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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

Newspapers
Knight Report Gives Philly Newspaper Nonprofit Mixed Assessment
Nieman Journalism Lab, Jun 15, 2016, 2:31 PM EDT
Public Media
As Philly Papers Go Nonprofit, 'Public Media' Definition Blurs
Current, Apr 20, 2016, 2:37 PM EDT
Newspapers/ Nonprofit Media
View: Philly Papers' New Nonprofit Model Not A Match For All
Poynter, Jan 13, 2016, 6:26 AM EST
So Philadelphia's Inky and Daily News will operate under the aegis of the nonprofit Philadelphia Foundation, and Rick Edmonds weighs in on its broader possible adoption in the industry. A vet at the nonprofit Tampa Bay Times affiliated with Poynter, he says it's worked there, but "the structure does not immunize us from the business model and digital challenges the rest of the industry faces.  Or from newsroom downsizing," he writes. A well-run business is still essential to making it work.  Link | Add comment
Newspapers/ Business
Philly Papers' Nonprofit Shift: Four Essential Takeaways
Billy Penn, Jan 12, 2016, 1:16 PM EST
Chris Krewson highlights four key elements of Tuesday's big news that Philadelphia's Inky, Daily News and Philly.com would become part of a nonprofit called the Philadelphia Institute. The move will come with a big tax break, he writes, but they need the business help the structure may allow. It was also put the papers' journalism into competition for important grants (albeit some with strings attached), and generally, it's a bold but untested move.  Link | Add comment
Newspapers
Philly Papers Donated To Media Nonprofit
Philly.com, Jan 12, 2016, 5:43 AM EST
Gerry Lenfest, owner of the Philadelphia Media Network (comprised of the Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com) has donated the news organizations to a nonprofit media institute designed to ensure their ongoing survival. The nonprofit, the Philadelphia Foundation, "sets out mechanisms by which public-interest reporting can be preserved and enhanced while new electronic distribution methods are developed," writes Jeff Gammage. Neither subscribers to the papers nor staffers will see immediate changes from the shift, and union contracts remain intact. 

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Newspapers
Philly.com, Inky And Philly Daily News Come Under A Single Editor
Philly.com, Jan 8, 2016, 12:41 PM EST
Editorial control over Philadelphia's three sister news organizations in the Philadelphia Media network will consolidate under Stan Wischnowski as the new editor in chief, Chris Mondics reports. The company has been looking to make more efficient use of its staffs across the three properties. William K. Marimow, the Inquirer's editor, Michael Days, the Daily News' editor and Eric Ulken, who oversees PMN's digital news operations will all report up to Wischnowski.

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Journalism
Philly Papers: Same Story, Different Pitches
Dave Davies Off Mic, Dec 24, 2015, 7:12 AM EST
Dave Davies writes that two very different headlines for the same story in Wednesday's Philadelphia newspapers shows what happens when when a sassy tabloid like the Philadelphia Daily News and a respectable broadsheet like the Philadelphia Inquirer combine newsrooms.  Link | Add comment
Newspapers
Philly Newspaper Guild Meets With Management Over Layoffs
Poynter, Nov 4, 2015, 2:20 PM EST
Newspapers/ Business
Time Winding Down For Philly Daily News
Poynter, Nov 2, 2015, 6:44 AM EST
The Philadelphia Daily News survived a shutdown wave of second-owned papers across the U.S. in the 80s and 90s, but with news last week that it's merging with the Philadelphia Inquirer, it looks like its time has finally run out. Rick Edmonds looks at the long list of issues stacked against the paper.  Link | Add comment
Newspapers/ Business
Report: Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News Merging, Job Cuts Expected
Philadelphia Business Journal , Oct 30, 2015, 12:54 PM EDT
The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News are merging their newsrooms with layoffs to follow, Alison Burdo reports via tweets from Inky staffer Bob Fernandez. Addressing the staff, publisher Terry Egger says the company will save $5-6 million in the cutbacks.  Link | Add comment
People
Terry Egger Tapped As Publisher Of Philadelphia Media Network, Inky Parent
Philly.com, Aug 25, 2015, 6:13 AM EDT
Digital DMA
In Philly, Millennial Boom Town, Audience Fragmentation Touches All
NetNewsCheck, Jul 21, 2015, 6:19 AM EDT
In the first of our rebooted and expanded Digital DMA profiles, Patrick Duprey looks at how Philadelphia’s news giants Philly.com and WPVI have had to make room for ever-expanding digital competition. Upstarts like Billy Penn and the digitally-robust
Philadelphia Magazine have pushed local TV stalwarts to raise their game amid an ever more fragmented audience.    Full Story | Comments (1)
Newspapers/ Business
In Philly, Contracts Ratified At Inky And Daily News
Poynter, Jul 8, 2015, 7:08 AM EDT
Newspapers/Business
Philly Newspapers Reach Tentative Contract Agreement
Poynter, Jun 29, 2015, 6:44 AM EDT
Newspapers
Philadelphia Dailies Move Closer To Strike
CBS Local, May 21, 2015, 11:09 AM EDT
The Philadelphia-area Newspaper Guild could vote to strike next week if a new contract can’t be reached with the owners of the Inquirer and Daily News before the current one expires on Sunday night. The contract involves workers at the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Daily News, and Philly.com. Link | Add comment
Newspapers/People
Philly Inquirer Bulks Up Business News Staff
Talking Biz News, May 18, 2015, 7:24 AM EDT
Newspapers
Inky To Launch New Sunday Business Section
Talking Biz News, May 15, 2015, 2:57 PM EDT
Newspapers
Philly Papers Get Profit-Sharing
Philadelphia Magazine, Apr 27, 2015, 2:18 PM EDT
Gerry Lenfest, publisher of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com announced on Monday that employees would be receiving $903 profit-sharing checks. But the Newspaper Guild has characterized the checks as miseleading, built on the back of buyouts and furloughs, Joel Mathis reports.  Link | Add comment
Newspapers
Project On Inquirer History Nearing Finish
Kickstarter, Aug 18, 2014, 11:18 AM EDT
For the past five years, Will Steacy has photographed with unrestricted access the newsroom and printing plant of The Philadelphia Inquirer. “Through a depiction of The Inquirer’s efforts to prevail despite depleted ad revenue, a steady decline in circulation, lay-offs, buy-outs, and bankruptcy,” Steacy writes, “my intent is to reveal the challenges and harsh realities that face the newspaper industry today.” Today is the last day for a Kickstarter contribution although Steacy has met his goal.
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Obituary
W. Leon Pope Pioneered Minority Journalism
Press Of Atlantic City, Aug 18, 2014, 10:26 AM EDT
Newspapers
The Long Fall Of Philadelphia Newspapers
Philadelphia Magazine, Aug 12, 2014, 7:45 AM EDT
At the beginning of the 21st century, the newspaper business was a
happy one, fed by fat profit margins and a lack of competition in most cities, writes Joel Mathis, noting Philadelphia was no different with two major daily papers that shared an owner, reached different audiences — and maximized revenue. But, what’s happened since has been brutal, Mathis observes, as he reports on a new document obtained by Philadelphia magazine that shows just how deep the pain went.   Link | Add comment
Ownership
Philly News Heir Sells Stake To Lenfest
ABC , Jun 18, 2014, 2:47 PM EDT
Newspapers
Resignations, Panic Reported At Inquirer
Big Trial, Jun 16, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT
The new owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer, H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, wasn't back yet from his vacation in Vienna and Berlin when leaders of the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia, which represents about 500 of the newspaper's 1,800 employees, were trying to talk Drew Katz, son of the late Lewis Katz, out of his announced intent to sell his father's $16 million stake in the company to Lenfest. Ralph Cipriano provides the details and notes that three top-level Inquirer execs were reported to have resigned.
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Media Ownership
Minority Owners Win In Philly With $88M Bid
USA Today, May 27, 2014, 1:32 PM EDT
The ownership of Philadelphia's two largest newspapers changed
hands again Tuesday after minority owners Lewis Katz and Gerry Lenfest emerged victorious in a bidding war against other owners. Roger Yu reports that Katz and Lenfest grabbed control of Interstate General Media Holdings -- the parent company that operates The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Daily News and Philly.com -- by agreeing to pay $88 million, including about $15 million in debt.
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Philadelphia Newspaper Battle
Rivals Debate Auction Rules For Philly Papers
Associated Press, Feb 20, 2014, 10:51 PM EST
The Philadelphia Inquirer
, the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com are expected to be sold for the sixth time in eight years, and would come less than two years after George Norcross, Lewis Katz and others joined forces as Interstate General Media to buy the businesses. The two factions battling over the have different ideas over how to run the sale. Full Story | Add comment
Philadelphia Newspaper Battle
The Fight For The Future Of Philly's Papers
Philadelphia Magazine, Feb 11, 2014, 8:24 AM EST
Two years after they teamed up to buy the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, power players George Norcross and Lewis Katz are at each other's throats amidst firings, broken agreements, accusations of meddling and a protracted court fight. The inside story of a deal gone bad — and a feud that once again puts Philadelphia's newspapers in peril Link | Add comment
Newspapers
Philly's Inky Said To Be Cutting Opinion Pages
Philadelphia City Paper, Aug 30, 2013, 3:18 PM EDT
Newspapers
Journos: Philly.com Undermining City Papers
Philadelphia City Paper, Aug 7, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT
Philly.com has long been criticized for downplaying news in favor of what one newsroom source called a "ship of entertainment and sex." But a recent episode has pushed a brewing conflict between Inquirer news staff and the website to a breaking point: Under the Norcross' leadership, Philly.com is increasingly competing against the dailies' newsrooms with its own writers. Link | Add comment
Newspapers
Inquirer Journos At War With Philly.com
Philadelphia City Paper, May 23, 2013, 3:24 PM EDT
Reporters worry that Philly.com is devouring the papers it was created to promote. Despite Interstate General Media spinning off new sites for the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News in March, Philly.com fails to advertise either site and

their structure suggests that they may have been built to benefit Philly.com. Link | Add comment
Philly's Inky Returns To Newsstands On Saturdays
JimRomenesko.com, May 13, 2013, 7:43 AM EDT
Inky's Decline A Pic Of Papers' Long Farewell
Wired, Apr 18, 2013, 4:23 PM EDT
The extreme downsizing of the Philadelphia Inquirer is a stand-in for what we know has been happening to newspapers across the country for the last decade. Photographer Will Steacy has been documenting these financially difficult years for the paper, giving a unique perspective on the national downsizing and closures that are easily dismissed as just numbers. Link | Add comment
Philly Papers, Guild Reach 2-Year Agreement
The Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia, Feb 1, 2013, 7:53 AM EST
The Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia and Interstate General Media, owners of The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News, on Thursday reached a tentative agreement for a two-year contract. Under the agreement, IGM will be contractually obligated to print both papers as daily papers. Newsroom employees will get a 2.5% pay cut for 2013 and there will be no layoffs in the first year of the contract. A ratification vote will likely occur next week, the guild said. Link | Add comment
Coalition Sets Out To Save Philly Newspapers
NetNewsCheck, Jan 31, 2013, 3:13 PM EST
The group, consisting of business people, labor unions, activists and citizens, has launched website and Facebook page and has launched a petition drive in support of the papers and the journalists and other workers. Full Story | Add comment
Philly Guild Agrees To Early Talks On Contract
Philadelphia Inquirer, Jan 18, 2013, 7:45 AM EST
The largest union representing workers at Interstate General Media, the parent company of The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com, has agreed to begin early bargaining on a new contract as management of the media company continues to seek ways to cut expenses. Link | Add comment
Commentary
No One Coming To Save Philly Newspapers
The Philly Post, Jan 16, 2013, 3:19 PM EST
Joel Mathis on the threat by owners of Philadelphia dailies the Inquirer and Daily News to liquidate the newspapers if their demands aren't met this week: "That may just be hardball negotiating tactics ... but it also tells us that the future is probably going to be painful at the newspapers, and that the media landscape in this city could shift significantly in the coming weeks and months." Link | Add comment
Philly Paper Owners Threaten Liquidation
Newsworks, Jan 11, 2013, 8:08 AM EST
Interstate General Media, the owner of Philadelphia's two major newspapers, are threatening to liquidate the Inquirer and Daily News if it doesn't have tentative agreements reached with all of its labor unions by Jan. 18, according to a newspaper union official. Link | Add comment
Digital DMA Update
Inquirer, Daily News To Split From Philly.com
NetNewsCheck, Dec 10, 2012, 6:57 AM EST
The Philadelphia Inquirer
and Philadelphia Daily News, after sharing Philly.com as their online home, are set to launch their own paywalled sites in the first quarter of 2013. “Each paper has a digital side, but it’s all fed through Philly.com, so it’s hard to know who’s in charge of developing brand,” Andrew Mendelson, chair of the journalism department at Temple University, said. “People don’t buy generic news. They want something that has voice, something that’s familiar.” Full Story | Add comment
Philadelphia Inquirer
Reporters Mull Age Bias Complaint Against Inky
Philadelphia City Paper, Oct 17, 2012, 3:06 PM EDT
Commentary
Philadelphia Inquirer Should Go Digital-Only
The Philly Post, Aug 16, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT
Joel Mathis on possible ways to save Philadelphia's Inquirer and Daily News: "Keeping one paper in print and turning the other digital makes sense for both brands, and lets each make a more focused effort to retain and grow their natural audiences." Link | Add comment
Philadelphia Newspapers
Hall To Staffers: Future's Bright, But Change Needed
JimRomenesko.com, Aug 9, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT
Philly Papers Exit 'Tower Of Truth' HQ
Poynter, Jul 9, 2012, 4:06 PM EDT
Marimow To Take New Approach To Old Job In Philly
Poynter, Apr 5, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT
Local Group Buys Philly Papers For $55M
Philly.com, Apr 2, 2012, 3:11 PM EDT
Philly Papers Could Change Hands Monday
Associated Press, Mar 30, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT
Rendell Relinquishes Lead In Philly Papers Buy
Poynter, Mar 8, 2012, 3:00 PM EST
Editor Urges Philly Papers To Reconsider Plan
JimRomenesko.com, Mar 5, 2012, 4:07 PM EST
Commentary
Will Tablets Help Save Newspapers?
Los Angeles Times, Oct 31, 2011, 7:10 AM EDT
James Rainey on the Philadelphia Media Network’s plan to sell tablets with subscriptions to the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News: “It's admirable, and about time, to see a newspaper company (one that happens to have a proud tradition of public-service journalism) reaching aggressively for new customers. Too many other print publications have dawdled while their core audience moved to their free websites or slipped away entirely.” Link | Add comment
Philly.com Bows Hyperlocal For Main Line
Street Fight, Oct 4, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT
Philly.com, the online home for the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Daily News, this week launched Neighbors, a new hyperlocal site dedicated to providing news coverage for Philadelphia's Main Line suburb. Link | Add comment
Philly Papers Kick Off Tablet Plan
Adweek, Sep 13, 2011, 6:59 AM EDT
The Philadelphia Inquirer and sibling paper Philadelphia Daily News' plan to sell discounted tablets containing subscriptions to their digital editions kicks off today. The tablets are Arnova 10 G2 Android devices made by French company Archos. For $285, they will come loaded with the dailies' three paid apps and access to the papers' free site, Philly.com. Link | Comments (1)
Philly Media Hastens Mobile Rev, Tech Plans
Poynter, Jul 12, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT
Philadelphia Media CEO Greg Osberg yesterday announced three new initiatives to accelerate the company's digital plans, including creating a digital media incubator in the Philadelphia Inquirer's building. Link | Add comment
Philly Papers To Sell Tablets To Boost Digital
Adweek, Jul 11, 2011, 4:03 PM EDT
The Philadelphia Inquirer and its sibling Philadelphia Daily News plan to announce a pilot program under which they will sell Android tablets with their content already built in at a discount. Link | Add comment
PMN: Philly.com Not Going Behind Paywall
Phawker.com, Jan 7, 2011, 6:49 AM EST
Philadelphia Media Network CEO Greg Osberg responded to reports that Philly.com would be putting up a paywall, saying that, while the Philadelphia Daily News and Inquirer's new tablet editions would be subscription based, their Web site will stay free. Link | Add comment

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