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January 13, 2016 | By Jeff Gammage, STAFF WRITER
A crowd of about 75 people turned out at the National Constitution Center this morning as the owner of The Inquirer and its sister publications signed a ceremonial document marking his donation of the news organizations to a new media institute. "What would the city be without the Inquirer and the Daily News?" asked H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, who until his gift was the sole owner of The Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com website. No TV, radio or internet portal can match the news agencies in-depth coverage, he said.
BUSINESS
August 2, 2015 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. isn't commenting, nor is its news and entertainment subsidiary, NBCUniversal. But industry observers cast few doubts on reports that NBCUniversal plans to buy into BuzzFeed, one of the iconic names in new media, and raise its stake in Vox Media, owner of familiar online brands such as Verge and SB Nation. The plans were first reported by Re/code, a Vox property. Quoting unnamed sources Friday, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times both said NBCUniversal was poised to invest $250 million in BuzzFeed - about a one-sixth stake at a $1.5 billion valuation - and raise its 14 percent ownership share in Vox. Industry analyst Jeff Kagan said Comcast's interest in new media was likely fueled when federal regulators blocked its proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable.
NEWS
July 5, 2010 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
The New Media Technology Charter School in Northwest Philadelphia is finally getting its new operating charter. It took more than a year, but with the departure of the acting board president Wednesday night, the troubled school has satisfied 23 conditions the School Reform Commission required to renew its operating charter. The SRC acted after The Inquirer reported allegations of financial mismanagement and conflicts of interest involving the school's founders in the spring of 2009.
SPORTS
February 13, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
EVERY NIGHT, just before he shuts his eyes, Devin Bullock squeezes her tight. And when the morning sun peers through his window near 26th and Master in North Philadelphia - she's still there. They've been through a lot together; peas in a pod, a love affair for the ages. Her name is Michelle and she has seen him through the darkest of days. He loves the contours of her body, the smoothness of her touch and that she is always faithful and true. The 6-0 senior guard for New Media has lived on his own since he was 16 years old. His mother chose a different life.
NEWS
July 14, 2012 | By Martha Woodall, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A U.S. district judge handed prison terms Friday to the founder of a Northwest Philadelphia charter school and its former chief executive for stealing $522,000 in taxpayer money to prop up a restaurant, a health-food store, and a private school they controlled, and for defrauding a bank. Hugh C. Clark, a lawyer who helped found New Media Technology Charter School and served for many years as its board president, was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison. Ina Walker, a career educator and the charter school's former chief executive officer, was sentenced to six months in prison.
NEWS
December 18, 2000 | Daily News Staff and Wire Report
Back in January, when AOL and Time Warner were betrothed, it seemed the perfect modern media marriage. But lots has changed since then. The dot-com stock bubble has burst. Fortunes and entire companies have been wiped off the map. Even the AOL deal, which once seemed so New Media hip, was in question. No longer. Thanks to last week's approval by the Federal Trade Commission of America Online Inc.'s $111 billion acquisition of Time Warner, the largest media deal of all time is all but sure to be consummated.
NEWS
December 15, 2009 | By Martha Woodall INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Philadelphia School Reform Commission has permitted a city charter school to ignore deadlines for overhauling its leadership even as a federal criminal probe of the school intensifies. In August, the commission ordered New Media Technology Charter School in Northwest Philadelphia to replace its top administrator and board chairman by Sept. 1 and to install a new board by Oct. 15 as conditions for receiving a new, five-year operating charter. Benjamin W. Rayer, the School District's top charter administrator, said he expected the changes within the next several months.
NEWS
May 13, 2009 | By Martha Woodall INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
New Media Technology Charter School, founded in 2004 with promises to teach multimedia skills to students, failed to make payments to the state teachers' retirement system for more than a year. Its finances are so shaky that the school this year had to borrow just to make payroll. And parents say the school, with buildings in Stenton and Germantown, has failed to provide adequate books and computer technology to its middle school students. The Philadelphia School District inspector general is investigating the school's finances, according to sources with knowledge of the probe.
NEWS
September 17, 2016 | By John Timpane, Staff Writer
Storytelling. That's what the ASNE-APME-APPM News Leadership Conference, just concluded here in Philadelphia, was all about. It's the third year these three respected orgs - the American Society of News Editors (formed in 1922); the Associated Press Media Editors (formed at a bar in 1930; yearly meetings since 1933); and the Associated Press Photo Managers (2001) - have thrown a meeting together. Philadelphia Media Network, parent company of the Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com, was among the cosponsors.
BUSINESS
June 2, 2016 | By Jeff Gammage, Staff Writer
A cofounder of one of the nation's most active venture capital firms has been named board chairman of Philadelphia Media Network, which operates the Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com. Josh Kopelman, 45, perhaps best known as creator of Half.com, the giant used-book, movie, and music website, takes over as the company begins an ambitious effort to identify new ways of storytelling and new streams of revenue. "Great cities need a great independent source of journalism," Kopelman said Tuesday night.
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NEWS
September 17, 2016 | By John Timpane, Staff Writer
Storytelling. That's what the ASNE-APME-APPM News Leadership Conference, just concluded here in Philadelphia, was all about. It's the third year these three respected orgs - the American Society of News Editors (formed in 1922); the Associated Press Media Editors (formed at a bar in 1930; yearly meetings since 1933); and the Associated Press Photo Managers (2001) - have thrown a meeting together. Philadelphia Media Network, parent company of the Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com, was among the cosponsors.
NEWS
July 28, 2016 | By Susan Snyder, Staff Writer
Temple University's School of Media and Communication has received a $2 million grant to create an endowed chair in "journalism innovation" named after James B. Steele, a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter formerly with the Inquirer. The university has hired Aron Pilhofer, executive editor of digital for the Guardian (the English publication with a digital edition in the United States) and a former editor of digital strategy for the New York Times, to fill the post. Pilhofer, regarded as a leader in digital strategies, will start in October.
BUSINESS
June 16, 2016 | By Jeff Gammage, Staff Writer
First, the news: David Haas and the Wyncote Foundation will give a combined $5 million to an endowment that seeks to secure the future of quality journalism in the Philadelphia region - and help the Inquirer, the Daily News, and Philly.com in particular. Now, the news about the news: A Knight Foundation study released Wednesday examines the challenges facing Philadelphia Media Network, owner of the newspapers and website, and deems them considerable. For a major news company to thrive in the future, the study said, it needs to spend now on innovation and experimentation.
BUSINESS
June 2, 2016 | By Jeff Gammage, Staff Writer
A cofounder of one of the nation's most active venture capital firms has been named board chairman of Philadelphia Media Network, which operates the Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com. Josh Kopelman, 45, perhaps best known as creator of Half.com, the giant used-book, movie, and music website, takes over as the company begins an ambitious effort to identify new ways of storytelling and new streams of revenue. "Great cities need a great independent source of journalism," Kopelman said Tuesday night.
NEWS
March 31, 2016 | By Martha Woodall, Staff Writer
New Media Technology Charter School, which has had a troubled history, has announced that it will close in June rather than continue to fight to remain open in the face of allegations of poor test scores and financial problems. It will be an ironic end for a charter that opened in 2004 with initial support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and promises to teach students digital media skills. But the school later made headlines when its founding board president and founding CEO were sent to prison on federal fraud charges.
BUSINESS
February 16, 2016 | By Diane Mastrull, Staff Writer
No matter how solid the balance sheet, a single act of omission - the lack of succession planning - can imperil a business. Harold E. "Hal" Taussig wasn't leaving anything to chance. About 12 years before Taussig, the cofounder of Untours , a travel-planning business in Media, drew his last breath on Jan. 11 at age 91, he had started devising the structure of its second act, and that of the foundation that distributes Untours' profits to help eradicate poverty by aiding small businesses.
SPORTS
February 12, 2016 | By Trevor Newcomb, Staff Writer
Kelly Basile hit a free throw with six seconds left to extend Bishop Shanahan's lead to three and the Eagles held on to top Downingtown East, 42-39, on Wednesday night at West Chester East to capture their second-straight Ches-Mont League girls' basketball title. Basile finished with six points, shooting 3 of 6 from the foul line in the fourth quarter. Ciara Forde scored a team-high 15 points and Devon Adams added 12 points. Inter-Ac. Erin Lindahl scored 14 points to lead Germantown Academy to a second consecutive Inter-Ac title as the visitors defeated Notre Dame, 43-26.
NEWS
February 1, 2016 | David Haas
David Haas is vice chair of Wyncote Foundation, a member of the board of managers of the Institute for Journalism in New Media, and a board member of Media Impact Funders The extraordinary gift by Gerry Lenfest in donating The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com to the newly formed nonprofit Institute for Journalism in New Media places Philadelphia at the center of a disruptive storm sweeping all legacy media and accomplishes two...
NEWS
January 18, 2016 | David Boardman
In the last month, two billionaires in their mid-80s made transactions involving major American newspapers. The two deals speak loudly about the state of journalism these days, and should make us all feel grateful about which of those two billionaires lives here. In one case, the billionaire was a buyer. In December, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson purchased his hometown paper, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, from a corporate chain for $140 million, tens of millions of dollars more than it was worth.
NEWS
January 14, 2016 | By Jeff Gammage, Staff Writer
DAVID BOARDMAN thinks it can work, that the donation of The Inquirer and its sister publications to a nonprofit institute can help sustain public-service journalism in Philadelphia. "It is," said the former executive editor of the Seattle Times and current dean of the Temple University School of Media and Communication, "one of the most exciting and viable models for journalism in the country right now. " That's partly why he agreed to serve on the institute's initial board of managers, to participate in a research-and-development effort "that doesn't exist in any newsroom in the country.
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