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Creative Circle helps volunteer staff save community journalism in rural South Dakota towns

With the help of Creative Circle Media Solutions, two small, rural towns in South Dakota have avoided becoming a news desert. The weekly Kingsbury Journal published its first issue this week, staffed by volunteers who are learning what it takes to publish a weekly newspaper.

Seyfarth Shaw publishes Return to Business Checklist

Seyfarth Shaw LLP has published a "Return to Business and Post-Pandemic Planning Checklist" to help companies prepare for the  business impacts arising from COVID-19 and as business begins to reopen. Read more and download the checklist

News Nirvana, a new service from TownNews, identifies news deserts, partners with capable local publishers and editors, and provides them with the tools, resources and consulting to make their new digital news initiatives successful. Qualifying news start-ups will be equipped with a mobile-friendly website that includes robust editorial tools, subscription/membership support, detailed site analytics and more.
Second Street, an audience engagement software platform used by more than 4,000 media companies, is moving its 7th annual Summit from a two-day conference to a free, month-long virtual series starting June 2.
Virtual, remote connectivity has been proven to be a lifesaver for many companies and their employees as well as people all over the world during the COVID-19 pandemic. While not being a new concept, it became painstakingly clear how important it is to be digitally connected despite being physically apart. This same concept applies to ProImage’s NewsWayX workflow products where virtual, cloud-based HTML5 technology is at the center of its core capabilities. This feature is one of the main reasons the Tribune Publishing Company decided in late summer last year to install the NewsWayX Workflow System across its six print sites: Chicago (Illinois) Tribune, Hartford (Connecticut) Courant, Baltimore (Maryland) Sun, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, The Virginian-Pilot and the New York Daily News. 
Located in the heart of beautiful Colorado ski country, the Aspen Daily News has been in operation for 42 years. As a hyperlocal, free paper, the staff doesn't rely on subscriptions. The paper also operates without a nonprofit 501c3 status or the backing of a larger corporation. "We felt vulnerable not having those safety nets," Publisher David Cook said. "I wanted to be in charge of my ship and react quickly. I made adjustments to expenses, and worked with PPP loans and furloughs. But I knew a big part of getting through this was to get community support as quickly as possible."
Greetings from my home office in Lakewood, Colorado.   Like many of you, I am working from home during the coronavirus pandemic.  With 25 years of sales leadership experience in the media industry, I understand trying to keep as much revenue as possible right now is the most important thing to you.  I want to share some innovative ways to generate revenue to share with your advertisers during a time where most have been doing a dead-stop on all advertising.
NTVB Media will provide a weekly roundup of television viewing recommendations to newspapers at no charge until at least May 31.

Newspapers can access What to Watch at content.ntvbmedia.com, and each weekly edition will be available for download on the previous Friday. In addition, NTVB Media partnered with Lee Enterprises, which is providing daily versions of What to Watch that are camera-ready for newspapers.
Special thanks to Seyfarth Shaw for providing general information for members of America's Newspapers about COVID-19, including how it is transmitted and how you can prevent infection.
During the coronavirus pandemic, Brainworks is helping its customers work through several time-sensitive technical issues, including: changing print publications to digital, removal of publication days altogether, advice on how to track COVID-19 related ad cancellations and how to implement advertising discount promotions in an effort to keep bringing in revenue.  Here are some tips from Mark Bogner of Brainworks that will help your support teams assist your customers during this time.
Due to the Covid-19 need, Southern Lithoplate has redeployed a portion of its chemical manufacturing to supply hand sanitizer.
The new guidance relaxes restrictions on employees who may have been exposed to COVID-19 but do not show symptoms.
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, traffic to U.S. news sites has been staggering. In the month of March, the TownNews network — made up of more than 2,000 newspaper, TV, radio and web-native news organizations — delivered more than one billion pageviews, a 51% increase over the prior 31-day period. During the same period, overall user sessions were up 59%, to more than 606 million, while first-time visitors rose 55%.
Grimes, McGovern & Associates is  offering complimentary assessments to enable media owners to make short- and long-term post-COVID decisions regarding opportunities to acquire or exit.