New study finds Google receives an estimated $4.7 billion in revenue from news publishers' content 6/11/19

The News Media Alliance has published findings from a new study that analyzes how Google uses and benefits from news. Among the major findings of the study is that news is a key source on which Google has increasingly relied to drive consumer engagement with its products. The amount of news in Google search results ranges from 16 to 40 percent, and the platform received an estimated $4.7 billion in revenue in 2018 from crawling and scraping news publishers' content – without paying the publishers for that use.

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Rural teens seek (but rarely find) themselves in local news coverage 6/11/19

There is a heightened interest in what goes on in the heads and hearts of modern teenagers – dubbed "Generation Z" (Gen Z) – particularly by legacy media. But teenagers from rural communities, especially in the Midwest, are not often factored into mainstream Gen Z coverage. This can be attributed to a number of factors, such as living in a news desert, living in the middle of the country, and-or unpredictable Wi-Fi access that hampers engagement with news and information sources.

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TownNews and Stringr partner to provide video content for local news outlets 6/11/19

TownNews and Stringr have announced a strategic partnership that will enable clients using TownNews' content management systems to easily expand their video inventories with high-resolution pre-packaged videos from Stringr's vast video marketplace.

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A revenue reminder to start the summer 6/11/19

By Ebony Reed, director of innovation and the RJI Futures Lab

This summer, the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute's Innovation in Focus web series will take a look at the startup and growing pains of a handful of news organizations' new efforts to raise revenue. Those efforts range from membership models and retooling ownership to new ventures and crowdfunding efforts. The Innovation in Focus summer revenue series starts later this month.

Before we launch into best practices, challenges and takeaways from these organizations in the coming weeks, it seems like now would be a good time to set the table to review some of the more standard revenue models that are already part of many organizations' multi-revenue stream portfolio.

These standard models in journalism are part of eight common revenue models, often taught in university business schools as ways to generate revenue. Paying attention to how they work, separately and together, has become an important skill for journalism as the industry continues to retool, redesign and seek ways to grow revenue strategies.

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Brainworks CircSmart's self-service portals helps customers streamline workflow with multiple locations 6/11/19

Brainworks Software customer EO Media Group is a family-owned group of newspapers, websites and other communication entities based in Oregon and Washington. With over 11 newspapers and 25 active users of Brainworks CircSmart, EO Media was looking for a solution to streamline workflow between multiple users in several offices.

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Editor & Publisher now accepting entries for the 2019 EPPY Awards 6/4/19

Editor & Publisher Magazine has announced its call for entries for the 2019 EPPYTM Awards, honoring the best in digital media. Now in its 24th year, this international contest has broadened its scope to keep up with the ever-changing internet industry.

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How's your printing? 6/4/19

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

Judging newspaper print quality isn't a subjective undertaking but a matter of determining how well a paper meets a set of industry standards, according to Kevin Conner, quality assurance manager for The Washington Post.

"The key always rests on ink density and color registration. Those are the key components," he said.

Contest entrants with SNPA's annual Print Quality Contest are evaluated on how closely they meet the standards of SNAP, Specifications for Newsprint Advertising Production. These can be measured objectively with tools such as a densitometer for ink density.

Conner has chaired the SNPA contest for 15 years. Conner said SNAP standards not only make for a fair and objective contest, they offer individual publishers a way to judge for themselves how well their printers are doing the job.

A state-of-the-art printing press certainly helps, but the skills needed to make any press perform are paramount.

"No 1, know how to set ink and water balance correctly," Conner said. "No. 2, color registration: Be able to keep all the color pages in perfect register.

"And then, something that's kind of an intangible but extremely important: You need to have a press that's well maintained. These are the factors that are behind good printing. You have a workforce of highly skilled press operators who know their jobs inside and out."

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Bliss Communications to sell newspapers and radio stations 6/4/19

Bliss Communications has announced that it intends to sell its newspapers to Adams Publishing Group (APG) and its radio stations to Ben Thompson, CEO of Big Radio.

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Health and science chapter debuts in 2019 AP Stylebook 6/3/19

The Associated Press has released the 2019 edition of The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law, which includes more than 200 new or revised entries and a new chapter on health and science journalism.

The 2019 Stylebook includes entries that are new and comprises additions and changes made throughout the year on AP Stylebook Online, such as new and expanded guidance on race-related terms announced in March.

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Paxton Media Group purchases Tennessee daily 6/3/19

Paxton Media Group has purchased the Lebanon Democrat, a daily newspaper in Lebanon, Tenn., along with weekly newspapers in Mt. Juliet and Hartsville, Tenn., according to Randy Cope of Cribb, Greene & Cope who represented Sandusky Newspapers Inc. in the sale.

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