The Inlander | InlandPress.org | JANUARY 2011
VOL. 25, NO. 1 | JANUARY 2011
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READERSHIP SURVEY: Seventy-eight percent of readers readmost or all of their communitynewspapers—and of those who go online for local news, 55percent found it on the local newspaper’s website,compared to 17 percent for sites such as Yahoo, MSN orGoogle.
“The local newspaper and its associated website may notbe perfect when it comes to presenting informationobjectively, but they do represent at least the attempt tounderstand the meaning of the information they publishand to present information in a clear, useful context.”
Jim Slusher, assistant managing editor for Opinion, DailyHerald, Arlington Heights, Ill., writing about WikiLeaks
M e d i a Q u o t e Q u i c k S t a t
Brokerage thinks interest inbuying papers is on the rise
A slowly recovering economy, improving ad revenuesand “great values” are beginning to create strong buyer inter-est in newspapers, according to Cribb, Greene & Associates,a newspaper brokerage firm based in Bozeman, Mont.Managing Director John T. Cribb said values are in the3x to 6x trailing the 12-month range of earnings before inter-est, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA). He saidmost sales are seller-financed, but that buyers are more con-fident in their ability to secure bank financing.Buyers want “quality and synergy,” and they’re also look-ing to time a purchase in advance of a strong rebound in theadvertising industry, which would result in greater competitionfrom other buyers, he said. “This is a change that we believeis the beginning of sustainable buyer interest,” Cribb said.
New Century Press acquiresFlatland Publishing in N.D.
New Century Press Inc., headquartered in Rock Rapids,Iowa, has acquired Flatland Publishing Inc., which pub-lishes the
Steele County Press
in Finley, N.D., and the
in Cooperstown, Iowa, as well the com-pany’s advertising specialties division.Jon Flatland, owner and president of Flatland, said thenew owners have extensive experience in specialty publica-tions, particularly those geared toward tourism and eco-nomic development.Julie Bergman of W.B. Grimes & Company in Gaithers-burg, Md., represented Flatland Publishing in the sale.
Journal Register’s new erafor community journalism
The Yardley, Pa.-based Journal Register Company re-cently opened a new newsroom that’s designed to encourage“the audience we serve to participate in the newsgatheringprocess and to work with our professional journalists to ad-dress the issues facing our communities,” CEO John Patonsaid.Located in Torrington, Conn., the
’s news-room has more than 13,000 square feet of open office space,serves coffee and pastries to the public, provides free publicWiFi and public access to more than 120 years of newspaperarchives. In addition, there’s a classroom/meeting space withvideo conferencing capabilities and dedicated space andworkstations for the public—all part of Journal Register’sstrategy to implement a “digital first” business model.RegisterCitizen.com’s training room will be used to trainstaff and bloggers, Paton said. It will also be made availablefor the public for use as a community meeting room. The
is also inviting politicians from the stateand federal level to hold office hours at the newsroom toprovide direct access for community members. Office hourswill be livestreamed on RegisterCitizen.com.
ABC partnership enablesaudits of mobile audience
The Schaumburg, Ill.-based Audit Bureau of Circulations’interactive unit, ABCi, is teaming up with Toronto-basedPolar Mobile to provide independently audited mobile usagedata from smartphones, tablets and mobile browsers forpublications in the U.S. and Canada.Audited mobile application usage figures can be reportedon ABCi’s new “m.Audit” report, which tracks mobile audi-ence by device type or operating system, mobile audience byday, audience access points—apps on tablets, smartphones—unique devices and page views by section, and the numberof time readers shared content via e-mail or Twitter.According to a recent ABCi survey, the mobile market isbecoming increasingly important to content providers, withalmost 90 percent of publishers saying their publication waspaying more attention to the mobile market this year thanlast. Seventy-nine percent of larger newspapers are format-ting their sites for mobile devices.
Medill examines how to makehyperlocal sites more relevant
Local journalism sites must know their audience, makerevenue a priority and engage their audience in new waysif they’re to become more relevant in their communities.Those are the three key findings in a study conducted re-cently by 15 graduate students at the Medill School of Jour-nalism in Evanston, Ill.The students focused on audience research, business andadvertising, and technology. They chronicled their work ona class blog, LocalFourth.com, and produced a 72-page re-port documenting their findings and recommendations. Thereport can be accessed at http://bit.ly/Local-Fourth-Final-Report.
MediaNews Group suesto enforce copyright law
MediaNews Group, the parent company of
The Denver Post
, is suing Matt Drudge and other bloggers for copyrightinfringement. A suit filed against the Drudge Report allegesthat the site improperly reposted without permission a pho-to that appeared in the Nov. 18, 2010, edition of
.Righthaven LLC, a copyright enforcement company basedin Las Vegas that’s representing MediaNews Group, is re-portedly seeking $150,000 in damages and the revocationof Drudge’s domain names.Righthaven, which is partially owned by a unit of
publisher Stephens Media LLC, hasfiled more than 180 copyright infringement suits. The major-ity of suits filed thus far relate to
material,but the company began representing MediaNews in Decem-ber 2010.Lawsuits are necessary because simple cease and desistletters aren’t sufficient, according to Righthaven.
ACTING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Elaine M. Lange
ASSISTANT PROGRAM DIRECTOR
BUSINESS RESEARCH MANAGER HUMAN RESOURCES
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ASSISTANT OFFICE MANAGER
Schurz CommunicationsMishawaka, Ind.
Responsive MediaBellaire, Texas
Rust CommunicationsCape Girardeau, Mo.
ASSOCIATION VICE PRESIDENT
Forum CommunicationsFargo, N.D.
Journal GazetteFort Wayne, Ind.
FOUNDATION VICE PRESIDENT
Sacramento BeeSacramento, Calif.
Inland Acting Executive DirectorDes Plaines, Ill.