Gannett Co. has rebranded its business unit USA Today Sports Images to Imagn and expanded its offerings for news and media outlets to include original sports, entertainment and breaking news images from the USA Today Network.

Along with photos from the USA Today Network, specialized images by partner SIPA US are now available on the Imagn licensing platform. Some 1.8 million images per year will be added to the platform, which already houses 600,000 per year from 10,000 sporting events covered by 300 sports photographers nationwide, according to Gannett.

The agency serves clients with per picture and per project needs across news and media segments. The wire service is subscription based (or flat fee) and offers unlimited images for all editorial purposes across all platforms, with three content subscription options: only sports, only news and entertainment, or combined sports, news, and entertainment. The wire subscription service is best suited for enterprise customers who have high volume content needs and for clients or work teams who desire content delivered via API (application programming interface), Gannett says.

Bloomberg designs article template aimed

at social users

Bloomberg Media’s innovation lab, BHIVE, has looked into the question “What do social news audiences want from a mobile article experience?”

In an initiative they dubbed Project Dora, BHIVE is trying to zero in on why “’s social article readers were the likeliest of our online audience to “read-and-leave,” according to Karen Johnson, head of Design Research at Bloomberg Media.

The information garnered from the project inspired BHIVE to create a mobile web article template designed for users coming to Bloomberg.comfrom social, Johnson says. In a test to 5 percent of Bloomberg’s audience, Dora tripled article engagement (through articles shares) and showed significant rises in article completion rates and drops in exit rates, according to Johnson.

“Dora social article readers were three-times likelier to share what they read (we saw a 200% increase in article shares) and significantly more likely to read articles through to the end,” Johnson writes.

Dora is launching to the entire Bloomberg mobile audience this spring, Johnson says.

Warroad Pioneer closes; crookston Times

changes schedule

The Warroad Pioneer (Minnesota) has closed, putting out its last edition on May 7. The weekly carried a banner headline reading "FINAL EDITION," over a story written by Rebecca Colden, owner and publisher. A New York Times reporter and a documentary team from Japan chronicled the event, Minnesota Public Radio reported. The GateHouse-owned Crookston Times (Minnesota), meanwhile, is going from Monday-to-Friday print publishing to twice weekly, starting May 6, the paper reported.

Prensa arizona launches after Prensa

Hispana’s closing

Prensa Arizona was set to start publishing in print and online on April 26, the Arizona Republic reported.

A lot of the employees for the Spanish-language paper came from Prensa Hispana, which published its last issue on April 4, the Republic reported. Prensa Hispana and the new Prensa Arizona did not provide details behind the shuttering of Prensa Hispana, the Republic says.

“We are very excited with the launching of this totally new and different publication in the Spanish market,” said General Manager Lety Garcia in a statement, the Republic reported. “This will be a newspaper not only of news, but of special reports, in-depth investigations, free journalism and lots of value."

Bill would let Texas sue social media firms

The Texas Senate approved a bill in April that would allow the state attorney general to sue social media platforms over charges of blocking users or erasing posts because of their content, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

Senate Bill 2373 was inspired by claims from conservatives and conservative groups of discriminatory treatment, according to Sen. Bryan Hughes, the Republican author of the bill, the paper reported.

The proposed legislation would apply to social media firms that say they’re impartial.

“If you hold yourself out as being an open forum and that you don’t discriminate based on viewpoint, then you have to keep your word,” Hughes said.

The Senate voted 18-12 to send SB 2373 to the Texas House of Representatives.

According to the bill, a social media firm could not be penalized for restricting content it “reasonably considers to be obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing, or otherwise objectionable,” the paper reported.

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