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Local newspapers' crisis - what crisis? Go hyperlocal and win readers

Guardian – 2012-05-03

Today's extract from What do we mean by local?* is taken from the chapter by Andrew Adamson, general manager of newspaper titles in South Wales owned by the Tindle group.In yesterday's extract, KM group editorial director Ian Carter quoted 84-year-old Ray Tindle - publisher of more than 200 weeklies - as saying: "If you had a newspaper for every street it would sell".Here, Adamson writes in depth about the practice, having witnessed the launch in July last year of the hyperlocal Pembroke and...
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BA asks local authorities for tax cuts

The Booksellers Association has pledged to write to the chief executives of all 390 local... | The Bookseller – 2012-01-18

Regional Mag Publisher Looks to Resuscitate Local Newspaper Business with Weekly Offering

Dan Shannon, publisher of North Carolina city titles Chapel Hill and Durham Magazines, has spotted a hole in the current news publishing model. | Folio Magazine – 2011-12-02

Local newspapers upset at Olympic Games snub

Local newspaper publishers are upset about the unlikelihood of its journalists receiving official passes to cover next year's Olympic Games in London.They will be expected to rely instead on... | Guardian – 2011-09-08

Yahoo, Gannett Expand Local Ad Tie-In

Embattled media companies Yahoo and Gannett are getting even cozier. Facing revenue declines, the Internet giant and the country’s biggest newspaper publisher are hoping they can boost their bottom... | AdWeek – 2011-08-31

In local community news space, advertising rules but it’s not the only revenue source

Advertising is the top source of revenue for local online news publishers but many are testing other sources in an effort to diversify their funding streams. Twenty-seven sites, or more than 60... | Online Journalism Review – 2011-07-26

Yet another week of big changes for local paper publishers

It has been an interesting week for regional newspaper publishers, with a strike at Newsquest/Gannett in south London and a vote to strike for a second time at Tindle Newspapers north of... | Guardian – 2011-06-17

Waterstone's looks to a local future

The received wisdom is that the digital age is bad news for the humble high street book store. | The Independent – 2011-05-21

Local papers face economic problems - but journalists' pay needs improving

The depth of the problems facing local and regional newspapers could not be more stark. Here's Georgina Harvey, managing director of Trinity Mirror's regional division, giving her annual review as... | Guardian – 2011-05-19

Local vs. Corporate News: Not a New Problem

Posted in ArticleI'll admit, I'm excited about this new project, Authentically Local, which I read about on Media Nation today: Thirty independent community news sites have banded together to tell... | EContent Magazine – 2011-05-18

No real news! Why local and regional papers are on their knees

Just in case you didn't read it, or didn't read all of it, here's the conclusion to yesterday's commentary by Sean Dooley on the state of the local and regional press:"Few readers are seeing any... | Guardian – 2011-02-15

Wanted: local heroes to save the regional press

DGMT's decision over Northcliffe Media highlights issue of local newspaper ownershipAfter enduring a seven-year decline that has resulted in well over £1bn in ad revenue bleeding out of regional... | Guardian – 2011-02-14

Staff and readers suffer in the local newspaper squeeze

Consolidation has become the feared C-word in the regional pressDaily Mail & General Trust has never been known to run one business agenda when the company could be running three. So the Northcliffe... | Guardian – 2011-02-14

Truth about the 'brave new world' facing local and regional newspapers

There is a single message from publishers in the beleaguered local and regional newspaper industry. Take off the competition shackles and let us consolidate. The latest to advance the cause is Peter... | Guardian – 2011-02-10

Newspaper publisher Gannett to partner with Yahoo on local advertising sales

MCLEAN, Va. - Gannett Co., the largest U.S. newspaper publisher, is partnering with Yahoo Inc. to sell local online advertising. It's a deal that could help Gannett boost revenue as its traditional... | Yahoo – 2010-07-16

'Austin American-Statesman' Buys Subscriber Newswire Covering Local Politics

The Austin American-Statesman has acquired the Austin city hall and local politics newswire In Fact Daily. | Editor And Publisher – 2010-03-29

$10.5 million U.S. media project aimed at local news gap

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Corporation for Public Broadcasting launched a $10.5 million project on Thursday to increase regional reporting, filling a growing gap due to cutbacks in the news... | Reuters – 2010-03-25

Citing Newspaper Reporting Void, Public Broadcasting Will Fund Seven Local Journalism Centers

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) announced that it is funding local journalism start-ups that promise to "increase original local reporting capacity" in seven regions throughout the... | Editor And Publisher – 2010-03-25

77% of Canadians Read Dailies, Most Preferring Local News on Paper

Daily newspapers again showed their value to Canadians in the just-released 2009 NADbank readership study. More than three-quarters (14.7 million) of adults in markets where a daily newspaper is... | Editor And Publisher – 2010-03-18

SCS Aids Dow Jones Local Media Ad-Production Consolidation

Dow Jones Local Media Group is consolidating ad production of its regional newspapers across the country at The Standard-Times, New Bedford, Mass., using Software Consulting Services' Community... | Editor And Publisher – 2010-03-08

Self publishing helps local writer share her world

Toya Stone has always dreamed of publishing a book. Thanks to modern technology, her dream has come true. | The Victoria Advocate – 2010-02-18

'Detroit Free Press' Strikes Deal with Local CBS Station

The Detroit Free Press reported yesterday that in May it will begin partnering with the city's CBS-owned-and-operated WWJ-TV to produce news segments for the station's "First Forecast Mornings." The... | Editor And Publisher – 2009-03-30

Local magazine closes

Indianapolis -- After 52 years, Indiana Business magazine ceased publication after its February issue, citing a business model based on advertising that was "no longer economically viable." | The Indianapolis Star – 2009-03-13

Local news media needs dual business models, not dueling business models

I own and run a hyperlocal site www.sunvalleyonline.com . While we've managed to be one of the few pure-play local Internet media ventures to eke out a profit, the financial returns aren't anything... | Online Journalism Review – 2009-03-13

Advertising slump leaves Britain's local newspapers in crisis

A group of 18 local newspapers in Warwickshire and Worcestershire is at risk of closure after the family-controlled parent company became the first significant newspaper group to descend into... | Times Online – 2009-03-11

3 local weeklies to keep publishing

The Elizabethtown Chronicle, Donegal Ledger and Columbia Ledger will continue to publish even as their parent company enters bankruptcy.Yardley, Pa.-based Journal Register Company said Saturday that... | Lancaster Online – 2009-02-23

In Connecticut, Local Ownership Debate Heats Up

The recent purchase of The Bristol Press and The Herald of New Britain by a lone businessman could serve as a case study in the debate over local vs. national ownership. Plus, are 17 dailies too... | Editor And Publisher – 2009-02-23

'Star-Ledger' to Use Local News Service to Supplement Coverage

"We expect it to be a source of municipal coverage for [Star-Ledger Web site] NJ.com, for the paper and perhaps other outlets as well," Editor Jim Willse said. | Editor And Publisher – 2009-02-17

Forbes publisher tells local group to keep the faith

The publisher of Forbes magazine sounded like a prophet of profit yesterday as he addressed hundreds at the annual meeting of the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce. "Don't lose faith," Rich... | The Toledo Blade – 2009-01-29

Buyer of Connecticut Papers Says Local Control Will Succeed

"I am looking forward to being part of the community and rebuilding these newspapers," said Michael E. Schroeder, 50, whose intent to purchase The Bristol Press and The Herald of New Britain from... | Editor And Publisher – 2009-01-07

Local bookstore expands through Google

MANILA, Philippines -- Rex Book Store (RBS) has started digitizing some of its books as part of the Google Book Search Publisher Partner Program wherein book publishers can place their books in the... | Philippine Daily Inquirer – 2008-12-01

BBC Trust expected to knock back online local video plans

Controversial plans by BBC management to launch a £68m network of local news websites with video content are expected to be rejected in their current form by the BBC Trust, based on evidence... | Guardian Unlimited – 2008-11-20

Local Newspaper Publisher Gets Roasted

The President and Publisher of our local newspaper – Darrell Coleman -- received a few jabs tonight, but it was all for a good cause. The Northwest Texas Council Boy Scouts held its first ever... | KFDX Wichita Falls – 2008-11-16

Crisis kills local papers after advertising plunges

Nearly 30 local newspapers are closing as the industry faces its biggest financial crisis for a generation. | Times Online – 2008-11-14

Local Fox, NBC stations to share news video

Local television station groups owned by Fox and NBC have formed a news service to share video taken at news events like crime scenes and press conferences. | International Herald Tribune – 2008-11-14

Miami book fair speaks volumes about local passion for books

The Miami Book Fair International, widely known as one of the biggest and best in the country if not the biggest and best, started out small. Really small. Or the idea behind it did: to borrow some... | Miami Herald – 2008-11-09

Our Town Phone Book Joins with Boomdash, to Enable Local Businesses to Advertise Online

ANN ARBOR, Mich.----Boomdash, LLC, a leader in turn-key search engine and mobile marketing for local businesses, announced today its partnership with Minuteman Publishing, Inc. DBA Our Town Phone... | Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance – 2008-10-15

What next for Global's local radio stations?

John Plunkett outlines the fates of each of Global Radio's One Network of local stations | Guardian – 2008-09-16

Local printer carves out niche in digital age

Local company adapts to the times and changes focus to the documentation of people's lives. | Seattle Times – 2008-08-27

Lexington Newspaper Guild Merges With Local CWA

The Lexington Newspaper Guild, which represents 86 staffers at the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader, has merged with the local Communications Workers of America unit, a move Guild president Brandon... | Editor And Publisher – 2008-08-27

Newspapers Do Well in New OPA Study of Local Web Sites

An Online Publishers Association (OPA) study released today finds that "consumers trust advertising" on local media sites -- with newspaper sites getting the best results by a small margin. | Editor And Publisher – 2008-08-19

BBC local video branded 'very damaging' by Newspaper Society

The body that represents the regional newspaper industry has attacked the BBC's local online video plan as 'very damaging'. By Oliver Luft | Guardian – 2008-08-13

Chattanooga Alt-Paper 'The Pulse' Sold to Local Radio Operator

Brewer Media Group, which owns four radio stations in the Chattanooga, Tenn., market, has bought the local alternative weekly The Pulse. | Editor And Publisher – 2008-08-04

Collective UK buys local printer Essay Print out of administration

Litho printer Collective UK has bought fellow Leeds printer Essay Print out of administration in a bid to reach a £4m turnover. | PrintWeek – 2008-07-28

Bits: How to Save Local Newspapers: Cellphones

Verve Wireless, which aims to save the local paper by making it mobile, completed a fund-raising round led by its biggest customer, The Associated Press. | New York Times – 2008-07-27

As Papers Struggle, News Is Cut and the Focus Turns Local

Almost two-thirds of American newspapers publish less foreign news than they did just three years ago, and most of them have smaller news staffs, according to a new study. | New York Times – 2008-07-21

Love your local bookshop?

Cheap? Expert staff? Lovely shop? Tell us what makes your favourite special, and send a photo. | BBC – 2007-05-08

Report to urge BBC to ditch controversial local radio cuts

BBC-commissioned review to recommend axing senior management, which could save corporation up to £2m a yearThe BBC will be urged to ditch controversial plans to share afternoon programmes across its... | Guardian – 2012-02-27

BBC told to cut local radio managers

Report says BBC could save £2m a year by axing 50% of managing editors instead of cutting local radio programmesThe BBC has been told it could save millions a year by cutting 50% of senior local... | Guardian – 2012-02-27

Tanzania: Book to Promote Local Tourism Published

[Daily News] FOUR Francophone embassies accredited to Tanzania in collaboration with over 40 various companies, have jointly published a 204-page new edition guide... | allAfrica – 2012-03-09

NUJ dossier shows Trinity Mirror is killing its local newspapers

More odium is heaped on Trinity Mirror's chief executive Sly Bailey today ahead of a key board meeting this week.In a press release headlined "Bye, bye Sly?", the National Union of Journalists (NUJ)... | Guardian – 2012-03-13

With This Machine, You Can Print Your Own Books at the Local Bookstore

The Espresso Book Machine means that booksellers can publish and sell an enormous number of titles. But can they make the finances work? | The Atlantic – 2012-03-13

Is ‘Buy Local’ Enough?

Like the Austin Independent Business Alliance, begun by Steve Bercu, co-owner of BookPeople, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, many early shop-local initiatives were started to... | Publishers Weekly – 2012-03-23

Local Media Association and California Newspaper Publishers Association Form Strategic Partnership

Recognizing that collaboration in the industry has never been more important, the California Newspaper Publishers Association (CNPA) has joined forces with the Local Media Association (formerly... | Editor & Publisher – 2012-04-11

NY Daily News redefines local coverage with South Asian online section

The New York Daily News tabloid has launched a new online section which seeks to appeal to the city’s South Asian residents, paidContent reported. The new section, called “Desi,” features South... | Editors Weblog – 2012-04-23

Local newspapers' crisis: a story of hyperlocal success

Today's extract from What do we mean by local?* is by Richard Coulter, a former assistant editor at the Bristol Evening Post.He left the Northcliffe Media title in July 2011 to launch a magazine,... | Guardian – 2012-05-18

Local newspapers' crisis: my hyperlocal site was fine, but it didn't pay

Today's extract from What do we mean by local?* is by Richard Jones, a freelance journalist who lectures at Leeds university. He spent six years at Sky News before becoming a stay-at-home father and... | Guardian – 2012-05-25

Local news crisis: publishers and editors must get back to basics

Today's extract from What do we mean by local?* is by the director of the Society of Editors, Bob Satchwell, who argues that local newspapers have many years of life left in them yet. Satchwell, who... | Guardian – 2012-06-26

Archant has success with local aggregator website

Archant, the regional publisher, is claiming record growth in visitors to its local aggregator website London24.com, which hosts local news from the publisher's 19 London-based newspapers. | Media Week – 2012-07-16

Asking 'Where's Waldo' helps increase local bookstore business

The 'Find Waldo Local' campaign, held nationwide for the month of July, had customers hunting for Waldo in independent bookstores and businesses. | The Christian Science Monitor – 2012-08-11

Google-Frommer’s deal shows travel and local are two sides of same coin

Google's move to buy travel publisher Frommer's highlights how local and travel are coming together. Increasingly, the best travel services are focused on treating you like a local. And local... | GigaOM – 2012-08-14

Amazon trialling local delivery scheme

Amazon is reportedly trialling a scheme to deliver parcels which customers can collect from... | The Bookseller – 2012-08-17

Axel Springer buying local portal meinestadt.de to court local classifieds

Local is hot, at least for Axel Springer. The German publisher is buying a local portal, meinestadt.de, as a vehicle to gain exposure for local online classified advertising. | GigaOM – 2012-08-21

Local News Sites Form New Trade Association

Next month, at the annual Block by Block conference for local news sites, around 100 independent publishers will celebrate the launch of a new nonprofit trade group that will offer support for the... | Editor & Publisher – 2012-08-22

Local editors to party leaders: we want press self-regulation

The press regulation battle is heating up by the day, with pressure building particularly on politicians who will make the final decision.Today, the industry campaign to retain self-regulation - and... | Guardian – 2012-11-19

Next-Gen Eye Track Gear Targets Local Media

Publishers looking to prove that eyeballs really are glued to their online ads and pre-roll may have a new metric to make their case. Eye tracking technology, once a cost-prohibitive tool for only... | Editor & Publisher – 2012-11-26

Nashville turns Poetry in Motion program into contest for local poets

Previous years saw cities draping buses and subway cars with text from poems by famous writers. Now the Music City is asking a panel to choose works by local writers for display. | The Christian Science Monitor – 2013-02-23

Local Newspaper Publisher Sale Approved

Yardley-based newspaper publisher Journal Register Co. Thursday won court approval to sell its assets to an affiliate of its current owner in exchange for $114 million in secured debt and about... | Editor & Publisher – 2013-03-22

At the Intersection of Hyper-Local Digital and Regional Magazine Publishers

Imagine having more than 20 competitors spring up into your market over the course of the last two years. Now picture these competitors being backed by one of the largest digital media institutions... | Folio Magazine – 2013-04-01

News Limited to rebrand local operation as News Corp Australia

Australian arm of global media giant changes name as it prepares to officially split on 1 JulyNews Limited is rebranding, doing away with the name of the company that Rupert Murdoch built a global... | Guardian – 2013-06-26

Yahoo Improves Local Lead-Gen Services

As city, regional and specialty titles continue to fight for local business listings and ad dollars, massive web corporations are scaling their ground-level efforts and getting into the mix. | Folio Magazine – 2013-06-18

How Locu Became Every Local Business's Personal Publisher

Locu's latest deal is a way for any local business -- not just restaurants -- to publish their current list of services to Yelp. | AllThingsD – 2013-07-12

Local bookstores scramble for copies of Rowling's latest

Local bookstores are in a mad dash to secure copies of "The Cuckoo's Calling" after the disclosure Sunday that the detective novel is the work of J.K. Rowling, the literary megastar behind the... | SacBee – 2013-07-17

Banks to publish local lending data

The UK's biggest banks will have to reveal from next year how much they lend in thousands of local areas, the Treasury announces. | BBC – 2013-07-24

Modern local journalism is failing to be an 'absolute bulwark of democracy'

More than a year ago I ran a series of extracts from a book about local journalism. Now a second edition of What do we mean by local? is to be published next month with the subtitle The rise, fall... | Guardian – 2013-08-12

Flawed business strategy at the heart of the decline of local newspapers

Today's extract from the republished and updated book on local journalism* is by Richard Tait, professor of journalism at Cardiff university. For nine years from 2003 to 2012 he was director of the... | Guardian – 2013-08-13

The great illusion: local newspapers can be a massively profitable business

Today's extract from the second, updated edition of the book about local journalism What do we mean by local?* is by former Guardian editor Peter Preston. He cut his journalistic teeth on the... | Guardian – 2013-08-14

Facebook eyes making local connections with mesh networks

Facebook has designed a system that would allow individuals and advertisers to make direct connections to those physically nearby that share similar interests or are open to receiving certain... | PC World – 2013-08-17

David Banks: my e-newspaper covers news the local media have abandoned

Today's extract from the second, updated edition of the book about local journalism What do we mean by local?* is by David Banks.During his career, he was variously editor of Daily Mirror, assistant... | Guardian – 2013-08-19

Ireland's local newspapers suffer in the transition from print to online

Today's extract from the second, updated edition of the book about local journalism What do we mean by local?* is by Tom Felle, a former Irish Independent reporter who now lectures in journalism at... | Guardian – 2013-08-21

Why Local World is a beacon of hope for regional newspapers

Today's extract from the second, updated edition of the book about local journalism What do we mean by local?* is by Neil Fowler, former editor of three regional dailies and one of the book's... | Guardian – 2013-08-22

Local World titles suffer double-digit annual sales declines

Johnston Press and Trinity Mirror also see circulations fall across a number of regional evening newspapersA number of Local World's flagship evening newspapers suffered double-digit annual sales... | Guardian – 2013-08-28

Is local journalism dead? Discuss...

News of an upcoming Media Society event. Although billed as "a topical debate", it is one that could have been held at any time in recent years and is likely to be as relevant in years to come: Is... | Guardian – 2013-09-18

Stik protects local businesses from fraudulent user reviews

Word-of-mouth has long been a driver of small business success (and failure), and these days it takes the form of online customer reviews. But the relative anonymity provided by the Web has added a... | PC World – 2013-09-20

Indianapolis Star Announces Plan to Boost Local, National Content in Partnership with USA TODAY

The state’s largest newspaper is about to become bigger. The Indianapolis Star will significantly increase its local and national content beginning Oct. 6, publisher Karen Crotchfelt... | Editor & Publisher – 2013-09-20

France takes aim at Amazon to protect local bookshops

PARIS (Reuters) - French lawmakers on Thursday took aim at Amazon to protect local bookshops by voting through a law that bars online booksellers from offering free delivery to customers on top of a... | Yahoo! News – 2013-10-03

Correction: Local tree is not protected by security guards

Canada’s Hamilton Spectator today published an amusing correction to a letter to the editor that had included details that turned out to be fake. Here’s the correction to the letter,... | Poynter. – 2013-10-22

Montgomery's vision of local journalism's future: 'skimming online content'

Local World's chairman, David Montgomery, has revealed his vision of the future role for journalists employed by his regional newspaper group.According to a Press Gazette report based on a sight of... | The Guardian – 2013-11-21

Hacked Off warns local paper publishers not to join new regulator

A battle for the hearts, minds and pockets of small and medium-sized newspaper publishers is being fought over the new system of press regulation.The large publishing companies who created the... | The Guardian – 2013-11-26

How To Shop Like President Obama On Small Business Saturday: Visit A Local Bookstore!

Presidents: they're just like us! In what may be one of our favorite Obama family traditions, President Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia have celebrated Small Business Saturday over the past two... | The Huffington Post – 2013-11-26

Chicago's Best Indie Bookstores For Buying Books By Local Authors

Chicago has a grand literary tradition that can lay claim to greats like Nelson Algren, Studs Terkel, Gwendolyn Brooks and Saul Bellow, so it's only natural that the city rocks an impressive array of... | The Huffington Post – 2013-11-27

How Local Magazines Figured Out What Patch Never Could

Look at the list of winners for the annual City and Regional Magazine Association awards. | Folio Magazine – 2013-12-18

Tribune Co. Closes $2.73 Billion Acquisition Of Local TV

CHICAGO (AP) — The Tribune Co. said Friday that it has completed its $2.73 billion acquisition of Local TV Holdings LLC. The company says the deal creates the largest combined... | The Huffington Post – 2013-12-28

Maryville (Missouri) Daily Forum Sold to Local Publisher

The Maryville Daily Forum has been purchased from GateHouse Media by local publisher Phil Cobb, according to John Cribb, Cribb, Greene & Associates who represented the buyer in the... | Editor & Publisher – 2013-12-31

Local newspaper heads into the future by relinquishing its office

A weekly newspaper is about to be published without having an office, reports HoldTheFrontPage. The Hemel Hempstead Gazette, having left its headquarters, will operate in future largely through... | The Guardian – 2014-01-10

Five Growth Strategies for Local Papers

There are still no silver bullets when it comes to revenue strategies, but newspapers may not yet be capitalizing on all they have to offer their advertisers. For publishers, here are five new... | Editor & Publisher – 2014-01-24

Google’s Newest Secret Weapon For Local Ads

You may not have heard of Waze yet, but before long you can expect the mobile traffic app to guide you to your destination -- possibly even to one of its advertisers. The app was acquired by Google... | Digiday – 2014-01-29

'Find Waldo Local' to Return in 2013

Candlewick's Find Waldo Local promotion, which the publisher produced last month in conjunction with the American Booksellers Association, was such a resounding success that Candlewick announced that... | Publishers Weekly – 2012-08-09

Local doesn't matter much to Gannett, but then neither do newspapers

Journalists on three titles in northern England owned by Gannett are to strike over plans to move editing work to south Wales. But this is of a piece with the US firm's attitude to print mediaHere's... | The Guardian – 2014-02-23

Local World's flagship evening regional newspapers suffer big circulation falls

Leicester Mercury down 14.4% on the year while rival titles belonging to Johnston Press and Trinity Mirror also sufferSeveral Local World flagship evening regional newspapers suffered double digit... | The Guardian – 2014-02-27

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