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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.

Newsprint suit could affect U.S. newspapers

December 29, 2017

Strong opposition by the National Newspaper Association and industry printing partners was registered with the Department of Commerce in December as an investigation into alleged unfair trade practices from Canadian newsprint suppliers looms as a growing threat to community newspapers.

Fire destroys KY biweekly’s office, but staff meets press deadline

December 29, 2017

Fire destroyed the office of the Grayson County News-Gazette in late November. Despite the loss of the building and most of its contents, the small staff was able to get its next issue to the subscribers on time.

Newspapers adapting to the digital age

December 28, 2017

This column is usually about issues that rural newspapers can and should cover, but if you’re a rural editor or publisher, you have an issue of your own: adapting to the digital age.

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