After a selection process involving the submission of sample columns, the St. Catharines Standard has appointed a number of individuals living in Niagara Region to serve on the paper’s community editorial board. The group of individuals, called Niagara Voices, will provide the newspaper with feedback and write columns as a “local voice to issues of the day”.
Ever since the Newport Daily News of Newport, Rhode Island, began charging readers $345 for access to content on its website ($200 more than what readers currently pay for a print subscription), the newspaper has demonstrated success in the circulation department. Fewer subscribers have been calling to cancel home delivery of the paper since the pay wall was erected at NewportDailyNews.com, and newsstand sales have increased by 200 copies a day.
Innovative news provider, Associated Content, has opted to utilize Thomson Reuters’ OpenCalais web service to improve the delivery of targeted advertising on its website. OpenCalais currently aids publishers such as CNET and The Huffington Post in guiding users to articles on their websites by tagging content with technology designed to understand semantics. Using this technology, OpenCalais can identify “people, places, companies and facts” within an article and link them to similar content within a particular website or on other sites.
After a 13 year legal battle, Montreal-based cartoon animator, Claude Robinson, has been awarded $5.2 million after suing the children’s animation firm formerly known as Cinar Corp for plagiarism.
In a recent attempt to save money, Regal Entertainment Group and AMC Entertainment Inc., the top two movie theater chains in the US, have begun to pull movie listings for local theatres from newspapers. Instead, the companies are encouraging consumers to visit their websites, third-party sites, and social networks like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace that can offer listings for free. Such websites also offer the companies extra revenue as they can charge fees to sell advance tickets to movies.
In recent weeks, executives at News Corp., one of the world’s largest newspaper publishers, have been meeting with publishers to discuss the potential formation of a consortium that would charge for the distribution of news online and on mobile devices. Rupert Murdoch, News Corp. CEO hopes to “build significant revenues from the digital delivery.”
The Canadian Community Newspapers Association and the Canadian Newspaper Association are looking for speakers to participate in their annual conference, Ink & Beyond, on May 13 and 14 to be held in Toronto. The CCNA/CNA conference is being held in conjunction with the Ontario Community Newspapers Association. Approximately 300 delegates – publishers, editors, and industry executives from daily and community newspapers across the country – are expected to attend. A trade show and gala dinners have also been planned.
A state of emergency was called in Durham, Ontario after a violent storm in which tornadoes touched down last week, leveling buildings and leaving 70,000 homes without power. Funnel clouds also wrought havoc in Vaughan, Markdale, Collingwood and Newmarket.
Many print publishers have been attempting to boost advertising revenue by using new formats, offering ads at a premium on front pages in the case of newspapers, or distributing promotional material such as DVDs in magazines. Now a fall issue of Time Warner Inc.’s Entertainment Weekly will contain the first-ever video ad to appear in a print magazine.
The Canadian Press will be teaming with a subsidiary of the Australian Associated Press, Pagemasters, to deliver a variety of centralized production services to newspapers in North America. The outsourcing of these services should help those newspapers that have had to cut jobs to better handle the current loss of print advertising.