America’s Newspapers and Borrell Associates launch newspaper advertiser research project

Newspapers routinely do not get credit for the effective digital and print solutions they deliver local advertisers.  A new, ambitious research project conducted by Borrell Associates will seek to measure where advertisers are spending, what media they are spending with and how they feel about local newspapers and their solutions.
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Subscribers are invited to get to know newspaper's managing editor at virtual event

As part of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's All Access webinar series for subscribers, subscribers will have the chance to virtually get to know Managing Editor Eliza Gaines during a virtual talk on April 20.

Cantwell declares local news is critical infrastructure — urges congressional support

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, yesterday came out strongly in favor of including local news as critical American infrastructure in need of support — highlighting the role of local broadcasters and newspapers as a trusted source of news and information during the pandemic.

'We can do this,' local newspapers tell Health and Human Services

More than 2,500 local newspapers have signed onto a letter from the National Newspaper Association to Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra asking to join the agency’s public education campaign to promote the COVID-19 vaccines. The “We Can Do This” campaign was announced by HHS on April 1 as part of the Biden Administration’s quest to encourage vaccinations across America.

AP to cover U.S. water issues with Walton Family Foundation grant

The Associated Press and the Walton Family Foundation have announced the creation of a new reporting team that will cover water issues in the U.S. This collaboration will allow the news agency to produce additional comprehensive, all-formats journalism around water use, rights, quality and safety, as well as food production, dams, flooding and natural habits.

AJC unifies all products under single brand, launches major effort to highlight work of journalists

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has announced a tightly focused brand strategy that recognizes the enterprise’s long history, points to an increasingly digital future, and highlights the personal calling and rigorous work of its journalists. Now, all products will carry a single, new masthead, designed to ensure readers know all news and information produced by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is credible, fact-based local journalism regardless of where or how it is published.

The Post and Courier’s parent to split into 3 separate companies

The parent of The Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina, is proposing to spin off its newspaper division and other subsidiaries into three separate businesses under a plan to realign the holdings of the family-owned company, it was announced April 5. The restructuring of Charleston-based Evening Post Industries is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, CEO John Barnwell said.

Nearly 75 years after it was built, newspaper's downtown building is for sale

The Courier Journal's building in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, went on the market today with a listing price of $17 million. The paper's newsroom, however, is dedicated to being a strong presence in Louisville, likely downtown.

Industry leaders offer their post-COVID predictions

With a world permanently changed from a global pandemic, what is in store for the news publishers, and how should we best meet the challenges ahead? E&P assembled four industry leaders — including America's Newspapers CEO Dean Ridings — to address these questions, plus discuss media property values, achieving diversity in our newsrooms, maximizing consumer revenue, non-profit models and more.

End of an era: Opelika-Auburn News now printed in Montgomery

The daily print editions of the Opelika-Auburn News and its other Alabama Group products, including the Dothan Eagle, are now being printed in Montgomery by Gannett Publishing Services, which prints the Montgomery Advertiser as well as other newspapers throughout the state.

Inaugural Meeting: Conference highlights, sessions

Putting challenges in perspective: Difficult doesn't mean impossible

"I love journalism," Mi-Ai Parrish told publishers gathered for the inaugural meeting of America's Newspapers, "and so do all of you. I love that we're watchdogs and storytellers. We're advocates, innovators. We're business strategists and community leaders. We're friends and neighbors, fathers and mothers, sons and daughters. We help connect our readers to the world and to the communities we serve. We enrich and inform, delight and unite."

How the Battle of New Orleans was Won

The "pirate" marketing tactics that The Advocate employed in the Battle of New Orleans played a key role in helping the paper overtake The Times-Picayune in the fight for dominance.

Hussman encourages all newspapers to adopt Statement of Core Values

In response to requests from a number of individuals since his talk at the inaugural meeting of America's Newspapers, Walter Hussman Jr. is sharing his Statement of Core Values on this website. He said: "I believe adopting a statement like this can help improve our relationship with our readers as a trusted and professional source on news."
Walter Hussman: Restoring faith in newspapers

Digital-not-so-ready: Initial findings from the GNI Subscriptions Lab

So what are the newspaper participants learning from the Google News Initiative Subscriptions Lab? Hint: Something about themselves.

In battle with digital giants, looking for a 'safe harbor' in Congress

The advocacy interests of America's Newspapers falls right in line with the first topic addressed at the Inaugural Meeting of America's Newspapers. The News Media Alliance's Danielle Coffey talked about frustrations she encounters when lobbying on Capitol Hill and the latest in the newspaper industry's campaign to get a fair revenue arrangement with the digital giants.

Take advantage of a tool everyone already uses: Email

Email is a daily part of millions of American's daily lives. So why aren't newspapers taking advantage of this amazing revenue generating opportunity? News-Press & Gazette Company's Kristen Frey and Observer Media Group's Emily Walsh talked about the insights they've gained from experimenting with email marketing.

Small is the new big: Niche publications that are year-round revenue generators

What do backyard poultry, goats and beekeeping have in common? All are niche interests that have been scaled into reliable revenue generators.

Protecting public notices and the vital information they provide to communities

Many advertisers find the process they must go through to place public notices to be frustrating, Legislators what to change the law to move legal notices out of newspapers (and onto state and local websites) and publishers are doing their best to make the process work. Where's it all heading and what will be key to hanging onto public notices?

Inaugural Meeting: Congrats to our award winners
PJ Browning honored as E&P magazine's Publisher of the Year
PJ Browning: Recipient of E&P magazine's Publisher of the Year Award
Carmage Walls Commentary Prize honors courageous editorial writing
Peter Kovacs, editor of The Advocate in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, accepted the Carmage Walls Prize on behalf of Danny Heitman and Lanny Keller.
SNPA's staunchest advocate honored for 43 years of service
Edward VanHorn: Recipient of SNPA's Frank W. Mayborn Leadership Award
Joyce McCullough honored with Carlsen Distinguished Service Award
Joyce McCullough: Receipient of the Ray Carlsen Distinguished Service Award
Former Forum Communications CEO honored with high Inland award
Lloyd Case: Recipient of the Ralph D. Casey/Minnesota Award

A new champion for newspapers is born

America’s Newspapers – the association formed from the merger of the Inland Press Association and Southern Newspaper Publishers Association – was ceremonially launched October 6 at its inaugural meeting in Chicago.