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As Brands Look Closer, Is Local News the Tortoise and Facebook the Hare?

Tom Grubisich

As Brands Look Closer, Is Local News the Tortoise and Facebook the Hare?

“An interesting thing is that Facebook has been a leader for so long [that] it’s become oversaturated on the buy side, and prices are going way up. There’s an opportunity for other vendors who can provide similarly granular audience information to seize some of that market share,” says Kitewheel CEO Mark Smith.

How Peoria Journal Star Did a Lot More With Less After Deep Cuts Shrank the Newsroom

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How Peoria Journal Star Did a Lot More With Less After Deep Cuts Shrank the Newsroom

“We made it our mission, working with our publisher at the time, Ken Mauser, that we would reach out to the people of the South Side and make sure they had a place where they could tell us about the good things happening where they live,” Peoria Journal Star Executive Editor Dennis Anderon says of reaching out to neglected community members.

GateHouse Media’s Kirk Davis Argues Chain Is Becoming a ‘Leader in Community Engagement’

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GateHouse Media’s Kirk Davis Argues Chain Is Becoming a ‘Leader in Community Engagement’

Cost-cutting equity funds have hollowed out scores of daily newspapers, turning their communities into “news deserts,” the critics say. But Kirk Davis, CEO of GateHouse Media, counters that the equity-funded conglomerate is transforming its 144 dailies into tribunes of the people. He makes his case in this Q&A.

Four Years After GateHouse, Brad Dennison Has Become a Local News Rover

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Four Years After GateHouse, Brad Dennison Has Become a Local News Rover

There’s a new nameplate in hyperlocal news publishing, and just about everything about it is boldly different, including the name—Rover. This combination digital daily and print monthly was launched in suburban Nashville last week. In this Q&A, Tom Grubisich talks with one of Rover’s architects, Brad Dennison.

Will the ‘Sustained Outrage’ of One W. Virginia Newspaper Survive Auction Block’s Hammer?

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Will the ‘Sustained Outrage’ of One W. Virginia Newspaper Survive Auction Block’s Hammer?

The biggest heartbreaker is what happens to those families whose long-held newspapers were dedicated to publishing all the news without fear or favor. This is the story of one of those families, the Chiltons, and their paper, the Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette-Mail, which the Chiltons owned for 111 years.

How Publishers Can Survive Facebook Churn: Top Expert Weighs In — Part II

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How Publishers Can Survive Facebook Churn: Top Expert Weighs In — Part II

“The smaller scale might be an advantage when it comes to trust,” Grzegorz Piechota told Tom Grubisich. “Local publishers can offer services Facebook will never be able to provide at a global scale such as checking all the facts, verifying all the ads, or providing a 100% guarantee of brand-safe context.”

From DNAinfo’s Ashes, Three News Vets Are Launching Their Phoenix in Chicago

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From DNAinfo’s Ashes, Three News Vets Are Launching Their Phoenix in Chicago

The site’s non-billionaire founders aim to succeed with a radically different revenue strategy from their DNAinfo alma mater — their plan for domination does not include advertising. In this Q & A, director of strategy Jen Sabella tells how she and her partners are mapping a new way to make local news work.