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Poynter, Scripps announce tailored training partnership

The Poynter Institute and the E.W. Scripps Co. today announced a long-term agreement that will provide customized training for staff members in the Scripps newspaper division. “As a longtime participant in Poynter programs, I can say with confidence that its team represents the gold standard in providing continuing education for journalists,” said Mizell Stewart III, vice president/content for the Scripps newspaper division. “Investment in learning and staff development are critical as our newsrooms transform into multi-platform local news organizations. Scripps is pleased to expand its relationship with Poynter as a key partner in building our capacity to provide readers with quality local storytelling on smartphone, tablet, web and print platforms.” The Scripps training will include in-person workshops, online seminars and webinars led by Poynter's faculty and industry experts. Employees can earn certificates in programs targeting specific gaps in skills. “The E.W. Scripps Co. is one of the most respected brands in American journalism, and it has been for more than a century. So we’re honored that Scripps has entrusted The Poynter Institute with helping its journalists learn and thrive in this era of digital journalism,” said Tim Franklin, Poynter president. “I applaud Scripps for making a significant investment in its people and its future through this training partnership with Poynter." Poynter will create a Scripps-branded area on News University, the institute's e-learning site. Many of the Scripps e-learning programs will be hosted on NewsU and its technology will be available to assess the value of the training. "The media industry is being transformed before our eyes, and training for journalists has never been more important than it is today," said Franklin. "Scripps recognizes that, and we worked with the company to tailor a training program that meets its strategic goals. This represents yet another example of how Poynter can help media companies and their journalists succeed through efficient and cost-effective training programs.” In February, Poynter and the McClatchy Co. announced an expansion of a custom training program begun last year. The expanded training includes classes for McClatchy employees in video, database reporting and other aspects of digital publishing.
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For newspaper stocks, 2013 was a surprisingly good year

Despite yet another year of falling revenues, publicly traded newspaper companies saw their share prices rise sharply during 2013.

Yes, the overall market was strong — with the S&P index up 29.5 percent and the Dow Jones up 26.5 percent.… Read more


Scripps plans $35M purchase of digital news service Newsy

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E.W. Scripps Co. today announced it plans to buy Newsy, a Columbia, Mo.-based video news service that started five years ago. The $35 million sale is scheduled to close Jan. 1.

Rich Boehne, Scripps chairman, president and CEO, said in a company press release that Newsy's operations were built for a digital audience, which dovetails with Scripps' own plans:

"This acquisition fits our digital strategy to run a national news brand that both enhances our local content offerings and gives us more access to the fast-growing digital news audiences and revenues on national platforms,” Boehne said.

Cincinnati TV station plans paywall on its website

NetNewsCheck WCPO will introduce a paywall for much of its website content early next year, NetNewsCheck reports.
Over the past year, the ABC affiliate’s site has added more than 30 editorial staffers to its digital reporting team, including eight veteran reporters covering local crime and justice, politics, business, education and the arts.
Paywalls are increasingly common for newspaper sites -- 41 percent of U.S. dailies will have them after Digital First Media puts its paywalls in place, Ken Doctor wrote recently -- but they're an elusive species among TV stations, which could arguably benefit from competitors putting their content behind a gate. The Cincinnati Enquirer, like all Gannett-owned papers, has a metered paywall. The E.W. Scripps Co., which owns WCPO, announced at the end of 2012 it would install paywalls for all of its newspaper sites. You can see the stories WCPO considers premium content on its site now: They're marked with a "9" logo.

TV stations strong, newspapers weak in Scripps’ 2012 results

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Political advertising revenue at Scripps' television stations in the fourth quarter of 2012 was "higher than the full-year political total reported in any previous year," the company said in an earnings report Tuesday. Local and national advertising revenue was up as well; local advertising brought in nearly as much as political ads did. All that cash led to a dramatic gain in segment profit for Scripps' stations in the fourth quarter: "$65.3 million, compared with $23.2 million in the year-ago period," the release said.

At Scripps' newspapers, which include The Commercial Appeal and the Knoxville News Sentinel, circulation and print-ad revenue were down, and digital revenue scratched a small gain. (more...)
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The tale of 3 paywalls: E.W. Scripps goes all in, Gannett brags, Washington Post thaws

Newspapers are on the fringe of this year’s annual UBS investors media conference in New York. Still, the meeting has provided a window on growing momentum in the industry for paid digital subscription plans.

E.W. Scripps is late to the … Read more


Revenue way up at Scripps’ TV stations, down at its newspapers

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Political advertising partly accounted for a 52 percent gain in television revenue in the second quarter compared to the year before, the E.W. Scripps Company announced in its earnings report Tuesday. Revenues at Scripps' newspapers were down 4.7 percent over the second quarter of 2011. Expenses, including the cost of acquiring McGraw-Hill's television stations at the end of 2011, were up 8.1 percent.

At the company's newspapers, no revenue segment posted a gain. Circulation revenue declined 3.7 percent, print advertising was down 7.2 percent and digital revenue was down 3.3 percent. Scripps attributed the latter to "softness in employment advertising and a deliberate decision to eliminate the sale of certain low-margin digital products," and noted mobile page views were up 8 percent. (Though, as my coworker Rick Edmonds has written, monetizing mobile traffic remains a challenge for publishers.)

Scripps has $167 million in cash and cash equivalents, and $204 million in debt. Interest payments were about $3.2 million. The company says it expects to reduce newspaper costs "in the low- to mid-single digits" over the next half of 2012 and expects newspaper revenues to decline by a similar percentage.

Related: What Wall Street Journal, Murdoch papers can learn from Scripps, Belo splits

E.W. Scripps doubles down on broadcasting by buying McGraw-Hill TV stations

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E.W. Scripps' $212 million purchase of nine McGraw-Hill's TV stations brings Scripps' broadcast reach to 13 percent of TV homes in U.S., TV NewsCheck reports. Scripps CEO Rich Boehne said the company decided to invest in broadcast because "it is a strong local media model that benefits from the larger TV eco-system around it. ... With a license, a share of valuable spectrum, required carriage on cable systems and long-term programming partnerships, broadcast stations are good businesses today with attractive options for creating more value in the future." The addition of the McGraw-Hill stations adds more ABC affiliates to Scripps' roster and gives the company an entry point into the Spanish-language marketplace. The first order of business: improving the ratings of McGraw-Hill newscasts. "That's the biggest upside to drive revenue through the organization," said Brian Lawlor, senior vice president of television for Scripps. || Related: Wells Fargo analyst says price is a positive sign for TV industry (TV NewsCheck) | Media General's stock price falls after Moody's downgrades rating (Reuters)

E.W. Scripps newspaper content veep steps down

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Chris Doyle, who left his Naples Daily News publisher post in April 2010 to become vice president of content for the newspaper division at E.W. Scripps Co., resigned from Scripps last week. "We have no choice but to figure out how to improve our journalism and quality content while reducing our costs and at the same time discovering new revenue streams," he writes in his farewell memo to colleagues. "Think of my departure as removing some more overhead from the operation. I'm leaving the island, to use the Easter Island analogy I have overused." (more...)
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E.W. Scripps Co. issues Social Media Policy

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The publisher of the Commercial Appeal in Memphis, the Knoxville News Sentinel, and other newspapers (it owns TV stations, too) tells employees that "while the use of social media enhances the company’s commitment to providing a vast array of information to our local communities on a variety of platforms (including blogs, Facebook and Twitter), the use of the broad array of social media by Scripps employees requires special attention."
If your personal account contains material that could reflect badly on Scripps, its business operations or your colleagues, or is contrary to Scripps policies, you may be asked to remove your affiliation with Scripps from the personal account or be otherwise disciplined, including termination. The possibility of disciplinary action is not intended to limit your use of social media, but clarify the company's position regarding egregious behavior.

The entire E.W. Scripps Social Media Policy is after the jump. (more...)