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10 tips to help you secure a higher price: Ready to Sell

February 4, 2016

Owning a community newspaper has never been a job—it is a lifestyle. Forget the 9-5 rat race; a good newspaper publisher remains on-call literally 24 hours a day—seven days a week, 365 days a year. Most community publishers will tell you that the news never stops, and neither do they. No two days are ever the same, and they wouldn’t have it any other way.


‘We measure every inch of news and ads before we paginate the paper so they fit perfectly …’

February 4, 2016

Boasting 99.2 percent market coverage, the Morrison County Record blankets its circulation area like a Minnesota winter snow. It runs deep, too. A recent survey revealed the newspaper boasts an 88.5 readership.


Who gets it right?

January 13, 2016

I’ve been training and advising newspapers for 21 years, ever since Larry Smith asked me to come look over his operation in LaFollette, TN, in 1994. I worked with more than 100 papers in my travels this year, not counting the thousands of papers that attended conferences and training events I’ve led.


‘The newspaper is the backbone of the community …’

January 13, 2016

When a newspaper is sold, its editor is usually not optimistic about his future there.


I’m always striving to be better

November 2, 2015

This weekend, I will have the opportunity to travel to St. Charles, MO, for the 129th annual convention of the National Newspaper Association. While there, I will be honored with the Daniel M. Phillips Leadership Award, which recognizes a journalist under the age of 40 who contributes admirably to both their industry and their community.


Lessons learned over decades of newspapering

November 2, 2015

Sincere thanks to the National Newspaper Association board and committees for selecting me as winner of the Emma C. McKinney Award. A special thanks to the talented writers and friends who wrote nomination letters.


‘The blue sky turned black— ash and soot rained down’

November 2, 2015

The images of the giant Washington fire on the Omak-Okanogan Chronicle’s Facebook page and Twitter feed are dramatic.


‘It was up to the Ark staff to help the public know’

September 8, 2015

When it comes to practicing journalism, Kevin Hessel is a purist.


Newspaper training experiment a success

August 1, 2015

This week ended the “great experiment.”

Connecting with your community through a weekly column

August 1, 2015

One of the best pieces of advice offered me when my wife, Connie, and I started The N’West Iowa REVIEW came from the editor of the newspaper where we printed: “You need to write a weekly column,” he told me, “You need to let your readers know who you are and what you believe.”

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