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Grupo Na­cion launches app with PageSuite

Costa Ri­can me­dia brand Grupo Na­cion has part­nered with PageSuite to de­liver five news­pa­per and mag­a­zine ti­tles in one PDF-driven con­tainer app. This al­lows read­ers to en­gage with Grupo Na­cion’s news­pa­pers and mag­a­zines in one spot.

The app is avail­able for down­load for iOS and An­droid users and fea­tures PageSuite’s ar­ti­cle pop-out fea­ture. “This brand-new so­lu­tion is a key part of our over­all strat­egy to de­liver our con­tent through top of the line ex­pe­ri­ences. We are sure our read­ers will en­joy all the new fea­tures and en­hance­ments we will be rolling out from this new part­ner­ship with PageSuite," said Pe­dro Abreu, gen­eral man­ager of Grupo Na­cion.

Grupo Na­cion's top ti­tles are La Na­cion, the largest Costa Ri­can daily, La Teja, El Fi­nanciero, Per­fil and Sa­bores.

NYT puts out one-off kids sec­tion

The New York Times put out a spe­cial print-only kids sec­tion Sun­day, May 14, Nie­man Lab re­ports. Food, sports, art and sci­ence are among top­ics cov­ered in the col­or­ful sec­tion.

www.nie­man­lab.org/2017/05/the-new-york-times-con­tin­ues-to­ex­per­i­ment-with-the-sun­day-pa­per-this-time-with-a-spe­cial-kids­sec­tion/

DIY slime, writ­ing a news­pa­per ar­ti­cle and su­per­heroes are fea­tured in the sto­ries, writ­ten mostly by free­lancers.

For its part, NPR has an­nounced “Wow in the World,” its first-ever kids-fo­cused pod­cast.

The kids sec­tion comes on the heels of two other print-only sec­tions from The Times, one fo­cus­ing on cross­word puz­zles and an­other with an ex­cerpt from Col­son White­head’s novel The Un­der­ground Rail­road.

“As an or­ga­ni­za­tion we do so many amaz­ing things dig­i­tally with things like 360 video and VR and in­ter­ac­tives and an­i­ma­tion. The idea with this was to do some­thing for print that felt equally spe­cial,” Caitlin Roper, spe­cial projects edi­tor at the Times, told Nie­man Lab. trial and dig­i­tal print­ing as well as the group-wide ser­vice ini­tia­tive launched at the be­gin­ning of 2016 are in­creas­ingly pay­ing off. We were able to widen the share of ser­vice busi­ness in group rev­enue from 24% in the pre­vi­ous year to 26% in the first quar­ter of 2017,” said CFO Mathias Dahn in a news re­lease. “We also made good head­way in the pack­ag­ing mar­kets. Our youngest sub­sidiary, KBA-Iber­ica Die Cut­ters, which spe­cial­izes in flatbed die-cut­ters, posted growth in or­der in­take, rev­enue and EBIT,” said CEO Claus Bolza-Schune­mann.

In the sheetfed seg­ment, at €150m ($164 mil­lion), rev­enue fell 3 per­cent short of the pre­vi­ous year’s fig­ure of €154.6m ($169 mil­lion).

Bar­ring any ma­jor dis­rup­tion to in­ter­na­tional busi­ness, “the man­age­ment board ex­pects group rev­enue to grow more dy­nam­i­cally over the fur­ther course of the year, leav­ing a pos­i­tive ef­fect on earn­ings,” the re­lease said.

Pad­dock buys Illi­nois papers

Illi­nois-based Pad­dock Pub­li­ca­tions has pur­chased three news­pa­pers in south­ern Illi­nois, the com­pany an­nounced. www.dailyherald.com/ar­ti­cle/20161217/busi­ness/161219059 The Ar­ling­ton Heights-based me­dia com­pany bought the Car­bon­dale Times, Week­end Times and Nightlife, weekly news­pa­pers with a com­bined dis­tri­bu­tion of 20,000. The deal brings Pad­dock’s to­tal pub­li­ca­tions in the re­gion to 15, and in­cludes Thomas Pub­lish­ing's com­mer­cial print­ing and niche pub­li­ca­tion busi­ness.

The Car­bon­dale-based news­pa­pers “broaden our reach in the re­gion,” said Daily Her­ald Pub­lisher and CEO Dou­glas K. Ray, as Car­bon­dale is the big­gest com­mu­nity in south­ern Illi­nois and home of South­ern Illi­nois Univer­sity. Pad­dock’s Daily Her­ald is the third-largest pa­per in Illi­nois.

“This ac­qui­si­tion is in keep­ing with Pad­dock's strat­egy for growth, which in­cludes the pur­chase of select com­mu­nity news­pa­pers and niche prod­ucts where Pad­dock's brand of com­mu­nity jour­nal­ism and mar­ket­ing in­no­va­tion pro­vide ad­di­tive rev­enues and prof­itabil­ity,” Ray said in a story in the Daily Her­ald. “It also in­cludes grow­ing niches like com­mer­cial print­ing, dig­i­tal sales, strate­gic mar­ket­ing and Town Square Pub­li­ca­tions.”

PressReader, Bell Mo­bil­ity part­ner

Van­cou­ver-based PressReader an­nounced that it is part­ner­ing with Bell Mo­bil­ity to bring more than 6,000 news­pa­pers and mag­a­zines to Bell cus­tomers across Canada.

For $10 (Cana­dian dol­lars) a month, cus­tomers of wire­less provider Bell Mo­bil­ity can add PressReader ac­cess to their monthly mo­bile ac­count.

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“With PressReader now on Canada’s fastest and largest mo­bile net­work, Bell Mo­bil­ity cus­tomers can ac­cess an unmatched range of

lead­ing news­pa­per pub­li­ca­tions from Canada, the U.S.A. and around the world on their mo­bile de­vices,” said Nauby Ja­cob, vice pres­i­dent, Prod­ucts and Ser­vices for Bell Mo­bil­ity.

PressReader has part­ner­ships with pub­lish­ers in­clud­ing the Na­tional Post, Van­cou­ver Sun, Toronto Star, Le Devoir, The Guardian, The Wash­ing­ton Post, Forbes, Hockey News, and Elle, help­ing them con­nect to new au­di­ences. PressReader also has rights to dis­trib­ute news con­tent from main­land China.

Swirl, Ac­cuWeather com­bine weather, in-store mar­ket­ing

Plat­form provider Swirl Net­works and Ac­cuWeather have an­nounced a part­ner­ship that brings real-time weather tar­get­ing to in­door mo­bile lo­ca­tion mar­ket­ing. Retail mar­keters us­ing the Swirl plat­form can now use Ac­cuWeather’s data to cus­tom­ize in-store ex­pe­ri­ences based on a shop­per's lo­cal weather con­di­tions and pre­cise in-store lo­ca­tion.

For ex­am­ple, on days when, a phar­macy can alert in-store shop­pers that al­ler­gen counts are fore­cast to rise and pro­vide of­fers on al­lergy relief prod­ucts to shop­pers in the medicine aisle. With the Swirl plat­form, mar­keters can pre­con­fig­ure cam­paign con­tent based on any com­bi­na­tion of in-store lo­ca­tion and weather con­di­tions, as well as shop­per be­hav­iors in­clud­ing aisle dwell time and fre­quency of store vis­its.

“In part­ner­ship with Swirl, Ac­cuWeather has com­bined out­door weather con­di­tions and in­door lo­ca­tion into a pow­er­ful new con­tex­tual layer for mar­keters. This new ca­pa­bil­ity is poised to take right time and place mar­ket­ing to the next level,” said David Mitchell, vice pres­i­dent of Dig­i­tal Me­dia, Emerg­ing Plat­forms at Ac­cuWeather, in a news re­lease.

Swirl is based in Bos­ton and Ac­cuWeather is head­quar­tered in State Col­lege, Penn­syl­va­nia.

Lo­cal ad­ver­tis­ing in Cal­i­for­nia fore­cast at $18.5 bil­lion

Lo­cal ad­ver­tis­ing across 12 Cal­i­for­nia mar­kets will reach $18.5 bil­lion in 2017, ac­cord­ing to a fore­cast from re­search and con­sult­ing firm BIA/Kelsey. The key ver­ti­cal mar­kets of retail, au­to­mo­tive and gen­eral ser­vices (which in­cludes ser­vices such as le­gal work) will to­gether spend nearly $8 bil­lion di­vided be­tween tra­di­tional me­dia and on­line/dig­i­tal, with mo­bile ad­ver­tis­ing see­ing the most growth. The fastest-grow­ing ver­ti­cal ad cat­e­gory in Cal­i­for­nia is real es­tate, pro­jected to grow by 29 per­cent through 2021.

“Our Cal­i­for­nia fore­cast re­veals that ad­ver­tis­ers still heav­ily trend to tra­di­tional ad­ver­tis­ing choices like di­rect mail and TV, how­ever fu­ture growth fa­vors dig­i­tal ad­ver­tis­ing op­tions,” said Mark Fra­trik, chief econ­o­mist at BIA/Kelsey.

Of the 12 me­dia tracked in the firm's fore­cast, the top five choices for ver­ti­cal ex­pen­di­tures in Cal­i­for­nia for 2017 in­clude di­rect mail ($4.60 bil­lion), TV over-the-air ($2.68 bil­lion), on­line ($2.30 bil­lion), mo­bile ($1.99 bil­lion) and ra­dio over-the-air ($1.58 bil­lion).

Over the next five years, BIA/Kelsey projects lo­cal real es­tate dig­i­tal and tra­di­tional ad spend­ing growth in Cal­i­for­nia to pri­mar­ily grow through the fol­low­ing chan­nels: on­line ($197 mil­lion), mo­bile ($155.6 mil­lion), TV over-the-air ($43.9 mil­lion), out of home ($42 mil­lion), and news­pa­per print ($36.2 mil­lion).

Moody's with­draws rat­ings of Black Press

Last week Moody's In­vestors Ser­vice with­drew the rat­ings of Black Press Ltd. and its sub­sidiaries, Sound Pub­lish­ing Hold­ings Inc. and Black Press Group Ltd., in­clud­ing the B3 cor­po­rate fam­ily rat­ing, B3-PD prob­a­bil­ity of de­fault rat­ing, and B1 rat­ings on the first lien term loans.

Moody's has with­drawn the rat­ings for its own busi­ness rea­sons, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from Moody’s. In­for­ma­tion on Moody's In­vestors Ser­vice's Pol­icy for With­drawal of Credit Rat­ings is avail­able at www.moodys.com

Head­quar­tered in Sur­rey, Bri­tish Columbia, the pri­vately held Black Press pub­lishes more than 170 ti­tles in Canada and the U.S., in­clud­ing the Honolulu Star-Ad­ver­tiser, Akron (Ohio) Bea­con-Jour­nal and San Fran­cisco Examiner daily news­pa­pers. Black Press also op­er­ates Sound Pub­lish­ing, with 49 ti­tles in Wash­ing­ton’s Puget Sound re­gion. The com­pany is ma­jor­ity owned by David H. Black of Vic­to­ria, B.C..

Den­ver Post mov­ing news, ad staff out of down­town

The Den­ver Post is mov­ing its news and ad­ver­tis­ing staff out of down­town Den­ver to Adams County, where the pa­per’s print­ing fa­cil­ity is, West­word re­ported.

www.west­word.com/news/den­ver-post-mov­ing-news­room-outof-den­ver-9046766

The fa­cil­ity is at the in­ter­sec­tion of 58th Av­enue and Wash­ing­ton Street.

Pub­lisher Mac Tully con­firmed the news in a state­ment. The pa­per plans to main­tain an of­fice space down­town.

This move and the clo­sure of The Rocky Moun­tain News in 2009 leave no ma­jor daily pa­per in the city of Den­ver. The Post’s ed­i­to­rial staff has gone from around 300 to around 2100 in re­cent years, West­wood re­ports.

Dig­i­tal First Me­dia owns The Post.

The sub­ject of the move came up in hear­ings in a law­suit The Post has filed against three for­mer em­ploy­ees, in­volv­ing ad­ver­tis­ing trade se­crets.

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