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Editor’s Note: Encyclo has not been regularly updated since August 2014, so information posted here is likely to be out of date and may be no longer accurate. It’s best used as a snapshot of the media landscape at that point in time.

The  was a newspaper chain that owned mostly small publications in the northeast United States. It  with the MediaNews Group as part of Digital First Media.

The company, based in Yardley, Penn., and more than 150 nondaily publications. Its flagship newspaper was the . After , the company was owned by , a hedge fund.

The Journal Register declared bankruptcy twice in its final years — in 2009 and 2012. In the first bankruptcy, after in which it was from the New York Stock Exchange and threatened to close several papers, the Journal Register in February 2009 and . Three years later, the company  in a strategic move to unburden some of its debts, including underfunded pension obligations, built up before its first bankruptcy. The company was , an Alden subsidiary fund, coming out of its second bankruptcy.

The company , John Paton, in January 2010, and he quickly began incorporating a “” philosophy into the papers’ production approaches. It is watched by many in the media especially for its attempts to leverage legacy infrastructure in its efforts at innovation. The journalism academics Jay Rosen, Jeff Jarvis, and Emily Bell . In September 2011, Paton of MediaNews Group while remaining the Journal Register’s CEO, managing both companies under the name Digital First Media. The two companies were formally separate before their 2013 merger, though Alden is also a significant investor in MediaNews.

By 2012, the digital first strategy had resulted in , though its gains were not enough to offset the company’s ongoing drop in print advertising revenue. Paton said in September 2012 that he was for several Journal Register papers. The following year, Digital First in Oneida, N.Y., from six days a week in print to three.

Digital First at Journal Register papers by requiring users to take a Google survey question before seeing articles, and it planned to combine that approach with mobile and digital paywall experiments. Later that year, Paton would incorporate digital subscriptions.

In April 2010, the company the , in which newspapers would produce a single day’s edition using only free, digital tools. The following month, took part in the project. In July, each of the company’s newspapers .

In June 2010, Paton the launch of the ideaLab, a project to give 15 of the company’s employees technological tools to experiment with and determine how they might be used to better the business. In December 2010, the Torrington Register Citizen , which invites members of the community to spend time in the paper’s newsroom. The paper also hosts daily news meetings that are open to the public, as well as classes on blogging and other skills for members of the community.

In September 2010, after with Yahoo, Journal Register announced a partnership with the neighborhood news provider to create a hyperlocal news and ad portal in the Philadelphia area. The company also on news apps and with NYU for . Digital First on foreign coverage and with for syndication services.

Recent AndroidForMobile Lab coverage:
Sept. 25, 2014 / Ken Doctor
The newsonomics of auctioning off Digital First’s newspapers (and California schemin’) — Could the sale of the Digital First Media properties lead to the U.S.’s first quasi-national newspaper company? That’s the hope of DFM’s current owners, and the shiniest lure tossed out into the newspap...
April 2, 2014 / Ken Doctor
The newsonomics of Digital First Media’s Thunderdome implosion (and coming sale) — Today, we’ll hear official word of the demise of Project Thunderdome, one of the news industry’s highest-profile experiments in centralized, digital-first, mobile-friendly, new-news-partner content creation. ...
Feb. 13, 2013 / Joshua Benton
Press Publish 6: Rick Edmonds of Poynter on paywalls, print days, and the economics of newspapers — The newspaper business analyst talks about what revenue strategies are showing signs of life and whether the paywall model works for everyone....
Oct. 12, 2012 / Mark Coddington
This Week in Review: Discerning truth and lies in political coverage, and the value of digital-first news — Plus: The debate about free news and journalism quality, The New York Times' labor conflict, and the rest of the week's media and tech news....
Sept. 14, 2012 / Mark Coddington
This Week in Review: The bizarre anti-Muslim film, and challenging foundations’ journalism priorities — Plus: More details on the Journal Register Co.'s bankruptcy, new ideas on j-school training, and the rest of the news in media and tech this week....

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Primary author: Mark Coddington. Main text last updated: January 4, 2014.
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