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  • 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
  • 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

People
Ricky Matthews Leavings As Publisher Of NOLA.com, Times-Picayune
Poynter, Jan 29, 2016, 6:32 AM EST
People
Carolyn Fox Tapped As NOLA.com Head Of Content
Nola.com, Jan 13, 2016, 6:12 AM EST
Newspapers
NO's Times-Picayune Cuts 28 Newsroom Jobs
Nola.com, Sep 17, 2015, 1:56 PM EDT
There's more bloodletting at the Advance-owned NOLA.com and The Times-Picayune, where 28 newsroom staffers have been given pink slips. The cuts are part of a restructuring that follows the departure of longtime editor Jim Amoss and include nine part-time positions, trimming the overall newsroom by 21%. Link | Add comment
People/ Newspapers
Amoss Stepping Down As Times-Pic Editor; Lorando To Take Helm
Nola.com, Sep 4, 2015, 6:24 AM EDT
Jim Amoss, the longtime editor of the Advance-owned Times-Picayune is stepping down, to be replaced by Mark Lorando, who assumes the editorial reins as well as the VP of content title. Amoss will stay on the editorial board until the fall and then became an editor at large for Advance Digital, an affiliated company.  Link | Add comment
Newspapers
Three Jobs Cut As Times-Pic Unveils New Orleans Print Lab
Nola.com, Aug 27, 2015, 6:53 AM EDT
Three staffers will be laid off as a new facility to design and print The Times-Picayune and four other Mississippi and Alabama papers opens in metro New Orleans, the paper said this week. The lab will be headed by Terry Baquet, currently director of the paper's print team, who will head a print staff of 26. The Times-Pic is also adding five senior editors and topic editors to its downtown N.O. newsroom.  Link | Add comment
Newspapers
NOLA, Times-Picayune Face More Staff Cuts
Blog of New Orleans, Jun 18, 2015, 11:24 AM EDT
Kevin Allman reports that two days after executives at NOLA Media Group, publisher of NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, announced the company would be merging with the Alabama Media Group to form a new "Southeast Regional Media Group," managers at the media company's offices met with reporters to announce the newsroom would shrink — again. Link | Add comment
Newspapers
NOLA.com Launches Digital Media Contest
Nola.com, Mar 26, 2015, 9:27 AM EDT
NOLA.com, the website for Advance-owned The Times-Picayune, launched a partnership and contest on Wednesday with New Orleans business incubator The Idea Village to spur innovation in the digital media industry. Eligible companies must be for-profit and have a scalable model to grow to 75,000 visitors in the first 18 months.  Link | Add comment
Journalism
TV-Paper Partnership A Winner In NOLA
TVNewsCheck, Apr 15, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT
The combined investigative efforts of WVUE and NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune produced Louisiana Purchasedan exhaustive, data-heavy investigation, yielding about two dozen TV news stories, 73 articles, an online database of more than 741,000 individual contributions — and a 2013 Peabody Award. And it may also be the future template for other ambitious media outlet cooperative journalism. 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
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
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
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
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
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, Nola.com Team With WVUE On Sports
NetNewsCheck, Sep 6, 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
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)
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
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
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
New Orleans Times-Picayune & NOLA.com
Pulitzer Winner Marshall Turns Down NOLA Job
JimRomenesko.com, Jul 5, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT

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