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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


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– 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

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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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Pantone selects two ‘color of the year’

For the first time, joined together, Rose Quartz (PANTONE 13-1520) and Serenity (PANTONE 15-3919) demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of …

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Readers’ Choice 2015

computer_TWANA_2015_SHDW_fltWhich stories and articles published on This Week @ ANA caught the audience’s attention in 2015? We tabulated all the stories
that had the highest open-rates, and compiled our top 20 list for the Readers’ Choice 2015.
1. Independent Newsmedia …

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ANA 2016 association dues

RED BIRD LOGO wSHADOW Here’s a friendly reminder to our members that the 2016 ANA dues statements were sent out this week. ANA members have the choice to pay their dues in 2015 or wait until 2016. For more information contact Liisa Straub or …

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Q & A: NNA, marijuana advertising

NNA_logo_SMALL_rgb Q & A with Tonda F. Rush, general counsel of the National Newspaper Association and former associate general counsel of the American Newspaper Publishers Association. In states where marijuana use is legal and regulated —whether recreational or medicinal— the risk …

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Registration now open for News Hack Arizona 2016

NEWS HACK ARIZONA TO OFFER CODING, DATA VISUALIZATION TRAINING

News Hack Ariz_2016_logo_smallData reporting and visualization skills are increasingly in demand in newsrooms around the country. A coalition of Southern Arizona’s journalists are putting on a training and project-building event to help journalists …

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NAA editorial: View from the Valley

By David Chavern, NAA president & CEO

The news industry today is all about experimentation. In the face of great change and opportunity, NAA members are constantly developing new strategies, offerings and partnerships to further engage with audiences, communities and …

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Payson Roundup wins LMA newspaper award

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Local Media Association is proud to announce the winners of the 2015 Newspaper of the Year contest. These award-winning newspapers displayed top-notch editorial coverage, eye-catching graphic design and prominent advertising layouts, exemplifying creativity and innovation in all areas of the …

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Who gets it right?

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In 2015, I visited a lot of Successful Papers

Kevin Slimp, The News Guru
kevin@kevinslimp.com

I’ve been training and advising newspapers for 21 years, every since Larry Smith asked me to come look over his operation in LaFollette, Tennessee back …

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Why they don’t subscribe

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Plus, keeping subscribers you already have

Kevin Slimp, The News Guru
kevin@kevinslimp.com

 

Back in February, I spoke on the topic of Customer Service at the Ohio Newspaper Association Winter Convention. Shortly after, I received an email asking if I …

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Witnessing the evolution of the newspaper industry

Editorial: Caroline Little, CEO, Newspaper Association of America

Four years ago, most of us wouldn’t have predicted award-winning TV series would debut via online streaming on websites such as Netflix and Hulu and would never be aired on cable or …

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ANA and SPJ accepting FOI nominations for 2015

It’s time again to nominate someone you know for the Arizona Freedom of Information Award.
This honor will be given to those who have made a significant contribution to First Amendment and Freedom of Information issues. The awards will be …

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Charlie Rose to Receive 2015 Cronkite Award

Charlie Rose, the award-winning anchor of “CBS This Morning” and host of the respected late-night talk show on PBS that bears his name, is the 2015 recipient of the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, Arizona State University announced …

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Humenik promoted

Lee Enterprises has promoted John Humenik to Vice President – News. He succeeds Joyce Delhi who is stepping down after nine years of celebrated leadership. Humenik, who is a former Chairman of the LMA board of directors and is the …

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Sunshine Week – 10th anniversary

2015 marks the 10th anniversary for the national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Newspapers have always played an important role in promoting and protecting transparency in government.
ANA strongly encourages …

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Hudson warns about copyright claims

Beware ‘The Dash,’ other lyrics and poems

By David Hudson, GPA General Counsel

There are companies that hunt for unlicensed usage of materials in newspapers — such as poems, song lyrics and photos — for the sole purpose of collecting …

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‘Hooked’ documentary reaches 1 million viewers

An estimated 1 million Arizonans tuned in last week to a documentary produced by Arizona State University students at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication on the growing perils of heroin and opioid use in Arizona.
The …

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Online Media presents: Pub Aux LIVE

Working with eDoc: Save time, money and problems with USPS

Over the last few years, there has been a major shift towards electronic documentation by the Postal Service which has eliminated the need for and ability to submit paper postage …

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