Paton says comment about print was misinterpreted

John Paton James Rainey, who covers the news media for the LA Times, has profiled John Paton, who replaced Dean Singleton as the head of the MediaNews Group chain. Paton is pushing digital media hard. Rainey says Paton’s goal is to have one-third of MNG’s content produced by staff members, one-third by the community and another third aggregated from other sources. Paton tells Rainey that the formula isn’t intended to reduce the need for paid staffers but instead will increase

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New MediaNews leader declares print is dead

The new leader of MediaNews Group, John Paton, declared in San Francisco on Monday that the print business model of newspapers is “irretrievably” broken. This report in MNG’s Mercury News says the company is embracing the new age of news gathering by relying more on user-generated content. He also said that the company will become more active as a venture capitalist by acquiring tech companies. The story says that Digital First, the company that controls MNG and the Journal Register

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More layoffs may be coming to MNG

Ouch! After a painful round of layoffs at the MediaNews Group papers in the Bay Area, more be on the way. At least that’s one way to read a New York Times profile of CEO John Paton. He came from the Journal Register Company, which has papers in Ohio, New Jersey and other states in that part of the country. His strategy is “outsourcing most operations other than sales and editorial, focusing on the cost side that might include further

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MNG revising Bay Area consolidation plan

Paton John Paton, the new CEO of MediaNews Group, has asked executives at the company’s Bay Area newspapers take another look at their consolidation plan, which were announced in August before he came on board, the Chronicle reported this morning. The plan calls for consolidating 11 local newspapers into two regional newspapers, “The Tribune,” which would include the Oakland Tribune, and “The Times,” which would include the Contra Costa Times. The changes, which would include dropping the San Mateo County

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