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Key Executives Mega-Conference

Fifteen presentations to be made on the Solutions Stage during the 2018 Key Executives Mega-Conference have been announced. Topics are wide-ranging, touching on numerous hot topics facing newspaper publishers today.

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Calendar of Events
November 16, 2017

Almost all news organizations have a website, but few have researched how the design of the site can affect how audiences interact with news content. The Center for Media Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin has done extensive research – what works, what doesn’t, and how to get the most out of a redesign. In this session, our presenters will share their research findings and best practices for implementing the findings into your website.

February 26 - 28, 2018
SNPA People

Lisa Chappell

Lisa Chappell, a veteran Texas newspaper executive, has been appointed publisher of the Weatherford Democrat and the Mineral Wells Index. She succeeds Jeff Smith, who recently retired.

Chappell is currently the publisher of the Gainesville Daily Register and the Greenville Herald-Banner, and their affiliated weekly publications in Royse City, Commerce and Rockwall County. She will continue in that role as well.

Relan Walker

Interim publisher and longtime business manager Relan Walker has assumed the role of publisher of The Paris (Texas) News, Dolph Tillotson, president of Southern Newspapers Inc., has announced.

Two additional appointments at the paper also have been announced.

John Wagenknecht

John C. Wagenknecht, father of Janie Dunn-Rankin, of Venice, Fla., died recently. Janie's husband, David Dunn-Rankin, is president of Sun Coast Media Group and a former president of SNPA.

Carmage Walls Leadership Forum, Feb. 4-6

Tim Griggs, Steven King and Les High

The 2018 Carmage Walls Leadership Forum – to be held Feb. 4-6 in Chapel Hill, N.C. – will feature two media innovators who specialize in new revenue models for sustaining journalism.

Tim Griggs, the former publisher of The Texas Tribune, and Steven King, the former editor of innovations at The Washington Post, will guide a full day of publisher-to-publisher discussion that will center on revenue growth, sustainability, product development, consumer user experience and digital strategy.

Griggs is an independent consultant and adviser to media organizations on revenue and audience growth, product development, consumer user experience and digital strategy. He is also the Innovator in Residence at the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin.

King is assistant professor of Interactive and Multimedia at the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. King combines computer science concepts to develop new ways to present information and to create sustainable innovations and technologies for journalism.

Les High, editor and owner of The News Reporter in Whiteville, N.C., is the program chairman and moderator.

"I have worked with Tim Griggs as part of the ongoing Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative, and I have been impressed at how he is able to elevate the discussions about the future of our business," High said. "Publishers who attend this conference will leave Chapel Hill energized and motivated to meet the challenges they face. Steven King is on the cutting edge of journalism technology but is able to articulate how this translates to smaller media companies."

In addition to programs led by Griggs and King, the 2018 program will include topics for discussion that are chosen by the meeting participants.  

The Carmage Walls Leadership Forum will be held at The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill. Attendance is reserved exclusively for executives from SNPA newspapers with circulations under 30,000.

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Hotel Rooms: SNPA is still holding a few rooms at The Carolina Inn. To reserve a room, contact Edward VanHorn at (404) 256-0444 or edward@snpa.org.

For more information, contact Edward VanHorn in the SNPA office: (404) 256-0444 or edward@snpa.org.

The Leadership Forum is named in memory of the late Benjamin Carmage Walls whose newspaper career spanned seven decades. Walls primarily owned community newspapers and advocated strong courageous leadership.

Beyond the NEX GEN Year

Carlene Cox
By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

Carlene Cox says her NEX GEN experience was less structured than most because her mentor was in the same city. That made getting together easier, which became important when she changed jobs.

Cox, 34, was director of newsroom development at GateHouse Media in Austin, Texas, when she was accepted into SNPA's mentoring program. At the time, she knew a job change was possible within the GateHouse corporate structure, but the specifics were still being worked out.

Ultimately, she was named director of specialty content.

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.

Read about her NEX GEN experience.

Industry News

GateHouse Media has launched a scholarship contest for college-bound students across the nation.

Students are asked to select either the word "impact," "trusted," "community" or "local" and submit an essay of up to 500 words explaining what the word means to them.


Florida International University is conducting a survey designed to examine the roles and status of communication professionals – the positions they hold, the role mentoring has played in their careers and their access to management opportunities.

This survey is being distributed to professionals who work for newspapers, magazines, online and broadcast journalism, advertising, and public relations.    

The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete – but the results are important.  We encourage your participation before the Nov. 30 deadline.

Here is a link to the survey.

The survey is being conducted by the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in the College of Communication, Architecture & the Arts at Florida International University.  

Survey results will be released in early 2018.


The Danish news media company Skive Folkeblad has implemented ONSET from Newscycle Solutions as part of its strategy to generate more page views and boost ad revenues.


Mike Zinser
By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

On Nov. 8, by a vote of 49 to 46, the U.S. Senate confirmed President Trump's nomination of Peter Robb to be the next NLRB general counsel. Robb, a management labor lawyer from Vermont, replaces Richard Griffin, whose term expired on Nov. 4.

In this column, also read an update about the U.S. Department of Labor overtime rule, news about an EEOC case, plus a case regarding the ADA.

Design Tips

A designer can tell you why the nameplate at top works well ... and why the one at bottom is awful.
By Ed Henninger

How do you tell if your "designer" really is a designer? Here are some of the things I'd look for.

SNPA Jobs Network

Reporter, Multimedia, The Daily Iberian, New Iberia, La.
The Daily Iberian is looking for a general assignment reporter who can produce work in print, online, video, photo and social media. Learn more and submit your resume

Copy Desk Chief, The Times, Gainesville, Ga.
The Times in Gainesville, Ga., is seeking an experienced copy desk chief to lead our universal hub desk. The hub desk is responsible for editing and paginating a seven-day daily newspaper, a weekly newspaper, a biweekly trade magazine and special sections. 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

Almost all news organizations have a website, but few have researched how the design of the site can affect how audiences interact with news content. The Center for Media Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin has done extensive research – what works, what doesn't, and how to get the most out of a redesign. In this session, our presenters will share their research findings and best practices for implementing the findings into your website.


Our audience wants to interact with journalism, which can take time and money to develop. This webinar will introduce you to a host of tools available to help you and your newsroom with mapping, building interactive timelines, producing quick videos, social videos and more.

Reader's Corner

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

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