Checking In With Arizona’s New Executive Director

Lisa M. Simpson is not quite a month into her new role as the executive director of Arizona Newspapers Association but she already is working a list of top action items. She shared them during a Relevance Project introduction. First on the list? “We need to modernize our marketing,” said Simpson, who joined ANA onContinue reading “Checking In With Arizona’s New Executive Director”

Director Q-and-A For May: Layne Bruce

When he isn’t running the Mississippi Press Association, Layne Bruce is the “clerk” of Newspaper Association Managers. Call him the administrator of NAM to match the many tasks he completes and he quickly will correct you: “I’m just the clerk.” Bruce prefers to operate in the background, but push him to the front of theContinue reading “Director Q-and-A For May: Layne Bruce”

MDDC’s New Website Trades ‘Clunky’ For ‘Scrappy’

You can tell a lot about a newspaper trade association by its website. That’s a good reason why a new online hub is in place for the Maryland-Delaware-District of Columbia Press Association. “We needed a refreshed look that reflects our scrappy, grassroots nature and showcases the important work our members do,” said Rebecca Snyder, executiveContinue reading “MDDC’s New Website Trades ‘Clunky’ For ‘Scrappy’”

Cantwell to Newspapers: Help Me Help You

The U.S. senator called “one of our industry’s greatest champions” is urging newspapers and their trade associations to help persuade lawmakers in Congress to add financial support for local journalism in the $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan proposed by the president. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington state, spoke to America’s Newspapers’ virtual conference Pivot 2021 today (MayContinue reading “Cantwell to Newspapers: Help Me Help You”

Florida Compromise Installs FPA As The State’s ‘Gateway To Public Notices’

All eyes in the newspaper industry have been on Florida in 2021 because of another round of high-stakes challenges to public notice laws. Where trendsetter Florida goes, other states could follow. Press associations throughout the U.S. and their members read with intense interest the recent news about a Florida resolution worked out by both sidesContinue reading “Florida Compromise Installs FPA As The State’s ‘Gateway To Public Notices’”

Paste-Up Only Computes For Publishing Longtimers

Leave it to David Thompson in Kentucky to remember that today is National Paste-Up Day. The executive director of the Kentucky Press Association suggests that ink-stained veterans — working in the industry before desktop publishing arrived — spend time today explaining the “paste-up era” to younger staffers and why it’s important in the history ofContinue reading “Paste-Up Only Computes For Publishing Longtimers”

Add California To ‘Inclusion’ Membership List

California is the latest newspaper trade association revising its bylaws “to foster membership inclusion.” The changes, approved April 29 at the Annual Business Meeting, also reflects ever-changing U.S. demographics and digital’s role in the future of community newspapers. “With the revision, the bylaws now acknowledge mixed print and digital subscriptions and days of publication forContinue reading “Add California To ‘Inclusion’ Membership List”

Iowa Newsrooms Unite To Produce Investigative Series

Video can change the course of history. Americans witnessed that fact with the George Floyd trial and the murder conviction of a police officer in Minneapolis. Now we’re seeing the use of body cameras by police as ripe for closer examination, especially whether the public has adequate access to the videos. The Iowa Newspaper AssociationContinue reading “Iowa Newsrooms Unite To Produce Investigative Series”

Louisiana Press Leads With Its MediaNext Initiative

Louisiana Press Association this year launched a new training program with the goal of fostering collaboration among other newspaper trade groups and becoming a “thought leader” in the industry. The initial focus of MediaNext is digital, advertising and revenue, given the intense challenges faced by newspapers. Later, journalism, leadership and programs will be added. “TheContinue reading “Louisiana Press Leads With Its MediaNext Initiative”

RP Adds ‘Support Local Journalism’

The Relevance Project offers a new advocacy resource: Support Local Journalism. The addition is part of a reshuffling of the Revenue Resource 2021 section so it can concentrate on advertising, marketing and other revenue concepts for NAM members. Nothing prevents an ad staff from touting local journalism, but The Relevance Project has created enough contentContinue reading “RP Adds ‘Support Local Journalism’”