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 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.
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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
Panelists will be:
- Evan Smith, CEO, The Texas Tribune, Austin, Texas
- Jim Brady, founder and CEO, Spirited Media, Great Falls, Va.
- Sara Fischer, media reporter, Axios, Arlington, Va.
"It's a myth," Smith said, "that nonprofit news orgs can't be sustainable – we've proved that it's possible not only to survive but thrive for eight years-plus. A diverse set of revenue streams – a mix of major and member giving, foundation support, corporate underwriting, events sponsorship and earned income – funds our award-winning accountability journalism and allows us to maintain the largest newsroom covering a state capitol in the country. This model is a winner for us and can be scaled up or down to succeed elsewhere. I'm eager to tell all."
"If recent times have taught us anything," says Brady, "it's that media cannot make it on advertising alone, and that finding diverse revenue streams is necessary for survival. Hopefully, those of us on this panel can give some actionable information for those looking to expand into events, memberships and subscriptions."
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