Newspaper publishers to save Workers' Compensation money 4/12/16

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

On Feb. 26, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walk signed Act 180, which repealed a part of the Workers' Compensation law stating, "Every person selling or distributing newspapers or magazines on the street or from house to house is an employee." Prior to the repeal, most newspapers covered newspaper carriers and paid thousands of dollars each year in Workers' Comp premiums. This is a great success for Wisconsin publishers.

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Key insights into newspaper subscription models in the U.S. 4/4/16

By Damian Radcliffe

Metered models are, by some margin, the most popular digital subscription system used by American news publishers.

"Of the 98 newspapers we looked at, 62 papers used meters, which is nearly three times as many as those [21 papers] not requiring a digital subscription," says Alex Williams, of his recent research study.

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Coaching: How to let go of your need to control 3/28/16

By Jules Ciotta

The most difficult part of coaching for some managers is letting others decide how to handle a task or project, instead of simply telling them exactly what to do and precisely how to do it. You can guide the process, though, by following three steps.

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No excuses; results! 3/15/16

By Jules Ciotta

An organization would experience greater success by not accepting excuses. Here are some thoughts to help you set up a work environment that doesn't accept excuses ... any excuse.

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Court reverses NLRB, finds independent contractor status 2/16/16

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

On Feb. 3, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit reversed the National Labor Relations Board's finding that stagehands are employees. The court ruled that the stagehands are independent contractors, and that the decision of the board was "contrary to law."

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Good workplace 2/8/16

By Jules Ciotta

When employees of good workplaces are asked what makes their companies so good, they talk first about attractive benefits. But when you probe further, what are the terms they use to describe their workplace?

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It's not too late to participate in the SNPA Salary Survey 4/19/16

SNPA is continuing to accept questionnaires for this year's SNPA Salary Survey. Publishers of all participating daily newspapers will receive the survey results – offering valuable benchmarking data – the first week of June.

As an added bonus this year, participants will not only receive a PDF with the survey results, but also an Excel spreadsheet – making it easier to compare your data against the SNPA average.

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New approach can turn classifieds back into gold 6/21/13

By Bill Ostendorf, Creative Circle Media Solutions

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.

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What works for McDonald's, works for classifieds, too 6/27/13

Bill Ostendorf, Creative Circle Media Solutions

Stealing the value meal concept from McDonald's and the "Have it your way" slogan from Burger King, Creative Circle created some winning house ads for several of its classified redesign clients that saved time in the call center and increased upsell sales at the same time.

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Become the go-to vendor for local print products 4/11/13

By Sean Ireland, Special to the SNPA eBulletin

Local governments outsource printing. The sheriff's office, emergency management center and local schools may be ripe sources of revenue for your newspaper.

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