Two GateHouse papers in Arkansas set to close

“Two GateHouse papers in Arkansas are set to cease publication, with their final editions on Sept. 6, the papers announced. The Stuttgart Daily Leader and the Helena-West Helena World are both looking for parties interested in owning the papers, the papers said.

“Our hope is still that the closure is avoided, and that the Daily Leader continues to serve this community under new ownership,” said Matt Guthrie, GateHouse regional vice president. Guthrie expressed similar hopes for the Helena-West Helena paper.

GateHouse is also making changes at the Pine Bluff Commercial, according to the paper. The paper plans to close its printing press this month.

“Changes are being made with our printing press, and printing will be outsourced, but we will continue to print and deliver papers five days a week,” Jennifer Allen, group publisher for GateHouse, said in a brief Commercial story. The story didn’t say where the printing would go.

Some seven people will lose jobs with the shuttering of the two papers, and around seven will see effects with the closing of the printing press, said Allen, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The Pine Bluff press also printed the two other papers.

In August, GateHouse announced its $1.4 billion acquisition of Gannett, which has papers in in Mountain Home and Fort Smith, the Democrat-Gazette points out.

In other GateHouse news, the company will pay up to $425,000 to settle a lawsuit with its carriers, who claim they were misclassified as independent contractors, MassLive reported.

GateHouse won’t need to change its practices as part of the settlement.”

Source: News&Tech,2019

Toronto Star offers free subscriptions to students

“The Toronto Star is offering freelimited time digital access to post-secondary students across Canada in the months leading up to the October federal election.

Students’ free access will end on Oct. 31. Continued access after that date will require a paid subscription.

The paper is calling the effort, which started in May, “the Vote2019 Offer, which basically means we want Canada’s newest group of eligible voters to be informed since they will have a say in how we shape our country on election day,” according to the paper.

There are about 2 million post-secondary students attending schools across Canada. The Staris also extending the offer to faculty.

Any current post-secondary student who wants to access the program needs to fill out fill out this form. They will need their school email account to register.”

Source: News&Tech, 2019 

Editor and Publisher sold

“Editor and Publisher has been sold to media consultant Mike Blinder and a newly formed company, The Curated Experiences Group, the magazine announced.

Duncan McIntosh, president and group publisher of the Duncan McIntosh Co. and owner of the trade magazine,announced the sale, which closed on Aug. 30. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

E&P says it covers all aspects of the newspaper industry, including business, newsroom, advertising, circulation, marketing, technology, online and syndicates. The magazine dates to 1884.

With a background in radio and TV, Blinder started one of the first digital papers in the country, according to E&P. He lives in Tampa Bay, and for more than two decades has worked with numerous newspaper groups through his media consulting firm, The Blinder Group.”

Source: News&Tech,2019