MNG’s copyright enforcers get Drudge to settle

The Drudge Report has agreed to an out of court settlement with the MediaNews Group’s copyright enforcement over the website’s use of a TSA screening photo from MNG’s Denver Post, according to a report in the Denver Daily News. MNG transfers the copyrights of its stories and photos from some of its newspapers to Righthaven LLC of Las Vegas, which then sends “take down” letters to those who allegedly violate those copyrights. The letters threaten lawsuits. Targets have included small

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New publishers for Marin IJ, Coco Times

Wilson MediaNews Group announced today that Matt Wilson is leaving as publisher of the Marin Independent Journal and would be replaced by David Rounds, former publisher of MNG’s Contra Costa Times. In addition, Rounds will serve as vice president in charge of circulation for MediaNews Group in the Bay Area. MNG described the moves as a “management realignment.” Today’s announcement said that Wilson, 54, of Berkeley, will be “leaving the newspaper to pursue other opportunities.” Wilson had been executive editor

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Singleton out as merger rumors heat up

Singleton A day after Dean Singleton announced he was stepping down as MediaNews Group CEO, the Wall Street Journal reports that the hedge fund that apparently took control of MNG, Alden Global Capital, is looking to merge it with Freedom Communications, owner of the Orange County Register. Such a deal would bring together the Register with MediaNews Group’s nine Southern California newspapers, led by the Los Angeles Daily News. According to WSJ: The person familiar with the matter said Alden

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MNG’s California papers hire new digital media VP

In its quest to monetize its websites, MediaNews Group’s California Newspapers Partnership (Mercury News, Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune, etc.) has named a new vice president for interactive. Jeff Herr, who appears in the You Tube video above, comes to CNP from Lee Enterprises, where he has been corporate director of interactive media for the past seven years. According to his bio at Lee Enterprises, Herr began his career in 1985 as a newspaper reporter and editor covering business, politics

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MNG to start pay wall experiments next month

MediaNews Group, which publishes most of the daily newspapers in the Bay Area, plans to test a system that will charge for access to news stories online, according to NewsAndTech.com. The trials will take place at Chico’s Enterprise Record and the York (Pa.) Daily Record and York Dispatch. Consumers will be able to read up to 10 stories for free each month before they are asked to begin paying for access. “A lot of experimentation is still going on —

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MSM steals story from blogger without credit

Remember how Dean Singleton was complaining last year that Internet news organizations were stealing the news his papers and the AP were producing? Well, blogger Danny Sullivan shows how a story he broke on Friday (about a Utah woman suing Google for bad map directions) was ripped off without attribution by various media outlets, including AP (which is headed by Singleton) and Singleton’s Salt Lake City paper. Seems those who stole the story left some telltale traces that showed they

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USA Today drops MediaNews as Bay Area printer

Gannett has decided to stop printing USA Today at MediaNews Group’s Marin Independent Journal in Novato. USA Today is switching its printing to Southwest Offset, which is opening a new plant in San Jose. Southwest, based in the Los Angeles suburb of Gardena, plans to move its Redwood City printing operation to the new San Jose plant. Gannett has been printing USA Today at the IJ for more than 10 years. Gannett was the previous owner of the IJ. Gannett

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MediaNews takes aim at Google

MediaNews Group will block Google from pulling stories from the Web sites of two of its newspapers that plan to test the concept of charging for news, according to Bloomberg News. In the first quarter of next year, MNG plans to charge for most of its news on the sites of two of its smaller papers, the Enterprise-Record in Chico and the York (Pa.) Daily Record. Google will still have access to whatever the papers continue to offer for free.

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Examiner, MediaNews papers to team up on ads

The Examiner and the Bay Area’s MediaNews papers — such as the Mercury News, Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune, etc. — plan to work together to sell advertising, the Denver Business Journal reports. The “San Francisco Bay Area Buy,” or SFBAB, is an attempt to compete with the Chron. Billionaire Phil Anschutz’s Denver-based Clarity Media, owner of the Examiner, says the combined MNG-Examiner buy will reach more readers than the Chron. Ironically, Hearst, the Chron’s owner, also owns 30 percent of

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MNG to test pay wall concept in two small markets

Are newspaper publishers nervous about putting their content behind a pay wall? Rupert Murdoch admitted Wednesday that his plans to charge for online content from the New York Post and other papers he owns are behind schedule. Now MediaNews Group is saying that it won’t try to charge for content until it has tested the concept at two of its smaller papers, the Enterprise-Record in Chico, and the York (Pa.) Daily Record. The two papers will test the concept of

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