School board should have listened 9/18/17

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

The Seguin Gazette, a five-day newspaper with a daily circulation of 3,500, is the winner in the under-50,000 division of the 2017 Carmage Walls Commentary Prize. Editor and Publisher Jeff Fowler and Managing Editor Travis Webb won for a series of editorials and a column criticizing what they described as "extravagant" spending on the part of the members of the Seguin Independent School District board of trustees.

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NC Legislature adjourns September special session without harming legals or carriers 9/12/17

By John Bussian, The Bussian Law Firm

Far from the sky falling, North Carolina's legal advertising and independent contractor-newspaper carrier climate remains intact. The leadership of the North Carolina General Assembly acted responsibly, with encouragement from the North Carolina Press Association and many SNPA members, to leave N.C. law unchanged.

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SNPA Board of Directors welcomes new member 9/12/17

During its meeting in Colorado Springs on Sunday, Sept. 10, the SNPA Board of Directors welcomed The Albany (Ga.) Herald into SNPA membership.

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Congratulations, Doug Franklin 9/12/17

SNPA congratulates Doug Franklin, 2017 recipient of Inland Press Association's Ralph D. Casey/Minnesota Award.  The annual award, named in honor of the first director of the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communications, honors someone who is an agenda-setter, bringing about change while exemplifying the finest in journalism and community service.

View a video of the awards presentation

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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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Officers, trustees elected to SNPA Foundation Board of Trustees 9/10/17

Trustees of the SNPA Foundation board elected officers Sunday morning, Sept. 10, to serve during the 2017-18 year.

The SNPA Board of Directors also elected three new trustees for the SNPA Foundation at the same meeting. MORE

Health insurance premium increases invalidated under Open Meetings Act 9/5/17

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

An Alabama circuit judge has ruled that the state board governing education employees' health insurance violated the Open Meetings Act when it met in private before voting to jack up rates.

How far-reaching the ruling will be depends on whether it is appealed and upheld, said Dennis Bailey, longtime attorney for the Alabama Press Association.

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Aspen Daily News sold 9/5/17

Dave Danforth, founder of the Aspen (Colo.) Daily News, announced that he has sold the newspaper he founded 39 years ago to a group of local investors led by David Cook, the acting publisher. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Eight members named to SNPA's new R&D Advisory Committee 9/5/17

SNPA has named eight members to its inaugural Research and Development Advisory Committee for 2017-18.

The committee will provide input on how to improve the value of SNPA memberships for R&D partners, according to Les Simpson, who will be nominated next Monday to become the next president of SNPA. Simpson is publisher of the Amarillo (Texas) Globe-News.

"These companies are vital to the success of not only our industry, but to SNPA as well," Simpson said. "Their participation at our meetings is vital to help us maintain quality programming and affordable costs for our members. We hope to help them find even more value for their investment in SNPA."

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