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Cox Media Group granted extension to sell Ohio newspapers

Cox Media Group has been given a 60-day extension to complete the sale of its Ohio newspapers to a buyer, during which time it will not be required to reduce the publication schedule of those papers. A previous federal court ruling had given CMG until Jan. 16 to sell the papers or reduce the publication schedule to just three days a week. more

Manny Garcia named as senior editor of the investigative team for The Texas Tribune and ProPublica

Manny Garcia, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, is the first of 11 hires for The Texas Tribune's joint investigative project with ProPublica. more

Bonus Sessions at the Mega-Conference begin at 10 a.m. Monday

Take full advantage of everything the Mega-Conference has to offer by joining us for the Monday morning Bonus Sessions, prior to the kick-off of the General Session on Feb. 17. Side-by-side tracks will offer two choices at 10 a.m., followed by two more options at 10:45.  Each session will run 30 minutes, with a 15-minute break between sessions. more

Former publisher of Goldsboro News-Argus Hal Tanner Jr. dies

Hal Hildreth Tanner, Jr., 77, Goldsboro, North Carolina, passed away Friday evening surrounded by his family. Tanner was an active member of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association for many years, serving on the boards of both SNPA and the SNPA Foundation. He served as publisher of the Goldsboro News-Argus from 1974 until his retirement in 2010. more

Publisher of Capital Journal announces plans to retire

John Clark, publisher of the Capital Journal in Pierre, South Dakota, has announced plans to retire at the end of January. more

USA TODAY NETWORK launches 'Women of the Century' project

USA TODAY NETWORK is calling for nominations of inspiring women from across America who will receive national recognition and coverage in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. USA TODAY NETWORK will leverage the combined power of its more than 260 newsrooms across the United States to explore this transformational constitutional change for women — what it has accomplished and what’s left to be done. more

Tighter prose improves writing

Today’s readers are in a hurry, especially when consuming online copy.  Only one of six adults read word-by-word online, according to Dejan Marketing Remarkably.  You need to please those harried individuals, so don’t bog them down with excessive wording.  more

Roanoke Times publisher Jamerson retiring

Terry Jamerson, publisher of The Roanoke (Virginia) Times and a regional vice president of parent company BH Media Group, announced Monday that she is retiring. more

Help for newspapers both parties can agree on

The Northeast Georgian, in the small town of Cornelia, is an example of the struggle local newspapers face competing with the big social and search platforms. But, bipartisan support is building for a temporary antitrust law exemption that would help the newspaper industry. more

Branded Content: The business of storytelling

Branded content is a growing opportunity for local publishers. During a two-part breakout session at the Mega-Conference, hear from publishers who are innovating in this space. more

Making news deserts bloom again

The Daily Memphian in Tennessee and McClatchy's Compass Experiment are two approaches to serving "news deserts" — and there are lessons to be learned from them. At the Mega-Conference, Eric Barnes and Mandy Jenkins will discuss the challenges and opportunities in starting a local news site. more

Washington Post Opinions launches interactive election simulator

The Post Opinions Simulator, which was launched yesterday, will allow users to position five candidates against each other, change where they think candidates will stand in the polls and see what the spread might look like on the day votes are cast if that happens, and simulate changes in fundraising numbers. more

Public Notice Bill introduced within first 30 minutes of Kentucky General Assembly

All public notices would be moved from Kentucky newspapers to local government websites if House Bill 195 is enacted. The legislation was introduced on the opening day of the 2020 General Assembly. more

From the Publisher: Don't worry. We're still here.

This week, as part of an ongoing commitment to Save Community Journalism, every Pamplin Media Group newspaper is asking its readers to consider: "What if this newspaper did not exist?" To emphasize the importance of local news, The Outlook in Portland, Ore., printed a blank front page today. more

University of Florida announces Trust Consortium scholars

The inaugural class of University of Florida Trust Consortium Scholars have each been given a $5,000 award, which can be applied to faculty members' research programs as they tailor their work to examine trust in media and technology. Projects include examinations of the effects of artificial intelligence on the creation of “deep fakes” and data infrastructure, to strategies on improving digital literacy and organizational communication. more

Mega-Conference to feature interactive sales transformation workshop

A two-part interactive sales transformation workshop at the Mega-Conference will dive into the key drivers it takes to achieve a transformed sales model and focus on specific steps sales managers can take to motivate, evaluate and retain their best salespeople. And, there's a special "bring the team" discount with a half-price offer to make it easy for publishers to bring their sales managers with them. In addition, a reduced rate of $445 is available to attendees from news media organizations that are privately owned with five or fewer employees. more

Andy Corty, vice president of Times Publishing Co. and president of Florida Trend, retires

Over the course of almost four decades with the Times Publishing Co., Andy Corty has been tapped to handle a wide range of responsibilities. Next week, he will retire. more

TownNews to launch Data Insights, a powerful new way for media companies to analyze and profit from their data

A new program from TownNews will make it easier than ever for publishers and broadcasters to aggregate and act on their data. more

Hearst names Maria Walsh VP, head of benefits

Maria Walsh has been named vice president, head of benefits for Hearst. She joins Hearst after nearly 13 years at Nielsen. more

Newspaper transaction volume sets post-recession record

Newspaper deal activity broke through the $1.0 billion barrier for the first time since 2007, according to Dirks, Van Essen, Murray & April. In total, 154 daily newspapers changed hands in 2019 in 30 separate transactions worth $1.33 billion. more
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