Toronto Star auction set for Sept.20

The Toronto Star was first published in 1892 as a Canadian broadsheet daily newspaper. It produced a Sunday edition which helped it claim the highest circulation in Canada. Torstar Corp. has owned the paper since 1977.

The Press Centre in Vaughan opened in November of 1992. The presses at the Press Centre could achieve colour reproduction that was showcased in a special Preview Section of the publication. They were always pushing the envelope in production and independantly could deal with any problems, as they had a complete workshop in house.

The auction at the Toronto Star’s Vaughan Press Center, where Canada’s largest newspaper was printed, is in my books the “sale of the year.”

TCL Asset Group Inc., in conjunction with Maynards, and BidItUp are handling this enormous sale. TCL Asset Group Inc., specializes in the following industries: plastics, paper and printing, construction and mining, medical and dental, chemical processing, metal working, food and beverage, woodworking, transportation, steel and foundry, pharmaceutical, automotive, rolling stock, textile and electronics..

Bidders are welcome to preview in person, at One Century Place, Vaughan, Ontario on Monday, September 19 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

On Tuesday, September 20, TCL Asset Group will host a live auction on site at the 600,000 sq.ft. plant featuring (6) Man Roland newsprint presses, complete plate and mail rooms,  mobile equipment, huge spare parts inventories, complete maintenance facilities, large quantities of electrical equipment, including sub stations, transformers and teck cable, as well as offices.

On Wednesday, September 21 There will be a timed online auction in order  to sell off all the general stock.

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Newspaper Association of America rebrands

In a bid to rebrand the organization to incorporate the changing news media landscape, The Newspaper Association of America changed its name to News Media Alliance.

The announcement is the culmination of a larger strategic plan to highlight the news media industry’s evolution to multi-platform, digitally savvy businesses and premium content providers, according to a press release from the organization.

“Our transformation efforts are designed to show the positive trajectory of the industry and to share the innovation and growth taking place, especially in the digital space,” said Michael MaLoon, vice president of the News Media Alliance. “There are so many great things happening in our industry right now, and our job is to tell those stories.”

The organization will also launch a new website Sept. 7 at and has broadened its membership requirements to allow digital-first and digital-only news organizations publishing original content to become members.

Cuts across GateHouse New England papers

GateHouse Media New England is cutting 40 positions through buyouts and layoffs, in early August, GateHouse offered buyout packages to non-union employees. The deal included a week of severance pay for each year of employment if employees agreed to leave the company.

GateHouse Media owns over 600 papers nationwide. The company’s New England holdings include the Providence (Rhode Island) Journal, The Cape Cod (Massachusetts) Times and the Worcester (Massachusetts) Telegram & Gazette.

Dan Kennedy for Media Nation reported that GateHouse Media New England is planning a relaunch of its websites in mid-September.

“Accompanying our reorg will be new job titles (and descriptions) that better describe the role of multimedia journalist or editor in 2016,” said Lisa Strattan, senior vice president, editor and publisher of Wicked Local. “For instance, reporters use a burgeoning bag of tools to create multi-layered multimedia stories.”

Daily Tar Heel cuts one print day

The University of North Carolina’s newspaper The Daily Tar Heel in Chapel Hill cut one day from its five-day-a-week print schedule.

The paper eliminated the Tuesday print edition in a bid to cut costs and combat a crippling deficit.

“As we move to all-digital Tuesdays, we’re challenging ourselves to find new ways of serving the community,” wrote Betsy O’Donovan, general manager of DTH. “We want to deliver powerful, fascinating stories that use the full potential of video, audio, images and words.”