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API awards fellowships to nine industry professionals and journalism educators

August 12, 2010

MISSOURIAN AMONG EDUCATORS SELECTED FOR API AWARDS

RESTON, Va. – The American Press Institute has awarded fellowships to nine industry professionals and journalism educators for its 2010 Fall/Winter seminars.

The fellowships provide seminar tuition, hotel, group meals and some travel. They are intended to offer greater access to API leadership and industry development seminars for journalism educators, future leaders and those from smaller or independently owned newspaper organizations.

The recipients include:

Holly Anderson, magazine and local features editor, Idaho Statesman, Boise, winner of the William L. Winter Fellowship, to attend “8 Steps to Profitable New Products.”

Jason Begay, assistant professor/director of Native American Journalism Projects, The University of Montana School of Journalism, Missoula, winner of the Minority Journalism Educators Fellowship, to attend “Beyond the Newsroom” and “The Next Generation of Media Managers.”

Jodi M. Bell, vice president of revenue development, The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle, winner of the William L. Winter Fellowship, to attend “Maximizing Sales Force Effectiveness.”

Douglas Campbell, professor of Communication Media, Lock Haven (Penn.) University, winner of the James H. Ottaway Fellowship, to attend “Digital Delivery.”

Jackie Kaczmarek, executive editor, The Sentinel in Hanford, Calif., winner of the Malcolm F. Mallette Fellowship, to attend “Digital Delivery.”

Jeramiah Martin, Interactive Sales Manager, Idaho Statesman, Boise, winner of the William L. Winter Fellowship, to attend “The Next Generation of Media Managers.”

John Scott, digital director, The Indianapolis Star/Star Media, winner of the Edmund C. Arnold Fellowship, to attend “Digital Delivery.”

Randall Smith, professor, Donald W. Reynolds Chair of Business Journalism, University of Missouri School of Journalism, Columbia, winner of the James H. Ottaway Fellowship, to attend “New Revenue Models That Work.”

David Trinko, senior content editor of The Lima (Ohio) News, winner of the Malcolm F. Mallette Fellowship, to attend “Beyond the Newsroom.”

To learn more about the fellowships API offers and how to apply please visit: http://www.americanpressinstitute.org/pages/api/seminars/api_fellowships/

About The American Press Institute
The American Press Institute (www.americanpressinstitute.org) is an independent non-profit educational center providing skills-based training and leadership development in the news industry, offering seminars, workshops and custom programs for newspaper professionals and organizations.

API accepting Fellowship applications

July 2, 2010

The American Press Institute is accepting fellowship applications for its Fall/Winter 2010 seminars from newspaper employees and college-level journalism educations from the United States and Canada.

The deadline is Monday, August 2. Complete details  including an online application — are available at:
http://www.americanpressinstitute.org/fellowships

Applicants can select one of the following seminars, five of which will be staged at the Kellogg West Conference Center and Lodge in Pomona, California:

“Beyond the Newsroom”
Sept. 13-14, 2010 (Kellogg West)
“New Revenue Models That Work!”
Sept. 13-14, 2010 (Kellogg West)
“Maximizing Sales Force Effectiveness”
Sept. 15-16, 2010 (Kellogg West)
“The Next Generation of Media Managers”
Sept. 15-16, 2010 (Kellogg West)
“8 Steps to Profitable New Products”
Sept. 17, 2010 (Kellogg West)
“Value Optimized Pricing”
Sept. 20-21, 2010 (API, Reston, Virginia)
“Digital Delivery”
Nov. 8-9, 2010 (API, Reston, Virginia)

API fellowships for newspaper employees include:
The Malcolm F. Mallette Fellowship, which honors a former executive director of API. It provides tuition, hotel, group meals and a small travel stipend for an editor of a newspaper with daily circulation under 50,000.

The William L. Winter Fellowship, which honors a former executive director/president of API. It provides tuition, hotel, group meals and a small travel stipend for a newspaper executive who desires to enhance his/her leadership abilities.

API fellowships for college-level journalism educators include:
The James H. Ottaway Fellowship, which honors the late chairman of Ottaway Newspapers Inc. and member of the API Board of Directors. It covers tuition, hotel, group meals and a small travel stipend.

The Rollan D. Melton Fellowship, which honors the late Reno Gazette-Journal columnist, president of Speidel Newspapers and API Board member. It is open to college-level journalism educators who are members of a recognized minority group, and covers tuition, hotel, group meals and a small travel stipend.

The Minority Journalism Educators Fellowship, which is open to college-level journalism educators who are members of a recognized minority group, and covers tuition, hotel, group meals and a small travel stipend.

Applicants need to e-mail an application, a supporting letter of documentation from their supervisor or academic department chair, and a copy of their resume/curriculum vitae.

Materials should be e-mailed to: fellowships@americanpressinstitute.org.

Most newspapers now actively considering paid access options for Web content

September 14, 2009

Wide variety of approaches being considered

RESTON, Va. — Nearly 60 percent of newspapers are considering initiating paid access for currently open/free news and information Web site content, according to initial results from a new survey on paid content revenue initiatives released today at The American Press Institute’s Newsmedia Economic Action Plan Conference.

The paid content survey, conducted by ITZBelden in partnership with API, was launched in August. Invitations to participate were sent to 1,350 U.S. and 30 Canadian newspapers. The 118 responses in the initial report represent a wide cross section of large, mid-size, small and very small markets.

Among the findings: • 90 percent of the respondent newspapers currently do not charge for content. • Only 3 percent currently have a paid-only site. • Nearly 25 percent expect to implement a paid strategy in the next six months.

The responses paint a picture of an industry that is actively engaged in a conversation about many new directions it can take with monetizing content. When given 15 different options of which pay models to implement, respondents indicated they were seriously considering 11 of them. “Much of the public debate seems to assume that newspapers are going to be charging for subscriptions online after putting their content behind a pay wall, but the internal conversations really go far beyond this,” said ITZ Publishing CEO Greg Swanson. “Companies are talking about paid content strategies as diverse as new partnerships with niche players, content delivery on new devices, packaging content for the greatest appeal to certain audiences, and creating new revenue platforms for which content is a key part.”

Among the challenges news organizations face is a consistent problem with the way unique visitors to their Web sites are calculated – a fact that came through in the paid content survey responses and is reflected in additional ITZBelden research. This can result in a serious lack of understanding of audience behavior and can limit the effectiveness of any business plan that includes paid access.

A link to the slides from today’s presentation is available at http://www.americanpressinstitute.org/09/newsmedia/. There is no cost to participate in the survey, and newspapers that have not yet responded can still do so through September 30, according to Swanson.

Participants will receive an executive summary of the survey results, highlighting what approaches newsmedia organizations are taking to issues like paid access, site registration, electronic editions and tracking original content across the Web. Newspapers that contribute their own detailed benchmarking data will also receive a copy of the aggregated database of all survey participants.

In addition to current revenue strategies and practices of newspaper Web sites, the final paid content survey report will analyze the impact of various content strategies on the bottom line, including benchmarking data that will allow peer-to-peer comparisons in various market sizes across the industry. API and ITZBelden also plan to provide quarterly updates, so the industry has the most up-to-date information from which to make its decisions. For additional information on participating in the paid content survey, please contact Greg Swanson at itzgreg@gmail.com / (503) 241-3650 or Greg Harmon at itzharmon@gmail.com / (415) 566-4348. The Newsmedia Economic Action Plan Conference, an invitation-only event for API corporate members, continues through Tuesday. ——————————————————————————————
About The American Press Institute
The American Press Institute (www.americanpressinstitute.org) is an independent educational center based in Reston, Va. API provides skills-based training and leadership development in the newsmedia industry, offering seminars, onsite programs and consulting for newspaper professionals and organizations. About Belden Interactive Belden Interactive, based in San Francisco, specializes in audience research for Internet companies, with a focus on the news and information industry.

For more information, visit http://www.beldeninteractive.com, or call (415) 566-4348. About ITZ Publishing ITZ Publishing, based in Portland, Ore., provides a leading voice nationwide in Internet revenue development for media companies. ITZ has also been retained by Journalism Online LLC to provide benchmarking studies to affiliates and help maximize online revenue opportunities. For more information, visit http://www.itzpublishing.com, or call (503) 241-3650 or (800) 647-6917.

Associate publisher named at Southeast Missourian newspaper

July 15, 2008

Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Southeast Missourian


A newspaper veteran with a history of new media innovation has been named associate publisher of the Southeast Missourian, said Jon K. Rust, publisher of the newspaper. The executive, Jim Maxwell, is currently president and publisher of the Pocono Mountains Media Group, which includes a 20,000-circulation daily in eastern Pennsylvania and several nearby weeklies.

Maxwell has also been named vice president of operations for Rust Communications, a family media group based in Cape Girardeau with 18 daily and more than 30 weekly newspapers in eight states.

“Jim is coming on board not only to provide additional management strength in Cape Girardeau and other regional newspapers, but we have identified him as the next chief operating officer of Rust Communications,” Rust said. “For the next 18 months, he will be working closely with current JIM MAXWELL COO Wally Lage, who will transition to a consulting role in 2010.”

The chief operating officer and vice president of operations both report to brothers Rex Rust and Jon K. Rust, co-presidents of Rust Communications. Gary W. Rust is chairman of the board.

“Jim has a great understanding of what makes dynamic communities tick and how important a community newspaper is to area progress,” Rex Rust said. “For the past eight years, he has played vital leadership roles with the Ottaway newspaper group, a division of News Corporation, which also owns the Wall Street Journal and Fox TV.

“We’re excited about Jim and his wife Patty joining our newspaper family,” Rust added.

Maxwell is a native of Oregon and a former teacher and high school coach before entering radio and newspaper sales. He has worked in newspaper markets both much larger and smaller than Cape Girardeau, and he is a former corporate advertising director for Ottaway, a publicly traded company. As publisher of the Pocono Record, he was recognized by the American Press Institute for his newspaper’s initiatives in mobile news delivery and the Internet.

“We conducted an extensive search process before hiring Jim,” Wally Lage said. “Several publishers from throughout our company were involved, and we’re thrilled to have him join the team. I really think the folks within the Rust organization and the communities we serve will determine quickly that Jim is a quality guy.”

The Maxwells have one daughter who attends school and works in the New York City area. Jim Maxwell will begin at the Missourian next Wednesday.