Brainworks Software has announced that Morcor Solutions has been officially renamed Xpance Inc.
Brainworks acquired Morcor Solutions in April 2013 with the goal of combining each company's resources and talents to deliver new and innovative media software solutions to an industry undergoing rapid change. Along with the name change, Xpance has released a new version that incorporates a full suite of capabilities around digital ad creation and proofing.MORE
The Dallas Morning News has been awarded a national Edward R. Murrow Award for its breaking news coverage of last year's deadly police ambush in Dallas. The entry showcases the bravery and diligent work of the journalism team, both those in the newsroom and those on the streets when the shooting took place.MORE
Brainworks has announced a new expanded functionality to its paywall module. The Day Pass will allow media companies the flexibility of charging for their content on a daily basis while also providing non-subscribers the opportunity to consume editorial when convenient for the reader. The Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C., is the initial development partner for this new technology and has gone live with the Day Pass.MORE
Phillips Media Group has acquired the daily Sedalia (Mo.) Democrat from North Carolina-based Civitas Media.MORE
Champion Media LLC has acquired the North Carolina and South Carolina print, digital and local assets of Civitas Media LLC. The acquisition includes five daily newspapers and 17 weekly newspapers.MORE
Lee Enterprises, Incorporated has announced an agreement to purchase the assets of The Dispatch-Argus, including QCOnline.com and related publications serving Moline, Rock Island and dozens of other communities in western Illinois.MORE
McClatchy has entered into an agreement along with other owners – TEGNA Inc., the controlling shareholder owning 53 percent of CareerBuilder, LLC, and Tribune Media Company – to sell CareerBuilder to an investor group.MORE
Don't forget to nominate your "rising star" to participate in the 2017-18 SNPA NEX GEN mentor program by tomorrow, July 14.
This year-long program offers newspaper professionals with executive potential the opportunity to develop their industry knowledge, analytical skills and aptitude for innovation.
Each of the eight selected protégés is paired one-on-one with one of the brightest talents in the newspaper industry. The pool of NEX GEN mentors includes publishers, CEOs and executives from marketing/advertising, circulation, production and digital operations.MORE
"One of my great college professors said it this way, 'Don't show me what somebody does, but show me how somebody feels about what they do.' That's kind of my mantra," Thornton said. "I don't want to show people building a garden, I want to show how people feel building the garden. I want to try to convey their thoughts and emotion, their mental drive about their project. I want to show that visually."
But finding the emotion that conveys the true depths of a story is not always easy. One of the greatest obstacles photojournalists face is creating photos that don't look posed. The key to avoiding that and creating a natural feel lies in making sure that the subject is able to feel comfortable.
"At some point they'll trust you to be in the room, and long enough to where they forget that you're there," Thornton said. "That's always a magical moment for me: when I realize that nobody is attending to the big city newspaper photographer anymore, but they're just going on about their life." MORE
HD Media has acquired four West Virginia newspapers from North Carolina-based Civitas Media. The newspapers and their related websites include the Logan Banner, Williamson Daily News, Coal Valley News and The Pineville Independent Herald.MORE
Recently, a former newspaper carrier filed a wage claim with the North Carolina Department of Labor, claiming employee status at a daily newspaper in the state. The newspaper carrier filed with the state Department of Labor, rather than federal DOL, because the federal wage and hour law contains a complete exemption for newspaper carriers; the North Carolina wage and hour law does not.
Of course, the newspaper stated that the individual was an independent contractor, not an employee. As part of its investigation, the North Carolina Department of Labor asked the company to provide specific information, in order to determine whether there was an employer/employee relationship.More
SNPA is a member of a coalition announced Monday that is fighting proposed countervailing duties (CVD) and anti-dumping duties (AD) on imports of Canadian uncoated groundwood papers including newsprint and other papers.
The coalition – Stop Tariffs on Printers & Publishers (STOPP) – is comprised of members of the printing, publishing and paper-producing industries, which employ more than 600,000 workers.
These preliminary duties, which were assessed by the Department of Commerce in January and March, respectively, are the result of a petition filed by one company, North Pacific Paper Company (NORPAC), an outlier in the paper industry that is looking to use the U.S. government for its own financial gain. The STOPP coalition is concerned that these CVD and AD duties, which range up to 32 percent combined, will saddle U.S. printing and publishing businesses with increased costs and threaten thousands of American jobs.
"To think that one company could file a petition that would so adversely affect the entire newspaper industry is unconscionable," said SNPA Chairman Chris Reen, who is president and publisher of The Oklahoman Media Company. "The consequences of this will be devastating to an industry already under enormous financial pressure. The U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission should heed the warnings from local publishers. There is no way to absorb these costs along the supply chain – they will lead to even more job losses and in some cases, outright news deserts."
SNPA President Patrick Dorsey said: "We are already working hard to absorb the price increases related to a tight newsprint supply environment. Implementing these unreasonable duties of up to 32 percent is inexcusable and will lead to a loss of many more jobs than they claim to save."More
Bill Burgess, Jr. and Brad Burgess have announced that they have entered into an agreement to sell the Lawton (Okla.) Constitution to Southern Newspapers, headquartered in Houston, Texas. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.More