Morris DigitalWorks Licenses First Applications in Latin America with Brazilian Associados

    AUGUSTA, Ga., Sept. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Morris DigitalWorks, the online
 division of Morris Communications Co., LLC, has announced its first licensing
 agreement in Latin America. Associados, a Brazilian communication group based
 in Brasilia, has agreed to license MDW's mdClassifieds, mdRealEstate and
 mdTransit applications.  The software supports customization and translation
 into Portuguese, the language of Brazil.
     "This is truly an exciting time for Morris DigitalWorks," said Michael
 Romaner, president of MDW. "The applications Associados has chosen will help
 them pave the way toward creating a dominant online marketplace in South
 America. We're pleased to be a part of this great effort."
     "We researched the U.S. market for more than six months," said Geraldo
 Neto, Associados contract manager. "We found in Morris not only innovative
 products, but a team fully trained and prepared to deliver its solution to our
 needs. This is definitely the beginning of a long partnership. We have
 confidence in the way that Morris is preparing for the challenges of the
 future."
     Morris DigitalWorks' online technology enables newspapers to expand their
 markets to the online arena. Each application can be customized to suit the
 unique needs of the market, enabling the client to design Web sites that fit
 its demographics. They are available as licensed applications or hosted
 solutions.
     MdClassifieds is a flexible, online classified display and line ad
 solution that leverages newspapers' print ad inventory into revenue-
 generating, online marketplaces.
     MdRealEstate supports a comprehensive, online real estate marketplace that
 features Realtors, brokers and new-home builders, with in-depth detail on
 property for sale or rent, and lead-generation tools.
     MdTransit is an automotive online solution for newspapers that focuses on
 driving customer interest and demand in autos to local advertisers who are
 featured throughout the site in conjunction with detailed supporting
 information to aid in consumers' online research.
     Morris DigitalWorks' first international licensing agreement was made in
 December 2003 with Torstar Corporation, a Toronto, Canada-based communication
 group with holdings that include Canada's largest daily newspaper, The Toronto
 Star.
     Associados has 12 newspapers, including Estado de Minas, Correio
 Brazileinse and Diario de Pernambuco. The communications group also boasts 13
 radio stations, seven television stations and three Internet service
 providers. Formed in 1924, Associados is credited for bringing television to
 Brazil in the 1950s. Today the group employs more than 4,600 people and has
 annual revenue of more than $250 million (US).
     Morris DigitalWorks, the online division of Morris Communications Co.,
 LLC, provides tools, technologies, consulting and Web development services to
 Morris newspapers and external clients. MDW award-winning technologies
 include: world-class hosting facilities, robust content-management software,
 high-performance application tools, site enhancement tools and comprehensive
 classified and display classified technology. For more information, visit
 www.morrisdigitalworks.com.
     Morris Communications Co., LLC is a privately held media company with
 diversified holdings that include newspaper and magazine publishing, outdoor
 advertising, book publishing and distribution, visitor guide publishing, radio
 broadcasting and online services. For more information visit: www.morris.com.
 
 

SOURCE Morris Communications Company, LLC

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