Blue Skies Ahead: Newspaper Groups Come Together to Share Advertising Ideas

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Six newspaper groups have seen enough rainy days and are now working together to address national advertising needs and share creative ideas.

Cox Media Group, Digital First Media, New York Daily News, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Tribune 365. the national sales team for Tribune Co., have come together under one roof to form Blue Sky Collective. The idea originated from Mediaspace Solutions, a company with offices in Hopkins, Minn. and Wilton, Conn., which works with national and regional advertisers and focuses on newspapers.

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The first meeting of Blue Sky Collective was in Mediaspace's Minnesota offices in June, According to director of innovation Amee Tomlinson, newspaper advertising representatives discussed online advertising opportunities, technology development, and social media.

In October, the group met in Chicago and discussed special sections and opportunities for engagement in print and digital. Cox Media Group presented an idea to launch an advertising package to coincide with the 2013 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament, Set to launch in March, the package includes a print media component, videos, bracket contests, sponsorships, and interactive features. …