Revision to newsprint tariffs welcome, but does not solve underlying problem 8/2/18

Stop Tariffs on Printers & Publishers (STOPP), a coalition of printers, publishers, retailers, paper suppliers and distributors today released the following statements regarding the U.S. Department of Commerce's final determination on uncoated groundwood paper imports from Canada.

"These import duties on newsprint have already caused job losses in the printing and publishing sectors and have resulted in decreased news coverage in local communities," said David Chavern, president and CEO, News Media Alliance. "Although this is a step in the right direction, the reduced rates only lessen the pace at which the tariffs are harming the industry. We hope that the International Trade Commission will entirely reverse these misguided tariffs at the end of the month."

Newsprint used by U.S. newspapers and commercial printers consists of two-thirds of uncoated groundwood paper. This claim was filed by North Pacific Paper Company (NORPAC), a single paper mill located in Longview, Washington, owned by a New York private equity firm. NORPAC is an outlier-the rest of the U.S. paper industry opposes the tariffs due to the deep and lasting harm to the industry's primary customers-newspapers, book publishers and printers.


AP to kick off 83rd year of Top 25 football poll 7/31/18

The Associated Press will release the preseason edition of the AP Top 25, the longest-running college football poll of its kind, on Monday, Aug. 20. The preseason AP All-America team, an extension of the longest-running honor roll of the nation's top players, will be released the next day on Tuesday, Aug. 21.


Association for Print Technologies applauds legislation to advance workforce career, technical education 7/30/18

The Association for Print Technologies has commended President Trump and Congress for taking major steps to advance workforce career and technical education, which include an Executive Order establishing the National Council for the American Worker, the White House Pledge to America's Workers initiative, making the expansion of workforce development a national priority, and reauthorization of the bipartisan Perkins CTE legislation, Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives by unanimous voice vote.


Journalists invited to apply for Media Law School 2018 fellowships 7/25/18

Working journalists are invited to apply for fellowships to attend Media Law School 2018, to be held Sept. 19-22 in Columbia, S.C., at the University of South Carolina.


Chattanooga Times Free Press selects Presteligence for high school sports coverage 7/24/18

Presteligence has announced that the Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times Free Press will use My Team Scoop for its high school sports coverage of 55 area schools.


Cox Enterprises explores strategic options for Cox Media Group's television stations 7/24/18

Cox Enterprises, Inc. announced today that it is exploring strategic options for its ownership or other interest in 14 broadcast television stations, including partnering or merging these stations into a larger TV company.

"We didn't take this decision lightly. It is clear that scale is critical for TV affiliates to be positioned well for the future. Our stations are some of the best in the industry and we want them to stay that way," said Alex Taylor, president and chief executive officer of Cox Enterprises.


Times-Union newsroom staff votes to unionize 7/23/18

Reprinted from The Times-Union, Jacksonville, Fla.

Journalists at The Florida Times-Union voted Thursday to form a union, becoming the third newspaper in Florida to take that step.

The NewsGuild-CWA will represent all of the newsroom's reporters, copy editors, photographers and digital producers. The vote, held under the supervision of the National Labor Relations Board, authorizes the union to begin contract negotiations with the Times-Union's parent company, GateHouse Media, on employees' behalf.


Forward thinking: Schurz shifts to meet current, future needs 7/23/18

By Rebecca Patrick, BizVoice/Indiana Chamber

Thriving as a media company amid the continually evolving and sometimes turbulent industry is an accomplishment. Doing so as a fifth-generation family-owned business makes it all the more noteworthy and rewarding. Schurz Communications, headquartered in Mishawaka, is approaching 150 years of delivering information to its region and beyond. The company is doing so by staying true to its core values, including input from young and old and, above all, embracing advances in technology.

It all began when two entrepreneurial brothers-in-law, Alfred B. Miller and Elmer Crockett, working in newspapers thought a growing South Bend could support a third publication.


ESW Capital announces acquisition of Olive Software 7/17/18

ESW Capital, LLC, has acquired Olive Software. A proven e-publishing pioneer, Olive Software is a leader in e-publishing solutions and digital archiving, providing hundreds of media companies and organizations globally with solutions that maximize reader satisfaction and transform digital content into profit centers.


Why a reporter's tweet appeared on our masthead 7/17/18

By Nate McCullough, publications manager, The Times, Gainesville, Ga.

As a salute to those at the Capital Gazette who lost their lives and those who rallied in the aftermath, The Times of Gainesville, Ga., echoed Reporter Chase Cook's rallying cry by replacing for one day its slogan, Honestly Local, on the front-page masthead on Thursday, July 12, with Cook's tweet:

"I can tell you this: We are putting out a damn paper tomorrow."

The Forsyth County News and Dawson County News took similar action, along with newspapers around the country who were encouraged to do the same.

Read Nate McCullough's column in The Times.