What is the future of newspaper advertising departments in small, low-growth communities? Can the print sales reps at these newspapers become digital advertising experts? JoAnn Sciarrino, Knight Chair in Digital Advertising and Marketing at the University of North Carolina, explores these questions in a case study on The Whiteville News Reporter, a Pulitzer-Prize-Winning, twice-weekly paper with a print circulation of 10,000.MORE
NEWSCYCLE Solutions announces that NEWSCYCLE Mobile will be featured in the new Amazon Alexa agencies and developer tools page. The Amazon web page highlights agencies, developers and tool builders that work directly with clients to deliver content on Amazon Alexa devices. The page also serves as a reference guide for companies looking for assistance in building Alexa skills.MORE
Morris Newspaper Corporation has purchased the assets of Monroe Publishing from Bliss Communications. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The acquisition included The Monroe Times, serving Wisconsin's Green and Lafayette counties, as well as two free weekly papers: the Monroe (Wis.) Shopping News and the Freeport (Ill.) Shopping News.MORE
The Dix family, owner of Dix Communications, has sold their five daily newspapers, 18 weekly publications and related websites in northeastern and east-central Ohio to GateHouse Media, according to John Cribb, Cribb, Greene & Cope who represented the Dix family in the transaction.MORE
On Feb. 1, PF Media Technologies announced a full company rebrand as News Hub Media (NHM). The new NHM brand reflects an expanded software portfolio that addresses media client needs throughout the whole creative and production process.MORE
Deer Creek Pilot Editor and Publisher Ray Mosby talks about the ups and downs of owning and operating a weekly newspaper in a small community. Justin Sellers/The Clarion-LedgerMORE
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The Voice Media Group has announced that as part of the ongoing diversification of its portfolio it is putting the storied LA Weekly up for sale.MORE
NEWSCYCLE Solutions is expanding its mobile product portfolio to include Over-the-Top (OTT) technologies, enabling news media companies to deliver content on-demand to online audiences. The new NEWSYCLE OTT offering supports Apple TV and Roku, and the company will be adding support for Amazon Fire this April, with Google Chromecast, Samsung Smart TV's and other set-top, plug-and-play and voice-activated devices following in the first half of 2017.MORE
McClatchy has entered into separate agreements to sell and lease back real property owned by The State Media Company in Columbia, S.C., and The Sacramento Bee in Sacramento, Calif., for total gross proceeds of $67.8 million.MORE
With reader habits changing, The Island Packet (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) and Beaufort (S.C.) Gazette have announced that, starting Nov. 9, they will no longer produce a printed newspaper on Saturdays. Instead, they will launch a Weekend Edition that includes expanded newspapers on Fridays and Sundays.More
The Guam Daily Post is not only the most distant independent newspaper among SNPA members, it boasts circulation and digital gains that mainland peers would envy.
Mindy Aguon, CEO and editor-in-chief of the 17,000 circulation newspaper, calls its growth in the last two or three years "massive."
"In December 2016, The Guam Daily Post was available for purchase at 70 locations," she said. "As of July, the newspaper is now available at 260-plus locations around the island. We are adding more subscribers each week and many of the subscribers tell us they switched from our competitor because of our local news content."
"In July 2016, the Post website had 151,925 page views," Aguon added. "In June 2019, the Post website had over 1.4 million page views. Our Facebook followers have grown from 9,257 in 2016 to over 32,706. Staff has grown from 30 to 52."
All this is on an island about 7,800 miles from SNPA's traditional headquarters in Atlanta. By comparison, it's about 4,407 miles from Atlanta to Hawaii.More
As we celebrate joining together SNPA and Inland, it is worth at least a moment to honor the first principles of the newspaper industry that gave rise to both groups. And those, without a doubt, are freedom of the press and the parallel right to know and to distribute news.
Honoring those principles requires some reflection on the industry's singular role in building America's First Amendment foundation. And it is safe to say that SNPA's and Inland's member newspapers can fairly take credit for shaping the free speech and free press tradition of the republic like no other industry and, for that matter, like no other country on earth.More