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    • GateHouse’s Newton: ‘We Want to Own More Local Newspapers’

      GateHouse Media is a sprawling giant among local and community news publications. It owns 125 daily newspapers and 316 weeklies with a combined 3.3 million subscribers in over 415 markets nationwide and its 530 websites reach 35 million people. But it is determined to keep growing as the centerpiece of its holding company, the expansion-minded New Media Investment Group, in a ...

      Tom Grubisich/ Street Fight- 5 readers -
    • Two Nashville Independents Merge to Go ‘BIGR’ in Gannett’s Shadow

      Is the merger between two independent news operations in metro Nashville just possibly a template for how community news plays now in a digital world where even big chains of local newspapers seem dwarfed — and perhaps threatened — by search, distribution and social-media giants like Google and Facebook? In this boundary-less competitive climate, there are no certain long-term winners among new.

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  • TAPinto Grows to 57 News Franchises, Eyes National Reach

    … the network, rebranded as TAPinto in 2014, has grown to 57 franchisees in Jersey and suburban New York State. A typical TAPinto owner is Jackie Lieberman, who converted the existing Westfield, N.J., site to a franchise operation in 2012. A former magazine editor, Liebnerman says her TAPintoWestfield produces 100,000 hits monthly in a community…

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  • Jim Friedlich: Champion of ‘New Class’ of Metro-Sized News Sites

    … There is a “new class” of entrepreneurial local news startups as well as aggressive new digital investment at “heritage” newspapers, according to longtime news publishing executive Jim Friedlich. The startups mark their boundaries not by neighborhood but metro area. They also emphasize, in product design, content selection and presentation…

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  • Burbio Creates Smarter Community Calendars for Local Events

    … that provide nonprofit listings, or government information, but it’s presented in a way that still requires manual entry, doesn’t allow for personalization, and doesn’t update. Would you show how Burbio works and how it goes well beyond calendars and even listings that news sites use? Let’s use the city of Rye in New York’s Westchester County. When…

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  • As Merchants Flock to Social Media, How Can Community News Sites Keep Pace?

    No one should be surprised that SMBs are pouring more and more advertising dollars into social media. The most recent numbers, from Borrell Associates’ 2016 Advertising Survey of 7,564 regional, local and neighborhood businesses, are here and here, indicating that more than 62% of SMBs have now bought Facebook ads, and 90% have a social media presence.

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  • As 10-Year Mark Approaches, West Seattle Blog Sticks to Profitable Basics

    … after all. Then DataSphere at least for a while was trying to sell local ads on a couple other regional legacy-media organizations’ event calendars. Patch has several sites in metro Seattle, but not West Seattle. Did you scare them away? If you look closely, they don’t REALLY have any local sites. They have automated setups that appear to have…

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  • Leader of Reuters Institute’s Bleak News Report: ‘We Can Do It’

    … I was slammed by five words in the recent “Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2016”: “Local journalism continues to decline.” But then, in a later section of the report, I discovered that both men and women in the U.S. and internationally rank local as their number one category of news. So which is it — should the publishers of community news…

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  • LMC Chief: Local News Pessimists Are Missing the Big Innovations

    … measure the news media — particularly local — from the perspective of what it was rather than what it is becoming. The business model for local news was easy when there was one newspaper and three television stations in a market, and there was no internet, no mobile, no social media. It’s more challenging today (putting it mildly), but new business…

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