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Missouri Tornado Relief
In an effort to assist Missouri newspaper employees impacted by the May 22 Joplin tornado, the Missouri Press Association has established a disaster fund within the Missouri Press Foundation.
Reports have been received that the homes of at least 25 Joplin Globe employees were heavily damaged or destroyed.
Tax-deductible donations may be sent to the Missouri Press Foundation, 802 Locust Street, Columbia, MO 65201. Tax deductible donations to the relief fund may also be made online at http://tinyurl.com/44szw5r .
The Missouri Press Foundation Board of Directors will oversee 100 percent distribution of the funds. The Foundation, chartered in 1984, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.
Checking in with the Newport (RI) Daily News: Two years after a digital paywall, print is still king
After the change was put into effect, "single-copy sales went up about 300 a day" - a bit less than 10 percent of overall single-copy sales. As the economy improves, "print is coming back. February  was up 35 percent over last year" in ad sales. Read more
Small dailies more likely to charge for digital content
Paid digital content strategies generally work best in niche markets-and small newspapers may be one relatively viable niche, according to new research from the Reynolds Journalism Institute...
In more than 300 phone interviews with publishers at a random sample of US daily newspapers, RJI found that 46% of dailies with circulation under 25,000 now require payment for at least some of their digital content. For dailies with circulation greater than 25,000, only 24% now charge. Read more
Longtime NAA President and CEO John Sturm is stepping down
John Sturm, president and CEO of the Newspaper Association of America since 1995, plans to retire later this year. A search for a successor is well under way, and there is a chance that NAA will reframe what has been principally a lobbying job. Read more
Why is business spending on daily deal promotions increasing?
The thinking about daily deals may have shifted over time, but they are nonetheless a "sustainable and very important trend that represent a huge opportunity for newspapers," according to Matt Coen, president of Second Street Media, a St. Louis-based provider of daily deals and other media services. Read more
Who Needs Newspapers?
OK -- it's an ironic rhetorical question. But the fact is, since 1704 when the Boston News-Letter hit the streets, the news agenda in the United States has been largely dictated by the local newspaper industry. Newspapers play a critical civic role: local newspaper reporters are the source of most of the original enterprise reporting in the USA.
To find answers to some of these questions, an idea was born. Six media colleagues created a 501(c)(3) corporation called Valid Sources. Its first project is www.whoneedsnewspapers.org - this Internet-delivered report on the status of 50 newspapers in 50 states.
The Santa Fe New Mexican is on www.whoneedsnewspapers.org now ---- click on New Mexico.
The Santa Fe New Mexican is a family-owned, 23,000 circ. daily newspaper in New Mexico's capitol. It is housed in an attractive, newly renovated building close to Santa Fe's historic Plaza (see a picture in their report). The newspaper is committed to serving the community through an emphasis on local content and helping local businesses succeed.