The Daily Progress (Charlottesville, Virginia) is cutting its four-person copy desk in October, a memo that went to impacted employees said, according to Virginia Business. Page design for the Daily Progress and sister paper the News Virginian in Waynesboro will be handled by consolidated de…
The Local Media Consortium has launched The Matchup, a collaborative online sports platform. Supported by funding from the Google News Initiative, The Matchup provides fans with access to locally produced sports stories and coast-to-coast content, giving local media organizations a means to …
Local Media Association has formed a partnership with The Seattle Times to oversee curriculum for a lab being developed as part of the association’s new Center for Journalism Funding.
A new Pew Research Center analysis of recent surveys finds that U.S. adults who rely mostly on social media for political news tend to be less likely than other news consumers to closely follow major news stories, such as the coronavirus outbreak and the 2020 presidential election. And this …
On July 28, Tribune Publishing’s board launched a “poison pill” strategy to block any potential hostile takeover, the Chicago Tribune reported. The company put out a press release saying the board has approved the adoption of a limited duration stockholder rights agreement and declared a div…
McClatchy announced July 24 that it filed an asset purchase agreement with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, formalizing the details of Chatham Asset Management's successful bid for ownership of McClatchy in the Chapter 11 sale process.
J. Louis Mullen has bought the Emmons County Record in Linton, North Dakota, and the Prairie Pioneer in Pollock, South Dakota. Mullen bought the two papers on July 1 from long-time owners Allan and Leah Burke.
Creditors of African American news and culture magazine Ebony want a federal bankruptcy court in Texas to force the company into Chapter 7 bankruptcy, Law360 reported.
Finland-based forestry giant UPM announced July 16 that it was permanently ceasing production at its Chapelle newsprint mill in Grand-Couronne, France. The consultation process with employee representatives was completed on June 15 and approved by French authorities on July 15.
California-based Delta Print Group has consolidated its print operations by merging five print companies under one roof. imPRESSions Worldwide helped in the effort with the relocation of two of the company’s presses. imPRESSions undertook the dismantling of a Goss Community SSC and a Heidelb…
Cal Poly has established an endowment in honor of printing industry icon Raymond J. Prince, an advocate of education and industry growth who died in May.
Advance has bought The Ironman Group from Wanda Sports Group. The transaction was first announced in March. Orkila Capital, an equity firm focused on the media, entertainment and consumer sectors, partnered with Advance as a co-investor in the transaction.
German press manufacturer Koenig & Bauer is applying for a government loan of up to €120 million ($137 million) to supplement existing credit lines, the company announced.
According to outplacement and business coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, newsrooms have announced 11,027 job cuts this year, up 169.8% from the 4,087 cuts announced in the first half of 2019.
The Local Journalism Sustainability Act, introduced on July 16, is a bipartisan bill co-sponsored by U.S. Representatives Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Arizona) and Dan Newhouse (R-Washington).
• The proposed purchase of Kodak’s paper and chemistry business by Chinese company Sino Promise Holdings was made known internally in early July, says a Kodak Alaris insider, Inside Imaging reported.
Allured Business Media acquired publishing house Creative Age on July 15. The move expands Allured Business Media's salon and spa professional brands from one to five and grows its professional beauty event repertoire, said a news release.Before the acquisition, Illinois-based Allured Busine…
• Seattle magazine is coming back with a special issue later this summer, in concert with affiliated publication Seattle Business magazine, Seattle magazine announced. Seattle magazine had paused publication due to COVID-19.
MLive Media Group says it will move the printing of its eight papers to Ohio and shutter its printing plant outside of Grand Rapids, MLive reported. The change will take place Oct. 5.
Times-Journal Inc. (Marietta, Georgia) will print six Georgia titles owned by Southern Community Newspapers, the Rome paper announced. The titles are the Gwinnett Daily Post, Rockdale Citizen, Newton Citizen, Henry Herald, Clayton News and the Jackson Progress-Argus.
• Beginning July 15, the Echo Journal (Pequot Lakes, Minnesota) will become a weekly with a Wednesday publication date, the paper announced. The change comes as sister paper the Brainerd Dispatch goes from six days a week of print to two days, Wednesdays and Sundays. Forum Communications own…
The Austin American-Statesman is moving in 2021 to MetCenter, a business park near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The paper’s owner, Gannett, has signed a lease for more than 34,000 square feet of space at the corporate park, the paper reported.
Better Newspapers, based in Mascoutah, Illinois, has bought the Douglas County Herald (Ava, Missouri) from owner Sue Jones Curry and other shareholders, the paper reported.
Over the weekend, NordStar Capital raised its bid to buy Toronto Star owner Torstar to $60 million (Canadian, around $44 million U.S.), the paper reported. The bid surpasses a competing $58 million ($42.7 million U.S.) bid from Canadian Modern Media Holdings.
Seattle street paper Real Change has resumed printing after being hit by the coronavirus crisis, the Seattle Times reported. The paper is just one of many street papers that have been struggling amid the pandemic.
Recently bindery equipment and printing controller supplier ECS (Glastonbury, Connecticut) needed to retrofit a Goss Magnapak inserter. ECS serves many of the largest printers in the country.
• The owner of the U.K.’s Daily Mirror and the Daily Express is slashing 12% of its staff, the BBC reported. Reach, which also owns the Daily Star, OK! Magazine and regional papers, said some 550 would be cut.
It’s a holding pattern of sorts in two stories the industry has closely watched involving Tribune Publishing and McClatchy Co.
• Gannett and USA Today have been hit with a lawsuit from Vivera Pharmaceuticals. The suit calls for damages of more than $500 million and alleges defamation, trade libel and intentional and negligent interference with prospective economic advantage, says a news release from California-based…