Ready-to-use pages previewing Olympics available at discount to SNPA members 1/23/18

The clock is ticking toward Opening Ceremonies for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang County, South Korea. Are you ready?

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Newscycle Mobile adds iPhone X support and UX enhancements 1/23/18

The newest Newscycle Mobile software release adds support for the Apple iPhone X and includes several features that enhance mobile user experience, create new revenue opportunities and simplify app management.

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TownNews.com and Brainworks Software launch strategic partnership 1/16/18

TownNews.com and Brainworks Software today announced a strategic partnership aimed at providing new and innovative solutions that help print, broadcast, digital and web-native media companies jumpstart revenue and audience engagement.

The companies will collaborate to create integrations between their industry-leading content management, CRM, digital publishing, advertising management and circulation management systems that help media organizations reduce costs while unlocking new revenue streams.

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AP and PodcastOne link in game-changing podcast deal 1/15/18

PodcastOne SportsNet and The Associated Press have teamed up to provide in-depth daily reports from national and international sporting events, beginning with the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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Boone affiliate acquires The Coastland Times 1/15/18

Outer Banks Newsmedia, LLC, a new North Carolina affiliate of Boone Newspapers, Inc., of Tuscaloosa, Ala., has completed its purchase of The Coastland Times from Times Printing Co. and its longtime owners, the Meekins family.

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Board establishes new test for reviewing employer policies 1/9/18

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

In this column, I have been predicting for some time that when all three Republican seats of the five-member National Labor Relations Board were filled by President Trump's appointees, the NLRB would begin reversing/overruling some of the Obama Board's more egregious decisions that demonstrated an outright hostility toward employers.

Chairman Philip A. Miscimarra's term expired on Dec. 17, 2017. On Dec. 14 and 15, Chairman Miscimarra went out "with a bang!"

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Number of daily newspaper deals highest since 2000 1/9/18

The newspaper industry saw its busiest transaction year in nearly two decades with 31 separate deals involving daily newspapers in 2017, according to Dirks, Van Essen & Murray.

Phil Murray, senior vice president, said the activity was driven by two factors.

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BlueVenn completes acquisition of media analytics and marketing specialists LEAP Media Solutions 1/3/18

BlueVenn has announced the purchase of LEAP Media Solutions (LEAP), a provider of customer analytics and marketing campaign services for the U.S. media industry.

The acquisition will strengthen BlueVenn's presence in the media and publishing market, which already boasts over 200 newsmedia brands operating the BlueVenn Customer Data Platform and its analytics, personalization and campaign management tools.

LEAP has been utilizing BlueVenn technology effectively for five years, to provide media publishers with tailored data analytics and marketing campaign capabilities through a shared-hosting model. This has enabled independent publishers with limited marketing resources the same sophisticated marketing capabilities as major publishers and media, without investing in technology systems that may otherwise be out of reach.

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No eBulletin next Tuesday 12/19/17

No eBulletin will be published next week. Watch for the next issue of the eBulletin on Jan. 2.

Wishing you and your family a joyful Christmas!

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Shared experiences 12/18/17

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

Two promotions. One switchover to outsourced printing. One major hurricane with historic flooding.

Robert Royer's NEX GEN year was busier than most.

Royer, 28, joined the mentoring program as multi-media sales and marketing team leader for the Victoria Advocate in Texas. About six months later, he was named retail advertising supervisor, and near the end of his NEX GEN year he was promoted to local display manager, with broader duties.

Along the way, Royer said, he learned about publishing from mentor Zach Ahrens of The Topeka Capital-Journal in Kansas.

Read about his NEX GEN experience.

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