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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New 'Innovation in Focus' series will show journalists how to tell stories using emerging tech 1/16/18


By Jennifer Nelson, Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute

The proliferation of new storytelling technologies can overwhelm journalists as they wonder which tools are worth the investment of time and money. Even the time to investigate can be a drain on budgets and staffing.

A team at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute's Futures Lab is stepping in to help with its new video series "Innovation in Focus," which launched Jan. 15. The series is designed to teach, by example, how to tell a story using various emerging technologies. It also highlights challenges and opportunities, tips and tricks, and equipment costs.

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We're shining a spotlight on innovation 1/2/18

Michael Maness, innovator-in-residence at Harvard Business School, noted during the 2016 inaugural year of the Mega-Innovation Award that lots of newspapers seem to be doing incremental innovation. What he said he doesn't see very often is revolutionary innovation: new products with new consumers that you haven't had before. "This is the kind of system that we want to be seeing," Maness said. Read more from comments made by the 2016 contest judge

Is your newspaper or corporate office doing something innovative? If so, resolve to submit a nomination for this year's Mega-Innovation Award. The deadline for entries is Jan. 11. There is no cost to enter.

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Don't think you can't compete with the large metros? In 2016, the winner was a three-day-a-week paper: The Forsyth County News in Cumming, Ga.

Last year, Calkins Media took top honors. When the company was a finalist in 2016 for the 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.

Read more about the previous winners and then nominate your paper this year!
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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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Finalists selected for Mega-Innovation Award 1/31/17

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

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Has your newspaper done something innovative this year? 12/13/16

A limited number of entries have been received so far for the Mega-Conference Innovation Award, and we know SNPA member newspapers are doing good things!

We want you to nominate your paper for consideration this year!

Don't think you can't compete with the large metros? Last year's winner was a three-day-a-week paper. This award is designed to recognize innovative achievements made by newspapers of all sizes.

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