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Tomorrow is the thirtieth birthday of USA Today. The country’s second most widely read newspaper is celebrating by presenting a bold new face to the world, in print and across all digital platforms. This is the first time the paper has been significantly redesigned in its three decades of existence, and commentators are divided. Some view it as a desperate move to escape an inevitable spiral toward a Kodak-like fate, while others welcome a new shake-up by the American newspaper industry’s original change artist.

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Emma Knight

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2012-09-14 18:21

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As 2012 draws ever nearer, speculation about the future of news in the next 12 months is rife. While changes in the year ahead are certain, newspapers haven't stopped innovating simply because the festive season is upon them.

The Sunday Times is preparing a Christmas day edition, the first in the paper's 190 year history, to be released on digital platforms, specifically the iPad and Android tablets. The edition will include interactive elements, such as quizzes and 'rub and reveal' pictures, and will be sponsored by retailer John Lewis so it can be given away as a free download.

The Sunday Times is not the only paper that is investing in digital strategies this Christmas time. Gannett has just purchased a raft of new equipment to enable its journalists to produce multimedia content with greater ease and speed. 'Thousands' of new iPhones and iPads have been bought by the company to equip journalists in making multimedia content and to facilitate news gathering.

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Katherine Travers

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2011-12-22 19:31

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The Cincinnati Enquirer and The Kentucky Enquirer are to switch to a smaller printed format, announced Gannett.

According to Poynter, the task of printing of the new format will be given to Columbus Dispatch.

In its press release, Gannett stated that that the new format would "provide convenience for consumers" and "new opportunities for advertisers", as the smaller format will contain the same amount of news content with a larger number of pages, allowing for better display of both content and advertising material.

Other papers have had success with the smaller format, including several British dailies such as i as well as The Times and Sunday Times. Will Gannett reap the advantages of a more compact printed edition?

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Katherine Travers

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2011-08-18 17:10

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Ongo, a new digital personal news service backed with $12 million from Gannett, The New York Times Co and The Washington Post Co has just launched, with an aim of "redefining the way you read, discover and share the news." It is essentially an aggregator, but one that allows users to read full articles within its platform.

Accessible from web browsers on computers, smart phones or tablets, the basic package starts at $6.99 a month. It has submitted an app to Apple for the iPad, the Washington Post said, but this has not yet appeared.

This basic package includes access to Associated Press coverage, all original Washington Post content from The Washington Post print edition, all content from USA Today, New York Times Picks, and selected content from the Financial Times. Subscribers can select one other title to add to their subscription from those available, and additional titles from 99 cents a month, up to $14.99 for the full edition of The Boston Globe, or $9.99 for the full edition of The Guardian. Other publications include The Miami Herald, The Kansas City Star, The Sacremento Bee, or Slate. Some papers provide all their content; some only a selection.

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Emma Goodman

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2011-01-25 19:07

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U.S. publishers Gannett Company Inc., The New York Times Co. and The Washington Post Co. have invested US$12 million in a start-up company called Ongo, which is developing a news aggregation website that will draw content from major publishers, The Wall Street Journal revealed today.

"We are building Ongo to reflect the many ways consumers prefer to read, organize and share digital news," Ongo's founder and chief executive officer Alex Kazim stated in a press release. The service is expected to go online by the end of the year.

For more on this story please see our sister publication: www.sfnblog.com

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Stefanie Chernow

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2010-09-30 12:28

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Gannett announced yesterday that its HighSchoolSports.net site will be going hyper-local. The website is planned to launch 100 local websites in addition to a national high school sports pages on USATODAY.com. Gannett expects that this hyper-local move will reach about 9.4 million people per month.

Peter Lundquist, vice president and general manager of Gannet High School Sports stated "HighSchoolSports.net is a strong brand in the high-school athlete community. We are combining the news gathering assets of our newspapers and television stations with the technology and school relationships of HighSchoolSports.net to create the best possible experience for users and advertisers." Lundquist hopes that by incorporating high school sports on a microlevel, national marketers will be more likely to use the website to reach the 12 to 17 year-old demographic.

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Stefanie Chernow

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2010-08-19 17:59

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Community news blog Freehold InJersey has launched a coffeeshop newsroom in the centre of the town, to provide a place where the public can meet with journalists to talk about story ideas and the community issues that matter to them. FinJ is run by the Ashbury Park Press and Gannett, and the new newsroom has been opened in conjunction with Zebu Forno Café.

Freehold InJersey is one of several InJersey sites that aim to provide hyperlocal news about specific New Jersey communities, run by writers and editors from teams at Gannett's newspapers in the area. The sites invite readers to propose things they want fixed around the town, for example.

There is a dedicated FinJ computer workstation in the Zebu café where "the staff of Freehold InJersey will conduct interviews, work on stories, and produce multimedia content for this groundbreaking website," according to the site. A desktop computer is available to members of community, to post stories or for personal use.

"At FinJ, we hope that having a 'newsroom' in the center of town will encourage folks to drop by, talk to the staff, and participate in a community conversation. It 's our hope that the newsroom will allow Freehold to get to know us, and help us get to know the people we're serving," wrote Colleen Curry, FinJ editor, in a blog post on the site.

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Emma Goodman

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2010-06-30 18:01

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Three US newspapers are set to introduce paywalls to their websites later this week, reports journalism.co.uk. The newspapers, The Tallahassee Democrat in Florida, the Spectrum in Utah, and Greenville News in South Carolina, will introduce a range of subscription packages on July 1st. Gannett owns all three of the newspapers and the paywalls are reportedly part of the company's subscription trials.

On the Greenville News site, publisher Steven R. Brandt and executive editor John S. Pittman explain "content, regardless of the platform, was never 'free.' This new model will require web users to pay for online content, either by selecting one of the subscription offers above, or purchasing a day pass to the GreenvilleOnline.com website. The difference is that now everyone will be paying for it, not just those who bought the print edition."

However, not everyone is confident in the success of the impending paywalls. Ted Power, vice president of Gannett West Group, "said he was not certain the paywall experiment would succeed," reports journalism.uk.co. However, Utah's Spectrum may have a slight advantage over other paywall blocked news sources. The Spectrum, being isolated from competition from television stations and other local newspapers, may be able to most successfully attract an audience willing to pay for online access.

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Carole Wurzelbacher

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2010-06-30 13:53

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USA Today president and publisher Dave Hunke, recently announced they would be reorganizing the paper, reports Gannett Blog. Most shockingly for the publication's staff, the reorganization will include layoffs. USA Today, which in April reported a 13.6 percent decrease in circulation over six months, has been under increasing pressure to revive their newspaper sales. Moreover, Today's advertising revenue fell 11 percent during the first quarter, while the overall decline amongst Gannett's (owner of USA Today) other papers was 8 percent.

Hunke announced the upcoming restructuring and layoffs at a staff meeting last week, however he did not include a timetable or details about the upcoming changes. One anonymous commentator on Gannett's blog expressed frustration over the manner in which Hunke shared the news, saying "either Hunke buried the lede or he has so little regard for us that he just plumb forgot to mention the fact that some of us are going to be laid off, and soon." Hunke reportedly waited until the post-meeting Q&A session to share the news about the layoffs.

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Carole Wurzelbacher

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2010-06-23 12:35

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USA TODAY is teaming up with Puerto Rico's El Nuevo Dí­a to launch a USA TODAY Puerto Rico Edition. The newspaper will be produced and written by El Nuevo Dí­a journalists and will start publishing on Monday, February 22, 2010, according to a company press release.

In addition to the News, Money, Sports and Life sections, the Puerto Rico edition will include two pages that will offer a unique perspective of the local events in the area, like politics, economy, society, sports, entertainment, and the Puerto Rican tourism experience. The newspaper will print from Monday through Friday and will be available in hotels and in the metropolitan area of Puerto Rico.

"This alliance with El Nuevo Dí­a is an important step towards our journalistic mission to serve as the main information media for the traveler and the tourist. We are confident that this initiative is only the beginning of a rewarding working relationship which combines the solid credibility and the excellence in performance of both companies. It also allows us to expand our business areas in a competitive market and help promote economic activity," said David L. Hunke, president and publisher of USA TODAY.

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2010-02-19 17:10

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