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Nevada Outlaws Get Free Newspaper Fame- for Weeks!

Who says journalism is dead?  Pshaw! It’s merely focused now on the seedier aspects of life and living, displaying alleged outlaws for all to see! 

Mugshot photo galleries are increasingly popular features on newspaper websites, which are on blitzing crusades for ever more page views and the advertising revenue that accompanies additional eyeballs. 

Big newspaper dailies still hanging around, like New York’s Newsday and the Chicago Tribune, have also quickly caught on to the trend.  Mugshot mania is especially prevalent in Florida, where liberal public-records laws make it easier to obtain these photos. 

 “It’s a huge traffic driver for us,” says Roger Simmons, digital-news manager for the Orlando Sentinel, where mug shots garner about 2.5 million page views a month, 6% of the site’s total. The Palm Beach Post estimates its online police blotter, which streams its own ads, drew half of the site’s 45 million page views. 

And Las Vegas has long been the home of local weekly tabloid magazines that display page after page of photographs taken of partygoers in the nightclubs and casinos, partying themselves into oblivion.  It’s worked like magic for them, drawing in readers and advertisers, so why not a theme on a variation? 

That’s the thought of the new kid on the Nevada block, Max Cannon, another publisher of the bleary-eyed and stupefied mugshots.  He’s the founder of Florida-based SafeCITY Publishing, which for $1 offers readers a non-traditional newspaper, Local Mugshots, a brazen photo compendium of people arrested in Nevada for all sorts of nefarious and not so dastardly alleged crimes, including drugs, gang activity, DUIs, sexual crimes- or maybe just an expired driver’s license, much to the chagrin of many. 

After being published in 25 cities across the U.S. – boasting 208 fugitive apprehensions nationwide since 2007 – Cannon has now focused his crosshairs on Nevada, creating the first West Coast version of the publication that has been around for about eight months.  About 15,000 to 20,000 copies are distributed to 80 locations throughout Clark and Washoe counties in Nevada every two to three weeks.  In Las Vegas, it is available at most 7-Eleven, AM/PM and Fills locations, and the distributor is working on increasing its presence to about 20 more locations. 

Canon,  who started the publication about nine years ago in Tennessee, can’t say for certain why it’s been so popular, but conjectures that it’s the possibility of recognizing someone. “There’s a good likelihood that at some point in time, they’re going to see someone that they’re going to see someone they went to school with or with, as opposed to watching something on America’s Most Wanted,” he says. 

Stephen Bates, a UNLV journalism professor who teaches media law, begs to differ, feeling it is doing more harm than good.  “It seems a little irresponsible to feature people who have been arrested and not been charged with any crime. It’s tarnishing people’s reputations.”

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Las Vegas Sun Newspaper Continues Staff Bloodletting

On Nov. 11, Las Vegas Backstage Access was one of the first media sources to break the story that Michael J. Kelley, 67, managing editor of Las Vegas Sun since 1997 and in the news biz since 1960, would be retiring from his post this December. 

Well, it’s December and from credible sources we’re hearing that the behind the scenes, camera shy, but dogmatic Kelley is retiring this week.   Timing is everything.

Curiously, though, no news on when or if a pink carpet or anything similar is planned.  But maybe that’s all for the better, what with all the Las Vegas CityCenter opening galas this week attendance would probably be low at the bon voyage happening- and perhaps for another reason… 

What we learned from Valerie’s Miller’s article today in the Review-Journal is that at least 20 Greenspun Media Group (publisher of the Las Vegas Sun) employees occurred yesterday, Dec. 1.

Interestingly, the lion’s share of layoffs were focused mainly on Las Vegas Sun staffers- Kelley’s “people” you might say.  Layoffs reportedly included at least 15 Las Vegas Sun staffers, an In Business Las Vegas editor and reporter, two Las Vegas Weekly staffers, a couple of support personnel and an unknown number of online employees, according to Miller’s sources.  Names of personnel were not provided. 

The reorganization of the continually dessiminated organization and layoffs were announced Tuesday in a statement released by Brian Greenspun, the Greenspun Media Group Chairman, who said his company will “reorganize into a single location, with the goal of fully integrating print and interactive operations.” 

So nicely said by the lawyer-trained kingpin, don’t you think?  What really happens only time – and money – will tell. 

Greenspun, however, who reportedly spends much time outside his Las Vegas office and Nevada, plans to combine the operations and staffs of its daily newspaper, tucked in the folds of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and the Las Vegas Sun Web site and the tabloid style Las Vegas Weekly, Las VegasWeekly.com, In Business Las Vegas, Las Vegas Magazine, Vegas Magazine and Vegas2Go.  

That’s a tall combo order to trim from an already large media waistline and especially for the publishing industry that is among the hardest hit business segments in our recession– regardless if you’re lucky enough to have won the Pulitzer Prizer, as the Sun did earlier this year.

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Greenspun Media Group Empire in Las Vegas Continues to Crumble

The Greenspun Media Group empire continued to shrink Wednesday with the announcement that the company was suspending publication of two of Southern Nevada’s oldest community newspapers, the Henderson Home News and Boulder City News. 

The news follows Tuesday’s report that Greenspun has pulled the plug on its “News One at 9” broadcast on Las Vegas One television channel and last week’s cancellation of 702.tv, a Las Vegas-based news and entertainment video Web site that has been up for the past four months. 

The Boulder City News was established in 1937, when Boulder Dam was being built, and has a circulation of 7,500, according to the Nevada Press Association.

Henderson Home News was established in 1951 and has 27,600 circulation. 

Both publications are owned by Greenspun Media, a family business founded by the late Hank Greenspun more than 60 years ago. 

Media advertising revenues have dropped substantially in the past 18 months, as soaring unemployment and declining retail sales have forced cuts in marketing budgets. Newspapers across the country have closed or imposed significant cuts in the face of the advertising crisis. 

“Given the present environment, we sadly have no choice but to take a break from the community newspaper business,” Bruce Deifik, president of Greenspun Corp., said in a company statement. “We apologize to our communities for the suddenness of this news, and we hope our many loyal readers will now turn to our websites and our other outstanding publications for their news needs.” 

While scaling back its local newspaper enterprise, Greenspun will continue to deliver local news content through its LasVegasSun.com Web site, affiliated interactive media and other regional publications, Deifik said. 

Greenspun still publishes the Las Vegas Sun via a joint operating agreement with the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Other Greenspun print holdings include Las Vegas Magazine, Las Vegas Weekly, Vegas Magazine and In Business Las Vegas, along with the Niche Media group of 12 lifestyle magazines. The Greenspun family also owns Vegas.com and has a substantial interest in KTUD-TV Channel 14.I

In recent years the Greenspun Media Group, as well as many other media organizations around the U.S., have concentrated on the development of online and interactive media. 

“We’ll still be delivering local news and information. The only difference is that it won’t be on newsprint,” says Deifik.

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Newspaper Industry Faces Tough Times, Las Vegas Backstage Access Helps

The newspaper industry in the U.S. is currently going through tough times, mirroring the malaise of our economy. newspapersPlease listen to the CBS News segment.   Las Vegas Backstage Access can help publishers not just weather the storm, but grow.

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