GateHouse Media selects Saxotech to manage content across platforms

AR-302289943GateHouse Media announced today that it has selected the SAXOTECH Mediaware Center and SAXOTECH Online for greater workflow management and multi-channel publishing across its 79 dailies, 261 weeklies and more than 390 locally-focused websites.

GateHouse Media said that implementing SAXOTECH’s cloud publishing solutions will greatly enhance the efficiency of its newsroom by integrating print and digital publishing.

GateHouse plans on being fully launched on the SAXOTECH system by early Fall, with the earliest launches starting in mid-summer.

Michael E. Reed, Chief Executive of GateHouse Media, said “We were looking for a flexible system and an established company that would allow us to efficiently manage all of our content in the same system while continuing to evolve our digital offerings. We selected SAXOTECH because of its ability to provide versatile and advanced publishing tools needed to produce multi-media content efficiently across all of our news products. Utilizing a centralized publishing solution, GateHouse Media will be able to deliver more targeted and relevant multi-channel content to a larger audience. Managing content — both print and online — in a single system across GateHouse Media’s many newsrooms will allow us to grow content on a regional and national scale, more efficiently.”

GateHouse Media recently announced plans to launch two national central production desks this year. All GateHouse Media newspapers with a circulation of 5,000 and above will be designed in Rockford, Ill., and smaller newspapers will be copy edited and designed in Framingham, Mass. Although the local copy editing and pagination duties will be handled out of the centralized locations, local newsgathering and decision making will continue to take place at the local level at the respective GateHouse Media properties.

David Arkin, Vice President of Content and Audience of GateHouse Media, added “We believe SAXOTECH will enable our news organizations to dedicate more time toward creating and delivering the best possible content for our readers. SAXOTECH’s integrated digital and print publishing solutions are key to implementing our recently announced central production desks, which will enable our newsrooms to focus on high-quality enterprise reporting and unique digital content. In addition we are rolling out a host of digital solutions this year that will be enhanced by SAXOTECH’s deep toolkit.”

SAXOTECH executives said they are excited about the new partnership.

“Gatehouse Media is a very forward-thinking and innovative news organization and we are excited to be a part of their continued growth,” said Anders Christiansen, chief executive officer, SAXOTECH. “Their move to a centralized newsroom will improve business continuity across all of their newspaper properties while still empowering each publisher to produce quality news products their readers have come to enjoy and expect.”

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