Granite Publications CEO Brandi Chionsini is leaving the group and has formed a new management company. Five newspapers will be part of Fenice Community Media Group – four weeklies, Madisonville Meteor, The Sealy News, Fort Stockton Pioneer and The Hill Country News – and one semi-weekly, the Gonzales Inquirer.
Granite Founder Jim Chionsini is stepping back into the operations and he, along with Controller Daniel Philhower, will manage the Granite group.
"I am excited to be branching out on my own after nearly 19 years with Granite," Ms. Chionsini said. "I am thankful to my father, Jim, for his guidance and leadership all these years and know that with this knowledge and my own experience, we will be able to make this new venture a success."
"I'm very proud of Brandi for taking this step. I remember when I made the same decision in 1978 to leave the safety of the Walls organization and go it alone. The first few years were terribly scary for her mother and me but in the end sinking or swimming on my own was the right decision. Entrepreneurship isn't for everyone but this has been Brandi's desire for a long time. Everyone is behind her decision 100 percent," Chionsini said.MORE
Millennials, 25-34 years of age, love the unique traits and characteristics of their city and community.MORE
The owners of The New Britain Herald and The Bristol Press have agreed to buy The Chronicle of Willimantic, Conn. The transaction is expected to be finalized May 1.MORE
Presteligence has announced that Lee Enterprises will add Lee AgriMedia publications to Adinfinitum for electronic tearsheets and electronic invoices.MORE
The Lexington Herald-Leader has sued the city of Lexington, Ky., alleging that a new ordinance – which restricts where publications can be delivered – runs afoul of the First Amendment.MORE
The Sedalia Democrat and Jacksonville Journal Courier have purchased NewsXtreme Lite Prepress Production Workflow Bundle from Presteligence. The deal is part of a Southern Lithoplate Strategic Alliance Partnership.MORE
Research Director On Demand is looking for partners on its national survey to learn more about Millennials and their media habits. The object of the research will be a better understanding of this massive generation, including media usage, sources of information, content preferences and newspaper readership drivers.MORE
An agreement in principal has been reached by the Randall Family, LLC, owners of The Frederick (Md.) News-Post, to explore the sale of the News-Post to Ogden Newspapers, Inc., of Wheeling, W.Va., according to Gary Greene, Cribb, Greene & Cope newspaper brokerage firm.MORE
The Hattiesburg (Miss.) American has announced plans to shift from publishing a print edition seven days a week to three – Wednesday, Friday and Sunday – beginning April 5.
In a letter to readers, Nathan Edwards, president of the Hattiesburg American, said: "The shift, driven by our consumers and advertisers, enables us to invest in new ways of doing business and better position ourselves for the future. Our research shows subscribers are increasingly choosing to access the American online via our website, mobile and tablet devices, with the Hattiesburg American having 8X more digital readers than print readers."MORE
Eighty-two percent of Americans trust prints ads, followed by TV ads (80 percent) and direct mail (76 percent); online pop-ups are the least trusted (25 percent).MORE
Newspapers are all about storytelling and, yet, "with the crisis that we face as an industry, we don't do a great job of telling our very, very compelling story," Terry Egger, publisher and CEO of Philadelphia Media Network, told attendees at the Mega-Conference last week.
In his keynote address to 700 industry executives in Las Vegas, Egger called on newspapers across the country to establish conversations with local community and business leaders about the important role that newspapers play.
As an industry, he said we have suffered a lot of self-inflicted wounds. "We wish we had do-overs," he said, "but we don't. What we do have, though, is a compelling story that needs to be told."More
A new advertising support position at the Northwest Florida Daily News is paying off, according to Ethan Aden, digital sales manager for the paper based in Fort Walton Beach.
The job title is sales engineer, and the goal is to put together multimedia proposals for the sales reps to present to clients – complete proposals backed by research into markets, demographics and other factors.More
The first two pieces of Brainworks Software's new Stratica platform drew a lot of attention during the trade show at the Key Executives Mega-Conference in Las Vegas.
"We were constantly busy," said Rick Sanders, president and CEO of Brainworks. "It was terrific."
Brainworks rolled out its new Stratica Advertising and CRM products at the conference and offered demonstrations. Stratica is web- and browser-based and combines print and digital transactions. It will improve a media company's ability to make revenue forecasts and track whether projections are being met, among many other functions.More