REAL TIMES MEDIA FORMS STRATEGIC DIGITAL PARTNERSHIP WITH INTERACTIVE ONE STUDIOS
Interactive One's growing business division will provide technology, marketing, and editorial support for the Real Times newspaper brand digital platform
DETROIT – July 17, 2013 –
– Real Times Media (RTM), a multimedia company focused on urban news and entertainment which includes the nation’s largest African American-owned newspaper and digital media operation, has signed on as the latest partner of Interactive One Studios, a division of Interactive One, which assists external brands with developing highly profitable digital businesses through world-class sales, platform, content and distribution services.
"Partnering with Interactive One Studios presents a tremendous opportunity for the Real Times Media digital platform," said Hiram E. Jackson, CEO, Real Times Media. "For the past few years our company has had a laser focus on transitioning our traditionally print business model into a more robust digital platform. We’ve been able to make significant headway on our own; however, this partnership with iOne Studios will certainly help us to reach new levels of success."
Under the terms of the partnership, Real Times Media will migrate its
Atlanta Daily World (www.AtlantaDailyWorld.com), Chicago Defender (www.ChicagoDefender.com), Michigan Chronicle (www.MichiganChronicle.com), Memphis Tri-State Defender (www.TSDMemphis.com), and New Pittsburgh Courier (www.NewPittsburghCourier.com) websites to Interactive One's proprietary content and mobile platforms. The transition will benefit the Real Times Media brands through increased audience reach, world-class advertising, media management and operations, guaranteed uptimes and tech support, and a unique set of features and functions that have made the channels within the Interactive One network a leader in the space.
"Real Times Media and its newspapers have a rich tradition and deep community relationships," said Alfred C. Liggins III, CEO of Radio One, Inc., the parent company of Interactive One. "That tradition, those relationships and the power of digital, which is the great equalizer for traditional Black and New Urban audiences, put them on firm footing for a bright future."
Real Times Media is the latest addition to the Interactive One roster of partners, which includes Russell Simmons’ GlobalGrind.com, NBC News’ theGrio.com and Tom Joyner’s BlackAmericaWeb.com, among others.
ABOUT REAL TIMES MEDIA
Real Times Media is a multi-media company focused on urban news, lifestyle information, and entertainment. Built on iconic brands whose legacies extend back more than 100 years, its family of companies include Who’s Who Publishing Company, the premiere platform for celebrating African American achievement, the nation’s largest African-American owned and operated news organization including the
Atlanta Daily World (www.AtlantaDailyWorld.com), Chicago Defender
Michigan Chronicle (www.MichiganChronicle.com), FrontPage Detroit (www.FrontPageDetroit.com), Memphis Tri-State Defender (www.TSDMemphis.com), and New Pittsburgh Courier (www.NewPittsburghCourier.com) and RTM Digital Studios, , archival image licensing arm which houses more than 2 million photos, articles and other artifacts documenting the past 100 years of the African American experience.
ABOUT INTERACTIVE ONE
Interactive One is one of the fastest growing digital companies reaching millions of Black and Latino Americans each month. With approximately 3 billion annual page views on its suite of sites, the company has become the definitive online resource for the urban community through its suite of social, local radio and content offerings such as HelloBeautiful (www.HelloBeautiful.com), the fastest growing lifestyle resource for today's Black woman; NewsOne (www.NewsOne.com), which provides up to the minute, comprehensive coverage of newsworthy events relevant to Black Americans across the country and the world; TheUrbanDaily (www.TheUrbanDaily.com), the eyes and ears for the urban community looking for what's hot online, on the airwaves, in theaters, and on the street; GIANTlife (www.GiantLife.com), the definitive urban lifestyle brand for Next Generation tastemakers and icons Elev8 (www.Elev8.com) a site devoted to elevating the mind, body and spirit, ZONA de Sabor (www.Zonadesabor.com), the new online destination for today's urban Latino who wants to stay current on entertainment and celebrity news in the Latino community and our social platform anchored by the iconic BlackPlanet (www.BlackPlanet.com), the newly launched BlackPlanetNEXT (www.BlackPlanetNEXT.com), and the new BlackPlanet RADIO (www.BlackPlanetRadio.com), the digital industry's first social radio website created for the African American community.
Interactive One was launched by Radio One, Inc. in 2008 to complement Radio One's existing portfolio of media companies targeting Black Americans. Since its launch, Interactive One has quickly become the #1 online platform for the African American and urban community.
REAL TIMES MEDIA ENGAGES DIGITAL MEDIA EXPERT BARRY COOPER TO GROW DIGITAL PLATFORM
Multimedia company fully focused on transitioning traditional Black Press properties into digital
contenders for urban news, lifestyle information, and entertainment.
– July 8, 2013
– Real Times Media (RTM), a multimedia company focused on urban
news and entertainment which includes the nation's largest African American-owned newspaper
and digital media operation, today announced that it has hired digital media expert and the
founder of the original BlackVoices.com, Barry Cooper to strategically transition its traditional
print properties into a more robust digital platform.
“Barry’s extensive experience with, and comprehensive understanding of, digital media is a
tremendous addition to Real Times Media and one I'm sure will become a valuable resource to
our clients,” said Hiram E. Jackson, chief executive officer, Real Times Media. “It is truly exciting
to have one of the founders of the digital black press as a part of our team as we flesh out a
digital first strategy which will ensure a strong, vibrant future for our newspaper brands and a
the successful platform upon which we’ll launch new online brands.”
A digital strategist today, Cooper possesses a deep understanding of traditional media having
got his start as a journalist. He has worked as a reporter, columnist, editor or newsroom
manager for the largest newspaper chains in the country, including The New York Times Co.,
Knight-Ridder, Gannett, Tribune Co., and Landmark Communications. Cooper also has a
Pulitzer Prize nomination to his credit.
In 1998, as an employee of Tribune Co., Cooper convinced Tribune to invest $5 million to
launch Black Voices, an online destination for African American-geared news and information.
Mr. Cooper grew the company to 45 employees with offices in L.A., Chicago and New York. In
2004, Black Voices was sold to AOL, and still ranks number one in its category as the leading
social media destination targeting African Americans.
The hiring of Cooper is the first of several strategic moves for RTM in transitioning its iconic
newspaper brands into large-scale digital contenders for urban news, lifestyle information, and
“The Real Times Media team is doing some things that I think will revolutionize the Black Press
as we know it," said Cooper. “From its digital evolution to the 360 degree integration approach it
is serving clients, Real Times Media is creating a platform simply not found in black media
today. I’m ecstatic to be partnering with the company in these early stages and am confident
that together we are going to create something amazing.”
Founded in 2006, the Real Times Media family of companies includes include Who’s Who
Publishing Company, the premiere platform for celebrating African American achievement, the
nation’s largest African-American owned and operated news organization including the Atlanta
Daily World (www.ADWNews.com), Chicago Defender (www.ChicagoDefender.com), Michigan
Chronicle (www.MichiganChronicle.com), FrontPage Detroit (www.FrontPageDetroit.com),
Memphis Tri-State Defender (www.TSDMemphis.com), and New Pittsburgh Courier
(www.NewPittsburghCourier.com) and RTM Digital Studios, an archival image licensing arm
which houses more than 2 million photos, articles and other artifacts documenting the past 100
years of the African American experience.
Columbus, Ohio – Who's Who In Black New York City® is thrilled to announce that Byron E. Lewis, founder and president emeritus of UniWorld Group, Inc., will pen the foreword or the second edition.
"It is such a pleasure to have Bryon Lewis pen the foreword for the second edition," says Carter D. Womack, vice president of market and development. "His dedication to the African-American community makes him one of the most viable individuals to pen the foreword of this historic book."
Lewis began his career working for African-American newspapers and magazines in Harlem, New York. Now, with an established career within the field of mass media and communication, he has been responsible for initiatives and activities that include advertising, publishing, public relations, promotion, broadcast and entertainment throughout the past 41 years.