Sale of The Valley Times-News to Boone is finalized 10/10/17

The agreement for sale of operating assets and real estate of The Valley Times-News in Lanett, Ala., by Valley Newspapers, Inc. and its owner, Nell Dunn Walls, to Valley Newsmedia, LLC, a subsidiary of Boone Newspapers, Inc. (BNI) of Tuscaloosa, Ala., was finalized and effective Oct. 1.

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Independent contractor carveout changed in North Carolina 10/10/17

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

We have been writing for months about the never-ending saga of legislative attempts to remove from North Carolina law a provision in the workers' compensation law that presumes newspaper carriers are independent contractors. This presumption has been very valuable since it was passed almost two decades ago. Since that time, there has not been a single reported independent contractor versus employee case in the workers' comp arena in the state of North Carolina.

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One-of-a-kind, N.C. newspaper carrier-contractor statute is repealed 10/10/17

By John Bussian, The Bussian Law Firm

Fending off another attack by industry opponents in the Oct. 4 special session of the N.C. General Assembly, the North Carolina Press Association stopped an effort to presume all newspaper carriers in the state to be employees, subject carriers to state workers comp and unemployment insurance taxes, and create a new test for independent contractor status.

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Gannett closes majority investment in Grateful Ventures 10/9/17

Gannett Co., Inc., parent company of USA TODAY NETWORK, has closed a majority investment in Grateful Ventures, LLC, an online media and publishing company which focuses on building lifestyle content and monetization strategies for high-influence food and cooking websites and bloggers.

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New company acquires Oklahoma dailies 10/3/17

A newly formed media group with Oklahoma ties has purchased three newspapers in the southern part of the state from Civitas Media.

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Sun newspapers, Bluffton/Hilton Head papers sold to local media professional 10/3/17

B.J. Frazier, the owner of Coastal Fun Info LLC, publishers of The Bluffton Sun, The Hilton Head Sun and The Sun City Sun (S.C.) community newspapers – and their digital platforms – has announced the sale of those properties to Kevin Aylmer, president of Lowcountry Local Media.

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Serve on an SNPA committee 10/3/17

By SNPA Chairman Chris Reen, president and publisher, The Oklahoman Media Company

For the last year, the leadership of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association has been working to develop a strategic plan to guide our organization.

Through our work with SNPA's executive committee, staff, board members and Max Strategy Consultants, who helped guide us, I firmly believe we have developed a roadmap to make SNPA a better organization and, most importantly, more valuable to its members.

Now we need your help.

The board has begun working on these issues, but we would like for members to be part of planning and executing our strategy.

We've identified four major areas that we'd like to focus on as part of our plan:

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Ad campaign calls for use of trusted sources to fight fake news 10/3/17

SNPA is working with the News Media Alliance to raise awareness about the importance of real news produced by trusted news organizations that employ high-quality, investigative journalists. The second phase of the national campaign begins today.

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A dozen ideas that deliver revenue 10/3/17

By Cindy Durham, assistant executive director, SNPA

In David Letterman style (but with two additional items), Tom Yunt sent attendees at the SNPA-Inland Annual Meeting home with a dozen ideas that will drive revenue for their newspapers. Ninety-nine percent of what he talked about was focused on the core product – print; not digital. Yunt is COO of United Communications Corporation, Kenosha, Wisc., which publishes the daily Kenosha News, two additional dailies, several weeklies and several television stations.

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New partnership will help newspapers better meet their postal needs 10/2/17

Brainworks Software, LLC has announced a new partnership with Interlink's True Newspaper Mail, an industry-leading cloud-based presort mailing system.

One group of 41 publications, currently using Brainworks' CircSmart management software, switched to True Newspaper Mail resulting in an annual postage savings of $185,000, while improving their delivery and gaining access to newspaper mailing expertise.

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