Lee Enterprises, Incorporated has entered into an agreement to sell its newspaper and digital media operations in Provo, Utah, to Ogden Newspapers of Utah, LLC, including the Daily Herald and heraldextra.com.
Dirks, Van Essen & Murray, a merger and acquisition firm based in Santa Fe, N.M., is representing Lee Enterprises in the sale. The transaction is expected to close Aug. 29.MORE
Journalists in The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.) and News Chief's newsrooms (Winter Haven, Fla.) elected to form a union Thursday and will be represented by The NewsGuild-Communication Workers of America. The bargaining unit, the first in the state according to the union, will cover the newspapers' reporters, photographers, copy editors and other non-management journalists.MORE
tronc, formerly Tribune Publishing, is splitting itself into two separate business units for reporting purposes, the company has announced. Its print publishing arm has been christened "troncM" (for "media") while its digital publishing arm is "troncX" (for "exchange").
The troncM segment includes revenue from print circulation, advertising, and direct mail and expenses related to content, ad sales, distribution and marketing.
The troncX segment includes revenue from digital advertising and digital-only subscriptions, as well as from the Tribune Content Agency, the marketing agency Motiv8 and the real-estate site "For Sale By Owner." Its expenses include dedicated digital staff.
Splitting the business into two reporting segments is a way to separate continuing losses in print circulation and print advertising from the digital side of the business that tronc clearly sees as the future.
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When it comes to data and analytics, newspapers have more information at their fingertips than ever before. "Metrics help us see what readers are and aren't reading. That's a good thing," said Michelle Nicolosi, director of digital, video and Life & Culture at The Oregonian and Oregonlive.com.
And that means good news for publishers, according to Matt Lindsay, president of Mather Economics. There's a misconception that newspaper publishers have continued to be sloth in their digital adoption and innovation. In his estimation, newspapers have a healthy lead on broadcasting, in terms of how they're leveraging data.
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Local investors have signed documents to buy the weekly Fauquier Times, Prince William Times and Gainesville Times from Loudoun-based Virginia News Group, according to Randy Cope, managing director of Cribb, Greene & Cope, who represented Virginia News Group in the transaction. Terms were not disclosed.MORE
The Associated Press has expanded its custom content and distribution service, re-branding it AP ContentWorks, to reflect its broader set of capabilities.
AP ContentWorks offers a full suite of customizable services, including strategy, distribution, project management and measurement, as well as the creation of text, video, photo and graphic content. The content is delivered to AP's member publishers and broadcasters through the Nativo platform.MORE
The Associated Press will rank the nation's all-time top college football programs for the first time, as tabulated from its more than 1,100 weekly polls of top college football teams over the past 80 years.
The all-time ranking is being released today at 2 p.m. (EST). They will be based on total poll appearances, number of times ranked No. 1 and AP national championships.MORE
Morris Publishing Group, LLC has acquired Buzz on Biz, LLC which includes the Buzz on Biz suite of print, digital, broadcast, radio shows and events.MORE
Hearst has acquired the Houston Community Newspapers & Media Group from 1013 Star Communications. The announcement was made by Hearst President and CEO Steven R. Swartz and Hearst Newspapers President Mark Aldam. Dirks, Van Essen & Murray represented Hearst in the sale.MORE
The Barrow County News, the oldest continually operating business in Barrow County (Ga.), has been acquired by Mainstreet Newspapers, Inc., of Jefferson and will be merged with the Barrow Journal to become a single newspaper and website servicing the people of Barrow County.MORE
How do you make print journalism matter again? That was the big question for Dallas agency GoDo Discovery Co when they were presented with the challenge of coming up with a campaign for the 135-year-old Dallas Morning News in Texas.
The answer was to reintroduce the paper to the city, especially to younger audiences who may have never picked up a paper in their lives. They had to convince the city that the paper still matters and should play a role in their lives. To reach generations raised on digital, they went about it in a decidedly analog manner – they hit the streets and talked to people to find out what matters to them in their city.
What came out of those interviews makes up the 'What Matters' campaign, which is being rolled out over the next two years. It consists of posters, stickers, free copies of the paper and a lot of live events in the community where the type states what matters, like "Local Journalism Matters," "Democracy Matters" and statements on coffee cups like "Free Caffeine Matters."More
From ecommerce to affiliate partnerships, programmatic to native ads, paywalls to micropayments, exhibitions to cruises, a free report from What's New in Publishing aims to spark new revenue ideas as well as reaffirm existing publisher strategies.
The report, "50 Ways to Make Media Pay," was written by University of Oregon professor Damian Radcliffe. It is divided into six chapters – the main revenue drivers for publishers: paywalls, subscriptions, advertising, ad-free models, events and ecommerce.
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