Can local media find a new home in real estate? 11/29/16

By Steve Gray, vice president of strategy and innovation, Morris Communications

Tired of losing real estate advertising dollars year after year? So are we at Morris Publishing Group.

So a couple of us attended the recent National Association of Realtors convention to see what's hot, and how we might be able to create a new niche for ourselves in the business.

We saw plenty to make us think we can do this.


Mentoring is a commitment 11/29/16

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

Laura Ray Iwanski says much of her job with Morris Communications markets in Savannah, Ga., and Bluffton, S.C., entails helping traditionally trained print account executives to "embrace and adopt digital" and educate their clients about the benefits. Her NEX GEN mentor, Christian Hendricks, was helpful with that, she said. "We talked a lot about innovation and propelling a team that might not seemingly be ready to move forward."

Read about her NEX GEN experience.


Department of Labor's overtime rule enjoined on a nationwide basis 11/28/16

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

On Nov. 22 the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a nationwide injunction, halting the planned Dec. 1 effective date of the U.S. Department of Labor's overtime rule.


U.S. court blocks overtime expansion pay rule for 4 million 11/22/16

By Michelle Rindels, The Associated Press

A federal court on Tuesday blocked implementation of a rule imposed by President Barack Obama's administration that would have made an estimated 4 million more higher-earning workers across the country eligible for overtime pay starting Dec. 1.


Herald-Mail Media acquires What's NXT 11/21/16

Herald-Mail Media has acquired What's NXT, the Hagerstown, Md., company that publishes a free monthly event guide and hosts local events, such as the Downtown Summer Slide Festival and Krumpe's Donut Drop.


An opportunity to learn something new 11/14/16

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

As enterprise editor for LNP Media Group in Lancaster, Penn., Lison Joseph says 80 percent of his job is focused on print. When he applied for SNPA's NEX GEN mentoring program, he wanted to learn more about digital journalism from someone with hands-on experience.

Joseph was matched with Christy Oglesby, then managing editor/audience growth for Cox Media Group in Atlanta. With CNN also on her resume, Oglesby had expertise in using video to drive traffic to a website.

Read about his NEX GEN experience.


New Media Investment Group to acquire assets of Harris Enterprises 11/14/16

New Media Investment Group Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the newspapers and most other assets of Harris Enterprises Inc. The six newspapers will be operated by a division of New Media's GateHouse Media.


News media organizations offer hotline for election coverage problems 11/8/16

Several news media organizations are joining together to provide a legal hotline for reporters who encounter restrictions or threats of arrests while covering the election today.


Sumter paper publishes final Saturday edition 11/7/16

The Sumter (S.C.) Item has published its final Saturday print edition. The paper is now officially printing five days a week, and has a wide range of plans for expanding its growing digital services …


Get to know Bill Church, as he steps into new role with GateHouse 11/7/16

Former Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune Executive Editor Bill Church was recently named senior vice president of news for GateHouse Media, where he will oversee news strategy for the entire company. Here's where he thinks the industry is headed and what his plans are for the future.