Ideas on getting the most from your employees and effectively balancing a range of managerial values.

Publishers evaluate payroll with FLSA salary threshold increase on the horizon

December 1, 2019

Q: Please explain again how a nonexempt journalist can be paid a salary.

A: Happy to. Now that the new Fair Labor Standards Act salary threshold is set to go into effect next year, a lot of companies are re-evaluating their payroll.
It is an enduring irritant to both the newspaper industry and serious journalists that the Labor Department devalues many community newspaper journalists and will not classify them as professionals who can be paid on salary without limitation. Rather, we have an environment now where bosses have to pull journalists off stories when their hearts and souls are intent upon covering the news, just so the budget isn’t busted. NNA hopes the day will come when the Labor Department gives journalists their due so they can be considered exempt across the board. 

However, for now, most reporters and many editors are considered non-exempt under FLSA. So the question of how to predict compensation in a budget and still let the newsroom cover the news is vexing.

There are several possible approaches:

Great ideas abound at NNA convention

November 1, 2019

In explaining my work, I sometimes say that there are thousands of really good journalists in rural America, but all too often, they are the only person in their newsroom that fits that description. They suffer from the isolation of rurality, with fewer opportunities than urbanites to rub shoulders and exchange ideas with their professional peers.

That observation applies to independent rural publishers, too. They might attend state newspaper meetings, but there’s nothing like the National Newspaper Association convention, where editors and publishers from New England, the North Woods, the Great Plains, the Corn Belt, the Deep South, the Intermountain West, the Pacific Coast and other regions exchange ideas. That’s especially important for the approximately one-third of weekly newspapers not owned by groups, which can be sources of ideas (and instruction). Get them together, and they love to help each other.

‘I wanted a newspaper that would reflect the area’s rough and tumble history…’

February 4, 2014

The Weather Channel has proclaimed 2013 the driest year on record in California. In some areas, the wine vineyards are drying up, and in other areas, wildfires are raging.

Fl weekly rallies community to save family’s home

February 4, 2014

The tragedy of a local murder was going to be compounded by the loss of the family’s home until the local paper, Vero Beach 32963, stepped in.

‘We launched with 60,000 distribution’

February 1, 2013

If you call the Community Impact News office and are lucky enough to be put on hold, you can spend a few minutes grooving to the funky sounds of Sam and Dave, Kool and the Gang, and other kings of classic soul.

If you fail to plan at your paper, you will plan to fail

July 2, 2012

I first heard it years ago, and I’ve remembered ever since: “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”

Partnerships build communities of trust

Are you finding ways to strengthen your relations with the business community in this recession? Partnering with business owners and recognizing their achievements will build bonds of trust.


Fight burnout: Help your people stay vitalized in their jobs

Volunteerism is key to an excellent community paper

January 26, 2012

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