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Printing and Production

Total newsprint consumption in the United States plummeted 27.1 percent year-over-year in August, exceeding the decline year-to-date low of 25.6 percent, according to data released by the Pulp and Paper Products Council (PPPC), Editor & Publisher reported today. Also, after improving in July, mill operating rates again fell in August.

At least one newspaper has felt a positive impact from the consequential price decrease. Gannett Chief Financial Officer Gracia Martore said in a statement that although Gannett's newspaper advertising revenue was down 32 percent from the year before in the second quarter, the significantly lower newsprint expense resulted in a substantial decline in its operating expenses.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-09-29 16:18

A new poll conducted by paidContent:UK and Harris Interactive showed most consumers are resistant to paying for online newspapers, the Guardian reported.

However, the study also found one possible hope for publishers: print and online may work in tandem. Only 5 percent of respondents who read a news site at least once a month would pay for online access. However, if a free or discounted printed paper subscription is provided, that number was up to a combined 48 percent.

Although the proportion of people who are not willing to pay still remains a majority, it's only a slight win - "it seems the printed edition could leverage online subscriptions; not just among existing readers of the paper, but also among those who don't already buy it," paidContent:UK reported.

This data shows most people think physical products should have tangible economic value, while digital content is expected to be cheaper.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2009-09-28 17:23

The Washington Post Magazine, published as an insert of The Washington Post's Sunday edition, will unveil a new look and new features for its readers beginning this weekend. The redesigned magazine retains the Date Lab feature, restaurant reviews, "Below the Beltway" political gossip column, autobiographical sketches of local personalities, and several types of puzzles, the Post announced in a press release.

New features include updates on previously reported stories as well as "The Breakdown," which explains little-known facts about often-seen objects. Shares of WPO did not show a change on the news.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-09-25 18:30

Independent Kazakh newspapers are faced with a temporary stop to printing as their major printing press has been closed in order to be tax probed, the Taiwan News reported Friday.

Authorities raided and closed the Kometa-S printing press earlier this week under the premise of tax evasion. The Kometa-S plant prints the Independent newspaper Respublika, and the publications for the Azat and Alga opposition movements. All printing has been postponed while the investigation proceeds. Respublika labelled the raid an act of intimidation to force the papers closure.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-09-25 18:24

The UK Office of Fair Trading on Thursday revealed its decision not to investigate the distribution of newspaper and magazines, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

The decision was based on the consumer benefits of industry self-assessment of its distribution agreements under the competition guidance of the OFT as well as a number of changes in the distribution sector.

These include the entry of a number of publishers in to new distribution contracts and the exit of Dawson News, the industry's third largest wholesaler. Media Week reported today, an OFT statement, that said it, "has considered the impact of this tender round, among other issues raised in its consultation, and believes there remains a reasonable prospect of further market changes which could benefit consumers." The OFT decided that these market conditions are likely to continue to benefit consumers. However the decision has not completely cleared the sector of competition malpractice, as it found that there are still reasonable grounds to believe some aspects of newspaper and magazine distribution restrict or distort competition and the OFT did not rule out a later review of the sector, within the next two years.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-09-24 19:39

Journal Sentinel Inc. has made a three-year agreement with the Chicago-based Sun-Times Media Group to print 39 weeklies published by STMG-owned Pioneer Press, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on Monday.

The STMG has said it will close its Northfield printing plant to cuts costs as it makes its way through bankruptcy proceedings, according to a report Tuesday by The Associated Press. The closure is expected to include 70 jobs cuts. The transition to printing at the Journal Sentinel's Burnham St. plant will not affect readers or advertisers, according to the AP.

"Pioneer Press Publications join other newspapers we serve like the Kenosha News, USA Today, La Raza, and the Chicago Reader," said Elizabeth Brenner, president and chief operating officer of Journal Communications' publishing group.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-09-22 14:35

Independent News and Media has signed two long-term deals with UK newspapers, the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mirror, to print the papers at its plants in Northern Ireland, BBC News reported Tuesday.

The deal, worth £40 million, will mean Northern Ireland will become one of Europe's largest producers of daily newspapers.

A 15-year contract with the Telegraph will see the newspaper printed in its entirety at the IN&M plant in Newry, County Down. The company also extended its contact with the Mirror at its Belfast Telegraph press for an additional seven years, according to the BBC.

The new agreements give the Northern Ireland-based IN&M printing contracts for the entire Mirror and Telegraph portfolios with printing responsibilities for the Sun, News of the World, the Daily Express and Sunday Express, the Daily Star and the London Independent.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-09-15 22:50

News Corp. is launching a global service, which puts its news stories and videos instantly on its entire network, available for any outlet, such as TV, print and online, the Guardian reported.

The wire service, called NewsCore, is described as a "21st-century multi-media information service that will draw on the worldwide news and sports resources within News Corporation and make them available to other News properties everywhere."

"When Sky News reports that Gordon Brown has called an election, everyone in the NWS family can run with it. When TG24 learns that Vesuvius has blown its top again, everyone in NewsCorp will have it. Immediately. And from a source we can trust - us," according to an internal briefing from News Corp., the Guardian reported.

The service will scan all the electronic story queues, satellite feeds and Web sites and make them available to the company's newsrooms staff around the world. It will distribute text, video, audio as well as citizen journalism in real time.

According to the Guardian, NewsCore will be based in New York, and is recruiting journalists for New York City, London and Asia. In the United Kingdom, the operation will be located at BSkyB's headquarters in Osterley.

The date for the project launch has not yet been set.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2009-09-09 21:20

Sony has unveiled its latest e-reader model with a name specifically geared towards newspapers and their readers, the Daily Edition, the New York Times reported on Wednesday. The new edition of the Sony e-reader joins existing products, the Reader Touch and Reader Pocket.

The Daily Edition is due to go on sale next year and is will include an internal 3G modem allowing free wireless capability to purchase and download books, newspapers and magazines. While sitting at the top of the Sony range at $400, the user will not be charged any connection fee.

The Daily Edition can be read in either landscape or portrait, with the portrait view providing around 30 to 35 lines of text, similar to a paperback, the company said.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-09-03 15:13

The Daily News Transcript, serving the Norwood and Dedham communities in Massachusetts, will now serve the areas individually with a new Dedham weekly newspaper and a larger Norwood weekly, the News Transcript announced on its Web site Thursday. Parent company Gatehouse Media said the move will give the communities more thorough and extensive coverage.

The last issue of the Daily News Transcript is set for Friday September 25, from which The Dedham Transcript and the newly titled Norwood Transcript & Bulletin will begin publishing on October 1.
"For the past 36 years, our local staff has worked hard to bring you the best possible local daily newspaper, but we believe it's time to take the paper back to its weekly roots and focus our coverage more deeply on your town," wrote Publisher Greg Reibman.

Richard Daniels, president and chief executive officer of GateHouse Media, New England, said that due to the paper's companion Wicked Local Web sites, focusing on the communities separately in print will enable "even greater depth, and reach far more readers and viewers than ever before."

While the communities will see a physical copy of the newspaper once a week, local news and columns will be updated daily on the respective Web sites.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-08-21 16:24

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