This week we look at how TV news anchors are making their work social, how one newspaper successfully revamped its print edition, and how the leader of the Gannett Company is approaching the future.

PART 1: Reshaping the role of TV news anchor

The rise of social media is changing the job of TV news anchors by offering new ways to serve audiences online. Amy Wood of WSPA-TV and Maria Quiban of KTTV/Fox 11 explain how interacting with the audience via Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and other online platforms has become a central part of their day-to-day work.

Reporting by Kacie Yearout.

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PART 2: Print success in Columbus

As many news organizations shift the focus to digital, The Columbus Dispatch found success earlier this year with a major redesign of its print edition. We hear from editor Benjamin Marrison about how readers and advertisers responded and about how the print edition fits into the Dispatch's overall strategy.

Reporting by Chelsea Stuart.

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For more details about the Columbus Dispatch redesign, including information about how the printing presses were reconfigured to handle the compact format, see this article from News & Tech.

PART 3: Looking forward with the chief of Gannett

Newsrooms will have to evolve constantly to keep up with their audiences, says Gracia Martore, president and chief executive officer of Gannett, which owns television and newspaper properties across the country including USA Today. In this RJI Futures Lab interview, Martore also stresses the importance of thinking about the customer in every conversation within an organization.

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Since taking over as chief executive officer in October 2011, Martore launched a new digital strategy that included paid online subscription plans and embarked on a plan to return capital to investors, according to this profile from Barrons.

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