La Crosse Tribune to be printed in Madison

“Effective Aug. 11, the River Valley Media Group will outsource production to a printing plant also owned by Lee Enterprises in Madison, which is about two hours away.

This move is part of an industry trend as newspapers seek to consolidate and improve efficiencies.

This move will allow the papers to focus resources on generating local content, while ensuring long-term viability of the print product.

The current press, which is located in La Crosse, is aging and has become difficult to maintain operations due to the challenges of securing replacement parts.

This move should not impact the quality of any products currently produced in La Crosse.”

Source: News&Tech,2019

Fergus Falls paper sold to Wick Communications

“Boone Newspapers has sold The Fergus Falls Daily Journal (Minnesota) to Wick Communications, according to John Cribb of newspaper and publication brokerage Cribb, Greene & Cope, who represented the Boone family in the sale.

“Wick is very grateful to have been provided the opportunity to carry on the important and meaningful work of The Daily Journal,” said Francis Wick, president and CEO of Wick Communications.

“We believe a community’s relationship with its newspaper is an essential part of maintaining a healthy and well-informed citizenry.”

Wick Communications is a family-owned community media company with newspapers, websites, magazines, and specialty publications in 10 states. The home office is in Sierra Vista, Arizona. Wick publishes newspapers in Arizona, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota and Washington.

Ken Harty has been named publisher of the paper, the paper reported. Harty is group publisher for Wick.”

source: News&Tech,2019

Print Media Centr partnering with drupa 2020

“Print Media Centr continues its partnership with print trade fair drupa to present The Printerverse, eleven days of education and “printspiration” at the 2020 fair. The fair will be held in Dusseldorf, Germany, June 16–26, 2020.

The Printerverse will co-locate with drupa DNA (drupa next age), which will occupy Hall 7.0 of the fairgrounds. Drupa DNA is an initiative for 2020 that has been developed as part of drupa’s vision to inspire the future of print, uniting established global businesses and creative start-ups with innovative technologies to accelerate business growth, according to Print Media Centr.

The Printerverse invites drupa attendees to enjoy free educational sessions, press conferences, product debuts and insights from industry leaders, members of the Intergalactic Alliance of The Printerverse, which is an alliance of companies, and drupa’s carefully selected DNA participants, Print Media Centr says.

“Producing The Printerverse at drupa provides an incredible opportunity for our team and Alliance partners to collaborate, share ideas and help attendees and the audience at home learn about the global products, services, and people pushing our industry forward,” said Deborah Corn, principal at Print Media Centr and intergalactic ambassador to the Printerverse.

The Printerverse programming will be broadcast live for all eleven days of drupa via YouTube. More information is available at the drupa blog at blog.drupa.com.”

Source: News&Tech, 2019

Chicago Defender drops weekly print

“The Chicago Defender is stopping print publication. The Chicago-based African-American paper will continue in digital format, parent Real Times Media announced. The last weekly edition will hit newsstands July 10. The brand will begin publishing daily content related to issues most pressing to the African American community in Chicago on July 11 at www.chicagodefender.com.

The move to digital was additionally prompted by data showing that the vast majority of Chicago Defender readers already consume its content on digital platforms, said a news release from Real Times Media.

“We love creating a printed product. In fact, our newspapers in Detroit and Pittsburgh continue to perform well, so we still believe in the power of print. But in Chicago, it is just no longer the best way to get our readers the stories they want,” said Hiram E. Jackson, CEO.

The brand will continue to highlight pivotal moments via special print editions, the release said.

The publication will retain its existing editorial and management staff and continue to offer its Men of Excellence and Women of Excellence events and activities surrounding the Bud Billiken Parade.

Real Times Media has plans to continue digitization and licensing of the Chicago Defender archives via partnerships that will generate significant revenue for the brand through 2029, the release said.”

Source: News&Tech, 2019

NBA’s Klay Thompson releases newspaper-themed sneakers

“Golden State Warrior Klay Thompson has released limited edition sneakers featuring newspaper print in English and Chinese, the San Francisco Bay area’s KTVU Fox 2 reported.

The shoes are a collaboration between the East Bay Times and Chinese sportswear company Anta and are included in Anta’s KT Series of shoes.

The shoes reflect Thompson’s habit of reading newspapers before games. Along with the newspaper clippings, they have photos of Thompson on the court.

The shoes cost $179.99 and are paired with a yearlong subscription to any Bay Area News Group paper. At a July 7 release at retail store Oaklandish in Oakland, 150 pairs were sold.

The 10,000 pairs left will be sold in China at $390.”

Source: News&Tech,2019