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Celebrate Free Speech Week, Oct. 17-23

free-speech-week_2016_logoFree Speech Week (FSW) is a yearly event to raise public awareness of the importance of free speech in our democracy – and to celebrate that freedom. As freedom of speech is a right all Americans share, this non-partisan, non-ideological …

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ANA’s incoming 2016-17 president

manuel-coppola-headshot_round_rgbWhen Manuel C. Coppola decided on his journalism major at Northern Arizona ­University back in the 1980s, he was as “starry-eyed” as most other ­budding ­journalists in that day, still ­riding high on the ­Woodward and Bernstein legacy.

Idealism aside, …

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Five reasons to attend a conference

1. To meet people
A big reason for going to conferences is to meet and meet up with people. Conferences bring together people from all different geographical areas who share a common profession or field, and are a great way …

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Most popular newspaper training topics in 2016

You might be surprised by some of the favorites
slimp_mug-1-circby Kevin Slimp, 
The News Guru

It’s that time of year again. Depending on when you are reading this, I am either racing against time to prepare for the 20th session …

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Meet the new nominees for ANA board of directors

Please welcome three new nominees for the association’s board of directors:
Colleen Brady, advertising director at the Arizona Daily Sun, Alisha Owens, vice president advertising sales and marketing at the Arizona Daily Star and Brian Kramer, publisher of the White …

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The curse of knowledge

Foust_John_2016_mug_circleby John Foust – Newspaper Advertising Trainer
Raleigh, NC

In 1990, Elizabeth Newton, a graduate student in psychology at Stanford University, conducted an experiment to measure knowledge and familiarity. One group “tapped” popular songs with their fingers, and another group …

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Former Knight Fellow to hold workshop on Solutions Journalism

Maureen West photo_roundMaureen West teaches newswriting, including Solutions Journalism, at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Previously, she was a reporter and editor for The Arizona Republic, and a correspondent for The Chronicle of Philanthropy, the AARP …

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NAA CEO Column: When Lightning Strikes

By David NAA_Chavern_David_CEO_roundChavern, NAA president & CEO
When Louisiana began flooding earlier this month, news coverage was split between the 2016 Rio Olympics and the upcoming presidential election. This was the worst natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy, and you barely …

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Don’t waste your budget on teaser ads

Foust_John_2016_mug_circleby John Foust – Newspaper Advertising Trainer
Raleigh, NC

I ran across something in my Bad Ads file which reminded me of ads I see every now and then. It was about an eighth of a page, with big bold …

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News Guru responds to Oliver’s video

Iris Chyi, John Oliver and hundreds of journalists leave me no choice but to write this column
slimp_mug-1-circby Kevin Slimp

The News Guru

Those of you who write columns for a living know what I’m talking about. This is one …

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Pucci to hold analytics workshop at convention

jessica pucci_cronkite schoolJessica Pucci,  Ethics & Excellence Professor of Practice at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, is a specialist in content analysis and audience engagement. She leads social media and analytics for Cronkite News, the news division of Arizona …

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NNA president’s message to newspaper industry

We count on the mail

chip hutchinson_nna president_2016_roundBy Chip Hutcheson
President/National Newspaper Association and
Publisher/The Times Leader, Princeton, KY

I got the mail today.

A couple of bills. A greeting card. Some catalogs. A newspaper. One package that my wife grabbed right …

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Coppola named Herald/Review publisher

SIERRA VISTA — Manuel Coppola is the new publisher of the Sierra Vista Herald/Bisbee Daily Review following several years with the Nogales International, where he will remain publisher.

Wick Communications CEO Francis Wick, former Herald/Review publisher, made the announcement Thursday. …

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June 13 declared “Don Bolles Day” by Arizona governor

Governor Doug Ducey has proclaimed June 13, 2016, “Don Bolles Day” in honor of the work and bravery of the Arizona investigative journalist who died 40 years ago on that day.
Bolles was investigating organized crime activities and government corruption …

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An alternative to spec ads

Foust_John_2016_mug_circleby John Foust – Newspaper Advertising Trainer
Raleigh, NC

Gus is an advertiser who has dealt with ad representatives from a variety of media firms. “One thing that a lot of them have in common is that they like to …

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Western News&Info Inc. announces staff promotions

Western News and Info_logo_rgbWestern News&Info, Inc. (WNI) recently promoted a number of personnel to key positions in the company. Gary Brinkman is now the WNI Production Director.  Gary has been with Prescott Newspapers, Inc.’s (PNI) print facility since September 2000. He starting as …

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Think carefully before posting the ‘final word’


pumarlo_jim_mug_1_circleby Jim Pumarlo

A mayor takes issue with an editorial that criticized a city council action, calling your facts into question. Irate parents challenge your decision – your right – to report their son didn’t dress for the basketball game …

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Pressing Issues

 

slimp_mug-1-circby Kevin Slimp – News Guru

What are the three most common questions I’m asked on-site?

If a person hangs around long enough, he’s bound to get noticed. That’s my theory anyway.

When asked why I receive so many …

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UA J-school announce 2016 Zenger Award recipient

dana priest_circ_zenger 2016The University of Arizona School of Journalism will honor Washington Post investigative reporter Dana Priest, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, with the 2016 John Peter and Anna Catherine Zenger Award for her work exposing secret prisons and the poor …

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APC announces winners

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The Arizona Press Club, a nonprofit organization of professional reporters, editors, photographers and designers from publications across the state, on April 30 announced the winners of the 2015 Writing and Design Awards, recognizing excellence in Arizona journalism. See the winner’s

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Ajo Copper News is 100 years old!

AJO, Ariz. – The first issue of the Ajo Copper News bore a dateline of April 29, 1916, making the publication a sprightly 100 years old Friday, April 29, 2016. An image of that first front page appears on page …

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Wife of Payson Roundup publisher to be remembered

patricia naughtonThe wife of longtime publisher, John Naughton, died on Saturday, April 16, 2016 after suffering the last three-and-a-half years from ALS disease.

Patricia Naughton, a Phoenix native, was born May 4, 1947. She attended attended Papago Grade School, North Phoenix …

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SPJ Western Regional Conference in Phoenix!

SPJ_Phx chapter_logoThe Valley of the Sun chapter hosts “A Thirst for News.” on April 29-30 at the Heard Museum in Phoenix.
Highlights include a one-on-one interview by The Arizona Republic‘s E.J. Montini with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, hearing from the …

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Bullhead City Bee’s final issue after 26 years

BULLHEAD CITY – After more than 26 years, April 1 marked the final print issue of the weekly Bullhead City Bee as broadsheet newspaper and, like many other print media throughout the nation, ShirMac. Inc., is transitioning to an all-digital …

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US Senate approves “FOIA Improvement Act of 2016”

Senate Approves FOIA Reform Bill; Setting Up Conference with House

NAA_logo_verticalThe United States Senate on March 15 unanimously approved S. 337, the “FOIA Improvement Act of 2016”, to address deficiencies in the way Federal agencies respond to requests under the …

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Transparency in government is essential

NAA_logo_Chavern_David_vert_2015by David Chavern – NAA president & CEO
Sunshine Week: Encouraging Increased Transparency in Government in 2016

Transparency in government is essential to upholding American democracy. When citizens have access to behind-the-scenes information about local and federal administrations, politicians are …

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Competing for customers


Foust_John_2016_mug_narrowby John Foust
– Newspaper Advertising Trainer

Years ago, I helped judge an advertising competition for a large agricultural association. By design, all of the judges were outsiders. We evaluated each ad on its merits, without being influenced by inside

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Postal rates going down on April 10

NAA_logo_verticalThe U.S. Postal Service on February 25 filed a notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) that it will reduce prices for market-dominant products, which includes Standard Mail and Periodicals. The reduced rates are due to the removal of the …

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Closer to home

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by Kevin Slimp – News Guru

Health of newspaper largely depends on ownership model

It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke: “What do you get when you gather 760 newspaper executives and ask them how things are going …

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Less talk can lead to more sales


Foust_John_2016_mug_narrowby John Foust
– Newspaper Advertising Trainer

Andy was telling me about his dealings with media sales people. “Since I run a local business, I hear from a lot of people,” he said. “One particular meeting really stands out, because …

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Carry named to ANA board

Marty Carry_Az Daily Star_small_2

Arizona Daily Star is proud to announce that Martin E. Carry (Marty), a veteran Midwest newspaper advertising executive was named as their representative for the open position on the ANA board of directors. Carry, presently serves as Arizona Daily Star’s …

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Wick Communications names new CEO, president

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Wick News – February 8, 2016

Francis Wick, grandson of Wick Communications co-founder Milton Wick, has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of the company, Steve Phillips, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Wick Communications, announced today.

Francis …

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Invested in the future of news media

NAA_logo_Chavern_David_vert_2015By David Chavern, NAA president & CEO

January 2016

To download a Word version of this column for publication, please click here.

If you want to know who still believes in a future for news media, just turn to …

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SGI applauds House FOIA vote

Sunshine Gov Initiative-logo_noHeaderThe Sunshine in Government Initiative, a media coalition which has worked to increase government transparency for over ten years, applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for approving the “FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act of 2015” (H.R. 653) that improves the …

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