During its meeting in Colorado Springs on Sunday, Sept. 10, the SNPA Board of Directors welcomed The Albany (Ga.) Herald into SNPA membership.MORE
SNPA congratulates Doug Franklin, 2017 recipient of Inland Press Association's Ralph D. Casey/Minnesota Award. The annual award, named in honor of the first director of the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communications, honors someone who is an agenda-setter, bringing about change while exemplifying the finest in journalism and community service.MORE
Charles H. Morris Sr., president and CEO of Morris Multimedia Inc., Savannah, Ga., was the recipient of the 2017 Frank W. Mayborn Leadership Award, presented Monday morning at the SNPA-Inland Annual Meeting.
The award is named for Texas newspaperman Frank Mayborn, whose foresight and guidance helped shape SNPA in the early 1950s and who served as president of SNPA from 1061 to 1962.MORE
The SNPA Board of Directors also elected three new trustees for the SNPA Foundation at the same meeting. MORE
An Alabama circuit judge has ruled that the state board governing education employees' health insurance violated the Open Meetings Act when it met in private before voting to jack up rates.
How far-reaching the ruling will be depends on whether it is appealed and upheld, said Dennis Bailey, longtime attorney for the Alabama Press Association.MORE
Dave Danforth, founder of the Aspen (Colo.) Daily News, announced that he has sold the newspaper he founded 39 years ago to a group of local investors led by David Cook, the acting publisher. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.MORE
SNPA has named eight members to its inaugural Research and Development Advisory Committee for 2017-18.
The committee will provide input on how to improve the value of SNPA memberships for R&D partners, according to Les Simpson, who will be nominated next Monday to become the next president of SNPA. Simpson is publisher of the Amarillo (Texas) Globe-News.
"These companies are vital to the success of not only our industry, but to SNPA as well," Simpson said. "Their participation at our meetings is vital to help us maintain quality programming and affordable costs for our members. We hope to help them find even more value for their investment in SNPA."MORE
Second Street has announced the acquisition of Presslaff Interactive Revenue, a data-driven email marketing software and consulting business focused on the collection and use of first-party data for the media industry.
The acquisition further expands Second Street's base of over 3,000 media companies and adds to its depth of database marketing experience for media.MORE
Part of Les Simpson's plans for SNPA next year is to reassert the importance of newspapers' role in our society and develop strategies to improve the public's perception of the industry.
Simpson also is concerned about negativity within the industry. He remains positive about where newspapers are now and where they are heading, and he sees both challenges and opportunities in the newspaper world.MORE
It began with a phone tip to The Galveston County Daily News.
"Early on Friday morning we got a call from a person who we know as a source and who trusts us that there were going to be gunshot casualties coming to an area hospital and that they were coming from the high school in Santa Fe," said Editor Michael Smith.
"This is somebody that we know absolutely to be a credible source and was in a position to know. We started mobilizing the staff from there, sending people to the emergency room and to the school. We were there shortly after the first responders."
Since then, the local paper with a staff of five news reporters, three photographers and an IT person who used to be a photographer has been covering the mass shooting alongside the Houston Chronicle, The Washington Post, New York Times and Los Angeles Times, among other large news organizations. "It's been all Santa Fe, all the time for the last few days," Smith said.More
Owen Van Essen and Phil Murray have announced that Sara April has become a partner in the firm, now renamed Dirks, Van Essen, Murray & April.More
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.More