Cribb, Greene & Cope Annual Publisher Confidence Survey 9/26/16

Newspaper owners and executives are encouraged to participate in the Annual Publisher Confidence Survey.

The survey asks 11 questions that provide direct feedback from publishers on revenue, profit and other current trends in the publishing industry.

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Lawsuits filed to stop DOL overtime rule 9/26/16

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

On Sept. 20, a coalition of more than 55 Texas and national business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, filed a lawsuit in federal court in Texas. The lawsuit asks the court to vacate and set aside the Department of Labor's new overtime rule, set to take effect Dec. 1. Further, it asks the court to issue an injunction, postpone the effective date of the overtime rule, and to maintain the status quo, pending the court's review of the lawsuit.

A second lawsuit was also filed by the attorney generals of Nevada, Texas and 21 other states to enjoin the new rule.

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SNPA members elect new officers/directors for 2016-17 9/15/16

Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman in Oklahoma City, Okla., has been elected as the next president of SNPA.

SNPA members elected officers for 2016-17 at the News Industry Summit in Sarasota, Fla.

Read this article to see who has been elected as additional SNPA officers and as members of the Board of Directors.

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Tom Silvestri is elected chairman of SNPA Foundation Board of Trustees 9/15/16

Thomas A. Silvestri, president and publisher of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch, has been elected chairman of the SNPA Foundation Board of Trustees.

The SNPA Board of Directors elected five trustees for the SNPA Foundation at its meeting in Sarasota on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

The trustees, in turn, elected their officers – also that same morning.

Read this article to see who has been nominated as the three Foundation officers, as well as trustees. MORE

Local advertisers are agitated (and doing something about it) 9/6/16

Borrell Associates has been busy this summer vastly expanding its annual survey of local advertisers. That research is now complete, and the analysis is available for download.

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Follow the News Industry Summit on Twitter, Sept. 14-16 9/6/16

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If you stay home next week, you'll miss networking with nearly 250 industry executives and hearing from top-notch presenters on the most important topics on the minds of newspaper publishers.

It's not too late to register for the News Industry Summit, set for Sept. 14-16 in Sarasota, Fla. This is a joint conference sponsored by SNPA, the Florida Press Association and the Florida Society of News Editors.

This year's News Industry Summit will include 24 sessions offering content for all audiences - with general sessions and breakout sessions that simultaneously target dailies, weeklies and editors. You choose the programs that fit your specific interests.

Here is the program

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Last chance to register as a sponsor and/or exhibitor (there's just one space left!)

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Nominees announced for SNPA Foundation Board of Trustees 8/30/16

The SNPA Board of Directors will elect five trustees for the SNPA Foundation at its meeting in Sarasota on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

The trustees, in turn, will elect their officers – also that same morning.

Read this article to see who has been nominated as the three Foundation officers, as well as trustees. MORE

Chris Reen nominated as president of SNPA for 2016-17 8/30/16

Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman in Oklahoma City, Okla., will be nominated during the SNPA News Industry Summit to be the next president of SNPA.

SNPA members will elect officers for 2016-17 on Thursday morning, Sept. 15, in Sarasota, Fla.

Read this article to see who has been nominated as additional SNPA officers and as members of the Board of Directors.

If you have not registered for the conference yet, please register right away. Costs increase $100 per person on Thursday. MORE

Machinists union abandons unit in Omaha 8/22/16

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

This month, Mike Zinser looks at a newspaper that withdrew recognition of a bargaining unit, legislation that would limit the Department of Labor's Final Rule on overtime, and whether Title VII covers sexual orientation.

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Sharing power and developing our staff 8/16/16

By Jules Ciotta

We are, each of us, the sum total of all our experiences. One problem and/or situation affects us in others.

When employees feel strong, involved and needed, they get extraordinary things done while those who feel weak and insignificant consistently underperform and want to flee.

People who feel powerless tend to hoard the power they have. For example, powerless leaders usually adapt petty and dictatorial styles where political skills are utilized. "Covering your rear" and "passing the buck" are modes used to handle difficulties. Powerless employees tend to follow orders and avoid taking any initiative.

Sharing power is the answer. It lets workers know they are responsible for doing their own jobs – doing what they're paid to do – to help the organization succeed. It helps management and non-management realize the need not "to major in minor things" and continue to ensure that accountability is part of the day-to-day operation.

Read this article for some methods that should be incorporated to ensure this approach is being effectively applied.

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