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.
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MediaPost column calls on Supreme Court to allow cross-ownership of local newspapers, broadcasters

In an opinion column published this week, Rob Williams, contributing editor with MediaPost, writes that the U.S. Supreme Court should repeal the newspaper-broadcast ownership ban, saying "the prohibition on cross-ownership was intended to prevent a single news source from dominating a community, but has become outdated with the rise of digital media."

Predicting 2021: Thoughts from 8 industry associations, including America's Newspapers

2020 was a year full of events that no one could have predicted. The Alliance for Audited Media asked leaders from across different media associations — including Dean Ridings of America's Newspapers — to share their thoughts on what the future holds, including how COVID-19 will continue to impact businesses, what we should look forward to in 2021 and what word businesses should use for guidance in the new year.

Congresswoman invites Spokesman-Review editor to attend inauguration

A spokesperson for U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said she invited The Spokesman-Review editor as her guest at the inauguration so someone local could witness the historic event.

Upland Software acquires Second Street

Adding Second Street to Upland’s product portfolio will provide Upland’s customers the power to build promotions and email campaigns that grow revenue, customer databases and consumer engagement.

VMG publications roll out membership campaign

Under the "I Support" campaign, newspapers published by Voice Media Group are generating important revenue by asking readers to contribute to the cause, either by making recurring annual or monthly contributions or making one-time donations.

Las Vegas Review-Journal launches new, weekday video news program

Yesterday, the Las Vegas Review-Journal introduced "7@7," a weekday, multiplatform video news program that's designed with busy audiences in mind.

Media organizations need to watch these 5 industries that dominated advertising in 2020

While tourism brands spent much of 2020 sharing messages like “now is not the time to travel” and “we’ll see you once it’s safe,” other industries began thriving during the pandemic. The industries Lineup Systems explores in this article are likely here to stay, because our personal and professional lives have been permanently altered by the public health crisis. This means media organizations must learn how to create offerings that appeal to these brands to drive digital advertising revenue over the long term.

AP photographer Nick Ut receives National Medal of Arts

AP photographer Nick Ut, who retired in 2017 after a 51-year career with The Associated Press, received the National Medal of Arts Jan. 13 at the White House. He is the first journalist to receive the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the federal government.

Brechner Freedom of Information Award now open for entries

The Joseph L. Brechner Freedom of Information Award recognizes outstanding news coverage that promotes transparent, accountable government. Applications are due by Feb. 26 and there is no fee to enter.

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.