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
August 15 - 17, 2019
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

Questions? Please contact Edward VanHorn at (404) 256-0444 or edward@snpa.org

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.

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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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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.

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

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

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