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Dec. 14, 2011

  Legal Affairs

NAA asks U.S. Supreme Court to review cross-ownership decision
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NAA joined Tribune Co., Morris Communications Co., The Scranton (Pa.) Times, Fox Television Stations Inc. and others in filing a petition on Dec. 5 asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the decision by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Prometheus Radio Project v. FCC. The petition asks the court to decide whether the Federal Communications Commission's continued restriction on cross-ownership of newspapers and broadcast stations in the same market violates the First Amendment and equal protection clause. More


Thanksgiving Day editions set records
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Advertisers and consumers who focused on the 2011 Thanksgiving weekend holiday shopping kickoff enthusiastically turned to local newspapers and advertising preprint inserts for information on the best deals. The exceptional value consumers find in their local newspaper inserts was reflected in a spike in circulation revenues across the country. More

NAA members invited to participate in 2012 circulation survey
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The 2012 NAA Circulation Survey, a comprehensive review conducted periodically as the basis for the popular "Circulation Facts, Figures & Logic," report, is now open. Newspapers can fill out the questionnaire online or download it and return the completed form by mail, fax or e-mail. Completed surveys submitted before the Jan. 15 deadline are eligible for a drawing to win complimentary hotel accommodations and registration for NAA mediaXchange 2012, scheduled for April 2-5 in Washington, D.C. More

Nominees sought for awards honoring newspaper retailers
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Retailers who have demonstrated long-term cooperative efforts to sell and market newspapers are honored annually by NAA with the Tony Mineart Newspaper Merchandiser of the Year Award. The NAA Single-Copy Committee welcomes your nominations of retailers who are open to ideas such as co-promotions or newspaper-specific promotions, or retailers who in general do the best overall and ongoing job of promoting newspapers. Nominations are due Jan. 15. More

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Discount offered for early NAA mediaXchange registration
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Registration is now open for NAA mediaXchange 2012. The annual event for NAA members, newspaper advertisers, supporting exhibitors and sponsors is scheduled for April 2-5 at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. A special advance registration rate is available to NAA members until Jan. 15.


Foundation Minority Fellowship deadline extended
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Jan. 10 is now the deadline to apply for the NAA Foundation's Minority Fellowship program, which is designed to widen opportunities for ethnic minority professionals at U.S. newspapers to enter or advance in management. Fellowships are available for in-person and online seminars taking place from January through June 2012 at The Poynter Institute. They cover registration fees plus travel, meals and hotel expenses where applicable. Visit the fellowship page for more information, a list of seminars and the application form.


First Amendment is the focus in 'Free to Tweet' contest
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On Dec. 15, the 220th anniversary of ratification of the Bill of Rights, students ages 14 to 22 can earn $5,000 scholarships funded by the Knight Foundation by showing their creativity on Twitter in supporting the five freedoms of the First Amendment. Print and digital ads as well as an op-ed piece are available for newspapers to run about the contest and Bill of Rights Day. More


Macy's to keep stores open around the clock pre-Christmas
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Beginning at 7 a.m. Dec. 21, 14 Macy's stores will stay open for 83 hours straight, through 6 p.m. Dec. 24. Additionally, 27 stores will stay open until 2 a.m. on the three nights prior to Christmas Eve. Macy's noted that store associates volunteer to work the extended-hour shifts. More

Why QR codes aren't catching on
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Quick-response codes are appearing more frequently on billboards, newspaper ads, business cards, stickers, T-shirts and anything that is used to promote stuff. But evidence suggests many people don't understand what QR codes are or what to do with them. More

Google launches new tablet ad formats
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Citing recent internal research, Google says that consumers are not only doing more shopping from their tablets, they expect more interactivity from tablet ads. Jason Spero, Google's director of mobile for the Americas, says that as iPads and other tablets have moved quickly into the mainstream, marketers have shown an increasing appetite for insight and new ways to reach consumers on the new medium. More


Zite enters mobile content market with iPhone app
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Zite, the free personalized news app for the iPad, is moving to the mobile phone market. Current Zite users can save their iPad profiles and access their personalized content feeds from their smartphone devices; users who are new to Zite are able to create their profiles through the smartphone app. More


iMonitor ranks print's best new iPad apps of 2011
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This year's best new iPad apps by U.S. magazines and newspapers came from a diverse group of publishers, including a serious business weekly, a monthly about easy-to-prepare meals, beauty and fitness titles and three metro dailies, according to McPheters & Company's iMonitor service. More

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Flipboard adds iPhone support and Cover Stories
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Flipboard now fits in your pocket with the release of version 1.7. The new universal app supports both the iPhone and iPad on devices running iOS 4.0 or greater. The new version brings support for the small screen in addition to Cover Stories, a new feature exclusive to the iPhone and iPod touch that grabs a curated selection of articles and images currently being shared with you. More

New York Times Election 2012 iPhone app launches
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In addition to aggregating The New York Times' politics coverage, the Election 2012 iPhone app also tries a new way of sharing competitors' stories with its readers. More

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GateHouse Media launches private exchange
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GateHouse is just the latest in a series of newspaper and magazine publishers to unveil private ad exchanges, which are usually intended to help move remnant online ad inventory while maintaining certain minimum price floors. This trend emerged in response to criticism that the established ad networks drive the price of online inventory down. More

Bangor Daily News launches partnership with college paper
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The Bangor Daily News and The Maine Campus, the student-run newspaper at the University of Maine, have begun a partnership aimed at strengthening student journalism in Maine. The BDN will provide training, Web hosting and development services for The Campus, and the two newspapers have established a content-sharing agreement. More

'Digital First' Mondays bring some paywalls down    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
MediaNews Group is introducing "Digital First Mondays" at six of its California newspapers. Of those papers, the three that have paywalls will make all Web content free on Mondays, and print subscribers will no longer have to pay an additional cost for online access. More
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