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Articles from July 1

Bluffton (S.C.) Today
You can't turn the corner these days without some newspaper executive singing about hyperlocal content and its companion, community journalism. Throw in a refrain about a "platform agnostic" newsroom and it becomes the industry's latest anthem. Lots...
Churn, Churn, Churn: Strategies for Retention
Circulation may be taking the Nestea plunge, but there is some good news in the tea leaves. Churn -- or the percent of subscriber turnover -- is falling at newspapers across the country. That's crucial, because if newspapers can't add readers, they...
Editorial: Federal Blunderment
Time and again in this space, we've shone a light on the many cynical manipulations of joint operating agreements (JOAs), and cried out, "Where, oh where, is the Justice Department in all this?" Now at long last the feds have intervened in a JOA,...
El Diario la Prensa, New York City
In the winter of 2002, El Diario La Prensa at age 90 looked like a has-been. Tribune Co.'s Hoy had zoomed past it as New York City's Spanish-language circulation leader. Founding Publisher Louis Sito was lionized as the new Hispanic-media wiz kid....
E&P Technical: On the Supply Side »
EDITORIALWoodwing SoftwareZaandam, the Netherlands The Malaysian Reserve, a new publication that is Malaysia's only all-business daily, recently installed Smart Connection Enterprise software with the help of Serious Technology, a WoodWing partner...
E&P Technical: Partners in PAPER
With SP Newsprint Co. still exploring "strategic alternatives" in May, newsprint analysts east and west offered perspectives on the fate of the Atlanta-based, publisher-owned newspaper recycler and newsprint manufacturer, as well as a similar partnership...
E&P Technical: Powerful Outage
A week after the server connection between Journal Register Co.'s New Haven Register and its former Rhode Island papers blinked on the same day another former JRC title -- GateHouse Media's The Herald News in Fall River, Mass. -- was printing copies...
E&P Technical: Publishers' Recent Retreat from Paper Mills
For all their need for newsprint -- as well as their history of ownership of the mills that produce it -- newspapers have mostly exited the papermaking business in recent years. Ten years ago, for example, The Washington Post Co. and Dow Jones &...
E&P Technical: Separation Anxiety
When an electrical malfunction in late May knocked out The Call's Goss Urbanite press, The Herald News, across the state line in Fall River, Mass., printed the Woonsocket daily and its Rhode Island sister dailies the Kent County Daily Times, Warwick...
Lancaster (Ohio) Eagle-Gazette
Lancaster, Ohio, pop. 35,335, won't ever be confused with Manhattan. Columbus is the nearest big city, about 35 minutes away. Go north, says Lancaster Eagle-Gazette Publisher Rick Szabrak, and you're in new suburbia. Go south, and you're in farmland....
Lancaster (Pa.) New Era
The Lancaster (Pa.) New Era was doing something right long before the past year. It won state awards, and was the rare afternoon daily with almost as much circulation as its morning counterpart. But the New Era, founded in 1877, received national...
News People
ALABAMA Derek Price has been named managing editor of The Cullman Times. Price most recently served as editor of the Times' sister newspaper, the Herald-Banner in Greenville, Texas. CALIFORNIA Brady Rhoades is the new managing editor of the...
Online Ad Revenue Going from Phat to Flat?
Online revenue for newspapers is on the rise, isn't it? Well, yes, but perhaps not fast enough. With all the emphasis on online revenue, it's disquieting that newspapers are losing ad share there while experiencing slower growth. A new report from...
Publisher Arrested for Standing Ground
The Alamance News is a 6,500-circulation weekly dedicated to extremely local news out of Alamance County in central North Carolina. But second-generation owner Thomas E. Boney Jr. warns: "We're not a stereotypical fluffy-wuffy community paper. We take...
San Francisco Bay Guardian
When Bruce B. Brugmann and his wife Jean Dibble arrived in San Francisco a year ahead of 1967's Summer of Love and the heyday of underground New Left papers, their mission was to launch an alternative newspaper that would challenge and compete with...
Small Daily Leads in Diversity
Diversity, as Betty Barker Smith of The Baxter Bulletin is fond of saying, "is not a destination, it's a journey." Then again, the 11,456-circulation Bulletin's hometown of Mountain Home, Ark., probably isn't the first destination that occurs to ambitious...
SNA Backs New Ad Network
The subject of a national ad-vertising network has come up before during board meetings of Suburban Newspapers of America (SNA), but this year the organization decided to finally get on the stick. Along with 10 of its member groups (thus far), SNA...
SPECIAL REPORT: Inside Gannett's 'Information Centers'
A year ago, anyone who visited the Daily Record in Parsippany, N.J., in the dead of night would find it empty, except for production crews running the presses for the morning paper. Most of its newsroom staff didn't arrive until after 8 a.m. Today,...
St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times
Newspapers add and upgrade equipment and systems all the time, their most ambitious initiatives generally coinciding with facility construction or expansion. But even when business slumped and buying slowed after 2000, the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times...
Students Go to Town on Makeover
The 15 graduate journalism students in business attire flanked the stage at Northwestern University's McCormick Tribune Center in Evanston, Ill., smiling nervously and taking one last look at the notecards in their hands. It was showtime once again...
Syndicates: Where Pols Talk to Their Lampooners
Editorial cartoonists had a memorable 1988 encounter with singer Robert Plant, whose many Led Zeppelin credits include "The Song Remains the Same." That incident will be described later in this story, but the Zeppelin song (and film) title has some...
The AP's Trial Examiner
When Linda Deutsch began covering trials for The Associated Press' Los Angeles bureau in 1967, O.J. Simpson was a star running back at USC, Patty Hearst was a junior high school student, and Michael Jackson was the 9-year-old lead singer of a rising...
The Birmingham (Ala.) News
Pound for pound, newspapers published in the Sun Belt are among the best in the nation. In some places, especially in Florida, one reason for this is because the competition is so good. But for many, it's a matter of being in the right place at the...
The Onion, New York City
The Onion? Hey, don't laugh. Well, actually, do laugh -- because that's what they want. But the success of the Onion, the weekly mix of outright fake news, commentary, and real arts-and-entertainment coverage, is far from a joke. Promoting itself...
The Roanoke (Va.) Times
When a crazed youth unleashed a torrent of gunfire on April 16, killing more than 30 and injuring scores of people on the Virginia Tech campus, The Roanoke Times realized it was an event of national importance. But it knew the community depended on...
The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss
A year ago, when The Sun Herald of Biloxi, Miss., shared a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of Hurricane Katrina, the newsroom rightly basked in the praise. But if there was a Pulitzer for circulation, the feisty daily could claim that, too. In the...
To Russia with Love
When McClatchy's Tom Lasseter, who had been honored for his reporting in Iraq, spent most of December 2006 in Lebanon covering the Shiite-Sunni street violence there, one of his top competitors was Megan Stack of the Los Angeles Times. She had been...
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