NCPA News
Postal Service Announces New Rates
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) on October 9 filed notice for new postal rates for market-dominant products, which includes Marketing Mail and Periodicals. If approved by the Postal Regulatory …
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NCPA Contest Call for entries
The 2019 NCPA contest is now open. Deadline for all entries is Nov 14 midnight. Although you may have participated in the past, all newspapers must re-register on the contest website. The code is …
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Triad Business Journal names managing editor
Daniel Finnegan, a veteran journalist with 35 years of experience at newspapers in Greensboro and Richmond, Virginia, has been named managing editor of Triad Business Journal.Finnegan, 57, has …
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LOCAL MEDIA OUTDOOR ACQUIRES HUNDREDS OF NORTH CAROLINA BILLBOARDS
Local Media Outdoor, a division of Morris Multimedia Inc. of Savannah, announced September 10 the acquisition of approximately 390 billboard faces in eastern North Carolina which had been part of the …
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U.S. newspaper publishing services report 0.6% increase in revenue from Q4 2018 to Q1 2019
Revenue for newspaper publishing industries across the U.S. was $6.1 billion for the 1st quarter of 2019, a 0.6 percent increase over the previous quarter, according to the U.S. Census …
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Bloom is named regional publisher
LAURINBURG — Brian Bloom, a third-generation newspaper man from Iowa, has been named the regional publisher of The Laurinburg Exchange. His first day was Wednesday. Most recently Bloom was …
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Newspaper Executives Lobby Washington to Fight Duopoly
Executives from seven newspaper companies lobbied Capitol Hill yesterday to urge Congress to pass the “Journalism Competition and Preservation Act,” a bill that fights the dominance of …
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School of Media and Journalism renamed after $25 million gift from alumnus
The UNC School of Media and Journalism will be renamed following a $25 million gift from Walter and Ben Hussman, the school announced Tuesday.  The new name is the UNC Hussman School of …
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North Carolina’s ‘ag-gag’ statute violates First Amendment, chills newsgathering
On Sept. 3, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 21 media organizations filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting efforts to challenge the constitutionality of North …
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Guide to Native Advertising
The news industry is full of ideas when it comes to experimenting with new storytelling formats and techniques—podcasts, virtual reality, Instagram posts. The list is long, but storytelling …
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Members on the move
Jordan named editor of Dispatch
Annette Jordan has been named editor of The Dispatch in Lexington.She will also continue her duties as editor of The Courier-Tribune in Asheboro.A Randolph County native, Jordan is a graduate of …
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Distelhorst named publisher of The Fayetteville Observer
Mike Distelhorst was named publisher of The Fayetteville Observer on Wednesday as part of a consolidation effort by Gatehouse Media, the company that owns the newspaper.Distelhorst, who already …
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Goodman announces retirement
If there’s one thing Mike Goodman knows after more than four decades in the newspaper business, it’s that things don’t stay the same very long. Every day there’s something …
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Lorry Williams named executive editor of The Fayetteville Observer
Lorry Williams, who has held numerous positions in The Fayetteville Observer’s newsroom over the past 32 years, has been named as the newspaper’s executive editor.Publisher Bob Gruber …
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SCOUT HIRES NEW SALES ASSOCIATE
Debbie Dills, started working in the front office of the Cherokee Scout on Nov. 15, 2013, has been named the local newspaper’s newest sales associate.Dills replaces sales manager Donna Cook, …
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Observer names veteran journalist as its new managing editor
A veteran journalist at The Charlotte Observer, Taylor Batten, has been named its new managing editor. Batten, 50, has spent his 24-year career at the Observer, most recently as editor of its …
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Journalists: Apply Now for ICN’s Southeast Environmental Reporting Workshop
.... InsideClimate News, the Pulitzer Prize-winning national nonprofit newsroom, will hold a day-and-a-half-long workshop for about a dozen winning applicants Sept. 16-17 in Nashville. The …
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A step toward diversity at national sports media awards
Getting awards is always fun. Receiving an award that 1) feels kind of ground-breaking and 2) gets to be shared with one of your best friends, is particularly awesome. That’s what happened …
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Frank Barrows, longtime Observer writer and editor, dies at 72
Frank Barrows, a beloved former top editor of the Charlotte Observer whose journalism career took him from sports writing to leading the Carolinas’ largest newsroom, died Wednesday at his home …
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Doss-Raines promoted to managing editor
Jill Doss-Raines has been named managing editor of The Dispatch, responsible for the daily operation of the newsroom.The move comes as The Dispatch’s executive editor, Scott Jenkins, becomes …
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Industry News
Local newspapers are suffering, but they’re still (by far) the most significant journalism producers in their communities
  Local newspapers have always been the epicenter of local news ecosystems. While communities may have other sources of journalism, such as TV and radio stations and online-only outlets, the …
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‘Local, Local, Local’: How a Small Newspaper Survives
This is another road report on the state of local journalism, which is more and more important, and more and more imperiled. It is important because so much of the future of American economic, …
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What does Facebook's plan to hire journalists mean for media industry?
Facebook's plan to hire professional journalists instead of relying solely on algorithms to deliver news is a positive step but is unlikely to shake up an embattled media industry, analysts say. The …
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RJI Fellow: Push notifications can help move publishers away from heavy reliance on Facebook
The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute awarded seven fellowships for the 2019-20 academic year with projects to improve gun violence reporting, expand solutions-based journalism by local TV …
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Revenue wrap up: Donors, fees and more
The Innovation In Focus summer series explored emerging and unique revenue streams being utilized by local newsrooms in the United States. These ranged from The Colorado Sun’s ad-free …
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CISLM TO WELCOME TABLE STAKES COHORT 3 IN AUGUST
The UNC Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media is pleased to announce the selection of 13 media organizations that will focus on audience engagement and creating sustainable revenue …
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Study: Stricter Paywalls, Email Newsletters Help Boost Paid Subs
Publishers with stricter paywalls, email newsletters and clearly defined audiences were most likely to boost reader revenue, a survey of more than 500 digital publications found. Publishers …
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Is bigger better? Gannett merger will test whether local news can be saved.
When the Ohio family who owned the Columbus Dispatch for 110 years finally decided to sell the newspaper four years ago, among the final bidders were two chains: GateHouse Media and Gannett. The …
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New sources of hope for local journalism
Last year, Facebook announced a new content stream called “Today In” to aggregate local news from reputable sources, only to discover it couldn’t find enough local news to …
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New Media Buying Gannett for $1.4 Billion to Form News Giant
New Media Investment Group Inc. agreed to acquire Gannett Co. in a $1.38 billion deal that unites the two biggest U.S. daily newspaper chains in an industry that’s consolidating …
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