Welcome to the archives of the Southern Newspaper Publisher's Association 6/17/20

The Southern Newspaper Publishers Association merged with the Inland Press Association on Sept. 30, 2019, to create a new association – America’s Newspapers.  Information about America’s Newspapers and its programming can be found at newspapers.org.

SNPA’s archive of publications, projects and revenue-generating ideas can be found on this website.  Another 65,000 documents are archived at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as part of the Southern Historical Collection. This collection is currently being updated to include documents from 1985-2019.

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Two digital firms apply for membership in SNPA 2/7/20

Digital Genie and ITI Digital have applied for membership in SNPA.

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New association launches today;
SNPA-Inland merger is complete
10/1/19

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.

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What's next ... now that the merger has taken place? 10/1/19

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.

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Gannett, GateHouse Media merger clears antitrust review 10/1/19

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.

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Kids + Newspapers = Successful Kids 10/1/19

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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Inaugural Annual Meeting of your new association kicks off Sunday 10/1/19

While there will be plenty of "new" announced over the coming weeks, the inaugural Annual Meeting of your new association will kick off on Sunday afternoon with some things that will never change: our commitment to preserving the networking, camaraderie and idea-sharing that are hallmarks of both SNPA and Inland.

Your program planning committee has put together an agenda that tackles the industry's toughest challenges – everything from the campaign for fair revenue arrangements with the digital giants ... to newsroom strategies ... to the recruitment of sales reps ... to single-copy sales and keeping public notices in the paper. We'll look at newspaper valuations, email marketing, digital subscriptions, funding journalism, what came out of the Digital Subscriptions Lab and more.

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SNPA's staunchest advocate honored for 43 years of service 10/1/19

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."

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Meet the leadership of the new association 10/1/19

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.

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Carmage Walls Commentary Prize honors courageous editorial writing 10/1/19

Editorial page editors and writers from The Advocate in Baton Rouge, La., and Roanoke, Va., are the recipients of the 2019 Carmage Walls Commentary Prize – in recognition of courageous and constructive editorial commentary.

The Advocate's Danny Heitman, editorial page editor/columnist, and Lanny Keller, editorial writer, placed first among newspapers with circulations over 50,000 circulation.

Dwayne Yancey, editorial page editor of The Roanoke Times, placed first among newspapers under 50,000.

Second-place honors go to Howard Goodman, editorial writer for The Palm Beach Post, and Chris Cobler, editor and publisher of the Victoria Advocate.

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