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201 North Harrison Street

Suite 600

Davenport, IA 52801

United States

Phone: 563-383-2100


Lee Enterprises, Incorporated provides local news and information, and advertising services primarily in the Midwest, Mountain West, and West regions of the United States. The company’s products include 50 daily and 38 Sunday newspapers with print and digital subscribers totaling 0.9 million and 1.3 million, respectively, for the year ended September 27, 2015, read by approximately 3 million people in print; and approximately 300 weekly newspapers and classified and niche publications. Pulitzer Inc. (Pulitzer) Pulitzer publishes 14 daily newspapers and approximately 100 weekly newspapers and specialty publications. Pulitzer also owns a 50% interest in TNI Partners (TNI). Pulitzer newspaper operations include St. Louis, Missouri, where its subsidiary, St. Louis Post-Dispatch LLC (PD LLC), publishes the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the major daily newspaper serving the greater St. Louis metropolitan area, and various specialty publications, and supports its related digital products. St. Louis newspaper operations also include the Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis, a group of weekly newspapers and niche publications that focus on separate communities within the metropolitan area. Pulitzer and its subsidiaries and affiliates publish 11 daily newspapers and support the related digital products, as well as publish approximately 75 weekly newspapers, shoppers and niche publications that serve markets in the Midwest, Southwest and West. TNI The company owns a 50% interest in TNI, the Tucson, Arizona newspaper partnership. TNI, acting as agent for the company’s subsidiary, Star Publishing Company (Star Publishing) and Citizen Publishing Company (Citizen), the owner of the remaining 50%, a subsidiary of Gannett Co., Inc., (Gannett). TNI is responsible for printing, delivery, advertising and subscription activities of the Arizona Daily Star. Madison Newspapers, Inc. (MNI) The company owns 50% of the capital stock of MNI and 17% of the nonvoting common stock of The Capital Times Company (TCT). TCT owns the remaining 50% of the capital stock of MNI. MNI publishes daily and Sunday newspapers, and other publications in Madison, Wisconsin, and other Wisconsin locations, and supports their related digital products. MNI conducts business under the trade name Capital Newspapers. The company has a contract to furnish the editorial and news content for the Wisconsin State Journal, which is published by MNI, and periodically provide other services to MNI. Advertising and Marketing Services Retail advertising is print or digital revenue earned from sales of display advertising space in the publication, or for preprinted advertising inserted in the publication, to local accounts or regional and national businesses with local retail operations. Classified advertising, which includes employment, automotive, real estate for sale or rent, legal, obituaries and other categories, is revenue earned from sales of advertising space in these categories or from publications consisting primarily of such advertising. Classified publications offer advertisers a local advertising vehicle and are particularly effective in larger markets with higher media fragmentation. National advertising is revenue earned from print or digital display advertising space, or for preprinted advertising inserted in the publication for national accounts that do not have a local retailer representing the account in the market. Digital advertising consists of display, banner, behavioral targeting, search, rich media, directories, classified or other advertising on websites or mobile devices associated and integrated with the c company’s print publications, other digital applications, or on third party affiliated Websites, such as Yahoo! Inc. Digital advertising is reported in combination with print advertising in the retail, classified and national categories. Niche publications are specialty publications, such as lifestyle, business, health or home improvement publications that contain significant amounts of advertising. Marketing services includes a suite of custom digital marketing services that include SEO, SEM, Web and mobile production, social media services and reputation monitoring and management. The company’s services also include media buying in audience extension networks (outside of those owned and operated by it, such as Centro Ad Lift, Google Ad Exchange and Facebook. The company’s enterprises are primarily located in midsize and small markets. The company’s businesses operate in geographic groups of publications, or clusters, which provide operational efficiencies, extend sales penetration and provide broader audiences for advertisers. History Lee Enterprises, Incorporated was founded in 1890. The company was incorporated in 1950.


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