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Gannett's USA TODAY Network picking up momentum with new chief content officer

"We've come a long way fast." Joanne Lipman said of the USA TODAY Network she has been directing for the last three months. As if to prove her a woman of her word, three upcoming developments Lipman told me about in a phone interview last Wednesday have since been announced — a virtual reality news show, a branded … Read More
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Bruce Dold is named editor of the Chicago Tribune

The Chicago Tribune changed editors today as Gerould Kern retired after nearly eight years. He will be succeeded by Bruce Dold, the longtime editor of the Tribune's editorial and opinion pages. Kern, 66, said in a phone interview, "I've worked nearly 45 years without a break. I can take a breath and do it now." Publisher Tony Hunter praised Kern … Read More
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Mobile users may be as valuable to advertisers as desktop, Facebook results suggest

Cory Bergman, general manager of NBC's Breaking News mobile startup, published a blog post the other day with a provocative headline: "The Surprising Value of a Mobile User." That familiar truism about trading print dollars for digital dimes, then for mobile pennies may no longer be true if it ever was, Bergman (a former member of Poynter's National Advisory … Read More
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Want a personalized TV newscast? Watchup claims it has the app for that

The notion of the video equivalent of an RSS feed has been kicking around for years, so I pay attention when a startup makes the case that timing and technology are finally right to bring personalized newscasts to market. That's the pitch of entrepreneur Adriano Farano's Watchup, an early-stage Silicon Valley business with a staff of 10 and users … Read More
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Ricky Mathews is leaving the helm of NOLA.com and the Times-Picayune

Ricky Mathews, who led the planning and execution of the digital-first publishing strategy at NOLA.com four years ago, will be leaving that position later in 2016. Advance Local, NOLA's parent, announced that Mathews will continue as president of the company's Southeast Division and work on picking his successor. The digital moves were paired with eliminating print editions several … Read More
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People don't want to trade privacy for targeted ads

The Pew Research Center has released another in a series of studies of privacy issues with fresh evidence that consumers do not want to sacrifice personal information to get served targeted ads. A separate study from the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania, to be presented at a Federal Trade Commission conference today, finds many consumers resigned … Read More
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Digital sales collective, Local Media Consortium, gets straight on its total audience

The Local Media Consortium which sells digital ads for 1,660 local sites, two-thirds of them affiliated with newspapers, has done its first comScore study to verify its reach. The count for November was more than 133 million, the consortium announced earlier this week, which it said makes it the seventh most visited entity comScore tracks.  (The New York Times and … Read More
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What's next for the Las Vegas Review-Journal?

To say that things are returning to normal at casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson's Las Vegas Review-Journal would be a huge stretch. I would contend, though, that this week's well-chronicled events at the paper represent first steps down that road — and not necessarily tiny ones. Wednesday afternoon, Glenn Cook, the newspaper's senior editorial writer, was named interim editor. The week … Read More
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John Paton resurfaces as investor and consultant to digital vendors

John PatonWhen John Paton stepped down as CEO of Digital First Media July 1, he didn't really leave the legacy news transformation business, much less slink away with mea culpas for a failed effort to right the company financially, then sell it. Paton had prearranged a soft landing, hanging out his shingle as IVA Ventures, a company … Read More
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Rupert Murdoch says Tribune Publishing is being sold

Media business reporter Rupert Murdoch has scooped us all with a tweet Friday saying he has "strong word" that Tribune Publishing is being sold to a Wall Street firm and the Los Angeles Times spun off to a local group. Strong word Tribune newspaper group to be bought by big Wall St firm, LA … Read More
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How freelance journalists can (mostly) avoid working for free

Imagine punching in and out for time spent on researching, interviews, and writing. Now imagine making nothing or next to nothing for that time. Welcome to the minefield of freelance journalism in the age of the Internet. Most journalism outlets use some combination of salaried, contract, freelance, intern, and sometimes what is called a “citizen journalist”, “user-generated content” or some … Read More
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Reader's Digest parent company bets its life on hearth-and-home, wholesome audience

Bonnie Kintzer has had plenty of experience as a publishing consultant and executive as well as earning a Harvard MBA degree. Still, when she signed on as CEO in April 2014 to turn around the twice-bankrupt Reader's Digest Association, it may have looked from the outside like Mission Impossible. "I came in with my eyes fully open," Kintzer said, … Read More
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Tribune Publishing says L.A. Times columnist verdict could impact investors

L.A. Times The court verdict ordering Tribune Publishing to pay $7.13 million to former Los Angeles Times sports columnist T.J. Simers was referenced early in a previously scheduled Thursday morning Tribune Publishing call with analysts concerning the company’s third-quarter financial performance. CEO Jack Griffin said the company is planning to appeal but is taking a $5 million charge, … Read More
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Sixth-generation family owners have sold The Republic of Columbus (Indiana)

The office of the Republic of Columbus, Indiana. (Wikipedia Photo)After 140 years of family ownership, The Republic of Columbus, Indiana has been sold to a small Texas-based chain. The buyer is AIM, run by veteran news executive Jeremy Halbreich, whose main holdings are small Texas papers it purchased in 2012 from Freedom Communications. Jeffrey Brown. president and CEO … Read More
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Tribune Publishing indicates that it does want to buy the Orange County Register

Tribune Publishing took legal action today confirming speculation that it hopes to buy Freedom Communications and its Orange County Register out of federal bankruptcy court. At a hearing, the Wall Street Journal reported, Tribune offered to contribute $3 million to the bankruptcy in exchange for a right to bid on the property when the proceedings are completed. Under … Read More