Terry Kroeger: We're in this together, thick and thin. We invite you to #JoinOurStory 5/8/18

This column by Publisher and CEO Terry Kroeger was published May 5 in the Omaha World-Herald

Dear Readers,

I want to tell you a story. Don't worry. I'll keep it short.

This story is about you and us and how we're in it together, thick and thin. It's the story about our local newspaper and our community. We have been here for you in some form since 1865 – even before Nebraska was a state.

It's a story that at its most basic level is one of freedom. The stories we tell keep us all free by holding leaders accountable, by informing our community about what matters, and recording Omaha's history. Our stories also entertain, enlighten and inspire, forming the fabric of our community.

We can tell this story best because our storytellers – our employees – are part of the community, too. We are your friends and neighbors.


Profit maximization through robotics automation 5/8/18

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

Rohit Rathore wants to take automation in the newspaper industry to a new level by incorporating robotics and artificial intelligence into largely repetitive business functions.

This cutting-edge technology is rapidly emerging as a game changer in financial and insurance industries and offers significant benefits to the media industry as well, Rathore said. He said that if it is applied diligently, the result would be dramatic cost savings ranging from 40 to 80 percent for newspapers and the opportunity to reduce or eliminate outsourcing, especially outsourcing overseas.


McClatchy rolls out Subscribe with Google and #ReadLocal campaign 5/8/18

The independent local journalism produced by McClatchy's 30 newsrooms across the country is now easier to access online with a new subscription tool developed in a collaboration with Google. Subscribe with Google offers a frictionless way to purchase a subscription to any and all of McClatchy's 30 local news sites.


Kingsport paper cuts expenses with ProImage's ink saving software 5/7/18

ProImage recently installed its ink-saving solution "OnColor ECO SaaS" at the Kingsport (Tenn.) Times News. The newspaper's goal was to reduce ink cost and improve color reproduction quality.


Can you lend a hand with SNPA contests? 5/7/18

SNPA is seeking volunteers to help judge three SNPA contests.


Salary survey questionnaires are due by Friday 5/1/18

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)


Advance Local to utilize Arc platform for its many sites 4/30/18

Advance Local has signed an agreement with Arc Publishing, The Washington Post's fast-growing platform-as-a-service business, under which Arc will power technology for Advance's many sites, including NJ.com, NOLA.com, AL.com and Cleveland.com, among others.

Built by The Washington Post, Arc technology handles complex publishing and audience needs across video, web, apps, subscriptions and ad monetization, providing a competitive advantage enhanced by a set of sophisticated machine learning and AI-powered tools.


Get recognized as the best in SNPA's Photo/Video Contest 4/27/18

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.


Comintelli and Newscycle announce partnership agreement 4/24/18

NEWSCYCLE Solutions, developer of the industry-leading NewsEdge content syndication platform, has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Comintelli, a Swedish software company that provides enterprise solutions for competitive intelligence, market insights and knowledge management.


Ballard Spahr applies for membership 4/23/18

Ballard Spahr LLP is a national law firm with more than 650 lawyers across the United States. The firm provides a range of services in litigation, business and finance, real estate, intellectual property and public finance.