Announcements

Gatehouse Media Offers Ready-to-use Content for SNPA Member Newspapers in New Partnership

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 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 jreetz@gatehousemedia.com.

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GateHouse Media Names Tom Clifford as Vice President of Center for News & Design

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.

For more information, visit bit.ly/1q7dpaA.

Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s Executive Editor Bill Church selected as a Knight Visiting Nieman Fellow

billchurchBill 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.

For more information, visit bit.ly/1PXm5Zs.

GateHouse Media’s Propel Marketing acquires ThriveHive

270876_595692900443805_22386554_nGateHouse Media’s CEO Kirk Davis and Chief Revenue Officer and Propel Business Services’ CEO Peter Newton recently announced Propel Marketing’s acquisition of guided marketing software company ThriveHive. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the award-winning company’s platform aims to address the specific marketing needs of small businesses, and was founded in 2011 by four local entrepreneurs, including MIT Sloan School of Management graduates Max Faingezicht and Adam Blake.

Launched in 2012, Propel Marketing’s annual revenue now exceeds $31 million, driven by its best-in-class product and service offerings tailored for the nation’s 28 million small and medium size businesses, and the support of the GateHouse field sales organization.

ThriveHive will operate within Propel Marketing, with ThriveHive’s CEO Max Faingezicht reporting to Propel Marketing Chief Executive Officer Peter Cannone.

New editors at The Enterprise and The Patriot Ledger announced

Lisa Strattan and Ken Johnson

Lisa Strattan and Ken Johnson

New editors have been appointed at The Enterprise in Brockton, Massachusetts, and The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Massachusetts.

GateHouse Media New England’s Senior Vice President, and Executive Editor and Publisher of Wicked Local Lisa Strattan was named executive editor of both The Enterprise and The Patriot Ledger.

Ken Johnson, a longtime Patriot Ledger editor and reporter, was named managing editor. Steve Damish will continue in his role of managing editor of The Enterprise.

“I’m excited about both of our staff announcements today.” Said Publisher Mark Olivieri. “Ken has been a 30-plus-year leader in our newsroom and Lisa brings years of editorial and publishing leadership to our organization. I have worked with Ken and Lisa on various projects over the past eight years and look forward to working them on a daily basis.”

For more information, visit bit.ly/1q0lPku.

GateHouse Media names Adam Reinebach as CEO and President of Dolan Publishing group

GateHouse Media is thrilled to announce that Adam Reinebach, an accomplished senior executive in business-to-business (B2B) publishing, will serve as CEO and President of our Dolan Publishing group. Reinebach will start in his new role on February 8, 2016.

Reinebach is an experienced sales, marketing and technology executive with 20 years of success in the B2B media and information space. Before launching Responsive Partners, a digital consultancy specializing in B2B turnarounds, Reinebach was EVP and Managing Director at SourceMedia where he ran the company’s professional services brands and its paid subscriptions business. SourceMedia is a diversified B2B media company serving senior professionals in the financial, technology, and healthcare sectors. During his nine years there, Reinebach also ran technology, circulation marketing and the custom solutions group.

Prior to SourceMedia, Reinebach was a Vice President at Thomson Financial, where he was publisher of their private equity brands, and ran the research and data group at Venture Economics. A frequent blogger and trained journalist, Reinebach started his B2B media career as a reporter for Investment Dealers’ Digest. Reinebach is a graduate of Rutgers University.

Dolan Publishing Group, a recent GateHouse Media acquisition, is comprised of 39 print and online publications and is a leading provider of industry-specific news for the legal, financial, real estate, and government affairs sectors in the 17 markets it serves across the U.S. The business also develops, organizes and produces over 100 events centered on awards and education seminars.

“I anticipate that B2B publishing will present exciting growth opportunities for our company through both acquisitions and our ability to accelerate their growth via digital marketing services (Propel),” said GateHouse Media CEO Kirk Davis.

GateHouse Media, LLC and Poynter Institute to Launch Professional Development Initiative

GateHouse and Poynter worked together to create detailed professional development programs, targeting specific journalism skills. The 2016 certificate programs will focus on digital newsgathering, social media and newsroom leadership skills. The courses will include online instruction from Poynter digital innovation faculty member Katie Hawkins-Gaar and industry experts such as three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter David Barstow.

“We’re thrilled that our journalists will receive this world-class training from Poynter,” said David Arkin, Senior Vice President of Content & Product Development for GateHouse Media. “We expect this training will further our newsrooms’ knowledge of emerging digital and social tools, reinforce our commitment to in-depth and enterprise journalism, and strengthen our newsroom leadership.”

“We’re honored, indeed, that GateHouse chose Poynter to help the company meet its strategic goals around journalism training,” said Poynter President Tim Franklin. “The program is specifically tailored for GateHouse staff to give their journalists the tools they need to make GateHouse publications even more relevant in the digital age.”

All GateHouse Media staff will have access to the training, which is available online through Poynter News University (www.newsu.org), the world’s largest journalism e-learning site. To receive a certificate, GateHouse staff must take a selection of NewsU courses and then successfully complete the assessment for each.

Peter Newton Adds Role of GateHouse Media, LLC Chief Revenue Officer to Current Responsibilities

PITTSFORD, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GateHouse Media, LLC has named Peter Newton as its Chief Revenue Officer. In addition to his current role as CEO of Propel Business Services, Inc., Newton will also lead the Company’s corporate advertising and consumer marketing functions. Newton’s appointment is effective January 11, 2016.

“In this expanded role, Peter will continue to guide our broader business services strategy. Additionally, his dual responsibilities will enable increased alignment between our developing network of ventures and our field sales operations, as we work together to grow new revenue streams,” said Kirk Davis, CEO of GateHouse Media. “As the architect of Propel Marketing’s revenue and organizational growth, Peter has consistently provided strong counsel, support and vision, as we have worked to evolve the digital acumen and accountability of the GateHouse Media field sales organization.”

Newton joined GateHouse Media in 2012 to lead Propel Marketing, the Company’s digital marketing services agency. In 2015, Newton was promoted to CEO of Propel Business Services, which includes Propel Marketing; BestRide, the Company’s national automotive platform; AdUs, the Company’s digital agency in Las Vegas; and, a recent addition, Propel Business Capital, a small business lending venture. Propel Business Services continues to actively evaluate other investment opportunities.

Prior to GateHouse Media, Newton’s background included significant leadership experience in both traditional media and the digital space, with a particular focus on SMB products and services. Newton served as VP of Sales at The Boston Globe, President of its niche employment business, BostonWorks; and SVP and GM of Monster’s small and medium business segment.

“I look forward to helping GateHouse develop high performing B2C and B2B sales organizations across all their markets,” said Newton. “Talent, training and process; strategic use of data; and culture will all be essential elements.”

See this story as it originally appears in Business Wire.

GateHouse hires new publisher for Register-Mail

GALESBURG — GateHouse Media announced Tuesday that Scott Carr has been hired as publisher of The Register-Mail.

Scott Carr

Scott Carr, the new publisher of The Register-Mail, stands for a photo inside the press room Wednesday. Carr replaces Tony Scott, who had been publisher since 2007. LEWIS MARIEN/The Register-Mail

Carr began Wednesday, and he replaces Tony Scott, who had been publisher since 2007.

Carr also will be the group publisher for GateHouse’s western Illinois publishing group.

Subscribers can expect to see changes to The Register-Mail this year, Carr said, including an updated, cleaner website.

“I think there will absolutely be changes in 2016,” Carr said. “I think the exciting thing is we don’t know what those changes are yet. But we are a company that is on the cutting edge.”

Tony Scott announced Dec. 8, 2015, that he would be leaving The Register-Mail on Jan. 4. He is now vice president of business development for the Illinois Press Association and associate director of the National Newspaper Association.

“I took the job because it was a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Scott said Wednesday.

The Register-Mail has performed well during the past eight years, he said, despite major shifts in the media landscape.

“GateHouse Media was very good to me, and I am proud of my tenure there,” Scott said. “The last eight years or so have presented some challenges in this industry, and Galesburg was certainly not immune to those challenges. But through it all, The Register-Mail has consistently been recognized as one of the best small daily papers in the state.”

Carr grew up in Cincinnati and has been working in the sales and marketing side of the newspaper business for over 10 years.

He began working in sales in 2004 for American Community Newspapers in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. He then transferred to Dallas, and in 2010, he began working for the The McClatchy Company in Ft. Worth, Texas.

In 2012, he became regional sales director of American Consolidated Media, and in 2013, became an advertising director for Gannett in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Most recently, Carr has been the group publisher for GateHouse Media in southern Illinois for the last nine months.

Carr will be relocating to western Illinois with his wife and three children, and plans to work out of the Galesburg office.

See this story as it originally appears in The Register-Mail.

GateHouse Media parent company to purchase Times Publishing Company

ERIE, Pa. — The Times Publishing Company has entered into an agreement to sell the Erie Times-News and GoErie.com to an entity controlled by New Media Investment Group Inc. The transaction is subject to approval by the shareholders of Times Publishing Company, among other conditions.

New Media expects to close the sale early in 2016.

Terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.

New Media is the New York-based holding company of GateHouse Media, LLC, which controls 575 community publications across 32 states.

The Times Publishing Company has been owned in part or in total by members of the Mead family since it was founded 127 years ago.

“The Meads have been good stewards of this community institution,” said Ken Nelson, publisher of the Erie Times-News. “But the industry, and this newspaper, have evolved to the point where family-owned, independent newspapers face too many hurdles to survive long term without help.”

New Media offers new resources and economies of scale that will allow the institution to endure, Nelson said.

“Though the Mead family is leaving the newspaper business, the business will remain,” Nelson said. “We will continue to be the region’s dominant source for news for years to come.”

Read this piece as it originally appeared on GoErie.com

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