sierra Nevada Media changes publishing schedule

Sierra Nevada Media Group has made changes to its production schedule in Northern Nevada.

Starting July 16, The Nevada Appeal was to move from six days to two days (Wednesday and Saturday), The Record-Courier was to change from three days to two days (Thursday and Saturday), The Lahontan Valley News adjusts from two days to one day (Wednesday mail delivery), and The Tahoe Tribune shifts from three days to one day (Friday).

“This new schedule allows us to serve the communities we currently do by printing five days a week — covering the entire area with the same resources it takes to produce one daily,” the group said in a release.

“Our online properties, mobile apps, and social media are dynamic and are updated regularly. We still love paper, and offer it for those who are attached to that rhythm,” said Brooke Warner, Sierra Nevada Media Group general manager.

The group mentioned recent tariffs on newsprint and associated production costs along with the impact of the paper on landfills as factors in the decision.

shawnee News-star drops saturday print edition

Starting August 11, the Shawnee News-Star (Oklahoma) will no longer print a separate Saturday edition, the paper announced in a column from Publisher Kent Bush.

The News-Star will still be printed Tuesday through Friday. The two papers weekend papers will be made into a bigger paper delivered on Saturday morning.

Website coverage will continue seven days a week, the paper says.

The paper cites newsprint tariffs imposed by the Trump administration as a reason for the change.

“The past few years have been very successful for the News-Star and, if our government will avoid creating any more damaging business conditions, our future is bright,” Bush wrote.

GateHouse Media offering buyouts in New england

GateHouse Media is offering buyouts to staff at papers in New England, masslive.com reports.

“Strategic expense reduction, along with revenue growth, is our path to sustaining quality, local journalism. While revenue trends are improving, our company is not yet in revenue growth mode and we must continue to manage expense,” GateHouse Media Regional Vice President Peter Meyer wrote in an email to GateHouse employees, according to masslive.com.

Cost cutting is called for to “properly align costs with revenues,” the memo said, according to MassLive.

As of April 2018, GateHouse publishes 144 daily newspapers, 341 community publications and more than 569 local market websites.

GateHouse owns 126 papers in Massachusetts, including the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Properties in New England listed on GateHouse’s website include The Providence Journal, the Newport Daily News, two Maine papers, four New Hampshire papers and one paper in Connecticut.

Madison Press of Ohio drops print, goes all digital

The Madison Press of London, Ohio, is moving to a digital format only and will no longer produce a print paper starting this week, the paper reported.

The paper announced that it’s switching to a weekly, paid digital publication. For the rest of July readers will have access to the digital publication free of charge. After that, readers will have to pay to see the paper.

“While you will no longer receive a physical printed newspaper, we remain committed to London and surrounding Madison County,” said Lane Moon, publisher and regional vice president for the newspaper’s owner, AIM Media Midwest, in the announcement.

On July 14, the paper’s London offices were to close. The landlord has offered the office building the paper was leasing for rent, the paper reported.

Kansas city star employees vacate old building

Kansas City Star employees had their last day July 13 in the paper’s longtime, Italianate Renaissance building at 1729 Grand. The staff is moving into the glass-covered Press Pavilion across McGee Street, the paper reports.

City Star owner McClatchy sold the old building in summer 2017 to 1729 Grand Boulevard LLC, which is controlled by Kansas City developer Vince Bryant. The price was $12 million, according to county records.

McClatchy also owns the Press Pavilion in the Missouri city.

Some 200 Star employees were in the old building in fall 2017, according to McClatchy.

Plans for the old building include potential office space and data center space, the paper reports.

canada’s Postmedia to close six papers

Canada’s largest newspaper publisher, Postmedia Network, is closing six community newspapers and scraping print editions and offering staff buyouts at others to cut costs, the Camrose Canadian reports. The Canadian is one of the papers to be closed.

A June 26 internal Postmedia memo said the company will cut salary expenses 10 percent by Aug. 31. The salary reduction will result from layoffs and voluntary buyouts.

The memo from chief executive Paul Godfrey and chief operating officer Andrew MacLeod mentioned recent growth in digital advertising, but said more cuts are necessary as print advertising and subscription revenue drop.

Along with the Canadian, Postmedia will close the Strathmore Standard in Alberta and the Kapuskasing Northern Times, Ingersoll Times, Norwich Gazette and Petrolia Topic in Ontario.

The closures will mean 16 job losses in sales, distribution and editorial, according to Postmedia spokeswoman Phyllise Gelfand.

The Graphic in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, and the Northern News in Kirkland Lake and Pembroke Observer in Ontario will no longer have print editions, but will keep a digital presence. In Alberta, the High River Times will be published weekly instead of biweekly.

Virginia's Valley Banner ceases publication

The Valley Banner (Elkton, Virginia) was to deliver its last issue on June 7.

The news of Rockingham County, including the Town of Elkton, will go into the Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg, the Valley Banner reports.

In April, Virginia-based Ogden Newspapers bought six newspapers from Byrd Newspapers: the Daily News-Record, The Winchester Star, Page News and Courier, The Shenandoah Valley-Herald, The Warren Sentinel and The Valley Banner.

"We are doubling down on our efforts for Rockingham county coverage in the Daily News-Record,” said Cameron Williams, regional publisher. "It is an unfortunate reality that we cannot continue to operate publications that don't have an audience capable of supporting them. We are committed to making the Daily News-Record and Page News-Courier excellent publications. We'll do that better and with more focus now."

Banner News subscribers can take advantage of special subscription offers from the Daily News-Record and the Page News and Courier.

"It has been a pleasure to work with the readers, town officials and staff, school personnel, coaches and business owners alike, to relay the stories and photos that make the greater Elkton community special," said Valley Banner Editor Travis Long.

Carl and Joyce Schumacher produced the first issue of The Valley Banner on Sept. 15, 1966.

Wisconsin’s Messenger of Juneau county closes

The Messenger of Juneau County (Wisconsin) closed its doors on June 6. A note on the door of the paper’s office in Elroy said the paper was shutting down permanently, the Reedsburg Star-Times reported.

Phil Calian, owner of the Messenger of Juneau County, wouldn’t say if customers will receive refunds, the Star-Times said. Calian said that customers should email the paper for more info.

“Again, this is not a situation of bankruptcy, this is closing of a paper, so subscribers should feel free to contact us using that email address,” he told the Star-Times.

“We are sad to announce the Messenger of Juneau County has closed, effective June 6, 2018,” the June 6 note on the door said. “The newspaper will no longer be published following the resignation of the paper’s staff. Any questions should be emailed to news@juneaumessenger.com. We will all miss the paper!”

Missouri-based Lewis County Press bought the paper in 2014. The Messenger was the only Wisconsin paper the company owned.

In a May 29 interview on WRJC radio, Publisher and Editor Eva Marie Woywod said no employees had healthcare and she thought they weren’t paid enough. “The leader of the staff had resigned, Eva, and I just couldn't find a replacement,” Calian told the Star-Times.

Newsday ends in-house printing

Newsday ended its 77-year history of in-house printing June 9, the paper reported. by The New York Times Co. is now printing and bringing Newsday to Long Island from the Times production plant in College Point, Queens.

Publisher Debby Krenek announced the arrangement four months ago. She highlighted Newsday’s printing history in a letter to employees recognizing their work. “The production of Newsday has a distinguished history over the many years and various locations,” she said. “The one common thread has been the dedication of the men and women who made it all happen.”

Newsday plans to vacate its rented campus in Melville for another location on Long Island. The new location is not yet publicly known.

A number of Newsday employees and past employees gathered to watch the last newspapers roll off the presses in Melville June 9.

GateHouse, savannah Morning News acquire Georgia print facility

GateHouse Media and the Savannah Morning News have acquired printing operations in Savannah from Morris Communications Company, the Morning News reported.

“The Savannah printing operation is equipped with some of the best and most efficient printing and inserting equipment available to the industry,” said Savannah Morning News Publisher Michael Traynor when he announced the acquisition June 18. “The versatility of the equipment and the skills of the production team give us an opportunity to evolve, grow and further diversify our revenue streams.”

The Morris printing operations weren’t part of GateHouse’s purchase of the Savannah Morning News in fall of 2017. With this acquisition, the printing operations return to the paper’s management.

GateHouse and the Savannah Morning News were to take control of the print facility immediately.

Developer has contract to buy former sarasota newspaper building

Developer WMR Consulting has a contract to buy the building that was headquarters of the Herald-Tribune Media Group, publisher of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, the Business Observer reports. WMR Consulting is headed by former Benderson Development executive and Sarasota-area developer Wayne Ruben.

The building, at 1741 Main St., in Sarasota, Florida, has a heavy glass front and is well-known in the city. It’s owned by Stephens Capital, a Little Rock, Ark.-based investment firm. The sale is expected to happen at the end of 2018.

Ruben may build apartments on the site, according to the Business Observer.

“It's an incredible opportunity, a building with wide-open floor plates and it's a tremendous canvas unlike any I've had in my entire development career,” Ruben said. “It's a beautiful building on 3.7 acres, in the heart of downtown Sarasota, with the opportunity to some sort of mixed-use project.”

Terms of the pending sale weren’t disclosed. The 72,000-square-foot building is currently vacant and has had a recent asking price of about $14 million.

Real estate firm buying arizona Republic building

ViaWest Group, a Phoenix-based real estate company, is buying the office building in downtown Phoenix that houses The Arizona Republic. Gannett is selling the 10-story building and parking garage.

The Republic will stay in the building, the paper reports.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The sale is expected to be completed in September, and Gan-nett will have a lease at the property, according to an announcement from Greg Burton, The Republic’s editor.

The Republic and two other companies share the 250,000-square-foot building, completed in 1995. KPNX-TV and digital marketing company G/O Digital, both owned by Tegna Inc., will continue to occupy space in the building, according to the announcement.

“The Arizona Republic has been a cornerstone of the Arizona news landscape for decades and we remain dedicated to Arizona, our partners and communities. This building is a wonderful part of our history, but this is an opportunity to modernize our day-to-day environment and consolidate operations to spaces more adaptable to digital growth and innovation,” Burton’s statement to staff said.

connecticut Post building sold

A New York York-based Next Step Creative Group has bought the downtown Bridgeport building where the Connecticut Post was located for ninety years. The four-story, 57,870-square-foot building, built in 1928, went for $1.15 million, the paper reports. The building will be renovated and rented out.

Fairfield-based commercial real estate firm Angel Commercial represented the buyer and Cushman & Wakefield represented the seller in the deal.

Investment firm Next Step Creative Group develops spaces for educational and vocational programs.

“Bridgeport has a lot to offer in industrial, office as well as educational fields, so we think that we are investing in a bright future and Bridgeport is a part of that investment,” co-owner David Esfhani.

Last fall Connecticut Post staff moved from the office building to a new downtown spot three blocks away.

Agreement reached on News & Record's Greensboro site

The News & Record (Greensboro, North Carolina) has reached an agreement to sell its property, at 200 E. Market St. in downtown Greensboro, the paper reports. News & Record owner BH Media didn't identify the buyer of the 6.5-acre property or the price. Local conservative weekly the Rhino Times says Greg Dillon of Dillon Development Partners of Maryland as being under contract for the property.

On Guilford County tax rolls, the property is valued at $9.9 million.

The sale is expected to close in the third quarter of 2019.

The paper is relocating to a new spot in Greensboro in 2019 or 2020. The paper's press and mailroom operations now run out of the BH Media-owned Winston-Salem Journal's production facility.

The land could serve as a location for a range of new types of development, including apartments or a skyscraper, the paper reports. The city is currently experiencing a construction boom.

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