PRESSTIME Update
May. 28, 2014

Worcester Telegram & Gazette sold, Washington Post reporter wins NABJ award

Halifax Media Group has agreed to buy the Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Boston Globe Media Partners. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Halifax Media Group, based in Daytona Beach, Florida, owns 35 daily newspapers from Alabama to North Carolina, including the former New York Times Co. regional papers, which it acquired in 2012 for $143 million. "From the time we learned the T&G was for sale we were interested," said Michael Redding, CEO of Halifax Media Group. More

Five Questions That Need Five Answers

There are thousands upon thousands of people working in the newspaper industry in America. We’d like to share their story. Starting next week, NAA will feature a weekly series giving you insight into what people in the industry are thinking, how they got their start in the business and what they believe the future holds. If you’re part of the newspaper industry, it’s easy to participate.More

Watch the Accelerator Pitch program from NAA mediaXchange 2014

The Accelerator Pitch program provided startups the chance to pitch their companies to the more than 1,000 media and advertising executives who attend our conference. All qualifying companies must have been founded within the last three years and their product/service help newspaper companies' print, digital, mobile, audience or advertising needs.More

Keys to success for turning a newspaper building into an event venue

The Denver Post building has become a desired location for weddings, birthday parties, conferences and a wide range of events. See how the newspaper transformed itself into an event venue over the past year during this webinar on June 24, led by Sarah Weiss, events manager for The Denver Post. More

New Washington Post opinion venture: 'This is not a Beltway publication'
Poynter
The Washington Post plans to launch a new digital opinion venture called PostEverything. In an interview, its editor, Adam Kushner, said the new project would mostly seek contributors from outside the Post for what he said he hopes “will look a lot like a digital daily magazine” covering national politics and foreign policy as well as sports and entertainment. He’s looking for regular contributors as well as one-offs from people itching to blast their thoughts into the “universe of ideas.” More

News Corp chief: We'll publish newspapers for 'decades and decades'
Newsmax
The head of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. recently said the group will be publishing newspapers for "decades" and hit out at the "morbid mindset" of those who say print is dead. Chief executive Robert Thomson, who oversees more than 100 newspapers including The Wall Street Journal and The Times of London, rejected fears the medium was finished as the industry battles a slump in advertising and circulation revenues. More

The Postmedia chain is trying to rethink not just how people read its content but where and when
GigaOM
Newspaper redesigns — both print and web — are a dime a dozen, as media companies try desperately to figure out how to balance the needs of their print readers with the shifting demands of a real-time news universe in which they no longer own the platform. The Postmedia chain in Canada is trying to move beyond that with the launch of a “reimagined” version of its flagship Ottawa title, an attempt to rethink not just print and digital but what a mobile app is (or should be) and how people consume content now in a multi-platform world.More

Time adds tiny ads on the cover
Poynter
Two Time Inc. Magazines, Time and Sports Illustrated, will feature ads on their covers for two consecutive weeks, Michael Sebastian recently reported for Ad Age. The ads, from Verizon, are pretty small and in the corner near the bottom. Still, it’s a big step for magazines, Sebastian wrote.More

Media buyers cautious of Facebook video ads
Media Post
Facebook in March formally announced the launch of Premium Video Ads following prior delays and months, if not years, of speculation about the new format. A panel of agency executives at OMMA Video recently convened to discuss the rollout of the autoplay video ads, which run in users’ news feeds and are still in beta testing with a small set of initial brands including NBC. Here are some of the key takeaways.More

Newspaper deals startup Wanderful gets $14.5 million boost, launches Android app
Venture Beat
Wanderful Media, a company that partners with major American newspaper companies to bring online their Sunday circulars — the flyers, deals, and coupons you find inside newspapers — continues to rustle up money. The Los Gatos, California, startup said it has raised $14.5 million in additional funding, bringing its total to more than $50 million. This is the fourth round of backing in less than two years.More

Rising tides or rising stars? Dynamics of shared attention on Twitter during media events
Plos One
Using 290 million tweets from a panel of 193,532 politically active Twitter users, researchers compared features of users' behavior during eight major events during the 2012 U.S. presidential election to examine how patterns of social media use change during these media events compared to “typical” time and whether these changes are attributable to shifts in the behavior of the population as a whole or shifts from particular segments such as elites.More

What follows the great mobile unbundling? Unholy alliances
Advertising Age
Behind all the headlines about native advertising, programmatic buying and every other significant media topic of note, one macro trend looms large: the ubiquity of smartphones and tablets. This transformative shift in how content is now consumed is reshaping dozens of industries as people do quite a lot with small screens — even more than most expected. This dramatic uptake in smartphone and tablet usage is encouraging some companies directly in the mobile center of gravity to unbundle their services. This includes publishers.More

A platform and blogging too, Medium charms writers
The New York Times
Evan Williams is at it again. Mr. Williams is sitting in an office here a mile up the road from Twitter, where he is a founder and is still a board member, working on Medium, an amorphous-sounding company that could be one more curio of the Internet age or might end up taking over the world. When he stepped aside as chief executive of Twitter in 2010, Mr. Williams wanted to get back into blogging and found the tools creaky and insufficient.More

Why is innovation so hard for newspapers?
The Washington Post
Nearly fifteen years ago, Larry Downes participated in a project with a major American newspaper trying to chart its course from print to digital. The Internet was in the midst of its first rampage through traditional business, with the industries then known as “mass media” directly in its path. Business as usual wasn’t working.More

Worcester Telegram & Gazette sold, Washington Post reporter wins NABJ award
NAA
Halifax Media Group has agreed to buy the Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Boston Globe Media Partners. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Halifax Media Group, based in Daytona Beach, Florida, owns 35 daily newspapers from Alabama to North Carolina, including the former New York Times Co. regional papers.More

Executing a Data Driven Strategy to Build Audience
NAA
Expanding a newspaper's paid digital and print audience requires a data driven strategy and knowledgeable insight into reader behavior. On Thursday, the team from Cox Media Group will share their paid digital engagement strategy and life cycle marketing email approach to building audience and revenue for CMG newspapers.More

How FB Newswire from Facebook can enhance newsgathering
NAA
A new resource from Facebook is giving journalists something to write about. On April 24, the online social networking service announced FB Newswire, a resource that helps journalists find, share and embed newsworthy content.More

'News on Demand' caters to reader attention spans
Columbia Journalism Review
Readers are busier than ever and their time is at a premium. Which is why journalist Marie-Catherine Beuth is developing News on Demand, a mobile news service that tailors information to users’ attention spans. The app will present the day’s five main news stories as articles of varying length, curated from numerous news sources, said Beuth. Users will then be able to read about the stories that most interest them, at the lengths that best suit the time they have available.More

Luminate launches 'AdSense for images' in-image ad platform, claims 5-10x industry results
VentureBeat
Five years after launching the first in-image ad platform, Luminate is launching what it calls a “next-generation” service which knows what’s in images, can target them by keyword or concept, and can handle both display and cost-per-click performance campaigns. Plus, it filters out the nasty pics. More