Gannett Co. Inc. is exploring the parcel-delivery business as it examines how to make the most of its fleet of paper carriers and delivery trucks, the Wall Street Journal reported.
McClatchy Company inked a deal with ProImage to centralize their nation wide production using NewsWay workflow solution. ProImage will install NewsWay at 13 McClatchy owned properties and the workflow for commercial and contract printers will receive centralized edition planning, RIPPing, Imposition, Preflighting, Ink Presetting, Ink Optimization and output management. A total of 35 CTP output devices will be managed from the McClathcy main hub in Fort Worth, Texas.
The Color Management Group acquired Colorado-based Elevated Color. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Newsweek dropped its paywall, according to Ad Age.
The Milwaukee (Wisconsin) Journal Sentinel will implement new technology to restrict online commenting to subscribers of JSOnline, beginning Feb. 15. The move is in response to anonymous users breaking their agreement to follow the basic rules of civil behavior as dictated by the site. These include no personal attacks, harassment, threats, obscenities, bearing of false witness, etc.
The Washington Post unveiled Bandito, a real-time content testing tool allowing Post editors to experiment with how a story is presented on the newspaper’s website. Bandito lets editors vary the different elements of a story that appear on the Post’s website and after a test goes live, Bandito detects which version readers prefer and then presents that version more frequently.
Tribune Publishing stated that it has received a $44.4 million infusion from Merrick Media, which is controlled by Michael W. Ferro Jr. Ferro is a Chicago investor and was added to Tribune’s board as non-executive chairman.
Condé Nast and Hearst magazines are joining together to launch PubWorx LLC to oversee back-end office operations of their print publications.
Norwegian based printing group Polaris Trykk will collaborate with Engineering Automation Electronics (EAE) and Q.I. Press Controls (QIPC) to install QIPC’s mRC-3D and system updates from EAE in its plant in Harstad, as well as upgrading its system architecture so that a new folder can be added to the current configuration. Polaris Trykk also signed a five-year service contract with EAE.
Although The New York Times company reported strong digital growth and cost savings in quarterly profit, revenue was flat as print business continued to decline.
Digital First Media, the owner of the Los Angeles Daily News, expressed interested in acquiring the Orange County Register of Freedom Communications, along with other assets of the now bankrupt company.
Drupa cube at drupa 2016, partnered with the Medici Group and its Founder and CEO, Frans Johansson.
The Tampa Bay (Florida) Times inked a deal with Tampa Media Group to print the Tampa (Florida) Tribune for the next five years. The Tribune’s sister publications, including Centro, Highlands Today and The Suncoast News as well as its commercial printing partners; the New York Post and the MacDill Thunderbolt are also part of the deal.
Transcontinental Inc. is closing its Transcontinental Québec printing plant and transferring all activities to other plants in its network by April 30, 2016.
America East Media Business & Technology Conference will be held April 4 – 6 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Planned topics include what’s working in video, monetizing social media, disaster recovery, creative revenue streams, virtual reality, industry transformation, native advertising success stories, podcasts and more.
In a bid to invest further into digital, The Wall Street Journal announced sweeping changes to its newsroom structure.
The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers is hosting an Ad Blocking Action Day to bring together industry experts and publishers to share their advice and strategies to counteract ad blocking. The one-day event will take place at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung offices in Frankfurt, Germany on Feb. 11 from 10 am – 4 pm.
In a bid to cut costs, The Middletown (Connecticut) Press is closing its brick and mortar offices and taking it operations virtual, according to the paper.
The Washington Post implemented a new feature on articles about the 2016 presidential race that gives readers a quick look at the latest news regarding the contest. Dubbed, Backdrop, every politics article will have a button in the lower-left-corner that slides out and features updates on the latest polling, video explainers, key quotes, charts on money in the election and more.
Journalists at the Financial times are set to hold a 24-hour strike in protest of changes to pension arrangements, the Press Gazette reported.
Guardian News & Media announced plans to reduce operating costs by 20 percent.
The Lufkin (Texas) Daily News inked a deal with Southern Lithoplate for a TP3664 unit and SLP Liberty NXP no-process thermal plate.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution was awarded the Gold level certification from the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council for successfully diverting nearly 99 percent of its waste from landfill, incineration and the environment. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is the first U.S. newspaper printing facility to receive the distinction.
The Dallas Morning News discontinued its Neighborsgo sections and will discontinue its FD magazines following the February issue. No more issues of related FD House magazine are planned.
Postmedia Network Canada Corp., Canada’s largest news publishing company, is cutting about 90 jobs as it merges competing newspapers to combat declining revenue and large debt.
The USA Today Network launched One Nation, a content and event series leading up to the 2016 election that focuses on social topics most important to the millennial generation. The USA Today Network, in partnership with Rock the Vote, will host live One Nation events across the country to inform young voters and encourage voter registration for 2016. In addition to the live events, interactive content will be developed and syndicated through print, digital and social channels across the USA Today Network.
Temple University’s School of Media and Communication, in an effort to contribute to the sustainability of journalism, launched a project to support four legacy newspaper newsrooms as they strive to improve their digital practices.
The Washington Post launched a News Service and Syndicate delivery site that gives companies around the world instant access to content from The Post, Bloomberg News and The Japan News for use in their own digital publications. The new site aims to make it easy for clients to navigate the latest content and at faster speeds.
The Newport (Rhode Island) Daily News/Newport Life Magazine and the Manteca (California) Bulletin both recently installed OnColor ECO, SaaS ink optimization software.
Drupa 2016 will have a strong focus on advances in industrial printing, specifically packaging, glass, textile, ceramics, flooring, laminates, wood, wall covering and decorative printing as well as printed electronics. The event is scheduled to take place from May 31 through June 10 at fairgrounds in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Dirks, Van Essen & Murray reported that the newspaper deal market set new post-recession highs in dollar volume and the number of transactions involving daily newspapers.
John Stewart Bryan III, chairman of Media General Inc., died at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, from injuries suffered in a fall. He was 77.
Three U.K. newspapers, The Hull Daily Mail in Kingston upon Hull, Grimsby Telegraph in North East Lincolnshire and Scunthrope Telegraph launched a joint business news website dubbed Humberbusiness.com.
The Huffington Post’s management team voluntarily recognized its employees’ union, the news site reported.
Q.I. Press Controls inked a deal to acquire the assets and intellectual property of German-based INTRO International.
Sandhills Publishing in Lincoln, Nebraska, invested in a Goss Sunday 2000 press and a Pacesetter 2200 saddlestitcher.
The Irish News became the first paper in Ireland to implement a paywall as part of a refocus on digital. The paper launched a new website that has a metered subscription model.
The Toronto Star inked a deal with Transcontinental Printing to to print the daily newspaper. The agreement between Canada’s largest daily newspaper and the country’s largest printer is for a term of five years with a possible extension, with services expecting to commence in July 2016.
H.F. Lenfast, the sole owner and chairman of Philadelphia Media Network (PMN) has donated The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News (Pennsylvania) and philly.com to a newly created tax-exempt organization called the Institute for Journalism in New Media, as well as donating $20 million to the endowment.
Willam Nangle, executive editor of the Times (Indiana) of Munster for 20 years, has died at the age of 70.
Dow Jones created a new publishing unit dubbed Dow Jones Media Group, according to Politico.
VG Media, a group of around 200 German publishers, filed a civil complaint against Google, claiming to enforce Germany’s “Ancillary Copyright" law. The group is attempting to get Google to pay them for showing their content in search results.
Gatehouse Media’s Center for News and Design is expanding its facility and hiring more employees in the coming months, according to The Austin American Statesman.
Representatives Judy Chu (D-CA) and Tom Marino (R-PA) introduced the Copyright Office for the Digital Economy Act in order to establish the U.S. Copyright Office as an agency in the legislative branch with a president-appointed director.
Flint Group has formed a new division called Flint Group Digital Printing Solutions. The news comes on the heels of Flint completing the acquisition of Xeikon, a provider of digital solutions, including web-fed digital color presses for labels and packaging applications, document and commercial printing.
Penny Parker, longtime columnist for The Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News, died Jan. 2 in her home. She was 62. The cause of death had not been determined when family members announced her death Jan. 3.
BH Media Group acquired The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Virginia from Sandton Capital Partners. Fredericksburg.com and Print Innovators were also included in the transaction.
Michael E. Schroeder inked a deal to purchase the Block Island Times in New Shoreham, Rhode Island from Fraser Lang and his wife Betty Rawls Lang. Terms of the sale were not released.
Michael Hengel, editor of The Las Vegas Review-Journal, retired from his post, according to The New York Times.