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Small-town newspaper group gets it right

By Kevin Slimp
Newspaper industry trainer

This morning I created a poll on my Facebook, which includes thousands of newspaper friends, and asked for help in deciding among three topics for this column.

• A few new tools out there to help newspaper folks get their jobs done.

• A previous Digital First column and the company’s announcement to close down their Thunderdome division.

• What I learned about running successful newspapers from six small papers in Nebraska.

I was a little surprised at the results. Almost 60 percent selected “Nebraska.”

I wasn’t surprised that the column on successful small newspapers was selected, but I didn’t expect a blowout. Read more »

Times hires digital ad director

The Times Media Co. named Joe Battistoni as its new digital adver­tising director.

Battis­toni’s back­ground in digital made him a good fit for the job at the Munster newspaper, said Times Media Co. Publisher Chris White.

Battistoni started out of college as growth representative for RedEye a Tribune Media Group product. He soon moved into national advertising, then cars.com, where his digital sales career started. Read more »

Franklin leads Poynter Institute

The Poynter Institute has named Timothy A. Franklin, a veteran editor and educator, as its new president.

Franklin most recently worked as managing editor of Bloomberg News in Washington. Previously, he was the editor of three metropolitan newspapers, and he was the founding director of the National Sports Journalism Center at Indiana University. Read more »

Foundation Front: Pulliam interns bring tenacity

By Karen T. Braeckel
HSPA Foundation

It happens every spring.

And although the calendar says April, only the announcing of a new class of interns makes anyone around here believe it. At least we know 10 student journalists will blossom soon.

2014 pulliam interns

The 2014 Eugene S. Pulliam interns include one rising sophomore, three juniors and six seniors; nine Indiana residents and one from Ohio; four from IU, two from Franklin College, and one each from Ball State, the University of Southern Indiana, IUPUI and the University of Indianapolis. Read more »