05.15.2018
Bill would Suspend Newsprint Tariffs

Monday, in an effort to protect printers and publishers from unwarranted tariffs, Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) introduced S. 2385, the "Protecting Rational Incentives in Newsprint Trade Act of 2018," or "PRINT Act." Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Doug Jones (D-AL), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) joined as original co-sponsors.

The PRINT Act would suspend new tariffs currently being imposed on imported uncoated groundwood paper from Canada, which is the primary source of newsprint and other paper used by domestic newspapers, book publishers and commercial printers. Simultaneously, the legislation would require the Department of Commerce to review the economic health of the printing and publishing industries. Newspapers and printers across the United States have told Congress that the new import tariffs – as high as 32 percent – would jeopardize the viability of the industry and threaten to decimate the U.S. paper industry's customer base.

SNPA President Patrick Dorsey, publisher of the Herald-Tribune Media Group in Sarasota, Fla., and regional vice president Coastal Group, GateHouse Media, said: "We appreciate the leadership of Senator Collins and Senator King and the other co-sponsors of the bill for stepping up to protect American jobs and stop these damaging tariffs. They fully understand this action was caused by one outlier mill owned by a hedge fund and is not supported by the broader domestic newspaper producing industry. These unfair job-killing import taxes are already taking a toll across the country as newspapers have had to eliminate jobs and take other significant cost saving measures to maintain viable businesses. This is putting many community newspapers in jeopardy and further reducing their ability to keep our citizens informed on what is going on in their cities and towns. Ultimately, this is damaging to our representative democracy. The PRINT Act is a positive step in reversing these damaging impacts."

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SNPA is headed to Nashville, Tenn., this fall – the first time our News Industry Summit has been held in Music City! Dates are Oct. 10-12.

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Calendar of Events
May 17, 2018

In just one hour, you will talk with your counterparts at other newspapers and compare your sales organization to others in the industry. This is a conversation every publisher needs to hear.

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Questionnaires for this year's SNPA Salary Survey are due by Friday. This survey provides good benchmarking data – all at no cost – but your participation is key! Every daily newspaper is encouraged to share data for this study.

Whether you publish a large-circulation paper with all of the positions included in this questionnaire ... or publish a small-circulation daily with a handful of positions: Please share your data for those positions that your newspaper staffs.

Download the survey questionnaire (Excel file)

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June 1 is the deadline for non-daily papers to enter the SNPA Print Quality Contest; June 18 is the deadline for daily newspapers.

For just $95, receive an evaluation of your print quality from three independent judges, and also be entered into SNPA's annual Print Quality Contest. Additional newspapers printed in the same plant on the same press can be entered for just $50 each.

A group of three judges will independently and objectively score your newspaper for black ink density and uniformity, color ink density and uniformity, color register, page alignment, litho defects and other defects. Judges will not consider print defects such as nip marks on the edges of pages.

Click the link below for full details and a registration form.

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Free SNPA P2P Video Conference

SNPA will host a free video conference on "Leveraging Data to Build Audience and Diversify Revenue" on Thursday, June 21. To participate you must to sign up by June 15.

Tom Ratkovich, managing partner of LEAP Media Solutions, is the program moderator.

"Publishers are typically tasked with two massive and often conflicting challenges," Ratkovich says. "The first is to grow audience despite declining print circulation and proliferating digital content options. The second is to increase consumer revenue."

The June 21 "P2P" (Publisher-to-Publisher) program will explore the fundamentals of a tactical data strategy and its implications for audience growth and monetization. The program will demonstrate that a well-engineered data strategy will support audience growth and a range of strategic business imperatives – including the preservation of print revenue, digital subscription growth, revenue diversification and more.

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SNPA People

Jim Moroney and Robert Decherd

Jim Moroney, chairman, president and chief executive officer of A. H. Belo Corporation, plans to retire effective with the May meeting of the Board of Directors. Moroney will continue serving as a director and will assume the title of publisher emeritus of The Dallas Morning News, where he served as publisher and chief executive officer from 2001 until March 2018.

Robert W. Decherd will succeed Moroney as chairman, president and chief executive officer.

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Bob Davis

Bob Davis, publisher and editor of The Anniston Star, has announced his resignation.

Davis came to Consolidated in 2003, and has been The Star's editor since 2006. He took on the role of publisher in 2016. He's leaving to become executive director at High Plains Public Radio, a network of stations serving communities in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.

Josephine Ayers has been named The Star's publisher, while Anthony Cook becomes executive editor of The Star and the other newspapers of its parent company, Consolidated Publishing.

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Ted Gurley

In his new role as regional digital director for CNHI, Ted Gurley will work with local markets in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas, to help drive digital revenue growth. He will report directly to Greg Maibach, CNHI's senior vice president, digital revenue.

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Win Cash Prizes

Enter the SNPA Photo/Video Contest and show us why you should be holding a beautiful engraved plaque like this when 2018 winners are announced.

Win cash prizes and earn recognition for your photojournalism skills in SNPA's 2018 Photo/Video Contest.

The contest includes four categories: Spot news photos, Sports photos, Feature photos and Videos.

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2018 Local Advertiser Survey

Here's your chance to find out what YOUR advertisers are thinking.

Borrell Associates invites SNPA members to participate in its 2018 Local Advertiser Survey, which is now underway.

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With stories about data breaches and fake news, it seems logical that local advertisers would be retrenching. Are they – and if so, might that signal good news for newspapers as a "safe" bet for advertising messages?

During a free 30-minute webinar on Friday, May 18, Borrell Associates' VP of Research Corey Elliott offers a preview of what SMBs are saying about Facebook and how SNPA members can find out what's happening in their markets.

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Industry News

The Star-Journal Publishing Corp. of Pueblo, Colo., has reached an agreement to sell The Pueblo Chieftain newspaper to GateHouse Media, one of the largest publishers of locally based media in the United States.

Dirks, Van Essen & Murray, a media merger and acquisition firm based in Santa Fe, N.M., represented the Rawlings family in the transaction. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requiring a new warning statement be included on packaging and advertisements for electronic cigarettes, vapor products, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own (RYO) tobacco, pipe tobacco, hookah tobacco and cigars.

The new health-warning statement requirements and compliance dates were announced in a guidance document issued by the FDA on May 10.

Beginning Aug. 10, advertisements for the covered tobacco products must bear the new addictiveness warning. The requirement applies to manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers that create their own advertisements for covered tobacco products.

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Gannett Co., Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire WordStream, Inc., a provider of cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions for local and regional businesses and agencies to optimize their digital marketing services campaigns.

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Lineup Systems has launched the Adpoint App Market to provide media customers with an online app directory of publishing solutions that have been integrated into Adpoint, its media sales solution. The new marketplace enables Lineup's customers to easily browse more than 50 of Adpoint's pre-built integrations to publishing applications being used by its customers worldwide.

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The Associated Press will debut a new election survey in November aimed at capturing the opinions and preferences of voters as they choose who to vote for, along with the reasons behind their decision.

AP VoteCast is based on a decade of research and experimentation that moves away from traditional, in-person exit polling to a new, more accurate approach that reflects how Americans vote today: not only in person, but also increasingly early, absentee and by mail.

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The second installment of Metro Business Live will take place on Tuesday, June 19, with a conversation about the future of Richmond's entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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Pressing Issues

It's inevitable that journalists will have to address groups in the community. It could be your paper's own speakers' bureau reaching out to you for a speaking assignment. Or it may be a group of readers want to talk with you during an assignment or after seeing your article.

No legitimate speaking seminar will ever claim it can eliminate anxiety. All you can do is learn to control it. And your writing skills will come in handy to help you accomplish that feat. Here are four tips that will help.

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June 19-21 in Atlanta

Owners and agents are moving money out of digital verticals like Zillow and Trulia, preferring marketing options that raise their "top of mind awareness" and personal brand within the neighborhoods they serve. We in newspapers already own the solutions they crave.

New multimedia models are now available that can seize new dollars from this crucial category. During this session at Mission One: Revenue, you will hear how a new agent-driven solution has generated over $240,000 in new print and digital revenue for two different newspaper companies.

At Mission One: Revenue, learn how to win back the sizable local dollars that are now in play!

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Training and Development

Ryan Martinez of GateHouse Media's Center for News and Design gets you caught up on 2018's changes to the AP Stylebook, as well as old standards that routinely trip up reporters and editors. SNPA members can register at no cost for this May 17 webinar.

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Most people work WAY too hard at adjusting in Photoshop and there are tools and techniques that make it easy, quick and give you better quality than what you might be getting right now. SNPA members can register at no cost for this May 24 webinar.

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Have you been using the same commission plans for many years and the sales reps still keep missing goal, and so YOU miss budget? There is a better and easier way to set commission plans that will just about guarantee goals are achieved! SNPA members can register at no cost for this June 7 webinar.

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SNPA needs your assistance!

SNPA is seeking volunteers to help judge three SNPA contests.

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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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