Robert Gruber was announced today as the publisher for new GateHouse Media acquisition The Fayetteville Observer, as well as several military newspapers and niche products, the IWANNA classified shoppers, and the Observer’s regional commercial printing operations.
Previously, Gruber was appointed publisher of the Star News in Wilmington, North Carolina, in October of 2005. In January 2015, GateHouse Media purchased the Star News along with 13 other regional newspapers.
Gruber began his media career at his hometown newspaper in Geneva, Ohio over 37 years ago. He held advertising and marketing management positions in Vero Beach, Florida, Rock Hill, S.C., Atlanta, Georgia, Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Ocala, Florida. Gruber first became a publisher in 1998 in Lake City, Florida and then spent several years as publisher of the Times-Daily in Florence, Alabama prior to moving to Wilmington.
Gruber attended Cuyahoga Community College and a branch of Kent State University, where he majored in elementary education and later, business development. He also attended the New York Times business development training at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business and the Duke Corporate Education program.
Gruber has been a member of the Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce board of directors and a past board member of Partners for Economic Inclusion. He is also a member of the North Carolina Press Association and the Downtown Rotary Club, where he leads a leadership program named RYLA for more than 65 juniors in area high schools.
The Repository in Canton, Ohio, was recently named the official newspaper of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
As a part of the three-year partnership, all Hall of Fame guests will receive a daily edition of the Repository, which will be wrapped in a specially created section that will share the latest information about the Hall’s news and events and features about the game.
Readers of the newspaper and the website will receive specially created Hall of Fame content, including a daily feature on the paper’s front page. Cantonrep.com will also host a daily video series, which will feature the latest Hall of Fame news.
“We are incredibly proud to partner with an organization of excellence like the Hall, and we look forward to working together during this exciting time for the Hall and our region,” said Jim Porter, the Repository’s publisher.
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GateHouse Media’s Northwest Florida Daily News recently launched Destin.com, a new destination site highlighting the Florida panhandle.
Destin.com provides visitors with information on area beaches, attractions, shopping, dining, recreation and even allows them to book local accommodation for their stay.
The site also features live promotions and contests, sponsored events and giveaways and live video broadcasts at area festivals and featured events throughout the year.
For more information, visit Destin.com.
GateHouse Media would like to recognize the finance team in Pittsford, New York, for their participation in the United Way of Greater Rochester’s Day of Caring community event on May 12.
The team, led by Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer Keri Curtis, raked leaves, moved dead trees and picked up fallen branches at Mt. Hope Cemetery, which is one of the United State’s first municipal cemeteries, founded in 1818. A registered historic landmark, the 196-acre area houses about 350,000 graves, including those of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass.
For more information on the Day of Caring, visit unitedway.org.
Congratulations to South Atlantic Regional Vice President Lucy Talley, who recently received the Honorary Life Membership award from the Mid-Atlantic Newspaper Advertising and Marketing Executives.
Talley oversees operations of newspapers in Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.
“Lucy is, without question, one of the best people I’ve ever worked for. She is equally full of ideas and willing to listen to her people,” Said Konrad La Prade, advertising director of The (Gaston) Gazette and The (Shelby) Star. “She constantly moves obstacles out of the way of her team while inspiring her people to excel.”
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GateHouse Media’s Propel Marketing was one of only 34 U.S. businesses to be recently named a Google AdWords Premier Small & Medium Sized Business Partner. Propel’s selection into the elite business community is a direct outcome of its commitment to delivering best-in-class search engine marketing solutions to customers and the GateHouse Media field organization’s success selling these solutions.
Premier partners meet Google’s highest standards and criteria for qualification, transparency, customer service and retention and have completed Google product and account management training.
The program helps connect Google’s AdWords partners with businesses that want help creating, managing and optimizing online advertising campaigns. Partners also provide campaign management, detailed reporting, one-on-one customer support and broad marketing guidance.
“We are extremely excited to expand our relationship with Google by becoming one of their Premier SMB Partners,” said Pete Cannone, Chief Executive Officer of Propel Marketing. “This distinction underscores our commitment to small and medium-sized businesses. It will provide us with insights, training, and support all designed to help us better serve our valued clients, and continue delivering quality results.”
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Jason Taylor, president of GateHouse Media’s Western U.S. Publishing Operations and GateHouse Live, recently was announced as a keynote speaker at Media Finance Focus 2016, Media Finance Management’s 2016 conference, which will be held May 23-25 in Denver.
Taylor will address how a media organization can jumpstart its sales culture and how culture change is influenced by the finance function.
The conference serves as a primary source of professional education for business and credit management executives in the media industry and will feature presentations from more than 150 industry experts.
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A new strategic partnership with GateHouse Media offers SNPA member newspapers access to quality editorial and content services – at a 15 percent discount.
The GateHouse Center for News & Design creates original content, including special sections, theme and feature pages, info-graphics, cartoons and illustrations. The Center’s Community Content division offers efficient re-writes of user-submitted content, including press releases, letters to the editor and calendar event listings.
SNPA members can now get a 15 percent discount on the following GateHouse services:
More Content Now, GateHouse Media’s niche solution that features daily pages, special sections and original content. Content offerings include:
- Weekly broadsheet pages on health, home, automotive, food and kids/NIE.
- Weekly columnists on frugal living, humor, family, TV, politics, religion and more.
- Daily features on lifestyle topics.
- Monthly family magazine and boomers tab, with information about retirement, grand-parenting, travel, real estate, leisure and other issues of interest to this large segment of newspaper readers.
- Twice-yearly bridal tab.
- Seasonal tabs on home and garden.
- Special sections on themed sporting events.
- Sudoku puzzles and word searches for kids.
Weekly regional college sports pages. SEC, Big 10 and Big 12 football, Big 10, ACC and Big 12 basketball pages are available.
Daily nation and world, business and sports pages (a dozen pages all together daily) in different shapes and sizes to fit your daily wire report. Agate, NFL and Major League Baseball pages also are available.
Community Content, a GateHouse Media service that assists news teams by writing news briefs and turning press releases into newsroom-style stories.
“The Center for News & Design is offering SNPA members content that readers want to see in their newspapers, and having such a reliable source of quality national and feature content gives newsrooms more time to expand their local coverage,” says SNPA Executive Director Edward VanHorn. “This new partnership with GateHouse has made ready-to-use content even more affordable.”
“GateHouse newspapers have taken advantage of this content for years and we continue to add to the lineup and evolve our offerings and services,” said David Arkin, GateHouse Media senior vice president of content & product development. “A growing number of clients have begun to use this content, especially our sports pages, and are getting great response from both readers and advertisers.”
You can find more information about More Content Now at morecontentnow.com and the Center for News & Design at centerfornewsanddesign.com.
For more information, contact Center for News & Design, Director of Business Development, John Reetz at 404-316-4759 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GateHouse Media recently named Tom Clifford as vice president of its Center for News & Design in Austin, Texas.
Clifford, who most recently served as the executive editor of the Montgomery Advertiser, will lead the center’s general operations.
“Through a several-month search process, Tom emerged as the clear leader because of his strong journalistic credentials, newsroom management style and exposure to design centers,” said David Arkin, GateHouse Media’s senior vice president of content and product development. “He will be an enormous asset, driving the Center’s goals of creating best-in-class news products and operational efficiencies.”
As the executive editor of Montgomery Advertiser, Clifford’s work resulted in winning Best in State news operation and Most Improved News Operation two years running, and being recognized by Gannett for in-depth public service reporting, video/multimedia work and innovative use of digital platforms.
Clifford also has previously served as executive news director at the Post & Courier in Charleston, South Carolina, and led digital news operations at Florida Today, in addition to working as a reporter and editor in Baltimore, Mississippi, North Carolina, New York City and Virginia.
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Bill Church, executive editor of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and southeast regional editor of GateHouse Media, was recently selected as one of eight 2016 Knight Visiting Nieman Fellows to spend time at Harvard University working on projects designed to advance the field of journalism.
Church’s project will explore organizational behavior in community-size newsrooms and explore new models for adaptability and innovation. A major component will be trying to understand the mindset of optimistic, digital natives and start-ups in an attempt build a model newsroom structure that is more horizontally integrated and fluid in adapting to business climate changes.
His research will include four weeks on-site at Harvard and MIT, spending time in the Nieman Lab and with Harvard’s organizational behavior and innovation faculty.
The fellowship program was established in 2012 to invite individuals with promising journalism research proposals to take advantage of the resources at Harvard University and the Nieman Foundation.
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