Community Newspaper News

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.


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.


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