NAA Roundup

Member Announcements:

Google, Twitter and Associated Press partner to create political tracking tool in time for Super Tuesday (Re/code)
The online tracking tool, AP Election Buzz, uses information gleaned from political terms searched on Google and campaign-related conversations on Twitter to provide a snapshot of the race. AP plans to embed the graphics as part of its ongoing election coverage.

Calkins Media, Comcast partner to make local video available on demand (The Intelligencer)
The first-of-its-kind partnership will allow Xfinity TV customers in the Philadelphia market to watch nearly a dozen daily and weekly programs on local high school sports, food, entertainment and pet care, as well as daily local news reports produced by Calkins newspapers, through Xfinity On Demand.

Picture of the Year Awards (The New York Times)
The Times garnered Picture of the Year awards from the photo, video and graphics desks, with Todd Heisler winning second place for newspaper photographer of the year and Jonah Kessel earning third place as multimedia photographer of the year.

Staff Announcements:

Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc.: Wanda Moeller has been appointed publisher/editor of the Ottumwa Courier.

Cox Media Group: Amy Glennon has been named the new publisher of Cox’s vertical businesses.
Mike Joseph will become publisher of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, while Brian Cooper will become  general manager.

Los Angeles Times: Davan Maharej will expand his editor-in-chief role to include publisher and will oversee the launch of

Tribune Publishing: Bob Dold has been named publisher of the Chicago Tribune in addition to his role as editor-in-chief.

Tony Hunter has been promoted to president of national revenue and strategic initiatives at Tribune Publishing.

Tim Ryan has been promoted to president of publishing.
Washington Post: Joe Scarborough will be a regular contributor to The Post’s Opinions section during the 2016 presidential race.

NAA Announcements:

Nomination deadline nears for “Top 30 Under 30” awards program at NAA mediaXchange 2016: The program provides an opportunity to showcase the energy, innovation and vitality of the news media industry – and its rising stars. Entries for the program will be accepted through Friday, March 11, 2016. Winners will be recognized at NAA mediaXchange 2016, taking place April 17-20, 2016 in Washington, DC. To nominate yourself or a colleague, click here.

NAA President and CEO David Chavern addresses Donald Trump: In response to Donald Trump’s plans to “open up our libel laws” to more conveniently sue media outlets “and win lots of money,” David Chavern released a statement emphasizing the nation’s current libel laws – and newspapers’ long history of responsibly speaking truth in the face of great power.

NAA Announces Winners of 3rd Annual Accelerator Pitch Program: NAA announced on Tuesday the seven winning media startups that will participate in the Accelerator Pitch Program at NAA mediaXchange 2016. To view the full list of winners, click here.

What We’re Reading:

The Washington Post is embracing vertical video (Digiday)
Vertical video is a small but increasingly core part of The Washington Post’s video operation, as the publication emphasizes its platform-specific explainer videos and mobile video documentaries.

Fact: The print newspaper’s still quite alive (Media Life Magazine)
New research from Nielsen finds that more than half of newspapers’ audience is exclusively in print, even as the mobile audience continues to soar.

ANA Teams with AAM to Help Marketers Tackle Key Digital Advertising Issues (Alliance for Audited Media)
The Association of National Advertisers has formed a strategic agreement with the Alliance for Audited Media designed to help its advertiser members address issues associated with digital advertising, such as ad fraud, malware, piracy, and blocked ads.

Who are the 128 winners of Google’s Digital News Initiative funding? People are digging to find out (Nieman Lab)
While Google hasn’t yet released the list of winners, journalists have developed their own lists of likely candidates, including the millennial-targeted mobile news project NewsGenie and a children’s news service.

What We’re Tweeting:

@NAAupdates: With TicketSauce, Newspapers Earn Revenue From Event Ticketing –  @TicketSauce #NAAMXC

@NAACEO: NAA mediaXchange Heads to Washington D.C. April 17-20 – Editor & Publisher –

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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