• 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

Philly Newspaper Guild Begins Strike Prep
Philly Magazine, Jun 4, 2015, 9:01 AM EDT
The Philadelphia Newspaper Guild Wednesday overwhelmingly voted to begin preparations for a strike against Philadelphia Media Network, the parent company of the Inquirer, Daily News, and  Joel Mathis reports that in the meantime, the union will bring in additional negotiators to apply new pressure in an attempt to break the impasse that has gone unresolved since the union’s contract with PMN originally expired in February.
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Local News Sites
New Philly Local Site Billy Penn Launches
Billy Penn, Oct 22, 2014, 3:12 PM EDT
Billy Penn, the new mobile-focused Philadelphia local news site from former Digital First executive Jim Brady, launched Wednesday. In an introduction letter, Brady and Editor Chris Krewson called the launch a beta version and promised more features soon, "This initial version of Billy Penn is imperfect. We’ll be adding new features and functionality ... with much of it focused on building communities of interest and finding new ways to deliver news of relevance to you when and where you want it." Link | Add comment
KYW Philly Combines TV, Radio Newsrooms
NetNewsCheck, Feb 28, 2014, 3:30 PM EST
The CBS-owned radio station will move into its TV sister's headquarters on Sunday. The move will combine the operations and resources of, the TV and the radio stations under one roof. Full Story | Add comment
KYW Philly Launches News Brief On Website
TVSpy, Feb 28, 2014, 11:33 AM EST
Philadelphia CBS owned station KYW is offering a short news brief available on the station's website. The video is posted every night at around 7:30 p.m. and is anchored by Jessica Dean. Link | Add comment
Amid Papers’ Chaos, Philly News Innovates
NetNewsCheck, Jan 20, 2014, 6:58 AM EST
In Philadelphia, the big news may be the chaos at Interstate General Media, owner of the market's major daily newspapers The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News. But despite the turmoil, the city's news organzations are busy creating new digital products focused on the region’s sports, culture and civic life. Full Story | Add comment
Pong Game Will Be Writ Large On Philly Skyscraper
Associated Press, Apr 19, 2013, 8:01 AM EDT
Journos’ Self-Concepts Mar Digital Adaptation
Nieman Journalism Lab, Jan 21, 2013, 8:29 AM EST
C. W. Anderson, CUNY professor and former journalist: "The difficulties in networking the news stem as much from journalistic culture — journalism’s vision of “its” public and the importance of the act of reporting in the journalistic imaginary — as they do from logistical or transaction-cost difficulties that can be easily remedied through managerial solutions." Link | Add comment
Digital DMA Update
Inquirer, Daily News To Split From
NetNewsCheck, Dec 10, 2012, 6:57 AM EST
The Philadelphia Inquirer
and Philadelphia Daily News, after sharing 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, 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
Lots Of TV And Radio Ad Deals In Philly
Media Life, Oct 10, 2012, 1:54 PM EDT
NewsWorks' Year Holds Lessons For Future
Nieman Journalism Lab, Nov 7, 2011, 3:47 PM EST
Philadelphia’s WHYY launched NewsWorks, a hyperlocal, pro-am news site for northwest Philly one year ago and has experienced quite a few successes and some failures during that time. Link | Add comment
NBC Philadelphia Teams Up With Foursquare
Lost Remote, Aug 16, 2011, 3:12 PM EDT
Philadelphia's NBC-owned station is teaming up with Foursquare to bring local news reporting to the check-in service. Link | Add comment
Philly Stations Innovate To Cope With Tech Future, Mar 29, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT
Digital DMAs
Philly Locals Take On New Digital Challengers
NetNewsCheck, Feb 24, 2011, 6:39 AM EST
Though traditional media sites rule the online roost in the city that was the cradle of democracy in this country, community-driven sites are proliferating, serving a market hungry for local news and sports. Philadelphia boasts some 260 blogs and hyperlocal news sites and possibly more on the way. Full Story | Comments (2)
PMN: Not Going Behind Paywall, Jan 7, 2011, 6:49 AM EST
Philadelphia Media Network CEO Greg Osberg responded to reports that 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 Moving Closer To A Paywall Plan, Jan 6, 2011, 7:30 AM EST will soon be pushing two pay products: the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News in an “e-reader” format, which mimics the layouts of those papers, according to reports. Content from the papers that appears on will remain free. Also on tap for the site: a redesign and a pending content partnership between and City Paper. Link | Add comment
Philly Journalism Project Gets $2.4M Grant
J-Lab, Dec 23, 2010, 7:01 AM EST
The William Penn Foundation this week approved a $2.4 million three-year grant to Temple University for a Networked Journalism Collaborative project in Philadelphia. Temple will create a university center to incubate a new organization that is expected to produce original journalism, aggregate other news and information, and develop ways to support the city’s growing group of news Web sites. Link | Add comment
Philly Local Blog Launches Radio Program
NetNewsCheck, Dec 1, 2010, 12:11 AM EST
Hyperlocal News Sites
Philly's WHYY Launches Local News Site
NetNewsCheck, Nov 15, 2010, 3:03 PM EST
Philadelphia public broadcast station WHYY has launched a new hyperlocal news site, Newsworks. The new site represents serious competition for The Philadelphia Inquirer's and, which have been criticized for being light on serious news. Full Story | Add comment
Tech Spotlight
WPVI's New Home Lets It Do It All
NetNewsCheck, Dec 9, 2009, 3:42 AM EST
In designing and outfitting the ABC Philadelphia O&O's new building, the station's chief tech Hank Volpe says the goal was to do more -- much more -- with about the same staffing the station currently has. He thinks they have met that goal by putting together an integrated, file-based distribution system within the building for handling all the video imported or produced by the station. Full Story | Comments (5)

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