Get paid for your digital content! 9/19/17

By SNPA Chairman Chris Reen, president and publisher, The Oklahoman Media Company

Square co-founder Jim McKelvey talked at the SNPA-Inland Convention about a groundbreaking way to pay publishers for digital content. This is a time-sensitive opportunity that all publishers should seriously consider.

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Publishers: Don't let your brand be shaped by competitors and critics 9/19/17

By Cindy Durham, Assistant Executive Director, SNPA

The newspaper industry has been phenomenally successful in adopting and adapting and embracing new technologies and becoming multi-media organizations, Bob Provost executive-in-residence/consultant with The Marketing Provost, told attendees at the SNPA-Inland Annual Meeting.

But, he says the industry hasn't created the perception of success. Instead, he said our public image "has been shaped by default – not by design. And, that's criminal. Negative news such as circulation declines, layoffs or buyouts, will reach the public eye and awareness without any effort on your part. However, no one else is going to get out in the market and promote your award-winning news coverage, our success as a public watchdog, our efficacy for local advertisers, and our relevance to younger adults."

He emphasized: "Please do not let your image be shaped by your competitors and your critics."

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Charles H. Morris Sr. honored with Mayborn Leadership Award 9/12/17

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.

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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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However you define it, marketing is key to the future of newspapers 11/7/16

By Cindy Durham, assistant executive director, SNPA

An innovative marketing campaign launched about a year ago by The Oklahoman has raised brand awareness among those who were non-subscribers or non-readers and has substantially increased readership among Millennials. SNPA President Chris Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman, shared information about the campaign at the recent Inland Press Association Annual Meeting in Chicago.

He stressed in his talk that it is important for publishers to understand what the local community feels about their brand. "My guess is: It's not as good as you think it is."

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Take our membership survey! 10/10/16

SNPA is committed to finding new and better ways to serve its members and the newspaper industry – and we'd like to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

Tell us how SNPA can help you sustain and improve your business. Let us know what you need. Here's a link to the brief survey:

https://www.research.net/r/YourSNPAMembersSurvey

All responses are confidential. The SNPA Board of Directors will receive only aggregated data and comments.

Thanks for your help!

Chris Reen, SNPA President

President and Publisher, The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City

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Oklahoman Publisher Chris Reen takes over as president of SNPA 9/15/16

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

Strong leadership is the key to the future of what incoming SNPA President Chris Reen describes as local media companies, of which newspapers are one component.

"I tell people all the time, this is a business that is not for the faint of heart. It is in constant disruption," said Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman Media Co. "Personally, I feel a sense of responsibility to my employees, to my company, to the industry, to my family, to be on the front lines of figuring out where this thing is going.

"I think our industry needs strong leadership and I hope I can provide some of it for some people, which is why I stay in this business. I believe in it and I believe in its future."

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SNPA members elect new officers/directors for 2016-17 9/15/16

Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman in Oklahoma City, Okla., has been elected as the next president of SNPA.

SNPA members elected officers for 2016-17 at the News Industry Summit in Sarasota, Fla.

Read this article to see who has been elected as additional SNPA officers and as members of the Board of Directors.

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Chris Reen nominated as president of SNPA for 2016-17 8/30/16

Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman in Oklahoma City, Okla., will be nominated during the SNPA News Industry Summit to be the next president of SNPA.

SNPA members will elect officers for 2016-17 on Thursday morning, Sept. 15, in Sarasota, Fla.

Read this article to see who has been nominated as additional SNPA officers and as members of the Board of Directors.

If you have not registered for the conference yet, please register right away. Costs increase $100 per person on Thursday. MORE