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5 lists of 5 great newspaper names

October 16, 2017

“You don’t forget it.”

‘My biggest fear is I don’t know what they will have to come back to’

October 16, 2017

Mike Dalton’s crystal ball is foggy these days. He represents the Dalton family’s fifth generation to own and publish the weekly Cannon Falls (MN) Beacon, the small-town newspaper that has been in his family since 1880. As far as Dalton knows, the Beacon is the oldest continuously operating business in Cannon Falls. But the future looks cloudy, and he’s worried the newspaper won’t see a sixth generation of Daltons at its helm.

RJI Fellow expands work on mobile news app for smaller news organizations

October 16, 2017

Push notifications from The New York Times, the Guardian, BuzzFeed and The Washington Post alert us every day to scandal, horror, scientific achievement and grief. However, this capability lies mainly in the realm of large news organizations.

Health Insurance For Small Businesses Is Part of the Solution

September 25, 2017

Health insurance plans that America’s small business associations could create to serve members across state lines should be a piece of the nation’s health care solution, according to National Newspaper Association (NNA). Legislation to authorize national association health plans by Sen. Mike Enzi, R-WY, could make such plans a reality.

More than 220 of the state’s newspapers participated in a program of printing blank front pages during the week of Aug. 13-18, in conjunction with the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s 150 anniversary.

Readers in MN face blank front pages

September 12, 2017

More than 220 Minnesota newspapers printed nearly or completely bank front pages in August as part of the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s 150th anniversary celebration.

Letters are the lifeblood of the editorial page

June 12, 2017

Letters to the editor, the exchange of ideas—I consider them the lifeblood of editorial pages and the heart of a newspaper’s and a community’s vitality.


What to believe about the state of newspapers

June 12, 2017

I don’t know about you, but my life seems to get busier with each passing day. I just finished publishing my second book in a month, began work on a major project to help raise funds for a press association, conducted more webinars than I can remember over the past few weeks, and summer convention season kicks in soon, even though summer is still a few weeks away.


GA paper wins fight against coal ash dump

May 3, 2017

After a fight lasting 462 days, a fundraising effort yielding $1 million in pledges, letters of support from former President Jimmy Carter and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, three special sections and one coloring contest, 12,000 inches of free advertising worth $93,000, and too many hours of hard work to count, residents of rural Wayne County, GA, fought off the efforts of a Fortune 500 solid waste giant that proposed to dump millions of tons of coal ash in a local landfill.


Trust in the media at historic low

April 12, 2017

Trust in “the mass media, such as newspapers, TV and radio” in polls taken by the Gallup Organization was at 32 percent last year, the lowest ever—and was significantly lower than the 40 percent recorded in 2015. Rural newspapers have often presumed that such trends don’t affect them, because they’re in closer touch with smaller communities, where readers know the people at the paper. That is not as safe an assumption as it once was, based on some events, trends and issues we’ve reported lately in The Rural Blog.


Tourists, private enterprise give Cuba much-needed boost

April 12, 2017

Running an Italian restaurant plus a small bed and breakfast keeps owner Yucimy on her feet from sunrise to well past sunset. It’s 7 a.m., and she is already preparing omelets for her five B&B guests. Her cheerful greeting helps everyone shake off a night’s sleep.


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