribune (Sarasota, Fla.) launched a new website, TheGunWriter.com, designed to provide in-depth coverage of the firearms industry, new products in the market as well as news of interest to gun owners, firearms instructors and sport shooters.
The site was the transformation of a newspaper blog penned by Herald-Tribune Senior Investigative Reporter Lee Williams, a lifelong shooter who served in the U.S. Army and as a police officer before becoming a journalist.
In December 2015, a review of the blog's readership proved the reach extended well beyond the shores of Florida: The Gun Writer's message extended into all 50 states. The audience mirrored the national firearms industry audience and, in many ways, the audience of the Herald-Tribune: educated adults who possessed disposable income.
The research also identified a growing niche audience that obviously appreciated the unique value of a journalistic voice.MORE
The Sarasota Herald-Tribune's recently published “What happened to Mason?” is a seven-part narrative by Chris Anderson on the mystery behind a missing solider. In addition to superb storytelling, the newsroom devoted a great deal of effort to the visuals.
Jennifer Borresen, the newspaper's projects visualization editor, explained the importance of telling stories visually in high-end projects and the lessons she learned from the creation process.MORE
GateHouse Media LLC has announced that Bill Church, a nationally-regarded newsroom executive, has been named senior vice president for news.
Most recently, Church served as executive editor of the award-winning Sarasota Herald-Tribune where he has elevated the quality of both print and digital editions of the newspaper.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
The Herald-Tribune has signed a lease for new office space in downtown Sarasota.
A moving van will not be required. The media company will move its journalists, advertising sales people and support staff, from 1741 Main St. to the SunTrust Bank building next door at 1777 Main. The new space will be remodeled for the downtown office's 135 employees.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
Investigative Reporting - Leonora LaPeter Anton and Anthony Cormier of the Tampa Bay Times and Michael Braga of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune for a stellar example of collaborative reporting by two news organizations that revealed escalating violence and neglect in Florida mental hospitals and laid the blame at the door of state officials. (read more)
Local Reporting - Michael LaForgia, Cara Fitzpatrick and Lisa Gartner of the Tampa Bay Times for exposing a local school board's culpability in turning some county schools into failure factories, with tragic consequences for the community. (read more)
Editorial Writing - John Hackworth of Sun Newspapers, Charlotte Harbor, Fla., for fierce, indignant editorials that demanded truth and change after the deadly assault of an inmate by corrections officers. (read more, including a column by David Dunn-Rankin about what this would have meant to his Dad)MORE
The Tampa Bay Times and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for the series "Insane, Invisible, In Danger." a reporting partnership between the two papers.
In addition, the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting was awarded to Michael LaForgia, Cara Fitzpatrick and Lisa Gartner of the Tampa Bay Times for their work in exposing how Pinellas County school leaders withheld promised funding and support from five predominantly black schools creating "Failure Factories," the title of the series that was published in 2015.MORE
You get what you measure.
Count the number of bylines a newspaper reporter produces, and you'll likely get more bylines. Track page views closely, and your newsroom will be far more attune to what is driving page views and how to get more of them.
What a news organization includes in the set of metrics that leadership and staff monitor regularly can have some unintended consequences. Distraction from things that are more important, if nothing else. Google Analytics can measure a lot of different things, and there's a temptation to include as many ways of measuring audience as one can cram into a spreadsheet. In the process, staff can get hung up on measuring changes in process instead of changes in outcomes.More
The Post and Courier of Charleston, S.C., is getting into the horse racing business, acquiring the ownership rights to Steeplechase of Charleston.
P.J. Browning, publisher of The Post and Courier, said at a Thursday announcement at The Dewberry that acquiring the event helps the media company to diversify its portfolio and invest in its community.
"It makes good business sense for all of us here to pay attention to the ways in which Charleston residents and visitors alike embrace our unique events," Browning said. "Thousands of people attend festivals around town each year, and there's every reason that this can and should happen with Steeplechase."More