February 1, 2016 |
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...
January 15, 2016
By Jackie Soteropoulos Incollingo With a bold and innovative plan, H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest - now the former owner of the company that runs The Inquirer, the Daily News, and Philly.com - has put Philadelphia at the forefront of exploring a new economic model for struggling metropolitan newspapers. Lenfest's decision to donate the properties to a nonprofit institute is a gift to the region's citizens, but it is an even larger gift to the future of journalism, given the critical role that news and information play in our democracy and the troubled economic times facing many media outlets.
January 14, 2016
ISSUE | MEDIA A Philadelphia gift H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, the owner of Philadelphia Media Network, has provided great news for the city with his landmark gift of his and our daily newspapers and website. It feels as though professional journalism has been saved, at least here. A nonprofit institute created by the venerable Philadelphia Foundation will operate the for-profit enterprise, making this journalism advance credible now and for the future. While the first three estates of government are troubled and stymied, it's important that the fourth estate have strength if we are to governmentally and individually adapt to changing times and our democracy is to thrive.
January 13, 2016 |
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.
December 20, 2015
Harold W. Andersen, 92, the former publisher of Nebraska's largest daily newspaper and first American to be president of the International Federation of Newspaper Publishers, died Thursday, Dec. 17, at the Nebraska Medical Center of natural causes. "He loved being a journalist," his wife, Marian, said. "That's what drove him. " Mr. Andersen started his career as a reporter in 1945, and was publisher and chief executive of the Omaha World-Herald from 1966 until 1989. He also served high-profile roles for groups representing newspapers around the country and the world, including the American Newspaper Publishers Association and the World Press Freedom Committee.
October 2, 2015 |
THE HEADLINE read: Philadelphia City Paper to stop existing . And beneath it last night on the alternative weekly's website: We were surprised, too . Yesterday, Broad Street Media LLC, which also owns the Northeast Times and the South Philly Review , bought the Philadelphia City Paper from Metro Corp. and said the weekly would cease publication next Thursday and some content would appear in longtime competitor Philly Weekly . "While we respect the history Philadelphia has with City Paper , we have made a commitment to Philly Weekly that we intend to honor," Broad Street Media publisher Perry Corsetti said in a statement.
September 27, 2015 |
John A. Severance, 79, of Malvern, a former newspaper advertising executive, died Friday, Sept. 18, at Lankenau Hospital of complications from a previous surgery. Born in Berwyn, Mr. Severance was the son of Kathryn Holman Severance and Alexander Severance, basketball coach at Villanova University for 25 seasons and a justice of the peace in Berwyn. Such officials are now called district judges. Mr. Severance graduated from St. Agnes High School in West Chester and Villanova University.
September 15, 2015 |
Louis William "Bill" Sabatino, 70, a longtime labor relations executive for the company that owned The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, died Sept. 6 at his home in Gulf Shores, Ala. He was diagnosed with leukemia last year and was under a physician's care at the time of his death. A professional football defensive lineman for the Cleveland Browns and the Atlanta Falcons in the late 1960s, Mr. Sabatino went on to become a federal mediator before his career as a newspaper executive.
August 13, 2015 |
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram - the trinity of social media - have changed the way public relations professionals do business. Where once they worked mostly to get their clients in print, more PR professionals now are needed to curate a company's Web content, devise online campaigns, and develop strategies to deal with complaints and maintain corporate reputations. "The advent and continual evolution of social media has made PR even more critical to organizations," said Kate Shields, president of Vault Communications in Plymouth Meeting.
August 1, 2015 |
Robert W. Lambert Sr., 76, of Westville, who retired in 2006 as a machinist for The Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News, died of lung disease Thursday, July 23, at Elmwood Hills Healthcare Center in Blackwood. Tom Riley, production maintenance director for the newspapers' publisher, Philadelphia Media Network, had known Mr. Lambert since 1991 and said "he was a quiet and skillful machinist. " Mr. Lambert, Riley said, "helped maintain and repair the pressroom equipment. " Before assuming his current job, Riley was the machine shop manager and Mr. Lambert's immediate superior.