Community Newspaper News

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.

‘We were able to survive because the staff cared and had passion’

March 14, 2018

Publisher Mark Segal can’t recall the exact date the National Newspaper Association approved membership for his Philadelphia Gay News weekly, but as a new member he does remember being so grateful he wrote the association a thank-you letter.

Looking closer at some differences between healthy and unhealthy newspapers

February 12, 2018

As I sit in my hotel room in Gloucester, VA, I can’t help but think about the 2018 version of our annual newspaper publisher’s survey from the Newspaper Institute. As is often the case, being with these editors, designers, sales staff and the publisher of the Gloucester Gazette-Journal remind me of the reason I got into the business of newspaper training and consulting two decades ago. This independent weekly newspaper is staffed with folk who hunger for information to help them create a better product, and our survey indicates they are not alone.

Connect with readers; deliver for your community

February 12, 2018

The new year is under way, and we’ve all made our resolutions—right? For those who are a bit tardy, here’s one more to add to your list: Find time and ways to connect with your readers.

Editing by flashlight: How one AR daily put out a newspaper in the dark

February 12, 2018

When a sudden power outage darkened downtown Little Rock’s skyline Tuesday, Jan. 2, it also knocked out electricity at the offices of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Checklist for the New Year

December 29, 2017

I suppose any time is the right time to look over your newspaper operation and search for ways to make improvements, but the beginning of the year seems especially appropriate for such a task.

‘A lot of people like to hold the newspaper in their hands’

December 29, 2017

If you aren’t from around Yankton, SD, you might do a double-take when you spot Kathy Church and Kristy Wyland walking down the street. But for most folks who live in the small town near the Iowa border, the sight of these identical twins might signal that something newsworthy is happening because the sisters own the Yankton County Observer, the local weekly newspaper.

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