NAA Roundup

Member Announcements:

Gannett launches branded content studio for USA Today Network (USA TODAY)
The new branded content studio, GET Creative, will work with advertisers on original stories (including virtual reality) that can be promoted across the entire network, providing real-time data on response and engagement.

Tribune Publishing sharing Wrapports digital content (Crain’s Chicago Business)
Tribune Publishing and Wrapports, parent of the Chicago Sun-Times, have created a new digital initiative for a content-sharing arrangement covering sports, entertainment and politics. McClatchy Co. is also part of the venture.

The New York Times is launching a television website, expanding Well (New York Times)
The publisher is launching a new entertainment website and expanding its health section Well. It also announced Watching, a new vertical focused on helping readers sort through the mountains of video content released on streaming services and cable.

Staff Announcements:

Associated Press Washington Bureau: Magan Crane has been named digital presentation manager for the AP Washington bureau.

Hearst Connecticut Media Group: Paul Barbetta has been named group publisher and president of Hearst Connecticut Media Group.

NAA Announcements:

NAA CEO David Chavern Has a Message for you about Why You Should Attend NAA mediaXchange 2016! In a new video message posted to NAA’s YouTube channel, Chavern shares new information about the upcoming NAA mediaXchange 2016 conference, who’s going to be there any why you should be there, too!

Deadline extended to Submit Nominations for NAA’s Top 30 Under 30 Awards at NAA mediaXchange 2016!: The deadline to nominate an outstanding young news media professional for NAA’s “Top 30 Under 30” Awards has been extended to March 18th! These young professionals are leading the transformation of the news industry. Winners will be recognized at NAA mediaXchange, April 17-20 in Washington, DC. Submit your nominations today! To nominate yourself or a colleague, click here.

What We’re Reading:

Experience Mars with The Washington Post’s Virtual Reality (The Washington Post)
In partnership with the University of Texas at Austin, The Post has built a virtual environment that will take users to Mars and allow them to navigate the landscape with or without VR equipment.

Successful at tech, Ferro sets out to save Tribune Publishing, journalism industry (Chicago Tribune)
Michael Ferro’s strategy for the organization includes keeping the newspaper chain intact, focusing on “great content” and using data to build audience and monetize it more efficiently.

F.C.C. Proposes Privacy Rules for Internet Providers (The New York Times)
Federal regulators have proposed new privacy rules that would require Internet service providers to obtain consent from consumers before sharing their data with advertisers.

A plan for a new statewide paper has some observers asking: “Is this for real?” (Columbia Journalism Review)
The new North State Journal, North Carolina’s only statewide newspaper, debuted two weeks ago and has made a significant bet on the value of the print industry.

What We’re Tweeting:

@NAAupdates: How a seven-person community newspaper reached 20,000 Facebook followers | GateHouse Newsroom – 

@NAACEO: NAA CEO: Why you should attend NAA mediaXchange 2016  via @YouTube

NAA Roundup is a weekly blog post featuring NAA member announcements and staff changes; NAA announcements; what’s on our reading list this week; and what’s hot on social media.

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