New publisher named in Paris, Texas 11/14/17

Interim publisher and longtime business manager Relan Walker has assumed the role of publisher of The Paris (Texas) News, Dolph Tillotson, president of Southern Newspapers Inc., has announced.

Two additional appointments at the paper also have been announced.

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Tillotson shares statistical analysis calculations used by SNI in benchmarking 9/26/17

By Cindy Durham, assistant executive director, SNPA

Benchmarking helps newspaper management set goals, track success or failure, and provide objective standards for comparison, publishers heard during a session at the SNPA-Inland Annual Meeting led by Dolph Tillotson, president of Southern Newspapers Inc., and Tim Prince, vice president of Boone Newspapers and publisher of the Shelby County Reporter in Columbiana, Ala.

During this session, Tillotson shared a six-page handout offering the statistical analysis calculations that SNI uses, and he also is offering a blank Excel spreadsheet that can be used by other companies that want to implement something similar.

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In the face of Harvey, Texas papers keep printing and posting 8/29/17

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

Members of Texas-based Southern Newspapers Inc. haven't missed a beat even though four of the 16 papers are directly involved in covering Tropical Storm Harvey and its historic flooding.

"We haven't missed any editions of our papers," SNI president Dolph Tillotson said Monday from his home in Galveston, Texas. We've printed them all either in Lake Jackson or in Galveston."

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Taking the measure of benchmarking 8/15/17

Featured session: Tuesday, Sept. 12

SNPA - Inland Annual Meeting, Colorado Springs, Colo.

With Dolph Tillotson, president, Southern Newspapers, Inc., Galveston, Texas; PJ Browning, president, Newspaper Division, Evening Post Publishing, Charleston, S.C.; and Doug Phares, president & COO, Sandusky Newspaper Group, Sandusky, Ohio

This Tuesday morning session during next month's SNPA - Inland Annual Meeting will feature a discussion of the ways publishers use numerical benchmarking to track progress, or the lack of it.

What's the proper ratio of salaries to revenue? How do publishers track the impact of programmatic changes on rates and revenue? What is the proper ratio of ads to news content, and how have recent business shifts changed the picture?

These three panelists, who are very knowledgeable of practices in benchmarking, will discuss the tools of this trade, and much more.

For his part, Dolph Tillotson of Southern Newspapers, says he intends to share thoughts on financial benchmarking that he learned from several masters of the art – Jim Boone and Carmage Walls. He said, "I'll discuss the benchmarking we use in Southern Newspapers, Inc., for our print products, how we use them, and several notes from friends who also do regular benchmarking and take a slightly different slant."

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New publisher named at the Sand Mountain Reporter 6/27/17

Kim Patterson, a Marshall County native and long-time resident, has been named publisher of the Sand Mountain Reporter in Albertville, Ala., Dolph Tillotson, Southern Newspapers Inc. president, has announced.

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Standardizing expectations 9/30/14

By Jane Nicholes

Annual editorial evaluations at papers published by Southern Newspapers, Inc., are leading to better print products. Download SNI's standards and use them to evaluate your own paper.

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