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  • Stock market darling New Media Investment keeps growing, books small profit

    Acquisitive New Media Investment Group reported its fourth quarter results today and tallied the score on $538 million spent buying newspapers over the last year and a half.

    The company’s business plan calls for $1 billion in acquisitions over three years, so more of the same is on the way.

    New Media also increased its quarterly dividend which yields investors 4 to 5 percent annually. And the company’s shares were up more 6 percent for the day and nearly 50 percent in the last six months.

    Besides offering the generous dividend, New Media targets smaller papers that have been less affected by digital competition than metros.  After the acquisition of Stephens Media, announced a week ago, is completed in March, the largest circulation titles in its roster of 125 dailies will be the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Providence Journal. Read more

  • This newsroom-themed hotel is a dream or a nightmare, depending on how much you like work
    The Press Herald building.

    The Press Herald building.

    Boston.com | Portland Press Herald

    Overworked journalists who sleep in their newsrooms will feel right at home come April.

    The Press Hotel, a “lifestyle boutique” inn opening its doors in two months, is a newspaper-themed getaway situated in the former offices of the Portland Press Herald, Madeline Bilis writes for Boston Magazine.

    The newsy accommodations include “an art gallery, featuring an installation of antique typewriters, a vintage cocktail bar aptly named “The Inkwell,” rooms inspired by 1920s writers’ offices, and a letterpress art sculpture hanging on the wall behind the front desk.”

    Journalists will also be at home — or perhaps at work — in the guest rooms, which are furnished with a writing desk, a chair stamped with the phrase “the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog” and a newspaper rack. Read more

  • KNXV was all over the llamas on the loose story

    If you watched Twitter Thursday afternoon, you know the story of the llamas that were loose in Phoenix pretty much took over. Like other media outlets in the area, KNXV live-tweeted the whole thing. It started this afternoon. They kept us updated. Here are some of the station’s tweets:

    LLAMA WATCH: Llamas on the loose in Sun City. Watch LIVE: http://t.co/uBj4kyhViJ #abc15 pic.twitter.com/ibi5RStnVi

    — ABC15 Arizona (@abc15) February 26, 2015

    CAPTION THIS: It appears the llamas are now talking with MCSO officials… http://t.co/wsQoRGGcfI pic.twitter.com/w1lZdQuo24

    — ABC15 Arizona (@abc15) February 26, 2015

    LLAMA WATCH: The chase is still on! Llamas on the loose in Phoenix. WATCH LIVE: http://t.co/wsQoRGGcfI #abc15 pic.twitter.com/lgtl0QnXI3

    — ABC15 Arizona (@abc15) February 26, 2015

    LLAMA WATCH: A man in a truck just tried to stop the llamas.

    Read more
Michael J. Connor, recipient of the Bliven-Ganley-Rossi Career Achievement award

Editors note: We are posting articles about the special club award winners honored May 5 at the annual SPC Awards dinner.

By Mike McAndrew

Michael J. Connor speaks with a fiery passion about the importance of watchdog journalism and the public’s thirst for local news.

But economic realities pinching all of Syracuse’s media organizations means there’s fewer boots on the ground and the city’s news is being covered less thoroughly now than 10 or 20 years ago, The Post-Standard’s executive editor said.

  “I can remember a time when all or most of the three network affiliates in broadcast TV had court reporters and municipal reporters. There was pretty fierce competition in government and institutional coverage. That’s gone away. Radio reporting is almost nonexistent,” he said. “There’s less competition. There’s just fewer reporters (in Syracuse) than there were at one time. That can’t help but reduce the amount of basic reporting and contextual reporting made available to residents of the area.”

 “If fewer institutions are being covered on a regular basis because you have a smaller total reporting staff in the community, at some point readers are missing something,” he said.
 Connor — who is being awarded the Gus Bliven-Joe Ganley-Mario Rossi Career Achievement Award by the Syracuse Press Club — has spent his entire 36-year journalism career at The Post-Standard.
 While a student at Cornell University, he decided to pursue a newspaper career after being inspired by a speech by investigative reporter Seymour Hersh.

 Connor started out in 1976 as a bureau reporter based in Oneida. After working in a series of reporting and editing positions, he became the paper’s managing editor in 1983.
 Under Connor’s leadership, The Post-Standard in 1993 was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist for explanatory journalism for a series of stories about poor medical care provided to inmates in state prisons. The prison series remains among Connor’s favorite stories published by the newspaper.

 That same year, Connor was named executive editor of The Post-Standard. When the morning paper merged in 1997 with The Herald-Journal, Connor became executive editor of the combined news operation.
 These days, the 59-year editor is overseeing the transformation of The Post-Standard from a newspaper into a news organization that delivers stories, photos, video and audio recordings to readers via the newspaper, syracuse.com, Twitter, Facebook and other social media outlets.

 “The Post-Standard is the best-read newspaper in America. Syracuse.com is one of the strongest newspaper websites in America. Why? Because of Mike Connor,” said Stephen A. Rogers, editor and publisher of The Post-Standard. “He built a great staff and pushed it to the top.”

 Connor has two sons, Jeff, 25, who is a musician, and Adam, 21, who graduates this month from the University of Vermont.

 Outside of the job, Connor spends his time biking 10 to 15 miles per day before work. On weekends, he sometimes takes 40-mile rides around Skaneateles Lake.

 He also volunteers Thursday nights at Matthew House, serving terminally-ill people at a hospice residence in Auburn.

 “It’s an extraordinary place of great peace, for families and individuals preparing for that transition, that next phase. It’s about as caring and loving a place as you can imagine,” he said.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 13 May 2012 02:03 )
 

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When Lois Vosburgh joined the staff of the Herald-Journal, she expected to be there only two weeks. She came in response to an editor's call to help in the Woman's Department, which had just lost two reporters.

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