PRESSTIME Update
Jan. 4, 2012

Fellowship program targets young digital media professionals

The NAA Foundation will offer a fellowship program for young digital media professionals during NAA mediaXchange 2012, scheduled for April 2-5 in Washington, D.C. Ten fellows will be selected to participate in a day of targeted programming. They also will attend NAA mediaXchange sessions. Fellowships will cover conference registration, travel, hotel and meal stipends. Deadline to apply is Feb. 3. Applicants should have a minimum of three years of experience in some aspect of digital operations and no more than seven years of media experience.More

Travel incentive program generates $500,000-plus in revenue

Travel incentives give managers a way to encourage and oversee initiatives that create a new value proposition for major accounts and provide measurable results for multimedia programs. Learn more in this Local Media Insider case study, which looks at the Dow Jones Local Media Group’s successful travel incentive program. In an exclusive deal for NAA members, this and other revenue case studies are available for $24 for three months.More

Nominees sought for awards honoring newspaper retailers

Retailers who have demonstrated long-term cooperative efforts to sell and market newspapers are honored annually by NAA with the Tony Mineart Newspaper Merchandiser of the Year Award. The NAA Single-Copy Committee welcomes your nominations of retailers who are open to ideas such as co-promotions or newspaper-specific promotions, or retailers who in general do the best overall and ongoing job of promoting newspapers. Nominations are due Jan. 15.More

NAA members invited to participate in 2012 circulation survey

The 2012 NAA Circulation Survey, a comprehensive review conducted periodically as the basis for the popular "Circulation Facts, Figures & Logic," report, is now open. Newspapers can fill out the questionnaire online or download it and return the completed form by mail, fax or email. Completed surveys submitted before the Jan. 15 deadline are eligible for a drawing to win complimentary hotel accommodations and registration for NAA mediaXchange 2012, scheduled for April 2-5 in Washington, D.C.More

Can Sears be salvaged?
MarketWatch
In this podcast, Craig Johnson, president of retail strategy firm Customer Growth Partners, says Sears needs to do much more than close a few stores to survive. Johnson says hiring a former Brookstone executive as chief merchandising officer is a step in the right direction.More

Same-store sales seen up 3.4 percent in December
Reuters
When top U.S. retailers post their December sales this week, Wall Street analysts expect them to report a healthy end to the holiday season, helped by discounts, improved consumer sentiment and tactics such as extended hours and layaways.More

Shot in arm expected for 2012 political ad spend
Adweek
After an unusually slow start at the end of 2011, political ad spending is likely to ramp up rapidly in 2012. MediaVest's report to clients predicts political spending will jump by as much as 30 percent from four years ago — possibly reaching $4 billion — with the bulk of expenditures going to local television outlets. More

How online audio tools can help journalists
Poynter
Audio is becoming a force in Internet content, well beyond music and radio streaming. Journalists should at least experiment with online audio, writes Jim Colgan, a veteran producer and digital editor for radio. In this article, Colgan lists some of the most important tools for audio journalism online.More

iPad 3 could face Google rival
International Business Times
As Apple gears up to release its most anticipated tablet yet, Android competitors are getting ready to rival the iPad 3, with Google plotting the latest aspiring iPad killer. Few details have been leaked about a potential Google alternative, but it is rumored that it will run the Android 4.0 software and could even possibly run a newer version, should it be released later next year.More

New year, new name, 'same great paper' for South Florida
Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay Times (formerly the St. Petersburg Times) is heralding its name change with a Web page featuring a letter from Chairman and CEO Paul Tash to readers, a video and gallery detailing the newspaper's history and reactions from community leaders.More