Trustees, Officers elected for SNPA Foundation Board of Trustees 10/10/18

The SNPA Board of Directors elected five trustees for the SNPA Foundation at its meeting in Nashville on Wednesday morning, Oct. 10.

The trustees, in turn, elected their officers – also on Wednesday morning.

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Meet the NEX GEN class of 2018-19 10/8/18

SNPA has announced the protégés and their mentors for the NEX GEN Class of 2018-19. They will meet for the first time this week at SNPA's News Industry Summit in Nashville.

SNPA's NEX GEN mentor program helps newspaper employees with executive potential develop leadership skills and grow professionally.

NEX GEN protégés and their mentors will craft their own agenda, schedule times to talk by phone at least once a month, and set a time for a personal visit.

SNPA also arranges group video conference calls for participants about every six weeks and invites the group to participate in online networking opportunities with key industry executives.

The NEX GEN Class of 2018-19 includes:

  • Mark Adams, audience acquisition and retention manager for The Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C.

  • Ethan Aden, digital sales manager for the Northwest Florida Daily News, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

  • Mickie Anderson, local news editor at The Gainesville Sun, Gainesville, Fla.

  • Tonya Maddox, publisher of the Montrose Daily Press, Montrose, Colo.

  • Cliff McCollum, managing editor of Gulf Coast Media, Foley, Ala.

  • Andrea Vick, local sales manager for the Austin American-Statesman, Austin, Texas.

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Cribb, Greene & Cope Annual Publisher Confidence Survey 9/18/18

Newspaper owners and executives are encouraged to participate in the Annual Publisher Confidence Survey.

The survey asks 11 questions that provide direct feedback from publishers on revenue, profit and other current trends in the publishing industry.

The survey takes less than two minutes to complete, and results are provided immediately so publishers can see how others are responding.

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NLRB to revisit employee use of employer email 9/10/18

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

On Aug. 1, the National Labor Relations Board invited interested parties to file briefs on whether the board should adhere to, modify or overrule Purple Communications – a case (decided by the Obama Board) that held employees who had been given access to their employer's email system for work-related purposes have a presumptive right to use that system, on non-working time, for communications protected by Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (union organizing activity).

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Push for new deals 8/21/18

By Jules Ciotta

To jump-start innovation in your organization, you need to do more than talk about employees' need to be creative. Effective steps to prove that top leadership considers innovation a top priority are needed.

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Survey on newsprint tariffs due by July 3 6/26/18

SNPA needs every publisher's help with an important survey as we – and our partners with Stop Tariffs on Printers & Publishers (STOPP) – collectively fight the newsprint tariffs on Canadian newsprint.

We ask that you answer as many questions as possible by July 3. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TariffImpact2018

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Keep growing by being able to change 6/11/18

By Jules Ciotta

Every day presents a new opportunity. Oftentimes we're unable to seize the moment because we're mired in old habits, doing the same thing over and over again.

Some people believe that they can't change and say, "That's just the way I am." You can change. You can start now. It could change your life today and you don't have to wait for July 1.

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Supreme Court rejects NLRB position on class action arbitration waivers 6/5/18

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

On May 21, the United States Supreme Court issued its long awaited decision in Epic Systems Corp v. Lewis. Justice Gorsuch delivered the opinion of the court. Rejecting the position of the National Labor Relations Board, the court ruled that employers and employees may lawfully agree that any disputes between them will be resolved through one-on-one arbitration. The court ruled that under the National Labor Relations Act, employees do not have the right to file class or collective actions, no matter what they agreed with their employer.

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'PRINT' Act introduced to protect publishers, printers from tariffs 5/14/18

Monday, in an effort to protect printers and publishers from unwarranted tariffs, Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) introduced S. 2385, the "Protecting Rational Incentives in Newsprint Trade Act of 2018," or "PRINT Act." Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Doug Jones (D-AL), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) joined as original co-sponsors.

The PRINT Act would suspend new tariffs currently being imposed on imported uncoated groundwood paper from Canada, which is the primary source of newsprint and other paper used by domestic newspapers, book publishers and commercial printers. Simultaneously, the legislation would require the Department of Commerce to review the economic health of the printing and publishing industries. Newspapers and printers across the United States have told Congress that the new import tariffs – as high as 32 percent – would jeopardize the viability of the industry and threaten to decimate the U.S. paper industry's customer base.

SNPA President Patrick Dorsey, publisher of the Herald-Tribune Media Group in Sarasota, Fla., and regional vice president Coastal Group, GateHouse Media, said: "We appreciate the leadership of Senator Collins and Senator King and the other co-sponsors of the bill for stepping up to protect American jobs and stop these damaging tariffs. They fully understand this action was caused by one outlier mill owned by a hedge fund and is not supported by the broader domestic newspaper producing industry. These unfair job-killing import taxes are already taking a toll across the country as newspapers have had to eliminate jobs and take other significant cost saving measures to maintain viable businesses. This is putting many community newspapers in jeopardy and further reducing their ability to keep our citizens informed on what is going on in their cities and towns. Ultimately, this is damaging to our representative democracy. The PRINT Act is a positive step in reversing these damaging impacts."

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Where's the Southern ad spend? 5/8/18

Here's your chance to find out what YOUR advertisers are thinking.

Borrell Associates invites SNPA members to participate in its 2018 Local Advertiser Survey, which is now underway.

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