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Updated: May 28, 2015 - 10:25 am
Lee suing former Missoulian publisher, 4 ad staffers

The parent company of the Missoulian in Missoula, Mont., is suing its former publisher and four advertising employees for allegedly stealing confidential proprietary information about clients from company computers and using it to form their own marketing agency to compete with the newspaper.

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Updated: May 27, 2015 - 8:51 am
Tribune’s newly acquired San Diego U-T hands down 178 layoffs

The San Diego Union-Tribune laid off 178 of its 603 employees less than a week after finalizing its $85-million sale to Tribune Publishing.

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Updated: May 27, 2015 - 11:33 am
Post-Dispatch HQ up for sale

Lee Enterprises Inc. put the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s headquarters up for sale and said its newspaper offices will be relocated. Hilliker Corp. was hired to sell the property.

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Updated: May 26, 2015 - 4:49 pm
Pew: 100 papers spun off in 1 year, ads down 50%

The Pew Research Center said in its report, “The Declining Value of U.S. Newspapers,” that 100 newspapers were spun off in 2014 by just three different media companies alone, referring to spinoffs of titles by publishers including Tribune, Gannett and E.W. Scripps Co.

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Updated: May 26, 2015 - 12:31 pm
Lee closes state bureau in Mont.

Lee Enterprises shuttered its Montana State Bureau in Helena on May 21. The capital bureau served newspapers in Billings, Missoula, Helena, Butte and Hamilton. Lee is the largest newspaper publisher in Montana.

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Updated: May 26, 2015 - 4:28 pm
Daily News gets new bidder, slams NYT coverage of sale

The New York Post reported that Jimmy Finkelstein, owner of Washington D.C. political paper The Hill, entered the running for the (New York) Daily News on Friday. 

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Updated: May 26, 2015 - 12:25 pm
Trib moves forward with combined LAT, Union-Tribune

The Tribune Co. completed its $85 million purchase of The San Diego Union-Tribune from developer Douglas Manchester on Thursday, and further outlined details of how it will combine its Los Angeles Times and newly acquired paper.

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Updated: May 26, 2015 - 12:20 pm
Peruvian printer gets new Community press

Grupo El Comercio in Lima, Peru, will install a Community press from Goss International Corp. at a new facility in Arequipa. This is the third Community press Grupo El Comercio has ordered from Goss and it will be used to boost production of various titles, including El Comercio, Peru 21, Trome and Depor.

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Updated: May 26, 2015 - 12:18 pm
Boston Herald staffers reject contract proposal

Editorial guild workers at the Boston Herald rejected a proposed contract last week that included cuts to their severance plan.

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Updated: May 26, 2015 - 12:16 pm
WAN-Ifra adds Wearables Workshop to World News Media Congress lineup

WAN-Ifra will hold a “Wearables Workshop,” Sunday, May 31, ahead of the 67th World News Media Congress, which is taking place June 1-3 in Washington, D.C. WAN-Ifra’s Global Alliance for Media Innovation, in partnership with CCI Europe and the Stibo Accelerator, has extended registration for the workshop to meet the demand.

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Updated: May 26, 2015 - 12:14 pm
Indian daily invests in manroland press

Telangana Publications Pvt. Ltd. placed an order for a Cromoman newspaper press from manroland web systems for its plant in Telangana State, India. The company produces Namasthe Telangana, a Telugu-language daily newspaper that covers politics and developments in the region.

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Updated: May 26, 2015 - 12:12 pm
Hearst Magazines adds to digital team

Hearst Magazines Digital Media has appointed Laura Kalehoff as director of the group's branded content studio. She will be responsible for the execution of custom content programs, acting as top editor, managing a team of content creators and collaborating with site editors to align branded concepts with the audience and voice of each website.

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Posted: May 26, 2015 - 11:55 am
In brief

Lee Enterprises named Christopher Rush publisher of The World in Coos Bay, Ore. He was previously publisher of the Bartlesville (Okla.) Examiner-Enterprise since 2011.

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Updated: May 27, 2015 - 11:33 am
Boston Globe buys new $20.3M print plant

The Boston Globe completed the purchase of a new printing facility in Taunton, Mass. for $20.3 million. The 328,000-square-foot facility will print The Globe, The New York Times, the Boston Herald and other newspapers produced by The Globe.

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Updated: May 18, 2015 - 1:09 pm
Final bids on Daily News due today

Today marks the deadline for final bids on the (New York) Daily News. Currently, three bidders remain in the auction for the paper, which Mort Zuckerman put up for sale in March.

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Updated: May 18, 2015 - 10:43 pm
ACS Alabama upgrades press controls

Advance Central Services Alabama inked a deal with manroland web systems to upgrade electrical controls on its Geoman press at its Mobile, Ala., plant. Manroland will upgrade ACS’ server hardware, controllers for printing units, reel splicers, folders and Pecom-X software interface.

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Posted: May 18, 2015 - 12:10 pm
FT launches time-based digital ad metric

The Financial Times launched a new cost-per-hour digital advertising metric. The publisher tapped Chartbeat to help it develop a new time-based system, which FT said is able to increase marketing effectiveness by tracking not only whether an ad is seen or not, but for how long.

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Updated: May 18, 2015 - 12:08 pm
AJC completes drive repower project

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution completed the upgrade of its drives recently, in partnership with Electronic Design Group.

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Updated: May 18, 2015 - 12:04 pm
INMA awards innovation at annual gathering

The International News Media Association awarded El Colombiano in Medellin, Columbia “Best in Show” at the closing of the 85th Annual INMA World Congress in New York this week.

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Updated: May 18, 2015 - 12:05 pm
Study: Declining interest in paywalls, paid content

Research and Analysis of Media (RAM) conducted a survey of delegates at the International News Media Association’s World Congress, which showed a sharp focus on digital transformation with rising emphasis on mobile and data analytics. The data also revealed a declining interest in consumer paid content and paywalls.

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Updated: May 18, 2015 - 11:58 am
WSJ beefs up digital staff

The Wall Street Journal made staffing changes to strengthen its digital business on the heels of launching a new platform for wsj.com and its mobile editions.

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Updated: May 18, 2015 - 11:56 am
Graph Expo’s Must See ’Ems submissions due in June

Submissions for the Must See ’Ems program at Graph Expo ’15 are due by Monday, June 22. Complete online submission procedures are available here.

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Updated: May 18, 2015 - 1:14 pm
In brief

Newsday said Ed Bushey was promoted to senior vice president and general manager of Newsday Media Group. In his new role, Bushey will provide leadership to NMG’s operations, production, print and digital audience development and analytics, and direct aspects of the company’s technology advancement in production, distribution and finance.

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Updated: May 14, 2015 - 1:40 pm
DFM puts brakes on sale; Paton to leave in June

DENVER— Denver Post parent Digital First Media today said the time is not right for a sale of the company.

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Updated: May 14, 2015 - 7:42 am
PressReader, Uber team up for Cannes Film Festival

PressReader said it is bringing its partners’ newspaper and magazine content to the Cannes Film Festival through a partnership with car service Uber. The festival runs through May 24.

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Updated: May 13, 2015 - 11:19 am
NYT, others take content to Facebook

The New York Times, Buzzfeed and National Geographic today began publishing articles directly to Facebook.

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Posted: May 11, 2015 - 2:01 pm
McClatchy begins digital ramp up

Tuesday marks the beginning of print redesigns and a transition to emphasize digital and mobile news over traditional print at McClatchy Co. newspapers including The Sacramento (Calif.) Bee.

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Updated: May 11, 2015 - 2:09 pm
GateHouse hands down layoffs at T&G

Chris Sinacola, editorial page editor of The Telegram & Gazette in Worcester, Mass., left his position amid a round of layoffs.

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Posted: May 11, 2015 - 1:42 pm
QIPC inks deals in U.K., Denmark

Harmsworth Quays Printing Ltd. in West Thurrock, U.K. placed an order for an IDS-3D system for color register and color control from Q.I. Press Controls. The company is the printing division of DMG Media and is responsible for printing the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and Metro.

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Updated: May 11, 2015 - 2:09 pm
Canadian weeklies centralizing with Protecmedia

Canadian Weeklies Association Hebdos Quebec said it will transition to a centralized publishing platform anchored by Protecmedia software. Hebdos Quebec’s 33 member publications will use the software to optimize editorial and advertising resources, with a focus on new digital projects, Protecmedia said.

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Posted: May 11, 2015 - 1:37 pm
Lee reports revenue uptick

Lee Enterprises Inc. reported a 0.9 percent revenue increase compared to a year ago. Operating revenue, for the second quarter ending March 29, totaled $155.5 million.

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Updated: May 11, 2015 - 2:11 pm
Publishers share successes at annual INMA event

News Corp. told attendees to INMA’s World Newspaper Congress in New York that it garnered 100,000 readers from a promotion that gave a DVD and collector’s case to the reader when they purchased the newspaper. The reader could then purchase a different DVD each day for $2.50. In 14 days, News Corp. sold 3.2 million DVDs and 600,000 newspapers, according to Damian Eales, group-marketing director.

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Posted: May 11, 2015 - 1:34 pm
Former E.W. Scripps president dies

DENVER— Ed Estlow, former E.W. Scripps Co. president and CEO, died at the age of 95 on Saturday in Denver.

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Updated: May 11, 2015 - 2:10 pm
AAM nixes six-month circ reports

The Alliance for Audited Media will no longer release six-month newspaper circulation reports. Instead, AAM is requiring newspapers to report quarterly and giving them the option of updating metrics monthly.

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Posted: May 11, 2015 - 1:31 pm
AP attorney testifies on behalf of FOIA

Karen Kaiser, general counsel for The Associated Press testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary in Washington D.C. to ask that it strengthen the Freedom of Information Act.

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Updated: May 11, 2015 - 2:03 pm
INMA sets new board

The International News Media Association elected new officers and directors. Among them: Mark Challinor, managing director of U.K.-based Media Futures Ltd. was elected for a two-year term; Eduardo Garces, general manager of El Espectador in Colombia, was elected vice president; Yasmin Namini, most recently senior VP/chief consumer officer for The New York Times, becomes past president of INMA; and Ross McPherson, managing director of McPherson Media Group of Australia, was elected to a three-year term as treasurer.

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Posted: May 11, 2015 - 1:19 pm
In brief

N. Christian Anderson III was named editor and publisher of The Register-Guard in Eugene, Ore. He was previously chairman of the Oregonian Media Group.

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Updated: May 11, 2015 - 12:17 pm
Tribune acquires U-T San Diego for $85M

Tribune Publishing Co. entered into an agreement to acquire MLIM LLC, parent company of U-T San Diego for $85 million.The buy includes nine community weeklies and related digital properties in San Diego County, but excludes the paper’s Mission Valley headquarters. The transaction is expected to close by June 30.

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Updated: May 11, 2015 - 2:11 pm
Magnum Compact enters final testing in Staten Island

The Staten Island (N.Y.) Advance announced that it’s begun commissioning tests and shadow production ahead of going into live production later this month on its Goss Magnum Compact press.

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Updated: May 04, 2015 - 2:08 pm
Digital audiences still growing

Digital audiences that engage with newspaper content reached a new high again in March 2015, according to data from comScore published by the Newspaper Association of America Unique visitors increased 10 percent, to 176 million over those in March 2014. The growth was fueled by the increased use of mobile devices, the NAA said.

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Posted: May 04, 2015 - 2:05 pm
Nevada printer invests in Goss press

Creel Printing, which produces catalogs, publications and newspapers, will install a Goss Sunday 2000 press system at its facility in Las Vegas this summer. This is the second Sunday 2000 for the printer, which purchased its first one from Goss in 2008.

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Posted: May 04, 2015 - 2:00 pm
Overall net loss at NYT despite digital uptick

The New York Times Co. reported first-quarter net losses of $14.2 million. A 5.8 percent drop in advertising contributed to the loss, as did pension and settlement payments to former employees.

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Posted: May 04, 2015 - 2:01 pm
WSJ launches luxury real estate portal

Dow Jones & Co. Inc. launched a stand-alone, global, luxury real estate website called Mansion Global to be overseen by the advertising sales team at The Wall Street Journal. The site brings together high-end property listings from brokerages and developers internationally, as well as buyer-focused related news that emphasizes market data and trends.

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Posted: May 04, 2015 - 1:58 pm
Gannett appoints board ahead of spinoff

Gannett Co. Inc. re-elected its nine-member board and established the boards that will serve when the company completes its spinoff into two entities.

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Posted: May 04, 2015 - 1:57 pm
Texas daily acquires classifieds site

Hearst-owned The Beaumont (Texas) Enterprise acquired SoutheastTexas.com and related properties from Virtual Communities Inc. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Posted: May 04, 2015 - 1:53 pm
Competition, legal woes force Ohio weekly to close

The April 26th edition of the Toledo (Ohio) Free Press was its last. The paper ceased publishing after 10 years, citing legal wrangling and business conditions as reasons for the closure.

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Posted: May 04, 2015 - 1:51 pm
In Brief

Ronald A. Mayo was named vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of Lee Enterprises. He succeeds Carl G. Schmidt, who announced his retirement in January. Most recently Mayo served as chief financial officer of Halifax Media Group.

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Updated: April 30, 2015 - 11:55 am
American-Statesman transferring production ops to Hearst

Austin American-Statesman parent company Cox Media Group said it’s shifting the daily’s printing and packaging operations to Hearst Newspapers-owned facilities in San Antonio and Houston.

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Updated: April 29, 2015 - 2:44 pm
Denver Post lowers paywall during Holmes’ trial

DENVER — The Denver Post lowered its paywall on all of its news coverage for the duration of the trial of James Holmes, which began this week.

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Posted: April 27, 2015 - 2:30 pm
Publishers debut Apple Watch wares

A number of news publishers launched apps for the Apple Watch coinciding with the device’s April 24 release, among them, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Guardian of the U.K. and AccuWeather.

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