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Exclusives

  • Hawaii News Now Dominates Islands’ Social Media

    Raycom's Hawaii News Now, the digital presence that rolls up its CBS, MyNetworkTV and NBC affiliates, is Honolulu's commanding leader on social media according to Shareablee data. Nicole Bento, its digital content director, says Facebook has become essential as the leading platform for its news brand, and Facebook Live is now a key tool there.  More | Add comment
  • Don’t Even Think About Dropping Your User Comments

    Ron Stitt argues that killing user commenting on publishers’ owned-and-operated sites is about the worst move they can make, as it sabotages one of their best means of engagement. That engagement has a big impact on KPIs like low bounce rates and extended time on site, he says.  More | Comments (2)
  • Beacons Maturing Into Viable Sales Strategy

    Beacons are moving away from the experimental phase and into profitable sales strategy deployment. Matthew Davis describes two recent campaigns that showed this maturation in action as location-based marketing led to a dramatic uptick in click-through rates.   More | Add comment
  • WBRC Tops Birmingham’s Social Media Scene

    Raycom’s WBRC is Birmingham, Ala.’s clear leader among local media on social media performance according to Shareablee data. Shannon Maze, its news director, says Facebook is a crucial driver, as 66% of its web and mobile sessions start there. More | Add comment
  • Executive Changes At Publicis, Optimizely And Scorpion Marketing

    In her biweekly roundup of career moves, Kelly Benish looks at new faces at RocketSpace, ADP and more, anniversaries at iProspect, Affinity Express and beyond and numerous opportunities at companies including Dealer.com and Reelio.  More | Add comment
  • In Shreveport, La., KSLA Rules On Social Media

    Raycom-owned KSLA paces well ahead of its nearest competitor on social media performance among local media outlets, according to data from Shareablee. It boasts almost a million social actions over the last six months and also leads the market in overall fans/followers. More | Add comment
  • Lexington’s WLEX Leads Social Media By A Nose

    It’s a tight race on social media among local outlets in Lexington, Ky., where Cordillera’s WLEX leads the market in overall actions according to Shareablee data. Gray’s WKYT follows close behind, and passes for the lead on total fans/followers. More | Add comment
  • WPRO-AM Leads Providence-New Bedford Social Media

    WPRO, a Cumulus-owned station, holds a commanding lead over its local competition on social media according to data from Shareablee. The talk station boasts both the market’s highest number of social actions in the last six months and the most fans/followers.  More | Add comment
  • We’re All Accountable For Sales

    GateHouse Media’s Jason Taylor is a sales dynamo who has long been inspiring publishers. Here, Mary M. Collins channels some of his recent advice for sales teams from holding daily meetings to ride-alongs, content quizzes and always keeping a commitment to meaningful training.    More | Add comment
  • WPTV Tops On Social in West Palm

    Scripps-owned WPTV laps its closest competitor in terms of total social actions over the last six months according to Shareablee data. Paul Greeley reports that the station has adopted an aggressive Facebook video strategy, using Facebook Live to complement its broadcasts, while major local events like the Orlando shooting underscored the platform's utility.  More | Add comment
  • Papers Must Use Data To Shape Their Monetization Plans

    Troubled newspapers can’t afford a one-size solution to their monetization strategy, Arvid Tchivzhel and Taohang Zhang argue. Rather, the answers lie in their first-party data, which can show them how to maximize total net revenue from both advertising and subscription revenue. More | Add comment
  • Facebook Propels WLBT To Social Leadership

    Raycom-owned WLBT has a commanding lead on social media among its local competitors in Jackson, Miss. according to Shareablee data. Paul Greeley looks at the station’s Facebook playbook, which is helping drive such strong engagement.  More | Comments (1)
  • WCTI Leads Greenville, N.C. Social Media

    Bonten-owned WCTI holds a solid lead on local media competition among its Greenville, N.C. peers on social, according to data from Shareablee over the last six months. Gray’s WITN, meanwhile, captured the highest number of fans/followers on social.    More | Comments (3)
  • K-LOVE Dominates Fort Smith, Ark. Social

    Among local media on social in Fort Smith-Fayetteville, Ark., Christian radio broadcaster K-LOVE rules by orders of magnitude according to Shareablee data. Only Tribune-owned KSFM comes remotely close in terms of total social actions over the last six months.  More | Add comment
  • WTVF Wins Nashville Social Media

    Scripps’ WTVF topped local media in social media actions over the past six months, but it’s in a close race with Meredith-owned WSMV, which bested it in terms of overall fans/followers according to Shareablee data. More | Add comment
  • In Knoxville, Radio Trounces TV On Social

    When it comes to performance on social media among local media outlets, TV and newspapers don’t hold a candle to radio. WIMZ-FM, a classic rock station, annihilates all comers on total social actions according to Shareablee data, while Scripps’ WKHT, better known as Hot 104.5, commands the vast majority of fans/followers. More | Comments (1)
  • ‘Tags Over Titles’ A Key Lesson For Publisher Videos

    Colorado’s Ballantine Communications has been aggressively producing video content for its newspapers. One of the most important takeaways, says CEO Doug Bennett, is that audiences gravitate to the topics they’re interested in far more than navigating a limited and prescribed slate of online “shows.”   More | Add comment
  • How To Build Your Digital-Age Newsroom

    Ron Stitt lays out a modern vision for the local TV newsroom staffed by multi-tasking, highly productive staffers serving up much more relevant, engaging content (and a lot more of it). Getting there, however, involves completely refiguring budgets and personnel, plus the willingness to do so.  More | Comments (1)
  • Video, Pot Show Promise For Denver Post

    Newsroom morale may have sunk with cutbacks and leadership departures at Digital First’s flagship Denver Post, but Reid Wicoff, its digital sales chief, says its struggles are inspiring innovation. Video — via its nascent DPTV effort — has been a boon, he tells NetNewsCheck Editor Michael Depp, and so has its pot vertical, The Cannabist. In an exclusive interview, he says digital now accounts for almost a third of the paper’s overall revenue.  More | Add comment
  • Now On Media’s CMS Checklist: Distributed Publishing, Monetization

    Many media companies are pushing back against monolithic content management systems, opting for a more flexible set of tools and more APIs. In this special report, Angela Misri looks at how integration with distributed publishing platforms, greater mobility and even monetization tools have risen to the top of media’s CMS needs and their providers’ roadmaps.   More | Comments (5)

Special Reports

Newspapers
Staten Island Advance Moves Print Ops To NJ
Politico Media, Oct 1, 2015, 7:29 AM EDT
People
MLive Lays Off Two Senior Journos
Columbia Journalism Review, Jan 30, 2015, 1:30 PM EST
Newspapers
Advance: Digital To Outpace Print Loss in '15
Poynter, Jan 7, 2015, 12:13 PM EST
Advance Publications' digital strategy of rolling back on daily print editions to add resources to its digital platform seems to be paying off, Rick Edmonds reports. In 2015, the company says its digital advertising gains are poised to exceed print newspaper ad losses, a critical turning point in the company's five-year-old, controversial strategy.  Link | Add comment
Content/Video
CineSport Inks Deals With Advance, Lee, MSN
NetNewsCheck, Oct 21, 2014, 4:40 PM EDT
Newspapers
Times-Pic Moves Printing From NOLA To Ala.
Nola.com, Oct 21, 2014, 1:43 PM EDT
Advance Publications-owned The Times-Picayune will close its New Orleans printing plant and shift printing operations to Mobile, Ala. The shift will result in the elimination of more than 100 jobs. Link | Add comment
M&A
Parade On The Block; Potential Buyers Look
The Street, Sep 12, 2014, 12:42 PM EDT
Advance Publications' M&A march continues with its auction of Parade Publications, whose Sunday news magazine has been a staple in papers around the country since 1941. Jonathan Marino reports the auction, which was first reported by the New York Post, has attracted interest from Tribune Publishing and Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, according to sources familiar with the situation.     Link | Add comment
Newspapers
5 Years In, No Turning Back For Advance
Poynter, Jun 24, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT
Five years after Advance Publications began its reinvention as a web-dominant enterprise, Rick Edmonds reflects on how Advance’s strategy has worked. He notes that the last five years have been kind to Advance’s assumptions, but very few have followed its path.   Link | Add comment
Newspapers
Report: Parade Magazine For Sale
New York Post, Jun 11, 2014, 12:23 PM EDT
Advance Publications has begin quietly shopping its 73-year-old Parade magazine, The New York Post reports today, citing unnamed sources. The title, long a staple of Sunday readers, was acquired by the Newhouse family in 1976. It has struggled with ad revenue losses in recent years.  Link | Add comment
Newspapers
Community News From College Journalists
The New York Times, Apr 14, 2014, 11:43 AM EDT
While U.S. newspapers are tightening the belt because of financial pressure, The New York Times reports that college journalism students are filling the gap for depth coverage in many communities. 
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Newspapers
Advance To Form New Media Co. In NJ
NJ.com, Mar 27, 2014, 10:08 PM EDT
Executives from The Star-Ledger, NJ.com and other affiliated newspapers in New Jersey, announced plans Thursday to launch a new media company later this spring called NJ Advance Media that will "expand and improve the news and information products available to New Jerseyans." Link | Add comment
Newspapers
Oregonian Launches Quotas, Incentive Pay
Willamette Week, Mar 24, 2014, 8:42 AM EDT
Advance Publications-owned The Oregonian is implementing a quota system that calls for steep increases in posting to Oregonlive.com, and promises compensation for those employees who post most often, according to a report from Willamette Week. The new policy, shown to the editorial staff in a PowerPoint presentation in late February, provides that as much as 75% of reporters' job performance will be based on measurable web-based metrics, including how often they post to Oregonlive.com. Link | Add comment
Newspapers
From Portland, Digital Ripple Hits News Media
NPR, Feb 28, 2014, 3:30 PM EST
Advance Publications, owners of The Oregonian, are shedding the identity of a daily print newspaper and emphasizing digital content instead. The shift has been received with both cheers and outrage nationwide. Link | Add comment
Newspapers
Plain Dealer ME Explains Digital First Strategy
Crain's Cleveland Business, Feb 21, 2014, 3:05 PM EST
Thomas Fladung, managing editor of Cleveland's Advance Publications-owned Plain Dealer, on the paper's digital first strategy: "Whether you like or hate what Advance is doing, it is a business model, it's a strategy. At its most basic, it's a market share play, and it's a market share play in the digital space." Link | Add comment
Newspapers
Times-Picayune Fends Off Advocate In Nola
USA Today, Jan 28, 2014, 7:47 AM EST
Despite The Times-Picayune's avowed campaign of rebirth, competition from the New Orleans Advocate and lingering market forces in New Orleans continue to tug at its once inexorable march toward an unencumbered digital future. There is an old-fashioned newspaper war here, an improbable and unusual development in the digital era. Link | Add comment
Newspapers
Court To Times-Pic: Turn Over Commenters' Names
The Times-Picayune, Jan 23, 2014, 11:40 AM EST
Newspapers
Oregonian To Move From Broadsheet To Compact
The Oregonian, Jan 22, 2014, 7:05 AM EST
Newspapers
Times-Pic Wants Ex-Employees' Suits Dismissed
Nola.com, Jan 21, 2014, 5:17 PM EST
Newspapers
At Plain Dealer, 'Newsroom Culture Is Gone'
Columbia Journalism Review, Jan 17, 2014, 3:15 PM EST
Over the past year, the Cleveland paper has followed much the same plan that owner Advance Publications carved out in New Orleans and elsewhere: it reduced print delivery, shed staff through layoffs and buyouts, and saw the creation of a new, non-unionized digital company under the same corporate umbrella. But amid the overhaul of the editorial workspace, the paper’s “newsroom culture is gone,” says one Plain Dealer reporter. Link | Add comment
Newspapers
Study: Times-Pic Softer After Digital Shift
Columbia Journalism Review, Jan 14, 2014, 2:06 PM EST
Tulane University Professor Vicki Mayer and the students of her Media Analysis class last fall completed what’s known in academic circles as a content analysis designed to compare the quality of the printed Times-Picayune of 2011 with the newspaper of 2013 as well as the allied digital platforms — website, tablet, and smartphone — now given primary emphasis and designed ultimately to supplant the paper altogether. The study provides solid support for the idea that digital platforms — even from the same news organization — require, or at least incentivize, softer, less-well-sourced, poorer quality news. Link | Add comment
Newspapers
NJ's Star-Ledger Fears Picayune's Fate
Capital New York, Dec 20, 2013, 8:42 AM EST
Employees of The Star-Ledger, New Jersey's largest newspaper, have been on edge following a recent announcement that parent company Advance Publications, owners of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, is looking to consolidate its Garden State newspapers and web operation, and staffers have been bracing for a "worst-case scenario." Link | Add comment
Newspapers
Advance Mulls Consolidating NJ Newspapers
NJ.com, Dec 6, 2013, 3:39 PM EST
Advance Publications, which owns The Star-Ledger, NJ.com and 10 other newspapers in New Jersey, says it is looking at ways for those properties to work together more effectively — including possible consolidations. Link | Add comment
One Year Later:
Nola, 'Bama Media Markets Fractured
Poynter, Oct 3, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT
B.E. Mintz is attuned to the irony: After the 176-year-old New Orleans Times-Picayune ceased daily publication a year ago this week, "people took the position, 'I'm so angry that I have to read the newspaper online, that I'm going to go read my news somewhere else online,'" he said. Besides New Orleans, the communities of Huntsville, Birmingham, and Mobile, Ala., and Pascagoula, Miss., also lost their daily newspapers on Oct 1, 2012, as part of Advance Publications' "digital-first" restructuring. After publishing daily for a combined total of more than 500 years, the papers became primarily digital operations. Link | Add comment
Newspapers
Book Details The Fight To Save The Times-Pic
New Orleans Magazine, Oct 1, 2013, 4:14 PM EDT
From Hell and High Water: The Battle to Save the Daily Times-Picayune, by former Times-Picayune reporter Rebecca Thiem: "By not providing meaningful information in the weeks after the initial announcement, the T-P's and Advance's executives created an information vacuum that fueled growth of the Friends [of the Times-Picayune Facebook] Page and made it a central information conduit for most rank-and-file employees and their supporters. As a result, Advance and the newspaper's brass unwittingly legitimized and fueled one of the most effective tools its detractors would deploy in the coming months." Link | Add comment
Advance Publications
Star-Ledger Reaches Deal With 4 Unions
The (N.J.) Star-Ledger, Sep 27, 2013, 10:20 AM EDT
The Star-Ledger, the Newark daily, averted a threatened shutdown of New Jersey’s largest newspaper when its management reached agreements with its four unions. No details of the contracts were released, but both sides reported making compromises. A union spokesman said the company got most of the $9 million in cost savings it was seeking. The deal forged during days of round-the-clock talks ended a highly charged series of negotiations. Link | Add comment
Newspapers
Deal To Save NJ's Star-Ledger Appears Close
New York Post, Sep 25, 2013, 8:43 AM EDT
A deal that will save the New Jersey's largest newspaper, the Advance Publications-owned Star-Ledger, appears within reach. The paper threatened to shut down if it did not get $9 million in savings from four trade groups. While the new deal doesn't quite reach the $9 million threshhold, it is close enough for both sides to keep talking. Link | Add comment
Newspapers
Ann Arbor Adjusts To Advance's Shifts
Columbia Journalism Review, Sep 17, 2013, 10:52 AM EDT
Advance Publications earlier this month relaunched The Ann Arbor News and shifted its online home to MLive.com. As Advance changes gears againin the engaged and highly educated city, media-savvy locals try to fill the gaps. Link | Add comment
Newspapers
Will Readers Stay After AnnArbor.com Shuffle
Nieman Journalism Lab, Sep 11, 2013, 7:47 AM EDT
In 2009, The Ann Arbor News was shut down and replaced with AnnArbor.com — which was a website, but also the name of a twice-weekly print edition. Last week, the Advance Publications-owned newspaper announced that the print edition was going back to its origianl name and it was abandoning AnnArbor.com for MLive.com. Readers in Ann Arbor followed the local daily's staff from print to digital — can they weather another brand transition? Link | Add comment
Newspapers
Union Responds To Ledger Shut Down Threat
NetNewsCheck, Sep 9, 2013, 1:34 PM EDT
Steve Grant, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 1100: "We believe that the Star-Ledger can and should be able to offer our members a plan that we can agree on. We call on Richard Vezza to guarantee his presence at our next bargaining session so that we can lay out the facts of our investment in this paper for him." Full Story | Comments (1)
Newspapers
Star-Ledger Renews Threat To Shutter Paper
The (N.J.) Star-Ledger, Sep 6, 2013, 10:38 AM EDT
With union negotiations at a stalemate, Richard Vezza, publisher of the Advance Publications-owned Star-Ledger, once again threatened today to shut down New Jersey’s largest newspaper by the end of the year if millions of dollars in labor concessions are not forthcoming. Link | Add comment
Newspapers
Ann Arbor News Joins MLive, Rebands Print
AnnArbor.com, Sep 5, 2013, 8:28 AM EDT
Advance Publications-owned AnnArbor.com will become part of the company's statewide online news operation, MLive.com, beginning Sept. 12. The company also announced that  its twice-weekly print edition will be rebranded as The Ann Arbor News. Link | Add comment
Newspapers/People
Advance Cent. Services Ala. Taps Brubaker As Prez
Al.com, Aug 9, 2013, 3:55 PM EDT
Newspapers
PD Plans Print Section To Explain Digital Shift
Poynter, Aug 2, 2013, 8:30 AM EDT
Cleveland's Advance Publications-owned Plain Dealer, which this week laid off 50 staffers in preparation for its move to cut home delivery to three days a week, plans a six-page special section in Sunday's paper to further explain the changes ahead. Link | Add comment
Cleveland Plain Dealer Layoffs
PD Staffers Claim Paper Lied About Cuts
Crain's Cleveland Business, Aug 1, 2013, 8:02 AM EDT
Harlan Spector, chairman of the Plain Dealer's unit of the Newspaper Guild, the union that represents reporters, says that the Advance Publications-owned paper was reneging on an agreement about the number of jobs that would be retained by the newspaper company. Link | Add comment
Newspapers
The De-Newspaperization Of America
Will Bunch, Aug 1, 2013, 8:02 AM EDT
The de-newspaperization of America is finally catching up with the de-industrialization of America. Newsroom jobs, especially decent paying ones, are vanishing everywhere — thanks to the shrinking number of print readers and the fact that digital advertising can't fully support digital journalism. But the job losses seem to be coming faster — and the effect on the fabric of already struggling communities is far greater — in the rusty, rotting-factory cities of older America. Link | Add comment
Newspapers
Advance's Plain Dealer Lays Off 50 Journos
Associated Press, Jul 31, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT
The Advance Publications-owned Cleveland Plain Dealer this morning eliminated approximately 50 journalists, or one-third of its newsroom staff, according to the the Newspaper Guild, which represents the staffers. Full Story | Add comment
Newspapers
Plain Dealer To Announce Layoffs Today
JimRomenesko.com, Jul 31, 2013, 7:52 AM EDT
Management at Advance Publications' Cleveland daily The Plain Dealer in a memo to staff on Tuesday said the paper will announce newsroom staff cuts: "From approximately 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, July 31st, employees in the Editorial Department will receive a phone call notifying them that they are either being separated from employment on that date, or that they are not being separated from employment." Link | Add comment
Newspapers
Advance: ‘Our New Cos. Are Performing Well’
JimRomenesko.com, Jul 26, 2013, 1:53 PM EDT
Randy Siegel, Advance Publications' president of local digital strategy: “We’re nearly two years into this [digital] transformation – and we’ve made our share of mistakes – but I am pleased to report that our new companies are performing well. … we’re pleased that for the six-month period ending March 31, 2013, average circulation declines in our relaunched markets were in line with newspaper industry averages.” Link | Add comment
Newspapers/People
Sharp To Head Advance 's Ala. Media Group
Al.com, Jul 25, 2013, 3:52 PM EDT
Advance Publications has named Matt Sharp, most recently senior VP of sales and marketing for MLive Media Group in Michigan, will oversee the operations of Alabama Media Group, which includes AL.com, The Birmingham News, the Press-Register in Mobile, The Huntsville Times, the Mississippi Press and gulflive.com. Link | Add comment
Newspapers
Star-Ledger Owners Threaten To Shut Paper
Associated Press, Jun 28, 2013, 10:35 AM EDT
Advance Publications, the owners of New Jersey's largest newspaper The Star-Ledger, plan to close the paper by the end of the year if its production unions don't make concessions in contract negotiations, the publisher said this week. The paper's website, nj.com, is owned by a separate company and would continue to publish even if the paper were to close. Full Story | Add comment
Newspapers
Oregonian Gambles On Paper's Digital Future
Willamette Week, Jun 27, 2013, 8:19 AM EDT
If the death of the old Oregonian has arrived, the new product that takes its place promises the potential for innovation — and risk — in the way much of the state gets its news. Many industry experts say the gamble is a solid one and is long overdue — even if Advance's particular approach doesn't always make sense. Link | Add comment
Newspapers/TV
Times-Pic, WVUE Team Up On Newsgathering
The Times-Picayune, Jun 27, 2013, 8:07 AM EDT
Advance Publications-owned Times-Picyune and Louisiana Media Co.'s WVUE in New Orleans have entered into a newsgathering partnership that will combine the journalistic resources of both entities. Link | Add comment
Newspapers
Oregonian Hopes To Keep Staff At About 90
Poynter, Jun 25, 2013, 4:03 PM EDT
Peter Bhatia, editor of Advance Publications-owned Oregonian: “Our goal is to keep reporter numbers where they are today — about 90.” Link | Add comment
Newspapers
Times-Pic's New Print Pub Hits Newsstands
Nola.com, Jun 24, 2013, 6:16 AM EDT
Advance Publications-owned Times-Picayune today rolled out its new print product TP Street, making it available at 1,500 locations — newsstands, vending boxes, grocery stores and coffee shops throughout New Orleans, and surrounding areas. The paper will be published on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Link | Add comment
Newspapers
More Than 35 Laid Off At The Oregonian
Willamette Week, Jun 21, 2013, 3:49 PM EDT
Newsroom layoffs at The Oregonian have topped 35 reporters, editors and photographers on Friday as the Advance Publications-owned paper reduces home-delivery days and cuts staff. Link | Add comment
Newspapers
The Ax Falls At Advance-Owned Oregonian
Columbia Journalism Review, Jun 21, 2013, 8:46 AM EDT
Not that long ago, The Oregonian was one of the better news organizations in the country. The newsroom currently has 175 employees, according to its directory. That number is about to drop dramatically, with "significant layoffs" occurring this week now that the paper is the latest to get Newhouse'd. Link | Add comment
Newspapers
Oregonian Cuts Delivery Days, Lays Off Staff
Willamette Week, Jun 20, 2013, 3:43 PM EDT
The Advance Publications-owned 162-year-old Portland, Ore. daily newspaper will continue to publish every day but will reduce its print delivery to three days per week. Newsroom staffers were told that there will be "significant layoffs." Link | Add comment
Newspapers
Advance's Plain Dealer Announces Layoffs
NetNewsCheck, Jun 20, 2013, 8:32 AM EDT
Advance Publications-owned Cleveland Plain Dealer Wednesday told employees that it was laying off an unspecified number of workers in its advertising, marketing, pre-press, finance, information technology and building service departments, according to a Facebook post from the group SaveThePlainDealer. Workers were told to "go home and wait for a phone calling informing them whether their jobs have been eliminated," according to the post. Newsroom employees will go through similar layoffs at a later date, the group said. | Add comment
Newspapers
The Advance Publications Name Game
Columbia Journalism Review, Jun 19, 2013, 8:32 AM EDT
As the billionaires' Advance Publications has rolled out its newspaper-liquidation plan across the country, it has engaged in a curious bit of corporate name-shuffling, creating business units named NOLA Media Group, Northeast Ohio Media Group and Alabama Media Group. Now The Oregonian's holding company is getting the same treatment, becoming the Oregonian Media Group. Link | Add comment
ZenithOptimedia Top 30 Global Media Owners
Google Is Globe's Largest Media Owner
NetNewsCheck, May 31, 2013, 10:56 AM EDT
With revenue at close to $40 billion, Internet giant Google headed a list of the world's top media owners, beating out The DirecTV Group and News Corp. for the top spot. U.S. newspaper publishers Advance Publications, Gannett and Hearst also made the list. Full Story | Add comment
Times-Pic Cutbacks: One Year Later
News Habits Changing In New Orleans
The Lens, May 24, 2013, 12:43 PM EDT
In the year since Advance Publications announced that it was cutting the print run of New Orleans' Times-Picayune to three days per week, the city's newspaper culture is slowly changing, finding new ways to consume news and reading other newspapers. “We’re so sad the paper decided to give up on us,” says nurse Sharon Morrow. “I’ve stopped my subscription. I mourn the paper almost every day.” Link | Add comment
Newspapers
Rivals Eye Times-Pic's Public Notices
Uptown Messenger, May 23, 2013, 2:22 PM EDT
Advance Publications-owned New Orleans Times-Picayune's recent print schedule reduction could open the door for rivals including The Advocate and Gambit, to outbid the newspaper for the official journal contract from the City of New Orleans. Losing the contract would be a major blow for the newspaper, which has always counted on public notices as a portion of its revenue. Link | Add comment
Radio/Newspapers
Advance's 'Cuse Cuts Prove Boon For Radio
Tom Taylor Now, May 16, 2013, 10:48 AM EDT
Syracuse, N.Y.'s Advance Publications-owned Post-Standard went to a three-day-a-week print edition earlier this year with "stunning" results for radio, according to Ed Levine, president and CEO of Galaxy Communications. Full Story | Add comment
Times-Pic: A Paper Monpoly That Lost Its Grip
The New York Times, May 13, 2013, 6:09 AM EDT
A year after launching its plan to cut its print schedule to three days per week, Advance Publications' New Orleans Times-Picayune late last month announced that it will launch a new tabloid that will print on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. David Carr writes that the industry's belief that its historic monopolies will hold together based on inertia has proved false: "Clearly, commanding a market to change on a dime because it suits your business plan does not mean readers will obey." Link | Add comment
Advocate Owner Wanted To Buy Times-Pic
Poynter.org, May 8, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT
John Georges, the new owner of the Baton Rouge-based Advocate, says tried to buy the New Orleans Times-Picayune, but Advance Publications was unwilling to sell. The revelation is the latest twist in a mounting newspaper war between the Advocate, which is expanding its coverage of New Orleans, and the Times-Pic, which has drastically reduced print publication.  Link | Add comment
Times-Pic Plans to Launch Tab
Nola.com, May 1, 2013, 7:38 AM EDT
After cutting back on print editions of the Times-Picayune last year, Advance Publications will launch a new tab in New Orleans this summer. TPStreet will focus on breaking news, sports and entertainment and will publish on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Link | Add comment
Big Changes Coming For Circulation Metrics
Poynter.org, Apr 30, 2013, 8:18 AM EDT
The Alliance for Audited Media (formerly the Audit Bureau of Circulations)  will soon overhaul the way it counts daily print circulation. After October, reporting a five-day average will be optional. The move was partly motivated by Advance Publications, which lobbied for new circulation metrics after dropping many of its newspapers to thrice weekly print editions.  Link | Add comment
BurrellesLuce Debuts New Content Channel
Editor and Publisher, Apr 12, 2013, 1:38 PM EDT
Media monitoring service provider BurrellesLuce has signed over 40 publishers to the Compliant Article Service with an aim to monetize content. The service, which will reach some 2,500 newspapers and magazines including those owned by Advance Publications, Hearst Newspaper Group and the McClatchy Co., enables publishers to earn revenue through access and click fees. Link | Add comment
Commentary
Plain Dealer Move Lacks Real Rev Plan
Columbia Journalism Review, Apr 5, 2013, 2:53 PM EDT
Dean Starkman on Advance Publication's plans with the Cleveland Plain Dealer: "Crucially, and unlike news organizations across the country and around the world, online content will not be protected by a paywall and online revenues will be based solely on digital ads — a model that has shown no potential for growth to make up for falling print ad revenue and carries with it ironclad incentives for high-quantity, low-quality news. This is hamster-wheel theory played out in real life." Link | Add comment
Times-Pic Baton Rouge Bureau Head Exits
Best of New Orleans, Mar 28, 2013, 3:57 PM EDT
New Orleans Times-Picayune & NOLA.com
Nola.com: How Can Performance Impact Pay?
Best of New Orleans, Mar 12, 2013, 7:22 AM EDT
Advance Publications-owned Nola Media Group on Friday sent a memo inviting reporters  to training sessions to "discuss how your performance can positively impact your pay." In the memo, the company said its "current and future business objectives require an increased focus on improved performance and talent development." Link | Add comment
Press Issues Delay Syracuse Post-Standard
NetNewsCheck, Mar 11, 2013, 7:56 AM EDT
Syracuse daily The Post-Standard on Sunday suffered a printing press problem that delayed home delivery of the newspaper to many of the paper's customers. The Advance Publications-owned Post-Standard, which earlier this year reduced home delivery to three days per week, said that it experienced electronic control problems that prevented it from starting the press for its main run Saturday night. In an online post apologizing for the delay, the newspaper said the problems were not related to the recent changes in its print run. | Add comment
Media Cos. Support AP Suit Against Meltwater
NetNewsCheck, Feb 26, 2013, 11:22 AM EST
Several media companies, including The New York Times, Advance Publications, Gannett, McClatchy and the NAA, have filed an amicus brief in support of the AP's copyright infringement suit against news aggregator Meltwater. Full Story | Add comment
Times-Pic Numbers Raise Questions
Columbia Journalism Review, Feb 25, 2013, 1:00 PM EST
New Orleans' Times-Picayune during last week's Key Executives MegaConference gave a bright picture of the newspaper's numbers, but CJR's Ryan Chittum says not so fast: "Quarter-to-quarter numbers are less helpful than year-over-year ones because of seasonal variations in sales. That’s why the latter is standard practice among public companies, and why it’s something to flag when executives tout the former." Link | Add comment
Advance In Ala.: Digital Growth Is 'Explosive'
Al.com, Feb 21, 2013, 5:46 PM EST
Kevin Wendt, VP of content for Advance's Alabama Media Group — which includes The Birmingham News, Mobile Press-Register, The Huntsville Times, The Mississippi Press, Al.com and GulfLive.com — said digital growth has been "explosive" since the paper's shifted to a digital-centric model. Wendt, in a column on Al.com, said AMG's properties ended December with a 55% increase in page views compared with the previous year. Wendt added that while print circulation declined, it did not fall as far as expected. Link | Add comment
Digital DMA Update
Advance Digital Push Is Smoother In Syracuse
NetNewsCheck, Feb 21, 2013, 6:31 AM EST
While the transition to a digital-first model at Advance Publications’ The (Syracuse) Post-Standard is going smoother than the company’s New Orleans Times-Picayune, Advance is wondering if it made the right move at the right time. While digital readership is flat compared to two years ago, digital ad buys at all digital outlets, including Syracuse.com, are up a combined 25%. Full Story | Comments (1)
Key Executives MegaConference 2013
For Times-Pic Digital Play, 'So Far, So Good'
NetNewsCheck, Feb 19, 2013, 1:14 PM EST
The New Orleans Times-Picayune came under fire last year when it decided to cut back its print product to three days per week, but according to the newspaper, the change's positive effects have outweighed the negative. "We're just in chapter two — so far, so good," Ricky Matthews, NOLA Media Group's president, said at the 2013 MegaConference. Full Story | Add comment
Inside Post-Standard As It Goes Digital First
Poynter, Jan 28, 2013, 3:27 PM EST
Stephen Rogers, publisher of the Advance Publications-owned Syracuse Post-Standard: "The most important thing a newspaper can do is make money, because if you’re not solvent you can’t do a god-damn thing. You have to make money. You have to have a successful business before you can do all the things you want to do.” Link | Add comment
Syracuse Paper Creates New Newsroom Plan
Think Like An Editor, Jan 28, 2013, 7:59 AM EST
The Advance Publications-owned Syracuse Post-Standard has created a new newsroom model that eliminates individual desks and workspaces and allows the public access to the newsroom and staff. The new model also allows news-gatherers to post news digitally, directly and instantly to the readers, with no editors in the way to slow the process. The paper recently announced that it would cut back its print run to three days per week. Link | Add comment
Advance Tweaks Digital Strategy In Syracuse
News & Tech, Jan 22, 2013, 12:57 PM EST
The Post-Standard
in Syracuse, N.Y., which last summer said it would cut production days as part of parent Advance Publications Inc.'s digital-centric shift, is backing off that strategy. Instead of eliminating production days, the newspaper said it will reduce home delivery to three days a week, but will continue to be printed every day for selected retail and newsstand distribution. Link | Add comment
Advance Buys Digital Ad Agency Pop
NetNewsCheck, Jan 17, 2013, 3:03 PM EST
Advance will use the Seattle-based digital ad agency to help the newspaper publisher in its transition into the digital media space. Full Story | Add comment
NJ's Star-Ledger To Cut 18 Newsroom Staffers
NetNewsCheck, Jan 16, 2013, 11:03 AM EST
Advance Publications-owned New Jersey daily newspaper The Star-Ledger today announced that it was laying off 34 employees, including 18 in the newsroom. In the announcement posted on Advance's NJ.com, the paper's publisher Richard Vezza blamed the cuts on "continuing financial pressures and the lingering effects of Hurricane Sandy." Vezza added that the paper was not planning to shift to a three-day printing schedule as have some of its corporate cousins, including notably The [New Orleans] Times-Picayune. | Add comment
Commentary
Cuts Threaten Journalism In Cleveland
Save The Plain Dealer, Dec 28, 2012, 3:32 PM EST
Harlan Spector and John Mangels in a column about cuts at Cleveland's Plain Dealer that was submitted to the newspaper but was never run: "It's not about cost-cutting, we're told, and the quality of journalism won't suffer. Common sense and basic math say otherwise. This is a cost-slashing move that will yield fewer journalists, fewer in-depth stories, less scrutiny and shrinking oversight. There's no question that news coverage suffers under the new Advance model." Link | Add comment
What To Expect From Plain Dealer Changes
Cleveland Scene, Dec 14, 2012, 8:37 AM EST
Rebecca Theim, a former staff writer with The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, onthe staff cuts and possible reduction of the print run at Advance Publications' The Plain Dealer: "New Orleans has been where Cleveland is now, and we feel your pain. Your experience no doubt will be different in important ways, mainly because you saw it coming ... One would hope Advance learned some valuable lessons from its very poorly managed New Orleans experience, but having grown accustomed to seeing companies and millionaires behaving badly, I wouldn’t hold my breath." Link | Add comment
Plain Dealer Workers Approve New Contract
Newsnet5.com, Dec 12, 2012, 12:47 PM EST
The Newspaper Guild local in Cleveland accepted a new contract with Advance Publications that will not prevent the layoff of 58 workers, about one-third of the guild's members. On Tuesday, the guild said those layoffs were not up for negotiation and that number could have been higher without the agreement. In November, employees launched a “Save the Plain Dealer” campaign over concerns that Cleveland’s only daily newspaper would cut back to just three days a week. Link | Add comment
Commentary
What Will Fill Void After Plain Dealer Cuts?
The New Republic, Dec 11, 2012, 3:47 PM EST
Can The Cleveland Plain Dealer Be Saved?
Cleveland Scene, Dec 11, 2012, 6:11 AM EST
Plain Dealer, Guild Reach Tentative Agreement
NetNewsCheck, Dec 7, 2012, 8:39 AM EST
The Newspaper Guild in Cleveland and the city's Advance Publications-owned daily The Plain Dealer have reached a tentative agreement to prevent further staff reductions at the paper after the paper cut 60 positions earlier this week. Full Story | Add comment
Plain Dealer To Cut Newsroom By One-Third
Crain's Cleveland Business, Dec 4, 2012, 3:58 PM EST
Plain Dealer
editorial staffers today heard from their union representatives that the newspaper's managers plan to begin laying off reporters and editors in May in an action that would result in the newsroom staff shrinking by about one-third at the Advance Publications-owned newspaper. Link | Add comment
Plain Dealer Takes Steps To Prevent Cuts
The New York Times, Dec 3, 2012, 8:20 AM EST
While workers at many newspapers owned by Advance Publications have tried to brace themselves for what seems to be the inevitable — layoffs and the end of a daily print product — reporters and editors at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland are fighting back in an unusual way: they have started a campaign to rally community support and to try to prevent cuts like the ones Advance has made in other cities. Link | Add comment
Cleveland
Plain Dealer Mulls Layoffs, Restructuring
USA Today, Nov 30, 2012, 7:55 AM EST
Advanced Publications, which owns the Cleveland Plain Dealer, plans to introduce a digital-first restructuring plan at the paper that includes layoffs and possibly reducing the publishing schedule. Link | Add comment
Plain Dealer Staff Starts Effort To Save Daily
Cleveland.com, Nov 13, 2012, 7:28 AM EST
Fearing the loss of a seven-day-a-week newspaper, staff at Advance Publications-owned The Plain Dealer in Cleveland are launching a campaign to alert readers to dramatic changes in their industry and the potential consequences of the city not having a daily. Link | Add comment
Plain Dealer Journos Will Fight Any Print, Staff Cuts
Poynter, Nov 9, 2012, 8:05 AM EST
Advocate: We Have 10K Subs In New Orleans
WWLTV, Oct 8, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT
The Baton Rouge Advocate, after stepping in to fill the void left by the Times-Picayune's decision to print three days per week, has quickly hit the 10,000-subscriber mark in New Orleans.
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newsonomics of Advance’s NOLA strategy
Times-Pic Cutbacks Make Sense In Long Run
Nieman Journalism Lab, Oct 4, 2012, 4:23 PM EDT
The Times-Picayune’s strategy of cutting back on print days might make sense in the long run. But its execution has opened up the door for competition and weakened its ability to generate more money from readers. Link | Add comment
LSU Survey
51% Of Times-Pic Subs Will Buy Advocate
NetNewsCheck, Oct 4, 2012, 3:52 PM EDT
Some 51.4% of Times-Picayune subscribers said they will buy The (Baton Rouge, La,) Advocate's New Orleans edition, while 28.2% of nonsubscribers said they would do the same, according to a new survey from the Louisiana State University's Public Policy Research Lab. The survey also found that 76% of NOLA residents plan to turn to TV for their local news. | Add comment
Advance's Ala. Cuts Could Help Small Rivals
WKRG, Oct 4, 2012, 8:19 AM EDT
The move to a three-day format at Advance Publications' Press Register in Alabama could turn out to be a boon for the area's small-town newspapers.
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Times-Pic: We Have No Paywall Plans
Nola.com, Oct 4, 2012, 7:53 AM EDT
Editors from New Orleans' Advance Publications-owned Times Picayune during a live-chat Q&A about the newspaper's new three-day format on Wednesday said the paper has no plans to put up a paywall. Link | Add comment
Patriot-News Begins Staff-Reduction Process
Central Penn Business Journal, Oct 2, 2012, 8:43 AM EDT
Advance Publications' Harrisburg, Pa.-based Patriot-News on Monday began the process of culling its staff in preparation for its move to a three-day-a-week print schedule. Management said that "more than 70%" would be offered jobs, meaning that up to 70 of the paper's 230 employees will be let go. Link | Add comment
Advance's Post-Standard Cuts 112 Staffers
WSYR, Oct 2, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT
Advance Publications-owned Syracuse, N.Y., daily The Post-Standard yesterday told 112 employees that they will no longer be working at the newspaper at the end of January. Link | Add comment
For NOLA, A Daily That's No Longer Daily
The New York Times, Oct 1, 2012, 3:24 PM EDT
On Saturday night at the Howlin' Wolf club in downtown New Orleans, more than 300 current and former colleagues, family members and well-wishers gathered to raise a final glass to The Times-Picayune’s 175-year run as a daily newspaper. Link | Add comment
Advocate Prints First New Orleans Edition
WWLTV, Sep 25, 2012, 2:46 PM EDT
On Monday, The Advocate's publisher David Manship launched the first New Orleans edition. The Advocate handed out free copies of the paper at all of their point of sale locations, such as drug stores. Link | Add comment
Times-Pic Works To Boost Digital Literacy
NetNewsCheck, Sep 25, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT
Advance Publication's newly formed NOLA Media Group is partnering with the Greater New Orleans Foundation on the NOLA Access Initiative, which will provide funding for nonprofits dedicated to boosting digital access in New Orleans. Full Story | Add comment
Times-Pic To Open Baton Rouge Office
NetNewsCheck, Sep 21, 2012, 7:01 AM EDT
The NOLA Media Group will open a new bureau in the Louisiana capital and will roll out a customized Baton Rouge version of NOLA.com and a Baton Rouge edition of The Times-Picayune. Full Story | Add comment
The Fight To Save The Times-Picayune
Best of New Orleans, Sep 18, 2012, 8:06 AM EDT
Kevin Allman on how New Orleans rallied in its effort to save The Times-Picayune: "The thunk of a Tuesday or Thursday Times-Picayune hitting the porch is going away forever, and many have expressed their fears that NOLA.com and a three-days-a-week paper ... is no substitute for The Times-Picayune's 175 years of daily public service. Imperfect as 'da paper' may have been at times, as wrong as it has been on important issues over the decades, it still served as a watchdog, and in recent years was a newspaper far better than many larger papers — in short, far better than it had to be." Link | Add comment
Patriot-News To Cut Back Print Run On Jan. 2
Associated Press, Sep 12, 2012, 3:28 PM EDT
The (Harrisburg, Pa.) Patriot-News, said Tuesday it will scale back the publication of printed papers to Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays starting Jan. 2. The announcement followed last month's disclosure that The Patriot-News and the Post-Standard of Syracuse, N.Y., are switching to a three-per-week publication schedule. Full Story | Add comment
NOLA Media Group Restructures Newsroom
NetNewsCheck, Sep 12, 2012, 2:53 PM EDT
Advance Publications’ NOLA Media Group today announced the team that will lead The Times-Picayune's online expansion and reduction in print schedule. Full Story | Add comment
Nola.com Taps Larry Holder For Saints Beat
NetNewsCheck, Sep 10, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT
Times-Pic Sings The Blues To Angry Readers
The Wall Street Journal, Sep 10, 2012, 8:35 AM EDT
New Orleans' Times-Picayune has been at the center of a firestorm of criticism from readers since announcing its plans to cut back its print edition to three days per week. Ricky Mathews, president of Advance Publications' Nola Media Group, tells The Wall Street Journal that most of that criticism is largely based on the widespread misconception that the Times-Picayune is doing fine financially. He adds that falling print revenue was the main reason behind the change. WSJ subscribers can read the full story here. | Add comment
Journo With Times-Pic Rant Joins Advocate
JimRomenesko.com, Sep 7, 2012, 3:22 PM EDT
How Times-Pic, Nola.com Covered Isaac
Poynter, Aug 31, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT
Slow moving Hurricane Isaac forced New Orleans' Times-Picayune to print in Alabama, causing it to some of the papers to be delivered late, while Nola.com saw about four times its usual traffic. Link | Add comment
In Pa., Reaction To Fewer Print Days Mixed
The Morning Call, Aug 30, 2012, 3:34 PM EDT
Age is a fairly reliable predictor of reader reaction to the Harrisburg Patriot-News' plan to stop publishing the print version of its newspaper four days of the week, with older readers generally more upset about the change than youger readers. Link | Add comment
Times-Pic Turns To Digital To Cover Storms
Marketplace, Aug 30, 2012, 8:09 AM EDT
James O'Byrne, director of content at NOLA.com, on what changes at the paper mean for the coverage of Hurricane Isaac and future storms: "I think you don't need news print to do great journalism. In times of hurricanes and crisis like this where power is limited, transportation is difficult, the digital space is even more vital and has become the way that people find out information." Link | Add comment
Advance Publications' Ann Arbor Precedent
American Journalism Review, Aug 29, 2012, 8:44 AM EDT
Three years before it announced it was taking a digital-first approach and cutting back on print publishing at papers in New Orleans and three other states, Newhouse's Advance Publications adopted a similar model in Ann Arbor, Mich. Link | Add comment
Patriot-News To Cut Back Print Run In 2013
NetNewsCheck, Aug 28, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT
Advance Publications-owned The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., and The Post-Standard in Syracuse, N.Y., will expand online operations and cut back their print schedules to three days per week, starting in January 2013. Full Story | Add comment
An End Of An Era For NOLA Newspaper
CBS Evening News, Aug 28, 2012, 8:29 AM EDT
The news will continue in New Orleans — just not on paper every day as The Times-Picayune will be cutting back its print edition.
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Baton Rouge Advocate Lays Out NOLA Plan
MyNewOrleans.com, Aug 28, 2012, 8:29 AM EDT
The newspaper announces that it will start giving papers away at stores, coffee shops and on street corners on Sept. 24th and will do so until October when it will roll out home delivery in most ZIP codes around New Orleans. Link | Add comment
Exclusive
NOLA Update: Media Rivals Gearing Up
NetNewsCheck, Aug 23, 2012, 6:53 AM EDT
Advance Publications’ announcement in May that it was cutting back the print edition of New Orleans’ venerable newspaper The Times-Picayune and expanding digital coverage sent shockwaves through the city, raising a tremendous hue and cry from the daily’s print loyalists. The question now facing “Crescent City” media is whether the market is ready to embrace a digitally-centric news future. But that media isn’t waiting on an answer: Recent weeks have brought announcements of new digital alliances and initiatives, not to mention some cosmetic surgery for the much-maligned interface at NOLA.com. Full Story | Comments (1)
Print Cuts Leave Older Readers Behind
Marketplace, Aug 21, 2012, 12:40 PM EDT
Advance Publications's decision to cut back print circulation to three days a week at its New Orleans Times-Picayune and its Alabama papers has sparked an outcry  in those markets, mostly from older readers who don't want to get their news online. Link | Add comment
Last Times-Pic Money Intern Turns Out The Lights
BusinessJournalism.org, Aug 15, 2012, 8:34 AM EDT
TP Journo Who Blasted Paper Leaves 'Sinking Ship'
JimRomenesko.com, Aug 13, 2012, 2:52 PM EDT
Times-Pic Vets Reinvent Themselves After Layoffs
Huffington Post, Aug 13, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT
Oregonian May Not Be A Daily Much Longer
Willamette Week, Aug 9, 2012, 8:27 AM EDT
The Oregonian, the 162-year-old Portland, Ore., daily, could be one of the newspapers to stop its print edition as its Staten Island, N.Y.-base owner Advance Publications continues to move to a Web-based model. Staffers say the paper is likely to follow the lead of those in Michigan, Alabama and Louisiana, but do not know when. Link | Add comment
Commentary
Newhouse: We Need To Embrace Digital
Poynter, Aug 3, 2012, 1:23 PM EDT
Steve Newhouse on Advance Publications' digital transition and the future of The Times-Picayune: "We are in the midst of a digital revolution and instead of constantly being disrupted by our numerous online competitors, we decided to re-invent ourselves. It is useless to bemoan the digital revolution and the unintended consequences that have come along with it; the trick is to turn that trend to the advantage of our papers, our readers, and our communities." Link | Add comment
Nola.com Launches Redesigned Home Page
Nola.com, Aug 1, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT
Nola.com, the online home for Advance Publications-owned The [New Orleans] Times-Picayune, this week rolled out a redesign intended to address readers' complaints about the old design, adding a different presentation for top stories, new color palette and fonts. Link | Add comment
Sen. Vitter Urges Advance To Sell Times-Pic
WWLTV, Jul 27, 2012, 7:13 AM EDT
U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) in a letter to Steven Newhouse, chairman of Advance Publications, urged the New Orleans Times-Picayune owner to “do the right thing. Sell.” Vitter added: "From a pure business perspective, you’re about to get smoked." Earlier this week, Tom Benson, owner of the NFL's New Orleans Saints, sent his own letter to Newhouse, expressing his interest in buying the newspaper. Link | Add comment
N.O. Saints Owner Offers To Buy Times-Pic
WWLTV, Jul 26, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT
In a letter to Times-Picayune owner Steven Newhouse, Tom Benson, owner of New Orleans professional sports teams the Saints and Hornets, made his strongest statement yet that he is interested in purchasing the newspaper. Link | Add comment
Baton Rouge Advocate Moving Into NOLA
Poynter, Jul 24, 2012, 2:47 PM EDT
The Baton Rouge Advocate is expanding into New Orleans: "From the moment that [The Times-Picayune] announced that they were going to a three-day-a-week newspaper, we thought there would be tremendous opportunities for The Advocate to fill a void they're creating," Richard Manship, president of Capital City Press, said. Link | Add comment
Nonprofit Preps To Pick Up Times-Pic Slack
Best of New Orleans, Jul 24, 2012, 2:08 PM EDT
Nonprofit NOLA Beat (which was in its early stages known as NolaNow.org), a startup planned in the mold of ProPublica or the Texas Tribune, is planning to launch later this year Link | Add comment
What Will A Click-Driven Times-Pic Look Like
Columbia Journalism Review, Jul 20, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT
Sarah Carr: "If clicks drove coverage at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans — a more realistic prospect than it’s ever been — what kind of publication would we get? We can look at past traffic and get a rough answer: In a doomsday scenario, we would read only about sex, sports, crime, and more crime." Link | Add comment
Commentary
Why Times-Pic Changes Should Be Defended
GigaOM, Jul 12, 2012, 7:42 AM EDT
Mathew Ingram: Advance Publications is "no different than any other newspaper owner — all of whom are trying to find a way of salvaging what they can from the wreckage of their former business model. Trying to return to the glory days of old just isn’t an option." Link | Add comment
Commentary
In Defense Of The Times-Picayune
Digital First, Jul 11, 2012, 3:46 PM EDT
Digital First Media CEO John Paton on Advance Publications' New Orleans Times-Picayune: "It is a change largely directed at a future that focuses on the new line of business and less on the old. Importantly, they remain committed to their core business and mission with what resources they have." Link | Add comment
NOLA Notables Urge Advance To Sell TP
The Times-Picayune, Jul 10, 2012, 2:16 PM EDT
A who's who of New Orleans, including Archbishop Gregory Aymond, former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning, jazz artist Wynton Marsalis and Treme star Wendell Pierce, has asked 22 members of the Newhouse family to sell The Times-Picayune, which will move to three-day-a-week publication this fall. Donald Newhouse has rebuffed the letter, saying Advance publications has no intention of selling, according to a report in Poynter. Link | Add comment
commentary
In New Orleans, Profit Trumps Readers
Media, Disrupted, Jul 10, 2012, 8:25 AM EDT
John L. Robinson: "I appreciate the efforts of readers of the Times-Picayune to keep the New Orleans newspaper published seven days a week. Unfortunately, they will be unsuccessful. Here is a simple, boiled down reason: Readers value the public service the newspaper produces. Owners value the profit the newspaper produces." Link | Add comment
What Digital Divide Means For NOLA News
Poynter, Jul 9, 2012, 8:21 AM EDT
In New Orleans, the digital divide is more pronounced than in many other cities. The gaps are due in part to affordability, but they are also due to policy decisions made by lawmakers in the state that minimize competition, which in turn helps keep prices of broadband artificially inflated and out of reach for poorer residents, which means that in September, when The Times-Picayune cuts back its print coverage, the city's residents will likely become some of the most disconnected in the country. Link | Add comment
New Orleans Times-Picayune & NOLA.com
Pulitzer Winner Marshall Turns Down NOLA Job
JimRomenesko.com, Jul 5, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT
Mobile, Ala.
Advance's Press-Register To Sell HQ Building
WKRG, Jul 5, 2012, 8:37 AM EDT
The Press-Register, Mobile, Ala.'s Advance Publications-owned daily newspaper, is selling the building that has served as its headquarters for the past 10 years. The newspaper's smaller staff will move into a new offices in downtown Mobile. 
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NJ.com Exec: Hiring Is Not To Kill Papers
The New York Times, Jul 3, 2012, 12:37 PM EDT
A recent personnel change at Advance Publications' NJ.com — the online home to The Star-Ledger and several other New Jersey newspapers —has some industry watchers speculating that the company could be getting ready to supplant the daily editions for its papers in the state. But in an interview, Lamar Graham, NJ.com's new chief content officer, said that the site was merely expanding its reporting capacity in parts of New Jersey where Advance doesn’t have a presence. Link | Add comment
New Orleans Times-Picayune & NOLA.com
Deadline Today For TP Journos To Accept New Jobs
Poynter, Jun 29, 2012, 1:29 PM EDT
Advance Exec Move Fuels NJ Speculation
Poynter, Jun 29, 2012, 7:58 AM EDT
Tony Dearing, chief content officer for AnnArbor.com — the newspaper where Advance Publications spearheaded its Web-first, print-less strategy — is joining his former boss Matt Kraner at NJ.com, sparking speculation that the company's New Jersey papers, including The Star-Ledger, could be next. Link | Add comment
What Changes At US Papers Means Globally
INMA, Jun 21, 2012, 2:42 PM EDT
Earl Wilkinson on what the recent changes across the U.S. newspaper industry means for papers worldwide: "New ownership will create an American market of experimentation that has not been seen before on this scale. It is exciting ... and scary." Link | Add comment
Blacks Take Greater Hit In Times-Pic Layoffs
Poynter, Jun 21, 2012, 7:40 AM EDT
African-Americans were disproportionately hit in last week's layoffs at The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune, meaning the newspaper serving the majority-black city will become less diverse unless the difference is made up with new hires. Link | Add comment
T-P Ed: We Remain Commited To Journalism
PBS NewsHour, Jun 18, 2012, 7:37 AM EDT
Jim Amoss, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune editor, says despite recent cutbacks, the newspaper remains committed to quality investigative journalism. Link | Add comment
Commentary
For Times-Pic, Staff Cuts Make Some Sense
Poynter, Jun 18, 2012, 7:37 AM EDT
Rick Edmonds on changes at the New Orleans Times-Picayune: "I think The Times-Picayune will be able to cut its news staff costs by 50%. News is typically 15% of total costs, so that is another savings of 7.5%. That makes the immediate financial impact of the move positive, but only a little: 25% savings versus 22% revenue losses." Link | Add comment
Why Newspapers Were Doomed All Along
Harvard Business Review, Jun 15, 2012, 7:21 AM EDT
Justin Fox: "Dealing with disruptive innovation is difficult at any time, in any industry. But the business models of metropolitan daily newspapers in the U.S. pretty much set them up for failure once the Internet arrived. And even if they'd succeeded, their news operations would be endangered anyway." Link | Add comment
Commentary
Advance's Strategy: Motion For Motion's Sake
Columbia Journalism Review, Jun 14, 2012, 3:44 PM EDT
Ryan Chittum: "What Advance looks like it’s doing [in New Orleans and Alabama] is disinvesting in journalism behind a digital smokescreen." Link | Add comment
Commentary
Nola, Ala. And Future Of Digital Journalism
GigaOM, Jun 14, 2012, 3:29 PM EDT
Mathew Ingram on Advance Publications' decision to cut back the number of daily editions for its papers in New Orleans and Alabama and focus on digital: "The need for a transition from print to digital is not in doubt, but if the company wants to convince outside observers that it isn't just cutting staff in order to prop up its historic profit margins, it's going to have to come up with something a bit more substantial." Link | Add comment
Advance Makes Deep Cuts At Ala. Papers
Second Front, Jun 13, 2012, 2:34 PM EDT
Advance Publications is cutting about 400 employees at its three Alabama newspapers — the Birmingham News, the Mobile Press-Register and the Huntsville Times — including more than 100 from the Birmingham News. Link | Add comment
Newhouse Flunks The Test In New Orleans
American Journalism Review, Jun 13, 2012, 8:15 AM EDT
Its website buries the blow-by-blow of major layoffs at The Times-Picayune while showcasing a feel-good video from the paper's editor. Link | Add comment
Commentary
Why A Weak Site Can't Replace Times-Pic
The Atlantic, Jun 12, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT
John McQuaid: "While the local controversy has focused on the loss of daily publication, something more disquieting has been overlooked: Advance's Internet strategy has never been about journalism or news. It's about clicks." Link | Add comment
Times-Pic Lays Off 200 Employees
Nola.com, Jun 12, 2012, 2:03 PM EDT
The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune, according to documents given to employees, is shrinking its overall staff — including news, advertising, circulation and other departments — by 32%, or 202 employees. Their last day with the company will be Sept. 30. Link | Add comment
Times-Pic Advertisers Oppose Changes
The Times-Picayune, Jun 12, 2012, 7:56 AM EDT
Several major New Orleans Times-Picayune advertisers have added their names to the list of business and civic leaders opposing Advance Publications' plan to reduce publication of the daily newspaper to three days a week. Link | Add comment
Commentary
Profits Aren't Only Consideration For Papers
Fortune, Jun 11, 2012, 7:08 AM EDT
It might make sense for some newspapers in some cities to quickly switch to digital, but it doesn't make sense in New Orleans, where the Times-Picayune is a profitable paper with a high percentage of the population that reads the print product. Link | Add comment
For Newspapers, A Less Than Daily Future
American Journalism Review, Jun 11, 2012, 6:57 AM EDT
Experts see the reduced publishing schedule for Newhouse papers in New Orleans and Alabama as a precursor of things to come for the newspaper industry. Link | Add comment
Advance's Alabama Papers Go Digital-First
Al.com, May 24, 2012, 3:33 PM EDT
Advance Publications' Alabama newspapers — The Birmingham News, the Press-Register of Mobile and The Huntsville Times — are forming the Alabama Media Group, a digitally focused media company, the company said today. The announcement followed that of corporate cousin New Orleans' Times-Picayune. Like the New Orleans paper, the Alabama papers will also cut print editions to three days a week — Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Link | Add comment
Times-Pic To Focus On Digital, Reduce Print
The Times-Picayune, May 24, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT
New Orleans' Times-Picayune confirmed that it will cut back its print daily to three editions per week — Wednesday, Friday and Sunday — starting this fall. The move is part of the formation a new company, the NOLA Media Group, that will focus primarily on digital. "The decision to form a new company signals a change in the way news is delivered to an increasingly wired New Orleans area audience," Ricky Mathews, who will lead the new company, said in the Advance Publications-owned newspaper's announcement. The confirmation follows a Wednesday night item in The New York Times that reported the possibility of staff cuts and a reduced printing schedule for the Times-Picayune. Link | Add comment
Nev. Att. Files Patent Suit Against Media Sites
PaidContent, Apr 22, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT
Nevada attorney and former tournament blackjack player Sheldon Goldberg says he invented -- and patented -- most forms of targeted online advertising and has filed a lawsuit demanding royalties from 12 major media companies, including Advance Publications, ALM Media, Amazon, American Media, Rodale, Scripps Interactive, Demand Media, Viacom and Village Voice Media.   Condé Nast and alt-weekly publisher Village Voice Media. Link | Add comment
Ex-Yahoo Exec Takes M&A Post At Advance
PaidContent, Dec 13, 2010, 4:05 PM EST

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