The staffs of SNPA member newspapers are encouraged to sign the citizen petition to the International Trade Commission opposing the tariffs on imports of uncoated groundwood paper.
Newspapers also are encouraged to share the petition with their readers, and urge them to sign it as well.
The petition is being circulated by Stop Tariffs on Printing & Publishing (STOPP), a broad-based coalition representing the U.S. printing and publishing industries that was formed to fight these crippling tariffs. SNPA is a coalition member of STOPP.MORE
GateHouse Media has launched a new, central consumer marketing agency to drive consumer marketing revenue and develop new and innovative products and experiences. The agency is led by Denise Robbins, senior vice president of consumer marketing.
Part of the agency's role is overseeing subscription acquisition and customer lifecycle management, including deepening reader engagement and customer experience in GateHouse's largest markets. Later this year, the agency will expand to lead consumer marketing activity for all 144 GateHouse dailies as well as the company's weekly subscription-based publications, the company said.MORE
The Associated Press and Trint have announced that they will work together to automate AP's video and audio transcription process, streamlining the news agency's workflow.
AP video journalists across the globe will use Trint to transcribe recorded interviews and events for use in the video and text news report. The transcriptions are reviewed by journalists for accuracy before the content is published.MORE
Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., and Charlie Crist, D-Fla., yesterday introduced legislation to suspend tariffs on Canadian imports of uncoated groundwood paper which includes newsprint used by newspapers, book publishers, printers and direct mail companies.
The legislation, H.R. 6031 – "Protecting Rational Incentives in Newsprint Trade Act of 2018" or "PRINT Act" – would temporarily halt both the preliminary and any final duties while the Department of Commerce (Commerce) completes its study on the economic health of the printing and publishing industries. The study would, among other things, examine whether the tariffs would harm local news coverage, reduce employment in the publishing and printing industries, or harm local businesses that advertise in local newspapers.
The House bill is identical to S.2835 that was introduced by Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) in May.
SNPA President Patrick Dorsey, publisher of the Herald-Tribune Media Group in Sarasota, Fla., and regional vice president Coastal Group, GateHouse Media, said: "Thanks for the leadership and common sense shown by Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., and Charlie Crist, D-Fla., as they introduced legislation in the House to suspend tariffs on Canadian imports of uncoated groundwood paper. They should be lauded for stepping up to protect American jobs and working to stop these damaging tariffs."MORE
Mentors are needed to pair with newspaper employees who have leadership potential in the 2018-19 SNPA NEX GEN program that begins in September. This structured mentorship program includes a variety of events and activities designed to strengthen participants' industry knowledge, professional relationships, analytical skills and aptitude for innovation.MORE
A newly formed company, the Coastside News Group, has acquired the Half Moon Bay Review newspaper and related publications from Wick Communications.
Dirks, Van Essen, Murray & April, a media merger and acquisition firm based in Santa Fe, N.M., represented Wick Communications in the transaction. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.MORE
Lance Moler has taken bargain hunting to a new level at The Edmond Sun in Oklahoma. As general manager, before he replaces a part on the press or the CTP processors he checks eBay.
In the last few months alone, Moler has saved nearly $1,000. He said he's amazed by the markups on manufacturer replacement parts and that while he doesn't find every part he needs on eBay or the local hardware store, occasional dramatic savings are well worth taking the time to search.MORE
Paxton Media Group purchased The Batesville (Ark.) Daily Guard from the Jones family on June 1, according to Randy Cope of Cribb, Greene & Cope who represented the Jones family.
Paxton Media, a family-owned company headquartered in Paducah, Ky., owns more than 36 daily newspapers, a television station and numerous weekly publications across Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee. Fourth- and fifth-generation family members manage Paxton Media.MORE
McClatchy announced the launch of new editorial initiatives this month, aimed at better connecting McClatchy readers with important coverage of politics and policy decisions at stake in the 2018 midterm elections. The projects – "The Influencer Series," "Ground Game" and "Beto" – will provide sophisticated coverage of midterm election races important to both local voters served by McClatchy news brands and political obsessives nationwide.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