3 MediaNews papers to end Monday print editions

paidContent | KQED
Laura Hazard Owen reports that three MediaNews Group papers in California — The Reporter in Vacaville, Times-Herald in Vallejo, Times-Standard in Eureka — will stop printing Monday papers effective Dec. 19. In addition, three papers in the Bay Area News Group — Oakland Tribune, Argus in Fremont and The Daily Review in Hayward — previously announced the end of home delivery on Mondays. The company is calling it “digital-first Mondays” and says it is a cost-saving measure to free up money for digital investments. PaidContent has the memo. || Earlier: Consolidation plan reversed, Monday home delivery to cease | MediaNews and JRC combine under John Paton. || Related: Will dailies stay daily? (AJR)

Correction: Based on paidContent’s report, this post originally stated that all six papers would cease Monday printing. Read more


Freedom Communications, MediaNews Group talks break down

Wall Street Journal | Colorado Springs Gazette
Buyout discussions broke down recently amid disagreements over price, report Russell Adams and Mike Spector. Freedom — publisher of the Orange County Register and other papers — put its properties, including TV stations, on the block late last year. MediaNews, Tribune, and the San Diego Union-Tribune owner were considered leading contenders to buy Freedom properties. The Journal reports today:

Freedom and MediaNews had been in advanced discussions for months on a tie-up that would bolster the Denver Post owner’s standing as the second-largest U.S. newspaper conglomerate behind USA Today publisher Gannett Co. in terms of total circulation.

Freedom has given suitors several options for bidding on the chain. Possible buyers can make offers for the entire company, or they can separately bid on Freedom’s eight television stations, its more than 100 daily and weekly newspapers or the flagship Register alone.

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Tackable works with San Jose Mercury News on crowdsourced photojournalism app

A private company is working in close collaboration with The San Jose Mercury News to build a smart phone app that could put newspapers at the center of a social network focused on photography.

The app, called Tackable, enables people to share photographs tagged with their location and gives editors a way to solicit photos in connection with news events and assignments.

Spartan Daily Tackable app

An early version of the Tackable app is being tested by the Spartan Daily at San Jose State University.

Tackable’s developers are sharing offices with the Mercury News interactive group as they work on features and figure out how the app would fit into the paper’s workflow.

In return, Tackable is building a modified version of the app for the 20 papers of MediaNews’ Bay Area News Group, which includes the Mercury News, Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune. Read more