The first woman to become publisher of The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, Va.) is leaving it to lead a media company in Connecticut.
Pat Richardson will also be the first woman to lead the Day Publishing Co. as publisher, president and CEO. The company's profits fund the Bodenwein Public Benevolent Foundation, which supports charities in the surrounding community.MORE
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The importance of the newsroom and of newspapers publishing engaging, relevant, local news was emphasized again and again by media executives on the "Investing in Newspapers" panel at the recent Key Executives Mega-Conference.
Over the last 13 years, the newspaper industry has lost more than 1,400 newspapers in the U.S. to closures, mergers and the downsizing of smaller free-standing newspapers that have become editions of larger regional ones, said Penelope Muse Abernathy, Knight Chair, Digital Media Economics, School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
"We've lost more than 1,000 newspapers," she said, "but the decline in circulation has been even more dramatic. It's been halved. Total print circulation – that includes all weeklies and dailies – has declined from 117 million to 67 million, the biggest drop coming in dailies."
She said, "The average print circulation of a daily newspaper in 2018 is 20,000. Since 2004, more than a third of all newspapers have changed hands and about half of them have changed hands two times or more."
When calculcated based on the number of newspapers (not on the circulation of those papers), she said the top 25 companies own a third of the nation's newspapers and control about 50 percent of print circulation.
Three of those companies – Adams Publishing Group, Hearst and AIM Media Management – were among the conference panelists.MORE
Inventor Johannes Gutenberg failed 20 times when creating the printing press, but he saw its value. In comparison, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had followers within six hours because he understood social media's value.
The message that community newspapers also add great value to communities was one that presenter Penelope Muse Abernathy stressed during her "Thriving in a Networked Age" session at the 2016 News Industry Summit, held in September in Sarasota, Fla.MORE
Kelly Dyer Fry has been named publisher of The Oklahoman, effective today. Fry will also continue in her role as editor and vice president of news for The Oklahoman, which was purchased by GateHouse Media in October of this year.More
Lifelong Scottsboro resident and former city councilman Brent Miller has been named publisher for The Jackson County Sentinel in Scottsboro, Ala.More
Doug Caldwell – the president and publisher of Northern Michigan Review, a company operating the Petoskey News-Review and several other publications in the region – is retiring at the end of 2018.More