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User-generated content a boon to newspapers, with asteriks

In a world in which delivery of news seems to become faster and faster every day, social media has turned out to be one of the best places for news organizations to get content and find news sources in the briefest time.

In the era of the Internet, more and more newspapers rely on social media platforms to monitor not only the news and events around the world, but also to find content and sources to include in their coverage, so that the term user-generated content has entered the mainstream vocabulary.

User-generated content is defined by Tech Target as "any published information that an unpaid contributor has provided to a website. The information might be a photo, video, blog or discussion forum post, poll response or comment made through a social media website. " Read More >

Conway named new executive director of New England Newspaper and Press Association

The New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA) has appointed Linda Conway, a veteran manager with NENPA, as its new executive director.

Conway most recently has been advertising and business development director for NENPA. She began working with one of NENPA’s two predecessor organizations, the New England Press Association, in 1995.

She replaces Dan Cotter as executive director. Cotter left in March to become director of sales development and training at GateHouse Media New England, based in Randolph, Mass. Read More >

Adding mobile platforms a matter of money, time and corporate affiliation

As publications in New England try to adapt to the increasing number of readers on mobile devices, some of them have been able to make more progress than others.

"Being able to create an app is just a matter of financial investment," said Walter Bird, editor of Worcester (Mass.) Magazine. "There are a lot of newspapers out there with apps, and we are fighting our way in this digital age."

In 2014, 78 percent of smartphone owners reported using their device to get news, according to a study by the American Press Institute. Read More >

Another imperative for mobiles and social media: Reaching younger readers

With the Internet craze in full bloom and social media popularity at an all-time high, students and young professionals must be the most well-rounded news consumers, right?

Not necessarily. Read More >

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