Three SNPA member newspapers are among the "10 Newspapers That Do It Right," as identified by Editor & Publisher Magazine, with another three being recognized with honorable mentions!
"From digital initiatives that are tapping into new audiences to community programs that are fostering stronger relationships, the ideas are as diverse as each market each publication serves," E&P said.MORE
By Mary Ann DeSantis, SNPA Correspondent
Nashville businesswomen Elizabeth Fox and Liza Graves met for coffee in 2009 to talk about how they could connect busy women to the great things happening in their town. They understood the time constraints women face, and their goal was to build a different business model to reach an audience that often says it's too busy to read a newspaper.
StyleBlueprint began in Nashville just eight years ago, and has become one of the South's fastest-growing online lifestyle brands, anchored by its daily articles, curated local guides in six markets and a newly launched digital app. In a breakout session at the 2017 Key Executives Mega-Conference in Orlando, Fox and Graves explained how they've achieved digital success by focusing solely on women.
"We didn't just blog," said Graves. "We got to know our audiences and focused on original content."MORE
By Mary Ann DeSantis, SNPA Correspondent
Professors at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications are going beyond just teaching reporting skills. They are currently researching the psychology and physiology of storytelling, according to Matt Sheehan, who spoke at the 2017 Key Executives Mega-Conference in Orlando.
As director of stories and emerging platforms at the College, Sheehan is spearheading efforts to examine the intersection of storytelling, science and the social good. He leads a content and product incubator called "Hatch" that uses the principles of human-centered design to conceptualize, test and launch projects for the future of media and information.
"Storytelling is an art, not a checklist," he said to attendees at the Friday afternoon breakout session. "I'm giving you a headline view of the research we find fascinating."MORE
May 1 is the new due date for the Department of Labor's reply brief involving the overtime rule.MORE
Southern Litholate and the SLP Strategic Alliance print solutions team is offering all SNPA members this year's Mega-Conference "hit" whitepaper, 25 MORE Ways to Improve your Print Products in 2017, plus last year's "best takeaway" from the conference, 25 Ways to Improve your Print Products in 2016.MORE
The Lexington Urban County Council approved an ordinance recently that would require businesses to put unsolicited fliers and circulars on doorsteps or mail slots or face fines.
The 9-5 vote came despite a warning from the Herald-Leader that it would sue the merged government if the ordinance was passed.
Rufus Friday, president and publisher of the Herald-Leader, said after the vote that he will "aggressively defend the Lexington Herald-Leader's First Amendment rights, which does include any infringement on the press' distribution rights."MORE
Calkins Media was the recipient of the Mega-Innovation Award presented Friday afternoon at the Key Executives Mega-Conference.MORE
During its meeting last week at the Mega-Conference, the SNPA Board of Directors approved two new members.MORE
Mega-Conference speaker Rick Edmonds from the Poynter institute stated that print would not reach the end of its run in the near future; it may be less frequent, however it will take decades for print to truly decline, he said. A clear mission of editorial excellence and relevancy to local readers will keep brands strong, according to Edmonds.MORE
Two presenters at the Key Executives Mega-Conference shared a case study showing how easy it can be for a code developer to skim display ad dollars from a newspaper's website, as well as tips for preventing this type of fraud.MORE
Over the summer, the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch asked readers to share their hopes for the local community – and readers responded with aspirational and thoughtful ideas for Richmond's future.
At the paper's 75th RTD Public Square, the staff will share readers' collected hopes along with survey results from research they conducted on the same topic. "We're excited about the results, and we think that some of the ideas might surprise you," the paper notes in its promotion of this special event.
This will be the Richmond Times-Dispatch's 75th installment of RTD Public Square.More
For decades, newspapers have been losing talent to other industries. SNPA's NEX-GEN program is designed to change that.More
Thomas A. Silvestri, president and publisher of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch, was the recipient of the 2018 Frank W. Mayborn Leadership Award, presented Thursday morning at the SNPA News Industry Summit.
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 1961 to 1962.More