It's Official! SNPA and Inland Have Merged

Chris Reen

A new association formed by the consolidation of SNPA and the Inland Press Association was officially launched today. The name of the new association will be announced on Oct. 6 at the association's first annual meeting in Chicago.

Edward VanHorn, SNPA's executive director, said that the merger unites two of the country's oldest press associations into a progressive new organization that will use its bigger and more powerful voice to be an unapologetic advocate for newspapers.


On Sunday, we'll announce the name of the new association at the Annual Meeting. On Monday, we'll launch the beginnings of a new website, send a new newsletter to you next Tuesday and start rolling out promotional materials for the new association.

Calendar of Events
October 6 - 8, 2019
December 10 - 11, 2019
Officers and Directors

Chris Reen, president of The Gazette in Colorado Springs, Colo., will serve as the first president of the new association formed by the merger of SNPA and Inland Press Association.

"The number one goal for the new association is to really be a champion of the newspaper industry and an unapologetic voice and supporter for the contributions of our local newspapers in our communities," said Reen.

Click the link below for a full list of officers and directors.

SNPA and Inland Foundations

Both the SNPA Foundation and the Inland Press Foundation remain separate from the new association. Each foundation has its own set of independently-elected trustees, who will continue to oversee their respective endowment funds, investments and spending policies.

Frank W. Mayborn Leadership Award

Edward VanHorn
By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

Edward VanHorn, who went to work for SNPA 43 years ago straight out of the University of North Carolina, will be honored at next week's SNPA-Inland Annual Meeting as this year's recipient of the Frank W. Mayborn Leadership Award. The award is named for the Texas newspaperman who helped shape SNPA in the early 1950s and served as president from 1961 to 1962.

"He's been that silent leader behind the newspaper industry and SNPA," said SNPA President PJ Browning, president and publisher of The Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C. "We're honored to have the opportunity to give him this award as he's retiring. We thought it was very fitting."

Industry Awards

Danny Heitman, Lanny Keller, Dwayne Yancey, Howard Goodman and Chris Cobler
Lloyd Case

Lloyd Case's impact on the Inland Press Association and the newspaper industry will be recognized Monday, Oct. 7, at the joint Annual Meeting in Chicago as he receives the Ralph D. Casey/Minnesota Award.

Joyce McCullough

When Joyce McCullough was told she would be the recipient of the 2019 Ray Carlsen Distinguished Service Award, her first reaction was, wait, me?

"I was really surprised," she said from her office in LaSalle, Ill. "There are so many people I know at Inland who do much more than I do."

Inside Inland that is strictly one woman's opinion.

McCullough will be honored with the Ray Carlsen Distinguished Service Award on Oct. 7 in Chicago during the first Annual Meeting of Inland and SNPA as a new merged association.

Legal Hotline

Mike Zinser
The following Legal Hotline question was addressed by L. Michael Zinser of The Zinser Law Firm
Welcome to Membership!

Last week, SNPA welcomed The Siebold Company into membership.

SNPA People

Katherine Miller

Katherine Miller, a news industry veteran of more than 20 years, has been named general manager of The Cullman (Ala.) Times. Miller assumes the duties immediately and will continue to serve as publisher of the News-Courier of Athens.

Kathy Malm

Kathy Malm, a longtime newspaper advertising salesperson, one-time chamber executive and central Kansas rancher, has been named regional general manager for GateHouse Media newspapers in Hutchinson, Salina and Hays, Kan.

Industry News

On Sunday, The Mercury of Manhattan, Kan., reprinted the statement of values that is published daily on page 2 in all 10 of the daily newspapers owned by WEHCO Media. In doing so, the newspaper promised its readers that it also is committed to the values held by Walter E. Hussman Jr. and that it will attempt "to live by this statement, day after day, regardless of the form our journalistic work takes."


The 105-year-old Waycross (Ga.) Journal-Herald published its last edition on Monday.

Roger Williams, whose family has owned the newspaper since his grandfather, Jack Williams Sr., bought it in 1916, said his brother, sister and other stockholders had no choice other than to exhaust their personal funds to continue publication.


Federal regulators have cleared the way for a proposed $1.4 billion merger between newspaper giants Gannett and GateHouse Media.

The merger has passed an antitrust review by the U.S. Department of Justice, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.


After witnesses to Ricky Gray's execution reported prison officials took an unusually long time to place IV lines for the chemicals that killed the convicted murder, Virginia moved to shield that process from view, a move several news organizations are now challenging in court.


The Collier Prize for State Government Accountability is now accepting entries for the $25,000 prize, one of the largest journalism prizes in the nation. Information about the prize and how to submit entries is available on the Collier Prize site.

The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications announced the creation of the prize last April. It is designed to encourage coverage of state government, focusing on investigative and political reporting, and will be awarded annually at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner starting in 2020.


Brainworks Software customer EO Media Group is a family-owned group of small newspapers, websites and other communication entities based in Oregon and Washington. With more than 11 newspapers and 25 active users of Brainworks CircSmart, EO Media was looking for a solution to cut hours during the mailing process and track more accurate data with its high volume mail subscription base.


By Matt Coen, president and co-founder, Second Street

Scared of Santa contests always draw a great crowd! But the Southeast Missourian also knew some families might have a picture-perfect photo with Santa. Since they didn't want to exclude them from the fun, this contest became: Scared of Santa (or Not!).

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Training and Development

Tm D'Avis
Free Webinar: Tuesday, October 15 | 3 p.m. EDT, 2 p.m. CDT
SNPA and Inland members can register free

In this webinar, develop an understanding for how to use email to drive subscription marketing campaigns. More

Free Webinar: Friday, October 18 | 2 p.m. EDT, 1 p.m. CDT
SNPA and Inland members can register free

Research shows that small-town, geographically-bounded U.S. weekly newspapers continue to be viable in the digital era, despite the struggles larger U.S. newspapers continue to undergo. Webinar participants will receive a useful survey tool that they can use in their own communities to better understand the expectations of their audiences. More

Reader's Corner

By Vicki Whiting, Kid Scoop

As a former teacher, I can tell you it is almost impossible to track how one particular reading program impacts a student's reading achievement when there are so many other factors impacting that student at the same time-things like overall access to reading materials, quality of instruction, parent involvement, etc.

What we can do (and what most of my grant funders look at) is how well we perform with regards to implementing reading strategies which have been studied and shown to increase reading achievement. The good news is that newspapers in the classroom is one of these studies.


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