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NAA Roundup: Athlon Media Group acquires Parade; Tribune Publishing invests in Contend

By SEAN O'LEARY
September 19, 2014

Athlon Media Group (AMG) announced it has entered an agreement to purchase Parade and Dash magazines with associated digital assets from Parade Media Group, LLC.

AMG's stable of newspaper-distributed magazines, including American Profile, Relish, Spry Living and Athlon Sports, have a combined circulation reach of 38+ million via 1,600 newspapers. The move will add Parade, the largest-circulation magazine in the U.S. at 32 million households, and Dash, a food & family magazine with 8.8 million circulation, to the AMG portfolio.

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Quiz on the First Amendment

By CATHERINE PAYNE
September 17, 2014

In celebration of Constitution Day on Sept. 17, NAA created a quiz on the First Amendment. The short quiz looks back at the fascinating evolution of freedom of the press.

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Five Answers with Richard and Martha Cichelli, Software Consulting Services

By SEAN O'LEARY
September 16, 2014

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

We get two newspapers daily. I read the Wall Street Journal - headlines in the morning and some of the rest in the evening. We also get the local daily, The Morning Call. She reads it and alerts me to articles of interest. I sometimes read newspaper archives online.

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NAA Roundup: Los Angeles Times partners with DIRECTV, Washington Post partners with WCPO in Cincinnati

By SEAN O'LEARY
September 12, 2014

The Los Angeles Times announced its new Los Angeles Times Documentaries series will air on DIRECTV’s Audience Network and explore a range of compelling social issues. Debuting Saturday, Sept. 13, with “A Soldier’s Wife,” each 20-30 minute film will air exclusively on the satellite service provider for 90 days. The debut of Documentaries is the first stage in the rollout of Los Angeles Times Originals, the new banner under which its distinctive short and long-form video productions will now be created and distributed.

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Q&A: Charlie Petit talks about the galaxy of science journalism

By CATHERINE PAYNE
September 10, 2014

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see Charlie Petit's contributions to science journalism. At KSJ Tracker, he pointed out science stories with crater-like holes, but he also highlighted reporting that sparkled like stardust.

NAA caught up with the writer to find out what is on his radar.

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NAA Roundup: Cox Media Group and Hearst Newspapers name new executives

By SEAN O'LEARY
September 5, 2014

Brett Fennell is joining Cox Media Group (CMG) as the company’s new Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. Fennell, who previously was VP of Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A) at Manheim, will be based at the company’s headquarters in Atlanta.

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Quiz on famous people who started as newspaper carriers

By CATHERINE PAYNE
September 4, 2014

NAA created a fun quiz on people who got on the route to success as newspaper carriers. They excelled in business, literature, politics and sports.

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NAA Roundup: Local Media Consortium partners with Yahoo; USA Today forms new polling affiliation

By SEAN O'LEARY
August 22, 2014

The Local Media Consortium, a nationwide alliance of leading local media outlets, announced an agreement with Yahoo to provide innovative digital ad solutions to local media companies and their advertisers. Through this agreement, local marketers and agencies will gain access to Yahoo's display and native advertising offerings as well its ad platforms including the Yahoo Ad Exchange.

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How journalists can improve their health news stories

By CATHERINE PAYNE
August 20, 2014

Saccharine coverage of health care topics not only leaves a bad taste in the mouths of some people. It also raises concerns.

Many news stories exaggerate potential benefits and minimize possible harms of new health care interventions, according to the article "A Guide to Reading Health Care News Stories." The article was posted online in May and appeared in the July issue of JAMA Internal Medicine.

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CrowdSource events develop a new revenue stream for The Dallas Morning News

By SEAN O'LEARY
August 18, 2014

Events have always relied on the power of a newspaper’s audience to boost attendance and increase revenue.

But what if the newspaper could leverage that built-in audience to build up its own events?

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NAA Roundup: Statesman Journal names new publisher; PolitiFact Florida expands to newspapers statewide

By SEAN O'LEARY
August 15, 2014

Gannett Co., Inc. announced that Terry Horne has been named president and publisher of the Statesman Journal in Salem, OR. In addition, Horne will become regional president of Gannett West/Interstate Group. Horne comes to the Statesman Journal after as president and publisher of the Pensacola (FL) News Journal.

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Four tips for math- and finance-phobic journalists

By MARY ELLEN BIERY
August 14, 2014

There's a reason the Investigative Reporters & Editors website has a tipsheet titled "Math, Your Friend."

Let's face it: Many of us sucked at math in school and avoided it when possible in college. I kept a sticky note on my computer to show me how to calculate percent change, so I feel your pain if you struggle with stories laden with numbers or panic at the thought of having to analyze a major company's earnings and write about its performance.

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The State of Local Programmatic: 100 Local Media Execs Weigh In

By AMBER BENSON
August 13, 2014

There is no denying the gap between publishers that want to take advantage of targeted solutions and fully integrated cross-platform programs, and local advertisers who faithfully hold to their knowledge of their buyers and what’s worked before. What is interesting is just how wide that gap is and how best to bridge it.

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Five Answers with Keven Ann Willey, Dallas Morning News

By SEAN O'LEARY
August 11, 2014

1) What drew you to working in newspaper media?

I went into college as an English Lit major wanting to write the Great American Novel. The faculty adviser at freshman orientation was a journalism professor and listening to him I began to think writing about current events would be fun. (I could always write the Great American Novel later, right?) In those days the only options in MassComm were newspapers, TV-radio or PR-advertising tracks.

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NAA Roundup: Gannett spins off publishing; Tribune Publishing announces 5-year deal with Cars.com

By SEAN O'LEARY
August 8, 2014

On Tuesday, Gannett Co., Inc. announced its plan to create two publicly traded companies with scale: one exclusively focused on its Broadcasting and Digital businesses, and the other on its Publishing business. The planned separation of the Publishing business will be implemented through a tax-free distribution of Gannett’s Publishing assets to shareholders. The transaction will create two focused companies with increased opportunities to grow organically across all businesses as well as pursue strategic acquisitions.

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Five Answers with Kerry Oslund, Schurz Communications

By SEAN O'LEARY
August 5, 2014

1) What drew you to working in newspaper media?

A sense that I can help my company and teammates with further transformation, innovation and entrepreneurial efforts.

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Political cartoonist sketches out her own path in digital age

By CATHERINE PAYNE
August 4, 2014

Political cartoonists are powerful storytellers who can provoke anger and laughter with a few words and images, but their story is less told.

NAA caught up with award-winning political cartoonist Jen Sorensen to get a peek at her experience in the digital age.