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NAA Roundup: World Newspaper Congress coming to America, Gannett names new President of National Sales

By Sean O'Leary, NAA Director of Communications

NAA Roundup is weekly blog post featuring press releases and announcements from NAA members. To submit, please send an email to sean.oleary@naa.org.

Back in the USA after 19 years! World Newspaper Congress 2015 to be held in Washington, D.C.

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), invites the world's press to attend the 67th World Newspaper Congress and 22nd World Editors Forum, to be held in Washington, D.C., from June 1-3, 2015.

The invitation was issued at the close of this year's World Newspaper Congress and World Editors Forum in Turin, Italy, which drew 1,000 publishers, chief editors and other senior newspaper executives from around the world.

"On behalf of the Newspaper Association of America, I am thrilled to welcome the World Newspaper Congress to Washington, D.C. in 2015," said Caroline Little, President and CEO of the Newspaper Association of America. "The event is a tremendous opportunity for global publishers, editors and advertisers to gather and exchange ideas about the future of our industry. 

Read the full announcement

Gannett names Randy Kilgore President of National Sales

Gannett Co., Inc. announced Randy Kilgore has been named president of National Sales, effective June 23. Kilgore will be responsible for growing national advertising revenue across Gannett’s multi-platform media network. He will oversee sales for USA Today, Gannett Digital and U.S. Community Publishing’s national efforts. He will report to Maryam Banikarim, Gannett’s senior vice president and chief marketing officer, and will be based in New York City.

Most recently Kilgore was chief revenue officer for Tremor Video, an advertising technology company, where he developed sales strategy, product marketing, category development, mobile development and agency relations. He built the company’s sales team from the ground up and grew sales from under $1 million in 2006 to $128 million for 2013.

“Randy is an innovator and proven sales leader,” said Banikarim. “His unique experience leading digital transformations and delivering results for his advertising clients makes him the right leader to take our national sales team to the next level. I am excited to have him join the team.”

Read the full press release

American Press Institute produces white paper on mobile revenue and audiences

The American Press Institute recently gathered more than 40 leaders in mobile journalism for a day-long Thought Leader Summit, in association with Google, to assemble the best current knowledge about mobile strategy and practices.

The event covered many angles — from mobile content choices, business models, technology, to staffing and more. The day featured in-depth discussions, small working groups that made recommendations in areas of their expertise, and participant surveys that explored how mobile works at leading organizations.

The summit identified nine key mobile concepts:

  1. A mobile-first organization has editorial, technology and business teams working together in new ways
  2. Mobile news presentation should be different from web or print
  3. Mobile and social media are intricately linked
  4. Mobile apps and mobile websites are for quite different audiences
  5. What it really means to “engage” a mobile user
  6. What you don’t know about the “second screen” and “utility” behaviors of mobile users
  7. Advertisers buy audiences, not publications or platforms, and data is the key
  8. Mobile advertising needs more creative thinking
  9. How to hire or promote for mobile jobs

To read the full white paper, please click here

Besomebody, Inc. closes $1 million seed funding round from E.W. Scripps Company to build Platform for Passion

Besomebody, Inc., a diverse, global, social community and passion platform, has closed a $1 million seed funding round from The E.W. Scripps Company, a 135-year-old entrepreneurial media company based in Cincinnati. The distribution of the funding is linked to the company meeting key milestones.  

Besomebody plans to use the money to build the World’s Platform for Passion™, a mobile-based technology platform that will enable its users to explore their passions through curated inspirational content; discover people around them who share their passions; and unleash their passions by learning from experts, called “Passionaries.”

“Passion is the most overused, underserved word in human history,” founder and CEO Kash Shaikh said. “Every single one of us knows the power of following our passion, but 99 percent of us don’t go all in on it. A lot of the reasons are internal, and our movement hits those head on. But the systems and structures around us don’t help. The world isn’t organized by passion, and we are changing that.”

Read the funding announcement

First Published: June 13, 2014

About the Author

Sean O'Leary is director of communications at NAA. His journalism career began as a daily newspaper reporter for The Chronicle in Willimantic, Conn., and continued as a staff writer for the Hartford Business Journal. He oversees NAA’s communications and public relations strategy.

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