RPD: Iowa Isn’t Bored With COVID

46th in a 2022 Series* Community newspapers did some of their best work ever covering the pandemic. That reputation for trusted local reporting takes on added significance in Iowa where the newspaper trade association and its members are now the central source of state COVID-19 data. The bold move comes “in response to the state’sContinue reading “RPD: Iowa Isn’t Bored With COVID”

RPD: The Pain Of The Pay Issue

45th in a 2022 Series* At a recent newspaper conference, publishers gathered around a U-shaped table to discuss the big issues of the day. A chorus quickly raised issue No. 1 in 2022: hiring. In short, everyone was having trouble attracting workers to their newspapers. One publisher said reporters were leaving to work at retailerContinue reading “RPD: The Pain Of The Pay Issue”

RPD: 3 Ways To Focus The Heat

44th in a 2022 Series* Spare us the long stories and predictable commentary on why governments should be open, transparent and accessible to the public. Instead, use THE Community Forum’s three pillars to make this year’s installment of Sunshine Week a Relevant result for an Enlightened Democracy: On Trust in Newspapers: Explain what you areContinue reading “RPD: 3 Ways To Focus The Heat”

RPD: A Better Route Does Exist

41st in a 2022 Series* Relevance Project Priority Update: The top pushback to THE Community Forum strategy is, “We already have too much on our plate.” A more dire retort is: “We’re struggling to even get out an edition. Not now.” At least one executive director of a state trade association waved off a presentationContinue reading “RPD: A Better Route Does Exist”

RPD: Freedom Is A Difference Maker

40th in a 2022 Series* One of the first moves autocratic, repressive regimes make during a crises or when challenged is to silence independent media. Shackled, reporters go underground. Or disappear. In America, one of the first steps media complete in a crisis is to expand coverage and ask more questions. Public interest is answered.Continue reading “RPD: Freedom Is A Difference Maker”

RPD: Newspaper Power In Wyoming

39th in a 2022 Series* Add Wyoming to the growing list of press associations using new research to update the impressive value of newspapers and how their loyal readers add to a community’s quality of life. The February issue of the WPA Bulletin included two data-filled pages headlined, “402,000, or 87% of Wyoming Adults, TurnContinue reading “RPD: Newspaper Power In Wyoming”

RPD: Lessons From A Storyteller

38th in a 2022 Series* You can learn a lot by reading the tiny type. That was true Saturday when I stumbled across a paid obituary in The Wall Street Journal for California agribusinessman Dean Cortopassi that not only detailed a fascinating career of starting companies and developing winning strategies, it included pithy sayings heContinue reading “RPD: Lessons From A Storyteller”

RPD: Convincing Case For Local News

37th in a 2022 Series* 60 Minutes finally aired its account Sunday night about newspapers and the storyline was familiar to anyone paying attention to printed local news. Decline, demise, depression and democracy dangers. But after weeks of postponing the report, 60 Minutes probably did local newspapers a favor in “Headlines. Deadlines. Bottom Lines.” byContinue reading “RPD: Convincing Case For Local News”