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By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2005-03-23 Print this article Print
 displays news"> "People want news thats relevant to them—where they live, the business that they are in, the topics they care about," said Jack Williams, Gannetts senior vice president of diversified business and development, in a statement. "Topix.nets technology will leverage the media assets and broad reach of our three companies in entirely new ways."
But Skrenta stressed that Gannett, Knight Ridder and Tribune will not influence the way that aggregates and displays online news and that will continue to partner with other media companies. uses computer algorithms, rather than human editors, to determine the placement of news links on its site and the relevancy of search results. "One of the neat things about Topix is that were a very different news reading model, where were taking in content from all publishers and contextualizing it," Skrenta said. "They have been very clear that they want to keep us editorially independent." Taken together, Gannett, Knight Ridder and Tribune own more than 140 newspaper Web sites that reach about 30 million unique visitors a month, the companies said. Gannett, of McLean, Va., is the nations largest newspaper publisher. It operates 101 daily newspapers, including USA Today, along with 21 television stations. Knight Ridder, of San Jose, Calif., is the second largest newspaper publisher with 31 daily newspapers, including the San Jose Mercury News. Chicago-based Tribune runs 14 daily newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times, and operates 26 television stations. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on enterprise search technology.

Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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