The Dallas Morning News has made a lot of changes in the last few years. They launched a new site. They built a custom content management system. They built an app. And they shook up how they do basically everything else.
But all of that change and milestone projects have also meant that a pile of bug fixes, and upgrades got bigger and bigger.
So they decided to hold a two-week hackathon to figure them out.
"It's a little bit of Silicon Valley coming to a 130-year-old media institution," said Nicki Purcell, chief digital officer and senior vice president of consumer sales.
The hackathon, which ended Friday, included a team of internal developers and people from Lifeblue Creative and Digital Technology, a Dallas-based firm that has worked with the Morning News since it began its digital transformation. In all, about 30 people participated.
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The Dallas Morning News earns four first-place awards from the National Headliner Awards Competition
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A. H. Belo Corporation has announced the promotion of Grant S. Moise as executive vice president of A. H. Belo Corporation and general manager of The Dallas Morning News.MORE
The Dallas Morning News will outsource its design and print layout work, eliminating 20 positions by midyear, Editor Mike Wilson informed the staff on Thursday.
"In a tough revenue time, the priority is to keep reporters in the community telling stories," Wilson said Thursday afternoon. "This change is meant to be invisible to readers."
Wilson wrote in an email to the staff that The News has hired GateHouse Media for the paper's print page design and layout. GateHouse owns 121 daily newspapers, including the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the Columbus Dispatch – both of which it acquired in 2015.
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SNPA members elected officers for 2016-17 at the News Industry Summit in Sarasota, Fla.
Read this article to see who has been elected as additional SNPA officers and as members of the Board of Directors.
For years, newspapers have worried that future generations have less and less use for their product. The Dallas Morning News felt this acutely, and it's been launching jaunty spinoff sites like Guide Live and SportsDay to appeal to young people. But the Morning News wanted to be part of their news diet, too, even as millennials increasingly get their news by way of Facebook.
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SNPA members will elect officers for 2016-17 on Thursday morning, Sept. 15, in Sarasota, Fla.
Read this article to see who has been nominated as additional SNPA officers and as members of the Board of Directors.
If you have not registered for the conference yet, please register right away. Costs increase $100 per person on Thursday. MORE
What started out as a way to bring lost advertisers back to The Dallas Morning News turned into a new AH Belo company dedicated to pay-for-performance in print.
"It's an answer to the marketplace that says, 'We want pay-per-action.' And it's driving brand new business back into the newspaper," said Richard Jones, president of Proven Performance Media.MORE
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Featured session: Tuesday, Sept. 12
SNPA - Inland Annual Meeting, Colorado Springs, Colo.
With Dolph Tillotson, president, Southern Newspapers, Inc., Galveston, Texas; PJ Browning, president, Newspaper Division, Evening Post Publishing, Charleston, S.C.; and Doug Phares, president & COO, Sandusky Newspaper Group, Sandusky, Ohio
This Tuesday morning session during next month's SNPA - Inland Annual Meeting will feature a discussion of the ways publishers use numerical benchmarking to track progress, or the lack of it.
What's the proper ratio of salaries to revenue? How do publishers track the impact of programmatic changes on rates and revenue? What is the proper ratio of ads to news content, and how have recent business shifts changed the picture?
These three panelists, who are very knowledgeable of practices in benchmarking, will discuss the tools of this trade, and much more.
For his part, Dolph Tillotson of Southern Newspapers, says he intends to share thoughts on financial benchmarking that he learned from several masters of the art – Jim Boone and Carmage Walls. He said, "I'll discuss the benchmarking we use in Southern Newspapers, Inc., for our print products, how we use them, and several notes from friends who also do regular benchmarking and take a slightly different slant."More