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Key financial benchmarks in the COVID-19 era

In the wake of COVID-19 and soft advertising sales, community newspapers are finding ways to make money while serving readers and advertisers, says a new study conducted by Dolph Tillotson, newspaper operations consultant and chairman of Southern Newspapers, Inc.

DOL ruling allows for reporters, photographers to be treated as salaried employees

Camille Olson of Seyfarth Shaw encourages newspapers to take a fresh look at the specific duties of their reporters and photographers, in light of new guidance from the Department of Labor that allows small town and local journalists to qualify for the creative professional exemption to federal overtime rules and be paid a salary, as opposed to hourly wage.

Pat Dorsey joins America's Newspapers board of directors

Pat Dorsey has been appointed to the Board of Directors of America's Newspapers to fill the unexpired term of Bill Barker, who stepped down from the board after leaving Gannett. In other news, America's Newspapers welcomes two new newspaper members. 

Department of Labor issues Final Rule on independent contractor status

The Final Rule published Thursday, Jan. 7, in the Federal Register by the U.S. Department of Labor with regard to "Employee or Independent Contractor Classification" uses an "economic reality" test to determine a worker's status. It is currrently scheduled to become effective March 8, 2021. The Final Rule considers whether a worker is in business for himself or herself (independent contractor) or is instead economically dependent on an employer for work (employee).
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The Seattle Times has announced the appointment of Brier Dudley as Free Press editor. He will cover the current local and national crisis in journalism, along with the efforts to preserve the independence and sustainability of the nation’s local free press system.
A long journalism career in New York and New Jersey, punctuated by historic local and national events and a newsroom Pulitzer Prize, have brought David Ng to The Providence (Rhode Island) Journal as the new executive editor.
Todd Colling, general manager of the Beloit (Wisconsin) Daily News, is preparing for a homecoming of sorts as he takes on the new role of general manager of the Marinette EagleHerald and Antigo Daily Journal.