ppi Media acquires KnowledgeView Ltd 10/17/17

ppi Media has acquired the London-based company KnowledgeView Ltd, producer of digital publishing solutions for the MENA region. The founder of KnowledgeView, Dr. Ali Al-Assam, will join the company from northern Germany as senior vice president for the MENA region.

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Get ready for college basketball with ready-to-use paginated conference pages 10/17/17

College basketball is right around the corner. Is your newspaper ready? Conference coverage planned? New ad revenue booked?

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Emanuel confirmed; NLRB management majority restored 10/16/17

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

On the evening of Monday, Sept. 25, the U.S. Senate voted 49 to 47 to confirm William Emanuel to the National Labor Relations Board.

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Cribb, Greene & Cope Annual Publisher Confidence Survey 10/10/17

Newspaper owners and executives are encouraged to participate in the Annual Publisher Confidence Survey.

The survey asks 11 questions that provide direct feedback from publishers on revenue, profit and other current trends in the publishing industry.

The survey takes less than two minutes to complete, and results are provided immediately so publishers can see how others are responding.

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Sale of The Valley Times-News to Boone is finalized 10/10/17

The agreement for sale of operating assets and real estate of The Valley Times-News in Lanett, Ala., by Valley Newspapers, Inc. and its owner, Nell Dunn Walls, to Valley Newsmedia, LLC, a subsidiary of Boone Newspapers, Inc. (BNI) of Tuscaloosa, Ala., was finalized and effective Oct. 1.

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Independent contractor carveout changed in North Carolina 10/10/17

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

We have been writing for months about the never-ending saga of legislative attempts to remove from North Carolina law a provision in the workers' compensation law that presumes newspaper carriers are independent contractors. This presumption has been very valuable since it was passed almost two decades ago. Since that time, there has not been a single reported independent contractor versus employee case in the workers' comp arena in the state of North Carolina.

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One-of-a-kind, N.C. newspaper carrier-contractor statute is repealed 10/10/17

By John Bussian, The Bussian Law Firm

Fending off another attack by industry opponents in the Oct. 4 special session of the N.C. General Assembly, the North Carolina Press Association stopped an effort to presume all newspaper carriers in the state to be employees, subject carriers to state workers comp and unemployment insurance taxes, and create a new test for independent contractor status.

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Gannett closes majority investment in Grateful Ventures 10/9/17

Gannett Co., Inc., parent company of USA TODAY NETWORK, has closed a majority investment in Grateful Ventures, LLC, an online media and publishing company which focuses on building lifestyle content and monetization strategies for high-influence food and cooking websites and bloggers.

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New company acquires Oklahoma dailies 10/3/17

A newly formed media group with Oklahoma ties has purchased three newspapers in the southern part of the state from Civitas Media.

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Sun newspapers, Bluffton/Hilton Head papers sold to local media professional 10/3/17

B.J. Frazier, the owner of Coastal Fun Info LLC, publishers of The Bluffton Sun, The Hilton Head Sun and The Sun City Sun (S.C.) community newspapers – and their digital platforms – has announced the sale of those properties to Kevin Aylmer, president of Lowcountry Local Media.

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