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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.
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From the President's Desk
NMPA member newspapers:
In early October, an issue will be decided with serious financial consequences for the newspaper industry and others that rely on the U.S. Postal Service. The USPS is seeking approval to raise its rates up to 10 times higher than the inflation rate. If approved, we'll be facing dramatically higher postal rates - something we just can't afford.
To counter this, I have written an op-ed piece that I think addresses the issue from our vantage point. I ask that you consider publishing it in your newspaper within the next week or two; you might even want to write about the issue yourself.
Thank you for your attention to this important matter. The column and my photo is linked below.
New Mexico Press Association
Editor and Publisher
Las Vegas Optic
Las Vegas, New Mexico
Link to Op-ed Column. Link to photo.
NMPA Convention. Nov 12 - 13. Reserve your hotel room today!
Call or go on-line 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.
We even have the resort fee waived, so bring along the family and enjoy everything Tamaya has to offer. Call 505-867-1234
For your convenience you can go right on-line and register your room. Click on RESERVATIONS
and you will be taken to the NMPA registration site.
More details to follow soon, watch your inboxes for convention news.
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Receives Grant to Cover Court Costs
The National Freedom of
Information Coalition announced that it will front $11,000 in court costs to
support the Rio Grande SUN's
public records lawsuit against Northern New Mexico
lawsuit alleges that "it has become standard practice at NNMC to ignore requests
on the grounds that the public college is supposedly too busy to bother
responding to requests to inspect public records." The SUN seeks the
production of specific documents along with a court order mandating future
compliance and the adoption of policies and procedures to correct the problem.
The Espaņola weekly paper is represented by Matthew Hoyt of Peifer, Hanson and Mullins,
FOG endorsed the
SUN's grant application. For more information about NFOIC's
freedom-of-information grants, which are funded by the John S. and James L.
Knight Foundation, click here. A complete NFOIC press
release on the SUN's award is available here.
Newspaper archives lead California woman to trove of family letters preserved in Santa Fe
An online newspaper archive helped a California woman find a trove of family letters, photographs and documents, dating to the 19th century that had been stored in Santa Fe for 39 years.
By Tom Sharpe
The New Mexican Continue reading
Supreme Court suspends record sealing after public outcry
The New Mexico Supreme Court has suspended a ruling it instituted July 1 requiring law enforcement to file different versions of case documents to protect defendants Continue reading
Herrera dodges reporters questions
Secretary of state calls allegations ridiculous
Embattled Secretary of State Mary Herrera held a press conference but bolted before reporters could ask her any questions about allegations of criminal activity in her office and about two administrators. Continue reading
Not sure where they pulled these ads from...
Clovis Wal-Mart pulls pinatas after complaint
Clovis' Wal-Mart has pulled piņatas from its shelves following a
complaint that one was made from suggestive adult newspaper
advertisements. Store manager Frank Bean said the paper mache piņatas, predominately in the shapes of
popular cartoon characters, are purchased from a New Mexico company and
he believes are made in Mexico.
Later, the Clovis News Journal purchased a Mickey Mouse piņata from Clovis'
Wal-Mart only to find
real estate ads, and contained no sexually suggestive material. Continue reading
Bean said the paper mache piņatas, predominately in the shapes of
popular cartoon characters, are purchased from a New Mexico company and
he believes are made in Mexico.
Tickets Available Now!
fund-raising banquet will be held Friday, Oct. 8 at the Embassy Suites
Albuquerque, with a reception at 6 PM and dinner at 7 PM. Buy your tickets
online at www.nmfog.org Join us in celebrating
20 years of defending freedom of information, and help us honor NMPA attorney
Hal Simmons and Rio Grande SUN Managing Editor Robert B. Trapp, both of
whom are receiving the 2010 William S. Dixon First Amendment Freedom Award.
Banquet tickets are $60, and sponsorships are available. For more information,
visit www.nmfog.org or call (888) 843-9121.
If you'd like to
volunteer, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call
Albuquerque Launches Transparency Website
may have seen news stories about this project, but have you visited ABQ
View yet? You should. It puts a lot of information about city finances right
at your fingertips - detailed information pulled directly from operational
databases. Mayor Richard Berry and his staff approached FOG a few months ago to
show us a first draft of the site. FOG Director Sarah Welsh encouraged the city
to provide as much detailed information as possible, and to post the raw data
online in downloadable form. The final site does just that - and as far as we
know, it's the first government site in New Mexico to do so. This is the future
of open government, and it's here now in Albuquerque.
FOG Needs Design Help (and we'll pay for
The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government is seeking a
graphic designer for contract work on a short-term project. (We're creating a
special 20th anniversary newsletter.) Experience on a magazine-style
special section is preferred. If you think you can whip up an elegant cover
design and a couple of templates for interior pages, all on a tight deadline,
please call (505) 764-3750 or e-mail email@example.com.
Around the Industry
NNA URGES SENATE TO ROLLBACK BURDENSOME NEW TAX REPORTING LAW:
RESTORE FAIRNESS IN TAX COMPLIANCE
The Senate should act immediately to correct a misstep in the health care reform law that sets off a flood of new paperwork requirements for small newspapers. Under Section 1096 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, businesses will be required to produce hundreds of new1099 tax forms each year to report their purchases. 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
Newseum is not seeking funding; they are hoping that state press
will help distribute the promotion ads to ensure that the campaign gets
needed newspaper exposure, nationwide.
This is an important
groundbreaking campaign that needs support from everyone who cares about
press. Please go to the website, check it out and then you can access
resources page to locate ads that newspapers can run beginning July 1
thereafter. The Newseum hopes that all state press association and
nationwide will sign onto this, and they will list their supporters on
and on their website.
Help NNA knock down massive expansion of tax paperwork about to hit newspapers
Congress must pass the Johanns amendment removing the additional 1099 reporting requirements
Newspapers are required by IRS to do a 1099 tax form for any service
provided by an individual or unincorporated entity if a total of $600 or
more is paid out in a year. The 1099 goes to the contractor or vendor
and IRS gets a 1096 form reporting the payment. The form is intended to
help IRS to make sure vendors report their own income. Continue reading
Sony Upgrades E-readers
NEW YORK Sony has upgraded its grayscale e-reader devices and will introduce a reader app for desktop computers and mobile devices.
available with better contrast and cases in several colors, Sony's
e-readers are lighter yet have more power and memory. The
seven-inch-screen Daily Edition will be available in November ($299)
with optional 3G/wireless connectivity. The smaller Pocket ($179) and
Touch ($229 ) Editions are available now.
Other features include print capability, handwriting recognition, translations, and longer battery life.
There's an App for That - A Quarter of a Million of Them, In Fact
App Store, which opened only two years ago, now offers more than a
quarter of a million applications. According to 148Apps, which tracks
application development, the Apple store as of late August included
252,227 iPad and iPhone apps.
The site also said that some 50,000
developers are churning out apps at a blistering pace, submitting 626
applications every day. The average price for paid apps, 148Apps added,
Mediaspectrum's New Adrenalin Creates Apps, Manages Advertising and Subscriptions
NEW YORK Mediaspectrum
Inc., Burlington, Mass., has introduced Adrenalin as a complete
solution for publishers seeking to create customized news-reading
applications for Apple's iPad and other tablet devices.
Publishers can create a branded iPad application that
includes a customized icon, splash screen, and logo in a few simple
steps, selecting fonts, colors, and content categories to enhance the
application's look and feel, according to Mediaspectrum.
AbitibiBowater Projects Profit of $1.5 Billion over Four Years
NEW YORK Montreal-based
AbitibiBowater, North America's largest newsprint producer, said it
hopes to exit restructuring in October and see profits of more than
US$1.5 billion over the next four years.
cut 6,000 jobs and much of its capacity by closing mills. Creditors are
due to vote Sept. 14 on a restructuring plan that would allow the
company to emerge from its year-and-a-half of bankruptcy protection on
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Roy Reynolds is the circulation director for The Taos News, overseeing the distribution of its weekly newspaper and specialty publications in Northern New Mexico.
Reynolds, who took over the position June 26, worked formerly as the district manager for the Kearney Hub, a daily newspaper in Kearney, Neb.
Frank A. Fisher
Frank A. Fisher, a
journalist with 20 years of experience covering everything from crime to
political scandals, has been appointed public affairs specialist for the FBI in
Fisher comes to New
Mexico from South Florida, where he spent more than four years as an assistant
city editor at the Sun Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale. Among his
responsibilities was leading a team of video-journalists who filed stories for
print, online and television.
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