NEX GEN Mentor Program

The SNPA Foundation has selected nine newspaper executives to participate in the 2017-2018 NEX GEN program. Each of the nine participants will be paired with one of the brightest talents in the newspaper industry.

The year-long NEX GEN program offers newspaper professionals with executive potential the opportunity to develop their industry knowledge, analytical skills and aptitude for innovation.

Meet the Class of 2017-18!

From the SNPA President-Elect

Les Simpson
By Les Simpson, publisher, Amarillo Globe-News and SNPA President-Elect

SNPA R&D partners are critical to the future of our industry, and extremely important to SNPA.  That's why we are establishing an R&D advisory committee composed of members who want to help SNPA ensure that its R&D members receive value from their memberships, and devise ways to create more value for both newspapers and R&D members at the SNPA annual convention and at the Mega-Conference.

It's important for the SNPA membership to know the involvement of our R&D partners helps us provide great programming at wonderful locations while, at the same time, keeping registration costs down.

We want this committee to work with us on how we can provide a great experience for our R&D partners as well as the SNPA members as we work together.

If you are interested in serving on this committee, please complete this application by Friday, August 18.

The committee will consist of representatives from 4-6 partners. There will be a few meetings via conference calls as well as at the combined SNPA-Inland annual meeting in Colorado Springs.

I hope you will consider working with us as SNPA continues its efforts to improve its service to all of its members.

Calendar of Events
September 10 - 12, 2017
February 26 - 28, 2018
SNPA-Inland Annual Meeting - Conference Highlights

Aaron Kotarek

During next month's SNPA-Inland Annual Meeting, Aaron Kotarek will discuss how the Honolulu Star-Advertiser has bucked the national trend over the past five years to grow overall print volumes through a diversified product portfolio approach using print centric strategies and tactics.

For those who still believe in the future of print, this is a must-attend session.


One-size-fits-all is no more true in digital services agency business models than in any other industry revenue initiative. This session at the SNPA-Inland Annual Meeting looks at two approaches to digital agencies: the single-location, high-end and local fulfillment service model represented by The Oklahoman's BigWing, and the multi-location, SMB-focused, local fulfillment service model that WEHCO Digital Media's Flypaper is pursuing.

No matter the approach, this session will tackle the questions most on publishers' minds: How are the agencies structured and built – and are they profitable?

SNPA People

Matthew Ipsan

Matthew Ipsan, executive vice president of Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc., is leaving the company for another opportunity, effective Sept. 5, CNHI announced Monday.

Ipsan joined CNHI 6½ years ago as the company's chief digital officer. He was later promoted to senior vice president and then to executive vice president, overseeing digital operations, including revenue and marketing.


Carol Goss-Daniels has been hired as the new executive vice president of the Tennessee Press Service. Dave Gould, president of TPS, said, "In her new role, Carol will lobby on behalf of our newspapers, lead the TPS ad sales efforts and oversee the staff."

Industry News

A. H. Belo Corporation, parent of The Dallas Morning News, announced plans Friday to outsource much of its advertising creation and production work to the parent of USA Today.


By Ted Stasney and Robin DiSalvo, Research Director on Demand

Consumer confidence surveys can measure consumers' plans for spending. They also can provide a timely opportunity to advertise and market your business and services.


More than 20 press freedom organizations have joined together to launch the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, a new nonpartisan website dedicated to documenting press freedom abuses across the United States.


On Friday, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Department of Justice would increase its pursuit of investigations into unauthorized disclosures. In his statement, he said he would also revisit internal DOJ guidelines that address how and when federal prosecutors can use subpoenas and other tools to obtain the records of journalists as a part of these investigations.

Mike Zinser

As previously reported, North Carolina newspapers have been fighting to maintain the tremendous advantage they have enjoyed in Workers' Compensation legislation for the last 20 years, in the form of a legislative presumption of independent contractor status for newspaper carriers.

At the very end of the legislative session on June 28, a modified version of H.B. 205 passed in both Houses. This bill would have removed the legislative presumption. Fortunately, on July 17, Governor Roy Cooper vetoed the new legislation.

Motivating and Communicating

Jules Ciotta
By Jules Ciotta

Many managers think that handing out praise indiscriminately is better than not praising at all.

They are wrong. If you hand out praise the wrong way, at the wrong time, or for the wrong reasons, it can do more harm than good. Here are some guidelines to follow when using praise to motivate employees:

SNPA Jobs Network

Ad Director/Publisher, Paxton Media Group
Daily North Carolina newspaper in need of Ad Director/Publisher. Great opportunity to join a growing newspaper company, Paxton Media Group, with nine N.C. newspapers. We believe in our papers and are optimistic about the future. Learn more and submit your resume

Publisher, Argus Observer, Ontario, Ore.
The Argus Observer is a six-day morning newspaper, 4,300 circulation and a TMC of 16,000. It is a division of Wick Communications, a family-owned multi-media company, now in its third generation, with operations in community markets in 11 states. Learn more and submit your resume

Chief Financial Officer, Wick Communications, Sierra Vista, Ariz.
We are seeking dynamic forward-thinking CFO candidates who understand the challenges of our industry and are determined to be successful. Learn more and submit your resume

Post your job openings with SNPA. There's no cost to SNPA members. If you have any difficulty posting your openings, send the information for your employment listings to cindy@snpa.org.

Training and Development

Trying to draw in a new audience, or looking to boost numbers on your videos or podcasts? Give Facebook Live a try. Are you already familiar with the platform, but looking to step up your game? Jason Kolnos of the Cape Cod Times joins Tim Schmitt of GateHouse Media to discuss the basics (sound, logistics, how-to), as well as some best practices. Hear how Kolnos got more than 61,000 people to watch traffic!


InDesign has so many built-in features that automate our work, allowing us to work smarter, not harder. Whether building pages or ads, you can save time, every time, with just some of the helpful tips you'll receive in this webinar.

Reader's Corner

People in the newspaper industry increasingly joke about the triumvirate of Gatehouse Media LLC, Digital First Media Inc. and Gannett Co. taking over the bulk of the country's 1,350 daily newspapers as conglomerate Gannett-Gatehouse-DFMCo. Today, those three companies own a full quarter of the nation's dailies, as family-run operations dwindle and final generations of newspaper-owning families look for the exits before the passageway becomes too narrow.

At the 25 percent level, we may seem like a long way away from Gannett-Gatehouse-DFMCo, but a newer phenomenon – megaclustering – moves the industry closer in that direction.

Read more from Ken Doctor.


News and commentary of interest to journalism innovators and entrepreneurs. Read the latest from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute.

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