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LION Loses Director DeRienzo to Hearst, but ‘Indie’ Summit Doesn’t Miss a Beat

Tom Grubisich

LION Loses Director DeRienzo to Hearst, but ‘Indie’ Summit Doesn’t Miss a Beat

To find out what the Summit of Local Independent Online News Publishers accomplished, I went to longtime journalist Steve Beatty, who was editor and CEO of the award-winning, investigative website The Lens in New Orleans for eight years before joining LION as a consultant last January and who, with DeRienzo’s departure, has been named interim director.

How Dallas Morning News Tunes Its Ear to Connect With Its Diverse Audiences

Tom Grubisich

How Dallas Morning News Tunes Its Ear to Connect With Its Diverse Audiences

“I’m not saying that an audience-first culture didn’t exist at the newspaper, say, 75 years ago. But how do we reach today’s audience? It’s not enough to put all the news that we decided is important on the front page and expect everyone to read that as part of their shared experience,” says Nicole Stockdale, director of digital strategy at the Dallas Morning News.

How Giant GateHouse Media Performed in Harsh Duke Study of Local News Sites

Tom Grubisich

How Giant GateHouse Media Performed in Harsh Duke Study of Local News Sites

I went to Bill Church, senior vice president of news at GateHouse Media—the biggest publisher of newspapers in the U.S.—with questions about the quality of GateHouse sites that were put under the microscope in a 100-community study from Duke University that painted a critical picture of news deserts across the country.

How Reddit and Local Media Consortium Upvoted Each Other and Became Partners

Tom Grubisich

How Reddit and Local Media Consortium Upvoted Each Other and Became Partners

But Reddit and the LMC each has something that the other wants. Reddit would like to tap into the LMC’s huge pool of 470 million unique visitors and turn many of them into subscribers. LMC publishers wants to learn from Reddit how to make their readers more engaged. Now, old media and new media are teaming up.

Newly Launched Block Club Chicago (Out of DNAinfo) Goes a ‘Bit Old School’

Tom Grubisich

Newly Launched Block Club Chicago (Out of DNAinfo) Goes a ‘Bit Old School’

Last November, discount-stock-brokerage billionaire Joe Ricketts summarily shut down his DNAinfo operations in the Windy City and New York. But in a fast-paced reinvention, the DNAinfo/Chicago team has Kickstarted its way back onto the streets and into the neighborhoods with the June launch of Block Club Chicago.

Local News Publishers Still Mired in Ad Fraud, New Pixalate Data Shows

Tom Grubisich

Local News Publishers Still Mired in Ad Fraud, New Pixalate Data Shows

According to new research from Pixalate, a cross-channel fraud intelligence company that works with brands and platforms to prevent ad fraud and improve ad inventory quality, about a quarter of all smartphone app video and smartphone app display activity is “invalid traffic” (the technical term for what is largely fraud).

Top Lesson for News Sites in SF Innovation Tour: Identify Users and Win Them Over One by One

Tom Grubisich

Top Lesson for News Sites in SF Innovation Tour: Identify Users and Win Them Over One by One

Revenue was, naturally, very much on the minds of the 12 publishers, broadcasters, and other news media executives who took part in the Local Media Association’s June 2018 San Francisco Innovation Mission. But Jed Williams, LMA’s chief innovation officer, said the event focused on audience engagement.

Why This Select List of Local News Providers Includes Only One Daily Newspaper

Tom Grubisich

Why This Select List of Local News Providers Includes Only One Daily Newspaper

A year-long study of newsrooms in the U.S. and Europe by two Danish journalists has singled out 16 local providers in the U.S. who are meeting the researchers’ main criterion: structural changes “to forge closer ties and stronger relations to their communities and audiences”—with a special focus on journalism over commerce, technology, and business models.

Why Local Media Firms Are Banking Big on Marketing Services to Grow Revenue

Tom Grubisich

Why Local Media Firms Are Banking Big on Marketing Services to Grow Revenue

In an under-the-radar move to grow their revenue substantially, local media companies are putting major resources into developing a broad suite of digital marketing services (DMS). Media companies make this pivot as B2Cs rethink their own marketing goals, aiming not just to reach potential consumers but to convert them into paying customers, closing the path to purchase.