What we learned from the Digital Subscriptions Lab
The Digital Subscriptions Lab was a six-month program at a select group of newspapers of various sizes to find a sustainable business model for the newspaper industry.
Hear what came out of this partnership between FTI Consulting, the Google News Initiative and Local Media Association during the SNPA-Inland Annual Meeting, to be held Oct. 6-8 in Chicago.MORE
An important moment in history
It's never been more important for our industry to speak with one voice and champion the value of local news. Combining the experience and talents of the Inland Press Association and the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association will help ensure that voice remains loud and clear.
We will continue to serve the mission and constituents of these two longstanding organizations as we plot a new course for the traditional newspaper business. Not only will we continue to provide the networking and training opportunities both organizations are known for, we will tackle many of the biggest issues facing our members.
We will maintain a keen focus on the power and importance of local journalism and the myriad ways we serve our unique communities. We don't write and report for the pundits in Washington, D.C.; we write and report for the people who live and work in the areas we serve. It will become increasingly important for us to widely share that message.
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Mark Aldam elected chairman of the News Media Alliance
Elected to initial one-year terms (2019-2020) on the News Media Alliance Board of Directors with terms beginning May 1, 2019 are:
- Jim Brady, Spirited Media
- Pamela (PJ) Browning, The Post and Courier, Charleston, S.C.
- Frank Filippo, Dow Jones
- Timothy Knight, Tribune Publishing
- Bill Marcil, Jr., Forum Communications
Jim Brown promoted to president of Borrell Associates
Borrell Associates has announced management changes that include the promotion of Jim Brown to the role of president and Colby Atwood transitioning to executive director and senior advisor. It is the second management change since February, when the company promoted Corey Elliott to senior vice president of Local Market Intelligence.MORE
Post and Courier acquires Steeplechase of Charleston
The Post and Courier of Charleston, S.C., is getting into the horse racing business, acquiring the ownership rights to Steeplechase of Charleston.
P.J. Browning, publisher of The Post and Courier, said at a Thursday announcement at The Dewberry that acquiring the event helps the media company to diversify its portfolio and invest in its community.
"It makes good business sense for all of us here to pay attention to the ways in which Charleston residents and visitors alike embrace our unique events," Browning said. "Thousands of people attend festivals around town each year, and there's every reason that this can and should happen with Steeplechase."MORE
Post and Courier publisher to lead state press association
PJ Browning, president and publisher of The Post and Courier in Charleston, was elected president of the South Carolina Press Association at the group's Annual Meeting Saturday at The Marriott in Columbia.MORE
P.J. Browning elected president of SNPA for 2018-19
P.J. Browning, publisher of The Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C., was elected president of SNPA for 2018-19 at the News Industry Summit in Nashville.
Three additional officers and eight members of the SNPA Board of Directors also were elected.MORE
P.J. Browning nominated as president of SNPA for 2018-19
SNPA members will elect officers for 2018-19 on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 10, in Nashville, Tenn.
Read this article to see who has been nominated to the SNPA Board of Directors. MORE
Beyond problem-solving: Leading through the chaos and setting the course
The strategic plan developed by the SNPA Board of Directors encourages the creation of a publisher development program based on what members have identified as a training void in our industry.
Publishers attending the News Industry Summit in Nashville, Oct. 10-12, will get a taste of this new initiative.
Tom Silvestri, president and publisher of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch and chairman of SNPA's Executive Development Committee, said the committee "has outlined an approach and invited The Poynter Institute to help create such a program for SNPA members." Any program created would require SNPA Board approval.
He said an expanded segment at the fall SNPA conference in Nashville will "provide a sample of what such a development program could be."
He added, "This live demonstration will focus on helping current publishers and publishers-to-be lead through the chaos and uncertainty to constantly anticipate what's next and have the wherewithal to turn possibilities into positive results. You won't get a certificate for completing the Poynter-led overview, but you'll help SNPA further refine a development program that we hope will be career-changing for our publisher members."
Neil Brown, president of The Poynter Institute, will lead the segment at the News Industry Summit.MORE
Les Simpson elected president of SNPA for 2017-18
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America's Newspapers – the association formed from the merger of the Inland Press Association and Southern Newspaper Publishers Association – was ceremonially launched October 6 at its inaugural annual meeting in Chicago.
Dean Ridings will be its chief executive officer, effective Nov. 11.
America's Newspapers unites two of the oldest press associations to form one of the industry's largest advocates for newspapers and the many benefits to their communities, civil life, freedom of expression and democracy.
"Newspaper journalism provides a voice for the voiceless, challenges elected officials, shines a light on government, calls for change when change is needed, and exposes corruption and injustice," said Chris Reen, the president and publisher of The Gazette in Colorado Springs who will serve as the first president of America's Newspapers.More
New association launches today;
SNPA-Inland merger is complete
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.More