Community Newspaper News

Three generations of publishers have built a newspaper institution in Moab

August 30, 2018

The work is not easy, and it seems to get harder every day, yet the owners and employees of the Moab (UT) Times-Independent continue to excel in its mission to deliver news and information to its readers.

NC News Lab Fund provides 10 journalism grants

August 30, 2018

In 2011, Asheville journalist Angie Newsome took a leap of faith and started Carolina Public Press, an online investigative reporting outlet, as a fiscally sponsored project of the Institute for Southern Studies.

Media of Nebraska unveils ‘THINK F1RST’ initiative

August 14, 2018

At a news conference in the Nebraska State Capitol Rotunda, members of Media of Nebraska unveiled a public awareness campaign about the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The core message: “Think F1rst.”

Common traits of successful newspapers

August 14, 2018

I really didn’t expect to do much traveling this summer, but plans don’t always work out as expected, and that certainly has been the case for me. The truth is I really love working with newspapers, and when I get a call from a paper within a few hours asking for help, it’s hard for me to say “no.”

The joys of working for a community newspaper

August 14, 2018

Many things have changed since the day I started working at The Oberlin (KS) Herald in June 1951. I had just graduated from Decatur Community High School, then after Billie McClure and I attended Kansas Lions Band Camp in Hutchinson, I began a job that I never imagined would become so important in my life.

‘If we don’t stand up to government, who will?’

August 14, 2018

Small, rural newspapers can win open-records battles with state agencies and beat larger news outlets at covering big stories in their communities, says a journalist who spent most of his career at a metropolitan daily but has returned to the business of publishing a rural weekly.

Governor’s speech brings on the enthusiasm for newspapers

June 14, 2018

Spring has come to an end. I could have come up with that brilliant assumption from the sounds of the birds as I walked my neighborhood this morning, or the noticeable decrease in the number of students on campus at The University of Tennessee today. But no, I know it’s summer when my list of consecutive newspaper conventions comes to an end.

Colorful quotes from weekly’s 40 best stories of last 40 years

May 4, 2018

When my brother Bernie and I got the Yankton County Observer off and running in the late 1970s, there were plenty of doubters. We charged only $5 for a subscription that first year, but one small town mayor was reluctant. He finally agreed to sign up, but grumbled, “No telling how long it will be around.”

5th generation takes over Nebraska community newspaper

May 4, 2018

James and Michael Edgecombe are the new owners and publishers of The Nebraska Signal. The sons of John Edgecombe Jr., and JoAnn Edgecombe, become the fifth generation of Edgecombes to publish The Nebraska Signal, which was established in Fairmont in 1881. Frank O. Edgecombe purchased The Nebraska Signal in April of 1896 and brought the operation to Geneva. The Nebraska Signal is the oldest continuous business in Fillmore County.

The Great Divide

March 21, 2018

During a keynote address at the Kansas Press Association convention in February, I presented the results of my annual survey of newspaper publishers in the U.S. and Canada for the first time. With roughly 15 percent of publishers in these two countries participating in the survey, it’s a good bet the results are representative of the industry as a whole.

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