Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Two New South Dakota Publications

The Garretson Gazette and the Native Sun News both recently became legal newspapers under South Dakota law, after having been launched in 2009, per the Madison Daily Leader.

The Garretson Gazette is a weekly publication with a distribution of approximately 550, and is published by Matt Anderson.

The Native Sun News is a Wednesday publication targeted at Native Americans in Western South Dakota, with a weekly distribution of approximately 5,500. 

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Huntsville Times Reduces to 43"

Advance Publications is planning on reducing the page size of the Huntsville Times to a 43" web, along with upgrading its press this spring.  Advance Publications has already made similar size changes with the Birmingham News and Mobile Press Register.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Episcopalian Publications Close

The Episcopal Church has announced that it will cease publishing the Episcopal News Monthly and the Episcopal News Quarterly effective January 2011.  The two publications have a combined distribution of approximately 100,000.  The last editions of both publications will be completed shortly before Christmas.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Robertson County Newspapers Merges Publications

Robertson County Newspapers (TX) recently merged four publications into the newly named Robertson County News.  The four publications are the Hearne Democrat, Franklin Advocate, Calvert Tribune, and Robertson County Booster.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Columbia College to Cease Publishing Columbian

Columbia College has announced it will cease publishing the collegiate paper Columbian when the Fall 2010 semester ends.  The college cites declining enrollement in the coursework associated with production of the Columbian as being a primary reason.

The Columbian has been in publication since 1969.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Bakersfield Californian Moves TMC to CIPS

The Bakersfield Californian has announced it is moving its TMC program distribution to CIPS Marketing effective January 2011.  The Californian had changed its TMC product back in February 2010.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Pioneer Press to Close Seven Publications

Chicago's Sun-Times Media Holdings has announced it will close seven of its Pioneer Press weekly publications effective December 23, 2010, per ChicagoBusiness.com.  The seven publications, located in the northern and western suburbs of Chicago include:  the Antioch Review, Edison-Norwood Times Review, Elmhurst Doings, Grayslake Review, Gurnee Review, Proviso Herald, and the Review for Lake Villa & Lindenhurst.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Vincennes Sun Commercial Changes Distribution Time and Days

The Vincennes Sun Commercial, the oldest publication in the state of Indiana, will change from evening delivery to morning delivery effective December 11th, 2010.  At the same time, the Commercial will cease Monday delivery and start a Saturday delivery.

Presbyterian Voice Ends Print Edition

The Presbyterian Voice, a publication about and for the Presbyterian church and the Synod of Living Waters, will cease publication of its printed edition after the first week of March 2011.  The Voice cited the hard economic times combined with the cost of printing versus the ease of electronic delivery as being the primary reasons.

The Voice will continue on with its online edition.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Hood County News Changes Distribution Method and TMC Delivery

The Hood County News changed from 100% mail delivery to mail and carrier delivery on October 13th, 2010.  At the same time, it changed the distribution day of its TMC product, the Hood County News Plus, from Tuesday to Wednesday distribution.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Stephens Media Purchases Iowa Newspapers

Stephens Media Group has purchased several Iowa publications from the Omaha World Herald.  These include the Boone News Republican,  Dallas County News (in Adel, IA),  Nevada Journal, Ames Advertiser,  Ames About People & Advertiser, Tri-County Times (in Nevada, IA), and the Algona Upper Des Moines.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Bonham Publications Merge

The Bonham Journal, a weekly community publication, and the Fannin County Special, a shopper, merged in October 2010.  The new merged publication is staying under the name of the Fannin County Special, which now has a distribution of 14,200.  The publication has also converted to a broadsheet format.

Press Newspaper Group of Southampton Discontinues to Publications

The Press Newspaper Group of Southampton (NY) announced this week that it will discontinue two of its print publications on December 3, 2010.  The North Shore Sun, covering Brookhaven, and the Press of Manorville and Moriches will cease publishing.  The group will be launching new online editions for both publications.

Owasso Reporter Changed Distribution Days

The Owasso Reporter, a semi-weekly community newspaper covering Owasso, Oklahoma, changed its distribution days from Tuesday & Thursday to Wednesday & Friday in July 2010.  The Reporter has a paid circulation of approximately 5,000.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Robinson Communications Implements Changes

Robinson Communications (Burien, WA) is restructuring their distribution methods in the Seattle area and as a result will be lowering their circulation numbers and changing their distribution costs, along with changing their services. In June 2010, they switched all their publications from carrier delivery to mail delivery.

The Federal Way News no longer has a print edition.  The publication is now available online only.

Effective January 1st, 2011, Robinson Communications will no longer accept large inserts from major retailers because of restrictions placed on them by their local post office.  The West Seattle Herald, The Highline Times, and The Ballard News Tribune will be impacted with this decision. 

Friday, November 12, 2010

Sun Times Media Closing Eleven Weeklies

Sun Times Media has announced that it will be closing 11 of its free weekly publications effective the end of December 2010 in a statement released by CEO Jeremy Halbreich per Crains. The eleven publications effected are the Geneva Sun, Bolingbrook Sun, Homer Glen Sun, Lisle Sun, Glen Ellyn Sun, Plainfield Sun, Downers Grove Sun, Fox Valley Villages Sun, Lincoln Way Sun and Wheaton Sun.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Gatehouse Media Temporarily Suspending Publication of 49 Papers


Gatehouse Media will be suspending publication of 49 of their vendors during the last week of December. These publications will resume publishing the first week in January. Per Gatehouse Media, the publications are:
Abington Mariner
Allston/Brighton Tab
Amesbury News
Ashland Tab
Beacon Villager
Bourne Courier
Bridgewater Independent
Cambridge Tab
Canton Journal
Cape Ann Beacon
Clinton Courier/Lancaster Times
Duxbury Reporter
Falmouth Bulletin
Framingham Tab
Georgetown Record
Halifax Plympton Reporter
Hansconian
Harwich Oracle
Holbrook Sun
Holliston Tab
Hopkinton Crier
Hudson Sun
Lincoln Journal
Littleton Independent
Marlboro Enterprise
Maynard Beacon Villager
Newburyport Current
North Andover Citizen
North Shore Sunday
Norton Mirror
Pembroke Mariner & Reporter
Randolph Herald
Reading Advocate
Rockland Standard
Salem Gazette
Sandwich Broadsider
Shrewsbury Chronicle
Stoneham Sun
Stoughton Journal
Tewksbury Advocate
The Bolton Common
The Harvard Post
The Lakeville Call
The Raynham Call
The Villager
Wakefield Observer
Westborough News
Wilmington Advertiser
Woburn Advocate

Please contact your Gatehouse Media representative for more details.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Brown Publishing Splits Publication in Two

Brown Publishing split the Centerville-Bellbrook Times publication into two new publications in August 2010.  The weekly publication is now two Thursday publications: the Centerville-Washington Township Times and the Sugarville-Bellbrook Times.

Dallas Morning News To Convert to Modular Ad Sizes

The Dallas Morning News will convert all of its display advertising to Modular Format effective January 1st, 2011.  All advertising submitted to the Morning News after that point must conform to the modular dimensions.  Please contact your representative for more details on the sizes.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Buyers Guide Group to Merge Two Publications

The Journal Community Publishing Group has announced that two of its Buyers Guide Group publications will merge into a new publication on Friday, November 5th, 2010.  The Marshfield Buyers Guide and the Wisconsin Rapids Buyers Guide will merge to become the Wood County Buyers Guide, covering both communities and surrounding areas with approximately 35,000 circulation each Friday.

Pantagraph Publications Closes Three Weeklies

Pantagraph Publishing closed three of its weekly publications on October 27, 2010.  The Heyworth Star,  Farmer City Journal and LeRoy Journal were all discontinued.   Other weekly publications owned by Pantagraph Publishing (which is the parent of the Bloomington Pantagraph) will remain publishing.  Pantagraph Publishing is a subsidiary of Lee Enterprises.

Newsprint Price Increases 22% in 2010

Newsprint prices have increased 22% in 2010 per a recent article by Philip M. Stone in Follow the Media. This should continue to create an interesting set of negotiations in print advertising, as the newspapers historically have always passed those costs directly on to the advertiser.  Yet, in today's era, where many advertisers are starting to seriously question the ROI of print advertising, lowering the cost of print advertising is all that is accepted. 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Rhinelander Daily News to Cease Daily, Introduce Semi-Weekly Distribution Publication and Shopper

The Rhinelander Daily News ceased publishing daily effective November 1st, 2010, instead changing to distribution three times a week (Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday).   The Daily News will also be changing the name of the publication, now to be known as the Northwoods River News.

In conjunction with the changes, the Daily News will start publishing a Super Shopper that will be freely distributed on Saturdays, primarily via mail. This publication will have circulation approximating 25,000. 

Monday, November 1, 2010

Polish American World Closes

The Polish American World, a weekly publication targeting the Polish American publication, ceased publishing on Monday October 22nd per the New York Times.  The Polish American World has been in business since 1959, continuously under the ownership of Thomas Poster. The publication saw its subscriber list dwindle over the years, and the last edition was around 1,000 issues.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Davis County Clipper Changes Distribution Days

The Davis County Clipper (Bountiful, UT) changed its distribution days from weekly Thursdays, to twice weekly with distribution on Wednesdays and Sundays.  This change took effect the week of September 15th, 2010. 

The Clipper also discontinued its TMC Product, This Week in Davis (TWID) on September 9th, 2010.  The Clipper is a paid publication with approximately 11,000 copies sold each edition.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Stephens Media Purchases Lincoln County Record

Stephens Media Group, a Nevada based newspaper group that owns the Las Vegas Review Journal, has purchased the Lincoln County Record, per Editor & Publisher.  The Lincoln County Record is a paid weekly, distributed to roughly 2,000 households on Thursdays in Lincoln County, Nevada.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

US Post Office Creates 'Droop' Standard - Impacts Newspaper Delivery Costs

The USPS will be implementing new standards effective Sunday October 3rd that will charge newspapers more if the paper droops more than 3 inches. This cost change is in place because a droopy paper cannot be placed into an automatic sorter and must be sorted by hand.

Per an AP Newstory, the post office will place the paper on a counter with a flat edge, with half of the item hanging from the edge. If it droops more than 3 inches, it fails. This means there would be no bulk discount. The impact of this would be moving the mailing costs from 5.9 cents per paper to 9.9 cents.

The AP also reports that one good way around this problem may be for a paper to use a stiff insert to keep the paper from drooping.

"Maybe you can use (a stiff) insert. If it's an advertising insert, it pays for itself. If it's not, it just makes the paper heavier and costs more to mail anyway," said Tres Williams of the Arkansas Press Association.
The net impact on the cost is a 68% increase for those mailed editions.  There are some possibilities that some discounts will still be available, and some creative solutions may come into place to reduce those costs, but expectations are that there will indeed to increased costs for those papers primarily mailed.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Gilmer County Journal

The Gilmer County Journal opened on December 4th, 2009.  The publication was to be free for three months, and then after that time would be sold at newstands.  The paper carried local news, announcements, and classified advertising.

The publication apparently did not have a long life as it reportedly shutdown in August 2010.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Bayshore Sun and La Porte Bayshore Sun to Close

Hartman Newspapers has announced that the Bayshore Sun and the La Porte Bayshore Sun will both cease publishing, with the last editions on Wednesday, October 6th, 2010.  This was announced in a letter from Hartman Newspaper president Clyde C. King issued today. 

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Lake Norman Navigator Closes

The Lake Norman Navigator, a Media General publication, ceased publishing on September 23rd, 2010.  The Navigator was a weekly Thursday community publication that with approximately 10,200 free distribution in the Mooresville and Troutman areas of North Carolina.  It was part of the North Carolina Community Newspapers.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Richmond Daily News Switches to Semi-Weekly Distribution

The Richmond Daily News announced that it is switching to semi-weekly distribution effective October 18, 2010.  Per publisher JoEllen Black, the Richmond News will now publish on Mondays and Thursdays.

This will not impact the distribution or schedule of the publication's shopper, the Town & Country Leader/East Shopper.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Hoy Fin De Semana to Increase Distribution

The Los Angeles Times Media Group has announced that the Hoy Fin De Semana will increase its distribution from 500k to 700,103 households, and expand from 120 zip codes to 186 zip codes, effective October 2nd, 2010.  The Hoy Fin De Semana is a Hispanic weekend publication that covers Hispanic dominant zip codes in the Los Angeles area.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Birmingham News to Launch Sunday Select

The Birmingham News has announced that it will launch a Sunday Select (non-subscriber opt-in program) effective November 7, 2010.  The product will be called Yes! Your Essential Shopper, and will initially target 15,400 additional households that are located in 14 prime zip codes.

For more information contact the Birmingham News.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Hollywood Reporter Up for Some Big Changes

The Hollywood Reporter will be facing some major changes in October 2010.  The Reporter will discontinue publishing its print edition five days a week, instead distributing one edition weekly.  Its e-edition will remain daily.

The Reporter will also convert to a glossy large magazine format.  The content of the publication will also be changing, from an historical trend of promoting studios and the entertainment industry, to covering more news and topical items.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Ventura County Star Launches Opt-In Program

The Ventura County Star, an E.W. Scripps publication, announced that it will launch Scoop! Sunday Savings on October 10, 2010.  This is an opt in non-subscriber product that will be carrier delivered to 12,000 households in the Ventura County area on Sundays.

Springfield Republican Reverts to Seven Day, Broadsheet Format

The Springfield Republican will once again be broadsheet format for all seven days of distribution, per Editor & Publisher.  The Springfield, Massachusetts publication had switched Monday and Saturday distribution to tabloid format in June of 2009 as a cost-cutting measure.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Caddo Citizen to Close

The Natchitoches Times newspaper group announced that the Caddo Citizen, covering Caddo Parish, Louisiana, will be closing on September 30th, 2010, unless a buyer is found.  This is covered in a story reported by KTBS.com.

The Caddo Citizen has been in business for 99 years, founded in 1912.  It is a weekly publication with a current distribution less than 1,000.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Plano Star Courier Changes Distribution Days

The Plano Star Courier will convert from daily distribution to twice weekly on September 9th, 2010, distributing on Thursdays and Sundays only.  It is also shifting to a primarily free distribution, with 40,500 distribution on Thursday, and 67,000 distribution on Sunday.

Furthermore, the Plano Insider will cease distributing on its own. It will now be distributed inside the Plano Star Courier on Sundays, effective September 12th, 2010.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune Launches Sunday Opt-In Program

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune has announced that they are launching a Sunday opt-in program for non-subscribers called the StribExpress, per an announcement in Editor & Publisher.  This is a variation of the Sunday Select program initiated by other publications across the country.

The StribExpress will launch this Sunday, September 12th, 2010, with an distribution of 20,000.  Per Star-Tribune Chief Revenue Officer Jeff Griffing:

“This is an innovative way to have a direct relationship with non-subscribers.  There is a segment of the market that does not want a complete newspaper but does want the advertising and coupons. And there are a number of advertisers who are very interested in expanding their reach in selected areas. We put all that together with StribExpress, and everybody wins.”
The Star-Tribune already has a total market saturation product called the Twin Cities Values (TCV), that is delivered to non-subscribers of the paid paper.  Those individuals who have signed up for the StribExpress will be treated as subscribers, and not receive the TCV.
 
In our opinion the ability to remove the duplication from the TCV, and ensuring that the StribExpress is requested by the recipient, does greatly increase the value of this new program offering; you are reaching consumers who specifically want the inserts/coupons.  It would seem to also indicate that if you are buying the TCV right now, you may need to start incorporating the StribExpress into your plan, as you may lose those individuals.  Perhaps the Star-Tribune has a plan in place to cover that.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Locked Out Workers Launch New Paper

The locked out workers of the Journal De Montreal announced their plans to launch a free weekly tabloid newspaper this fall, called the Rue Frontenac.  The French language publication will have an estimated 50,000 circulation, and will be distributed via street sales and racks. 

The locked out workers had launched their own website in the spring of 2009, http://www.ruefrontenac.com/.  The site claims more than 300,000 unique visitors a month.

The Journal De Montreal has been successfully continued publishing since the lock out began. 

It will be interesting to see if the published version of the Rue Frontenac can maintain equal success as the website edition.

Galesburg's The Paper Changes Name & Enhances Product

Galesburg's The Paper, a Gatehouse Media publication, changed its name to the Knox County Neighbors in Mid August, 2010. According to Mark Ebner, Director of Advertising, Marketing and Promotions, the following changes also occurred with the KCN:

The flavor of the publication is still 100% local content of local interest. Traditionally, The Paper newsroom content was created allowing for a similar amount of "editorial news latitude" as our paid daily, The Register-Mail is newsroom edited now. We have instituted some exciting changes that enhance KCN editorial content and depth of readership.

Answering both advertiser and reader feed back, KCN now offers in every issue, re-occurring local community profiles and great photography. At the top of each page, we have bannered each page with titles for specific newsroom content on, "Know Your Neighbors" (front page profile), a reader submitted photos page, "What's Happening" (calender of local events and weekly featured event), "Voices" (local submitted content), "Schools", "Good Works", "Military and Veterans", "Seniors", "Youth Sports", of course about 3.5 pages of classifieds. and additional paid ad/editorial space as needed.

With only a couple of weekly issues out, we definitely hit a home run with our advertisers and readers! Realistically, The Paper customarily ran 12-16 pages as a rule, based on approximately a 50/50 ad to content ratio. KCN is running twice the size (24-28) pages, at the same ad to content ratio formula. Weekly preprints from our national, regional and local clients are strong, KCN is are grateful to have an excellent preprint base.

Distribution foot print is the exact same as The Paper was, approximately 21500 printed and delivered to every city and rural household in Knox County, select rack and business locations at many city and rural locations.

Distribution methods: KCN is uniquely distributed on Wednesdays of every week. With Register-Mail carriers and motor routes already delivering to R-M to subscribers, approximately 9000 copies of The Paper and now also 9000 copies of KCN are inserted into the R-M for carrier/motor delivery on Wednesday to R-M subscribers, city and rural. The remaining 13500 copies of KCN are distributed to (Register-Mail/KCN) carriers who deliver in the City of Galesburg and to 14 "out of Galesburg" incorporated villages and racks. KCN is simultaneously mailed to rural addresses. With printing every Monday morning, all copies of KCN arrive to our readership on Wednesday each week.

Preprints: With our efficient distribution, KCN "zoning options" revolve around The Register-Mails' carrier and motor route zone options. At present, those Register-Mail carrier/motor routes are in revision with finalization and publication of those options scheduled for mid September. Rest assured that at present and thereon, all preprints from every advertiser are being delivered to your clients, as specified in all insertion orders.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Saline Courier Launches New Weekly Publication

The Saline Courier, a Horizon Publication,  launched a free weekly community tabloid style newspaper the Saline Record on September 2, 2010.  The initial distribution of the publication was 14,000, distributed throughout Saline County, Arkansas.

The Record is a tabloid style publication covering news, sports and special interest topics.

The Saline Courier was formerly the Benton Courier, changing its name last month.  The Courier is a daily newspaper covering the Benton, Arkansas area seven days a week.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

North County Times Launches Sunday Select

The North County Times has recently announced a plan to launch a Sunday Select program.  These programs are designed to be an 'opt-in' TMC product in conjunction with the Sunday paid distribution.  The launch date is Sunday October 3rd.

In a news release issued today, CIPS was happy to announce they will be deliverying the North County Times Sunday Select.
LOS ANGELES, California – September 1, 2010 – CIPS Marketing has signed with the North County Times to distribute its newly launched weekly “Sunday Select” advertising program.

Mark Henschen, Circulation Director at the North County Times, said “The North County Times eagerly sought out CIPS to take on our ‘Sunday Select’ delivery ... this is in no small part due to the solid performance of CIPS with the delivery of our Friday ‘NCT WEEKLY’ product. CIPS is high quality with low costs ... a winner in these difficult economic times!”

Pete Friedrich, Operations Vice President at CIPS, said “We are honored to be selected by the North County Times for this important launch. Be it a traditional TMC distribution or a more targeted subscriber-based program like ‘Sunday Select’, CIPS simply builds the best operations in the industry. That’s just the fact”.

Drawing on more than 25 years of quality TMC distribution, CIPS is the most reliable and cost-effective distribution partner in the newspaper industry, now distributing to nearly 6 million packages per week - unprecedented in the industry. CIPS has developed the most comprehensive Quality Control systems and has designed the needed delivery and verification tools to comply with all delivery specifications, including the strictest Do Not Deliver and Paper Pile-Up standards in the industry. CIPS employs the most qualified operational leadership and expertise, and enjoys the industry’s only perfect track record of successful TMC conversions.

Cass County Shopper Closes

The World Herald Media Group announced it was discontinuing the Cass County Shopper effective September 1st, 2010.  The World Herald has no plans to cover that area with another TMC product.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Modesto Bee Changes Page Size

The Modesto Bee, a McClatchy Publication, converted to a 44-Inch Web size effective with today's edition (Tuesday, August 31st, 2010) per Editor & Publisher.

Marengo Shopping Guide Closed

The Demopolis Times closed its TMC product the Marengo Shopping Guide effective August 11, 2010.  The Times still has the Blackbelt Gazette as a TMC product.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Money Mailer Expands Seattle Coverage

Money Mailer has announced that it is expanding its coverage of downtown Seattle, effective January 2011.  This will target an additional 108,000 households.

Glens Falls Post Star Discontinues ADK Talk

The Glens Falls Post Star has announced that it will discontinue its non-subscriber product ADK Talk effective September 1, 2010.  The Post-Star plans to pursue other opportunities on its site poststar.com.

The ADK Talk was formed two years ago when the Post Star decided to merge two of its weekly publications, the Queensbury Citizen and the Glens Falls Leader, into one product.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Houston Community Newspapers Announces Changes

Houston Community Newspapers (HCN) announced that effective October 3rd, 2010, the Pasadena Citizen will switch from daily distribution (Tuesday through Sunday) to twice a week with only Wednesday and Sunday distribution.  Sunday's distribution will be paid only, with the current 4,145 quantity.  Wednesday will be a combined paid and free distribution of approximately 12,000.

HCN also announced plans to start a new paper to help expand coverage into the Katy, TX area.  The group will launch the Cinco Ranch Sun, with an anticipated free distribution of 26,000.  This publication along with the Katy Sun should provide additional coverage to the area.  The launch date has not yet been announced.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Rio Grande City Herald Closes

The Rio Grande City Herald, circulation approximately 3,000, closed on April 29th, 2010 per the Rio Grande City Chamber of Commerce.

Capital Gazette Newspapers Merge

The Annapolis West County Gazette and Crofton News-Crier, two weekly publications in the Capital Gazette Communications group, merged to form the Annapolis Crofton-West County Gazette on July 1st, 2010.  The new publication distributes on Thursday.

The Annapolis Capital Gazette also launched a Sunday Select program on July 25th.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Route 40 Flier Discontinued

Chesapeake Publishing discontinued publishing the Router 40 Flier, with coverage of Newark, DE, effective May 2010 due to the poor economy.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Kewaunee Publications - Further Changes - Door Reminder to Close

As reported last Friday, the Kewaunee Publications (WI) was merging three weekly publications into a new publication. Further news from the Green Bay Press Gazette indicate that the Kewaunee Publications will close the free shopper Door Reminder on September 7, 2010.

Kewaunee will also launch a new alternative weekly called the Door County Now with Wednesday distribution.  This publication will be launched on September 15, 2010, and will be the result of a merger of the Resorter Reporter and the Kewaunee Vacation Guide.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Kewaunee Publications Merge

Gannett Wisconsin Newspapers will be merging together three publications from the Kewaunee area of Wisconsin.  Effective September 18th, 2010, the Kewaunee County News, Kewaunee County Star and Kewaunee County Snapshots will all merge to be come the Kewaunee County Star-News.

The new Kewaunee County Star-News will be a free weekly publication distributed on Saturdays.  The County News was a paid weekly with Wednesday distribution, the County Star a free weekly with Wednesday distribution and the Snapshots was a free Saturday publication.

Observer Dispatch Merges / Closes Pennysaver Editions

The Observer Dispatch (Utica, NY) merged four of its existing Pennysaver editions into the new Utica & Suburbs Pennysaver, effective July 22, 2010. The affected editions were the Utica Pennysaver, New Hartford Pennysaver, Clinton Riverside Pennysaver and Whitesboro Pennysaver.  The Utica & Suburbs Pennsyaver is expended to cover over 34,000 households via direct mail.

The Observer Dispatch also discontinued publishing of the North Country Pennysaver, effective July 8th, 2010.  That area now remains uncovered by the pennysaver group.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Carolina Weekly Newspaper Group Restructures

The Carolina Weekly Newspaper Group, a publisher of eight weekly publications covering North Carolina has added and removed some publications from its group.  The Mooresville Weekly was launched at the end of May, 2010, and the group plans on launching the Concord Weekly on January 1st, 2011. 

The University City Weekly was discontinued at the end of May, 2010 due to poor circulation.

Ada Herald Sold to Delphos Herald, Inc

The Ada Herald has been sold to the Delphos Herald, Inc as part of the bankruptcy sale surrounding Brown Publishing Co. The sale included three other Brown Publishing publications: Van Wert Times Bulletin, Putnam County Sentinel, and Columbus Grove Vidette.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Lexington Herald Leader Changes TMC Distribution Day

The Lexington Herald Leader has announced that effective September 13, 2010, it will change the distribution of its Local Values TMC product from Wednesdays to Mondays.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Clinton News To Close

The Clinton News, a weekly community paper covering Clinton, MS, will cease publishing on August 12th, 2010.   The Jackson Clarion Ledger will expand its coverage of Clinton to compensate for this closure.

Americke Listy Closing

Americke Listy, an American bi-weekly newspaper for Czech and Slovak residents in the United States has ceased publishing. The publication had reduced to less than 2,000 readers, and is closing for financial reasons.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Brookhaven Daily Leader Discontinues Monday Distribution

The Brookhaven Daily Leader discontinued its Monday distribution on July 1st, 2010.  The Daily Leader covers Brookhaven, Mississippi, and surround areas with approximately 6,000 daily circulation.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Albany Democrat Herald Switches to Morning Delivery

The Albany Democrat Herald, a Lee Enterprise publication, announced that it will be switching to morning delivery on October 4th, 2010.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Mooresville Tribune to Add Sunday Edition

The Mooresville Tribune, a Media General publication, will add a Sunday subscriber edition October 3, 2010.  The Tribune anticipates a Sunday distribution of 12,000.  The Tribune will also continue to publish on Wednesday and Fridays.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Los Angeles Garment & Citizen Closes

The Los Angeles Garment & Citizen, a weekly publication downtown Los Angeles has announced it will close effective July 23, 2010.  The Garment & Citizen was founded in 2000, and has a weekly free distribution of 10,000.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Montreal Gazette Ceases Sunday Distribution

A day after the formal closing of the purchase of the Montreal Gazette by Postmedia Network Canada, the Gazette has announced it is discontinuing Sunday distribution effective August 8, 2010.  The English language Gazette will remain a daily newspaper with distribution the six remaining days of the week.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Canwest Media Sold

Postmedia Network Canada Corp has announced that they have completed the purchase of the Canwest publications, in a $1 billion deal.  This makes Postmedia Network the largest publisher of English paid daily newspapers in Canada.  This will include publications such as the Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette and Vancouver Sun.

Postmedia Network has indicated that it is taking a 'digital-first' approach to publishing, per Editor & Publisher.

This concludes the bankrupcty proceedings for Canwest, which began in 2009.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Times Community Newspapers and Hoy Los Angeles Move to CIPS Marketing Group

LOS ANGELES, California – July 9, 2010 – CIPS Marketing has secured an agreement with the Los Angeles Times Media Group to distribute the Times Community News weekly products, including the Daily Pilot, Coastline Pilot, La Canada Valley Sun and the Glendale News-Press. Additionally, Hoy Los Angeles has moved the remainder of its weekend Fin De Semana publication’s distribution to CIPS.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Daily News Tribune to Switch to Semi-Weekly Distribution

The Daily News Tribune, in Waltham (MA), will be switching from daily distribution (Mon-Fri) to twice-weekly (Tue & Fri) effective August 31st, 2010.  The Gatehouse Media publication will be renamed the Waltham News Tribune, and will reduce its local news coverage to covering only Waltham (per the announcement on their website).

The Daily News Tribune currently also covers news in Newton and other surrounding communities near Waltham. This reduction in news coverage should not have a significant impact on the distribution of the publication, as the recent ABC audit indicates there is minimal distribution outside the Waltham area.

La Prensa to Expand Distribution

The Riverside Press Enterprise has announced that effective August 1, 2010, it Hispanic publication La Prensa will be increasing its circulation.

• August 1 – San Dimas, Covina, West Covina, Chino and Ontario, additional 10,000 distribution or 74,000 total

• September 15 – Moreno Valley, Perris, Hemet and San Jacinto, additional 10,000 distribution or 84,000 total

• November 1 – Banning, Temecula, Lake Elsinore, San Bernardino and Fontana, additional 10,000 distribution or 94,000 total

• December 15 – Riverside and Rubidoux -10,000

By December 15th we will be distributing 104,000+ copies of La Prensa in this market.

On July 2, 2010, the USA Today Weekend Edition started to distribute with La Prensa, to the entire circulation foot print.

If you are current distributing preprints with La Prensa, please remember to add the additional copies to your August Print schedule. Updated quantities per zone are below, provided by Faye E Sadlon-DiFilippo, Major Accounts Manager of LaPrensa. 

La Prensa Growth Schedule

August 1, 2010
Zone 1 9,423
Zone 2 15,650
Zone 3 8565
Zone 4 10132
Zone 5 9080
Zone 6 13403
Zone 7 9891

TOTAL 76,144

September 15, 2010
Zone 1 9423
Zone 2 15650
Zone 3 8565
Zone 4 10132
Zone 5 14080
Zone 6 13403
Zone 7 12891

TOTAL 84,144

November 1, 2010
Zone 1 9423
Zone 2 15650
Zone 3 11065
Zone 4 12632
Zone 5 16080
Zone 6 13403
Zone 7 15891

TOTAL 94,144

December 1, 2010
Zone 1 9423
Zone 2 15650
Zone 3 11065
Zone 4 12632
Zone 5 16080
Zone 6 23403
Zone 7 15891

TOTAL 104,144

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

US Postal Service Proposes Rate Increase Effective January 2, 2011

The USPS has proposed a rate increase effective January 2, 2011.  This has the following immediate implications:
  • First-Class Mail stamp increases two cents to 46 cents and would add less than 13 cents a month to the average American household’s budget.
  • Each additional ounce will cost 18 cents.
  • Postcard stamp increases to 30 cents.
  • The first ounce of a large envelope (flat) will cost 92 cents.
This will have a mixed impact on the newspaper industry, particularly in regard to preprints.  For those newspapers that are carrier delivered, this will be a benefit, as the their operating costs will not be impacted, while shared mail and direct mail costs will rise, thus making the carrier deliver papers more financially attractive to advertisers.

As for mail delivered newspapers, some will benefit and some will suffer.  As Editor & Publisher points out, depending on the size and volume of inserts a mailed newspaper (or mailed product) deals with, they may still come out ahead.  Some products will see only a 4% rate increase, instead of the 8% that others will see. While 4% isn't good news, it is better than 8%.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Tracy Press Publisher Files for Bankruptcy

The Tracy Press, a weekly publication, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  The Tracy Press was formerly a daily newspaper, which reduced distribution to twice a week because of declining circulation, and then last year reduced to once a week. 

The Press will continue publishing during the re-organization.

Black Press Aquires Ten Publciations from Glacier Media, Closes Three

Black Press (British Columbia) recently purchased ten publications from Glacier Media.  Seven of the publications will remain open:  Trail Daily Times, Creston Valley Advance, Fernie Free Press, Grand Forks Gazette, the Weekender, Cariboo Advisor, and Coast Mountain Advisor.

Three of the publications, though well established, will be closed in a couple of months as Black Press already has established publications in those markets. These three publications are the Prince Rupert Daily News, Nelson Daily News and 100 Mile House Advisor.

Jones Media Acquires Maryville Daily Times

Horvitz Newspapers and Jones Media jointly announced on July 1st, 2010 that Horvitz has sold the Daily Times (Maryville, TN) and its related websites to Jones Media.

Jones Media owns thirteen community newspapers in Tennessee and North Carolina.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Lackawanna County Shopper Ceased Publication April 2, 2010

As of April 2, 2010 Mulligan Printing Corporation discontinued the printing and distribution of the Upper Lackawanna County Shopper.
Mulligan Printing did start distributing the Northern Wayne Town & Country Shopper to the following zip codes that used to be covered under the Upper Lackawanna Co Shopper, per Ruth O'Donnell.
Carbondale-18407
Forest City-18421
Jermyn-18433

Friday, June 25, 2010

San Francisco Public Press Launches Print Edition

The San Francisco Public Press, an online news source, launched its pilot print edition on June 22nd, 2010, with 8,000 copies.  The Public Press is distributed at locations around San Francisco at a price of $2 per copy.  The Public Press has been an online news source since March 2009.

The Public Press hopes to eventually to "publish a nonprofit, ad-free daily newspaper — online and in print — that contributes to a competitive news environment for intelligent and in-depth journalism", per their blog

It will be interesting to see if the advertising free model can work in print and online, and if/when their model does change, how does it alter.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Alice Echo-News Journal Changes Distribution Days and Page Size

The Alice Echo-News Journal, owned by American Consolidated Media, has cut its distribution days from six days a week to three days a week.  The paper will now distribute on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday mornings. 

The publication is also changing its page format, switching from broadsheet format to tabloid, and changing its distribution time from evening to morning delivery.

Sample News Group Acquires Laconia Citizen

Sample News Group, owned by George Sample, has purchased the Laconia Citizen from George J. Foster, Inc.  Sample News Group owns several daily and weekly newspapers in Pennsylvania, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New Jersey and New York, including the Claremont Eagle-Times, Biddeford Journal Tribune, Ocean City Sentinel and Bedford Gazette.

George J. Foster, Inc owns the Foster Daily Democrat, along with other weeklies in the Boston and New Hampshire seacoast area.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Abilene Reflector Chronicle to Cease Saturday Distribution

The Abilene Reflector Chronicle, a daily newspaper covering Abilene, Kansas, will discontinue its Saturday distribution after the June 26, 2010 edition, per Editor & Publisher.

The Reflector Chronicle had a reported circulation of 4,300 for 2009, and will still distribute Monday through Friday.

Monday, June 21, 2010

La Palma to Cease Publishing

Palm Beach Newspapers announced that it will discontinue La Palma, its Hispanic newspaper, effective July 16, 2010.  Both the print and online version of the publication will cease to exist.

La Palma is a free weekly Spanish publication that was launched in February, 2004.  Palm Beach Newspapers is owned by Cox Media Group, a division of Cox Enterprises.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

McDowell News Changes Distribution Days

The McDowell News, a Media General daily newspaper out of Marion, NC, will begin publishing a Sunday distribution effective August 1, 2010.   The News will also discontinue its Monday distribution at that time.  The News will then have five days of distribution: Sunday, and Tuesday through Friday.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Los Angeles Sentinel to Purchase LA Watts Times

Danny Bakewell, Sr, publisher of the Los Angeles Sentinel and Melanie Polk, publisher of the LA Watts Times have jointly announced that they are in the final negotiations stages for Bakewell Media to acquire the LA Watts Times. 

No indication at this point if this means the Times will be absorbed by the Sentinel, or if Bakewell Media will continue to publish both publications.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Northern Virginia Observer Closes

The Observer of Northern Virginia closed on June 4, 2010.  The Observer was a family run business with editions in Herndon, Reston and Loudon County. The Observer was a free publication that was started in 1976, and had a peak circulation of approximately 100,000 in 2000 (for all editions).

Newspapers Getting Healthy by Getting Leaner

An article in The Economist reports that newspapers are doing far better than can be expected. The Newspaper Association of America reported that advertising costs for print and online dropped by 35% since the first quarter of 2008. Newspaper circulation itself took big hits, dropping 10-12% the past year for many major publications (with a few notable exceptions).

However, with the exception of those publications that did close (and they were a small percentage of the total, however significant they were in their respective markets), most newspapers have managed to stay in business. According to The Economist, "some companies are now worth 10 times as much as in the spring of 2009, although they remain far from pre-recession heights."  This despite the fact that their revenues have decreased. Bankruptcy courts have bailed many newspapers out, but the operating costs are now in line.

The Economist points out that some newspapers have increased their cover price, while others have cut their distribution areas (eliminating far ranging customers with little advertising value and high distribution costs). It also states that some groups like McClatchy cut their payroll costs by 25%, and others such as Gannett now carry national and international news from USA Today, or in other cases, the AP wire service, instead of local journalists.

The Economist also points out that paper prices have dropped 40%.

We do not know where newspapers will go. Clearly the decline in circulation will continue, as the population gets older and less and less people depend on newspapers for their news content. The question is how far newspapers will decline. Will they one day become obsolete, or will they remain a viable media. The invention of the radio did not destroy newspapers, though it decreased their impact. Television did not destroy radio. And so far, the internet has not destroyed television.

The younger generation does not like to pay for news from any source. That is a paradigm that has yet to be resolved in any form. It is possible that newspapers will remain viable in their own niche. The news from The Economist at least indicates they will be around for a while longer than many expected.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Reminder Community Newspaper Group to Change Distribution Day

The Reminder Community Newspaper Group (based in Connecticut) will be changing its distribution day for all sixteen of its publications to Thursday, effective August 5th, 2010. 

This newspaper group is comprised of the following publciations:
  • Colchester Reminder
  • East Hartford Reminder
  • Enfield Reminder
  • Glastonbury Reminder
  • Jewett City Reminder
  • Killingsly/Plainfield Reminder
  • Manchester Reminder
  • Norwich Reminder
  • Putnam Reminder
  • South Windsor Reminder
  • Stafford Reminder
  • Windham Reminder
  • Hebron Reminder
  • Vernon Reminder
  • Windsor County Reminder
  • Windsor Locks Reminder

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Changes in 2010 Media Audit Survey Reflect a Changing Media Landscape


Here a few of the new 2010 classifications being introduced in The Media Audit markets currently.   Some of these must have replaced various cable networks and daily newspaper sections that are no longer part of the lengthy survey by International Demographics.   We don't quite understand the addition of Yellow Page Books, but readily acknowledge the importance of the remainder of the new categories.  Someone must have petitioned heavily for High School Sports.


Target Audience Classifications:
*Buy "Green-- Good for the environment"
*Attend Church/Religious Services
*Cell Phone Text-ing
*Yellow Page Book Regularly Find Numbers/Businesses
*Follow High School Sports (baseball, basketball, football, soccer)
*Exposure Email/Text (heavy, medium, light, none)
*Past 7-day cume Radio - Satellite mentions
*Logged on Past month to - (Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, Twitter)


http://www.themediaaudit.com/

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Mid Valley Publishing Acquires Dinuba Sentinel

Mid Valley Publishing, out of Reedley, California, has purchased the Dinuba Sentinel and Sentinel-Advertiser shopper from Diane and Robert Raison.  The Sentinel is a 104 year old weekly publication, with approximately 1800 distribution.

Mid Valley Publishing also owns the weekly newspapers Reedley Exponent, Sanger Herald, Parlier Post, Fowler Ensign, and Orange Cove & Mountain Times.

22nd Century Media Improves Distribution Method and Prepares to Launch Two New Publications

22nd Century Media has improved its distribution method switching from Third Class mail status to Second Class/Requested Periodical mailing status per Mike Vinci, Sales Director.

22nd Century Media is currently comprised of six publications totalling 92,370 free distribution (per the March 31, 2010 CAC audit). The six publications are: Frankfort Station, Homer Horizon, Mokena Messenger, New Lenox Patriot, Orland Park Prairie, and Tinley Junction. 

Mr. Vinci stated that they plan two new publications that will launch August 18, 2010.  These two publications have not yet been named, but will cover Wilmette/Kenilworth with roughly 11,500 pieces, and Winnetka/Northfield with approximately 8,000 pieces.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram to Reduce Page Size

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram has announced that effective July 19, 2010 it will reduce its page size to a 44" web.  The new column sizes are as follows:

1 col = 1.56"
2 col = 3.23"
3 col = 4.91"
4 col = 6.59"
5 col = 8.26"
6 col = 9.94"

Monday, June 7, 2010

154-year-old Honolulu Advertiser Prints Last Issue

By AUDREY McAVOY (AP)

HONOLULU — For more than a century, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and The Honolulu Advertiser have competed to chronicle Hawaii, from the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy and the Pearl Harbor attack to statehood and the election of island-born Barack Obama.

That rivalry ends Sunday when the Advertiser, Hawaii's largest newspaper, publishes its last edition after being bought out and combined with its smaller rival. More than 400 reporters, pressmen and other workers are losing their jobs.

The Advertiser is the latest casualty of the recession and the upheaval that the Internet has unleashed on the traditional media industry. Honolulu now joins Denver and Seattle among the cities served by only one daily newspaper and a shrinking pool of professional journalists.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Palm Coast Observer Launched

The Observer Group, Inc (FL) launched the Palm Coast Observer in February 2010 covering the Palm Coast area of Florida (zip codes 32137, 32164). This free community paper has approximately 20,000 distribution (16k which is home delivered), and is distributed on Thursdays.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Tracy Press Switches to Friday

The Tracy Press announced today that effective immediatelythe publication will switch from a Wednesday and Saturday distribution to a Friday-only distribution.  This means that the paper will not run Wednesday, June 2nd, and will run on Friday, June 4th, 2010.

Red Deer Advocate Switches to Morning Delivery

The Red Deer Advocate (Alberta, Canada) will switch from evening to morning delivery on July 1st, 2010, per publisher Fred Gorman.

Detroit Free Press and News to Return to 7 Day Delivery - For Some

Editor & Publisher has reported that the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News will be offering seven day home delivery to some of its subscribers starting next month. 

The publications had discontinued seven day home delivery in April 2010, as a cost cutting measure.  It currently has home delivery on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, with printed single copy and e-editions (for subscribers) on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday. 

The plan is to roll out the seven day option to some subcribers, and slowly expand the offering.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Long Beach Downtown & Uptown Gazette Changes Distribution Day

The Downtown & Update Gazette, Long Beach (CA) will change its distribution day from Monday to Friday, effective July 2, 2010.  The last Monday edition will be June 28th. 

Friday, May 21, 2010

Selah Independent to Cease Publishing

The Selah Independent will cease publishing on May 26th, 2010 per owners Mike and Pat Lindsey.  They cite declining revenue as the primary cause.

The Selah Independent was launched on July 4, 2007 and is part of the Lindsey Group which includes the Toppenish Review Independent, Yakima Valley Business Journal and Penny Press.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Palo Alto Daily Post Adds Saturday Distribution

The Palo Alto Daily Post, a free daily newspaper covering Palo Alto and surrounding communities in California, recently added Saturday distribution in addition to its Monday through Friday distribution. 

The Daily Post was launched in May 2008.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Vinton Voice Closes

The Vinton Voice, a community publication covering Vinton, Virginia, ceased publishing on May 17th, 2010.  The Vinton Voice was launched August 26, 2009 by Chris Manning, to compete with the Vinton Messenger.

San Diego Union-Tribune Changes Page Size

The San Diego Union-Tribune has announced that it will change its page size to the standard 44" web width effective August 17, 2010.

As a result of this change, preprints may not exceed 11" x 11".

Monday, May 17, 2010

Muscatine Journal Changes to Morning Delivery

The Muscatine Journal, a daily newspaper covering Muscatine, Iowa, will be switching from evening distribution to morning distribution effective Monday, May 24th

Arrowhead Ranch Independent Re-Opens for Business

The Arrowhead Ranch Independent re-opened for business in January 2010, after closing in August 2007.  The Arrowhead Ranch Independent is now a monthly publication, with a distribution of 12,000.

Gilbert Independent Re-Opens for Business

The Gilbert Independent, a free community publication covering Gilbert, Arizona and other communities in Maricopa County, has re-opened for business. The Independent had closed down in August 2007.

The Independent will now have a weekly distribution of 15,000. However, the publication will have four different editions, and each week the distribution will be covering a different distribution area, so that over the course of four weeks the Independent will cover 60,000 homes.

Chandler Indepedent Re-Opens for Business

The Chandler Independent, a free community publication covering Chandler, Arizona and other communities in Maricopa County, has re-opened for business.  The Independent had closed down in August 2007.

The Independent will now have a weekly distribution of 15,000.  However, the publication will have four different editions, and each week the distribution will be covering a different distribution area, so that over the course of four weeks the Independent will cover 60,000 homes.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

World Company Closes Three Publications

World Company, publisher of the Lawrence Journal World, closed three publications in March of 2010.  These included the shopper Piper Dispatch Ads, and two paid community papers, the DeSoto Explorer and the Eudora News.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Honolulu Star-Advertiser to debut June 7

Hawaii's two largest newspapers -- the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and The Honolulu Advertiser -- will publish separately for the last time June 6.

Star-Bulletin Publisher Dennis Francis says the newspapers will then merge June 7 to form the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

The owner of the Star-Bulletin, Oahu Publications Inc., has purchased the larger Advertiser from Gannett Co.

Francis says the merger means about one-third of the Star-Bulletin's 300 employees and about half of the Advertiser's staff of 580 will lose their jobs.

He says under union contracts, Star-Bulletin members of the Hawaii Newspaper Guild will retain their newsroom jobs.

Francis says he expects the size of the Star-Advertiser newsroom to be between 75 and 120 workers.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Montreal Catholic Times Ceases Publishing

The Montreal Catholic Times will cease publishing immediately due to a cut in funding, per editor Eric Durocher. The Catholic Times is the only English-speaking Catholic publication in Montreal.  The Catholic Times recently had its operating budget cut in half after losing $30,000 in funding.  If the situation is not remedied, the Catholic Times will remain closed.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Cedar Rapids Gazette Changes TMC

The Cedar Rapids Gazette discontinued its Community News Advertiser TMC product on March, 31 2010, and replaced it with a Penny Saver Select TMC product.  The Penny Saver is an opt-in TMC product.  The TMC is still a Wednesday delivered product.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

"Newspapers First" Closing Down in June

Newspapers First will close up shop next month. CEO Bob Termotto confirmed this morning that "June 4th will be the last day" for the newspaper advertising rep firm. A reorganization last July downsized Newspapers First from about 60 to the current 35 persons. "It's just changed that much, and needs a new direction," Termotto said of newspapers' current business environment and "how they're going to handle national advertising."

Dating back almost 50 years, to Million Market Newspapers, Newspapers First is the product of the combination of several large newspaper groups' sales companies over the years. It is owned by the owners of the newspapers it represents. The ad sales organization represented newspapers recently reaching 21 million readers weekdays and 29 million on Sunday, with local Websites accounting for more than a billion monthly page views.

Focused on newspapers in major markets, it represented 34 dailies, from Philadelphia to Houston to Honolulu, with almost half the U.S. population and retail sales in those markets.

Newspapers First promoted its customized buys and local expertise, offering a range of demographic, market-sales and product-usage data, supporting efforts such as developing geo/demographic targeting, and showing advertisers and agencies how to reach an entire DMA or select portions. It helped them target audiences by editorial and lifestyle interests, and assisted with database marketing, product sampling and online advertising.

Godfrey to Acquire Canwest

Canwest Global Communications has approved a sales of its newspaper chain to Paul Godfrey, president of the National Post.  The plan is for the deal to close on July 15th, following bankruptcy court approval on May 15th.  All existing papers in the group are expected to remain in business.

Canwest publishes 12 daily newspapers and 45 community and free papers.  The dailies include the Vancouver Sun, Montreal Gazette, and Ottawa Citizen.

Canwest had applied for reorganization back in January 2010.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Maddux Business Report to Cease Publishing

The Maddux Business Report, a business journal covering the Tampa Bay area of Florida, will cease publishing after its June 2010 issue, per editor and publisher Carlen Maddux.  The Maddux Business Report has been in print since 1983. 

The online version of the publication will continue publish.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Voice of the Hill Closing

The Voice of the Hill, a community paper covering local news in the Washington D.C. area, announced that it is closing due to declining revenues.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Chicago Free Press Closes

The Chicago Free Press, a gay and lesbian publication, ceased publishing on April 29, 2010 due to lack of funding from publisher David Costanzo, who is suffering from health problems.  The Free Press had a weekly distribution of approximately 23,000.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Freedom Communications Emerges from Bankruptcy

Freedom Communications announced on May 1st that they have formally emerged from Bankruptcy, with its dept decreased from $770 millon to $320 million.  Freedom Communications owns 32 daily newspapers across the country, including the Orange County Register, Colorado Springs Gazette and New Bern Sun Journal.

Freedom Communications had filed for bankruptcy on September 1st, 2009.

Brown Publishing Files for Bankruptcy

Newspaper publishers Brown Media Holdings Co. and Brown Publishing Co. filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection on April 30th.  An unnamed bidder plans to assume a substantial portion of the liabilities and assets.

Brown Publishing has publications in ten states: Ohio, New York, Texas, South Carolina, Illinois, Iowa, Colorado, Utah, Arizona and Wyoming, which includes fifteen daily publications, thirty two weekly publications, forty one shoppers / free publications and eleven business publications. The sale will include all the assets.

Some of the papers involved are the Delaware Gazette, Wilmington News Journal, Troy Daily News and Piqua Daily Call.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Rainsville Weekly Post Merges into Fort Payne Times Journal

The Rainsville Weekly Post merged into the daily Fort Payne Times-Journal on February 25th, 2010.  The former subscribers of the Weekly Post will receive the Saturday edition of the Times-Journal until their current subscription expires.  They can then decide if they want the daily paper or not.

Niles Daily Star and Dowagiac Daily News Switch to Mail Distribution

Leader Publications announced today that effective May 3rd, 2010, the Niles Daily Star and Dowagiac Daily News will switch from carrier delivery to mail delivery.  The in-home date will not change for either vendor.  In the event that the U.S.P.S. would stop Saturday delivery, the Niles Daily Star Saturday distribution would revert back to carrier delivery.

Appleton Post-Crescent to stop Post-Crescent East edition

The Appleton Post-Crescent announced it will cease publishing its weekly Post-Crescent East edition on Friday, May 28th, 2010.  The content of the weekly edition will be moved into the daily edition of the Post-Crescent.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Honolulu Star Bulletin to Acquire Honolulu Advertiser

The Justice Department has given Honolulu Star Bulletin owner David Black permission to purchase the Honolulu Advertiser from Gannett Company.  Black intends to consolidate the two publications, and create a new daily called the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.  The sale is expected to be completed on Sunday, May 2nd.  A timeline for the consolidation of the two publications has yet to be announced.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

ABC's Circulation Biggest Gainers

The Naples Daily News (FL) had a 21.8% increase in circulation from 2009 to 2010, per the latest ABC Fas-Fax report, leading all publications with a 50,000 or more circulation base.  The Daily News newly reported weekday circulation is 77,565.

The Schenectady Gazette (NY) had a 21.6% increase in circulation from 2009 to 2010, with a new reported weekday circulation of 55,318.

The Macomb Daily (MI) increased 13.4% from 2009 to 2010, with a new reported weekday circulation of 54,240.

The Toledo Blade (OH) had the largest increase for a paper with 100,000 circulation, increasing to 117,704, or a 6.3% increase.

The Bend Bulletin (OR) led all newspapers with a 34.3% increase, with a newly reported weekday circulation of 43,895.

Bend Bulletin Increases Circulation 34%

The Bend Bulletin reported a 34.3% increase on weekday circulation from one year ago, along with a 32.5% increase on Sunday distribution, per the latest ABC FAS-FAX report. 

The increase is due to an aggressive marketing campaign coupled with strong promotions to the paid e-edition of the newspaper, per Keith Foutz, corporate circulation and operations director.  ABC is also allowing the Bend Bulletin to count those paid newspaper subscribers who also get the the paid e-edition, something that was not permitted before.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Washington Blade Reopens for Business


The Washington Blade, a gay and lesbian publication covering the Washington D.C. area, will resume publishing on Friday April 30th, 2010, under new ownership. The publication was previously owned by Windows Media and was closed down suddenly in November 2009.

The Blade is anticipating distribution of 25,000 copies.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Richmond Times-Dispatch Changes TMC

The Richmond Times-Dispatch launched a new TMC product called the Richmond.com INKED Edition on March 3rd, 2010.  This product will be delivered to non-subscribers of the Times-Dispatch on Wednesdays.

The Times-Dispatch discontinued their two existing TMC products in conjunction with this action.  The Star Watch and Metro Money Saver, no longer exist.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Memphis Commercial Appeal Changes TMC

Effective May 11th, 2010, the Memphis Commercial Appeal will begin distributing its TMC product, formerly known as the Memphis Blue Trader, through Valassis' Red Plum product. The distribution day will remain on Tuesday, but the quantities and shipping address will change (contact the Memphis Commercial Appeal for details).

New York Metro to Expand Distribution to Queens

The New York Metro, a free community daily newspaper, will expand its coverage into the Queens borough with a zoned edition of 40,000 copies distributed throughout the area on Thursdays, per Editor & Publisher.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Antigua Sun and Sun St. Kitts May Close

Two Caribbean newspapers, the Sun St. Kitts and the Antigua Sun were to close on April 19thas a result of the arrest of parent company Sun Printing & Publishing owner R. Allen Stanford.

The Antigua Sun is still operating with the furloughed staff now working for free, hoping to find a financial situation to keep the publication going. The Sun St. Kitts remains closed.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Heartland Publications to Emerge from Bankruptcy

Heartland Publications has had its reorganization plan approved by a federal judge and emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy on April 30th per Editor & Publisher. Heartland Publications had filed for bankruptcy last December 21st.

Heartland Publications publishes fifty paid newspapers covering nine different states.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Southern Voice and Atlanta David Reopen

The Southern Voice reopened on April 14th under new ownership, Matt Neumann. The gay and lesbian oriented publication closed down for business in November 2009 when Window Media filed for bankruptcy. The publication will start out with 10,000 copies with an eventual goal of 20,000.

The Atlanta David, which also had closed last November, was also purchased by Mr. Neumann, and relaunched in March 2010.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Baltimore Jewish Times Files Bankruptcy

Alter Communications, parent company of the Baltimore Jewish Times filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection on Wednesday, April 14th. The publishers are committed to continuing the weekly publication of the Times.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

El Mensajero Changes Page Format

El Mensajero, in San Francisco, recently changed its page format from 5 columns to 6 columns. The new column dimensions are as follows:

Column 1 - 1.4375"
Column 2 – 3.0625"
Column 3 – 4.6875"
Column 4 - 6.3125"
Column 5 – 7.9167"
Column 6 – 9.5625

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

American Communication Group Celebrates 23rd Birthday

American Communications Group (ACG), one of the nation's premier print media agencies, and the largest independently owned, celebrated its 23rd birthday on April 13th. The company, based on out of Torrance, CA, handles all aspects of print media management including media analysis, planning and budgeting, contract negotiations and management, print media placement, invoice management and reconciliation.

ACG also handles digital advertising, including online advertising, mobile application advertising, e-mail blasts, and social networking opportunities.

ACG specializes in retail advertising, though is not exclusive to that category. ACG is proud to help the following companies with their print media: JCPenney, Michaels, Family Dollar Stores, ShopKo, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Christmas Tree Shops, Buy Buy Baby, The Sports Authority, Smart & Final, Bravo Health, and Publix.