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Thu - 21.09.2017


Printing and Production

The Australian was printed for the first time in Tasmania on Monday, Pro Print Australia reported Tuesday. The News Limited-owned paper was produced on a local press in the state for the first time, as the company put its new $32 million printing operation in Hobart's Technopark into action.

Since the newspaper's launch in 1964, the island state has been served by air-freight from Melbourne. The cost savings through local printing will allow News Limited to drop the cover prince from $1.90 to $1.50 and making home delivery much more accessible, The Australian reported Monday.

The Weekend Australian will be produced in Hobart beginning Sept. 5.

"We think this is a great move for readers and should increase circulation," Editor Paul Whittaker said, according to The Australian. "No longer will our readers be subject to the vagaries of the weather, and in particular fog, which often delays the arrival of papers from Melbourne into Launceston and Hobart for many hours.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-08-18 18:11

Journalism Online LLC, the company set on selling its e-commerce engine to newspapers to enable them to more easily charge for online content, announced on Thursday that more than 500 newspapers and magazines have signalled their intent to join the venture, AFP reported Thursday.

Formed in April by three industry executives from differing backgrounds, the company said it has received letters of intent to join the group, from a publisher representing 176 dailies, 330 non-dailies and "leading global news sites."

"The Web sites of these publishers have more than 90 million monthly visitors from around the world," the New York-based company said in a statement.

The company hopes to open the payment platform by the fall. The platform will help the newspapers implement content payment systems through which publications may offer content at self-determined prices. Consumers, meanwhile, will be allowed to create a single account, usable across all newspapers using Journalism Online. The company will provide subscription systems, will market the subscription and will license the content to intermediaries such as search engines.

"Affiliates will select their own approach to offering paid access, based on their respective brands, content and online readership," according to the statement.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-08-14 18:45

The Xi'an Daily printing centre has ordered a new printing press to modernise its pressroom, according to a press release Friday.

The addition of a 4x2 Goss Newsliner press will see the printing capacity expanded to 75,000-copies-per-hour. The new press will also increase the colour capacity of sister newspapers the Xi'an Daily and Xi'an Evening News.

Servicing the Shaanxi province for nearly 60 years the Xi'an papers have seen their circulations more than double to 450,000 copies. The newspapers have been fuelled by advertising and circulation growths due the cultural and tourism development in central China.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-08-14 16:09

Since the fax machine was invented by Scottish inventor and mechanic Alexander Bain in 1843, publishers have been interested in the possibility of alternative forms of delivering their newspapers. Nearly 100 years after Bain received a British patent for his invention, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch conducted the first experiment with home printing. In 1939, it sent its paper to facsimile printers in readers' homes. Similar attempts were made in the 1940s, 50s and later in the 80s, as fax machines become more prevalent in homes and offices.

While experiments with home printing technology applications became mostly obsolete with the advent of the Internet, changes in newspaper printing and delivery is leading newspaper publishers to once again explore alternative methods of printing.

Currently, newspapers, especially in the United States, are looking at cutting printing and delivery costs, leading many to reexamine the number of editions they print and the areas to which they deliver.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-08-05 21:20

Dawson Holdings Plc, newspaper and magazine distributor in the UK, has sold assets to its competitors, Reuters reported.

Smiths News Plc and John Menzies announced it had invested 1.5 million pounds and 0.5 million pounds on Dawson's assets, respectively.

The two companies have earned several newspaper distribution contracts from Dawson recently, which results in the end of Dawson's news operations. The contracts will be effective immediately, according to the companies.

According to Smiths, its sales would increase about 250 million pounds in the year to August 2010 as a result. However its costs would be higher than usual in this short timeframe.

About 1,800 employees at Dawson will transfer to Smiths, Reuters reported.

Dawson said in a separate statement that its two subsidiaries comprising its news distribution business, Surridge Dawson Ltd and Solent SD Ltd, had been integrated into administration.

The company's remaining units supply business including newspapers, magazines to airlines, providing marketing services and distribute books to academic institutions.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2009-08-03 18:19

The Edmonton Sun announced to readers that it would be "taking a bit off the top" of their print edition, reducing the paper's size by an inch, the Edmonton Sun reported.

The paper justified the change in its announcement, pointing out that the reduced size would save 5.8 million pounds of paper, and called the modification "great for the environment and, in today's tough economy, a necessary reduction in newspaper production expenses."

Publisher and CEO of the Sun Gordon Norrie said that while the format of the paper would be changing, the content would remain the same and continue to be delivered "in the same informative and engaging manner."

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-07-27 11:58

The University of Oregon was awarded a $364,000 grant to make state newspapers from 1860 to 1922 digitally available, The Associated Press reported on Monday.

The donation from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress will allow the Oregon Digital Newspaper project to provide greatly increased access to the initial reaction to influential historic events. Digital searches will allow researchers to cut down on time spent reading micro-film.

The Chronicling America Web site, last month reached one million historic newspaper pages posted online.

Project archivists hope to eventually reach 20 million pages.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-07-20 18:11

More than 50 Venezuelan newspapers are facing a possible halt in production due to lacking funds needed to import paper, The Canadian Press reported.

The National Union of Press Workers are accusing the government of failing to provide funds in dollars required to pay debts to newsprint importers, saying the delay is resulting in newspapers that are "on the brink of ceasing operations due to the lack of paper."

President Hugo Chavez already antagonised his country's media when his government announced plans to revoke 240 radio licenses and cut back the number of stations per radio network to just three.

Since 2003, the government as enforced currency controls that require importers to "apply to a government currency," which has caused government delays in changing dollars at the official rate, 2.15 bolivars to the dollar, according to the CP. Newspapers are currently using small reserves of paper.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-07-17 16:00

Two newspapers in upstate New York have eliminated one day each from their daily production schedules, Editor & Publisher reported Wednesdy.

The Tonawanda News and The Journal-Register of Medina, have dropped one day from their publishing schedules.

The News dropped its Monday edition on July 6th and now publishes Tuesday through Saturday. The Journal-Register has stopped its Tuesday paper and now publishes four days a week - Monday and Wednesday through Friday.

Both papers are published by Greater Niagara Newspapers, a division of Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. who also owns owns two other papers in the region -- the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal and the Niagara Gazette.

"I can't speak for the Tonawanda newspaper, but we just felt [cutting back one edition] was the correct action for our organization to take from a financial standpoint," Diane Crowe, publisher of The Journal-Register said.

Six-day publication at the Lockport and Niagara papers will remain. Sunday editions at regional papers in the Tonawanda, Lockport, and Niagara will also be unaffected.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-07-16 16:40

The Iowa City Press Citizen will outsource its printing to Color Web Printers in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and will be distributed by Gazette Communications, The Gazette reported Wednesday

"This arrangement is a positive one for both organisations - and the Corridor in general," said Dan Brown, who was named general manager of the Press-Citizen on Wednesday. "It is a working relationship and investment in another prominent Corridor business and allows the Press-Citizen to focus on what it does best - serve the news and information needs of our community and provide effective advertising solutions for local businesses."

The Gazette also prints the Daily Iowan and the Waterloo Courier. Gannett Co., Inc. owns both The Gazette and Iowa City Press Citizen.

Outsourcing printing and distribution will save money and allow for later deadlines, according to Susan Patterson-Plank, a Register vice president and former general manager in Iowa City.

The current tentative arrangement is set to start the printing move on August 4 and the distribution change on August 31.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-07-13 17:32

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