The staff of The Advocate reacts to the news.
The Advocate of Baton Rouge, La., was awarded its first Pulitzer Prize Monday for reporting on the racial impacts of Louisiana's unique laws allowing juries to convict defendants without a unanimous verdict.

The Advocate's coverage set the stage for Louisiana's voters to amend the state constitution, seven months later, to demand unanimous verdicts in criminal cases.

SNPA director Judi Terzotis is the president of The Advocate.

Monday's award marks the first Pulitzer Prize in the state since 2006, when The Times-Picayune received two for its courageous coverage of Hurricane Katrina. It is the sixth time the century-old award has gone to a Louisiana news organization.

Read also about:
  • The Public Service Award presented to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
  • AP's award for international reporting.
  • A special citation and $100,000 cash prize presented to the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md.
  • A tribute to the work of a high school student newspaper.
Calendar of Events
April 18, 2019

In this webinar, we will discuss two fundamental truths to explain the dramatic differences among the generations and the need for all newspapers to understand those differences.

August 15 - 17, 2019
October 6 - 8, 2019
Great Ideas

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

When a reader has a good idea, it pays to listen.

A reader of The Herald Tribune in Batesville, Ind., asked the managing editor why the paper didn't list discounts for senior citizens on specials and services. The ME reported the conversation to Laura Welborn, regional publisher of Southeastern Indiana Media.

Why not, indeed? Welborn thought.

"A lot of times the seniors already know where the discounts are. They know to go to Waffle House on Tuesday nights," Welborn said. But targeting those discounts for regular advertising and grouping them together could be done with little expense.

In the next couple of weeks, The Herald Tribune, the Greensburg Daily News and Rushville Republican will launch Savvy Senior Savings, a classified advertising section that will tuck in behind the other classifieds for all print editions of the three newspapers. It will also be listed online.

Great Ideas

On Monday, The Times-Picayune and NOLA.com premiered the first episode of the new series "Where NOLA Chefs Eat," hosted by Todd Price, the paper's award-winning dining reporter, and filmed and edited by video journalist and frequent Where NOLA Eats collaborator Frankie Prijatel.


The Tampa Bay Times has unveiled a new type of newspaper rack equipped with a 24-inch flat-screen monitor that can stream news and information at select retail outlets around the bay area. TimesVision is being installed in about 50 locations.

The 24-inch monitor streams news content and advertising in a seven-minute loop. The paper has the ability to update it in real-time with breaking news. It's all part of a new initiative called TimesVision designed to display video billboard content at print distribution racks in select retail outlets.

In the newsroom, a team of journalists will be producing short, sharp videos that will play on the TimesVision monitors – interspersed with marketing spots, advertising and in-store promotions at host locations.

This technology enables the Times to create a news and information feed that can be sold to advertisers around the bay area.


Throughout this year, journalists at The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) and The Herald-Sun (Durham, N.C.) will examine the concept of safety and security in the Triangle and throughout North Carolina by looking beyond the traditional lens of crime. The papers are inviting readers to be part of this process.

In launching the project, the papers asked readers: "What keeps you up at night? We're listening, and we'll use your comments and input to report on real risks, hold leaders and politicians accountable – and explore how we can become our own best watchdogs."

SNPA People

Joseph Leong

Joseph Leong has been named senior group publisher for Lake Media. He will oversee operations in the lake area for all of GateHouse Media's holdings.

Wayne Smith

Wayne Smith has taken the reins as editor of the Palatka Daily News and leader of the paper's award-winning news team.

Tim Reeves

Tim Reeves has rejoined the staff of The Vicksburg (Miss.) Post.

Reeves, a veteran journalist, served as president, editor and publisher of The Post from September 2014 to August 2017, when he left to open his own newspaper and media consulting business.

Brian Skoloff

Brian Skoloff, an Associated Press video journalist who has covered numerous big stories across the United States while training many text reporters on visual storytelling, has been appointed West deputy news director for video.

Get Recognized for Your Strong Editorials!

Entries are due today for the Carmage Walls Commentary Prize. 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.

Grow Major Retail Segments with New Ideas

Growing Major Retail Segments

SNPA will host its next free video conference call designed to give you actionable, proven revenue-generating ideas on Thursday, April 25, at 2 p.m. EDT. This next P2P (Publisher-to-Publisher) session will be dedicated to growing revenue in major retail segments such as furniture, medical, grocery and others.

Participating is simple: just contribute one idea. In exchange, you get the login codes and the complete package of ideas that are contributed by other newspapers.

Click here to learn how you can sign up FREE.

Receive Free Monthly Newsletter

Sign up to receive a free monthly newsletter on public notice issues and download a two-page flyer on "Why Public Notice Should Remain in Newspapers."

These resources will help you keep up with important issues regarding public notice across the country.

For example:

A bill that would have eliminated the newspaper publication requirement for foreclosure notices in Indiana was narrowly defeated recently in a vote taken immediately following a committee hearing.

Industry News

By Edward McCain, digital curator of journalism, Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute

Getting rid of the bad stuff isn't easy. Going through 1,000 or 10,000 "outtakes" of photos requires people and time. Can we create a system that automatically disposes of lower quality images while keeping enough so that an editor has flexibility in future publishing?


Artificial intelligence and machine learning are already transforming news operations in ways unimaginable even several months ago, much of it transformative and positive. Among the changes AI is helping implement: Customized content, improved reader/viewer/listener/user relationships, moderating and policing comment sections, and creating more efficient workflows.

Design Tips

By Ed Henninger

So ... how does design affect readability? And how does writing affect design?

Take a look at the two stories in the illustration with this column. Which do you think will be read by more readers?

Well, the one on the right, of course!

The short paragraphs make that story more appealing because readers understand a simple truth about writing: Shorter is better.

SNPA Jobs Network

Circulation Manager, Temple Daily Telegram, Temple, Texas
The circulation manager is responsible for all of the department's activities, including customer service, home delivery, single copy, niche product distribution, circulation reporting and promotion. Learn more and submit your resume

Advertising Director, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Chattanooga Times Free Press is looking for a dynamic, innovative and passionate Advertising Director. We are looking for a person who can successfully lead the local sales team. This role will have a direct line of responsibility to the President.  Learn more and submit your resume

VP Circulation, Lakeway Publishers, Inc. Morristown, Tenn.
Lakeway Publishers Inc., in Morristown, Tenn., is seeking to fill the position of VP Circulation. This position will direct the print and digital subscription distribution and audience development for the company and assists the Publisher in the execution of his duties. Learn more and submit your resume

Local News Reporter, M. Roberts Media, LLC, Marshall, Texas
The Marshall News Messenger, an award-winning, six-day daily in East Texas, has an immediate opening for a reporter in Marshall, Texas. We are seeking an energetic local news reporter who has the ability to think for our newsroom. Learn more and submit your resume

Pressroom Manager, The Index-Journal, Greenwood, S.C.
The Index-Journal Company, a family-owned daily newspaper celebrating 100 years of business in Greenwood, S.C., is seeking an experienced Pressroom Manager. This is a full-time, salaried position with day and nighttime hours. Learn more and submit your resume

General Manager - Advertising Director, The Daily Corinthian, Corinth, Miss.
This is a hands-on position requiring direct involvement in all areas of the newspaper operation including editorial, advertising sales, production and delivery.  Learn more and submit your resume

Sales Leaders, D-R Media, Fla.
Are you a great newspaper salesperson but burned out on management? D-R Media is looking for talented sales leaders who want to get back in the field. You will be responsible for sales results of a single publication. Depending on the publication it could be just you or no more than two potential sales people. Learn more and submit your resume

Post your job openings with SNPA. There's no cost to SNPA members. To post your employment listing, simply email the text of your ad to cindy@snpa.org.

Training and Development

In this webinar, we will discuss two fundamental truths to explain the dramatic differences among the generations and the need for all newspapers to understand those differences.


In this webinar, our presenter will show you tips and tricks on recording and editing audio and video, taking the best photos and time-saving tools that make journalism from your cell phone possible and productive.

If you can't participate on April 25, no problem! Register anyway and view a recording of the webinar at your convenience.

Reader's Corner

News and commentary of interest to journalism innovators and entrepreneurs. Read the latest from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute.

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