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Posts Tagged ‘Dean Singleton’

AP Names Gary Pruitt New President, CEO

Gary Pruitt, currently the President and CEO of The McClatchy Company, has been named the new President and CEO of the Associated Press. Pruitt has been with McClatchy since 1995, and has served on the AP’s board for nine years. He will will succeed Tom Curley in July.

Dean Singleton, the outgoing chairman of the AP board, said Pruitt will help guide the AP’s digital focus.

“Gary has deep experience in the changing world of the news industry, an acute business sense and an overriding understanding of and commitment to AP’s news mission,” Singlton said in a press release announcing the change. “His background as a First Amendment lawyer is a hand-in-glove fit with AP’s long leadership role in fighting for open government and freedom of information. And, he knows AP well.”

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Other Media Companies Look To Join Murdoch’s Google Block

rupertm.jpgOther media companies are looking to follow the lead of Rupert Murdoch-owned News Corp., which has been in talks with Microsoft to feature its content exclusively on its Bing search engine, thus removing links to its news stories from Google.

Today, Bloomberg reports that those looking into the Google-block include newspaper publishers MediaNews Group and A.H. Belo Corp.

MediaNews, which publishes The Denver Post, among other papers, said it will block Google from searching content behind a pay wall once the pay structure is unveiled for its papers in Chico, Calif. and York, Penn. next year. Still, there is still a conflict between not wanting to let nonsubscribers see paid content while still reaping the benefits of Google’s traffic to news sites. Said MediaNews CEO Dean Singleton:

“The things that go behind pay walls, we will not let Google search to, but the things that are outside the pay wall we probably will, because we want the traffic.”

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AP Creates Registry To Protect Content Online

AP logo2.pngThe board of directors of the Associated Press has instructed the news wire to develop a registry that will tag and track all AP content online in order to make sure it’s not being plagiarized or misused.

“The system will register key identifying information about each piece of content that AP distributes as well as the terms of use of that content, and employ a built-in beacon to notify AP about how the content is used,” the AP said.

“What we are building here is a way for good journalism to survive and thrive,” Dean Singleton, chairman of the AP Board of Directors, said in a statement. “The AP news registry will allow our industry to protect its content online, and will assure that we can continue to provide original, independent and authoritative journalism at a time when the world needs it more than ever.”

Although the system will originally only affect the AP’s text content, it will eventually extend to member content early next year and to photos and videos after that.

Full release after the jump

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Southern California Media Guild Gets A New Site

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We popped by the Stress-Telegram to learn that it’s reporter Samantha Gonzaga‘s last day on the job at the Long Beach Press-Telegram and that American Local 9400, AFL-CIO has a new site, dedicated, apparently, to heaping piles of dung on Dean Singleton. (OK, they do more than that, but still, we’re totally getting the RSS feed!)

Jon Fine: Newspapers Losing Money

So it’s not Earth-shattering news, but it’s still news:

“Last week Dean Singleton, CEO of MediaNews Group (which owns the Denver Post, San Jose Mercury News, and 55 other American dailies) gave a remarkably candid speech on the state of the American newspaper to the World Newspaper Congress in Sweden.

It’s drawn a bit of attention in the European press, but not so much in the US. Kind of strange, really, when you’ve got the CEO of one of the largest newspaper companies saying stuff like this:

In the future, there will be two categories of newspapers. Those that survive, and those that die … By my estimate, as many as 19 of the top 50 metro newspapers in America are losing money today, and that number will continue to grow.”

In related news, the weather forecast calls for overcast skies, possible showers and a chest-tightening inability to get out of bed.