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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.


MO publisher wins Gish award

September 8, 2016

Ivan Foley, a Missouri editor and publisher who has pushed accountability journalism and open government in the face of competition, intimidation and retribution, is the winner of the 2016 Tom and Pat Gish Award for courage, tenacity and integrity in rural journalism, given by the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues.


The Universe opens a window on the world

September 8, 2016

Campus newspapers are by nature hyperlocal, covering their universities like small town mainstream newspapers cover their communities. And like newspapers all over the country, the world of digital publishing has impacted the way college newspapers operate, including Brigham Young University’s newspaper—The Universe.


LA biweekly covers flooding despite losing office and press

September 8, 2016

The resiliency of community newspapers can be found in the simple statement from McHugh David, publisher and managing editor of the Livingston Parish News: “We’re still here. We made it.”

Industry-related pubs begin to take notice of growing community newspapers

July 6, 2016

A few months back, I had breakfast with the publisher of a very successful community newspaper in Minnesota. As we walked around the restaurant, I was introduced to local residents enjoying their muffins and eggs. At one table, a customer asked what I was doing in their city.


In a digital world, the personal touch still counts

July 6, 2016

When Cheryl Ves-point, a former banker, took over ownership of The Barberton (OH) Herald in 2005, the responsibilities that were most challenging had nothing to do with the economy, keeping the paper afloat or covering tough issues in the news.


New overtime rule may backfire into less news and fewer jobs

May 18, 2016

A new rule governing overtime pay for employees will create disruption at small newspapers and likely lead to more job cutbacks, National Newspaper Association President Chip Hutcheson, publisher of The Times-Leader in Princeton, KY, said today. He expressed disappointment that the U.S. Department of Labor had rejected calls by many small businesses to introduce a more modified and gradually-rising threshold that sets overtime-eligible employees apart from professional staff.

South Dakotan’s Sunshine Week column was published in all 50 states

May 9, 2016

A community journalist from South Dakota produced open government editorials that reached hundreds of thousands of readers far beyond the borders of his native Rushmore State.


Making things right at your paper

May 9, 2016

The past four weeks have been a blur. I remember driving along a beach in Florida, using a snow shovel for the first time during a blizzard in Minnesota, eating pizza with old friends in Des Moines and standing in front of audiences in both Rochester and Saratoga Springs, NY.


WNA offers Memorial Day special section to members

May 9, 2016

MADISON, WI—For the past two years, the Wisconsin Newspaper Association and its members have joined the effort to find all of the photos of Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans who are listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. WNA members have been credited with finding more than 450 of the photos and were integral in the project’s completion just before Memorial Day 2015.


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