Community Newspaper News

Survey: Locally owned newspapers most effective

January 14, 2015

Wow! Today has been one of those days. You’re in the business. You know what I’m talking about.

‘It angers longtime readers when you offer special deals to new subscribers only’

January 14, 2015

Growing up with her family’s newspaper, Regina Barton Keilers was reluctant to enter the business, but today, one year into her job as publisher of the Fayette County Record in LaGrange, TX, she is having so much fun it doesn’t even feel like work to her.

University helps with sale of weekly paper in KS

January 14, 2015

Rural Kansas publishers ready to retire, but with no prospective buyers on the horizons, could have a better way to transition into retirement with the help of a program started by the University of Kansas School of Business.

Community papers buck the trend of the metros

December 2, 2014

Kelli Bultena, publisher of Tea (SD) Weekly, sent me a link to a column titled, “The Bad News About the News,” in the Oct. 16, 2014, edition of The Brookings Essay. The essay was written by Robert G. Kaiser, former editor of The Washington Post.

Sale of the paper brings concerns about a livable retirement income: Taxes!

December 2, 2014

You started your community newspaper 30-40 years ago with a dream. Against all odds, you competed with the large daily newspapers and carved out your local niche. However, none of your children or grandchildren want to work the long hours that you do—where you are the chief editor, sales manager, and even the weekend janitor.

‘Every morning my family gathered at the breakfast table to read the newspaper’

December 2, 2014

Matt Adelman’s many years of hard work in the Freedom of Information arena have paid off, and today he can say with confidence that public officials in his community are all for open government.

GA publisher wants to pay it forward

December 2, 2014

It was a random act of kindness decades ago that led Dink NeSmith, president of Community Newspapers Inc., to want to help a 6-year-old, special needs boy in Massachusetts.

Survey responses show glimpse into the state of newspapers

November 3, 2014

This column is dedicated to anyone who publishes, writes, edits, designs, sells ads or delivers or does anything else in the newspaper industry.

'A newspaper has to have a personality'

November 3, 2014

Alan Baker is having fun. He’s up in Ellsworth, ME, publishing two of the best community newspapers in the country. His stable of columnists include a retired CIA agent who writes about foreign affairs, a former state senate appropriations committee chairwoman who writes about state affairs, and a managing editor who writes hilariously about cheap wine.

5 rules this copy editor is losing sleep over

October 17, 2014

After my last article on things I’m not losing sleep over as a copy editor, I thought it only fair to tell you what is keeping me up at night.

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