Les Simpson elected president of SNPA for 2017-18 9/11/17

Lester T. Simpson, publisher of the Amarillo (Texas) Globe-News, was elected president of SNPA for 2017-18 on Monday afternoon during the SNPA-Inland Annual Meeting. Read this article for news about the election of additional officers and directors.

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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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Taking the measure of benchmarking 8/15/17

Featured session: Tuesday, Sept. 12

SNPA - Inland Annual Meeting, Colorado Springs, Colo.

With Dolph Tillotson, president, Southern Newspapers, Inc., Galveston, Texas; PJ Browning, president, Newspaper Division, Evening Post Publishing, Charleston, S.C.; and Doug Phares, president & COO, Sandusky Newspaper Group, Sandusky, Ohio

This Tuesday morning session during next month's SNPA - Inland Annual Meeting will feature a discussion of the ways publishers use numerical benchmarking to track progress, or the lack of it.

What's the proper ratio of salaries to revenue? How do publishers track the impact of programmatic changes on rates and revenue? What is the proper ratio of ads to news content, and how have recent business shifts changed the picture?

These three panelists, who are very knowledgeable of practices in benchmarking, will discuss the tools of this trade, and much more.

For his part, Dolph Tillotson of Southern Newspapers, says he intends to share thoughts on financial benchmarking that he learned from several masters of the art – Jim Boone and Carmage Walls. He said, "I'll discuss the benchmarking we use in Southern Newspapers, Inc., for our print products, how we use them, and several notes from friends who also do regular benchmarking and take a slightly different slant."

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What keeps editors and publishers up at night? We asked. 6/6/17

Worries of impending layoffs, the frustrating search for a viable business model, concerns with all the stories they're missing thanks to smaller newsrooms. Sound familiar?

Recently, a group of 21 newspapers from around the country spent a few days at Poynter as part of the Local News Innovation program.

While nearly 100 editors and publishers were gathered together, Poynter asked a few of them some questions about their concerns, what they're excited about and what their staffs don't know about them. Among those interviewed was P.J. Browning, publisher of The Post and Courier, Charleston, S.C., who is SNPA's treasurer.