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NAA Roundup: New Media to acquire Halifax Media Group for $280 million

By SEAN O'LEARY
November 21, 2014

New Media Investment Group Inc. announced that it has reached an agreement to purchase substantially all of the assets of Halifax Media Group for $280 million in cash, subject to working capital adjustments. Halifax Media is a leading newspaper publisher serving communities primarily in the southeastern portion of the United States. Halifax publishes 36 newspapers, including 24 dailies, and affiliated websites, and has a total daily circulation of approximately 635,000 and 752,000 on Sunday.

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NAA Roundup: The Times in Shreveport names new publisher

By SEAN O'LEARY
November 14, 2014

Gannett Co., Inc. named Alan English president and publisher of The Times in Shreveport, LA. English is currently the general manager and executive editor of The Times. In his new role, English also will oversee The News-Star in Monroe, LA.

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How to turn sharing trends into social engagement opportunities

By CATHERINE PAYNE
November 12, 2014

A new report about consumer sharing around Shark Week and other events can help marketers and journalists sink their teeth into social media insights.

The ShareThis Q3 2014 Sharing Trends report highlights findings about sharing on social media around major events from July to September. Those events were Shark Week, the NFL season opener, Burning Man (an annual event in Nevada's Black Rock Desert), ISIS attacks, Ferguson riots, Derek Jeter's last game, an Apple launch event, the Napa Valley earthquake and the #IceBucketChallenge.

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NAA Roundup: The New York Times launches digital subscription program for schools

By SEAN O'LEARY
November 7, 2014

The New York Times has announced the launch of NYTimes.com In-School Access, a new digital subscription offering for K-12 institutions. The subscription offers full web access to NYtimes.com on any device within a school’s IP range, with no login required.

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Quiz on Black Friday weekend

By CATHERINE PAYNE
November 4, 2014

Shoppers will turn to newspapers to prepare for Black Friday weekend, often trumpeted as the start of the holiday shopping season. Find out how much you know about the special weekend.

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Five Answers with Kim Wilson, SocialNewsDesk

By SEAN O'LEARY
November 3, 2014

1) How do you read the newspaper – print, online and/or mobile?

I generally consume news one article at a time, from a huge variety of sources. Most often, I'm finding the content through social media and reading it online or on mobile. And I always make a point of sharing the best articles through social media.

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NAA Roundup: Tribune Publishing unveils mobile app for Chicago Tribune

By SEAN O'LEARY
October 31, 2014

Tribune Publishing unveiled a mobile app for the Chicago Tribune, the first in a suite of new mobile apps for the Company’s major media brands. The Chicago Tribune app is available for immediate download today in the Apple Store and Google Play Store. The other seven flagship Tribune Publishing brands are expected to introduce custom apps by year’s end.

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I wasn't sure if Upworthy had lessons for newsrooms ... until now. Here's why.

By CATHERINE PAYNE
October 29, 2014

I wasn't sure if Upworthy had lessons for newsrooms ... until now. Here's why.

Since launching in 2012, Upworthy.com has generated buzz with its admirable mission and enviable success. The website, which has more than 50 million unique visitors a month, shows that viral content can be about serious topics. It is worthwhile to look at how Upworthy strikes a balance from curation to collaboration.

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NAA Roundup: Scripps launches new political app Podium

By SEAN O'LEARY
October 24, 2014

The E.W. Scripps Co. is arming the public with the power to stay informed and to influence their representatives in Washington. Its newest app, Podium, combines the company’s mission to educate and inform with the convenience of mobile technology.

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Five Answers with Matt Voigt, saambaa

By SEAN O'LEARY
October 21, 2014

1) How do you read the newspaper – print, online and/or mobile?

I haven't read a printed newspaper since March of 2009. I consume news 90% on mobile and 10% desktop. I can't share stories on print, and I share 20-30% of the stories I read with friends and family. I'm also always on the go, and it's kind of hard to fit a newspaper in my pocket.

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How The Atlanta Journal-Constitution used Popsicles to boost digital engagement

By SEAN O'LEARY
October 20, 2014

What feels better on a hot, humid summer day in Atlanta than an ice cold Popsicle?

Using the frozen treat as a giveaway, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution turned its Labor Day book festival into a unique way to attack one of the newspaper’s biggest goals – increasing digital engagement from subscribers.

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NAA Roundup: Local Media Consortium and Ebyline form freelance journalist partnership

By SEAN O'LEARY
October 17, 2014

The Local Media Consortium, a nationwide alliance of leading local media outlets, announced an agreement with Ebyline that allows all members of the Local Media Consortium to use Ebyline’s platform to recruit and work with freelance journalists across the country. This collaboration will allow publishers to create quality content marketing assets and provide readers with valuable information hosted by familiar local media outlets.

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5 Newspaper Myths Debunked

By CATHERINE PAYNE
October 15, 2014

1. Myth: Newspapers are dying.

The newspaper media industry, like many other American businesses, faces considerable but surmountable challenges. The rise of the Internet and social media has given consumers new options for getting news and information relevant to their varied interests. Many newspapers are adapting and thriving in this digital universe, expanding the number of people they reach. The newspaper digital audience reached a peak in August, according to data from comScore and NAA. The newspaper digital audience increased 18%, to 164 million unique visitors in August 2014 from 139 million unique visitors in August 2013.

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NAA Roundup: Tribune Publishing names new publishers for Orlando Sentinel and Hartford Courant

By SEAN O'LEARY
October 10, 2014

Tribune Publishing Company today announced the appointments of Nancy Meyer (pictured) as Publisher/CEO of the Orlando Sentinel Media Group and Rick Daniels as Publisher/CEO of the Hartford Courant Media Group. Howard Greenberg, who has served as Publisher/CEO of the Orlando Sentinel Media Group and Sun-Sentinel Media Group for the last six-and-a-half years, will focus full-time on the Sun-Sentinel Media Group in South Florida.

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Five Answers with Brad Ward, TownNews.com

By SEAN O'LEARY
October 7, 2014

1) How do you read the newspaper – print, online and/or mobile?

I am a news junkie so I use all media. I generally start my day reading my local paper, The Quad-City Times, in the morning with my coffee. I read The Wall Street Journal mostly on my tablet, and check breaking news events on my smart phone. I read various e-editions produced by our customers with our new, enhanced technology.

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NAA Roundup: The Record Searchlight names new publisher; New York Times launches new event series

By SEAN O'LEARY
October 3, 2014

Steve Smith, a newspaper executive and operations expert with more than three decades of service for The E.W. Scripps Co., has been named publisher of the Record Searchlight in Redding, California. The new role is effective immediately and will be in addition to his current responsibilities as vice president of operations for the Scripps Newspaper Group.

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