The Syracuse Media Group has received 8 first place awards, the most in its division, in the annual contest from the New York News Publishers Association. The group only gives first place honors. The staff was honored twice for its in-depth coverage of Syracuse basketball, for stories about the NCAA investigation that led to sanctions and for game coverage. Julie McMahon and Michelle Gabel were honored for a story and photo gallery of a shooting victim. Other top honors went to Lauren Long (multimedia), Kevin Rivoli (photography), Chris Baker headlines and presentation leader Tom Schmitt for front page design. In awards earlier this year from the New York State Associated Press Association, the Syracuse Media Group received 28 awards including 10 first-place, again the most in its division. Read the full story here.
Welcome to my mid-year update, which is a bit longer than usual, but I hope the additional context will be helpful as we accelerate a number of strategic initiatives in the second half of 2015. First and foremost, in the third full year of Advance Local’s digitally focused transformation, we continue to make excellent progress growing our digital audience and revenue, and launching new digital businesses. We are executing well on our overall strategy despite our biggest challenge – which is a steeper decline in newspaper advertising than what we had budgeted for. We are not alone in absorbing print revenue losses from some of our largest clients, many of whom are cutting their newspaper ad budgets and investing heavily in digital marketing. The proverbial "silver lining" here is that, as more of our readers and advertisers transition to digital platforms [...]