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Declaration of John Paton in the case of Citizens for Two Voices vs. Deseret News

Declaration of John Paton in the case of Citizens for Two Voices vs. Deseret News

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Digital First Media CEO JOhn Paton's declaration in an ongoing case. Citizens for Two Voices alleges that a recent deal between the Deseret News and the ownership of the Salt Lake Tribune hurts the Tribune.
Digital First Media CEO JOhn Paton's declaration in an ongoing case. Citizens for Two Voices alleges that a recent deal between the Deseret News and the ownership of the Salt Lake Tribune hurts the Tribune.

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Published by: The Salt Lake Tribune on Jul 01, 2014
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Richard D. Burbidge (#0497) rburbidge@bmgtrial.com Jefferson W. Gross (#8339)  jwgross@bmgtrial.com Carolyn LeDuc (#14240) cleduc@bmgtrial.com BURBIDGE MITCHELL & GROSS 215 South State Street, Suite 920 Salt Lake City, Utah 84111 Telephone: 801-355-6677 Facsimile: 801-355-2341 William Kolasky (pro hac vice
 – 
 pending) Kolasky@hugheshubbard.com HUGHES HUBBARD & REED LLP 1775 I Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20006-2401 Telephone: 202-721-4600 Facsimile: 202-721-4646 Ethan E. Litwin (pro hac vice
 – 
 pending) Litwin@hugheshubbard.com HUGHES HUBBARD & REED LLP One Battery Park Plaza  New York, NY 10004-1482 Telephone: 212-837-6540 Facsimile: 212-422-4726
 Attorneys for Defendant Kearns-Tribune, LLC 
 Raymond J. Etcheverry (#1010) David M. Bennion (#5664) PARSONS BEHLE & LATIMER One Utah Center 201 South Main Street, Suite 1800 Salt Lake City, UT 84111 Telephone: (801) 532-1234 Facsimile: (801) 536-6111 Lee Simowitz (pro hac vice
 – 
 pending) BakerHostetler Washington Square 1050 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Suite 1100 Washington, D.C. 20036-5034 Telephone: 202-861-1608 Facsimile: 202-861-1783
 Attorneys for Defendant Deseret News Publishing Company
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF UTAH - CENTRAL DIVISION
UTAH NEWSPAPER PROJECT, dba CITIZENS FOR TWO VOICES, Plaintiff, vs. DESERET NEWS PUBLISHING COMPANY and KEARNS-TRIBUNE, LLC, Defendants.
DECLARATION OF JOHN PATON
Case No. 2:14-cv-00445-CW Judge Clark Waddoups
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Declaration of John Paton
I, John Paton, declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. 1.
 
I am over the age of eighteen (18) years and have personal knowledge of the statements of this Declaration. If called as a witness, I could competently testify to the facts set forth in this Declaration. 2.
 
I am the Chief Executive Officer of MediaNews Group, Inc., d/b/a Digital First Media (“DFM”).
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 I make this declaration in opposition to Plaintiff’s Motion for a Preliminary Injunction. The facts set forth herein are based on my personal knowledge or  based on information contained in business records regularly maintained by DFM, unless otherwise indicated. My Background 3.
 
I have spent my entire working life in and around the newspaper business. I started my career as a newsroom copy boy. I am a journalist who was everything from a reporter to an editor-in-chief, before becoming more involved on the business side of running newspapers. I am dedicated to the proposition that journalism matters and to finding business solutions to keep journalism viable. I fund two scholarships annually for  promising young journalism students at the Graduate School of Journalism of the City University of New York where I also sit on the Board of Advisors. My university degree is in journalism from Ryerson University where in 2006 I was named an Alumnus of Distinction. I am a former governor of the National Newspaper Awards program in Canada – that country’s “Pulitzer Prize” – and I was recently asked to join the Board of
1
 Unless specifically referred to otherwise herein, all references to Digital First Media refer to MediaNews Group, Inc., d/b/a Digital First Media.
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 Overseers of the Columbia Journalism Review, which I accepted. In one form or another, I have been running companies since 1995. 4.
 
My involvement and interest in helping build digital platforms for newspapers started in the late 1990s when I was first the Vice-President in charge of new media for Sun Media Corporation in Canada and then CEO of Canadian Online Explorer (“Canoe”) - with news operations at the time in Canada, France and Spain. Since then, I have been recognized as one of the leaders in restructuring newspapers to compete effectively in the digital world, including by
The New York Times
 (Exhibit A) and The Pew Research Center for Excellence in Journalism (Exhibit B). My work has led me to be named as one of 15 “digital media influencers.” (Exhibit C.) 5.
 
My leadership on digital issues has led to my being recruited to join a number of media-related boards, namely:
The Guardian
 in the UK,
 El Pais
 in Spain and PRISA, a multi-media corporation also based in Spain, with divisions in more than 20 countries.
The Guardian
 is currently the third-largest newspaper site in the English-speaking world, while
 El Pais
 is quickly establishing a similar leading role in the Spanish-speaking world. Both
The Guardian
 and
 El Pais
 have been able to dramatically expand their audiences and business opportunities by aggressively pursuing a “digital first” strategy. I am a frequently sought-after speaker on digital transformation in the U.S. and abroad. I have presented at annual conferences such as the Newspaper Association of America, World Association of Newspapers, Global Editors Network and Online Publishers Association. 6.
 
My leadership on digital issues was recognized in 2009 when
 Editor &  Publisher 
 named me Publisher of the Year citing my efforts in multi-platform publishing.
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