How the Aiken Standard Remembered D-Day

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

"This morning about 0500 the convoy realized its destination and the first wave was formed and started for the beach. Our job was to sweep for floating mines and air protection. When we were about 1800 yards from the beach we threw our mine sweeping gear over and that is where the fun started. They begin to fire at us from the shore as we went in LCF 31 on our port side was hit and went down. And on our starboard side I saw P.C. 1261 going down. After we saw this we were all so damn scared. We wish we had never seen that many but we had to keep going.

"After the first troops and rockets hit the beach things begin to quiet down. All day and night troops were sent to the beach."

P.C. 1621 was the first ship sunk on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

William Lunsford was a Navy Gunfire Support Craft specialist on USS LCF-27 (or Landing Craft Flak), part of the invasion force at Utah Beach in Normandy. Lunsford is the father of Margie Bennett, a sales support employee at the Aiken Standard in South Carolina. He kept a diary, and excerpts from it made up part of a package of stories commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day last week.

"They're all in their 90s now," said Managing Editor Michael Harris. "Time is killing them more than the Germans did, as I pointed out in the editorial. We're losing them. So I wanted to go into it with something different."

The Standard asked readers for their memories, stories, photos and other contributions, knowing that the dwindling number of World War II veterans meant that direct interviews would be limited. The plan was flexible based on what was submitted.

Calendar of Events
June 20, 2019

The June P2P call will focus on growing retail revenue.

July 29 - August 1, 2019
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October 6 - 8, 2019
Your Ballot is Due

Publishers, group executives and R&D partners who have not yet returned their ballots about the proposed SNPA-Inland merger are encouraged to do so as soon as possible.  June 28 is the deadline for receipt of ballots.

In concurrent board meetings held last Wednesday, directors of SNPA and Inland Press Association unanimously approved a plan to consolidate the two associations, effective Oct. 1.

Details of the plan approved by the two boards were sent last Friday to members of both associations for their consideration and vote.  The result of the member balloting is expected to be announced on June 28.

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Take a Deep Dive into Mastering Leadership Skills

The SNPA Foundation has launched a new executive development program in partnership with The Poynter Institute.

Twelve participants were selected from nominations submitted by SNPA member newspapers. 

This four-day SNPA Leadership Academy – to be held July 29-Aug. 1 in St. Petersburg, Fla. – will take a deep dive into mastering leadership skills needed to succeed in top management positions at newspapers.

The program covers:

  • How to set a course for yourself and your company.
  • Understanding your leadership style and how it is perceived by others.
  • How to set priorities.
  • Developing creative partnerships, enterprises and best practices.
  • How to serve your audiences in new and innovative ways.

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Meet the speakers

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SNPA People

Robert Granfeldt

Robert Granfeldt has resigned from his position as group publisher of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal and Amarillo Globe-News. He began his tenure as publisher in February 2018.

Regional Vice President Matt Guthrie will be temporarily assuming his duties.

Mandy Jenkins

McClatchy has named Mandy Jenkins as general manager of The Compass Experiment. Jenkins will lead a three-year effort to explore new sustainable models for local news. She will start in this new role beginning June 17.

Matt Leclercq

GateHouse Media's Center for News & Design has named Matt Leclercq as its new national news editor.

In his new role, Leclercq will develop, implement and oversee long-term national content strategies and day-to-day communication, coordination and execution of those plans.

Eric Walker

A familiar face will soon lead the news operations for The Mayfield (Ky.) Messenger and mayfield-messenger.com. Eric Walker has been named news editor and will oversee the newsroom functions beginning July 1.

Current Editor Tom Berry will retire from the newspaper on June 30.

Register by Thursday

SNPA is hosting a free video conference designed to give you actionable, proven revenue-generating ideas. The next P2P (Publisher-to-Publisher) session will occur on Thursday, June 20, at 2 p.m. (EDT) and is dedicated to growing retail revenue.

Participating is simple. Contribute one idea. In exchange, you get the login codes and the complete package of ideas that are contributed by other newspapers.

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The SNPA Print Quality Contest offers your newspaper the opportunity to receive a valuable print quality evaluation and – perhaps – also earn top honors for the outstanding work your press operators do.

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.

Deadline to enter:

  • Monday, June 17 - daily papers (published in print four or more days a week)

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Win Cash, Recognition

Win cash prizes and earn recognition in SNPA's annual Photo/Video Contest.

First-place in each of four categories will earn the photographer a cash prize of $500 and a beautiful plaque containing the winning photo. Second- and third-place certificates will also be presented in each of the above categories, along with Honorable Mentions at the judges' discretion.

GRAND PRIZE: An additional $500 will be presented to the Grand Prize winner – selected from among the four first-place category winners. This brings that photographer's winnings to $1,000.

The SNPA Photo/Video Contest includes four categories: Spot news photos, Sports photos, Feature photos and Videos.

Industry News

By Ebony Reed, director of innovation and the RJI Futures Lab

This summer, the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute's Innovation in Focus web series will take a look at the startup and growing pains of a handful of news organizations' new efforts to raise revenue. Those efforts range from membership models and retooling ownership to new ventures and crowdfunding efforts. The Innovation in Focus summer revenue series starts later this month.

Before we launch into best practices, challenges and takeaways from these organizations in the coming weeks, it seems like now would be a good time to set the table to review some of the more standard revenue models that are already part of many organizations' multi-revenue stream portfolio.

These standard models in journalism are part of eight common revenue models, often taught in university business schools as ways to generate revenue. Paying attention to how they work, separately and together, has become an important skill for journalism as the industry continues to retool, redesign and seek ways to grow revenue strategies.


[BN]Tech, a leading provider of paywall and data analytics technology to help grow publisher consumer revenue, has been selected by Adams Publishing Group to help the company grow digital subscriptions with cutting-edge paywall technology. Four publications owned by Sun Newspapers, a division of Adams Publishing, have deployed [BN]Tech Paywall and Single Sign-on service on the APG websites throughout southwestern and central Florida. The solution went live last month.


Brainworks Software customer EO Media Group is a family-owned group of newspapers, websites and other communication entities based in Oregon and Washington. With over 11 newspapers and 25 active users of Brainworks CircSmart, EO Media was looking for a solution to streamline workflow between multiple users in several offices.


TownNews and Stringr have announced a strategic partnership that will enable clients using TownNews' content management systems to easily expand their video inventories with high-resolution pre-packaged videos from Stringr's vast video marketplace.


There is a heightened interest in what goes on in the heads and hearts of modern teenagers – dubbed "Generation Z" (Gen Z) – particularly by legacy media. But teenagers from rural communities, especially in the Midwest, are not often factored into mainstream Gen Z coverage. This can be attributed to a number of factors, such as living in a news desert, living in the middle of the country, and-or unpredictable Wi-Fi access that hampers engagement with news and information sources.


The fact that East Oakland, Calif., is a media desert, particularly for immigrant residents, is clear. In the past two decades, the Latino immigrant community has grown faster than any other in the city. At the same time, options for Spanish-language news have diminished. For many of the Bay Area's Latino immigrants, the daily half-hour news broadcasts from Univision and Telemundo, covering the entire nine-county region, are the extent of "local" news.

Figuring out how to fill that gap, though, is far from clear. Yet that's exactly what El Tímpano set out to do.


The News Media Alliance has published findings from a new study that analyzes how Google uses and benefits from news. Among the major findings of the study is that news is a key source on which Google has increasingly relied to drive consumer engagement with its products. The amount of news in Google search results ranges from 16 to 40 percent, and the platform received an estimated $4.7 billion in revenue in 2018 from crawling and scraping news publishers' content – without paying the publishers for that use.

Ask the Expert

By Landon Dorssey, Publication Printers Marketing Group

Publishers have been looking to maximize mobile and web for the better part of three decades, searching for ways to drive engagement quickly and easily from print readers. Who would have thought that one of the earliest solutions to the problem would still be a leader 25 years later: the QR (quick response) code?

Design Tips

By Ed Henninger

Over the next few months, I'm offering some of my best columns from the past few years.

This one focuses on things designers hear that drive them nuts.

SNPA Jobs Network

Burlington Executive Editor / Triad Editor, Burlington, N.C.
This person will serve as executive editor for the Burlington Times-News with additional oversight of newsroom leaders at the Asheboro Courier-Tribune and Lexington Dispatch. Learn more and submit your resume

2nd Pressmen for a DGM 430 press, Sun  Publications, Lakeland, Fla.
Sun Publications (DR Media) is looking for 2nd press leaders who are experienced – ensuring safety, quality, basic maintenance and repairs on press. Learn more and submit your resume

Post your job openings with us. To post your employment listing, simply email the text of your ad to cindy@snpa.org.

Training and Development

Wondering what you can do to receive newsroom grants or work with ProPublica and other nonprofits on projects? We have tips from people who've been successful and those who've worked on the receiving end of the process.


Learn tactical tips, see the email tricks pros use and dig deep on the latest in email management technology that will save you time, effort and energy.

Reader's Corner

These are rickety times for newspapers. A major issue: printing a paper costs lots of money. Delivering the paper costs lots of money.

So the McClatchy chain, which has 30 newsrooms, is on a learning journey to find out how to get readers to go from print to digital.

In April, the McClatchy-owned Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Sun News went from publishing a print product seven days a week to six. It cut the print edition and produced only digital stories on Saturdays. Because digital activation increased 8 percent in one month, revenue was not impacted and virtually no one cancelled their subscription, McClatchy is adding two more papers to what it calls “Digital Saturdays.” The Durham (N.C.) Herald Sun and the Bellingham (Wash.) Herald will no longer print on Saturdays, starting July 6.

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