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A Remote Sales Force May be the Future. Is it Here Now?
April 1 webinar: Laurie Kahn of Media Staffing Network will discuss not only what the sales team of the future looks like, but also tips on how to set up and manage a remote workforce. We will look at what skills are needed to be successful in sales and how different strengths can be integrated into a team approach, both from in and out of the office.  Learn more and register
COVID-19 tips for working remotely
Special thanks to Laurie Kahn of Media Staffing Network for sharing helpful tips for working remotely. Access the PDF files
It's time to double-down on digital and print subscriptions
April 2 webinar: In light of the COVID-19 disruption on news media business models, Mather Economics will share benchmarks and tactics on how successful organizations are using this time to double-down on both digital and print subscription revenue.  Learn more and register
In this legal update, William Eck of Seyfarth Shaw outlines the parameters of the eligibility for a low interest loan for small businesses, small agricultural and most nonprofits under the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act.
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The staff of The Sumter (South Carolina) Item is doing daily Zoom calls with community leaders to keep the Sumter community informed — in real time — about the coronavirus crisis locally.  Members of the community are invited to register to attend the live virtual shows and also have access to recordings of the show afterwards on the paper's Facebook page.
Newspaper and broadcast journalists are proving once again how essential they are to our society.
On April 4, The Daily News will begin a five-day-a-week publishing schedule with an expanded weekend edition and a new focus on digital news coverage and features, company leaders announced today. Print editions of The Daily News will be distributed to subscribers and single-copy readers Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The larger weekend edition will appear Saturdays. Coast Monthly, the newspapers glossy magazine, will be delivered in the larger weekend editions.
America's Newspapers and Media Virus Watch want to highlight columns, insights and inspiration from state press associations from across the country.  What resources are you able to share to benefit newspapers nationwide?  Email cdurham@newspapers.org.

Florida Press Association — During this unexpected crisis, our newspaper teams can bring local businesses creative ideas that engage local residents when delivered through our member’s print and digital reach and frequency programs, and by driving awareness and results like no other media. Here are some ideas!

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Creative Circle releases web software app to help publishers, communities cope with coronavirus pandemic
A new "What's open?" app from Creative Circle Media Solutions is a self-service module allowing businesses, schools and government agencies to indicate whether they are open or closed using a simple form that then displays that information on websites using widgets. Newspaper staffs can also create or edit listings through the back end of the app.
A guide to taking care of yourself and your newsroom in times of coronavirus
The newsroom guide covers four main topics: general need-to-know info about coronavirus itself and what to do if you’re exposed to it; how to care for your own physical and emotional health as you cover the pandemic; caring for others, whether they’re your colleagues, reporters, or freelancers; and recommendations and tips for event planners.
COVID-19 Guide for Visual Journalists
These general tips for visual journalists were created by Jenell Stewart, DO, MPH, Infectious Diseases physician-scientist at University of Washington.
Resources for Reporters
First Draft’s resource hub for reporting on coronavirus includes: newsgathering and verification tools, ethics and responsible reporting guidance, a database of debunks of mis- and disinformation, data and information sources, a searchable reading list, FAQs that journalists may have and links to sign up for video calls on reporting coronavirus. View the guide
Are newspapers an ‘essential’ service? Yes — and especially now
Day in and day out, newspapers bind communities together, enhancing civic life and informing, entertaining and educating their local audiences. But it is during crises that newspapers prove their mettle. Newspapers are especially essential in this COVID-19 public health crisis. (This editorial is available for reprint in newspapers.)
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Newspapers in the time of COVID-19
What steps are you taking to meet the challenges at your newspaper — both in terms of keeping your staff safe and providing the needed information your community needs? Share your news with America's Newspapers: cdurham@newspapers.org
Galveston paper adjusts print frequency to navigate COVID economy
On April 4, The Daily News will begin a five-day-a-week publishing schedule with an expanded weekend edition and a new focus on digital news coverage and features, company leaders announced today. Print editions of The Daily News will be distributed to subscribers and single-copy readers Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The larger weekend edition will appear Saturdays. Coast Monthly, the newspapers glossy magazine, will be delivered in the larger weekend editions.
Sumter paper hosts daily Zoom calls with community leaders (and readers) about COVID-19
The staff of The Sumter (South Carolina) Item is doing daily Zoom calls with community leaders to keep the Sumter community informed — in real time — about the coronavirus crisis locally.  Members of the community are invited to register to attend the live virtual shows and also have access to recordings of the show afterwards on the paper's Facebook page.
Free ad packages offered by some Gannett papers to help local businesses
To assist businesses hurt by the new coronavirus, some Gannett papers are offering free multimedia advertising packages and discounted marketing programs to help those businesses extend their advertising message.
Gannett launches ‘Support Local’ to help small businesses
Gannett's new platform enables local communities to provide their favorite businesses with much needed resources.
Coronavirus Guide keeps readers of McClatchy newspapers informed
McClatchy is publishing a daily electronic Coronavirus Guide in each of its markets to help keep readers knowledgeable about the disease and how best to protect themselves and those they care about. McClatchy plans to continue publishing this resource in its eEditions for as long as it’s needed.
The era of self-quarantining brings perhaps unexpected content changes in Kankakee
The wave of self-isolation has changed the Daily Journal lifestyle sections dramatically. While much of the coverage until literally two or three weeks ago centered around events in Kankakee and its surrounding, those events have gone away — for the moment at least.
Silver City paper will maintain delivery to all
Kudos to the Silver City Daily Press in New Mexico, which announced this week that it will not stop delivery for customers who find themselves temporarily unable to pay their subscriptions during this COVID-19 health crisis.
Dallas Morning News launches coronavirus help widget — and makes it available to any U.S. newspaper
At the bottom of every story related to the coronavirus, The Dallas Morning News attaches a widget that directs users to people and organizations in their community who can provide needed assistance. This widget also is being made available to other newspapers.
In U.S. epicenter for COVID-19, Seattle Times empties its newsroom
“For the first time ever, every newsroom employee is working remotely from home, as are all company employees who are able to do so,” Seattle Times Executive Editor Michele Matassa Flores reported to readers Sunday, March 15.
Galveston publisher: 'We are running at a high rate of reinvention'
The editorial staff at The Daily News in Galveston, Texas, has been repositioned to provide the in-depth coverage of the virus that the community needs.  At the same time, Publisher Leonard Woolsey said he wants to create a reassuring feeling in the community without contributing to panic. 
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In this edition of “Herald Headlines,” Executive Editor Phillip O’Connor talks about The Daily Herald’s commitment to covering the coronavirus crisis and urges residents to support the work of the newspaper's dedicated journalists.
Hearst's Steve Swartz addresses effect from coronavirus in annual letter
Hearst is continuing to evaluate the safety of its offices on a daily basis, and any colleague who feels uncomfortable coming into work has been advised to talk with their manager about working from home where possible.
Strict social distancing is rigorously enforced in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette
In addition to the deep cleaning and practicing for remote operations, the newspapers in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette are rigorously enforcing a policy of “social distancing.”
Shaw Media: 'Anyone who can work from home should work from home'
A detailed memo outlines four basic goals set forth by Shaw Media in response to COVID-19, the most dramatic of which is the directive to employees to work from home if at all possible. “We said anyone who can work from home should work from home,” Rung said in an interview.
Graham Osteen: Readers are depending on us now more than ever
Employees of Osteen Publishing Company were given links to the America's Newspapers coronavirus page and to the CDC website as sites that are "pertinent to our industry's situation, so please refer to them regularly for updates in the coming days."
The Pilot: 'We exist for moments like this'
“In turbulent times like these, our community looks to The Pilot and its publications to provide accurate information and a steady dose of normalcy," David Woronoff, publisher of The Pilot, in Southern Pines, North Carolina, wrote in a memo to all employees. "Thank you all for staying calm and focused on your work, as it’s very easy to get distracted.”
At Chicago dailies, COVID-19 comes into one HQ and another tries a one-day remote newsroom experiment
Even as the COVID-19 pandemic brings shocking cultural and economic developments on a daily, if not hourly, basis, the week of March 9 was a particularly jarring one for Chicagoans. At the Chicago Sun-Times, the reaction was to try going remote for a day on March 12, with nearly all newsroom employees working from home. But at the rival Chicago Tribune, the challenge wasn’t a test. The possibility that its employees had encountered a person infected with COVID-19 was very real.
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Publisher Terri Leifeste has left the Columbia (Missouri) Daily Tribune to lead a group of privately owned newspapers. She has been succeeded by Joseph Leong.
Crystal Childers, veteran advertising executive, has been promoted to general manager of the Duncan (Oklahoma) Banner. Her appointment is effective immediately.