Concord Monitor sings praises of old press

“The Concord Monitor has written a paean of sorts to its soon-to-be-retired flexomatic press, a source of pride to the paper when the press made its debut decades ago.

“With this issue, the Monitor introduces a high-tech printing press with some down-to-earth advantages,” said a staff-written article in the March 5, 1990, edition of the paper. Along with the article came a half-page illustration of the path that newsprint follows as it goes through the press and a picture of the new machine.

“We have to use a roll of tape to keep the pressure on … and keep the ink in,” said Roger Sullivan, distribution director, in the article by the Monitor’s David Brooks. Despite this, the press still runs pretty well, according to one pressman.

The press has produced more than 10,500 editions of the Monitorat up to 18,000 copies an hour, along with tens of thousands of editions of other papers, advertising inserts and numerous commercial jobs, the paper said.

It’s not yet set when the press will retire. It’s still in use for occasional supplemental runs. The machine will probably be sold for scrap metal, the story said”

Source: News and Tech, 2019

 

Washington Post-published commuter paper closes

“Express, the free newspaper published weekdays by The Washington Post for Metro riders and other commuters, shut down last week. The paper has been publishing for 16 years.

Managers of the paper cited its declining finances as the reason it will quit, The Washington Post reported. The printed paper had recently started losing money, the Post said.

Express was meant to be an easy read for public-transit commuters each morning, particularly non-subscribers to the Post. The paper was given out free each morning via old-fashioned newspaper hawkers at Metro stations and through newspaper boxes.

Twenty journalists will be laid off due to the shutdown, the Post reported.

At its high point in 2007, the paper went to some 190,000 people daily, said Dan Caccavaro, its executive editor.  But its circulation has fallen in recent years, to some 130,000 copies a day. The drop was caused partly by declining Metro ridership, Caccavaro told the Post.”

Source: News and Tech, 2019 

Hearst Connecticut papers launching paywall

“Six Hearst Connecticut daily newspapers are launching a paywall this week.

Digital and print subscribers to the Connecticut Post, New Haven Register, Danbury News-Times, Stamford Advocate, Greenwich Time and Norwalk Hour can get access to the papers’ “premium local news coverage, including investigative and enterprise reporting and analysis, features and columnists, on a newly designed, easier to read website,” Matt DeRienzo, vice president of news and digital content at Hearst Connecticut Media Group, announced.

The papers are offering an “Insider” experience, “an unprecedented invitation into the process our newsrooms use to decide which local issues, problems and opportunities to cover.” Subscribers will receive a daily email newsletter with a guide to the papers’ journalism and a behind-the-scenes look at decision-making. They’ll have access to reporters, columnists and experts through live chats and a subscribers-only Facebook group, along with invitations to monthly in-person coffees with the editors, the announcement said.

Story commenting on both the free and premium portions of the papers’ websites will be open to subscribers only, and reporters and editors will participate with readers in that forum.

For readers who already subscribe to the print edition or e-edition of the newspaper, the Insider digital subscription will be available at no extra cost. A digital subscription to one of the six Connecticut daily newspapers provides access to all.

The announcement addresses this question: Why start charging when readers have been able to consume local news coverage for free online? “A significant investment goes into employing the reporters, photographers and editors who cover local schools and government, breaking news and crime, local sports, business and state issues,” the announcement says.”

Source: News and Tech, 2019

Star Tribune to expand NIE program

“Star Tribune Media Co., Minnesota’s largest media company, has launched a joint initiative with Google to study news consumption among younger audiences, design youth-oriented news products and increase classroom engagement with trustworthy sources of news, the company says.

Under the auspices of the Google News Initiative, Google will support an 18-month program to modernize and expand Star Tribune’s News in Education program, which provides curriculum and access to Star Tribune products for more than 300 Minnesota middle and high schools. As a key part of the initiative, Star Tribune will create a fellowship for an education audience specialist who will conduct primary field research, determine benchmarks and spearhead the program.

The Google partnership is one of several initiatives underway at Star Tribune to better understand and serve younger audiences. The company is currently testing subscriptions for college students on several Minnesota campuses, while its 2030 Project is an ongoing effort to engage young professionals in shaping the future of Star Tribune coverage and products.”

Source: News and Tech, 2019 

LCP2 buys three Virginia newspapers

The Post, The Coalfield Progress and The Dickenson Star (Virginia) have been sold to a Missouri-based newspaper firm, LCP2, an affiliate of Lewis County Press, The Coalfield Progress reported.

The sale comes as American Hometown Publishing, which bought the papers in 2005, is shutting down, the paper reported. Other American Hometown Publishing properties in Tennessee, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Florida have been sold or are being sold, the paper reported.

LCP2 had previously bought another AHP paper, in Blackwell, Oklahoma. It also has 10 other papers, mainly in Missouri but also in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Kentucky, The Coalfield Progress said.

Two jobs in Norton (Coalfield Progress) involving circulation and business office functions have been lost, the paper said.

The sale of the papers didn’t involve any company real estate. Buildings in Norton and Clintwood have been for sale for several years, the paper reported.”

Source: News and Tech, 2019

Drupa 2020 online ticket shop open, app redesigned

“The drupa 2020 online ticket shop is now open at www.drupa.com. An exhibitor database and interactive hall plan for the trade fair for the printing technologies is also live on that website. The database contains profiles of all exhibitors.

Drupa will be held from June 16–26, 2020, at fairgrounds in Dusseldorf, Germany.

“We want to give visitors the opportunity to plan their arrival, departure and stay in drupacity Dusseldorf at an early stage,” said drupa Director Sabine Geldermann.

Tickets bought online are cheaper compared to tickets bought on show site. All tickets include free use of public transportation within the Rhine-Ruhr (VRR)  and Rein-Sieg (VRS) transportation network during drupa.

Attendees can start planning their visit in detail in October with a redesigned drupa App.

The app is supported by an intelligent matchmaking tool. Its algorithms analyze search queries and areas of interest and derive personalized suggestions for further exhibitors and visitors. “This matchmaking function enables our visitors to quickly identify exactly those of the expected 1,800 international exhibitors they would like to contact at the trade fair,” said Geldermann. With the matchmaking tool, the user can contact exhibitors (or other visitors) and set up appointments before drupa starts.

The drupa app also has an interactive hall plan, which provides quick orientation and short pathways to locations on the extensive exhibition grounds, according to organizers.”

Source: News and Tech, 2019