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March 2013
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NMPA board meeting.
April 26 Ruidoso.

High School Journalism workshop
June 9-12 UNM

NMPA board meeting
July 19 Las Cruces

NMPA Convention
Sept 26-28
Hyatt Tamaya




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John Foust
The Four Ps of Marketing



Technology with Kevin Slimp
The latest news in publishing technology



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Phil Lucey


State Headlines


Reminder:  NMPA has moved

Here is our new address:  

PO Box 95198  

Albuquerque NM 87199

Phone, fax and email all remain the same.     

Physical address is 7777 Jefferson NE  



The 2013 New Mexico High School Journalism Workshop is June 9 - 12 at University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

The workshop is open to high school students entering their junior or senior years. Participants receive newspaper journalism training from UNM faculty, high school journalism teachers and newspaper professionals.  Click for details  Please contact your local high school and let them know about the workshop.   



2013 Legislative session recap
Bills on our watch list:

 HB 21 Relating to OMA (Support)  Passed House and now on to the Senate committees.   Requires agendas for meetings be made available 72-hours in advance.   SIGNED INTO LAW.

SB 261 All party consent.   Tabled in Public Affairs

HB 390  Notice of sale of Self storage units.  Stalled in House Judiciary.

SB 294 Expungement of criminal records. Passed.  We've asked the Governor to veto this bill.  

HB 403   Disclosure of information on accident reports. Stalled in House Judiciary.

HB 577 Providing for publication of legal notices on an authorized web site.   Not heard in any committee.  

SB 307  Making Government agencies subject to Uniform Electronic Transactions Act; Repealing requirement to publish county commission minutes.  Passed.  We've asked for a veto.

HB 106  Increasing value of property that a municipality may sell without public notice.  Passed.   We've asked for a veto.  

SB 131  Relating to traffic citations.   Senate Finance amendment that courts shall not publish on any public access website the records of a defendant if the case is closed.  Passed.  We've asked for a veto.   

HCR1  The anti-transparency resolution hiding legislators emails from public view.   This is a concurrent resolution and does not require the Governor's signature.  See below for a sampling of reactions from around the state.   

Their view: Taking a stand for openness
EDITORIAL: Citizens encouraged to voice their opinion
Records of Government Should Remain Open to the People
All Public Officials Should Celebrate National Sunshine Week
NM proposal limits legislative email disclosure
Editorial: Legislature's email rule goes against sunshine
State lawmakers fast-track bill that could shield their correspondence
Ain't No Sunshine Midway through Sunshine Week, a move toward the shadows
Our view: Sunshine works at Legislature
Our viewpoint: Lawmakers are bound by laws, too

72-hour public meeting notice now law
Albuquerque Journal

Gov. Susana Martinez on Wednesday signed into law a bill that requires public boards, including city councils and school boards, to post meeting agendas online at least 72 hours in advance.  Read more  




ALBUQUERQUE - A student-run New Mexico community college newspaper that was suspended this week after publishing an issue focusing on sex will be allowed to resume publication, school officials announced Wednesday.

Central New Mexico Community College spokesman Brad Moore said the CNM Chronicle has been authorized to continue operations immediately, and the papers will be returned to newsstands.  Read more  



AG: Raton commission violated Open Meetings Act

RATON, N.M.-The New Mexico attorney general's office says Raton commissioners violated the state Open Meetings Act several times last year.  Read more  


Los Alamos Monitor marks milestone
John Severance

The Los Alamos Monitor turns 50.

The first edition of the newspaper was produced with typewriters, a headline machine, four employees and all the work was done in rented offices above a jewelry store.  Read more  

Udall: Congratulations on 50th anniversary
50 years of memories Anniversary



New publication cycle for Valencia County News-Bulletin and its sister paper El Defensor Chieftain
The Valencia County News-Bulletin and its sister paper El Defensor Chieftain in Socorro will be moving to a one-time-per-week publishing cycle. The new weekly publication day will be Thursdays. The threat of losing Saturday mail due to insolvency of the United States Postal Service, some cost savings and more emphasis on digital offerings are contributing factors to the timing of this move. The effective start dates will be Thursday, March 21, for the Chieftain and Thursday, April 4, for the News-Bulletin.




Webinar Training

There are a series of upcoming webinar training sessions offered through Inland Press.   NMPA members are afforded special member prices through co-sponsorship of these convient training sessions.  Please take a look at the upcoming topics on the left hand side of this newsletter.   Clicking on the title will bring you to the registration page and provide additional information.  



Industry Headlines


Around the Industry


Uncovering the Buffett equation for newspaper survivability
Ebyline analyzed public data on the newspapers that Berkshire purchased and the communities they cover and came up with some hard evidence that suggests it's better to be ubiquitous in Opelika than expendable in New York City. Read more


Can Newspapers Evolve Into 'Local Membership' Organizations?
Newspapers are well positioned to start these kinds of programs. They have great brands that are well-known in their communities, they already have a membership base in the form of subscribers, and they have strong relationships with local businesses and organizations. Read more

Newspapers' position in the deals market remains solid in 2013
Given the challenges facing pure-plays, and the saturation of news stories chronicling their issues, a casual observer could be forgiven for thinking that the deals space is experiencing a major downturn. However, recent studies suggest a more bullish outlook for deals in 2013.   Read more

National Newspaper Association Challenges Valassis, Inc. | Postal Deal in Federal Court


National Newspaper Association this week filed a brief in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit arguing that the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) failed to follow federal law in approving a historic postage discount deal between the private direct mail company, Valassis, Inc. and the US Postal Service.  Read more    

AP wins copyright case against news aggregator

A federal trial court in New York ruled that aggregator Meltwater News violated Associated Press copyrights in its online news stories. NAA filed an amicus brief in the case, along with The New York Times Co., Advance Publications Inc., Gannett Co. Inc., The McClatchy Co. and BurrellesLuce. Meltwater News included excerpts of AP articles in its news digests to client-subscribers and refused to pay AP licensing fees.  Read more  


Across platforms, 7 in 10 adults access content from newspaper media each week 

NAA releases SenseMaker Report based on Scarborough Research, which includes key findings on the audience for newspaper content Read more  


Digital newspaper: same advertising impact and so much more  

New research reveals advertising impact is just as powerful on tablets as it is in print, especially if the online edition carries over the look and feel of the news brand. Read more  

"Recommended for you": the fight to decide what you read next
While content engines have been around for a while, their growing presence is influencing how readers explore the web. They are also taking on a new importance as vanguards of "native advertising," a trend that many hope will reinvigorate the online ad economy. Read more  






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The Taos News
Taos, New Mexico
Mar 25, 2013
El Defensor Chieftain
Socorro, New Mexico
Mar 7, 2013
Rio Rancho Observer
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Feb 20, 2013
Farmington Daily Times
Farmington, New Mexico
Feb 4, 2013