Finalists announced for Carmage Walls Commentary Award 9/4/18

Chris Cobler, Jeffery Gerritt, Sharon Grigsby and the Daily Press Editorial Staff (Newport News, Va.) are the finalists for this year's Carmage Walls Commentary Prize.

The awards (first- and second-place honors in each circulation category) will be presented during SNPA's News Industry Summit in Nashville. The winners also will be posted Oct. 11 by early afternoon on the SNPA website.

Several additional Honorable Mentions also will be announced Oct. 11.

The prize is named for the late Benjamin Carmage Walls whose newspaper career spanned seven decades. Walls primarily owned community newspapers and advocated strong, courageous and positive editorial page leadership.

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Next week: Finalists to be announced for Carmage Walls Commentary Prize 8/28/18

The Sept. 4 issue of the SNPA eBulletin will include an announcement about the finalists for the Carmage Walls Commentary Prize.

Awards will be presented at the News Industry Summit in Nashville, Oct. 10-12.

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38 entries received in the "under 50,000" circulation bracket 6/7/18

Which entries do you feel are the strongest ... and why?

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14 entries received in the "over 50,000" circulation bracket 6/6/18

Which entries do you feel are the strongest ... and why?

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Last chance to submit an entry for outstanding editorial commentary; deadline is Friday 5/1/18

Every SNPA member newspaper has editorials that they are proud of. Please nominate your best writers for this year's Carmage Walls Commentary Prize. The deadline to submit entries is Friday.

In each circulation group, the first-place winner will receive a plaque and a cash award of $1,000. Second-place winners will receive a plaque and $500.

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Next Friday is deadline for Carmage Walls Commentary Prize entries 2/11/18

"We must have the courage to never connive with special interests against the interest and welfare of the mass of people that we serve. We must have the courage to do that which may be unpleasant in order to maintain the health of the whole being of the newspaper." - CARMAGE WALLS, 1974

Daily and non-daily newspapers are encouraged to nominate their best work for the 2018 Carmage Walls Commentary Prize. Each entry can include no more than six opinion pieces, editorials or columns on a single subject. Entries must have been published in a daily or non-daily newspaper between May 1, 2017, and April 30, 2018.

Awards will be presented in each of two circulation categories – over 50,000 circulation and under 50,000 circulation. The deadline for entries is Friday, May 4.

In each circulation group, the first-place winner will receive a plaque and a cash award of $1,000. Second-place winners will receive a plaque and $500.

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SNPA forum for small newspapers: Models to grow revenue 1/2/18

If your New Year's resolutions include "position my newspaper for future growth," the best way to jump-start your effort is to attend the 2018 Carmage Walls Leadership Forum, Feb. 4-6 in Chapel Hill, N.C. It is designed specifically for executives from newspapers with circulations of 30,000 or less.

Time is running out to register. Please register right away to ensure your spot at this conference.

Hotel Rooms: SNPA is still holding a few rooms at The Carolina Inn. To reserve a room, contact Edward VanHorn at (404) 256-0444 or edward@snpa.org.

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The future of your business: Join SNPA publishers in Chapel Hill in February 12/18/17

Before you get fully distracted during the rush of holidays, please reserve your room at the Carolina Inn for the 2018 Carmage Walls Leadership Forum.

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SNPA's Leadership Forum is an investment in your future 12/11/17

Here is a gift you can give yourself. It is worth hundreds of times what you pay for it, and it is a rock-solid investment in your own future and the future of your company:

Attend the Carmage Walls Leadership Forum,SNPA's premier program for the publishers and owners of small newspapers.

The Leadership Forum is a unique event where newspaper executives explore issues most important to them and tap the industry's best minds for practical solutions. It is designed specifically for executives from newspapers with circulations of 30,000 or less.

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SNPA's 'mini-MBA' for newspaper publishers 12/5/17

It's time to reserve your place at the 2018 SNPA Carmage Walls Leadership Forum, to be held Feb. 4-6 in Chapel Hill, N.C. This "mini MBA" will focus on revenue models to sustain journalism – and it is probably the best and most affordable educational investment a publisher can make.

Tim Griggs, the former publisher of The Texas Tribune, and Stephen King, the former editor of innovations at The Washington Post, will guide the publisher-to-publisher discussion that will center on revenue growth, sustainability, product development, consumer user experience and digital strategy. Both have skills and experience working with smaller newspapers. You should not miss this.

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