Two digital firms apply for membership in SNPA 2/7/20

Digital Genie and ITI Digital have applied for membership in SNPA.

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Carmage Walls Commentary Prize honors courageous editorial writing 10/1/19

Editorial page editors and writers from The Advocate in Baton Rouge, La., and Roanoke, Va., are the recipients of the 2019 Carmage Walls Commentary Prize – in recognition of courageous and constructive editorial commentary.

The Advocate's Danny Heitman, editorial page editor/columnist, and Lanny Keller, editorial writer, placed first among newspapers with circulations over 50,000 circulation.

Dwayne Yancey, editorial page editor of The Roanoke Times, placed first among newspapers under 50,000.

Second-place honors go to Howard Goodman, editorial writer for The Palm Beach Post, and Chris Cobler, editor and publisher of the Victoria Advocate.

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Katherine Miller named GM at The Cullman Times 9/30/19

Katherine Miller, a news industry veteran of more than 20 years, has been named general manager of The Cullman (Ala.) Times. Miller assumes the duties immediately and will continue to serve as publisher of the News-Courier of Athens.

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Nakutin named general manager of Daily Press 9/23/19

From the Daily Press, Victorville, Calif.

Steve Nakutin has been promoted to general manager of the Victor Valley Daily Press (Victorville, Calif.)

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BlueVenn to help Seaton Publishing Company with data-optimized approach to audience growth, monetization 9/17/19

BlueVenn has been selected by Seaton Publishing Company to drive multi-channel audience acquisition, engagement and retention.

Jay Seaton, executive vice president and publisher at Grand Junction Media, Inc. commented: "After participating in The ROUNDTABLE at Vail these past two years, my brother and I have recognized the urgency to embrace a data-optimized approach to audience growth and monetization. Seaton's partnership with BlueVenn will enable us to implement such an approach quickly, effectively and cost-efficiently. We can't wait to get started."

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Key findings about the online news landscape in America 9/17/19

The digital news industry in the United States is facing a complex future. On one hand, a steadily growing portion of Americans are getting news through the internet, many U.S. adults get news on social media, and employment at digital-native outlets has increased. On the other, digital news has not been immune to issues affecting the broader media environment, including layoffs, made-up news and public distrust.

Here are some key findings about the way Americans get news online – as well as how digital newsrooms in the U.S. are faring, compiled from recent Pew Research Center surveys and analyses.

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News-Gazette Media to be sold 9/2/19

Family-owned Champaign Multi Media Group LLC, an affiliate company of Community Media Group headquartered in West Frankfort, Ill., has agreed to acquire the publishing assets of News-Gazette Media and its related broadcast operations in central Illinois.

Dirks, Van Essen, Murray & April, a media merger and acquisition firm based in Santa Fe, N.M., is representing News-Gazette Media in the transaction.

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Judi Terzotis named publisher of The Advocate of Baton Rouge; Dan Shea to be chairman of Georges Media 8/26/19

Judi Terzotis, a veteran media executive who has worked in Louisiana's four largest markets and is publisher of The Acadiana Advocate, has also been named publisher of The Advocate of Baton Rouge and The Times-Picayune.

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Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers acquires Sonora Union Democrat 8/6/19

A federal bankruptcy judge in Oregon has approved the sale of The Union Democrat (Sonora, Calif.) and its downtown building to Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers for $1.15 million.

Dirks, Van Essen, Murray & April, a media merger and acquisition firm based in Santa Fe, N.M., represented Western Communications in the transaction.

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EO Media Group to acquire two newspapers in Oregon 8/6/19

A federal bankruptcy judge in Oregon has approved the sale of the Bend (Ore.) Bulletin and Redmond (Ore.) Spokesman to EO Media Group. EO Media also recently acquired two other newspapers from Western Communications: the La Grande (Ore.) Observer and the Baker City (Ore.) Herald.

Dirks, Van Essen, Murray & April, a media merger and acquisition firm based in Santa Fe, N.M., represented Western Communications in the transaction.

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