Community Newspaper News

Learning what I can from really smart people

November 1, 2016

I live a charmed life. Recently, I spent four days with nine of the top newspaper experts in the business, along with journalists from 22 states at The Newspaper Institute in Knoxville, TN.


Around the legal world in 30 minutes

November 1, 2016

A major topic on many conference attendees’ minds is the new overtime rule finalized by the U.S. Department of Labor last May and set to become effective on Dec. 1, 2016. When the final rule becomes effective, the standard salary threshold will increase from $23,660 to $47,476 per year. Employers will be able to count non-discretionary bonuses and commissions toward as much as 10 percent of the standard salary threshold.


What’s old is new again

November 1, 2016


y flash session focused on newspapers returning to the basics: engaging readers, maintaining and building circulation, helping support single-copy sales and reducing subscriber churn.


‘We specialize in human-interest stories’

November 1, 2016

Growing up on the business end of newspapers, Derby Jones never dreamed he’d spend his adult years attending local events as a reporter, taking photos and writing stories for a small, hometown weekly. But that’s what you do when you are the owner and publisher of a young, hyper local newspaper. He has embraced the challenge, and he’s all in.


Keeping an eye on trends and issues

October 27, 2016

At The Rural Blog, we watch events and issues, but we also watch trends and ideas in rural America—especially those that offer opportunities for localizing stories. We’ve had several examples lately.


You get respect for what you ‘deliver’

October 27, 2016

This month’s featured topic for Publishers’ Auxiliary is “how to get recognition for your paper.”


Give readers a reason for reading Speak Out

October 27, 2016

Your newspaper is the mirror, advocate and spirit of the community it covers, and what can be more interesting than that?


Six kids, five days, two papers and one island

October 27, 2016

Take six inner-city urban teens, send them to a remote island village far across the water from the mainland, take away their smartphones; put cameras, pens and computers in their hands—and set them loose to photograph and write about island life—and what do you get?


Newspaper industry's special week is this week

September 28, 2016

Oct. 2-8, is the 76th anniversary of National Newspaper Week, an annual observance celebrating and emphasizing the importance of newspapers to communities.

Iris Chyi, John Oliver and hundreds of journalists leave me no choice but to write this column

September 8, 2016

Those of you who write columns for a living know what I’m talking about. This is one of those days when I’m not sure what to write. It’s not that I lack subject matter. The options are almost endless, and I don’t have the inclination or space to cover everything in one column.


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