Robert Granfeldt has been named the new group publisher of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal and the Amarillo Globe-News.MORE
Patrick Dorsey, regional vice president for the Coastal Group of GateHouse Media, and publisher of the Herald-Tribune Media Group in Sarasota, Fla., has been named president of SNPA, effective immediately.
He was appointed by the SNPA Executive Committee to succeed Les Simpson, who stepped down after leaving the Amarillo (Texas) Globe-News. Simpson plans to stay in Amarillo and work outside the newspaper industry.MORE
SNPA President Les Simpson, publisher of the Amarillo (Texas) Globe-News since 2002, announced his resignation Tuesday morning, saying, "the timing is best for me and this newspaper."MORE
As your current president of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association, I'd like to say how thankful that I am for not only the organization, but especially the staff.
The three people who guide SNPA daily – Edward VanHorn, Cindy Durham and Paulette Sheffield – have dedicated many years to serving you and our industry.
Like us, they love our business and work hard every day to help us and ensure our success.
As we approach Thanksgiving this week, I'd like you to get to know them a little more and be sure, when the opportunity rises, to thank them for everything they do.MORE
Last week, E&P sent many in our industry an e-mail with a link to a column. The subject line read: "E&P Exclusive: Newspapers Should Be Transparent About Their Financial Challenges."
It made some claims that the industry isn't being fully truthful about our finances with a few suggestions on how to do it better by someone who left newspapers a decade ago.
I crafted a reply – which you can read here – with the help of a few SNPA board colleagues. My thought was "Wouldn't 'Editor and Publisher' (emphasis added) like to hear the viewpoint of ... say ... a publisher?"
Boy, was I wrong.MORE
While scanning my e-mail last week, it appeared as if Editor and Publisher had resorted to "click bait" in subject lines to drive traffic.MORE
Part of Les Simpson's plans for SNPA next year is to reassert the importance of newspapers' role in our society and develop strategies to improve the public's perception of the industry.
Simpson also is concerned about negativity within the industry. He remains positive about where newspapers are now and where they are heading, and he sees both challenges and opportunities in the newspaper world.MORE
SNPA members will elect officers for 2017-18 on Monday afternoon, Sept. 11, in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Read this article to see who has been nominated to the SNPA Board of Directors.
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.
Facebook has made some major changes that could have a serious negative impact on your advertisers. Learn how you can turn these changes into money in your pocket.SNPA members can register at no cost for this July 26 webinar.More
It began with a phone tip to The Galveston County Daily News.
"Early on Friday morning we got a call from a person who we know as a source and who trusts us that there were going to be gunshot casualties coming to an area hospital and that they were coming from the high school in Santa Fe," said Editor Michael Smith.
"This is somebody that we know absolutely to be a credible source and was in a position to know. We started mobilizing the staff from there, sending people to the emergency room and to the school. We were there shortly after the first responders."
Since then, the local paper with a staff of five news reporters, three photographers and an IT person who used to be a photographer has been covering the mass shooting alongside the Houston Chronicle, The Washington Post, New York Times and Los Angeles Times, among other large news organizations. "It's been all Santa Fe, all the time for the last few days," Smith said.More
Two weeks after 17 people died in the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., Julie Anderson joined the South Florida Sun Sentinel as editor-in-chief. In her first conversation with her managing editor, Anderson asked how the staff was doing.
"Really be mindful that your reporters and your editors are going to be traumatized," Anderson said. "Maybe not all of them, but they're first responders, too."
She offers the following tips to other newspapers that have to deal with school shootings and other mass casualty events:More