R.R. Donnelley acquires Journalism Online

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Chicago—Printing giant R. R. Donnelley & Sons Co. announced Thursday it has acquired Journalism Online, the company founded and managed by Steven Brill, founder of The American Lawyer and Court TV, and L. Gordon Crovitz, former Wall Street Journal publisher, to help publishers generate subscription revenue from their websites. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

At the center of the deal is Press+, Journalism Online's technology that enables publishers to integrate a paid-content engine, which offers audiences a mix of free and subscription-based content, with their websites.

“We provide solutions across the entire breadth of the publishing supply chain, from content creation and digital asset management through subscription solicitations, processing and renewals,” Thomas J. Quinlan III, president-CEO of Donnelley, said in a statement. “Press+ enhances our offering and opens new avenues for publishers to generate incremental subscription and advertising revenue.”

Crovitz said in a statement: “Our experience demonstrates that publishers using Press+ for metered access to websites and other digital products retain their online ad revenue and readership while adding a valuable revenue stream from online subscriptions.”

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