• 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 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

The Publisher, Redefined
Poynter, Aug 8, 2016, 10:55 AM EDT
Rick Edmonds looks at the dissolution of the "publisher" title at companies including Tronc, Time Inc. and Gannett, and what that means for the future of the position. Many old line newspapers -- including McClatchy's titles, The New York Times and The Dallas Morning News -- retain the title, while even some pureplays like Vox have even added it. Ultimately, "maybe a meet-in-the-middle dynamic is in progress." Link | Add comment
Publishing/ Business
Ingram: Shareholders Aren't Laughing About Tronc
Fortune, Jun 22, 2016, 2:41 PM EDT
As the newly rebranded company lays out a buzzword-heavy vision of the future, shareholders like Oaktree Capital are losing patience with chairman Michael Ferro's continued rejection of Gannett's sizable acquisition offer. At least two shareholders are in the process of suing Ferro, and more than 50 percent voted against retaining the chairman in a recent vote, Mathew Ingram reports. 
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Another Major Tribune Shareholder Urges Gannett Sale
Poynter Online, May 26, 2016, 6:51 AM EDT
Towle and Co calls the rejection of Gannett's $864 million acquisition bid an "unreasonable, capital destructive position." In the scathing public letter, the investment firm also admonishes Board Chairman Michael Ferro's decision to issue $70 million in shares to Nant Capital. This is the second major investor (after Oaktree Capital) to publicly disapprove of Ferro's attempts to stop the sale from going through. Together, the two shareholders own 8% of Tribune.    Link | Add comment
Newspapers/ Marketing
Major Newspaper Publishers Launch Marketing Consortium
Poynter, Apr 14, 2016, 5:36 PM EDT
Gannett, McClatchy, Hearst and Tribune Publishing have formed a co-op to bring national advertising to their regional and local properties, Rick Edmonds and Benjamin Mullin report. The new venture is called Nucleus Marketing Solutions and will be helmed by Seth Rogin, who was let go last week from Mashable. 
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Facing Death, Newspapers Turn To Cannibalism
Bloomberg Business, Mar 29, 2016, 11:15 AM EDT
Gerry Smith looks to a rising dynamic among newspapers as they more desperately seek survival strategies "buying smaller publications and slashing costs has become a way to buy time while figuring out how to make more money online." Last year, 70 daily papers were sold for a total of $827 million as the case for consolidation gets ever stronger.  Link | Add comment
Under Lipman, USA Today Network Takes Off
Poynter, Mar 16, 2016, 6:34 AM EDT
Joanne Lipman has been cooking with gas since her arrival at the USA Today Network three months ago as its director. She's developing a weekly VR reality news show, has finished a collaborative VR report with the Knight Foundation and launched a branded content studio. But Rick Edmonds reports the greatest measure of her traction may be the network's reporting efforts, which are already garnering awards and have involved all 93 papers, setting the mold for future projects in that vein.  Link | Add comment
USA Today Launches Branded Content Studio
NetNewsCheck, Mar 11, 2016, 1:35 PM EST
The new studio, named GET Creative, will develop original stories that are promoted across all platforms on the USA Today Network and deliver real-time data insights that help maximize reader engagement. Full Story | Add comment
Virtual Reality
USA Today Plans Virtual Reality News Show
The Wall Street Journal, Mar 11, 2016, 7:35 AM EST
USA Today
plans to launch a regularly scheduled virtual reality news show, "VRtually There," this spring. The Gannett-owned national newspaper says the show is the first regular news program developed for VR. "VRtually There" will cover a variety of topics including politics, sports, technology and finance. How often the show will air and for what length of time has yet to be determined, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. WSJ subscribers can read the full report here. | Add comment
Newspapers/ Business
U.S. Wants More Data On Gannett's Journal Media Acquisition
The Wall Street Journal, Nov 23, 2015, 7:20 AM EST
Newspapers/ Business
View: Papers' Funny Take On 'Progress'
Bloomberg View, Nov 10, 2015, 6:57 AM EST
Justin Fox scours away any bright language from the recent round of newspaper earnings reports and sees an advertising market that's still falling for everybody, with some improvements on the national front. "All in all, it still seems too early to declare that things have stopped getting worse in the newspaper business, especially the regional newspaper business," he writes.  Link | Add comment
Gannett/Journal Media Merger
Gannett Still Bullish In Midst Of Digital Shift
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Oct 9, 2015, 6:49 AM EDT
The company, which announced Wednesday its plans to buy Journal Media, is positioning itself as a bullish acquirer of newspapers and has the financial means to carry through on those intentions. Rick Romell writes debt-free and able to tap into a sizable line of credit, Gannett likely will be looking to add to its already hefty array of dailies. Link | Add comment
Newspapers/ Business
Newspaper Chains Talk Formation Of New Ad Sales Company
The New York Post, Sep 8, 2015, 12:51 PM EDT
Keith J. Kelly reports that five of the country's biggest newspaper chains are in talks to start a new company to sell ads to national advertisers in 30 top metro markets. Gannett, Advance, Hearst, McClatchy and Tribune are in "early stages" talks, a source says, but the new company would likely lead to sales downsizing across the five companies' national sales staffs.  Link | Add comment
Gannett, Taboola Sign Three-Year Partnership
Reuters, Aug 5, 2015, 12:01 PM EDT
Gannett Co. and Taboola have inked a three-year exclusive partnership expected to generate $45-55 million for Gannett. Through the deal, Gannett's Web pages and other content will be personalized by user preferences. Link | Add comment
Mobile Advertising
Gannett Launches New Mobile High-Impact Ad Unit
Gannett Investor Relations, Jul 15, 2015, 9:34 AM EDT
Newspapers/ Business
Papers' Mid-Year Numbers Look Daunting
Poynter, Jul 13, 2015, 1:06 PM EDT
Even before second quarter 2015 earnings reports start rolling in, Rick Edmonds writes that newspapers are looking at some daunting numbers. Gannett and McClatchy are seeing their shares continue to fall, new revenue sources remain elusive, and even the Newspaper Association of America has yet to release now well-overdue industry revenue figures for 2014.  Link | Add comment
Gannett Debuts New Logo
Poynter, Jul 2, 2015, 7:39 AM EDT
Gannett's Next Age Begins As Spinoff With Acquisitions In Sight
Poynter, Jun 29, 2015, 6:34 AM EDT
Gannett's newspapers are now untethered from the rest of the company as its near-20,000 employees embark on the next stage in the company's life on Monday. Rick Edmonds reports that stage will be marked by digital transformation and expansion by acquisition.  Link | Add comment
U.K. Journalists Plan Strike At Gannett Papers
The Guardian, Jun 9, 2015, 9:51 AM EDT
Members of Britain's National Union of Journalists at newspapers in south London are planning to go on strike for 12 days starting next Monday in protest of pending layoffs among other issues. The papers are part of Newsquest, which, with more than 200 titles, is one of the U.K.'s largest regional newspaper publishers, and is ultimately owned by the U.S. company, Gannett. Link | Add comment
USA Today Boss Defends Newsroom Talent
Capital New York, May 21, 2015, 6:48 AM EDT
USA Today Editor In Chief David Callaway criticized an item describing an exodus of talent from his paper written by an anonymous Romenesko tipster and Gannett employee Tuesday/ Link | Add comment
How In The World Do You Sell A Tegna?
Capital New York, Apr 24, 2015, 7:10 AM EDT
Ken Doctor: "Gannett CEO Gracia Martore and her investor relations people have been busy priming the sales pump of their new broadcast-digital company for several months. Now they’ve got a name of sorts to put on the new company — after its divestiture of its financially woeful publishing division — that’s among the top three in regional broadcasters, with a strong digital classifieds portfolio." Link | Add comment
Gannett Taps Chivers To Lead Des Moines Reg, Serve As USCP Regional President
NetNewsCheck, Apr 16, 2015, 12:49 PM EDT
David Chivers will lead the Gannett-owned Des Moines Register and will ssume strategic and financial oversight for the Iowa City Press-Citizen, the St. Cloud (Minn.) Times, the Argus Leader in Sioux Falls, S.D., the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader and The Baxter Bulletin in Mountain Home, Ark. Full Story | Add comment
Gannett To Build Digital Sports Video Service
NetNewsCheck, Apr 16, 2015, 11:39 AM EDT
Gannett will partner with video applications provider ViewLift to develop a new service that will focus on streaming unique sports-related content and select movies across multiple devices. Full Story | Add comment
Gannett CEO Martore Made $12M In 2014
Rochester Business Journal, Mar 18, 2015, 7:15 AM EDT
Gannett Co. Inc. paid its five top executives collectively more than $24 million last year, the company’s annual proxy filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows. President and CEO Gracia Martore earned $12.4 million in total compensation in 2014, compared with $7.9 million in 2013. Link | Add comment
Newspapers' Single-Copy Sales Loss: Its Their Own Fault
Nieman Journalism Lab, Mar 13, 2015, 11:20 AM EDT
Single copy sales have dropped 25-50% or more in the past three years, writes Ken Doctor, and behind the precipitous fall is likely their ertiginous escalation in pricing. Doctor wonders if that dynamic, which has seen many papers raise their single-copy prices by 50 to 75 cents, is hastening the industry's decline.  Link | Comments (1)
Gannett's Wisconsin Papers Put Out Call For Digital Journalists, Mar 11, 2015, 6:48 AM EDT
Icahn Drops Gannett Board Nominees
NetNewsCheck, Mar 2, 2015, 9:05 AM EST
Gannett released details about the corporate governance profile of the independent publishing company that it will spin off later this year. The company also said  Carl Icahn has withdrawn all of his previously submitted director nominations and proxy proposals in connection with Gannett’s 2015 Annual Meeting. Full Story | Add comment
Executive Session With Alan Mutter
Newspapers Must Benchmark Against Facebook, SnapChat
NetNewsCheck, Feb 9, 2015, 6:11 AM EST
New media guru Alan Mutter says papers need to find partners looking to connect with the same audiences that are slipping away from papers, namely millennials. They need to embrace a different consumer mindset, one where editorial and advertising distinctions more easily conflate and successful content may need to live on others’ social platforms to flourish.
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Sam R. Hall Named Clarion-Ledger Exec Editor
The Clarion Ledger , Jan 30, 2015, 11:05 AM EST
Media, Virgina Tech Partner On Drones
Jan 15, 2015, 11:57 AM EST
A coalition of media organizations will partner with Virginia Tech for drone testing in newsgathering, the group announced on Thursday. Participating media include the AP, Advance, A.H. Belo, Gannett Co., Getty Images, The E.W. Scripps Co. and four others. The partnership will conduct controlled safety testing of a series of real-life scenarios where the media could use drone technology to gather news.  Full Story | Comments (1)
Digital Advertising
6 AGs, Gannett Settle Cookie-Blocker Case, Dec 30, 2014, 8:04 AM EST
Attorneys general from six states have entered into a settlement with PointRoll Inc., a digital ad service owned by Gannett, for circumventing cookie blockers for just over two months in late 2011 and early 2012. The action was led by New Jersey and was joined by New York, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland and Illinois.   Link | Add comment
USA Today Supplement In Schurz Papers
NetNewsCheck, Dec 8, 2014, 7:04 AM EST
Today readers of The American News in Aberdeen, South Dakota, will notice something different when they open their newspaper: the inclusion of a six- to 10-page USA Today supplement. Last week, readers of The Herald-Times in Bloomington, Indiana, noticed the same. Inclusion of USA Today is an experiment that Schurz Communications, owner of the Aberdeen and Bloomington papers, is conducting to examine new ways to shift resources, manage expenses and determine what’s best for the future of the papers.
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Gannett ‘Restructure’ Hits The Journal News
Capital New York, Dec 5, 2014, 7:14 AM EST
Eleven journalists are out of jobs this week at The Journal News, which covers Rockland, Westchester and Putnam counties, as a result of a reorganization of roles in the newsroom emanating from a larger initiative at parent company Gannett. "All of our news team interviewed for newly defined positions and all but 11 employees were offered a position," Journal News publisher Janet Hasson confirmed to Capital, adding that they are currently recruiting for 12 newsroom positions that will bring the total headcount back up to 86.   Link | Add comment
Gannett Picks Ali Engel To Be Finance VP
NetNewsCheck, Nov 17, 2014, 3:29 PM EST
Alex Vetter Named President, CEO
NetNewsCheck, Nov 7, 2014, 2:05 PM EST
Gannett has announced that Alex Vetter, EVP and CEO for, has been named president and CEO of Vetter has been a key leader, helping grow to more 1,300 employees, serving every local market in the United States.   Full Story | Add comment
Big Changes In Store At Detroit's Free Press
Crains Detroit Business, Oct 24, 2014, 4:20 PM EDT
Gannett-owned Detroit Free Press, will join the ranks of other publications within the chain remaking their newsrooms, according to a memo to Freep staffers this week. The memo did not address whether or not layoffs would be part of the reorganization. Link | Add comment
Gannett Gives Employees An Extra Paid Day Off
Poynter, Oct 21, 2014, 8:17 AM EDT
Quarterly Report
Gannett 3Q Publishing Rev Down 3.6%
NetNewsCheck, Oct 20, 2014, 9:46 AM EDT
Third-quarter revenue for Gannett's publishing segment reached $826.8 million, a 3.6% decline compared to the third quarter of 2013. Advertising revenue totaled $494.9 million compared to $520.2 million in the third quarter of 2013, a drop of 4.9%. [UPDATED] Full Story | Add comment
One Gannett Paper's Reaction To Cost Cutting
Street Fight, Oct 16, 2014, 11:09 AM EDT
When Gannett, like other “legacy” publishers, began hemorrhaging print revenues in the dawning digital era, its main response was to wield the ax: More than 20,000 staff – the majority of them in the media company’s publishing operations – were let go between 2003 and 2014. At the Asheville Citizen-Times in western North Carolina, Executive Editor Josh Awtry details for Tom Grubisich his team’s major changes in the latest, still-unfolding chapter of the Citizen-Times’ 144-year history.   Link | Add comment
Tennessean 'Borrows' Reporters During Reorg
Columbia Journalism Review, Oct 15, 2014, 8:04 AM EDT
Tennessean, like other Gannett newspapers, is asking employees to re-apply for their jobs as part of a major restructuring meant to create a “bold new structure” for the newsroom, as executive editor Stefanie Murray described it. But, with one month left to go in the restructuring process, reports Anna Clark, The Tennessean is short of enough reporters to put out the paper and is asking reporters in other Gannett newsrooms to go to Nashville for a few weeks to work on a temporary basis.   Link | Add comment
Gannett, Cincinnati Enquirer In RedPost Trial
NetNewsCheck, Oct 7, 2014, 11:27 AM EDT
Gannett’s Cincinnati Enquirer will run a trial program with RedPost’s new smart displays, which feature a digital sign integrated into a furniture-quality single-copy POP display. Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky will be the fourth market nationally for RedPost. South Bend and Bloomington, Ind. each have more than 25 displays in convenience, grocery and drug stores and Salt Lake City will install 25 more in late October.   Full Story | Add comment
Digital Marketing
Gannett Completes Acquisition
NetNewsCheck, Oct 1, 2014, 10:11 AM EDT
Gannett Co. today announced it has completed its previously announced acquisition of the remaining 73% interest in Classified Ventures LLC, which owns, for $1.8 billion. With about 30 million monthly visits, is a leading independent research site for car shoppers, providing information from consumers and experts. serves as the foundation for digital operations at many car dealerships across the country and helps marketers solve a wide range of digital marketing issues.    Full Story | Add comment
Gannett Previews Virtual Reality News Project
Poynter, Sep 22, 2014, 8:33 AM EDT
Gannett Company this week previewed its first project that allows readers to experience a news story in virtual reality. Adam Hochberg writes that the project – produced by Gannett’s digital division and the Des Moines Register — requires users to wear a futuristic headset called the Oculus Rift, a small goggles-style video device that responds to the wearer’s head movements.    Link | Add comment
Tallahassee Democrat To Retool Newsroom
Poynter, Sep 16, 2014, 1:04 PM EDT
The Tallahassee Democrat “could not get where we needed to go by simply tweaking an outdated operation,” Executive Editor Bob Gabordi writes. “So, we called a timeout and a reset.” Andrew Beaujon reports the Gannett-owned Democrat will retool its newsroom structure and staffers will get a list this week of new jobs.   Link | Add comment
Gannett Names Henson Wisconsin Top Exec
NetNewsCheck, Sep 11, 2014, 12:18 PM EDT
Gannett today announced Pamela Henson has been named president and publisher of The Post-Crescent in Appleton, Wisconsin, and regional president of Gannett Wisconsin, overseeing all 10 of the company’s Wisconsin properties. She succeeds Genia Lovett, who retired from the same position in June.   Full Story | Add comment
Tennessean Cuts 15% Of Newsroom Staff
Nashville Scene, Sep 4, 2014, 9:24 PM EDT
Gannett-owned daily The Tennessean began a round of lay offs on Thursday. The cuts, which follow Wednesday's announcement of lay offs at corporate sibling USA Today, are part of the newspaper company's newsroom overhaul. The lay offs will cut 15% of the newsroom, according to the Nashville Scene. Link | Add comment
USA Today Lays Off Up To 70 Staffers
Poynter, Sep 4, 2014, 7:39 AM EDT
Gannett-owned USA Today on Wednesday laid off between 60 and 70 staffers, with about half of the cuts hitting the newsroom. “USA Today is working to align its staffing levels to meet current market conditions. The actions taken today will allow USA Today to reinvest in the business to ensure the continued success of its digital transformation,” Jeremy Gaines, a Gannett spokesman, said in a statement. Link | Add comment
Gannett Gets Fed Green Light To Buy
NetNewsCheck, Sep 4, 2014, 6:30 AM EDT
Copy Editors Get Digitally Redefined
NetNewsCheck, Sep 4, 2014, 6:03 AM EDT
Copy editors have become an endangered species at newspapers these days as companies cut costs and streamline for the digital age. Newspapers say that the position isn't disappearing, it's just being redefined. But Teresa Schmedding (left), president of the American Copy Editors Society, is not as convinced, saying eliminating copy editors puts news outlets’ integrity at risk as much as jobs. Full Story | Add comment
Ellen Crooke Named Gannett Bcstg. News VP
TVNewsCheck, Aug 29, 2014, 7:05 AM EDT
Gannett Co. has appointed Ellen Crooke vice president of news for Gannett Broadcasting. Crooke moves to the division's corporate team after serving as news director at WXIA Atlanta and as regional news executive. Crooke will join Michael Valentine in leading news functions for Gannett Broadcasting's 46 stations.
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Video Advertising
Gannett Looks To Return Giant Banner Ad
Wall Street Journal, Aug 26, 2014, 12:31 PM EDT
The banner ad has been out of vogue as online advertisers have taken pains to create ads that are “native.” In-your-face ads are out as brands strive to blend in, writes Mike Shields. But Gannett has unveiled a bold new ad placement today, Shields reports, as and a slew of other Gannett sites are running what the company has dubbed Gravity ads, which are ads that take over a person’s computer screen and shove a video ad – in many cases, a TV-spot – front and center.   Link | Add comment
Gannett Reorganizations
What Indy Star's Newsroom Of Future Will Be
IndyStar, Aug 21, 2014, 6:58 AM EDT
The Indianapolis Star has joined other Gannett newspapers in redesigning its newsroom organization. Star Editor Jeff Taylor outlined changes he called “concepts for a newsroom of the future – for a new kind of Indy Star built on a great history.” At the same time, the Indianapolis Business Journal reports that the Indianapolis Newspaper Guild said the newspaper intends to cut newsroom staff and management 15% over the next few weeks — including five of the Star's 11 photographers and the entire copy desk  — decreasing the employee count from 124 to 106.   Link | Add comment
Claybaugh To Head Gannett N.Y. Media Unit
NetNewsCheck, Aug 15, 2014, 8:36 AM EDT
Gannett Co. has announced Thomas Claybaugh as the new president and publisher of Gannett Central New York Media, where he will oversee the Press & Sun-Bulletin in Binghamton, the Star-Gazette in Elmira and The Ithaca Journal effective Sept. 1. Claybaugh will succeed longtime Gannett executive Sherman Bodner, who is retiring at the end of the month.  Full Story | Comments (1)
Regulatory Filing
Icahn Takes New Activist Stake In Gannett
Bloomberg, Aug 15, 2014, 7:41 AM EDT
Carl Icahn, who disclosed a new activist stake in Gannett Co., had planned to mount a campaign to separate the company’s print and broadcasting businesses before Gannett beat him to it, Beth Jinks reports. He still wants to talk with management, Jinks writes. Icahn Associates Corp. acquired about 6.6 percent of Gannett’s shares and options during the second quarter, with the belief that “value could be created by splitting the issuer into separate print and broadcast companies,” the fund said in a regulatory filing yesterday.   Link | Comments (1)
Terry Horne To Statesman Journal Top Exec
NetNewsCheck, Aug 14, 2014, 2:42 PM EDT
Gannett Co. announced today that Terry Horne has been named president and publisher of the Statesman Journal in Salem, Oregon. In addition, Horne will become regional president of Gannett West/Interstate Group. Horne moves to the Statesman Journal from the Pensacola News Journal, where he was president and publisher.     Full Story | Comments (1)
Digital Publishing
Gannett Out, Uncertainty At Sports Site
The New York Times, Aug 11, 2014, 4:55 AM EDT
The two companies that each owned 50 percent of Sports on Earth — Gannett’s USA Today Sports Media Group and Major League Baseball’s MLB Advanced Media — ended their partnership last week, Christine Haughney reports, as Gannett withdrew from the site entirely. Major League Baseball, which will continue to own and operate Sports on Earth, laid off four of the company’s seven full-time editors and business-side employees. Its relationships with its contributing writers remains uncertain: The site kept two out of 12 of them.   Link | Add comment
Future Uncertain As Print Properties Spin Off
The New York Times, Aug 11, 2014, 4:50 AM EDT
In just over a week, three of the biggest players in American newspapers — Gannett, Tribune Company and E. W. Scripps, companies built on print franchises that expanded into television — “dumped those properties like yesterday’s news in a series of spinoffs,” David Carr notes as he observes “In the main, it’s been like one big, long episode of ‘Divorce Court,’ with various petitioners showing up and citing irreconcilable differences with their print partners.”    Link | Add comment
Gannett Changes Signal Greater Online Shift
Poynter, Aug 8, 2014, 11:26 AM EDT
As five Gannett newspapers institute sweeping changes across their newsrooms, the goal is to better attract an audience of 25- to 45-year-olds, Sam Kirkland reports. Freeing up resources for quality reporting that’s responsive to online audiences will allow the newspapers to be “each community’s top source of investigative journalism, of public-service journalism,” Kirkland said Kate Marymont, Gannett’s vice president for news explained. She told Kirkland the company is going to “invest the fewest resources necessary in production.”    Link | Add comment
Gannett Split Indicative Of New Media Order
TVNewsCheck, Aug 6, 2014, 6:38 AM EDT
The split will allow Gannett to avoid FCC newspaper-broadcast crossownership restrictions, enabling it to take advantage of acquisition opportunities in each sector. "It was difficult to look at certain acquisition opportunities we found attractive because of crossownership prohibitions," Gannett CEO Gracia Martore told investors and analysts.
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Broadcast/Digital Separate From Publishing
Gannett Reorganizing, Buying
NetNewsCheck, Aug 5, 2014, 7:01 AM EDT
Gannett Co. today announced its plan to create two publicly traded companies — one exclusively focused on its broadcasting and digital businesses, and the other on its publishing business. Gannett has also signed a definitive agreement to acquire full ownership of, one of the leading digital companies in the automotive space.  Under the agreement, Gannett will acquire the 73% interest it does not already own in Classified Ventures LLC, which owns, for $1.8 billion in cash. Full Story | Comments (3)
Q2 2014 Earnings
Gannett Reports Record Broadcast Revenue
NetNewsCheck, Jul 22, 2014, 9:34 AM EDT
Gannett today reported total operating revenues in the second quarter were 12.1 % higher compared to the second quarter in 2013 and totaled $1.46 billion. The increase reflects broadcasting segment revenue growth of about 88 %, due primarily to the acquisition of Belo Corp., and 4.2 % growth in digital revenues. Publishing segment revenues were 4.1 % lower in the quarter.   Full Story | Add comment
Jason Taylor Top Exec At Clarion-Ledger
NetNewsCheck, Jul 21, 2014, 6:28 AM EDT
Jason Taylor is the new president and publisher of Gannett’s Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi. Taylor will also serve as U.S. Community Publishing (USCP) East Group regional president, where he will oversee the Hattiesburg American and Montgomery Advertiser, in addition to The Clarion-Ledger.    Full Story | Add comment
Gannett Closes On London Broadcast Buys
Multichannel News, Jul 9, 2014, 7:55 AM EDT
Gannett Nearing CMS To Serve All Properties
Poynter, Jul 7, 2014, 5:53 AM EDT
Three years ago Gannett set out to design and build a content management system that would replace the existing systems and serve every Gannett newsroom – from USA Today to KHOU-TV in Houston to the Fort Collins Coloradoan. Adam Hochberg reports the project has avoided the catastrophic problems that doomed some of its competitors’ transitions, and, as it nears the end of the process, the company is generally pleased with the results.   Link | Add comment
Gannett Shares Lessons From Advertisers
INMA, Jul 1, 2014, 9:09 AM EDT
Gannett-Sander Complete Phoenix Sale
TVNewsCheck, Jun 20, 2014, 7:28 AM EDT
TV Syndication
Gannett: Social+TV To Drive Programming
TVNewsCheck, Jun 4, 2014, 10:22 AM EDT
Gannett President David Lougee says his group's new partnership with Debmar-Mercury will develop syndicated shows that leverage America's obsession with social media. “There’s an opportunity for us and other broadcasters to take advantage of the organic relationship between social media and television,” he says. “The majority of our viewers have an Internet-enabled device within three feet of them when they are watching television.” Link | Add comment
All In Texas
Gannett Buys 6 London Broadcasting Stations
TVNewsCheck, May 14, 2014, 9:25 AM EDT
The $215 million deal for the Texas stations breaks down to two ABC and Fox affils and one each from CBS and NBC, with an additional NBC affil on a subchannel. After closing, London COO Phil Hurley will continue to run the stations. Link | Add comment
Cincinnati Enquirer Lays Off 14
Poynter, May 5, 2014, 7:35 AM EDT
Gannett Elects Fonseca To Board
NetNewsCheck, May 2, 2014, 8:45 AM EDT
Special Report: Digital Marketing Services
Media Partners Fuel Guarantee Dig’s Growth
NetNewsCheck, Apr 29, 2014, 4:58 AM EDT
In 2011, Daryl Hively launched his own digital agency, Guarantee Digital. Guarantee has partnered with 27 media companies, including newspapers, magazines, broadcast groups, directories and a direct mail house, in 40+ markets. “We’re sort of Switzerland,” Hively says. “We’re not owned by a large media company. The smaller independents feel comfortable partnering with us.” Yesterday: Digital Services Hyper-Competitive, Worth It Full Story | Add comment
Ad Revenue
Newspapers Invest $14.5M More In Wanderful
Street Fight, Apr 28, 2014, 12:32 PM EDT
Gannett, Hearst, Advance Digital, and others have invested another $14.5 million in Wanderful Media, which digitizes and distributes the millions of merchandizing ads that go out every weekend in U.S. local papers. The deal, which brings the startup’s total funding to more than $50 million, highlights the newspaper industry’s struggle to find an answer to falling revenues after technology companies picked off many of its valuable assets.   Link | Add comment
Special Report: Digital Marketing Services
Digital Services Hyper-Competitive, Worth It
NetNewsCheck, Apr 28, 2014, 5:18 AM EDT
Experts see plenty of opportunity in the hyper-competitive marketing services space where digital media companies of all sorts are rushing. The product suite — which usually includes some custom bundle of website build, search listings, email marketing, reputation and social media management and more for the SMB — won’t replace legacy advertising but is expected to grow significantly.   Full Story | Comments (1)
Yost Gannett VP, Consumer Sales-Marketing
NetNewsCheck, Apr 15, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT
4 INMA Global Innovation Regional Winners
INMA, Apr 2, 2014, 1:26 PM EDT
Gannett, Fairfax Media, MittMedia and Bennett, Coleman and Co. Ltd. are the four regional winners of the excellence in media innovation global awards from the International News Media Association. A global winner will be selected from the four and announced at the INMA World Congress in May. Full Story | Add comment
Gannett, Sander Complete Sale Of KMOV
NetNewsCheck, Feb 28, 2014, 1:03 PM EST
Gannett and Sander Media have completed the sale of KMOV-TV in St. Louis to Meredith Corp., following the receipt of regulatory approvals. Full Story | Add comment
Gannett Taps Horne To Lead News-Journal In Fla.
NetNewsCheck, Jan 14, 2014, 3:42 PM EST
Gannett Names New Broadcasting Team
TVNewsCheck, Jan 8, 2014, 8:42 AM EST
Gannett Completes Its Acquisition Of Belo
NetNewsCheck, Dec 23, 2013, 1:57 PM EST
The combination means the company's broadcast division reaches nearly one-third of all U.S. households. Full Story | Add comment
Gannett, Sander Sell KMOV To Meredith
NetNewsCheck, Dec 23, 2013, 10:52 AM EST
Gannett and Sander Media will sell KMOV in St. Louis to Meredith. The sale will satisfy Gannett’s and Sander Media’s obligations under last week’s agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice. In a separate agreement, the companies will also sell KTVK-TV and KASW-TV in Phoenix to Meredith. Meredith will pay $407.5 million for all three stations. Full Story | Add comment
Gannett To Divest KMOV To Smooth Belo Buy
NetNewsCheck, Dec 16, 2013, 3:33 PM EST
Gannett has reached an agreement with the Department of Justice to divest all of the assets used in the operation of Belo's KMOV-TV in St. Louis to move ahead with its purchase of the broadcaster. Gannett owns KSDK-TV in the market. Full Story | Add comment
UBS Global Media and Communications Conference
Dickey: USA Today Fare Boosts Papers' Value
NetNewsCheck, Dec 11, 2013, 3:03 PM EST
During a Wednesday presentation at the UBS Global Media Conference, Bob Dickey, head of Gannett's U.S. Community Publishing division said the company's decision to fold USA Today content into 35 of its local papers was based on the promise it saw in the pilot program. “The pilot tests are showing us that we are on to something that delivers clear value to our consumers,” Dickey says. Full Story | Add comment
Gannett TV Sites Adopt USA Today Web Look
NewscastStudio, Nov 21, 2013, 6:45 AM EST
A select number of Gannett stations have debuted new websites that use the same look and feel as its parent company’s flagship newspaper USA Today. Link | Add comment
Joe Hurd Named Gannett Broadcasting Biz VP
NetNewsCheck, Nov 6, 2013, 12:22 PM EST
Gannett, Generation Team To Back Captivate
NetNewsCheck, Sep 27, 2013, 7:59 AM EDT
The media company and the private equity firm will team up to fund the continued growth of the Captivate Network, a place-based media network with screens in more than 1,000 office buildings in North America. Captivate will be spun out into a separate company co-owned by Gannett and Generation. Full Story | Add comment
Paywalls and Pay Strategies
USA Today Mulls Paywall For Website
New York Post, Sep 26, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT
USA Today
is considering putting up a paywall and charging visitors to its site. "We're going to look at it," Larry Kramer, president and publisher, said in a interview after his appearance at an Advertising Week panel on Wednesday. Link | Add comment
Goldman Sachs’ Communacopia 2013
Martore: Belo Deal Will Boost G/O Digital
NetNewsCheck, Sep 26, 2013, 1:37 PM EDT
Gracia Martore, Gannett president and CEO, speaking at Goldman Sachs' Communacopia conference in New York on Thursday said the company's acquisition of Belo Corp. will open up "millions" of potential new SMB clients to Gannett's G/O Digital marketing services arm. Martore also said the company is sticking by its newspaper business and has been very pleased with the success of its year-old paywall effort. Full Story | Add comment
Kramer: Papers Must Start Conversations
The Wrap, Sep 25, 2013, 3:29 PM EDT
Unique content and the reader's process of discovery are the key to the survival of newsrooms in the digital age, Larry Kramer, the publisher of USA Today told the audience at The Wrap's Media Leadership Conference.
Link | Add comment
Belo Shareholders Approve Gannett Deal
NetNewsCheck, Sep 25, 2013, 12:19 PM EDT
Belo Corp. shareholders at a special meeting this morning voted in favor of the proposal to approve and adopt the merger agreement with Gannett Co. Full Story | Add comment
70% Of Belo Investors Support Gannett Deal
Bloomberg, Sep 25, 2013, 10:40 AM EDT
Belo Corp., the TV station owner that is the target of a $1.5 billion takeover bid by Gannett Co., has support from more than 70% of its shareholders
for the deal, a person with knowledge of the matter said. Link | Add comment
Belo Investors To Vote Against Gannett Buy
NetNewsCheck, Sep 13, 2013, 8:12 AM EDT
The Wall Street Journal
is reporting that investor opposition to the terms of Gannett's $1.5 billion takeover offer for TV station-owner Belo is intensifying, two weeks before Belo shareholders are due to vote. WSJ subscribers can read the full story here. | Add comment
G/O Digital Adds Two Executives
NetNewsCheck, Sep 5, 2013, 1:21 PM EDT
G/O Digital, Gannett's digital services unit, added Mark Marinacci as president of Shoplocal and Jeff Fagel as chief marketing officer for G/O Digital. Full Story | Add comment
UK's Newsquest/Gannett Ups Prices, Sales Fall
Guardian, Aug 29, 2013, 7:11 AM EDT
Gannett Cuts About 200 Jobs At Local Papers
USA Today, Aug 28, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT
Gannett Co. confirmed Tuesday that some of its local papers have cut staff over the last several weeks. The layoffs eliminated about 200 positions. Link | Add comment
Gannett's News-Journal Lays Off 28, Aug 27, 2013, 3:04 PM EDT
The Gannett-owned Wilmington, Del. News-Journal says it is firing 28 staff and closing its Spark bars-and- bands free weekly paper and its 10-times yearly magazine, Signature Brandywine. The company made similar previous cuts at its Cherry Hill, N.J. Courier-Post. Link | Add comment
Gannett, Belo Receive Second Requests From DOJ
NetNewsCheck, Aug 23, 2013, 9:28 AM EDT
Commentary: Gannett Layoffs
Does Gannett Think Its Own Papers Matter?
Columbia Journalism Review, Aug 16, 2013, 3:35 PM EDT
Want to learn what the deal is with the hundreds of layoffs unfolding at Gannett newspapers across the country? You can get slivers of the story from the local business press and alt-weeklies, and stabs at a big-picture take from industry-watching blogs. But one place you won’t find news about the layoffs? Many of the affected newspapers themselves. Link | Add comment
Digital Marketing Services
Gannett Brands Dig. Services As G/O Digital
NetNewsCheck, Aug 13, 2013, 2:52 PM EDT
Gannett's new G/O Digital banner will include Shoplocal, BLiNQ, Key Ring, DealChicken and GannettLocal, and will offer SMBs a one-stop shop for digital marketing services. Full Story | Add comment
Report: Gannett Lays Off More Than 200
Gannett Blog, Aug 1, 2013, 11:49 PM EDT
Gannett's U.S. Community Publishing newspaper division has now cut an estimated 218 jobs across at least 37 newspapers, according to a report in Gannett Blog. Jeremy Gaines, Gannett's chief publicist says, "Some USCP sites are making cuts to align their business plans with local market conditions." Link | Add comment
Gannett Launches Stealth Round Of Layoffs
Gannett Blog, Aug 1, 2013, 3:48 PM EDT
With ad revenue losses accelerating, the nation's biggest newspaper publisher has quietly started another round of layoffs and other cost-cutting moves, according to Gannett Blog, which estimates the move will eliminate more than 100 jobs. Link | Add comment
Coalition Seeks To Deny Gannett-Belo
TVNewsCheck, Jul 25, 2013, 11:25 AM EDT
In joint comments, Free Press, Common Cause, the Institute for Public Representation, the National Hispanic Media Coalition, the Office of Communication of the United Church of
Christ Inc., NABET-CWA and The Newspaper Guild-CWA say the FCC should deny the proposed sale because it violates the commission's newspaper-broadcast crossownership rule or the television duopoly rule. Link | Comments (1)
Companies Ask FCC To Restrict Gannett-Belo
Variety, Jul 25, 2013, 8:47 AM EDT
The American Cable Assn., Time Warner Cable and DirecTV are objecting to a part of Gannett’s proposed $2.2 billion acquisition of Belo Corp.’s broadcast stations, saying that the deal threatens to drive up retransmission fees and risk even more station blackouts in negotiation standoffs. Link | Comments (1)
Earnings call
Gannett Sees More Local Media Investments
TVNewsCheck, Jul 22, 2013, 2:54 PM EDT
During today’s earnings call, CEO Gracia Martore says the company “will pursue additional opportunities as they arise," with the goal of being the "leading local media company in the U.S." Link | Add comment
Quarterly Report
Paywalls Boost Gannett Digital Rev 50% In Q2
NetNewsCheck, Jul 22, 2013, 9:51 AM EDT
Digital revenue at the company’s publishing segment was up 49.8% for the quarter — primarily on the back of paywalls at the company’s newspaper sites — compared with the same quarter a year ago. Full Story | Add comment
NJ Paper Outsources Local News To Readers
Ocean Signal, Jul 16, 2013, 8:31 AM EDT
Gannett-owned Asbury Park (N.J.) Press is creating a new section called "Hometown," which will have a portion of the section written by the paper's readers. Link | Add comment
News Analysis
Belo Now Worth More Than Gannett Is Paying
Bloomberg, Jul 10, 2013, 8:41 AM EDT
Here are two things you don't see often in corporate mergers and acquisitions. Shares of Belo Corp., the Dallas-based owner of television stations, are trading for more than the takeover offer the company agreed to last month. And shares of the buyer, Gannett Co., have increased even more in value. The market is saying that Gannett got a much better deal than Belo did — so much so, that some investors buying Belo's stock seem to hope that Gannett will raise its offer. Link | Add comment
FCC Nom Wheeler Punts On Belo Deal Questions
Gannett Blog, Jun 20, 2013, 12:06 PM EDT
Belo Sued By Investor Over $1.5B Gannett Takeover
Bloomberg, Jun 19, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT
Is Gannett Moving Away From Newspapers?
BuzzFeed, Jun 14, 2013, 7:50 AM EDT
Yesterday's move from Gannett Co., which owns USA Today and 80 other daily newspapers, to buy Belo Corp. means that the country's largest newspaper company will ultimately generate
more than 50% of its revenue from television stations. Peter Lauria writes that the biggest takeaway from the transaction "is that even the nation's largest newspaper publisher can't get away from the newspaper business fast enough." Link | Add comment
Gannett To Buy Belo For $1.5B, Assume Debt
NetNewsCheck, Jun 13, 2013, 8:08 AM EDT
Gannett Co. on Thursday announced that it agreed to pay $1.5 billion in cash to buy Belo Corp. and assume $715 million in debt, giving
Belo an enterprise value of $2.2 billion. The deal will make Gannett the country's fourth-largest owner of major network affiliates. Full Story | Comments (3)
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
Gannett Names Long Publisher Of The Spectrum
NetNewsCheck, May 15, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT
USA Today Wants Personality In Its Reporting
Editors Weblog, Apr 25, 2013, 8:32 AM EDT
The newspaper is asking reporters to pepper their writing with personality and offer unique perspectives to news, Publisher Larry Kramer said at the Ad Age Digital conference last week. Link | Add comment
Quarterly Report
Gannett: Paywalls Helped Offset Q1 Ad Lag
NetNewsCheck, Apr 23, 2013, 1:38 PM EDT
Revenue gains from the companywide rollout of paywalls last year helped offset nearly all of the 4.5% decline in advertising revenue during the quarter. Digital revenue for the publishing segment rose 75.5%, Gannett said. At its local domestic publishing operations, digital revenue rose 98.4%. Full Story | Add comment
Gannett Makes Its Pitch To Capture TV Ad $$$
Advertising Age, Mar 6, 2013, 3:45 PM EST
Gannett hosted its first-ever upfront presentations to advertisers this week. The newspaper publisher is joining other traditional print-media companies, such as Dow Jones and Conde Nast, at the digital NewFronts in an effort to make a play for TV ad dollars. Link | Add comment
Gannett Pays Investors $1.3B; UK Staff Pay Frozen
National Union Of Journalists, Mar 1, 2013, 11:39 AM EST
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
Media Cos. Shut Down QuadrantOne
Staci Kramer, Feb 22, 2013, 8:36 AM EST
Tribune Co., Gannett Co., the New York Times Co. and Hearst Corp. have shut down quadrantOne effective immediately. The agency was an attempt to scale local for national display advertising, harnessing the power of the four owners and others. Link | Add comment
Key Executives MegaConference 2013
Papers: Print's Not Dead Yet, But Diversify
NetNewsCheck, Feb 19, 2013, 12:41 PM EST
A panel of newspaper executives speaking today at the Key Executive MegaConference had two messages for their newspaper colleagues: Print is far from dead, but in order to remain viable businesses, newspapers need to diversify their revenue streams as quickly as possible. Full Story | Comments (1)
Ark. Bill To Keep Gun-Permit Records Out Of Papers
Reuters, Feb 7, 2013, 4:12 PM EST
Paywalls Help Boost Gannett's Bottom Line
NetNewsCheck, Feb 4, 2013, 2:39 PM EST
Revenue for the company’s publishing segment rose 3.7% to $1.04 billion, receiving a boost from the rollout of paywalls across Gannett’s newspapers. Full Story | Comments (1)
Newspaper Paywalls Proliferate In US, Canada
News & Tech, Feb 1, 2013, 8:06 AM EST
The rollout of paywalls at Gannett and McClatchy newspapers and early efforts at Landmark Media and Lee publications, as well as the addition of digital subscription plans at 17 major Canadian newspapers has more than doubled the number of newspaper paywalls in North America. Halifax Media Group and E.W. Scripps have plans to launch paywalls at their newspapers in 2013. Link | Add comment
Gannett Publishing Services Cuts 100 Staffers
News & Tech, Jan 28, 2013, 4:51 PM EST
Gannett, American Media Team On Magazines
Fox Business, Jan 23, 2013, 8:26 AM EST
National newspaper USA Today and American Media Inc. are forming a partnership to publish 12 special magazines using a "Best Of" theme this year, with editorial content being developed by teams at both companies. The move comes as other newspaper companies are planning to release special magazines and contrasts with an industry trend toward shifting more content to digital formats for the internet and mobile devices. Link | Add comment
Original Gannett Headquarters For Sale
News & Tech, Jan 23, 2013, 6:50 AM EST
New York's Journal News Drops Its Gun Map
NetNewsCheck, Jan 21, 2013, 7:58 AM EST
The Gannett-owned newspaper has dropped its controversial map of gun-permit holders in two New York counties. Janet Hasson, the paper's publisher, in an online statement last Friday said the reason behind the decision to remove the map was the recent change in the state's gun law, which allows permit holders to keep their personal information private. "As a news organization, we are constantly defending the public’s right to know. Consequently we do not endorse the way the legislature has chosen to limit public access to gun permit data," Hasson wrote. She added that the paper will continue to "report aggressively" on gun ownership. | Comments (1)
USA Today Breaks Ties With Gallup
The Washington Post, Jan 21, 2013, 7:58 AM EST
The Gannett-owned national newspaper and the polling organization have split up after 20 years of collaboration. Both said the parting was a mutual decision based on the changing media and polling landscape. Link | Add comment
NY Gun Law Prohibits Disclosing Gun Owner Names
Poynter, Jan 16, 2013, 8:13 AM EST
Guns, Maps And Data That Disturb
The New York Times, Jan 14, 2013, 11:33 AM EST
David Carr on the map of New York gun-permit holders published by The Journal News: "Our job as journalists is to draw attention, to point at things, and what we choose to highlight is defined as news. And then it is our job to create context, talk to sources who bring insight and provide analysis. Given that, simply pointing out that something is public as the sole reason for republishing it is not a sufficient justification." Link | Add comment
U.S. Newspapers Sell Off Real Estate Assets
Bloomberg, Jan 11, 2013, 11:24 AM EST
Newspaper properties across the country are attracting developers who are looking to overhaul the assets — often located in the heart of downtown areas — as real estate values rebound. For publishers, which have slashed jobs, closed bureaus and scaled back coverage as demand for print news falls, selling buildings represents another effort to cut costs and generate returns for investors as their space needs shrink. Link | Add comment
NY County To 'Condemn' Paper For Gun Map
USA Today, Jan 11, 2013, 10:02 AM EST
When the Rockland County Legislature convenes next week, its agenda includes three gun-related measures, including aresolution condemning the Gannett-owned Westchester, N.Y., Journal News for publishing an online database and map of handgun-permit holders. Link | Add comment
Newseum Lays Off 20% Of Its 150 Employees
Gannett Blog, Jan 10, 2013, 8:22 AM EST
Digital DMA Update
CIR Makes Waves In SF's Online News Scene
NetNewsCheck, Jan 10, 2013, 6:47 AM EST
In San Francisco's youthful, startup-oriented news community, it’s a nearly four-decade-old nonprofit that is making its presence felt. The Center for Investigative Reporting, which runs muckraking site California Watch, last year merged with Bay Citizen and elevated the CIR’s standing among digital nonprofits. Full Story | Add comment
Gawker Publishes NYC Gun-Permit Holders
The Washington Post, Jan 9, 2013, 7:38 AM EST
Gawker this week took a page from the Journal News and published a list of licensed gun holders in New York City. Gawker's John Cook reports that he obtained the 446-page list via public records request in 2010. Link | Add comment
Journal News Journos Get Death Threats
The New York Times, Jan 7, 2013, 12:25 PM EST
Local newspapers across the country look for stories that will bring them national attention, but the Gannett-owned Journal News may have gotten more than it bargained for after publishing a map with the names and addresses of handgun permit holders in two New York counties. Link | Add comment
Bloomberg Unsure About Paper's Gun Map
Politico, Jan 4, 2013, 3:26 PM EST
Police Probe Suspicious Envelope At Journal News
The Journal News, Jan 4, 2013, 8:15 AM EST
Digital DMA Update: Denver
Collaboration Lets KUSA, Post Expand Reach
NetNewsCheck, Jan 3, 2013, 6:24 AM EST
For 10 months, a team of reporters from the Digital First Media-owned Denver Post and Gannett-owned NBC affiliate KUSA worked side-by-side on a project that took advantage of both news organization's journalistic and digital strengths. Full Story | Comments (1)
Journal News Advertisers Face Boycott
Politico, Jan 2, 2013, 7:56 AM EST
The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association is calling for a nationwide boycott of the advertisers of Gannett-owned Journal News, which published online maps revealing names and addresses of people with pistol permits. Link | Add comment
NY Paper To List More Gun Permit Holders
Reuters, Dec 31, 2012, 7:10 AM EST
Gannett-owned New York newspaper the Journal News, which sparked an uproar among gun enthusiasts by publishing names and addresses of residents holding pistol permits, is now planning to publish even more identities of permit-holding locals. Link | Add comment
NY Paper Not Agressive Enough On Gun Issue
Poynter, Dec 28, 2012, 8:32 AM EST
Al Tompkins: "The problem is not that the Gannett-owned Journal News was too aggressive. The problem is that the paper was not aggressive enough in its reporting to justify invading the privacy of people who legally own handguns in two counties it serves." Link | Add comment
USA Today Moves Toward Universal Droid App
Mobile Marketer, Dec 20, 2012, 8:20 AM EST
USA Today
has launched an Android application that includes a new layout aimed to bolster readership and increase engagement. The new app is compatible with all Android phones and 7-inch tablets. “This app is our first step towards building a universal app for Android,” said David Payne, chief digital officer of Gannett. Link | Add comment
UBS Global Media and Communications Conference
Gannett Puts Digital Efforts Into Overdrive
NetNewsCheck, Dec 5, 2012, 2:10 PM EST
The pitch from Gracia Martore, Gannett's president and CEO, at today’s presentation at the UBS Global Media and Communications conference was overwhelmingly about the company's digital media moves. “We are transforming Gannett into a digital powerhouse and finding new ways to strengthen our ties to people, businesses and the communities that rely on us,” Martore told the investor conference. Full Story | Add comment
Gannett's PointRoll Integrates Rovion Technology
NetNewsCheck, Dec 3, 2012, 3:28 PM EST
USA Today's Larry Kramer:
USA Today Not 'Unique Enough' For Paywall
The Wrap, Nov 28, 2012, 3:11 PM EST
Larry Kramer, president and publisher of Gannett's USA Today, speaking at Business Insider's Ignition conference, said he is not opposed to following the lead of The New York Times and others by constructing a paywall around USA Today's website, he just doesn't think the national newspaper has done enough to differentiate itself from the digital herd. Link | Add comment
Papers Eye Nets To Boost Local Online Video
NetNewsCheck, Nov 28, 2012, 7:11 AM EST
Newspaper groups and a handful of vendors see networks as the answer to filling a void in local online news video. At Digital First and Gannett, the route lies in producing and curating locally produced video and sharing it across their properties. Vendors such as AP and iNK Barrell Video Networks help papers ramp up local production and share in the resulting ad revenue. Full Story | Add comment
USA Today Rolls Out Redesigned iOS App
NetNewsCheck, Nov 20, 2012, 12:24 PM EST
The redesigned app, part of the Gannett-owned newspaper’s reimagined suite of digital products, adapts to how users consume news based on the time of day and features features live video coverage, frequently updated headlines, interactive weather mapping and new user controls. Full Story | Add comment
Can USA Today Escape Its Print Past?
PaidContent, Nov 20, 2012, 12:24 PM EST
Jeff John Roberts on the newspaper's new app: "Gannett came into the digital era with a weak hand. But sound management and bold bets on tech like this one could help USA Today enjoy a second act." Link | Add comment
USA Today Rolls Out Redesigned iOS App
NetNewsCheck, Nov 19, 2012, 11:58 PM EST
Moreno Named Publisher Of Tallahassee Democrat
NetNewsCheck, Nov 15, 2012, 11:06 AM EST
Infographic: The Paywall Trend
NetNewsCheck, Nov 14, 2012, 2:04 PM EST
A new infographic from Best Colleges Online illustrates the growing trend of news paywalls, its success stories — including The New York Times and Gannett — and failures such as Variety and the Whitby Gazette. Full Story | Add comment
Gannett Unit To Produce Ads For The World Co.
NetNewsCheck, Nov 2, 2012, 3:06 PM EDT
Digital First A Big Winner In Eppy Awards
NetNewsCheck, Nov 2, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT
Digital First Media properties took home nine of Editor & Publisher's Eppy Awards. Other big winners included CNN and public radio outlets. Full Story | Add comment
Scanlon Named GM, USA Today High School Sports
NetNewsCheck, Oct 24, 2012, 1:19 PM EDT
Gannett's Repubic, Demand Team On Travel
NetNewsCheck, Oct 24, 2012, 8:32 AM EDT, the website for Gannett-owned The Arizona Republic, is teaming up with Demand Media to to launch a new travel channel on the newspaper site that will combine travel content from Demand’s Content Channels and the newspaper. Full Story | Add comment
Gannett Buys Rich-Media Ad Co. Rovion
NetNewsCheck, Oct 19, 2012, 11:56 AM EDT
The Boston-based rich-media ad compan's Ad Composer platform will allow Gannett to expand the self-service platform capabilities of its PointRoll marketing solutions unit. Full Story | Add comment
Gannett Q3 Could Be Good News For Papers
Poynter, Oct 16, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT
Gannett's good third quarter report and its use of digital ventures to make up for print ad losses could signal a turning point for the newspaper industry. Rick Edmonds: "It is not written in stone that print losses must be replaced with digital ad revenue gains. Any mix of digital circulation revenue, revenue from non-advertising digital ventures like social media marketing services or non-digital activities like events or contract printing will do." Link | Add comment
Paywalls Help Push Gannett Q3 Circ Rev Up
NetNewsCheck, Oct 15, 2012, 2:07 PM EDT
The rollout of Gannett's new digital subscription model at its local newspapers help push circulation revenue up 5.6% during the third quarter. Full Story | Add comment
Executive Session With David Payne
Gannett: Changing The Game In Online Ads?
NetNewsCheck, Oct 15, 2012, 6:31 AM EDT
Media companies need to think beyond the banner and focus on ads that become part of the content in users' experience, according to David Payne, chief digital officer for Gannett, where the focus is shifting away from banners and direct response to full-screen video and rich media and the power of branding. Full Story | Add comment
Frank O'Toole Named President Of Gannett Supply
NetNewsCheck, Oct 10, 2012, 3:38 PM EDT
Gannett Government Media Announces Furloughs, Oct 5, 2012, 8:33 AM EDT
Gannett, comScore To Measure Ad Impact
NetNewsCheck, Oct 3, 2012, 2:40 PM EDT
The two companies will implement viewable impression measurement across ad campaigns on so that advertisers can quantify ads’ impact. Full Story | Add comment
USA Today Launches Sports Syndie Module
NetNewsCheck, Oct 1, 2012, 11:24 AM EDT
The Gannett-owned national daily newspaper today launched USA Today Sports Pulse will aggregate sports content — including breaking news, commentary, video, photos and social media activity — from across all of the properties within the USA Today Sports Media Group. Full Story | Add comment
Gannett's Vermont Paper Fights For Readers
The New York Times, Oct 1, 2012, 11:09 AM EDT
The 185-year-old Gennett-owned Burlington Free Press, the state’s largest daily, is struggling to keep readers after going through some radical changes in June. Management shrunk the newspaper from a broadsheet to a tabloid, added color to all of its pages, raised delivery prices and started charging for online access. The reaction in Burlington reflects the broader challenges facing Gannett and other newspaper chains as they try to retool local papers for the digital age. Link | Add comment
Is There A Tomorrow For USA Today?
Reflections of a Newsosaur, Sep 19, 2012, 3:23 PM EDT
Alan Mutter: "As USA Today commences its fourth decade, there is reason to wonder if its business model will be viable for another 30 years, given that it has lost its utility to its primary targets: business travelers and the advertisers seeking to reach them." Link | Add comment
USA Today Unveils Digital Revamp
Associated Press, Sep 14, 2012, 7:54 AM EDT
The national daily's website and mobile apps will now require readers to click or finger through pages as if they're perusing a digital magazine. Despite the digital changes, USA Today will eschew the newspaper industry's paywall trend. Full Story | Add comment
Gannett Buys Loyalty Program App [Updated]
NetNewsCheck, Sep 6, 2012, 10:51 AM EDT
With acqiuisition of Mobestream Media's Key Ring, Gannett  brings consumer rewards into the Digital Marketing Services fold, adding to its current arsenal of Deal Chicken, Clipper Magazine and ShopLocal. Full Story | Add comment
Newspaper Investor Speaks Up For Gannett
Poynter, Aug 22, 2012, 3:32 PM EDT
Alden Global Capital principal Randall Smith clearly likes something about the newspaper industry as evidenced by its controlling interest in two companies — Journal Register and MediaNews — and substantial investment in half a dozen more, including Gannett, still the nation's largest newspaper company. Link | Add comment
Gannett Confirms Blinq Media Buy
AllFacebook, Aug 21, 2012, 3:52 PM EDT
Digital DMA
Cajun Country Switches On Digital LITE
NetNewsCheck, Aug 16, 2012, 7:00 AM EDT
The Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (or LITE) Center, has lit a digital fire under media properties in Lafayette, La., where a new paywall at Gannett's Daily Advertiser, some weather apps at KATC and lots of social media are livening up the local online competition. Full Story | Add comment
Report: Gannett To Buy BLiNQ For $40M
Atlanta Business Chronicle, Aug 13, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT
Newspaper publisher Gannett Co. is close to closing a deal for Atlanta-based BLiNQ Media, a media and technology company that helps companies advertise and engage with consumers on Facebook and other social networks. Link | Add comment
Digital DMA
In Greenville, Television Sites Lead Online
NetNewsCheck, Jul 26, 2012, 7:24 AM EDT
Gannett's Greenville (S.C.) News is bested by all three of the market's top TV sites. The paper lost some traffic after launching a hard paywall in July 2010, but recently switched to a looser, metered model in an effort to win back some of the local audience. Greenville News has also become more of a player in mobile, with a suite of apps added in May, to better position itself against its TV competitors. Full Story | Comments (2)
USA Today Rebrands High School Sports Site
NetNewsCheck, Jul 17, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT
Gannett Digital Revenue Up 13% In Q2
NetNewsCheck, Jul 16, 2012, 3:24 PM EDT
Gracia Martore, Gannett's CEO, attributed the increase to a higher demand for digital solutions and early success for the company’s new paywall strategy. Digital revenue company-wide totaled $311.7 million, an increase of 12.9%. Full Story | Add comment
USA Today Names David Callaway EIC
NetNewsCheck, Jul 10, 2012, 12:25 PM EDT
David Callaway, editor in chief of Dow Jones-owned financial news site MarketWatch, will assume the top spot at USA Today's newsroom later this month. Full Story | Add comment
Gannett Adds Free Press To Community Pubs
Crains Detroit Business, Jul 5, 2012, 7:42 AM EDT
The newspaper will now join the more than 80 papers in Gannett's U.S. Community Publishing division. The Free Press had been in a separate division with USA Today. Link | Add comment
USA Today Forms Sports Digital Properties
NetNewsCheck, Jun 28, 2012, 2:09 PM EDT
The company will gather all of its sports properties under the umbrella of the new division. USA Today named Chris Pirrone to oversee operations for the Sports Digital Properties group. Full Story | Add comment
Gannett's Wis. Papers Roll Out Paywalls
WLUK-TV, Jun 27, 2012, 8:21 AM EDT
The company's Wisconsin newspapers have started rolling out a new online subscription plan which will charge readers $12 per month for unlimited access, with the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Appleton Post-Crescent, Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter, The Oshkosh Northwestern and Fond du Lac Reporter among the papers taking on the new payment model. Link | Add comment
Investors See Some Value In Newspaper Cos.
The Wall Street Journal, Jun 27, 2012, 7:21 AM EDT
Newspaper companies, of the type News Corp. might spin off, are trading at premiums to book value, suggesting investors still see value in the business. Link | Add comment
Dan Shanoff On Curation: 'Less Is More'
Nieman Journalism Lab, Jun 13, 2012, 7:50 AM EDT
Dan Shanoff of sports aggregation site Quickish, which is joining the USA Today Sports Media Group, on curation: "When it comes to curation, less is more. You are doing a greater service for news consumers by cutting down on their clutter as much as you can." Link | Add comment
Gannett Buys Sports Aggregator Quickish
All Things Digital, Jun 11, 2012, 3:18 PM EDT
The company’s USA Today Sports Media Group has acquired Quickish, a one-man sports aggregator run by Dan Shanoff. Gannett intends to keep Quickish operating once Shanoff starts working for them. Link | Add comment
Kramer Will Get To Apply Newsroom Theories
Poynter, May 16, 2012, 8:19 AM EDT
Larry Kramer, USA Today's new publisher, hasn't had a newspaper job since 1991, but he has been writing about how newspapers have squeezed out investigative reporting and their need for new business models. Link | Add comment
USA Today Names Larry Kramer Publisher
NetNewsCheck, May 15, 2012, 8:14 AM EDT
Gannett on Monday announced that it has appointed MarketWatch founder and former CBS Digital Media head Larry Kramer president and publisher of USA Today. Full Story | Add comment
Five More Gannett Papers Get Paywalls
News & Tech, May 14, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT
Gannett Co. Inc.’s U.S. Community Publishing launched pay initiatives at The Press & Sun-Bulletin in Binghamton, N.Y., the Star-Gazette in Elmira, N.Y., the Ithaca (N.Y.) Journal and New Jersey dailies Home News Tribune and Courier News. Link | Add comment
Gannett CFO Saleh Exits For CSC Post
Bloomberg, May 14, 2012, 3:07 PM EDT
Paywalled Aggregator Ongo Closes Doors
Nieman Journalism Lab, May 9, 2012, 8:27 AM EDT
The year-old subscription aggregation startup Ongo — backed by The New York Times, The Washington Post and Gannett (at a reported investment of $4 million each) — struggled to find a way to charge readers who have free alternatives. Link | Add comment
USA Today, Hilton Team On Digital Initiative
USA Today, May 3, 2012, 8:34 AM EDT
Hilton Worldwide and USA Today have agreed to a multiyear deal that will give Hilton customers 24-hour-a-day access to news and local information from Gannett publications including USA Today, as well as entertainment, books, magazines, games and other content, on their laptops, iPads or other devices. Link | Add comment
Gannett Q1 Digital Revenue Rises 8%
NetNewsCheck, Apr 16, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT
Digital revenue for the entire company reached $272.8 million for the quarter, an increase of 8.2%, while operating revenue for the company’s Digital segment rose 6.8%, hitting $168.4 million. Full Story | Add comment
New Jersey Papers To Put Up Paywall, Apr 16, 2012, 6:13 AM EDT
Gannett-owned New Jersey Press Media Group — which includes the Home News Tribune, Courier News and — will launch a metered pay system in May. The newspapers are also introducing new smartphone and iPad apps. Link | Add comment
Digital DMA
A Big Bet On Social Media Pays Off In Reno
NetNewsCheck, Apr 12, 2012, 6:28 AM EDT
Reno is trying to shed its gambling image and recreate itself as a high-tech hub and local media players in the "Biggest Little City in the World" are helping the cause by doubling down on Twitter and Facebook in their efforts to draw more visitors and win big in the play for digital revenue. The strategy has already helped the Reno Gazette-Journal bring more readers to its breaking news coverage. Full Story | Add comment
NAA mediaXchange 2012
Gannett Expects Paywall Will Be Worth $100M
Poynter, Apr 9, 2012, 8:18 AM EDT
Gannett community newspaper chief Bob Dickey on the company's plan to roll out paywalls at most of its newspapers by the end of the year: “We think that will be worth $100 million to us in 2013.” Link | Add comment
Gannett Buyouts To Begin This Week
Gannett Blog, Apr 6, 2012, 7:51 AM EDT
Gannett Announces Q2 Furloughs For USA Today, Apr 5, 2012, 7:43 AM EDT
NAA mediaXchange 2012
Paper Execs Buoyant On Digital Prospects
NetNewsCheck, Apr 4, 2012, 7:21 AM EDT
A panel of newspaper executives at the Newspaper Association of America's mediaXchange conference Tuesday said the tide is turning for the embattled industry as their digital efforts — including paid content models and pushing content to other platforms — take hold and begin to pay off. Full Story | Add comment
Tech Spotlight
Good Call: iPhones Are Stations' Hottest Tool
TVNewsCheck, Mar 22, 2012, 2:17 PM EDT
Many news organizations are finding that their journalists — both print and broadcast — are much more productive when equipped with the very versatile phone powered by an ever-growing number of apps. “Now everybody’s a newsgatherer,” says KPNX Phoenix News Director Mark Casey. “Our photojournalists use traditional pro video cameras, the point-and-shoot or the iPhone — and sometimes all three.” Link | Add comment
Ex-Gannett CEO Dubow Gets $32M Exit Package
Bloomberg Businessweek, Mar 20, 2012, 7:39 AM EDT
Gannett Establishing A National News Desk
Gannett Blog, Mar 15, 2012, 7:36 AM EDT
Newspapers Putting Their Faith In Paywalls
The Wall Street Journal, Mar 6, 2012, 6:56 AM EST
As more newspapers close the door on free access to their websites, some publishers are still waiting for paying customers to pour in. The numbers of readers signing up so far suggest that at many papers, "paywalls" aren't about to reverse publishers' deteriorating finances. Yet the results aren't discouraging industry executives, who say their efforts are succeeding in shoring up the core print business after years of declines. Link | Add comment
Can An Army Of Paywalls Buoy Gannett?
Nieman Journalism Lab, Feb 29, 2012, 4:09 PM EST
Justin Ellis: "Since each site has the ability to determine the pricing for its subscription plan, there will undoubtedly be tension between what individual markets will bare and what the mothership needs to improve its bottom line. For Gannett, one paper’s success with digital subscriptions can be another paper’s failure." Link | Add comment
Mary Murcko Named President-Sales For Gannett
Advertising Age, Feb 28, 2012, 7:41 AM EST
Will Gannett's Paywall Plan Work?
PaidContent, Feb 23, 2012, 7:35 AM EST
Jeff Roberts: "There are some wildcards here. These include Gannett’s capacity to develop and scale mobile and tablet applications for all of its properties." Link | Add comment
Gannett Plans Paywalls For All Except One
Forbes, Feb 22, 2012, 2:35 PM EST
The company is planning to switch all of its 80 community newspapers to a metered paid model by the end of the year, it announced today during its investor day event. The one exception: national newspaper USA Today. Late Last year, CEO Gracia Martore told Wall Street analysts that the company would be rolling out paywalls in an effort to monetize its online properties. Link | Add comment
Gannett Offers Early Retirement To 665 Employees
Jim Romenesko, Feb 9, 2012, 3:16 PM EST
Gannett Digital Rev Up 6.5% In Q4
MediaPost, Jan 30, 2012, 3:33 PM EST
Total revenue for the media company was down 5.1%, with digital was a bright spot, bringing in $290.3 million for the quarter, primarily on the strength of CareerBuilder. Link | Add comment
Gannett Bolsters Online Sports Presence
PaidContent, Jan 24, 2012, 2:41 PM EST
Gannett Co. has purchased Fantasy Sports Ventures, a group of sports blogs, that it hopes will vault the company to a higher level of prominence in the online sports world. Link | Add comment
Gannett Shutters NY Entertainment Site Metromix
Capital New York, Jan 17, 2012, 7:53 AM EST
Indy Star Employees Get $1K Year-End Bonuses
Gannett Blog, Dec 27, 2011, 3:35 PM EST
Gannett Ramps Up Mobile Newsroom Tech
TVNewsCheck, Dec 22, 2011, 3:38 PM EST
In a memo to employees yesterday, Bob Dickey, president of Gannett's U.S. newspapers division, outlined the company's increased investment in newsgathering tools. The move includes the purchase of "thousands of new devices," such as iPhones, iPads and MiFi wireless Internet hotspots. Link | Add comment
Westchester Local News Is Four-Sided War
Street Fight, Dec 16, 2011, 6:30 AM EST
Within months, four media companies will be competing community by community for dominance in New York's Westchester County. Three are already up and running: Gannett, AOL's Patch and MainStreetConnect. And now Cablevision is planting a flag in the county, joining the digital free-for-all. Link | Add comment
UBS Global Media and Communications Conference
Gannett To Extend Paywalls To More Papers
NetNewsCheck, Dec 8, 2011, 8:07 AM EST
Gannett is planning to roll out paywalls companywide next year in an effort to "capture added revenue and profitability," CEO Gracia Martore yesterday told analysts at the UBS conference in New York. Full Story | Add comment
Eight Newspapers Team On Deals Initiative
NetNewsCheck, Nov 17, 2011, 3:40 PM EST
Eight newspaper publishers — Advance Digital, A.H. Belo, Cox Media Group, Gannett, Hearst Corp., MediaNews Group, McClatchy and The Washington Post Co. — are taking on Groupon and other deals sites by launching an online deals platform, called Find n Save. Full Story | Add comment
10 Groups, ConnecTV To Offer 2nd Screen
TVNewsCheck, Nov 15, 2011, 7:44 AM EST
The partnership will offer a "second screen" app in early 2012, allowing viewers to tap into related content and swap comments with friends watching the same broadcast TV show as the same time. Broadcasters hope the app with lead to increased revenue, greater engagement and better tune-in promotion. Participating station groups include those of Pearl, the joint venture formed last year to pursue the mobile DTV business. They include Belo, Cox, Scripps, Gannett, Hearst Television, Media General, Meredith, Post-Newsweek and Raycom. Link | Add comment
Video Boosts CPMs For Gannett News Sites, Nov 8, 2011, 8:43 AM EST
Gannett, the nation's largest newspaper group, is getting $40-$50 per thousand video views on several of its smaller market newspapers, according to Kate Walters, senior VP for Video at Gannett Digital. Play video. Link | Add comment
Gannett Board Elects Susan Ness As New Director
Washington Business Journal, Oct 26, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT
Why Not Occupy Newsrooms?
The New York Times, Oct 24, 2011, 2:13 PM EDT
Media companies offer their own prime examples of the bonus excess that is driving the protests at Occupy Wall Street. David Carr: "The newspaper business is struggling, and those of us who have jobs are lucky to still have them. But how in the world could a board, any board, justify such huge payouts to media executives at a time like this? It’s not that any of them were flight risks, in need of incentive to stick out a bankruptcy." Link | Add comment
Quarterly Report
Gannett 3Q Digital Revenue Up 10.3%
NetNewsCheck, Oct 17, 2011, 3:09 PM EDT
Digital revenue for the third quarter of 2011 hit $173.9 million. The company's 120 domestic websites’ consolidated Internet audience share was 51.5 million unique visitors reaching 23.6% of the Internet audience, according to Comscore. Full Story | Add comment
Peter Lewis: Gannett Serves Only Itself
Words & Ideas, Oct 12, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT
Consultant and former Gannett reporter Peter Lewis on Craig Dubow's $37.1 million retirement and disability package and the company's recent pledge to continue to provide news an information to its audience: "These people are lying. The corporate goal is not to serve the consumer; it’s to maximize profits and pay packages for top executives. Can anyone argue that Gannett newspapers and journalism are better today, and that news consumers are better served?" Link | Add comment
Gannett Shutters MomsLikeMe Site
Business First, Oct 10, 2011, 8:54 AM EDT
Gannett-owned MomsLikeMe announced that it will be shutting its sites Friday, Oct. 14. A notice posted on, which operates in 90 cities, said Gannett made a business decision to invest in other online digital initiatives. Link | Add comment
Craig Dubow Resigns From Gannett
TVNewsCheck, Oct 6, 2011, 10:45 PM EDT
Health problems force him to step down. He’s being replaced by Marjorie Magner, who’s named chairman, and  Gracia Martore, who becomes CEO. Link | Add comment
WKYC Cleveland Debuts DealChicken
TVNewsCheck, Sep 20, 2011, 4:03 PM EDT
The Gannett NBC affiliate launched the DealChicken daily deals service as part of the company's nationwide rollout of the new service. Link | Add comment
Gannett CEO Dubow To Take Medical Leave
TVNewsCheck & AP, Sep 16, 2011, 7:24 AM EDT
COO Gracia Martore will be in charge during Craig Dubow’s absence as she was in 2009. Link | Add comment
Gannett Buys Photo Service US Presswire
Photo Business News & Forum, Sep 13, 2011, 7:52 AM EDT
WFMY Greensboro Teams With DealChicken
TVNewsCheck, Aug 31, 2011, 6:59 AM EDT
CBS affiliate WFMY Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem, N.C., has launched daily deals site DealChicken as part of a larger rollout by parent company Gannett Co. to more than 50 markets across the U.S. by the end of 2011. Link | Add comment
Deal Chicken To Launch In Grand Rapids
NetNewsCheck, Aug 15, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT
Gannett television station WZZM is rolling out the company's Deal Chicken daily deals service in Grand Rapids, Mich., next week. Full Story | Add comment
DealChicken Launches In Denver
NetNewsCheck, Aug 2, 2011, 1:56 PM EDT
Gannett Co.'s Denver NBC affiliate KUSA launched the DealChicken daily deals service as part of the company's nationwide rollout of the new service. Full Story | Comments (1)
Gannett: Deal Chicken To Be A ‘Top 3 Player’
BIA/Kelsey, Jul 28, 2011, 7:54 AM EDT
Gannett Digital head Josh Resnick expects the company's new Deal Chicken daily deals service to eventually become a top 3 player in each of its markets. Link | Add comment
Gannett Expands 'Deal Chicken' Program
Street Fight, Jun 24, 2011, 8:14 AM EDT
Gannett's Deal Chicken, which launched last fall with little fanfare and in just one market, Phoenix, is set to expand, with a recent announcement of growth into another Gannett market, Louisville, and many more in the coming months. Link | Add comment
Gannett To Lay Off 700 At Its Newspapers
Adweek, Jun 22, 2011, 8:09 AM EDT
In an internal memo distributed Tuesday, Gannett's U.S. newspapers division president Bob Dickey announced that 700 employees -- or approximately 2% of the company's overall workforce -- would be laid off. Link | Add comment
Digital DMAs
Gannett Tests Hyperlocal Model In Tampa
NetNewsCheck, May 12, 2011, 7:07 AM EDT
In a market with fierce competition from a myriad of newspaper and television sites vying to be No. 1, Gannett chooses the sunny Tampa-St. Petersburg market as the online proving ground for its bold experiment in hyperlocal news sites. Full Story | Comments (1)
Gannett To Launch Daily Deals Nationwide
PaidContent, Apr 18, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT
Gannett CEO Craig Dubow during a conference call with investors highlighted the company's local digital marketing programs, particularly around the hot trend of online daily deals. The local digital programs will be rolled out nationwide: DoubleTake, a Groupon-like experiment begun at Clipper Magazine, followed by Daily Check-In. Link | Add comment
At Gannett, Furloughs But Nice Paydays For Brass
The New York Times, Apr 11, 2011, 7:17 AM EDT
Media Cos Send News Reader Zite C&D Letter
All Things Digital, Mar 31, 2011, 7:38 AM EDT
The Washington Post, AP, Gannett, Getty Images, Time, Dow Jones and several other media companies sent a cease-and-desist letter to iPad news reader app Zite over copyright concerns. Link | Add comment
Gannett Rolls Out New Corporate Branding
ACES, Mar 7, 2011, 6:47 AM EST
McClatchy Ad Revenue Drops 10% In January
Poynter, Feb 8, 2011, 3:20 PM EST
Gannett CEO: Strategy Targets Local, Mobile
PaidContent, Feb 1, 2011, 7:08 AM EST
Gannett CEO Craig Dubow began the company’s largely positive fourth quarter earnings results by highlighting the local digital moves on the hyperlocal and marketing fronts and offered a lot of credit to its partners in display for newspapers and TV (Yahoo) and hyperlocal (DataSphere). Gannett now has 264 hyperlocal sites in 10 markets. In addition to building up its hyperlocal offerings, the company is also betting big on mobile for 2011. Link | Add comment
Planet Discover Becomes Local Marketplace
BIA/Kelsey, Jan 13, 2011, 8:00 AM EST
When it was launched in 2004, Gannett’s Planet Discover was a pioneer in local search. Today, the service has evolved beyond its directory roots. CEO David Lenzen: "We really don’t focus on it so much as an Internet Yellow Pages as an online local marketplace." Link | Add comment
Newspaper Publishers Say Ads Improving
Bloomberg, Dec 8, 2010, 1:11 PM EST
Two of the country's biggest newspaper publishers -- Gannett Co. and McClatchy Co. -- say advertising revenue continued to improve in the fourth quarter, even if they are still not ready to predict when or if traditional print revenue will start growing again. Link | Add comment
Group Buying
Other Players Could Move In Deals Space
CNBC, Dec 7, 2010, 7:01 AM EST
Google's recent attempt to buy Groupon and Amazon's $175 million investment in LivingSocial has generated buzz for group buying site and its rivals. Companies like Microsoft, AOL and Gannett could benefit from scooping up some of the other deals sites such as SocialBuy, Tippr and BuyWithMe. Link | Add comment

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