Shaw Media claims to be “the third oldest, continuously owned and operated family newspaper in the nation.” Today, Shaw Media has more than 300 employees working at 53 newspapers and magazines across Illinois and Iowa.
Tom Shaw, who has worked at various levels within the company, currently holds the position of vice president and chief product officer. He recently led the launch of a news consolidation model called Shaw Local, designed to better their communities that contributed to their yearly double-digit growth in reader revenues.
In this segment of “E&P Reports,” publisher Mike Blinder goes one-on-one with Shaw to learn more about how news consolidation models may not just benefit their company, but the industry as a whole. Plus, we learn Shaw’s thoughts about the industry’s relationship and future with Google and Facebook, growing advertising revenue, building diversity in our newsrooms, and Shaw Media’s plans for growth in the future.