Statesman Media: Music to the bottom line 2/26/19

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

Statesman Media (Studio Sessions) was a finalist for the Mega-Innovation Award presented Tuesday afternoon at the Key Executives Mega-Conference.

Top honors went to GateHouse LIVE. The Buffalo News also was a finalist.

Austin, Texas, calls itself the "Live Music Capital of the World," and Statesman Media capitalizes on music to make money with Austin360 Studio Sessions.

Studio Sessions is a live-stream half-hour music show produced in the Statesman Media studio used by both the American-Statesman newsroom and the company's advertising and production agency. It mainly showcases local music but also features up-and-coming regional bands, bands passing through town and the occasional national act.

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The Buffalo News: A new kind of paywall 2/26/19

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

The Buffalo News was a finalist for the Mega-Innovation Award presented Tuesday afternoon at the Key Executives Mega-Conference.

Top honors went to GateHouse LIVE. Statesman Media also was a finalist.

On his first day in the newsroom of The Buffalo News, David Adkins asked about the paywall that was then operated by a third-party paywall technology company. Someone who was trying to be helpful told him, "Don't worry, you can get around it."

Having just come from a Florida paper that also operated with a problematic paywall, Adkins looked into the matter further. The result was the development of a proprietary paywall that largely closed the "leakiness" and brought dramatic increases in digital subscription revenue.

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SNPA Board of Directors welcomes two new members 2/26/19

During its meeting on Monday, Feb. 25, the SNPA Board of Directors welcomed two new members: The Guam Daily Post and Transparensee.

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AffinityX and TownNews form partnership 2/26/19

AffinityX and TownNews have announced a partnership to help move the newspaper industry forward. As part of the partnership, AffinityX works within TownNews' BLOX Total CMS (content management system) for newspapers that choose to outsource editorial page design/production. AffinityX will actively promote BLOX Total CMS to its clients who do not already have a preferred solution in place.

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The Washington Post launches the Jamal Khashoggi Fellowship 2/26/19

The Washington Post has announced the launch of the Jamal Khashoggi Fellowship, a new global opinions program established to honor the late Post columnist, Jamal Khashoggi. The fellowship will provide an independent platform for journalists and writers to cover and offer their perspectives from parts of the world where freedom of expression is threatened or suppressed. The Post has named Hala Al-Dosari, an award-winning activist, scholar and writer from Saudi Arabia, the first Jamal Khashoggi fellow.

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Adams Publishing Group launching new Idaho paper 2/26/19

Greeneville, Tennessee-based Adams Publishing Group will soon begin publishing a paper to cover eastern Idaho, the Post Register of Idaho Falls reports. Adams Publishing owns the Post Register, Idaho State Journal, Idaho Press as well as weekly papers in Idaho and Utah.

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Brainworks releases new revenue-focused CRM innovations for publishers 2/25/19

Brainworks, in collaboration with CRM development partner APG Media, has released three new CRM innovations designed to increase revenue opportunities and drive greater sales team efficiencies for print and digital publishers.

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Stratica premieres at 2019 Mega-Conference 2/25/19

Stratica Advertising and CRM solutions built by Brainworks is a transformational browser-based platform that unifies print and digital transactions for media advertising. Stratica is making its industry premiere at this year's 2019 Mega-Conference in Las Vegas. Stratica Advertising and Stratica CRM are the first two products from the new Stratica software platform. Future products will include Stratica Xpance for print, digital and video ad workflow management and Stratica Audience for subscriber acquisition and management.

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TownNews acquires GTxcel's CMS business and technology 2/21/19

TownNews is acquiring GTxcel's Rayos and Rivista suites. The acquisition will add more than 200 broadcasters and magazine publishers to TownNews' client roster, which already includes nearly 1,800 newspaper, television, radio, magazine and web-native properties.

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You're hired! Koenig & Bauer (US) launches new unique apprenticeship programs 2/19/19

In light of the tight labor market and the acute need for qualified candidates to join the printing industry, Koenig & Bauer (US) is taking a decisive step to invest in its future and develop new unique apprenticeship programs to fill its technical positions.

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