NEWSCYCLE Solutions launches new mobile flash briefings for Amazon Echo, Tap and Dot 12/13/16

NEWSCYCLE Solutions announces the release of a new mobile software platform that allows media companies to produce flash briefings on Amazon Alexa-powered smart speaker devices. Flash briefings are quick overviews of news updates, breaking stories and other customizable content that Amazon Alexa can read to users.

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Update on overtime rule 12/13/16

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

The Department of Labor has appealed the nationwide preliminary injunction that halted the planned Dec. 1 implementation date of the overtime rule. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit will hear the appeal on an expedited basis. Briefing of the issue will be complete by Jan. 31 – 11 days after the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

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New Media completes the acquisition of Harris Enterprises 12/6/16

New Media Investment Group Inc. has completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Harris Enterprises Inc.

Dirks, Van Essen & Murray, a merger and acquisition firm based in Santa Fe, N.M., represented Harris Enterprises in the sale.

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Three Iowa daily newspapers sell to Cedar Rapids Media Company 12/6/16

Cedar Rapids Media Company has purchased the assets of three Iowa daily newspapers including The Fairfield Ledger, Mount Pleasant News and Washington Evening Journal from the Murray family, according to Managing Director John Cribb of Cribb, Greene & Cope who represented the Murray family in the transaction.

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Two Arkansas newspapers sold 12/6/16

Argent Arkansas News Media has purchased the Forrest City Times-Herald and the Marianna Courier-Index from Weston and Kevin Lewey, according to Randy Cope of Cribb, Greene & Cope, who represented Times-Herald Publishing Company, Inc. in the transaction.

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NEWSCYCLE Solutions delivers new content targeting module in ONSET 2016-4 12/5/16

Latest ONSET release adds new functionality for personalized content recommendations, audience analytics, ad serving and messaging.

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New York newspapers have major legislative success 12/5/16

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

After a more than two-year battle, the New York News Publishers Association (NYNPA) and its members have succeeded in passing legislation to make it much easier to prove the independent contractor status of newspaper carriers under the state's unemployment, workers' compensation, and wage and hour laws.

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AP expands collaboration with Sportradar 12/5/16

The Associated Press and Sportradar have announced an expansion of their collaboration that will enable Sportradar to distribute premium AP products such as breaking news, action photos, player headshots and game recaps across 23 sports to its worldwide client base.

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Can local media find a new home in real estate? 11/29/16

By Steve Gray, vice president of strategy and innovation, Morris Communications

Tired of losing real estate advertising dollars year after year? So are we at Morris Publishing Group.

So a couple of us attended the recent National Association of Realtors convention to see what's hot, and how we might be able to create a new niche for ourselves in the business.

We saw plenty to make us think we can do this.

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Mentoring is a commitment 11/29/16

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

Laura Ray Iwanski says much of her job with Morris Communications markets in Savannah, Ga., and Bluffton, S.C., entails helping traditionally trained print account executives to "embrace and adopt digital" and educate their clients about the benefits. Her NEX GEN mentor, Christian Hendricks, was helpful with that, she said. "We talked a lot about innovation and propelling a team that might not seemingly be ready to move forward."

Read about her NEX GEN experience.

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