Although digital presses are beginning to eke out a solid foothold among commercial printers, newspapers have yet to follow suit, although many publishers are seriously considering the printing technology.

The future - as well as the current - direction of individualized news came under the microscope last month as proponents gathered to discuss the concept at the third annual Individuated News Conference.

The topic generating the most buzz at INC3 last month was advertising - how to personalize it and how to monetize it.

Time Inc. is evaluating the next iteration of its customized magazine as it pores over research it's accumulated since the publication's April launch.

When News & Tech first turned its eye to digital presses some eight years ago, my thought process was somewhere along the lines of, "An inkjet press capable of producing 4-color newspapers.

Ted Agres, deputy managing editor, The Washington Times, Peter Vandevanter, vice president, targeted products, MediaNews Group and Steve Nilan, vice president, marketing for Digital Technology International.

Patrick Schroeder, new business development, imaging and printing group; and Larry Tracy, new business development, inkjet and web solutions for Hewlett-Packard Co.

Doug Anderson, director of product development and Kelly A. Dott, director of sales for PageTurnPro.

Peter Vandevanter, vice president, targeted products, MediaNews Group and Sheryl Pattek, vice president, marketing service, Océ North America.

Bryan Yeager Sr., research analyst, production workflow/custom communications for InfoTrends; and R. Allan Talusan, creative director for MediaNews Group.

Wayne Powers, president of Time Inc. Media Group

Amanda B. Carpenter, author and columnist, The Washington Times; Brian Rice, legislative aide to U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.); Stephen Keating, Keating Media; and John F. Harris, editor-in-chief of Politico.

John Solomon, executive editor, The Washington Times

DENVER - MediaNews Group, which plans to roll out its I-News "individuated newspaper" concept to subscribers in Los Angeles this summer, has already begun quietly distributing customized news content to hotel guests through a trial with Marriott Hotels.

Hewlett-Packard last month formally rolled out its Inkjet Web Press digital press aimed at newspaper publishers.

PressTerra said it partnered with Ontime Transport & Logistics to distribute newspaper titles to expatriates and tourists in Spain.

MediaNews Group Chief Executive Officer William Dean Singleton will headline the third Individuated News Conference, being held June 24-26 at The Washington Times in Washington, D.C.

Océ Printing Systems last month unveiled a new digital press aimed squarely at newspaper publishers interested in migrating from offset to digital printing.

MediaNews Group's Targeted Products Division said it hopes to begin testing its "individuated newspaper" concept this summer in an undisclosed market.

Newspapers & Technology continues its 4 Questions series aimed at digital press vendors. This month, Donald Allred, director of business development for inkjet printing solutions with Kodak's Graphic Communications Group, talks about his company's offerings and where they fit into the newspaper market.

Newspapers & Technology continues its 4 Questions series with digital press vendors. This month, Bill Brunone, vice president of targeted inkjet systems for Screen, talks about Screen's newspaper offerings.

Newspapers & Technology continues its 4 Questions series aimed at digital press vendors. Duncan Newton, manager of business development for Océ North America, talks about Océ's digital print offerings for newspapers.

Peter Vandevanter, vice president of targeted products for MediaNews Group, with a sampling of 239 niche publications the publisher prints.

Aurelio Maruggi, vice president and general manager of inkjet high-speed production solutions for Hewlett-Packard, spoke to Newspapers & Technology about HP's digital print offerings for the newspaper industry and whether the technology is really ready to deliver.

One of the hottest trends emerging at last month's Drupa 2008 was the explosion of short-run digital presses aimed at newspapers.

Agfa’s Richard Barham stands next to an Agfa Modular press at last month’s drupa.

Hewlett Packard unveiled its Inkjet Web Press, which will be tested by an undisclosed U.S. newspaper.

The Kodak Versamark VT 3000, a continuous-feed, single-pass press with continuous 4-color inkjet print technology.