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Local Media Company [CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]Due by Day 7. Prior to beginning work on this assignment, read the Extended Case 1: Changing Leaders and Direction in Dallas/Fort Worth at the end of Chapter 9, and review Chapter 7 and Chapter 8 in your course text.

Select a major daily newspaper in a nearby major metropolitan area. Pretend it is the Irving Independent in the case you just read. Conduct a market analysis and consider what new media offerings are needed, whether and how to change the organization’s structure, culture, communication, as well as its legal and personal documents. Start by reading the most recent profile of your selected market.

Use the sources and suggestions provided in the section entitled Backgrounder 5: “Finding Information for Problem Solving and Decision Making” in the Extended Case 1: Changing Leaders and Direction in Dallas/Fort Worth to conduct your analysis and research of the market. Obtain as much information as you can about the

demographics, psychographics, and other characteristics of the city’s residents. Analyze the major demographic and lifestyle characteristics of residents.

Use the information and data obtained from your sources and the course text to address the following: • Compare the leadership styles of Maria Rincon and Dean Bledsoe.

Describewhatispositiveaboutthewayeachleads,whatisnegativeaboutthewayeachleads, and what each manager did that led to the problems the Irving Independent is facing currently.

• Explain how each manager can improve his or her own leadership and communication. • Conduct a market analysis of the major city you have selected.

Review Chapters 7 and 8 before compiling the analysis. Use the information in those chapters as a guide for what to include in your market analysis.

• Recommend how the organizational structure should be changed to meet the firm’s goals and change the organizations culture. Use the organizational structure and chain of command of the major daily newspaper you have selected and pretend they are the Irving Independent’s. (In other words, find relevant organizational charts or documents from actual local outlets to serve as the organizational structure of the Irving Independent in the scenario.) Make sure your recommendations fit the organizational goals outlined in the case study. Also, be sure your recommendations will ensure good communication within and between all outlets.

• Develop a research proposal to identify and explain the new media offerings needed. Help the Irving Independent’s managers decide what new media sites or services to offer and to whom those services should be targeted. Be sure the research encompasses the various new media, digital, Internet, video streaming, podcasting, and other possibilities.

The goal with this extended case study is to give you a chance to consider major problems that you are likely to face at various points in your career. The second goal is to instruct you on how to find good, relevant information to aid in problem-solving, and decision-making. The third goal is to provide a real-life situation to apply theory, research, and data analysis.

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