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Articles from Vol. 127, No. 45, November 5

A Dangerous Trend? Media Economist Says Use of Government Pensions to Fund Media Companies Heightens Potential for Conflicts
PARK COMMUNICATION'S announced sale to two investors financed by a loan from the Alabama state pension fund is only the latest example of a dangerous trend towards government funding of newspaper and broadcasting companies, a media economist warns....
Austin Revamps Shoppin Plaza for Newspaper, Retailers
THE AUSTIN CO., among other projects, is transforming a former Kroger's supermarket into a new home for Vicksburg, Miss., Evening Post production and administration. The conversion is part of the Cleveland-based company's transformation of a "virtually...
Bob Johnson out at Newsday; Publisher Ousted after Eight Years at the Helm; Differences in Business Philosophy with Management of Parent Times Mirror Co. Are Cited as Reason for the Move
IN A SURPRISE move, Newsday publisher, president and CEO Bob Johnson was ousted Nov. 2 over "differences in business philosophy" with the management of Times Mirror Co., the paper's corporate parent. Los Ageles-based Times Mirror said Johnson resigned...
Circulation Execs Told to Concentrate on Loyal Readers; Paying for Starts with Special Offers Is Too Expensive; Retention of Long-Term Customers Is the Way to Go
"STOP PAYING FOR starts and selling special offers," a Midwestern newspaper chain executive advised circulation managers at their conference in Long Beach, California. Instead of paying incentives to carriers and for new subscribers, seek out long-term...
Circulators Need to Become Marketers; Knowledge of - and Cooperation with - All Departments at the Newspaper Is Stressed
TWO PUBLISHERS WHO came up through the circulation department told circulation managers the time has come for them to become a key part of their newspapers' marketing efforts. Circulation job descriptions should be dusted off to include more than...
CWO&O Interested in Acquiring MSN; Newspaper Rep Firm Cresmer, Woodward, O'Mara & Ormsbee Is Contemplating Acquisition of the Cooperative Sunday Magazine Sales Organization
AT LEAST ONE newspaper representative firm is taking a close look at buying Metro Sunday Newspapers, the cooperative Sunday magazine sales organization which put itself on the block recently. Cresmer, Woodward, O'Mara, Ormsbee Inc. is "interested"...
European Building Design
THE CONSTRUCTION OF new newspaper plants in Europe has been driven by a desire to install the latest technology -- particularly to produce color -- and to shift production to the edge of cities to make distribution easier. The former East Germany...
Federal Judge Denies Action to Expedite an FoIA Request; Free-Lance Journalist Wanted to Get Marine Corps Personnel Files of U.S. Senatorial Candidate Oliver North before the Nov. 8 Election; Request Was Filed Last March
A FEDERAL JUDGE has denied a motion that the U.S. Marine Corps expedite action on a Freedom of Information Act request seeking the personnel files of U.S. senatorial candidate Oliver North of Virginia. Freelance journalist and author Linda Hunt,...
Ferag Mailrooms for New Plants
NEW PRODUCTION CENTERS in north Africa and northern Europe will be equipped with Ferag mailroom systems. Egypt's largest daily, Al Ahram, ordered three Single Copy Conveyor lines and stacking systems complete with inseting, packaging and bundle distribution....
Former Facilities' Fates; What Becomes of Their Downtown Buildings When Newspapers Move into New Plants?
LARGE CITY NEWSPAPERS that solved their production problems by building satellite plants are now faced with a new problem: what to do with the cavernous spaces that housed presses in their downtown office buildings. The Chicago Tribune has turned...
Info Highway Wants Syndicated Material; but Meeting Speaker Says Comics and Columns Do Not Have Ideal Formats for Computer Viewing
AN INCREASING AMOUNT of syndicated material is reaching people via on-line services, CD-ROMs and other electronic avenues. "Syndicates are vital to these services," said Medio Multimedia vice president-research Bob Wyman. "You're going to see more...
Macromedia to Buy Altsys Corp
SAN FRANCISCO-BASED multimedia software tools developer Macromedia signed a definitive agreement to acquire all outstanding shares of Altsys Corp. stock for 4.3 million shares of its common stock in a deal valued at just under $71 million. The acquisition...
Nabisco Touts Its Relationship with Newspapers
EVEN THOUGH IT usually is separated by third-party suppliers or ad agencies, a coupon-using manufacturer says that the relationship between her company and newspapers is important and should be carefully maintained. At the recent U.S. Coupon Forum...
New English Plant Is a Shipshape Shop; Western Morning News and Evening Herald in Plymouth, England, Print in a Plant Designed in the Shape of a Ship
WHEN THE WESTERN Morning News of Plymouth, England, decided to build a new plant, it wanted very much to remind people of its presence. "Although we've been around for a hundred years," said managing director Jerry Ramsden, "we wanted people to...
Newspapers in the New Media World
INFOMERCIALS, ACCORDING TO the people who make them, are a billion-dollar medium in 1994, helping to strengthen television's position as the dominant force in national advertising. Why should any sensible person want to spend a half-hour in the...
Off-Campus Paper Took Heat for Expose on Athletes; Story Raised Questions about Brigham Young University Football Players and Their Alleged Ability to Escape Penalties Unless Their Transgressions Became Public Knowledge
BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY has an honor code that follows strict Mormon principles -- no drinking, smoking, premarital sex, suggestive clothes, or other behavior forbidden by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints (LDS). Students caught violating...
Park Communications Sold for $711 Million; Real Estate Developer and Stock Broker Team Up to Buy Newspaper and Broadcast Chain
PARK COMMUNICATIONS INC., the sprawling family-controlled neewspaper and broadcasting chain, said it reached an agreement to be sold to two investors for $711.4 million. Neither of the investors, Donald Tomlin and Gary Knapp, have experience managing...
Planning Isn't Enough
AN IMPORTANT STEP for any owner is to embrace the idea of planning. Today, however, planning in itself isn't enough. Historically, planners focused on developing masterplans that addressed current problems and shortfalls. They would include additional...
Press Salesman to Project Manager
THIS IS A story about a man who lost a $60-million sale and is happy about it. H. William Moore, who prefers to be called Bill, Arrived in Clevaland in 1989 hoping to sell MAN Roland presses to the Plain Dealer for its proposed $200-million production...
Printing Palazzo: Cleveland Plain Dealer's $200 Million Greenfield Production and Distribution Center Is Now in Full Operation
A KNOT OF excited retirees fresh from an hour tour of the Cleveland Plain Dealer's new production center buzzed around Jennifer Hebert, pulling at her right arm as if it were attached to a slot machine. "I get this all the time," said Hebert, tour...
Projects Past and Present; from Flip Book and Explosion to Neuharth's 24-Year-Old Promise; One Mailroom's Bridge; Diesel-Hydraulic Presses; Wharf and Landfill Plans; Building and Equipping to Lease
ROBERT GINSBERG KEEPS an unusual souvenir of his first large newspaper project as a design engineer -- an almost two-inch-thick flip book that illustrates the construction of the Bulletin Building in Philadelphia 30 years ago. Work on the building...
Specifications and Requirements: New York Times Adopts Comprehensive Scheme to Build and Equip Manufacturing and Distribution Facilities
BY DOCUMENTING EVERY aspect of plant construction, system design and equipment transportation, assembly, testing and performance, the New York Times hopes to smooth out the process of erecting and successfully operating new facilities. The future...
Thinking Ahead: Designers Discuss the Challenges of Newspaper Project Planning
THE UNPREDICTABLE FUTURE of technology and its effects on workflow have the potential to frustrate those involved in construction or renovation of newspaper plants. According to Rick Ruffino of the Blevins Harding Group, a newspaper planning and...
Time to Lighten Up
As usual, the Des Moines Register's Geneva Overholser gets it right: "We're so good at reporting all the negatives and all the infighting that we give people a sense it is all hopeless." My wife, a faithful newspaper junkie if there ever was one,...
Trends That Are Reshaping Newspapers; Packaging-Distribution Center Changes Seem to Be the Most Consistent, Overriding Trend in Newspapers' Planning for the Future
NEWSPAPERS ARE PLANNING again. Faced with an increasingly competitive market and falling revenues, they are looking at the future and ways to accommodate perceived needs. Over the past two years, Blevins Harding Group has observed some marketplace...
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