Joint Statement: Journalists are risking their lives to report on the protests and their safety must be ensured

The last several days, journalists have been risking their lives to report on the ground at the scenes of protests across the country in response to the death of George Floyd. We call on local law enforcement and government officials to recognize the importance of their role and ensure their safety during these dangerous and unpredictable events.

Also view guidance from Seyfarth Shaw for newspapers that plan to provide PPE (such as hard hats and glasses) to journalists covering protests, as well as a guide from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press that is designed to help journalists understand their rights at protests and avoid arrest when reporting on these events.

America's Newspapers Coverage Checklist

John Bussian, counsel for America's Newspapers and a member of our board of directors, offers seven recommendations for reporters and photographers who are covering protests in their communities.
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In a first-person account in yesterday's newspaper, Tricia Dunne, publisher of the Fort Payne (Alabama) Times-Journal, wrote about her family's experience with COVID-19, emphasizing the need for everyone to learn to "live smart and to protect ourselves, our family and everyone around us." Both she and her husband tested positive, but COVID-19 affected them both very differently.
Industry news

RJI announces Local News Challenge to help local newsrooms tackle technology challenges

“We want to hear anything and everything that newsrooms are struggling with — no idea is too small or too big,” says Kat Duncan, RJI’s interim director of innovation. “We hope to be able to create some solutions so newsrooms can focus more on serving their communities and less on the technological hiccups that can often take time, resources and manpower away from the journalism itself.”

The Free Press Standard of Carrollton, Ohio, sold to AloNovus Corporation

One of Ohio and the Midwest’s oldest hometown newspapers has been sold. 

New book from Leonard Woolsey unmasks ordinary life

"Discovered In Plain View: Life Unmasked" by Leonard Woolsey is his newest collection of writings and stories about everyday life and the unmasking of those special moments we tend to overlook.  The book is the third in the "In Plain View" series by Woolsey and was completed during the recent COVID work-at-home period.  “Believe it or not, this project became a much needed break from long hours of figuring out how to get our newspapers positioned to successfully manage this chapter.”

Kid Scoop grows dramatically during pandemic

When schools closed abruptly in March, and parents found themselves supervising the education of their children at their kitchen tables, Kid Scoop circulation dramatically increased its subscribing publications, now over 300 papers.

Add our jobs board to your recruiting arsena

Your newspaper needs experienced, innovative applicants. And each day, people who fit that description visit the America's Newspapers jobs board.

Cartoonists will use artwork to thank frontline workers in this Sunday's newspaper

Look closely and you’ll find a mask for medical workers and caregivers, a steering wheel for delivery workers, a shopping cart for grocery workers, an apple for teachers, a fork for food service workers and a microscope for medical researchers.

Fort Smith paper announces changes to Op-Ed pages

Saying "times have changed, and so must we," the Southwest Times Record in Fort Smith, Arkansas, has announced that it will no longer post letters to the editor online. In addition, the printed op-ed pages will only be published two days a week.

Research: Combination of human, automated news is perceived as more trustworthy

Newly honored research from the University of Florida has shown that adding algorithmic reporting and human bylines to news stories are perceived as less biased. The research examines the emergent premise that if a machine, and not a human, generates a news story, the story is seen as objective and “free from bias.”

AP: Advancing the power of facts

The Associated Press today unveiled new brand positioning that emphasizes the global news agency’s vital role as the provider of accurate, unbiased, fact-based reporting to the world. The branding campaign will highlight how AP advances the power of facts.

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.