Now in the News: Gannett Ran Pro-Jcpa Ads In All Its Markets

July 29, 2022

Gannett Ran Pro-Jcpa Ads In All Its Markets

Gannett was fast out of the gate in running an ad campaign to support passage of the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA): The company ran the ads in digital and print in all its markets on Tuesday, a spokesman says.

Including Gannett’s, there were 150+ participating papers, reaching 7.8 million readers, according to the Media Alliance, the nonprofit group seeking to have the bill passed. They resulted in 2,000+ emails and phone calls to relevant offices on Capitol Hill.

The act would allow news publishers and broadcasters to “band together to negotiate with digital platforms on the terms on which their news content can be accessed,” according to Sen Amy Klobochar’s website. Publishers see it as a boost to their ability to compete with Facebook and Google.

Papers owned by Gannett ran the ads on their front pages, and many wrote editorials. However, the New Jersey Globe noted that Gannett recently told its papers to reduce opinion journalism.

Everett Herald Journalists Launch Effort To Unionize

Newsroom employees at The Daily Herald announced Tuesday their intent to form a union to bargain collectively on wages, benefits and working conditions at the 121-year-old newspaper.

Eligible reporters, editors, photographers, page designers and web producers asked Sound Publishing Inc., owner of The Herald, to voluntarily recognize the Everett NewsGuild as their union. “We’re trying to lay the groundwork for our current and future journalists to have not just a fulfilling career, but the ability to stay and invest in the community,” said Isabella Breda, a local government reporter.

Josh O’Connor, president of Sound Publishing and co-chief executive officer of Black Press, parent company of Sound Publishing, said company officials received the petition Tuesday morning and would respond by the end of the week.

Workers are seeking recognition of a bargaining unit of 23 journalists in non-managerial positions, including reporters, photographers, page designers and web producers. About 95% of them had signed authorization cards, according to a press release.

The Future Of The Daily Newspaper

Phillip Reid and his wife Jeanne Ann publish 10 printed newspapers across Oklahoma and operate two printing plants in the state. When a transportation crunch left them with just a few remaining rolls of newsprint, it spelled big trouble.

As Phillip Reid observed, “How do you have a newspaper with no paper?”

Actually, some of the Reids’ fellow publishers have a ready answer to that question, and it doesn’t involve driving trucks to paper mills and laying plans for a trucking operation, as the Reids ultimately did to ensure their supplies.

Across the country, rising costs and shrinking demand for printed publications have changed the very definition of “daily” newspapers. Publishers from coast to coast – at weeklies as well as dailies – are reducing the days of the week they print, filling the gaps with e-editions and around-the-clock online access.

The once-routine, seven-day-a-week print run is disappearing, with 42 of the largest 100 newspapers now delivering a print edition six or fewer times a week. Eleven of those largest dailies publish in printed form only one or two times a week.

iPublish Media Solutions partners with The Gleaner Company to power classifieds and marketplace throughout the Caribbean

iPublish Media Solutions and The Gleaner Company announce a partnership to provide newspapers throughout the Caribbean with a self-service classified solution and digital marketplace.

The white-label platform streamlines the order-taking, design, fulfillment, display and payment for print and digital classified advertisements. Customers and media company sales representatives both may utilize AdPortal’s self-service workflow.

“When The Gleaner Company (Media) Limited, as part of its digital first strategy, needed a cutting-edge solution for its self-serve classified advertising customers, iPublish delivered. Their support team worked closely with our team to learn about our company, understand our pain points and then presented us with several options to address our needs. Shortly after launching the new platform, we recorded an increase in transaction activity and are now confidently channeling our customers to take advantage of the convenience the platform offers. We are happy to recommend iPublish to other companies looking to enhance their customer facing media solutions in this ever-changing market,” said Sandra Clue, manager of advertising and commercial services for The Gleaner Company (Media) Ltd.

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