ACBJ Chairman Dies, Acquired Hemmings

Ray Shaw, the Chairman of American City Business Journals (ACBJ) and parent company of Hemmings Motor News, died Sunday at the age of 75.

After a career at Dow Jones, Shaw wound up acquiring ACBJ and rapidly expanded its operations to include titles outside the field of general business comprising sports and automobiles. The company acquired Hemmings Motor News in 2002 and immediately set about expanding its related print properties. Shaw’s focus on journalism influenced Hemmings to include an increase in unpaid content.

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  1. Shaw marked an era of editorial content as a means to distinguish a publication. In the case of Hemmings, this philosophy has debilitated the book much like you have described elsewhere in this info website. Replacing reduced ad content with articles is not a recipe for success when you’re dealing with buyers and sellers!

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