Scherer Publishing buys Hot Springs Star

“Scherer Publishing, owned by Bob and Mandy Scherer of Martin, South Dakota, is buying the Hot Springs Star (South Dakota) from Lee Enterprises. It will be merged with the Fall River County Herald, starting with the Dec. 12 edition of the Fall River County Herald Star, the Herald reported. The Fall River County Herald was formerly known as The Edgemont Herald-Tribune.

“We believe in local journalism and that is why we made a decision recently that we believe will lead to better local journalism in this area,” said Rapid City Journal Publisher Matt Tranquill, who also handles the Hot Springs Star. “Instead of having two competing papers fighting for limited advertising and subscription dollars, we decided to sell the Hot Springs Star to Scherer Publishing who owns the Fall River County Herald. Brett Nachtigall, who was publisher of the Hot Springs Star for 16 years, is currently the publisher of the Fall River County Herald. He will continue in that role in for the new combined product.””

Source: NewsandTech, 2o19

 

Friesz buys two papers in North Dakota

“Jill Friesz, owner of the Grant County News and Carson Press in North Dakota, has bought two papers in the state that were set to close, Forum News Service reported.

The Herald of New England and the Adams County Record announced on Nov. 29 that they would close. The Dunn County Herald also announced it was closing. That paper wasn’t included in the sale. Country Media owned the papers.

“Steve Andrist, the executive director of the North Dakota Newspaper Association, reached out to me last Monday afternoon and told me that those papers were closing as of Friday,” Friesz told Forum News Service. “He kind of put a bug in my ear that maybe that would be a great opportunity for me to grow a little bit and take care of those communities.”

“I signed the papers today and we go to the press at 4 p.m. tomorrow with both papers, so there will be no delay and the people of those communities will have their paper on Friday just like they always have,” Friesz said.”

Source: NewsandTech,2019

 

News Media Alliance’s adXchange in Florida

“The News Media Alliance will host its next adXchange event Feb. 24¬–25 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. AdXchange offers a cost-and-time-saving opportunity for News Media Alliance news publisher members to have private one-on-one meetings with advertisers and agencies, according to the organization.

The event is typically held semi-annually, first in late February or early March in varying U.S. locations, and again in the fall in Chicago. This event is unique in that the agenda is focused on face-to-face meetings between publishers and advertisers/agencies, the News Media Alliance says.

Meeting space is provided for each advertiser, and the advertisers and news publishers schedule their own meetings. Upon registration, attendees will get a link to their own webpage where they can access the advertiser contact list. Advertisers will also get a link to their own webpage where they may download the news media attendee list. News publisher attendees and advertisers/agencies can mutually reach out to each other via email to set up private meetings.

The News Media Alliance can help to connect people if they are having trouble getting responses, but does not pair up publishers and advertisers/agencies or set meeting schedules, according to the organization.”

Source: NewsandTech, 2019

Dallas Morning News launches evening edition with PageSuite

“The Dallas Morning News has launched a digital-only evening edition, created using PageSuite’s Edition solution.

Available every weekday at 6 p.m., the evening edition provides readers with the latest developing news stories from that day and enables them to preview stories that will appear in the following morning’s edition.

“The Dallas Morning News is excited to be the first to re-introduce the concept of an evening edition through an ePaper platform. The content and format are familiar to the reader who values a print edition, but also enjoys the convenience of digital delivery. We have tested this format with a select group and the feedback has been wonderful. At a time when regional newspapers are decreasing their offerings, The Dallas Morning News is expanding and giving our members something more so they receive a curated version of the news throughout the day,” said Grant Moise, president and publisher of The Dallas Morning News.

The edition is available via a mobile app and the web. For a limited time, the product will be open for non-member, general audiences and then will become exclusive to members of The Dallas Morning News.”

Source: NewsandTech, 2019

 

WaPo launches Spanish-language podcast

“On Dec. 3, The Washington Post launched the first episode of “El Washington Post,” a Spanish-language podcast.

Produced from The Washington Post newsroom, the podcast is hosted by Juan Carlos Iragorri, an Emmy Award-winning journalist and author. His co-hosts are Dori Toribio, a broadcast journalist who has covered Washington since 2010 for outlets including Spain’s Mediaset TV group, and Jorge Espinosa, radio journalist for Caracol Radio in Bogota.

In 20-minute episodes released twice-weekly at 6 a.m. Eastern Time, Iragorri, Toribio and Espinosa will give listeners insight into three to four global news stories. Episodes will feature analysis from Washington Post reporters and contributors and interviews with newsmakers.

“El Washington Post” is the company’s second Spanish-language product launched this year. This summer, the Post launched “Post Opinión” which publishes original and translated Spanish-language op-eds. ”

 

Source: NewsandTech,2019