tronc makes bid for owner of Chicago Sun-Times 5/16/17

tronc, Inc. has entered into a non-binding letter of intent to acquire Wrapports Holdings, LLC, the owner of the Chicago Sun-Times and other media assets, including its minority ownership interest in digital content network business Aggrego, LLC, the alternative weekly Chicago Reader and syndicated column The Straight Dope.

The announcement comes as Wrapports, at the request of the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division, publishes notice today of its plan to sell the Sun-Times to a buyer that will continue to publish the paper.

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2016 Sigma Delta Chi Award honorees 5/16/17

The Society of Professional Journalists has announced the recipients of the 2016 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for excellence in journalism.

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AP, ExpertFile collaborate to connect newsrooms with expert sources 5/15/17

The Associated Press and ExpertFile have announced that they will work together to make ExpertFile's online directory of subject matter experts available to newsrooms.

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Research for today's media environment 5/15/17

By Ted Stasney and Robin DiSalvo, Research Director on Demand

Since so many in the media industry today are asking their staff to do more multi-tasking, the research strategies outlined in this article may help you with your marketing and advertising sales research.

Whether your research needs are for promotion and branding initiatives, sales presentations, proposals or a request for some quick stats, start by asking these questions.

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Report: AI, influencer marketing and millennials are top public relations trends in 2017 5/9/17

Machine learning, influencer marketing and a focus on millennials are the top three trends that will drive public relations research this year, according to a new white paper from the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. This is the College's first annual report on public relations research trends.

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Judge's ruling a win for press freedom 5/9/17

By Rufus Friday, president and publisher, Lexington Herald-Leader

I never imagined that my first Herald-Leader commentary would involve fighting for this newspaper's free-press protections. Yet it does.

Last Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Karen K. Caldwell, issued a momentous pro-First Amendment ruling in the lawsuit the Herald-Leader was forced to file against the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.

She stopped a new city-county ordinance that would have banned driveway distribution of free newspapers and other printed material from going into effect on May 1. City officials have not decided whether to appeal the decision. If they are wise stewards of precious tax dollars, they won't go down that road.

The ordinance, which includes a $200 penalty for each violation, is likely unconstitutional because it would have the effect of cutting off circulation of our free Community News.

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Lexington paper honored with Ad Council's Crystal Bell Award 5/8/17

The Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader was recognized with the Ad Council's Crystal Bell award last week at the News Media Alliance's mediaXchange 2017 in New Orleans, La. Each year, this award is presented to a news organization for its extraordinary contributions to the Ad Council's public service campaigns.

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SNPA partners with AdCellerant to provide free Google training and certifications 5/8/17

SNPA has established a strategic partnership with AdCellerant that will provide FREE training and Google certifications to employees of SNPA member newspapers. AdCellerant is an ad tech/digital marketing managed solutions startup based in Denver, Colo.

SNPA's partnership with AdCellerant will allow association members to have free access to several Google trainings, including Academy for Ads. These are training modules across a variety of different Google platforms, including AdWords, Google Analytics, Mobile, Video, eCommerce, etc.

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Federal judge halts enforcement of Lexington ordinance opposed by Herald-Leader 5/2/17

By Beth Musgrave, Lexington Herald-Leader

A federal judge has ruled that Lexington cannot enforce a recently passed ordinance that restricts where advertising and other unsolicited printed materials can be delivered.

U.S. District Court Judge Karen Caldwell ruled Friday that the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government cannot enforce the ordinance that was supposed to take effect Monday until a court case challenging the ordinance has been resolved.

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Alex Acosta confirmed as 27th U.S. Secretary of Labor 5/2/17

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

June 30 is the new due date for the Department of Labor's reply brief involving the overtime rule. With Alex Acosta now confirmed as secretary of labor, this should be the final due date.

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