The Hartford City Council (Connecticut) has thumbed up a resolution pushing Alden Global Capital, the parent of the Hartford Courant, to refrain from more layoffs, which have “decimated” the staff, and to have the paper go back to local ownership, the paper reported. https://www.courant.com/…
Meredith Corporation cut 180 workers last week, the Des Moines Register reported. https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/money/business/2020/09/18/meredith-corporation-cuts-180-jobs-minimal-impact-des-moines/5824016002/
• Tribune Publishing is shuttering the Daily Press office in Newport News (Virginia), the paper reported. Par Ridder, general manager of the Daily Press and other Tribune papers, said office will close permanently by the end of this month. Most Daily Press staff members have been working fro…
Quantum Design, a manufacturer of automatic splicers and turret rewinders and owner of the KTI product line, announced an agreement with Hunkeler, provider of digital print finishing solutions based in Wikon, Switzerland. The agreement will make Quantum Design the exclusive supplier of autom…
The Washington Post and Financial Times are offering a new joint digital subscription. From now through October 8, readers who buy a Washington Post subscription will get three months of the Financial Times included, and readers who buy a Financial Times subscription will get 90 days of digi…
Kodak and PerfectPattern, a specialist in artificial intelligence solutions for manufacturing industries, have a new agreement by which Kodak will take a license for the source code of PerfectPattern’s sPrint One software.
Public notice platform Column will power notices for The Washington Post, providing software for The Post’s online distribution of public and legal notices in the DC-Maryland-Virginia region.
• Hilton Head Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette Editor and President Brian Tolley announced that McClatchy would voluntarily recognize their union, according to the NewsGuild. It’s is the first voluntary recognition by a McClatchy paper in recent years, says the guild.
Capital Gazette (Annapolis, Maryland) staff protested Sept. 7 as parent company Tribune Publishing has shuttered the newsroom’s office in Annapolis, citing budget issues due to COVID-19, WJZ in Baltimore reported.
Printing technologies trade fair drupa is extending its digital offering: starting in October the online platform drupa preview will offer exhibitors and visitors an additional channel for touching base with the sector, discussing trending themes and presenting product portfolios.
• Capital Newspapers is stopping print production of the Reedsburg Times Press (Wisconsin). The last edition will go out Sept. 17. Capital Newspapers is based in Madison and owned by Lee Enterprises and The Capital Times Company.
Google is bringing Your News Update to Google Podcasts and also making it easier to listen to local news when you ask Google Assistant, Google said in a blog. https://blog.google/products/assistant/your-news-update-google-podcasts/
Reuters has a new a partnership with Facebook to produce live U.S. election night results for social media users. https://www.reuters.com/article/rpb-facebookelectionnightresults-idUSKBN25U1RI
The Roanoke Times (Virginia) is cutting 10 staff members in October, according to the Timesland News Guild. The cuts come as owner Lee Enterprises moves to consolidate design in the Midwest. https://www.timeslandnewsguild.com/news
The last weekend of August saw the end for daily TV listings in the print editions of The New York Times. The feature debuted on May 18, 1939. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/28/insider/TV-listings-ending.html
Paxton Media Group has bought the Wilkes Journal-Patriot newspaper in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, from Carter-Hubbard Publishing, according to Randy Cope of Cribb, Greene & Cope, who represented the Hubbard family in the sale.
New Jersey-based hedge fund Chatham Asset Management has completed its buy of McClatchy, Chatham announced. The purchase transitions the McClatchy operation out of bankruptcy. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/mcclatchy-acquired-by-chatham-asset-management-llc-301124648.html
NJ.com (serving a number of New Jersey papers, including The Star-Ledger, The Express-Times and other daily and weekly papers) has launched a Subtext campaign sending text updates on school reopenings in New Jersey.
Starting Sept. 3, print editions of Trib Total Media’s weekly community newspapers will again be delivered to the mailboxes of more than 154,000 households across the region each week, Trib Total Media (southwestern Pennsylvania) has announced.
Many Americans remain skeptical toward the news media, questioning not only the quality of journalists’ work but their intentions behind it, says a Pew Research Center analysis, which culminates a yearlong study on Americans’ views of the news media
• Free Press has launched News Voices: Colorado, a collaboration with the Colorado Media Project and COLab to “ensure that communities across the state have access to the information they need and are represented in the stories being told.” The nonprofit Free Press has an office in Washingto…
The CARES Act has allowed McClatchy to postpone contributions to its pension fund until January 2021, the New York Post reported. The company also got a tax refund of $11.7 million because of CARES, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Post reported. McClatchy is operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy. McClatchy has said it will give 77 percent of that refund to unsecured creditors. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. is one of the company’s top unsecured creditors and is taking over the pension plan. The pension plan is gauged to be underfunded by some $1 billion, the paper says. McClatchy is planning to wrap up its sale to hedge fund Chatham Asset Management in September.
The drop in U.S. ad spending fell at its lowest rate of decline in July since the economic fallout of COVID-19 became apparent post-March, MediaPost reports.
A Pew Research Center survey done in June finds that around three-quarters of U.S. adults say it is very (37%) or somewhat (36%) likely that social media sites intentionally censor political viewpoints that they find objectionable. Just 25% believe this is not likely the case.
Gannett announced a new push to make its workforce as diverse as the country by 2025 and to increase the number of journalists covering issues related to race, identity, social justice and equality, USA Today reported.
Trade group Digital Content Next’s CEO Jason Kint has written a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook asking for disclosure of the terms of a deal between Amazon and Apple and asking if “anyone meeting the conditions” can apply to get the deal.