LMA Goes Small to Spread Disruptive Ideas Among Local Publishers

A recent Innovation Mission to San Francisco/Silicon Valley drew 13 senior executives in the news business (newspapers, TV, radio and research and development). It was built around three themes: audience engagement, platform strategies and using human-centered “design thinking” to solve thorny problems that bedevil most news providers.

LMA’s Innovation Sleuth Finds ‘Compelling’ Breakthroughs in News Industry

“It’s easy to laser in on the splashy headlines about M&A activity and innovation reports, but quietly, there’s a palpable spirit of innovation at work in local media across newspapers, broadcasters, and pure plays,” says the LMA’s Jed Williams.

Local Social Spend Projected to Hit $2.95 Billion by 2016

Local spend on social media in the U.S. is set to jump 1.7x by 2016, according to the Fall Update to BIA/Kelsey’s Social Local Media Forecast. The numbers show a slight reduction in the firm’s earlier projections, which had put the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for local social spend at 28.9%…