Health insurance premium increases invalidated under Open Meetings Act 9/5/17

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

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.

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Aspen Daily News sold 9/5/17

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.

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Eight members named to SNPA's new R&D Advisory Committee 9/5/17

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."

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Second Street acquires Presslaff Interactive Revenue 9/5/17

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.

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Nominated as SNPA president 9/5/17

By Lara Strydom, SNPA intern

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.

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Boone affiliates acquire Kentucky and Tennessee newspapers 9/4/17

Affiliates of Boone Newspapers have purchased the Middlesboro (Ky.) Daily News and two neighboring newspapers from Civitas Media of Davidson, N.C.

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Nominees announced for SNPA Foundation Board of Trustees 8/29/17

The SNPA Board of Directors will elect three trustees for the SNPA Foundation at its meeting in Colorado Springs on Sunday, Sept. 10.

The trustees, in turn, will elect their officers – also that same morning.

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Les Simpson nominated as president of SNPA for 2017-18 8/29/17

Lester T. Simpson, publisher of the Amarillo (Texas) Globe-News, will be nominated during the SNPA-Inland Annual Meeting to be the next president of SNPA.

SNPA members will elect officers for 2017-18 on Monday afternoon, Sept. 11, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Read this article to see who has been nominated to the SNPA Board of Directors.

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Inside a small Texas newsroom that lost power and kept covering the storm 8/29/17

By Kristen Hare, Poynter.org

The Victoria Advocate has covered the story of Hurricane Harvey and the storms that have followed while dealing with loss of power, no water and a displaced staff.

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In the face of Harvey, Texas papers keep printing and posting 8/29/17

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

Members of Texas-based Southern Newspapers Inc. haven't missed a beat even though four of the 16 papers are directly involved in covering Tropical Storm Harvey and its historic flooding.

"We haven't missed any editions of our papers," SNI president Dolph Tillotson said Monday from his home in Galveston, Texas. We've printed them all either in Lake Jackson or in Galveston."

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