06.06.2017
 
Calendar of Events
Register by Next Monday

Today is the last chance for daily papers (printed four or more days per week) to register for a print quality evaluation from SNPA. For just $95, newspapers will receive an evaluation of their print quality from three independent judges, and they also will be entered into SNPA's annual Print Quality Contest. Additional newspapers printed in the same plant on the same press can be entered for just $50 each.

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Win Cash and Recognition!

Daily and non-daily newspapers are encouraged to honor the outstanding work that their photographers do by entering their work in the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association's 2017 Photo/Video Contest. The contest is sponsored by Second Street.

Your best photographers can win cash prizes and earn recognition!

Entries will be accepted through June 24.

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Reserve Your Hotel Room by July 25
SNPA and the Inland Press Association are working together to produce a spectacular program for their first combined Annual Meeting at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs Sept. 10-12. Don't miss it.

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SNPA People

Mark Elliott

Veteran newspaper executive Mark C. Elliott has been appointed publisher of the Mt. Vernon Register News and the McLeansboro Times-Leader.

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Great Ideas

"People are the life, the driving force of every community," says Rick Kennedy, regional editor of The Hope (Ark.) Star. The paper highlighted 20 individuals who are moving their community forward and making improvements in the lives of others in a special "20 under 50" section published Saturday, June 3.

Hope Star readers were asked to participate by nominating people under the age of 50 who are making big contributions in Hempstead County.

Click the link below to view the special section.

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Apply by July 14

SNPA is recruiting eight "rising stars" to participate in the 2017-18 SNPA NEX GEN Mentor program. Nominate your best staff member to be a part of this special group.

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Industry News

On Monday, June 5, no newspapers were displayed in the Today's Front Pages exhibit outside the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue, inside the Newseum or online at newseum.org. No pages were displayed on the SNPA website either. In their place were blacked-out pages featuring the hashtag #WithoutNews. The newspaper blackout marks the Newseum's third annual #WithoutNews campaign, meant to raise awareness of the threats to journalists around the world.

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Since so many in the media industry today are asking their staff to do more multi-tasking, the research strategies outlined in this article may help you with your marketing and advertising sales research.

Whether your research needs are for promotion and branding initiatives, sales presentations, proposals or a request for some quick stats, start by asking these questions.

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The Eau Claire Press Company, a fourth-generation and fifth-generation family-owned media company with a daily newspaper, a weekly agricultural newspaper, a shopper product, a commercial printing division, digital and marketing services, has been sold, according to John Cribb, Cribb, Greene & Cope. The buyer of The Eau Claire Press Company's assets is family-owned Adams Publishing Group, based in Minneapolis, Minn., and chaired by Stephen Adams.

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The Herald, a weekly newspaper in Havana, Fla., owned and operated by Nick Bert, has been sold to Mark Pettus, a veteran newspaper publisher from Jacksonville, Fla.

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Local digital marketing agency, Flypaper, announced in April that it has surpassed 500 active customers throughout its seven locations in Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Texas and Oklahoma.

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Newsroom

Daily executive, managing and other senior editors are invited to attend South Carolina Press Association's annual Daily Editors Roundtable on Friday, July 28, at SCPA Offices in Columbia. A Roundtable for Weekly Editors will be held Thursday, Aug. 3. These programs, co-sponsored by SNPA, are a great time to meet with your peers to discuss what is working and not working in your market.

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Digital

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

Drive big engagement and revenue this 4th of July with patriotic-themed photo contests, ballots, sweepstakes and quizzes.

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SNPA Jobs Network

Burlington Executive Editor / Triad Editor, Burlington, N.C.
This person will serve as executive editor for the Burlington Times-News with additional oversight of newsroom leaders at the Asheboro Courier-Tribune and Lexington Dispatch. Learn more and submit your resume

2nd Pressmen for a DGM 430 press, Sun  Publications, Lakeland, Fla.
Sun Publications (DR Media) is looking for 2nd press leaders who are experienced – ensuring safety, quality, basic maintenance and repairs on press. Learn more and submit your resume

Post your job openings with us. To post your employment listing, simply email the text of your ad to cindy@snpa.org.

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Training and Development
Reader's Corner

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.

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"Alexa, tell me how to make chilaquiles."

This was one of the conversational commands University of Southern California journalism students programmed when creating a new skill for the Amazon Echo device that uses Alexa voice-powered technology. Chilaquiles is a Mexican dish made with corn tortillas and chili sauce, but this story wasn't just about a recipe.

The students put themselves in the place of their users and thought Amazon Echo would be an interesting device to experiment with.

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Content is king. But newspapers especially should heed the lament of Shakespeare's King Henry IV: "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown."

Those words echo through Borrell's recently published update to its "Benchmarking Local Media Digital Revenue." The most telling revenue numbers in the report are how Facebook, whose news content is much less trusted by Internet users, according to a BuzzFeed-commissioned survey, far outperforms newspapers as well as broadcasters, cablers and other local media operations.

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News and commentary of interest to journalism innovators and entrepreneurs. Read the latest from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute.

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