Cox Media Group's Austin (Texas) American-Statesman has entered into an agreement with Hearst Newspapers to move Statesman Media's printing and packaging operations from Austin to facilities in San Antonio and Houston. The transition will happen over several months starting at the end of June.MORE
AdviceIQ makes including personal finance content easy for publishers. And, for publishers, the price is right: free.MORE
Friends2Follow’s widget helps newspapers take back their market share from social media.MORE
A new company, iMoneza, is banking on the belief that people will pay to read a single story rather than get a digital subscription.MORE
NTVB Media has announced plans to give away its content to all newspapers – regardless of size – in exchange for a partnership to bring in more subscribers. The partnership will pay newspapers up to $400 per thousand subscribers to deliver NTVB's product.MORE
The Greer Citizen, which is published every Wednesday in Spartanburg, S.C., has become a member of SNPA. Eight Mega-Conference sponsors/exhibitors also have joined SNPA through three-month trial memberships: AdviceIQ, Friends2Follow, iMoneza, Media Services Group, NewsBank, NTVB Media, SpinGo and Transparensee.MORE
Through a service called Research Director on Demand, Ted Stasney's firm offers full market and media research services.MORE
Newspapers aren't the only clients of the Nashville, Tenn., law firm that celebrated its 25th anniversary May 17. But since The Zinser Law Firm represents some 200 to 300 daily newspapers as well as several circulation trade associations, executives from across the country turned out for dinner, dancing and tributes at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.MORE
During last Friday's SNPA board meeting in Richmond, new members were approved: our first digital-only member, an individual member, and nine new research and development partners.MORE
Readers of the Times News in Kingsport and the Johnson City Press, both in Northeast Tennessee, saw new looks on Tuesday, Dec. 12. The redesigns of the Sandusky Newspaper Group papers are somewhat different but the goal is the same: Make them easier to read.
But it's not just the design that has changed; it's also the ways in which stories are told, according to Times News Publisher Rick Thomason, who is overseeing the project.
"Our redesigns aren't just about fonts, rebranding and colors," said Bill Ostendorf, president and founder of Creative Circle. "It's really about changing newsroom culture and creating content that is more relevant, more interesting and easier to read."More
This month's column reports on two National Labor Relations Board administrative law judge decisions involving the issue of whether someone is an employee or an independent contractor. In both cases, former NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin had urged the ALJ to rule that merely classifying someone as an independent contractor is an independent violation of the National Labor Relations Act. This is legal adventurism in an attempt to make new law.
In one of the cases, the ALJ found independent contractor status and chose not to reach that novel issue. In the second case, the ALJ found employee status and agreed with the NLRB general counsel, finding that the misclassification of the individuals as independent contractors was a per se independent violation of the NLRA. With a new management majority sitting on the NLRB in Washington, let us hope that this legal adventurism will be reversed.
I also report on a new NLRB case involving an employer's texting and confidentiality rules, as well as a new court case addressing the ability to discover social media passwords in litigation.
Hugh Osteen comes from a newspaper family. He was so well-acquainted with SNPA that he applied for the NEX GEN program as soon as he could – too soon, in fact.
It was suggested that Osteen get some more experience and develop his skill set before re-applying. A couple of years later he joined the 2016-17 class of the mentoring program for up-and-coming executives.
"I've been going to SNPA conferences since I was five years old," said Osteen, 28. "I am the sixth generation in our family in the newspaper business, so I kind of grew up going to all these things."
Read about his NEX GEN experience.More