Monthly Archives: August 2016

NOLA Media Group Creates One Louisiana Fund for Small Business Relief

 My first week as president of NOLA Media Group was extraordinary, punctuated by the historic and unprecedented flooding suffered by our neighbors and friends up the road. These are not simply fellow citizens of Louisiana. They forever became much more to us in 2005, when they took us into their homes and their hearts when we were homeless. Any of you who followed our coverage last week, or drove up I-10 and I-12 to lend a hand, heard and saw the tragic echoes of Hurricane Katrina. Early Sunday morning I received a text from Adam Knapp, CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, asking how New Orleans helped its small businesses recover after Hurricane Katrina. From his early reports, over 12,000 small businesses are devastated. The key to their recovery is opening their doors again as soon as possible. New Orleans can [...]

By | August 25th, 2016|

A Letter from NOLA Media Group President Tim Williamson

How do you get your news? On your smartphone? PC? Doorstep? Maybe on social media. Today, as I prepare to start my first day as President of NOLA Media Group, I got my news on my phone. I'm not alone. A 2016 Pew study found 72 percent of Americans now read their news on a mobile device. But I also read the paper and check my feeds throughout the day. Because, like you, how I get my news changes from day to day, hour to hour. Four years ago, NOLA Media Group made the forward-thinking decision to position the company for the digital future. As a result, we changed home delivery from seven to three days. Like all change, it hurt. Some of our readers interpreted it as a lack of commitment to the city. That could not have been further [...]

By | August 15th, 2016|

Catastrophic Wildfire Caused by Poor Planning and Tactical Errors

The Malheur National Forest was on red alert. Weather forecasters were calling for abundant lightning and strong, gusty winds. Months of drought and record-breaking summer temperatures had left the eastern Oregon forest tinder dry. Conditions were so extreme, the forest's managers applied for and received emergency money for extra firefighting crews. Then, as if on cue, lightning strikes started a dozen fires on Aug. 12, 2015 — exactly a year ago. Within two days, gale-force winds fanned the two most substantial starts into a ferocious firestorm that raced through the Canyon Creek community south of John Day. The wildfire ultimately destroyed 43 homes and nearly 100 barns, workshops and other structures. Cherished pets. Family heirlooms. Livestock. Tools. Trucks. Timber. Much simply vanished, vaporized at temperatures that in places hit 2,000 degrees, leaving puddles of melted metal and glass on soil [...]

By | August 15th, 2016|

Advance Local Summer Update from Randy Siegel

August 15, 2016 Dear Advance Local Colleagues: As we get ready for the final few months of 2016 – otherwise known as our collective sprint to the finish line – I want to update you on our progress. I’m pleased to report that we are in striking distance of having our most promising year yet since launching nine new digitally focused companies in 2012. Our newsrooms continue to impress with their editorial excellence. Nearly all our sales organizations are performing well and those that aren’t are in the process of being turned around. Most of our nine local companies are showing solid financial results. And digital ad revenue growth should end the year close to 20 percent above last year, which isn’t as high as we need it to be but still a top-level performance for a company in our [...]

By | August 15th, 2016|

John Maher Named President of Oregonian Media Group

John F. Maher has been named president of the Oregonian Media Group. He will start after Labor Day. Maher is the current president of the Gannett-owned Reno Gazette-Journal. He announced this afternoon that he will be stepping down in Reno. Previously, Maher was publisher of the Lincoln Journal Star. He also has served as vice president for business development at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He began his career in marketing, and went on to oversee marketing staffs at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The Kansas City Star. Maher, 50, earned a bachelor's degree in English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He replaces Steve Moss, who announced last month that he would be taking a new role as a senior adviser at Advance Local. Advance Local is the parent company of the the Oregonian Media Group, which includes The Oregonian and OregonLive. "John is the [...]

By | August 5th, 2016|