03.12.2019
The SNPA Board Welcomes Your Input

The SNPA Board of Directors has voted to explore the possibility of a merger with the Inland Press Association.

Here's why the Board is considering this.

In this time of significant change, there is a critical need for an industry association that provides voice and focus equal to the challenges of our new reality. We believe this combination would do that.

Over the next few months, an exploratory committee will develop a proposal to present to the SNPA and Inland boards. This proposal will include a business plan, branding and marketing details, governance, structure, and details about staffing, funding and dues.

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March 10-16

SUNSHINE WEEK: March 10-16

Join in the annual nationwide celebration of access to public information and what it means for you and your community. Find all the free resources you need to get started right here: http://sunshineweek.org/

Share ways your newspaper is celebrating Sunshine Week with us.  We'd love to highlight your efforts on the SNPA Facebook page.  Send links to cindy@snpa.org

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Calendar of Events
March 14, 2019

This fast-paced webinar will offer up creative ideas you can start working on in your newsroom immediately.

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June 11 - 13, 2019
October 6 - 8, 2019
Just Share One Idea to Participate Free

Classified Ideas: Auto, Real Estate, Employment, Private Party

SNPA will kick off the 2019 P2P (Publisher-to-Publisher) Idea Exchange Program with a free video conference on growing classified revenue on Thursday, March 21, at 2 p.m. (EDT).

Last year more than 150 newspaper executives participated in the P2P program exchanging proven revenue-generating ideas worth more than $1 million.

The P2P programs are free for SNPA members, but participants must sign up in advance and share an idea. To participate in the March 21 call, participants are asked to share an example of a successful classified revenue program.

Click here to learn how you can take part FREE, plus see the topics for the next three video conferences.

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SNPA People

Ann Caulkins

Ann Caulkins, who most recently served as the president and publisher of The Charlotte Observer for 12 years, has been named senior vice president of Novant Health and president of Novant Health Foundation.

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McClatchy has named Aminda Marqués González as editor and publisher of the Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald, and expanded the leadership role of Sara Glines as regional publisher of McClatchy's Carolinas and East regions. They will begin their new roles on April 15.

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Jennifer Allen

Matt Guthrie, regional vice president for GateHouse's Southwest region, has named Jennifer Allen group publisher over the East Arkansas region. GateHouse Media's East Arkansas group includes the Hot Springs Village Voice, Pine Bluff Commercial, White Hall Journal, Stuttgart Daily Leader, the Helena Daily World, Newport Independent and Bastrop Enterprise.

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Cedar Attanasio

Cedar Attanasio, a multiformat journalist with international reporting experience, is joining The Associated Press to cover immigration from El Paso, Texas.

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Human Resources

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

This writer and many others predicted that the Department of Labor, under the leadership of Secretary Acosta would publish a new proposed rule in March 2019. The new proposed rule would increase the salary level threshold that must be met in order to be overtime exempt under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

The new proposed rule, announced March 7, will increase that threshold from $23,660 per year (or $455 per week) to $35,308 per year (or $679 per week). This new threshold is far less than the threshold proposed by the Obama administration that was permanently enjoined nationwide by a federal court in Texas.

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Morrie Shechtman

If your typical employment interview is simply a checklist of questions, it's a colossal waste of time, Morrie Shechtman told members of the 2018-19 SNPA NEX GEN class during a recent video conference call.

Shechtman, an author and change consultant for corporate leaders, says he teaches his clients that a good employment interview is tough and uncomfortable.

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Great Ideas

The Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.) has launched a new Facebook group exclusively for its subscribers – or what the paper calls its Insiders.

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Here's a novel event idea that involves the photo department at The Dallas Morning News. Fifteen people will get lessons in an intensive food photography workshop from three members of the paper's photo staff.

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Industry News

Jeff Gerritt (Palestine Herald-Press)

The South Florida Sun Sentinel, Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel, The Dallas Morning News, Palestine (Texas) Herald-Press and The Associated Press are among the winners of 2018 Scripps Howard Awards.

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Nancy Lane

Nancy Lane, president of the Local Media Association, has been selected as the recipient of Borrell Associates' 2019 Award of Merit for outstanding leadership and innovation in local media. The award was presented Monday in front of more than 300 media executives at Borrell's 10th annual Local Online Advertising Conference at the Grand Hyatt in Manhattan.

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ProPublica's Dollars for Docs is an elaborate data-driven news application that allows readers to interact and engage with it as they learn about the money doctors receive from pharmaceutical companies.

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Starting with a NCAA Hoops bracket page, the Center for News & Design can provide SNPA member newspapers with regional playoffs and paginated page coverage all the way through the NCAA playoffs, up to the Final Four weekend.

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Presteligence has announced that LNP (Lancaster, Penn.) has purchased NewsXtreme Prepress Production Workflow Solutions to manage its print production.

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The Associated Press has begun previewing all National Hockey League games with data-driven text stories generated by automation from HERO Sports and data from Sportradar.

AP staffs all 1,250 NHL regular-season games and all playoff games each season, but the global news agency has never before delivered previews of every game.

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Research

By Ted Stasney and Robin DiSalvo - Research Director On Demand

Surveys that measure consumers' confidence in the economy are a vital benchmark of economic development.

By asking a few key questions in a survey about your local economy and consumers' future spending, your survey can be an important resource for your branding and marketing initiatives.

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Design Tips

The page at left has high strong impact. At right … a hodgepodge.
By Ed Henninger

Do you want to grab the attention of your readers with your very first page?

Of course you do! With every issue, you want your front page to have high readership. You want it to be your best-read page.

You can get that strong readership by making sure the design of the front is compelling. And the key to that compelling design is a strong visual element.

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Digital

TweetsToText is a Twitter bot that transforms your live event tweets into a plain text file, saving time on copying and pasting your tweets for an article post-event. The tool was built for journalists who cover events like sports games, city council meetings or breaking news via Twitter.

Tune in to the Reynolds Journalism Institute's Facebook Live this Friday, March 15, at 12 p.m. CT where James Gordon, TweetsToText creator, as well as the senior editor of the RJI Futures Lab, will demo TweetsToText and answer any questions about how to utilize the tool in the field.

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The Federal Aviation Administration has been busy these last few weeks, promulgating a bunch of different rules that have some consequences – short-term and long-term – for drone journalists.

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SNPA Jobs Network

Advertising Director, News & Eagle, Enid, Okla.
The Enid News & Eagle seeks an experienced and innovative advertising professional to lead sales efforts for our 9,000-circulation daily newspaper, digital news products, weekly newspaper and affiliated products and services. Learn more and submit your resume

Senior Reporter, The Northeast Georgian, Cornelia, Ga.
The Northeast Georgian, a twice-weekly newspaper serving the mountain community of Habersham County, is now hiring for a senior reporter. Learn more and submit your resume

Press Operators, Wick Communications, Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Montrose, Colo.
Successful applicants will have newspaper web press experience preferably with a Goss Community press. Learn more and submit your resume

Pressroom Manager, The Index-Journal, Greenwood, S.C.
The Index-Journal Company, a family-owned daily newspaper celebrating 100 years of business in Greenwood, S.C., is seeking an experienced Pressroom Manager. This is a full-time, salaried position with day and nighttime hours. Learn more and submit your resume

Finance Director FP&A, Coastal Publishing Group, GateHouse Media, Jacksonville, Fla.
The Financial Planning and Analysis Finance Director will provide financial planning and analysis functions at multiple locations within the Coastal Publishing Group of GateHouse Media (GHM). This position will support the Daytona, Gainesville, Ocala and Leesburg, Fla., locations and will work out of the Jacksonville, Fla., office for GHM. Learn more and submit your resume

Regional Advertising Director, The Kokomo Tribune and Logansport Pharos-Tribune, Indiana
The Kokomo (Indiana) Tribune and its sister newspaper, the Logansport (Indiana) Pharos-Tribune, seek an accomplished advertising director to lead its regional print and digital sales teams. Learn more and submit your resume

Marketing Director, Statesman Media, Austin, Texas
Central Texas' biggest and best media company seeks a MARKETING DIRECTOR to get the word out and tell the story of our advertising, circulation, editorial and digital products and people. 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.

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Training and Development

This fast-paced webinar will offer up creative ideas you can start working on in your newsroom immediately.

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In this webinar, we will discuss two fundamental truths to explain the dramatic differences among the generations and the need for all newspapers to understand those differences.

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This insightful webinar will demystify the traditional sales process from selling print and digital to non-traditional in your local market. Our presenter will provide tips and ready-for-market ideas that you can implement in your weekly or daily immediately from the perspective of a fundraiser.

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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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