Author archives: John Crouch

Akron Beacon Journal sold to GateHouse Media

The Akron Beacon Journal’s owner, Black Press Ltd., recently announced the sale of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Akron Beacon Journal and its Ohio.com website to GateHouse Media, which owns multiple publications in Ohio including The Columbus Dispatch and The Canton Repository. Sound Publishing Holdings Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Black Press Ltd., bought the Beacon Journal in 2006.

“We have provided stewardship of the Beacon Journal for the past 11 years and are extremely proud of the quality of journalism and the role the newspaper plays in the community,” said Rick O’Connor, president and CEO of Black Press. “However, the Beacon Journal is geographically located too far from our other publications for us to provide the kind of leadership the paper needs and community deserves.”

Black Press publishes 100 community publications in British Columbia and Alberta, and 63 daily and community publications in Washington, California and Hawaii. He said that Black Press officials, including owner and chairman David Black, who announced the sale, see the Beacon Journal as a perfect fit for New Media’s growing GateHouse Media Ohio group of publications.

Announcement of the sale comes the week before the Beacon Journal’s 179th anniversary. The first edition of the Summit Beacon appeared on April 15, 1839. It merged with the Akron Evening Journal on June 7, 1897, when the first edition of the Akron Beacon Journal rolled off the presses.

The Akron paper was owned by the Knight family for nearly seven decades starting in 1907, and then the Knight Ridder company beginning in 1974. That company sold the Beacon Journal to McClatchy Co. in 2006, which sold it that same year to Black Press of Surrey, British Columbia.

Legendary publisher John S. Knight, whose father, C.L. Knight, owned the paper before him, maintained an office at the Beacon Journal until June 16, 1981. On that day, John Knight found something in the paper he didn’t like and went to the newsroom to ask, “Who edits this newspaper?” He died later that day.

The Beacon won four Pulitzer Prizes between 1968 and 1994, including one in 1971 for its coverage of the May 4, 1970, shootings at Kent State University that resulted in four students being killed by Ohio National Guardsmen.

For more information, visit The Columbus Dispatch.

GateHouse Media partners with Triton Digital to enrich its online properties with on-demand audio

GateHouse Media LLC, one of the largest publishers of locally-based print and online media in the United States, recently announced a partnership with Triton Digital, the global technology and services leader to the digital audio industry. Through this partnership, GateHouse Media will utilize Triton Digital’s programmatic audio advertising marketplace, a2x, as well as its market-leading SSP, Yield-Op, to monetize curated collections of audio clips and podcasts across online properties. The partnership will provide advertisers through Triton’s a2x marketplace with access to GateHouse Media’s 43 million unique online visitors per month.

“Triton Digital’s intuitive technology, knowledgeable team, and unparalleled support makes them the perfect partner to power this innovative digital audio strategy,” said Rob Connelly, Director of Digital Audio at GateHouse Media. “The aggregation of local news, high school sports, division one sports, and political audio coverage into collections will provide our online audience with organized, easy-to-consume content, and advertisers with one-stop access to a highly-engaged, targeted, and community-focused audience.”

“The integration of digital audio into online news stories will undoubtedly provide a rich, unique, and increasingly engaging experience for consumers of that news,” said Stephanie Donovan, SVP, Publisher Development, North America, at Triton Digital. “We are proud to expand our support of GateHouse Media’s digital audio strategy, providing them with the tools and technology they need to seamlessly connect advertisers with this engaged and growing audience.”

In 2017, GateHouse Media reporters from across the country began curating audio content for embedding into its online news stories, including news actualities, recorded interviews, point of view soundbites, and podcasts from its star reporting talent. The infusion of audio content into online new stories has resulted in a more holistic and dynamic experience for local news consumers, and a unique opportunity for advertisers to reach this audience in a native, meaningful way.

ABOUT GATEHOUSE MEDIA LLC
GateHouse Media, headquartered in Pittsford, New York, is a wholly owned subsidiary of New Media Investment Group Inc., which is focused primarily on investing in a high-quality, diversified portfolio of local media assets and on growing existing advertising and digital marketing businesses. GateHouse Media is one of the largest publishers of locally based print and online media in the United States as measured by its 142 daily publications. As of December 31, 2017, GateHouse operates in 565 markets across 38 states. GateHouse Media’s portfolio of products includes over 600 business and community publications and over 560 websites, serves approximately 215,000 business advertising accounts, and reaches 22 million people on a weekly basis. For more information regarding GateHouse Media, please visit www.gatehousemedia.com.

ABOUT TRITON DIGITAL
Triton Digital is the global technology and services leader to the digital audio and podcast industry. Operating in more than 40 countries, Triton Digital provides innovative technology that enables broadcasters, podcasters, and online music services to build their audience, maximize their revenue, and streamline their day-to-day operations. In addition, Triton Digital powers the global online audio industry with Webcast Metrics, the leading online audio measurement service that makes it easy for advertisers and brands to determine the best destination and time to reach their target audiences. Through unparalleled integrity, excellence, teamwork, and accountability, Triton Digital remains committed to connecting audio, audience, and advertisers to continuously fuel the growth of the global online industry. For more information, visit www.TritonDigital.com.

GateHouse Media announces agreement to acquire The Palm Beach Post, Palm Beach Daily News for $49.25 million

GateHouse Media, one of the largest publishers of locally based print and online media in the United States as measured by number of publications, recently announced that it has agreed to acquire The Palm Beach Post and the Palm Beach Daily News, in addition to several niche publications and companion websites, from Cox Media Group LLC for $49.25 million.

The Palm Beach Post has been the leading source of local news and advertising in Palm Beach County and southern Martin County for more than 100 years. As the flagship daily newspaper, it has a daily circulation of nearly 80,000 and 102,000 on Sundays. Its sister publication, the Palm Beach Daily News, also known as The Shiny Sheet, has been published for 120 years, having been founded to serve the titans of the Gilded Age, who made Palm Beach the nation’s premier winter-resort destination. The Shiny Sheet is printed daily from October to May and twice weekly during the summer with daily circulation of more than 4,500. Both print publications maintain websites as well as e-editions and news apps for their readers. Across these mediums, more than 44 percent of adults in the market are reached.

“We are pleased to announce our second acquisition from the Cox Media Group which includes their two strong publications that serve Palm Beach and its surrounding area,” said Michael E. Reed, New Media Investment Group President and Chief Executive Officer. “We see Palm Beach as another attractive and growing market thatfits in well with our current Florida footprint. These papers have been the primary source of news in their respective communities for over 100 years and have created high digital engagement that we are excited to work to build upon with our UpCurve product offerings. We are looking forward to welcoming the Palm Beach employees to the New Media team and look forward to carrying on their legacy of strong local journalism.”

The transaction is expected close in the second quarter.

GateHouse Media publications recognized by Ohio APME

28.03.2018 John Crouch Awards

Several GateHouse Media publications were recently recognized at the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors association’s annual conference.

Both The Columbus Dispatch and The Canton Repository earned first place in the General Excellence category for their divisions. The (Massillon) Independent earned second place in the General Excellence category for its division.

Awards, by division, include:

Division I
General Excellence- 2nd place- The (Massillon) Independent

Best Sports Writer- 2nd place- Chris Easterling- The (Massillon) Independent

Best News Writer- 1st place- Samantha Ickes- The (Massillon) Independent

Best Special Sports Section- 1st place- Chris Easterling and Dave Manley
“High School Football Preview”- The (Massillon) Independent

Best Special Sports Section- 2nd place- Chris Easterling and Dave Manley
“Massillon/McKinley Rivalry”- The (Massillon) Independent

Best Illustration or Informational Graphic- 2nd place- B.J. Lisko- The (Massillon) Independent

Best Public Service- 3rd place- Amy Knapp- “Meals on Wheels”- The (Massillon) Independent

Best Spot News Coverage- 1st place- Steven Grazier and Amy Knapp- “Stockdale Family Shooting”- The (Massillon) Independent

Best Explanatory Reporting- 1st place- Steven Grazier and Amy Knapp- “Save the Rezzy”- The (Massillon) Independent

Best Full Page Design- 1st place- B.J. Lisko- The (Massillon) Independent

Division II
Best Daily Sports Section- 3rd place- Mike Plant- Ashland Times-Gazette

Best Video- 3rd place- Noelle Bye- “Carly Stevens – Female Wrestler”- Ashland Times-Gazette-

Division III
Best Headline Writer- 1st place- Jeff Verbus- The (Dover-New Philadelphia) Times-Reporter

Best Editorial Writer- 2nd place- Michael Shearer- Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier

Best Feature Writer- 2nd place- Tami Mosser- The (Wooster) Daily Record

Best Feature Writer- 3rd place- Matt Merchant- Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier

Best Sports Columnist- 3rd place- Mike Plant- The (Wooster) Daily Record

Best Sports Feature Writer- 3rd place- Tom Nader- Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier

Best News Writer- 2nd place- Matt Merchant- Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier

Best News Writer- 3rd place- Christine Pratt- The (Wooster) Daily Record

Best Sports Enterprise- 2nd place- Jonah Rosenblum- “Women in Sports”- Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier

Best Special Sports Section- 1st place- Mike Plant- The (Wooster) Daily Record

Best Special Sports Section- 2nd place- Staff- The (Wooster) Daily Record

Best Special Sports Section- 3rd place- Staff- “2017-18 High School Basketball Preview Edition”- Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier

Best Daily Sports Section- 1st place- Staff- Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier

Best Daily Sports Section- 3rd place- Mike Plant- The (Wooster) Daily Record

Best Illustration or Informational Graphic- 1st place- Sean Linhart- “What Christmas Means to Me?”- The (Dover-New Philadelphia) Times-Reporter

Best Illustration or Informational Graphic- 2nd place- Sean Linhart- “The Courts of New Philadelphia”- The (Dover-New Philadelphia) Times-Reporter

Best Illustration or Informational Graphic- 3rd place- Sean Linhart- “Fall Foliage ASF”- The (Dover-New Philadelphia) Times-Reporter

Best Enterprise Reporting- 1st place- Bobby Warren and Steve Huszai- “911-Dispatch Costs Up 48% for County Taxpayers”- The (Wooster) Daily Record

Best Enterprise Reporting- 3rd place- Nancy Molnar- “Midvale Cutting Village Police Department”- The (Dover-New Philadelphia) Times-Reporter

Best Full Page Design- 3rd place- Tom Nader- “NBA Finals/Night of Stars”- Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier

Best Digital Presence- 1st place- Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier

Division IV
General Excellence- 1st place- The Canton Repository

Best Graphics Artist- 2nd place- The Canton Repository

Best Sports Feature Writer- 1st place- Joe Scalzo- The Canton Repository

Best Sports Feature Writer- 2nd place- Josh Weir- The Canton Repository

Best Sports Writer- 1st place- Josh Weir- The Canton Repository

Best Sports Writer- 3rd place- Joe Scalzo- The Canton Repository

Best Photographer- 1st place- Scott Heckel- The Canton Repository

Best Sports Enterprise- 1st place- The Canton Repository

Best Special Sports Section- 2nd place- Staff- “HOF Enshrinee Section”- The Canton Repository

Best Daily Sports Section- 1st place- Staff- The Canton Repository

Best Illustration or Informational Graphic- David Manley- “Road to Canton”- The Canton Repository

Best Feature Photo- 2nd place- Scott Heckel- “Moment with Dad”- The Canton Repository

Best Photo Story- 1st place- Julie Vennitti- “Balloon Classic”- The Canton Repository

Best Public Service- 1st place- Staff- “Epidemic: Stark County 2017”- The Canton Repository

Best Public Service- 3rd place- Alison Matas- “Strengthening Stark County’s Future”- The Canton Repository

Best Investigative Reporting- 2nd place- Shane Hoover- “Only Kenneth A. Roth Knows How Many He Killed”- The Canton Repository

Best Investigative Reporting- 3rd place- Kelli Weir- “Vic Whiting’s Coaching, Teaching Careers Over in Ohio”- The Canton Repository

Best Full Page Design- 2nd place- David Manley- “Sight to See”- The Canton Repository

Best Full Page Design- 3rd place- B.J. Lisko- “Talent Show”- The Canton Repository

Best Digital Presence- 1st place- The Canton Repository

Division V
General Excellence- 1st place- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Headline Writer- 2nd place- Danny Goodwin- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Columnist- 2nd place- Theodore Decker- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Feature Writer- 2nd place- Holly Zachariah- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Sports Columnist- 3rd place- Rob Oller- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Sports Feature Writer- 2nd place- Adam Jardy- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Sports Writer- 3rd place- Adam Jardy- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Photographer- 2nd place- Brooke LaValley- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Photographer- 3rd place- Kyle Robertson- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Special Sports Section- 2nd place- Staff- “The Columbus Dispatch College Basketball 2017”- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Daily Sports Section- 2nd place- Staff- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Illustration or Informational Graphic- 1st place- Justin Gilbert- “Wind Energy”- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Illustration or Informational Graphic- 3rd place- Justin Gilbert- “Firefighter Gear”- The Columbus Dispatch

Best News Photo- 1st place- Eric Albrecht- “Beheaded Among the Dead”- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Feature Photo- 3rd place- Brooke LaValley- “Moonrise”- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Sports Photo- 2nd place- Brooke LaValley- “Expressive Effort”- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Sports Photo- 3rd place- Barbara J. Perenic- “Fantastic Finish”- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Photo Story- 2nd place- Jonathan Quilter- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Video- 1st place- Courtney Hergesheimer- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Spot News Coverage- 2nd place- “Kirkersville Shootings”- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Spot News Coverage- 3rd place- “State Fair Tragedy”- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Explanatory Reporting- 1st place- Mark Ferenchik and Rita Price- “Dividing Lines”- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Enterprise Reporting- 3rd place- Dan Gearino and Marion Renault- “Ohio Coal — Digging for Hope”- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Full Page Design- 1st place- The Columbus Dispatch

Best Digital Presence- 1st place- The Columbus Dispatch

For more information, visit the Associated Press.

GateHouse Media announces acquisition of tech-enabled video and data business, Online Automotive Solutions

GateHouse Media, one of the largest publishers of locally based print and online media in the United States as measured by number of publications, recently announced that it has acquired substantially all the assets of Online Automotive Solutions, a tech-enabled video, data and auto-focused inventory solutions provider, for $4 million. This acquisition expands the digital marketing services that UpCurve, GateHouse’s small business solutions provider, offers through its Auto vertical.

OAS, led by founder Jeff Urgo, has provided auto-focused marketing services to media companies and auto dealers, including Cars.com, Chicago Tribune Company, Vehix.com and Sun-Sentinel Publishing Company, for more than 10 years. Urgo joins UpCurve as Vice President of Sales for its GateHouse Auto division, effective immediately.

The OAS acquisition further enables GateHouse Auto to expand its offerings to the automotive industry by delivering best-in-class inventory marketing solutions along with its full suite of digital and print advertising products. The OAS platform creates digital video of specific vehicles and syndicates the content to the auto dealer’s website as well as major consumer-facing sites including Autotrader and Cars.com. Through targeted, data-driven campaigns, GateHouse Auto delivers a dealer’s brand and message into more than 80 percent of the moments influencing auto intenders on their journey to find a new vehicle.

“Online Automotive Services is a great addition to the solutions UpCurve’s GateHouse Auto division offers car dealers,” said Peter Newton, UpCurve’s CEO. “This platform is on the leading edge of the market shift away from photos to videos, which is becoming the standard consumer expectation in the auto space. Having Jeff’s vast experience with both automotive and media companies as well as his data-focused approach to inventory management, is very exciting for our company and our customers.”

GateHouse Media announces winners of national scholarship essay competition

GateHouse Media recently announced the six winners of its first-ever Scholarship Essay Competition for high school and undergraduate college students. The Grand Prize winner and three of five runners-up were from Massachusetts, while Texas and New York students were also runner-up winners.

Students were invited to write a 500-word essay on what one of four words — local, community, trusted and impact – means to them. These four words are featured in GateHouse Media’s current branding campaign which highlights the role GateHouse journalists and publications play in their local communities. Nearly 1,000 essays were submitted and the winners were chosen by a panel of judges comprised of GateHouse editors, led by Lisa Glowinski, director of the company’s More Content Now division, and college journalism professors.

The winners are:

Grand Prize Winner ($3,000 scholarship): Theresa Maylott, Littleton, Massachusetts

Runner-Up Winners ($1,000 scholarships):

Victoria Daros, North Salem, New York
Sydney Koo, Newton, Massachusetts
Thomas Snelson, Chelmsford, Massachusetts
Kylee Sutherland, Goldthwaite, Texas
Kasey Zaleski, Avon, Massachusetts

“When we asked students to write about local, community, trusted and impact, themes of our branding campaign, we knew we’d get some very thoughtful essays,” said Kirk Davis, CEO of GateHouse Media. “We were truly overwhelmed by both the quantity and quality of entries submitted. The students’ work speaks volumes about their love and appreciation for their communities.”

“I was encouraged by the quality of these submissions,” said Glowinski. “The entrants all seem to be accomplished, tenacious students who have big plans for the future of our communities. I’m proud to see GateHouse Media supporting creativity and education through this contest.”

GateHouse also ran an essay competition for staff members and their families. The winners of that competition were recently awarded $5,000 in scholarships.

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.

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