The Lexington Urban County Council approved an ordinance recently that would require businesses to put unsolicited fliers and circulars on doorsteps or mail slots or face fines.
The 9-5 vote came despite a warning from the Herald-Leader that it would sue the merged government if the ordinance was passed.
Rufus Friday, president and publisher of the Herald-Leader, said after the vote that he will "aggressively defend the Lexington Herald-Leader's First Amendment rights, which does include any infringement on the press' distribution rights."MORE
Calkins Media was the recipient of the Mega-Innovation Award presented Friday afternoon at the Key Executives Mega-Conference.MORE
During its meeting last week at the Mega-Conference, the SNPA Board of Directors approved two new members.MORE
Mega-Conference speaker Rick Edmonds from the Poynter institute stated that print would not reach the end of its run in the near future; it may be less frequent, however it will take decades for print to truly decline, he said. A clear mission of editorial excellence and relevancy to local readers will keep brands strong, according to Edmonds.MORE
Two presenters at the Key Executives Mega-Conference shared a case study showing how easy it can be for a code developer to skim display ad dollars from a newspaper's website, as well as tips for preventing this type of fraud.MORE
Video Lab West, McClatchy's new effort in the creation and consumption of digital video, is planning to arrive in the Historic Sacramento train depot, along with leading tech partners.MORE
USA TODAY NETWORK, part of Gannett Co., Inc., has launched a phased rollout of ReachLocal to its 109 local markets in the United States. Gannett acquired ReachLocal, an innovative digital marketing solutions company, in August 2016.MORE
On Feb. 23, in a 2-to-1 decision with Acting Chairman Miscimarra dissenting, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that an employer had to continue health insurance premiums during a strike.MORE
"Impartiality means reporting, editing and delivering the news honestly, fairly, objectively, and without personal opinion or bias," states the opening paragraph of the Statement of Core Values that WEHCO Media began running in all of its newspapers on Saturday, Feb. 18.MORE
Just as Florida Weekly launched in 2007, the nation was headed into the "great recession." Pason Gaddis, however, did not let dire economic predictions steer him away from his vision to create a publication that would become a technological leader in Southwest Florida's media arena. As president and CEO of Florida Weekly, Gaddis spoke at the 2017 Key Executives Mega-Conference in Orlando about being a "Print Disruptor."MORE
With reader habits changing, The Island Packet (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) and Beaufort (S.C.) Gazette have announced that, starting Nov. 9, they will no longer produce a printed newspaper on Saturdays. Instead, they will launch a Weekend Edition that includes expanded newspapers on Fridays and Sundays.More
The Guam Daily Post is not only the most distant independent newspaper among SNPA members, it boasts circulation and digital gains that mainland peers would envy.
Mindy Aguon, CEO and editor-in-chief of the 17,000 circulation newspaper, calls its growth in the last two or three years "massive."
"In December 2016, The Guam Daily Post was available for purchase at 70 locations," she said. "As of July, the newspaper is now available at 260-plus locations around the island. We are adding more subscribers each week and many of the subscribers tell us they switched from our competitor because of our local news content."
"In July 2016, the Post website had 151,925 page views," Aguon added. "In June 2019, the Post website had over 1.4 million page views. Our Facebook followers have grown from 9,257 in 2016 to over 32,706. Staff has grown from 30 to 52."
All this is on an island about 7,800 miles from SNPA's traditional headquarters in Atlanta. By comparison, it's about 4,407 miles from Atlanta to Hawaii.More
As we celebrate joining together SNPA and Inland, it is worth at least a moment to honor the first principles of the newspaper industry that gave rise to both groups. And those, without a doubt, are freedom of the press and the parallel right to know and to distribute news.
Honoring those principles requires some reflection on the industry's singular role in building America's First Amendment foundation. And it is safe to say that SNPA's and Inland's member newspapers can fairly take credit for shaping the free speech and free press tradition of the republic like no other industry and, for that matter, like no other country on earth.More