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NAA Roundup: Providence Journal sold, Houston Chronicle relocating

By SEAN O'LEARY
July 25, 2014

New Media Investment Group Inc. announced this week it has reached an agreement to purchase The Providence Journal and related print and digital assets for $46.0 million in cash from A. H. Belo Corporation. The Providence Journal is one of the oldest print publications in the United States and was first published in 1829. It has a daily circulation of approximately 72,000 and 96,000 on Sunday.

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Five Answers with Matt Pittman, Florida Times-Union

By SEAN O'LEARY
July 23, 2014

1) What drew you to working in newspaper media?

My answer is probably a lot different than most. I was drawn to work in newspaper media, because The Florida Times-Union had a fun new idea. Luckily for me, the President of the company had me in mind to be the face of the new project: personality driven videos.

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Quiz on newspaper comic strips

By CATHERINE PAYNE
July 21, 2014

Since the late 19th century, U.S. newspapers' funny pages have tickled readers' funny bones. They have been a bright spot amid pages filled with stories about crime, political wrangling and war. NAA put together a fun quiz on comic strips' zany characters, running gags and more.

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Ramen Noodles Theory of online news is still food for thought

By CATHERINE PAYNE
July 15, 2014

Journalists might have gotten a taste of the Ramen Noodles Theory years ago. The theory, which suggests that online news, like ramen noodles, is an inferior good, might have been hard for some to swallow, but it is still interesting food for thought.

Iris Chyi, an associate professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, said her theory hasn't really changed over the years. She answered NAA's questions via email about how newspapers can use her findings.

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Quiz on acronyms and initialisms heard in newsrooms

By CATHERINE PAYNE
July 14, 2014

How well do you remember what journalists' abbreviations stand for? NAA put together a quick quiz.

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NAA Roundup: New publisher for Ventura County Star; Gannett buys six TV stations

By SEAN O'LEARY
July 11, 2014

The E.W. Scripps Company has promoted Shanna Cannon, a newspaper executive with more than 20 years of experience, to regional publisher of the Ventura County (California) Star, effective immediately.

She steps up to a larger-circulation newspaper from her role as publisher of the Scripps-owned Record Searchlight in Redding, California. During her tenure in Redding, the newspaper earned numerous state and national awards in newswriting and photography.

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The Washington Times gives back to the community with news racks

By SEAN O'LEARY
July 9, 2014

The Washington Times had hundreds of extra news racks lying around with few options for their continued use. There did not appear to be many alternate uses for a news rack.

Or so it would seem, because Doug Alexander, president of the Newspaper in Education Institute and educational services manager of the Washington Times had an idea – repurposing Washington Times news racks as Little Free Libraries where he lives in Cheverly, Maryland.

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Five Answers with Mi-Ai Parrish, Kansas City Star

By SEAN O'LEARY
July 8, 2014

1) What drew you to working in newspaper media?

My first week in college, a new friend asked me to go with her to the newspaper cattle call. We had seen an ad in the campus daily looking for cub reporters, but she was too shy to go by herself. We both ended up changing our majors, mine to journalism and hers to speech pathology. I’d been the high school yearbook editor, a photographer, and an avid Washington Post reader as a teenager, but hadn’t considered journalism as a career. I caught the bug that first day with my first byline.

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Quiz on Fictional Newspapers

By CATHERINE PAYNE
July 7, 2014

Do you remember which superhero had a day job at a newspaper? How about the superhero who incurred the wrath of villains and a newspaper publisher? NAA put together a quick quiz on fictional newspapers and characters who wrestled with criminals and assignments.

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How reporters and robots can work together

By CATHERINE PAYNE
July 2, 2014

Are robots sitting in newsrooms across America? Not yet. Are machines writing stories? You bet.

The Associated Press announced on Monday that it will use automation technology to produce corporate earnings stories. It will use technology from Automated Insights, a company based in Durham, North Carolina.

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Five Answers with Raju Narisetti, News Corp

By SEAN O'LEARY
July 1, 2014

1) What drew you to working in newspaper media?

I hadn't planned to, especially after doing an MBA. But with a father who was an editor and a mother who was an English professor, I suspect I was genetically doomed to end up in newspapers, exactly 25 years ago.

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NAA Roundup: CrowdSource buys Texas beer festival, Cybersecurity Bill would hurt journalists

By SEAN O'LEARY
June 27, 2014

CrowdSource, the event marketing company of The Dallas Morning News, announced this week it purchased majority ownership of Untapped, the Indie Music and Craft Beer festival. Untapped festivals, which focus on providing attendees with quality music and a large craft beer selection, are held in Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston, and also include the Canned Festival held in Denton, Texas.

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Newspaper History Quiz

By CATHERINE PAYNE
June 26, 2014

Do you like history? Do you like newspapers? If you answered yes to both questions, then NAA has a quiz for you.

NAA created a quiz on newspaper history from the invention of the product to World War II. The quiz features questions about key figures and a bit of trivia. It's fun! To take the quiz, click here.

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Newspaper offers neighborly advice about its Neighborhoods site

By CATHERINE PAYNE
June 25, 2014

The Columbia Daily Tribune is welcoming other newspapers to its data-mapping world.

The Tribune, based in Columbia, Missouri, aims to share its expertise about OpenBlock software, which it uses for its Neighborhoods site, with other newspapers. The free hyperlocal news site aggregates data from public and private sources and puts it on a map.

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Five Answers with Roger Daniels, Nolensville Dispatch

By SEAN O'LEARY
June 25, 2014

1) What drew you to working in newspaper media?

I started reading newspapers between 8-10 years old and haven’t stopped since. Everywhere I’ve been from high school to college to the military and war zones, getting a newspaper to read has always been a priority for me.

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