SOURCE: Zvents

March 26, 2008 06:00 ET

Morris Publishing Group Picks Zvents to Provide Online Local Event and Entertainment Search for Its Newspapers Across the U.S.

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - March 26, 2008) - Morris Publishing Group is partnering with Zvents, the local search engine for things to do, to power its online entertainment and event platform. The two companies have established an agreement that allows Morris website users to discover, contribute, share, and promote events and various sources of entertainment through Zvents' local search technology products.

Zvents will actively aggregate merchant and event information within cities served by Morris newspaper websites, enabling users to conduct "what, when, where" searches for events, restaurants, businesses, movies, performers, and other local activities using natural language search queries. Through Zvents, users will be able to review details of an event or venue, including date and time, ticket prices, descriptions, venue information, ratings, and mapped locations, as well as contribute their own content through reviews, comments, photos, and related links. Marketers seeking to prioritize local targeting with national coverage will also be able to list their businesses and events on Morris websites using Zvents. Currently the Zvents Media Network receives over ten million local searches per month.

"We are delighted to have Morris Publishing on board. Working collaboratively with the Zvents Media Network of more than 200 media partners allows us to provide the most comprehensive local search for their readers," said Ethan Stock, Zvents CEO and co-founder.

Morris Publishing CEO William S. Morris IV said the agreement will enhance the services that Morris newspaper websites offer to both readers and advertisers.

"Information on entertainment and leisure-time activities is highly valued in our time-impoverished society," Morris said. "This not only enables us to present that information, but also our readers can be involved by contributing their own comments and content."

ABOUT MORRIS PUBLISHING GROUP

Morris Publishing Group was formed in 2001 and assumed the operations of the newspaper business segment of its parent, Morris Communications, Co., LLC. Morris Publishing Group publishes 13 daily newspapers and numerous nondaily and free community newspapers in the United States. Morris Communications is a privately held media company with diversified holdings that include newspaper and magazine publishing, outdoor advertising, radio broadcasting, book publishing and distribution, and online services. For more information, visit www.morris.com.

Morris Digital Works (MDW), the online division of Morris Communications Co. LLC, provides tools, technologies, consulting and Web development services to Morris newspapers and external clients. For more information, visit www.morrisdigitalworks.com.

ABOUT ZVENTS

Zvents is the leading local search engine technology company for local businesses, entertainment, and events. Zvents provides a complete and compelling user experience, enabling users to find, contribute, share and promote events, local business listings and venues, and performers. The company aggregates rich event information from the open web, user-contributed content, and links high-quality editorial content from partners with its local event index. With the Zvents Media Platform, Zvents' local content index and search engine powers media partners and publishers with dynamic local event content and a reverse publishing platform to move indexed content direct to print. For more information, visit www.Zvents.com.

Contact Information

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