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August 2010
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NMPA Annual Convention
Nov 12-13
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Please enjoy the latest edition of ShopTalk.   In this edition you will find important information on upcoming events, including the annual convention at the Tamaya Resort in November.  

If you have interesting news items please forward them to director@nmpress.org and we will include them in the next available bulletin.  

For any membership questions or inquiries please call the NMPA office. 

Phil Lucey

From the President's Desk

A total of 21 people gathered earlier this month to discuss legal notices and why they matter - and while there was no consensus among its participants, the future of such notices was the centerpiece of discussion.

The New Mexico Press Association hosted the meeting in Albuquerque, as per an agreement made in the last legislative session. State Sen.  
David Ulibarri had agreed to pull a New Mexico Broadcasters Association-supported memorial to study the possibility of running legal notices on the air (as an option to the newspaper publication
requirement) after the NMPA said it would host a roundtable discussion during the summer. The result was an Aug. 11 meeting that included six state senators, three broadcast officials, an Association of Counties representative, Secretary of State Mary Herrera, Sarah Welsh of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, NMPA Executive Director Phil Lucey and seven NMPA board members.

Also invited was Bradley Thompson, president and CEO of Detroit Legal News Inc. and a co-founder of the Public Notice Resource Center. He made a presentation that provided context and significance to the discussion on legal notices.

Of all the groups invited to attend, only the Municipal League and the School Boards Association were absent. That was unfortunate, since they have both expressed support for the NMBA proposal to broadcast legals as an option to newspapers.

NMPA members came away with some added insights regarding this ongoing issue. I'll highlight two such insights:

We need to build a coalition of support to protect public notices from being watered down by broadcasters and others who think newspaper publication is inadequate. The facts are on our side that newspapers provide the best possible service for getting such notices before the public, and there are a lot of associations - those who depend on the fair, third-party dissemination of such information - who agree with us. We need them on our side.

Other than the broadcast option, another issue remains on lawmakers' minds: that of posting legals on websites. The fact that we already have an NMPA legals website resonates with some of them, but this may not be enough. The Illinois Press Association has taken a proactive approach, leading in the passage of a state law that requires newspapers to post legals on their website. Some of us are now thinking we should look into the possibility of doing the same thing in New Mexico.

Overall, I think we accomplished something at the meeting. We demonstrated our willingness to talk reasonably about the issue - not just from a revenue point of view but as defenders of the public's right to know, via the legal notices process. And we also made clear our opposition to the broadcast option, which would be cumbersome, complicated and contrary to the public's interest.

I hope that all NMPA members will pay attention to this issue; it's important not only to our industry but to the public as well. In fact, I would encourage you to take another look at the NMPA public notice ads that we sent out in January and again consider running them. Our readers need to be aware of the public value of such notices, and this issue isn't going away.

Don't forget to block off some time for our Nov. 12-13 convention at the Tamaya Resort. Under the leadership of NMPA Vice President Karen Moses, we've secured a fabulous facility at great rates, with programs that will be both fun and informative. You'll be missing out on a lot if you don't make it.

Tom McDonald
2010 President, New Mexico Press Association

Tom McDonald, editor and publisher
Las Vegas Optic; Las Vegas, New Mexico
505-425-6796; tmcdonald@lasvegasoptic.com

NMPA Convention returns to Tamaya Resort

Call and reserve your room today!  

On November 12-13 the NMPA membership will convene at the scenic Hyatt Tamaya Resort for their annual convention.  An outstanding agenda is currently under development and will feature industry leading speakers, thought provoking panels and time to network with fellow colleagues from across the state.  It is a can't-miss event.  Save the date and plan on joining us in November.   
Tamaya has secured a special convention rate for us of $119.00 a night.  You can even reserve your room right away.  Call 505-867-1234 today!  

More details to follow soon, watch your inboxes for convention news.  

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Schools won't e-mail public records; foundation chief 'shocked'
A libertarian think tank says Santa Fe Public Schools should be more forthcoming - electronically - in response to a public-records request for district payroll and vendor information. Continue reading

'Wanted' Ads Yield 110 Arrests

A city program that features Albuquerque's most-wanted property crime offenders in poster-sized newspaper advertisements has yielded 110 arrests since January, Mayor Richard Berry announced Monday.
The ads appear as an insert in the Albuquerque Journal on the third Friday of each month.
The page displays photos and names under the headline, "Most Wanted Property Crime Offenders."
The city has profiled 238 suspects since the first ad was published in January.  Continue reading

N.M. Failing in Open Government Grades      
Oh no, mom, you found my report card!
State - C. Counties - F. Cities - i. Schools - F.
That's a report card no one would want to bring home.
New Mexico's report from the Sunshine Review, a national nonprofit that ranks state and local government openness, is dismal.
The Sunshine Review ranked the websites of the state's school districts on whether they included information on taxes, the budget, meetings, elected and administrative officials, contracts, audits, public records and how to request them, academics and background checks.Continue reading

The Round-Up; put into digital form
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico State University's student newspaper, The Round-Up and its predecessor, The New Mexico Collegian, have been put into digital form, making them searchable online.
Because the original newspapers were increasingly fragile, NMSU's library began restricting access last year and no longer allowed photocopying of early issues.
NMSU Library development officer Kristina Martinez says now that the papers are available in digital form, anyone can use them anytime since they're online.
People have access to the papers' issues from 1893 to 1999.

BNC - Better Newspaper Contest
Over 1,400 entries were received at the NMPA office - one of the highest levels of participation in recent years.   All the entries are on their way up to the Montana Newspaper Association to be judged.  Results will be given at the Awards Banquet during the annual convention at the Tamaya Resort.   

FOG Advocates for Access to Court Outcomes
Did you know that you're participating in hundreds of criminal cases in New Mexico's courts? As a member of the public, you're the prosecution. Criminal cases are captioned as State vs. John Doe or City of Albuquerque vs. Jane Doe - and 'we the people' are the government. You elect the sheriff and the district attorney who bring charges, and you elect the judge who determines the outcome. You're also paying for the jail, the courthouse, the staff, the paper, the computers ... you get the idea.  Continue reading

Interim-Committee Webcasting Up & Running
Audio only, no archiving yet - but it's a big step!
In case you didn't know, the prep work for next year's 60-day legislative session is happening right now in Santa Fe - the drafting and revision of major legislation, discussions of state programs and presentations from community stakeholders. These are the meetings of the Legislature's two dozen Interim Committees.  Continue reading

Industry News

Around the Industry

"Exigent" postal rate increase would not extend mail delivery by a single day
National Newspaper Association, as part of the Affordable Mail Alliance, this week filed comments with the Postal Regulatory Commission opposing the Postal Service's request for a Jan. 2 rate increase that would hit all mailers with a 5.6 percent postage increase, and some periodicals mail by increases in the 10 percent range. Continue reading

1 For All

The following is information on a First Amendment promotion initiative that the Newseum launched on July 1st.  The initiative is outlined on a new website the Newseum has created at www.1forall.us.  You'll find on the site a list of organizations that have already enlisted as supporters of the cause.   The Newseum is not seeking funding; they are hoping that state press associations will help distribute the promotion ads to ensure that the campaign gets much needed newspaper exposure, nationwide. 
This is an important and groundbreaking campaign that needs support from everyone who cares about a free press.  Please go to the website, check it out and then you can access the resources page to locate ads that newspapers can run beginning July 1 and thereafter.  The Newseum hopes that all state press association and newspapers nationwide will sign onto this, and they will list their supporters on materials and on their website. 
A Penny for Your Thoughts. Actually, Make That 99 Cents: Mass. Paper Charging for Comments
The Sun Chronicle in Attleboro, Mass., seems to have found the ideal way to police comments on its Web site: charge those who wish to comment, and make them register using their real names.
Announced today on the Sun Chronicle's Web site, the move seeks to discourage those who would post obnoxious comments on stories - and gain the paper a little added revenue in the process. All posters now are required to register their name, address, phone number and a legitimate credit card number, and pay a 99-cent fee. Continue reading

ABC Sets Vote to Change Newspaper Membership Rules, Freezes Audit Rates for Another Year

CHICAGO Newspaper members of the Audit Board of Circulations will have a chance in November to vote on changing membership eligibility rules that would permit members that publish a substantial number of non-paid papers.

Right now newspapers must have at least 70% of the circulation as paid to be eligible for ABC membership. (E&P) Continue reading


People in the News
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Larry Hubner
Current-Argus General Manager Larry Hubner has been named publisher and will assume additional regional responsibilities effective Monday, Aug. 16.
Hubner joined the Current-Argus as advertising director in 2007 and was named general manager in August of last year. In his new role, Hubner will have oversight of the Ruidoso News and the Alamogordo Daily News.

Jim Maxwell
Veteran newspaper executive Jim Maxwell has been named publisher of the Las Cruces Sun-News. He replaces Ann Reed, who resigned effective immediately.
Before his appointment, Maxwell had been group publisher of MediaNews Group's seven New Mexico newspaper properties, which included the Sun- News. His next focus will be on the Las Cruces, Deming and Silver City markets specifically.

Garrison Wells
The Los Alamos Monitor has brought onboard a 20-year veteran journalist with an investigative and business reporting background as its new editor.
Wells has worked at the nation's largest publishing firms, including Gannett Co., McClatchy Corp., Knight Ridder, Newhouse, and American City Business Journals. Newspapers include The Denver Post, Denver Business Journal, and Grand Rapids Press in Michigan, Lansing State Journal and The Sun News in Myrtle Beach. In Lansing and Myrtle Beach, Wells served as the business editor.


Alma A. Tooley, 93,  the matriarch of The Herald and the grande dame of the Sierra County newspaper business. With her husband, the late Paul Tooley, Alma founded the Herald Publishing Company in 1960. Through more than 50 years of service to the community, she established herself and the Herald as a vital component of life in Sierra County.


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