Waycross Journal-Herald closing

“The Sept. 30 edition of the Waycross Journal-Herald (Georgia) will be the final edition, the publisher said, according to The Brunswick News.

The paper is 105 years old.

Publisher Roger Williams, whose family has owned the paper since his grandfather purchased it in 1916, said his siblings and other stockholders would have had to drain their personal finances to keep the paper going, the Brunswick paper said.

Williams said he informed employees Friday. “We told them what the situation was. I hate it, but we didn’t have any recourse,’’ Williams said, according to The Brunswick News.

The family attempted to sell the newspaper and had two offers, but both collapsed.”

Source: News&Tech, 2019

Justice Dept. approves GateHouse-Gannett deal

“GateHouse parent New Media Investments and Gannett have gotten approval to merge from the Justice Department, the New York Post reported, citing a SEC filing.

The $1.4 billion deal will result in the country’s largest newspaper company.

The merged operation will use the Gannett name and keep Gannett’s HQ in McLean, Virginia.

“We are pleased to report that the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice has completed its review of New Media’s proposed acquisition of Gannett,” Gannett’s new chief executive, Paul Bascobert, said in a memo that was disclosed in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. “As a result, the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act has expired, and we have domestic antitrust clearance for the merger.”

Bascobert said he believes the deal will close by the end of this year.

The European Commission and both firms’ shareholders need to approve the deal for the merger to happen.”

Source: News&Tech, 2019 

Baltimore Sun Guild reaches agreement with Tribune Publishing

“The Baltimore Sun Guild has agreed to a three-year extension with Tribune Publishing, Baltimore Fishbowl reported. The extension maintains step-increase raises for young journalists, merit raises and other provisions from the old contract.

Sun journalists have been advocating for a universal pay boost for some months, and that’s possible with the extension, according to Baltimore Fishbowl.

Under the agreement, a pay raise for The Sun’s union members, with a top of 3 percent, is linked to current negotiations with the Chesapeake News Guild, which represents The Capital (Annapolis), The Carroll County Times and journalists in Baltimore Sun Media Group, Baltimore Fishbowl reports. If the Chesapeake News Guild manages to get a pay raise for its people, Sun journalists will also see a raise.

The Chesapeake News Guild is in a joint bargaining process that involves Tribune operations around the country where unions have recently formed, including The Hartford CourantThe Virginian-Pilot and the Chicago Tribune.”

Source: News&Tech, 2019 

Las Vegas Sun sues Review-Journal owner Adelson

“The Las Vegas Sun has sued casino mogul and Las Vegas Review-Journal owner Sheldon Adelson in federal court, Bloomberg and others reported.

Sun owner Brian Greenspun said in a court filing in U.S. District Court in Nevada that Adelson is not adhering to a joint operating agreement the papers share.

Adelson has stopped profit-sharing payments to Greenspun, cut joint promotions and has moved to bury Sun content, according to the filing, Bloomberg reported.

Under the joint operating agreement, the Sun is produced as an insert in the Review-Journal.

Adelson, a major GOP donor and Trump supporter, bought the Review-Journal in 2015. The Sun is widely characterized as a liberal voice.

In a counterclaim in August in state court, the Review-Journal claimed the Sun produces “substandard and often stale content” in its print edition and keeps better content for its online operation, Bloomberg reported. Adelson’s paper also said the joint operating agreement is a remnant of a past time, when the Review-Journal’s advertising dollars amounted to a lot more, Bloomberg said.”

Source: News&Tech, 2019 

More than 70 get lay-off notices at Canadian mill

“More than 70 at the Catalyst Crofton pulp and paper mill have gotten lay-off notices, the Ladysmith Chemainus Chronicle reported.

The mill is located in British Columbia, Canada.

Travis Gregson, president of Unifor Local 1132, which represents some of the around 570 workers at the mill, said the mill’s newsprint and package grading machines were stopped last week, the paper reported.

Company officials had no comment by press time, the paper reported.

Gregson said the work stoppage is expected to last about two weeks, but management gave no fixed date for when the machines will fire up again.

He said the stoppage is linked to the decline in demand in newsprint globally and the trade war with China, among other factors, the paper reported.”

Source: News&Tech, 2019 

Spain to host 2020 World News Media Congress

“The World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) has announced that the 72nd World News Media Congress, the 27th World Editors Forum and the 4th Women in News Summit will be held in Zaragoza, Spain, June 17–19, 2020.

The annual meeting of the world’s press will be organized in partnership with Henneo, one of Spain’s leading media and technology companies, which celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2020. The Congress will take place at the Congreso de Zaragoza.

The World News Media Congress is an annual meeting of news publishers, editors and owners from all over the world. It is hosted in a different city each year. The 2019 Congress in Glasgow drew around 900 people from over 60 countries for three days of conferences, executive meetings, networking and social events.”

Source: News&Tech, 2019