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Over the past few weeks, I’ve spoken (virtually) at five state and regional press association conventions. In all but one, my leadoff topic was “What’s Going on in Newspapers Right Now?” based on my most recent research among newspaper publishers throughout the U.S. and Canada. At all five c…

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Augsburg-based Presse-Druck- und Verlags, responsible for printing some of Germany’s biggest regional papers, will implement updates to offset industry cost pressures, says a news release from Switzerland-based ABB.

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The Boston Herald's newsstand sales have fallen 41% year-over-year in recent months, says the paper’s filing with the Alliance for Audited Media, the Boston Business Journal reported.

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As media companies make adjustments during the coronavirus pandemic, a slew of relocations, building closures and sales is in the news.

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ProPublica is adding offices in the South and the Southwest and augmenting its presence in the Midwest, the company announced in October. The expansion is in addition to ProPublica’s joint initiative with The Texas Tribune and our Local Reporting Network.

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Andover, Massachusetts-based Bluefin Technology Partners recently bagged the Douglas Budget (Wyoming) as a client for its self-service advertising solutions. The company’s offerings include Bluefin Place Ad, which lets advertisers place classified ads in multiple print and online publication…

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The Local Media Association has a lot going on. Among the myriad projects the association is undertaking (see below), one jumps out at the moment: a lab on journalism funded by philanthropy. It’s spot-on with the LMA’s focus on proving out new business models for the industry.

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Telegraph Media Group has chosen Twipe as the partner to work on their recently relaunched daily edition app, says Belgium-based Twipe.

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Senators Ben Cardin (D-Maryland), Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire), Chuck Schumer (D-New York) and Chris Coons (DDelaware) have introduced the “Heroes Small Business Lifeline Act,” which provides a Small Business Administration affiliation waiver that would allow more news publishers to appl…

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Despite the effect COVID-19 had on businesses, content marketing remained relatively steady and is projected to be more of a priority in 2021, according to a recent report. The Branded Content Project, an initiative by the Local Media Consortium, Local Media Association and Facebook Journali…

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SendtoNews, owner and operator of a digital video distribution platform, has developed a video player with a playlist dedicated to providing publishers and their readers up-to-theminute coronavirus coverage, the company says.

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“Ensure that journalism has a long and bright future.” That the mission of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri (whose journalism school is long recognized as one of the nation’s best), according to its executive director, Randy Picht. As the field of jou…

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• ESPN has announced the layoffs of 300, network president Jimmy Pitaro said in a memo to staff, USA Today Sports reported Nov. 5. Also, 200 open jobs won’t be filled.

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Lee Enterprises has selected Dan Adams to be president and director of local sales and marketing for the company’s Central Illinois Publishing Group, which includes The Pantagraph in Bloomington, the Herald & Review in Decatur and the Journal-Gazette & Times-Courier in CharlestonMatt…

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What will happen with media and print industry conferences and fairs in the future? Will organizers bring in-person back after the knee-capping to the industry delivered by coronavirus? Will companies budget to send their people to the events? We can only hope.

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Local Media Association serves more than 3,000 newspapers, TV stations, digital news sites, radio stations and research and development partners. Google and Facebook are major funders for LMA. The organization has set four strategic pillars for 2020 and 2021: journalism funded by philanthrop…

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Newsday has a new, state-of-the-art TV studio. The Long Islandbased newspaper unveiled the studio during live election night coverage.

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FTI Con - sulting has put out a re - port urging newspapers t o r e t h i n k legacy dis - tribution of t h e i r p r i n t product.

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ProImage, owned by Agfa, is now offering SPIR@L, a new RIP screening technology, to its customers and prospects.

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Each year, I survey U.S. publishers and general managers about the health of their newspapers. During the late spring/early summer of 2020, I received completed surveys from participants representing 500 newspapers or groups. In my previous column, I discussed some of the overall results of …

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Washington Post has launched Project Signal, “a next-generation advertising product that brings the combination of advertiser and reader needs to the forefront,” wrote Jarrod Dicker, vice president of innovation and commercial strategy, in a blog post on the product.

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Longtime SCS customer LNP Media Group, based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, has selected SCS/ClassPag to automate the pagination of its classified pages across its multiple publications. LNP Media Group owns and publishes several titles, including LNP, its flagship daily paper, and Lancaster Fa…

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Mid-America Publishing, a third-generation publishing house based in Hampton, Iowa, has moved their legacy workflow system to the hosted, cloud-based production environment offered by Presteligence, NewsXtreme Cloud, says a news release from Presteligence.

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Google suit draws news industry reactions

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It’s a fascinating time in the newspaper business,  especially from a research perspective. 2020 marks my fifth straight year polling newspapers in the U.S. and Canada about the overall health of the industry.  I’ve just completed crunching the numbers from the most recent survey and  will sh…

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Kodak and PerfectPattern ink deal

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even as so-called “news deserts” appear across America, millionaires are investing in new and existing newspapers. One investor even says there is now a “new path forward” for community newspapers. 

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The managers of the Times Union (Albany, New York) faced a task recently, one that many American companies have faced. They needed to move operations offsite in the face of the coronavirus epidemic.

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Zeus Technology, a revenue platform from The Washington Post, will license Zeus Performance to Tribune Publishing in eight media markets, according to the Post. 

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Signature Offset will deploy NewsXtreme Cloud services for their print production, Ohio-based software developer Presteligence said in a press release. 

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Adams Publishing Group is going with Memoriams for obituary selfserve across all properties, said a press release from Adpay | Memoriams. 

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The Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina, is ramping up for a major controls system upgrade. The publisher in August signed a deal with DCOS Automation to replace existing press registration system on its two Goss Metroliner double-width presses.