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
For the last year, the leadership of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association has been working to develop a strategic plan to guide our organization.
Through our work with SNPA's executive committee, staff, board members and Max Strategy Consultants, who helped guide us, I firmly believe we have developed a roadmap to make SNPA a better organization and, most importantly, more valuable to its members.
Now we need your help.
The board has begun working on these issues, but we would like for members to be part of planning and executing our strategy.
We've identified four major areas that we'd like to focus on as part of our plan:More
SNPA is working with the News Media Alliance to raise awareness about the importance of real news produced by trusted news organizations that employ high-quality, investigative journalists. The second phase of the national campaign begins today.More
In David Letterman style (but with two additional items), Tom Yunt sent attendees at the SNPA-Inland Annual Meeting home with a dozen ideas that will drive revenue for their newspapers. Ninety-nine percent of what he talked about was focused on the core product – print; not digital. Yunt is COO of United Communications Corporation, Kenosha, Wisc., which publishes the daily Kenosha News, two additional dailies, several weeklies and several television stations.More