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Publishers will find solutions to industry concerns on Mega's Solutions Stage

A wide range of topics that are on the minds of newspaper publishers will be addressed on the Solutions Stage at the Mega-Conference next month in Fort Worth. One person can't attend all of the great sessions at Mega.  So, we're offering some "bring the team" discounts for newspapers and newspaper corporate offices that send multiple attendees. more acquires iPublish Media Solutions, which provides obituary-related services to newspapers and funeral homes, has acquired iPublish Media Solutions, a self-serve platform for the placement of obituaries and other announcements in U.S. newspapers. more

Arkansas and Tennessee newspapers sold to Paxton Media Group

Paxton Media Group has purchased The West Memphis (Arkansas) Evening Times, a paid-circulation daily newspaper, and the Germantown (Tennessee) News, a paid-circulation weekly newspaper. “This business combination creates a strong regional presence for us as it fits well with our other properties in Northeast Arkansas,” said Jamie Paxton, CFO of PMG. more

Democrat-Gazette's digital shift moving to state's NW

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has seen an 80% conversion rate among print subscribers switching to the digital replica in Harrison, which is better than the 78% statewide average. The conversion rate in Little Rock has been more than 90%. more

Mary Irby-Jones named editor of Clarion Ledger, Hattiesburg American

A Mississippi native with strong experience leading local news and investigative coverage for daily newspapers has been named editor of the Clarion Ledger and Hattiesburg American. more

Lisa Hughes becomes first woman publisher and CEO in The Philadelphia Inquirer's history

The Philadelphia Inquirer has announced the appointment of media executive Lisa Hughes as publisher and chief executive officer, succeeding Terry Egger, who plans to retire. more

Redesigned mobile app gives readers an experience that mirrors the website

The Las Vegas Review-Journal's new mobile app offers complete, customizable access and quickly notifies readers of breaking news. The paper normally provides online readers with five free article views over 30 days before requiring a paid subscription, but app users will have unlimited access to stories and videos through Feb. 14. more

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

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

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
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