After winning an injunction in a groundbreaking federal court lawsuit to stop a local ordinance that effectively banned TMC distribution, Publisher Rufus Friday of McClatchy's Herald Leader in Lexington, Ky., returned to court on Dec. 7 to preserve the victory.
This time the Herald Leader and its courtroom counsel John Bussian were in Cincinnati before a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals defending the Herald Leader against the City of Lexington's appeal from the May 2017 order granting the Herald Leader a preliminary injunction against enforcement of the city's new anti-TMC ordinance. That order marked the first time a federal court held that legislation making it too costly to distribute newspapers violates the First Amendment.MORE
Fending off another attack by industry opponents in the Oct. 4 special session of the N.C. General Assembly, the North Carolina Press Association stopped an effort to presume all newspaper carriers in the state to be employees, subject carriers to state workers comp and unemployment insurance taxes, and create a new test for independent contractor status.MORE
Far from the sky falling, North Carolina's legal advertising and independent contractor-newspaper carrier climate remains intact. The leadership of the North Carolina General Assembly acted responsibly, with encouragement from the North Carolina Press Association and many SNPA members, to leave N.C. law unchanged.MORE
SNPA has launched a free Legal Hotline for members – (844) 804-2016 – to assist newspapers with a broad range of legal issues.
Hotline attorneys and CPAs will tackle questions about circulation, independent contractors, labor and employment law, taxes, finances and accounting, employment benefits, open records, libel and privacy, and other issues newspapers encounter.
The attorneys and CPAs who will take calls from SNPA member newspapers are the best in the business: The Bussian Law Firm PLLC, Fisher & Phillips, Way, Ray, Shelton & Co., P.C. and The Zinser Law Firm.MORE
Patricia A. Bennett, a veteran newspaper advertising executive, has been appointed publisher of The Daily Independent in Ashland, Ky., and its affiliated publications. She replaces longtime publisher Eddie Blakeley, who resigned recently.More
Digital disruption is now decades old to both the music and the newspaper industry. Massive shifts in platforms and business models have forced publishers and content creators to take new paths and learn some important lessons along the way.
At the upcoming SNPA News Industry Summit, join industry veteran Carol Hudler as she interviews Mark Montgomery, a music industry verteran and serial entrepreneur to understand how the lessons learned and paths taken in the music industry might provide insights that could help local media operations today.More
Recruiting and retaining great sales representatives is a key concern for most newspapers. The closing session at the SNPA News Industry Summit is a don't miss for any paper that wants to improve its sales numbers.
On Friday, Oct. 12, Tom Black, owner and founder of the Tom Black Center for Excellence, will focus on the characteristics of a great salesperson, a great manager and a great company. Participants can expect to take away a set of principles that they can implment in themselves and their companies.
You'll hear ideas that built several billion-dollar sales organizations, from a man who has taken two companies from zero to public companies.More