Greenwich Journal and Salem Press ceases publication

“The Greenwich Journal and Salem Press (New York) is ceasing to publish following the death of owner Craig Phalen, the Times Union reported.

Phalen died at age 44 Oct. 21, the paper reported. Phalen and his wife Meghan bought the paper in 2014. “On Monday, October 21, my husband passed away suddenly,” Meghan Phalen wrote in the last edition. “He was young, too young, but his big heart simply gave out. My heart feels like it nearly gave out as well, and now I am left to face the future alone.”

“We have financially supported the paper for years,” Meghan Phalen wrote.

The paper launched as The Journal Press in 1842.

“We’re hoping to find someone to take it over,” said daughter Cait Johnson.”

 

Source: News and Tech, 2019

 

Idaho Statesman to drop Saturday print

“Starting Feb. 1, the Idaho Statesman (Boise) will no longer produce a printed newspaper on Saturday and will launch a weekend edition that includes expanded newspapers on Fridays and Sundays. The newspaper announced the change with a note to readers from Publisher Rusty Dodge.

The paper will continue to publish breaking local news to its website and social media platforms on Saturdays.

In September, the paper announced that its building on Curtis Road in Boise is for sale.

McClatchy owns the paper. McClatchy has announced the drop of Saturday print at a number of its papers recently, including the Fresno Bee, the Modesto Bee (California), the Myrtle Beach Sun News (South Carolina) and the Durham Herald Sun (North Carolina).”

Source: News and Tech 2019

 

Parse.ly touts real-time analytics for Apple News

“Parse.ly recently launched real-time analytics for Apple News, augmenting its existing daily Apple News analytics. “Apple News is home to a large and engaged audience, and the stories that audiences are drawn there may be different from what attracts audiences to individual publisher websites,” New York-based Parse.ly said in a news release.

Audience-development teams can analyze trends over long stretches of time in Parse.ly to see what authors, sections or tags resonate with readers in Apple News right now, this week, or several months ago, according to the company.

Publishers can use this information to alter their own website content accordingly, for example, they might adjust their above-the-fold section to draw more, engaged readers into their content that is performing well on Apple News.

In 2017, Parse.ly became the first service to provide publishers with audience insights from Apple News on a daily basis, according to the company. Since then, a growing group of its publishing clients, including Slate and The Daily Beast, have leveraged this data to understand trends in traffic from Apple News, Parse.ly says.”

Source: News and Tech, 2o19 

QIPC expands to Newsquest Glasgow

“Now that an installation at the Newsquest printing site in Oxford has reached the goals set out, the British media group, owned by Gannett, is investing again in measurement and control equipment from Netherlands-based Q.I. Press Controls. In conjunction with Koenig & Bauer, automatic cut-off and color-register and closed-loop color and damp control are being installed at a Glasgow site.

K&B is supervising the project. A mRC-3D system (11 cameras) for cut-off control and IDS-3D (12 cameras) for color and register control are being installed on a K&B Colora press.

The K&B Colora has considerable room for growth in terms of the number of unusable copies produced by the press. There are also improvements to be made regarding efficiency in Glasgow.

There are also improvements to be made regarding efficiency in Glasgow.”

Source: News and Tech, 2019 

New Media, Gannett announce expected board

“New Media Investment Group and Gannett have announced the expected members of the board for the combined company, effective on completion of the proposed acquisition of Gannett by New Media.

The board will have nine members, with Michael Reed as chairman, five independent directors from New Media and three directors from Gannett. Along with Reed, they are Kevin Sheehan, lead independent director; Mayur Gupta, independent director; Theodore Janulis, independent director; John Jeffry Louis, independent director; Maria Miller, independent director; Debra Sandler, independent director; Laurence Tarica, independent director; and Barbara Wall, director.

After the closing of the transaction, both New Media and its operating subsidiary GateHouse will be rebranded and operate under the Gannett brand. The combined company will be headquartered in McLean, Virginia.

Meanwhile, New Media reported a decline in third-quarter revenue and print advertising, USA Today reported. The decline was offset in part by a rise in digital revenue, which was boosted by a jump in subscriptions, the paper said. The company said its total revenue fell 1 percent to $376.6 million compared with a year earlier. New Media reported a net loss of $18.5 million, about three times the loss from a year earlier. That number includes $12.1 million linked to the company’s pending acquisition of Gannett, the paper said.”

Source: News and Tech, 2019

USA Today retools website

“USA Today has unveiled upgrades and a new design of usatoday.com that include new features, a simplified design and competitive page speed, according to the publication.

USA Today’s product design team studied a year’s worth of engagement and search trends to optimize how content is displayed. The update introduces “flags” that highlight trending content, a new display for franchises such as Humankind and Sports Pulse, as well as an improved site search, USA Today said.

The enhancements also represent an opportunity for a richer advertiser experience and greater performance, the paper says. Increased page speed and personalization features will combine to drive deeper user engagement and higher ad viewability, leading to superior campaign results, USA Today says. The site’s new features offer advertisers a more “ownable” experience, with custom templates to prominently feature their brand.

Across platforms – desktop and mobile web, mobile apps, and soon, newsletters – a new yellow label serves as a “virtual highlighter” to brightly distinguish opinion pieces from USA Today. reporting.

The changes come as GateHouse parent New Media Investment Group undertakes its purchase of Gannett.”

Source: News and Tech, 2019