A letter to subscribers of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 5/21/19

In a letter to subscribers this past weekend, Walter E. Hussman Jr., publisher of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, outlined an experiment the paper undertook last year in Blytheville, Ark., designed to confront the reality of declining profits.

For the first time in over 20 years, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette lost money in 2018. "Our profit had declined every year for a decade, but we were now unprofitable and losses would be mounting," he wrote.

"Confronted with this reality, one logical option was to cut back on unprofitable circulation in remote areas of the state, something most newspapers had done years earlier," the letter said. "But realizing that newspapers are not just a business, but a public trust vital to our democracy, we tried to determine some way we could continue to be a statewide newspaper delivered to all 75 counties. We knew that thousands of our subscribers had started reading the exact replica of the newspaper on their own iPad. Most told us they liked it so much they had continued their subscription but had stopped reading the print copy."

Click here to learn why readers like the iPad version and the next steps being taken in Little Rock.


GateHouse Media to acquire New Jersey Herald 5/21/19

GateHouse Media has agreed to acquire the daily Newton (N.J.) New Jersey Herald from family-owned Quincy Media.

Dirks, Van Essen, Murray & April, a media merger and acquisition firm based in Santa Fe, N.M., represented Quincy Media in the transaction. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.


Second Street acquires Niche Media 5/21/19

Second Street has acquired Niche Media, which runs events dedicated to helping niche publishers generate new and additional revenue.

This acquisition further expands Second Street's role as a disseminator of best practices in media revenue and audience engagement. Second Street currently offers numerous resources including the Second Street Lab, Summit, sales workshops, webinars and playbooks to complement its audience engagement software platform.


Finding the faces of Vietnam 5/14/19

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

With each Memorial Day that passes, putting faces to the names of veterans killed in Vietnam becomes more urgent. And community newspapers are uniquely positioned to help the cause, says Andrew Johnson, president of the National Newspaper Association.

In 1973, a fire at a government storage facility in St. Louis destroyed more than six million military records, among them thousands upon thousands of photographs of Vietnam veterans killed in action. Of the 58,300 veterans who died, 24,000 photos were still missing in 2013 when a concerted effort began to locate and collect them for the Vietnam Veterans Faces Project.

As of Friday, all but 1,064 photographs had been provided by family members or located by members of the news media and veterans groups across the country. Eleven states, Puerto Rico and Guam still have veterans with missing photos.


AP to present VoteCast results at AAPOR polling conference 5/14/19

The Associated Press and NORC at the University of Chicago will present the results of AP VoteCast, the new standard in election research, at the American Association for Public Opinion Research conference in Toronto on Saturday.

AP VoteCast captures the opinions and preferences of voters as they choose who to vote for, along with the reasons behind their decision. Developed with NORC, VoteCast is a modern approach to public opinion research designed to deliver a broad and more accurate picture of the American electorate than ever before.

The presentations at the AAPOR conference, which will be livestreamed, will include a detailed report assessing the success of AP VoteCast's debut in the 2018 U.S. midterm elections.

AP and NORC are committed to transparency in conducting AP VoteCast and sharing the results returned by its innovative methodology for peer and academic review.

As part of that commitment, the 2018 AP VoteCast data is now available for download.


Greenville Daily News to be sold 5/14/19

View Newspaper Group and Michigan Web Press, both owned by Rick Burrough, have agreed to acquire the Greenville (Mich.) Daily News and affiliated Stafford Printing from the Stafford family.

Dirks, Van Essen, Murray & April, a media merger and acquisition firm based in Santa Fe, N.M., represented the Stafford family in the transaction. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.


Wilson, Dunn papers form media company 5/14/19

From staff reports (The Wilson Times)

The Daily Record and The Wilson Times, North Carolina's last two family-owned daily newspapers, have forged a strategic partnership and formed a media management company, allowing them to share resources and expertise while remaining independently owned and operated.

Bart and Brent Adams and Maere Kay Lashmit, who own The Daily Record in Dunn, N.C., and Morgan Dickerman, who owns The Wilson Times, have joined forces to create Restoration Newsmedia. The limited-liability company was incorporated and registered with the N.C. Department of the Secretary of State on April 30.


Courier-Post sold to Quincy Media 5/13/19

The Hannibal (Mo.) Courier-Post will soon be under new leadership by a family-owned company just up river in Illinois.

GateHouse Media has agreed to sell the publication to Quincy Media Inc., which operates The Herald-Whig and WGEM-TV/Radio. An asset purchase agreement has been signed, and the transition is expected to begin later this summer.

Dirks, Van Essen, Murray & April, a media merger and acquisition firm based in Santa Fe, N.M., represented Quincy Media in the transaction. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.


One newspaper, one website in New Orleans 5/7/19

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

John Georges calls New Orleans a global brand, because of its history and because of its millions of visitors each year from all over the world.

"Our market is not limited to brick and mortar and rooftops. Our market is the global brand of New Orleans," he said.

It's a newspaper and website market now controlled by John and Dathel Georges with their purchase of The Times-Picayune and NOLA.com from Advance Local Media, owned by the Newhouse family. At some point in June, both will be combined with The New Orleans Advocate and advocate.com/new_orleans into one newspaper and one website.

Advocate President Judi Terzotis, an at-large member of the SNPA Board of Directors, said: "The current T-P newspaper will cease publication. The combined paper will carry both logos: The New Orleans Advocate and Times-Picayune. Our New Orleans website will be NOLA.com."

Terzotis also is president of The Advocate in Baton Rouge, which was awarded its first Pulitzer Prize this year for reporting on the racial impacts of Louisiana's unique laws allowing juries to convict defendants without a unanimous verdict. Voters amended the state constitution to require unanimous verdicts in criminal cases.

The purchase price of The Times-Picayune and NOLA.com was not disclosed, but Georges said it was the easiest part of the negotiation. The sale of Times-Picayune assets includes the brand, the website, the news archives, subscriber and advertiser information and the Loving Cup, the city's highest civic honor.


Seaton Publishing Company goes live with Brainworks publishing solutions 5/7/19

Seaton Publishing Company has gone live with Brainworks Advertising, Finance, CRM, Pagination and Xpance publishing solutions. This go live includes the following publications: The Manhattan Mercury, Junction City Union, 1st Infantry Division Post and Wamego Smoke Signal/The Times, along with their respective websites.