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Jeff Moriarty named Senior Vice President, Digital for GateHouse Media

GateHouse Media recently announced that Jeff Moriarty has been named Senior Vice President, Digital for the company. His appointment is effective April 20, 2018.

Moriarty brings more than 20 years of success building digital news and commercial businesses in both the U.S. and the UK. At GateHouse, Moriarty will be responsible for guiding the company’s digital vision, product development and audience growth roadmap. He will collaborate closely with the company’s News, Consumer Marketing, and B2B sales teams to drive innovation, audience engagement and both consumer and advertising revenue across digital platforms.

“Growing our digital audience is a top priority for GateHouse,” said Kirk Davis, CEO of GateHouse Media. “Jeff’s experience building digital products, audiences and commercial businesses will be a significant asset for us. Jeff is a proven digital leader with a passion for data-driven decision making, great user experiences and technological innovation.”

Moriarty currently serves as Chief Product and Publishing Officer for Johnston Press, one of the largest regional and national publishers in the UK, where he manages digital and print publishing businesses across 150 local news titles. In his role, Moriarty has led the company’s successful digital audience initiatives, nearly doubling monthly unique traffic to 29 million. His responsibilities included oversight for the 2016 launch of inews.co.uk, a national news site that complements the i newspaper. The site’s monthly audience grew from 0 to more than 2mm unique visitors within two years. Moriarty previously served in a variety of senior digital management positions at The New York Times Company, including The Boston Globe, About.com and the regional newspaper division. While serving as VP, Digital Products at The Globe, Moriarty built the team and product strategy to launch the BostonGlobe.com consumer-paid site, the first publisher worldwide to use responsive design.

Moriarty has a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Florida. He began his career in a variety of editorial and digital product development positions with The New York Times Company.

“A strong regional and local media is vitally important, and I am passionate about building sustainable digital products that support local journalism,” said Moriarty. “Gatehouse has a unique opportunity to build on its presence across the U.S., and I look forward to helping to grow our audiences and digital businesses.”

GateHouse Media projects recognized by Society of American Business Editors and Writers

8.03.2018 John Crouch Awards

The Society of American Business Editors and Writers recently recognized two GateHouse Media reporting projects on its list of 2017 Best in Business Honorees.

Sarasota Herald-Tribune reporter Barbara Peters Smith’s “Catching Our Drift,” which explored local trends that threaten to exacerbate the national phenomenon of widening disparities in personal wealth, won the economics coverage award in the small newsroom division.

GateHouse Media’s “In the Shadow of Wind Farms,” by reporters Emily Le Coz and Lucille Sherman and designers Tyson Bird and Mara Corbett, which investigated the potential health and economic impacts of living in proximity to wind turbines, won the innovation award in the medium newsroom division.

Check out the complete list of winners here.

Two GateHouse newspapers named to Editor & Publisher “10 Newspapers That Do It Right” list

5.03.2018 John Crouch Awards

GateHouse Media, one of the largest publishers of locally based print and online media in the United States, received nearly one-third of the honors announced by Editor & Publisher Magazine this past week. Both the Fayetteville Observer (Fayetteville, NC) and newly acquired Register-Guard (Eugene, OR) were among the ten winners, while The Repository (Canton, OH), Daytona Beach News-Journal (Daytona Beach, FL), Erie Times-News (Erie, PA), Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Sarasota, FL) and the State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL) received honorable mentions.

E&P’s ”10 Newspapers That Do It Right” recognizes some of the biggest and brightest ideas taking place in the newspaper industry each year. The Fayetteville Observer was honored for growing fayobserver.com pageviews to 63 million in 2017. Executive Editor Matt Leclercq created a digital team dedicated to producing original digital content and engaging with readers online. The digital team collaborates with the reporting staff to brainstorm 20 ideas once a week for 20 minutes.

The Register-Guard saw an under-served problem in its community and set out to raise awareness about an extremely visible sector of the Eugene population: the homeless. Rather than writing a single column or even a 10-part series, the team wrote more than 50 editorials on the subject packaged under the label “Focus on Homelessness.” The Register-Guard wrapped up the series with a public forum in January where the local community could discuss the series and the issues it raised. Although the editorial series officially ended in February, editorial page editor Jackman Wilson said the city’s homeless problem would still be on the paper’s radar.

“We’re extremely proud of all the great work being done by GateHouse newspapers throughout the country,” said GateHouse CEO, Kirk Davis. “To have so many of our publications recognized with these prestigious awards is a testament to our editorial teams’ commitment to journalism with impact.”

Read the complete list of winners here.

GateHouse Media recognized at Second Street Awards

28.02.2018 John Crouch Awards

Several GateHouse Media publications were recently honored at the annual Second Street Awards, which highlights successful Second Street promotions by the company’s media partners.

Awards included:

Best Small Market Program
First Place Winner: Pocono Record in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Best Mid-Size Market Program
First Place Winner: Daytona Beach News-Journal in Daytona Beach, Florida

Best Group Wide Strategy
First Place Winner: GateHouse Media

Best National Sports Contest: Pro Football Face Off
First Place Winner: Northwest Florida Daily News in Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Best Email Program: Birthday Club
First Place Winner: Northwest Florida Daily News in Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Best Native Campaign: Baptist Health, Stroke Safety Quiz
First Place Winner: The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, Florida

For a complete list of winners, visit Second Street.

GateHouse Media papers awarded in NC press contest

27.02.2018 John Crouch Awards

Multiple GateHouse Media journalists and publications in North Carolina were recently honored by the North Carolina Press Association at the organization’s annual meeting at the Carolina Club on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus.

Awards included:

The Star (Shelby)
Education Reporting: 2nd Place- Elise Franco, CCC.franco
Feature Writing: 1st Place- Casey White, Meet Shelby’s Radio
General Excellence – Newspapers Only: 3rd Place- Staff
News Section Design – Dailies Only: 2nd Place- Staff, news section design 1 and 2

StarNews (Wilmington)
Arts and Entertainment Reporting: 1st Place- John Staton, Art & Identity
Best Community Coverage: 3rd Place- Staff
News Enterprise Reporting: 2nd Place- Staff, Northside Now
News Enterprise Reporting: 3rd Place- Adam Wagner and Kevin Maurer, Camp Lejeune
Sports Enterprise Writing: 1st Place- Alex Riley, The Long Climb
Best Lede: 1st Place, Alex Riley
Best Lede: 3rd Place, John Staton
Election/Political Reporting: 2nd Place- Tim Buckland, Lee, Barnhill campaign
Feature Section Design – Dailies Only: 2nd Place- Staff, Features Section April 1-2
General Excellence – Newspapers Only: 1st Place- Staff
General Excellence for Newspaper Websites – Newspapers Only: www.starnewsonline.com
Headline Writing: 1st Place- Julian March
Headline Writing: 3rd Place- John Staton
Investigative Reporting: 2nd Place- Staff, Toxic chemical taints drinking water
Photo Page or Essay: 2nd Place- Ken Blevins, Matt Born, and Dan Spears, Wells Fargo PGA Tournament
Public Service Award – Dailies Only: 3rd Place- Staff, GenX in the Cape Fear River
Special Section – Newspapers Only: 2nd Place- Staff, StarNews 150th Anniversary
Sports Coverage – Newspapers Only: 1st Place- Staff, March 6-7 Sports Coverage
Sports Feature Photo: 3rd Place- Matt Born, Whiteville celebration

The Fayetteville Observer
Beat News Reporting: 1st Place- Greg Barnes, Mike Lallier case
Beat News Reporting: 3rd Place- Steve DeVane, GenX isn’t the only possible toxin in the Cape Fear River
Best Niche Publication: 1st Place- Staff, High School Football Preview
Deadline News Reporting – Dailies Only: 2nd Place- Staff, Hurricane Matthew
News Enterprise Reporting: 1st Place- Alicia Banks, The Haven animal shelter investigation
News Feature Writing: 1st Place- Chick Jacobs, Unless something turns up, we’ll keep searching
News Feature Writing: 3rd Place- Paul Woolverton, Bitter Anniversary: 20th anniversary of officer killings
Appearance and Design – Newspapers Only: 1st Place- Staff
Best Multimedia Project: 1st Place- Andrew Craft and Mariano Santillan, Hurricane Matthew: Then and now
Best Video: 1st Place- Staff, A mother’s regret: Heather’s story
City County Government Reporting: 2nd Place- Greg Barnes, Hoke County audit
Editorials: 2nd Place- Myron B. Pitts
Feature Section Design – Dailies Only: 1st Place- Staff
General Excellence – Newspapers Only: 2nd Place- Staff, General Excellence, Oct. 9-10, 2016
General News Reporting: 2nd Place- Staff, Hurricane Matthew recovery
General News Reporting: 3rd Place- Steve DeVane, Revaluation hits some hard
Illustration/Photo Illustration/Graphics – Dailies Only: 2nd Place- Mariano Santillan, A State of Change
News Section Design – Dailies Only: 1st Place- Staff
Photography, Feature: 2nd Place- Andrew Craft, Stress Test
Photography, Feature: 3rd Place- Shane Dunlap, Pick up your cross
Photography, General News: 2nd Place- Melissa Sue Gerrits, Sacrifice
Photography, Spot: 1st Place- Melissa Sue Gerrits, Standoff
Photography, Spot: 2nd Place- Andrew Craft, Matthew Makes Mess
Public Service Award – Dailies Only: 1st Place- Greg Barnes, Fatal Flaws: North Carolina’s Child Welfare Crisis
Religion & Faith Reporting: 3rd Place- Chick Jacobs, A port in the storm
Serious Columns: 1st Place- Tim White
Serious Columns: 1st Place- Bill Kirby Jr.
Serious Columns: 3rd Place- Myron B. Pitts

Gaston Gazette
Beat News Reporting: 2nd Place- Adam Lawson, Mount Holly killing
Best Community Coverage: 2nd Place- Staff
News Feature Writing: 2nd Place- Kevin Ellis, First black woman at UNC Chapel Hill
Online Breaking News Coverage: 2nd Place- Adam Lawson, Nick Dumont and Alyssa Pressler, Plasma Center Shooting
Sports Enterprise Writing: 2nd Place- Richard Walker, Winning over a community
Best Multimedia Project: 2nd Place- Eric Wildstein, 2017 Gaston County graduation map
Best Multimedia Project: 3rd Place- Nick Dumont, How Pat McCrory lost
Business Writing – Dailies Only: 3rd Place- Eric Wildstein, Duke Energy coal ash concerns
Feature Writing: 3rd Place- Eric Wildstein, What is success?
General Excellence – Newspapers Only: 3rd Place- Staff
Investigative Reporting: 1st Place- Eric Wildstein and Kevin Ellis, Belmont middle school land controversy
Lighter Columns: 1st Place- Bill Poteat
Photography, Sports: 1st Place- Mike Hensdill, Safe at home
Sports Feature Photo: 2nd Place- Mike Hensdill, Grizzlies Fan
Sports News Reporting: 2nd Place- Jack Flagler, South Point gets rare shot at redemption

The Times-News (Hendersonville)
Education Reporting: 1st Place- Andrew Mundhenk, Lottery money helps fund local school construction projects
Sports Writing Feature: 1st Place- Joey Millwood, Behind the lights
Best Multimedia Project: 2nd Place- Dereck Lacey and Nick Dumont, Flight 22 crash anniversary
City Government Reporting: 3rd Place- Dereck Lacey, Rehab facility winning over Mills River residents
Editorial Page: 1st Place- Chris Horeth and Harrison Metzger
Photo Page or Essay: 2nd Place- Patrick Sullivan, 90 veterans flown to DC
Sports Coverage – Newspapers Only: 2nd Place- Joey Millwood and Dean Hensley
Sport News Reporting: 2nd Place- Dean Hensley, Mickey Marvin funeral

The Courier-Tribune (Asheboro)
Deadline News Reporting – Dailies Only: 1st Place- Judi Brinegar, Firefighters join forces to fight industrial fire
Deadline News Reporting – Dailies Only: 2nd Place- Judi Brinegar, Rallies against KKK find support
News Feature Writing: 3rd Place- Chip Womick, Immigration fears, real or premature?
Investigative Reporting: 3rd Place- Chip Womick, Randolph family faces noose in front of their home
Lighter Columns: 1st Place- Annette Jordan, Those pretty Allred girls; Evil minions of the newsroom; Breakfast buddies
Profile Feature: 3rd Place- Greta Lint, Ten year old welder makes crafts and buys first car
Serious Columns: 2nd Place- Annette Jordan, We are not receptive; How the ripple effect works; Hugo
Sports Columns: 2nd Place- Megan Crotty, It’s good to be back; Farewell ungrateful 2016; Requiem

The Daily News (Jacksonville)
Education Reporting: 1st Place- Jannette Pippin, School choice
Sports Enterprise Writing: 3rd Place- Rick Scoppe, Girls Wrestling
Sports Columns: 1st Place- Rick Scoppe

Free Press (Kinston)
Best Niche Publication: 1st Place- Chris Segal, Janet Carter and Dustin George, Hurricane Matthew
Business Writing – Dailies Only: 3rd Place- Dustin George, When others were without, FatBaby’s opened its doors
General Excellence for Newspaper Websites – Newspapers Only: 2nd Place, Staff

The Dispatch (Davidson County)
News Enterprise Reporting: 3rd Place- Mat Batts, Clearing the smoke
Best Video: 3rd Place- Donnie Roberts, Kids with really big hearts
Editorials: 1st Place- Scott Jenkins
Illustration/Photo Illustration/Graphics – Dailies Only: 3rd Place- Donnie Roberts, Following the dollar
Photography, Feature: 1st Place- Donnie Roberts, Blanketed from sheets of rain

The Times-News (Burlington)
Beat Feature Reporting: 2nd Place- Charity Apple, Building a family
Lighter Columns: 3rd Place- Rich Jackson
Photography, General News: 3rd Place- Caroline Brehman, Tactical advantage
Special Section – Newspapers Only: 3rd Place, Staff
Special Section – Specialty Publications Only: 1st Place, Staff, Redeem team
Sports News Reporting: 1st Place- Adam Smith, Duke guard
Sports News Reporting: 3rd Place- Adam Smith, A matter of trust

Sun Journal (New Bern)
Best Niche Publication: 2nd Place- Ken Buday, Darren Hendricks and Bill Hand, My New Bern Fall 2017
Illustration/Photo Illustration/Graphics – Dailies Only: 2nd Place- Todd Michalek, Pitching
Lighter Columns: 2nd Place- Bill Hand
Photography, Sports: 3rd Place- Todd Michalek, Player crying

The Havelock News
General Excellence for Newspaper Websites – Newspapers Only: 1st Place- Staff
Photo Page or Essay: 1st Place- Ken Buday, Freedom Festival
Photography, Sports: 1st Place- Ken Buday, Big plays boost Rams
Sports News Reporting: 1st Place- Ken Buday, Havelock football
Sports News Reporting: 2nd Place- Ken Buday, Havelock game report

For a complete list of winners, visit the North Carolina Press Association.

Herald-Tribune’s Patrick Dorsey named SNPA president

Patrick Dorsey

Patrick Dorsey, regional vice president of GateHouse Media’s Coastal Group and publisher of the Herald-Tribune Media Group in Sarasota, Florida, was recently named president of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association.

Dorsey, who previously served as SNPA’s treasurer, was appointed by the SNPA Executive Committee to succeed Les Simpson and will serve as president until the annual SNPA News Industry Summit in October.

SNPA President-Elect PJ Browning, president and publisher of The Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina, will remain president-elect and will be nominated to succeed Dorsey at the 2018 annual meeting in Nashville.

For more information, visit the Herald-Tribune.

Columbus Dispatch’s Tim May honored by National Sports Media Association

30.01.2018 John Crouch Awards


A full moon rises over the Columbus Dispatch neon sign in downtown Columbus on July 9, 2017. [Adam Cairns/Dispatch]

Veteran Columbus Dispatch sports reporter Tim May was recently named the Ohio Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sports Media Association.

May and all of the other honorees will be recognized at the 59th annual NSMA Awards Weekend, June 23-25, 2018, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

For the complete list of winners, visit NSMA.

GateHouse Media launches co-branded content, commerce initiative with Houzz

GateHouse Media recently announced an alliance with Houzz, the biggest platform for home renovation and design, to provide the full, authentic Houzz content, shopping and pro-finder experience across all GateHouse newspaper websites. This is the first time Houzz has partnered with any U.S. publisher to provide readers with a fully co-branded experience that includes the ability to purchase products directly from the publisher’s co-branded websites.

The integration with Houzz is part of GateHouse Media’s strategy to create local home and real estate destination channels within newspapers’ websites. The collaboration, which launched in mid-November 2017 across an initial group of 20 newspaper websites, will bring Houzz’s inspirational home design content and robust shopping experience to GateHouse’s approximately 39 million monthly readers. The full roll-out to all newspaper websites will be complete in early 2018. The Homes channels within each website will also feature local real estate content, homes for sale and recent transaction information, and tools to help prospective buyers and sellers. For realtors and brokers, GateHouse offers a full suite of digital marketing tools through its small business services business, ThriveHive, as well as print and digital advertising opportunities.

“We’re thrilled to provide our readers with the full Houzz content experience,” said Kirk Davis, CEO of GateHouse Media. “And we are truly excited to be the first publisher to deliver a co-branded commerce experience that offers all the great products from the Houzz Shop within the trusted, local environment of our New Media news sites.”

For GateHouse Media, this unique, first-of-its-kind digital partnership adds tremendous value for both consumers and business-to-business customers. To promote the partnership, GateHouse will launch a month-long sweepstakes nationwide Jan.15, with prize offerings that include a $5000 Houzz shopping spree, daily cash prizes and Houzz discount coupons.

For more information, check out The Ledger’s new Homes section.

GateHouse Media investigation: Living in the shadow of wind farms

Wind farms generate clean energy, but living in their shadow has its costs, according to a six-month GateHouse Media investigation.

The report uncovered a litany of complaints and lawsuits from coast to coast. Wind farm developers from some of the biggest energy companies in the world have divided communities and angered residents, some of whom say the giant turbines have ruined their lives.

The turbines create relentless noises, vibrations and shadow flickers, according to some of those living nearby. Developers are accused of operating in secret and using aggressive tactics to obtain land leases. Energy officials call the complaints exaggerated.

The data-rich project was reported by National Data Projects Editor Emily Le Coz and investigative reporting intern Lucille Sherman (a senior journalism student at the University of Missouri). These investigative journalists compiled a list of over 450 families nationwide who spoke before state commissions and in legislative hearings. The reporters also spoke with 70 families and 10 lawmakers, reviewed lawsuits and lease agreements.

What is it like to live near a wind farm? Our project takes you on a journey to understand the lives of those in the shadow. For example, you can experience the flicker created by the turning turbines with our simulation.

See for yourself. Hear from the farmers. Check out the project.

Providence Journal reporter recognized at 2017 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards

16.11.2017 John Crouch Awards

Providence Journal staff writer Alex Kuffner recently received a Silver Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his coverage of the risks facing Rhode Island communities from either a once-in-a-century hurricane or sea-level rise.

Kuffner’s series of stories — including “Rising seas, rising stakes” from Nov. 20, 2016; “Losing Ground” from March 19, 2017; and “On the Brink” from July 9, 2017 — won second place for newspapers with circulations of 150,000 or less in the organization’s Kavli Science Journalism Awards, which honor distinguished reporting for a general audience. There were entries from publications in more than 40 countries.

Paul Raeburn, a freelance science writer who served as one of the judges, said Kuffner’s series was “a close look at a local issue, informed by a broader perspective.”

Another judge, Nancy Shute of National Public Radio, said the stories helped Rhode Islanders “understand the real risks they face from sea level rise and wetlands loss.”

Kuffner has worked for The Providence Journal since 2000.

For more information, visit bit.ly/2ASJAB6.

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