The Daily News of Bowling Green, Ky., has won an independent contractor case. Mike Zinser outlines the arguments that were in the newspaper's favor.More
We will be both more effective and efficient if we set up a work environment which doesn't accept excuses ... any excuse.MORE
For over a decade, North Carolina newspapers have enjoyed a legislative presumption of independent contractor status under the state's Workers' Compensation law. Earlier this year, legislation was introduced into both Houses of the Legislature to not only repeal the legislative presumption, but to also add independent contractor "unfriendly" language to the statutory test for independent contractor status.
Under the leadership of North Carolina Press Association President Regina Glaspie, publishers mobilized to oppose this legislation. On Sept. 29, the publishers were successful – the bill died at the end of the legislative session.MORE
When employees feel strong, involved and needed, they get extraordinary things done while those who feel weak and insignificant consistently underperform and are eager to flee. Here are some methods that Ciotta encourages you to embrace.MORE
One of the challenges with strategic planning sessions is that once the vision, goals and objectives have been identified, the good thinking that created them often stops. Here are some strategic planning questions that will help yield the commitment, action or results they are intended to produce.MORE
In a broad sweeping 3-to-2 decision in Browning-Ferris, the Obama NLRB recently rewrote the decades-old test for determining who is the "employer." Under the previous caselaw, a company had to exercise direct control over wages, hours and working conditions to be an "employer." Now, under the new standard, the company is a "joint employer" if it exercises "indirect control over working conditions, or if it reserves the authority to do so."MORE
Eight executives from SNPA member newspapers have been selected to participate in SNPA's 2015-16 NEX GEN class. They will be paired with experienced industry experts in a structured mentorship program.
Read about the executives who will participate as members of the 2015-16 NEX GEN class.MORE
Cribb, Greene & Cope is surveying newspaper owners and executives to see how they feel about the future of the industry and other key topics.
The survey is short (just 11 questions) and only takes a few minutes to complete. SNPA encourages all publishers and owners to share their thoughts.MORE
On July 29, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson -- an Obama appointee -- upheld the final rule of the National Labor Relations Board, providing for "quickie elections" under the National Labor Relations Act. Mike Zinser says the court was very disdainful of the First Amendment rights of employers.MORE
Instead of bemoaning the loss of old categories in classifieds, a strategy of developing new categories has turned into significant print classified revenue growth at the Times-Herald Record in Middletown, N.Y.More
We hope you will take some time to explore SNPA's new website.
It includes lots of new features, including a section of ideas to help you grow revenue, trim costs, build audience and learn what is working at other newspapers. We encourage you to add to these sections – by contributing your best ideas and great work.
The new website was designed by Bill Ostendorf, founder of
Creative Circle Media Consulting. Creative Circle has redesigned newspapers and websites for a number of SNPA member newspapers, including papers in Richmond, Va.; Daytona Beach, Fla.; Decatur, Ala.; and many McClatchy papers.More