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April 2013
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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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Featured Article

John Foust
High-touch vs. low-touch



Technology with Kevin Slimp
The latest news in publishing technology



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State Headlines



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.   Deadline to register is May 24th, please get in touch with your high schools before the deadline.    



Call for NMPA HOF nominations
Submit your nominee by May 6
You may know some of the greats. They may be working in the next cubicle or an office across the hall. If so, the Hall of Fame committee would like to know about them. The committee is led by Board member Maria Garcia. It is composed of past hall of famers who will meet May 10 in Albuquerque to choose a nominee to recommend to the full Board.  See details

News-Sun publisher announces resignation

Hobbs News-Sun publisher Judy Hanna announced she will be moving from Hobbs and stepping down as publisher.

Hanna joined the News-Sun in 2010, when the News-Sun and her newspaper, the Lea County Tribune, merged. She had owned and published the Lea County Tribune since 2006.

Judy most recently had served on the NMPA board of directors.   


Journal launches weekly Rio West

The Journal is launching a new, weekly section and website, called Rio West, to replace the twice-a-week Rio Rancho Journal.

The new weekly section will be published on Saturdays, beginning next Saturday, April 6.  Read more  


Farmington City Council to vote on open meetings resolution

FARMINGTON - Farmington city council will vote Tuesday evening on a resolution updating the city's open meetings policy.

The resolution clarifies the city's open meetings policy and repeals language in prior, inconsistent resolutions.

"There were two changes made by statute this year," said City Attorney Jay Burnham in a phone interview on Friday.  Read more  


Beacon Changes Ownership
Rosanne Boyett Beacon Senior Staff Writer

GRANTS - Orion El Faro Publishing is the Cibola Beacon's new owner.

Randy Collins and Donald Jaramillo officially purchased the publication on Friday, April 5.

"The Beacon has once again become locally owned," explained Jaramillo, "after more than 25 years of corporate ownership."

The two partners made the purchase because they wanted to continue the newspaper's tradition of being a strong, independent voice in the community.

"The Beacon was already committed to Cibola County. Now that it's locally owned we will be even more dedicated," emphasized Jaramillo.  Read more 



CNJ wins top Panhandle Press award
CNJ Staff
Clovis Media Inc. newspapers won big Saturday at the Texas Panhandle Press Association's 2013 Better Newspaper Contest in Amarillo, taking home 14 awards, six of which were top prizes.  Read more

Save The Date!  NMPA convention is fast approaching.   Sept 26-28 back at the Tamaya. The board of directors and convention committee is putting the finals details together for what is already looking to be the best convention in NMPA history.  Last year had record numbers at the workshops and banquet.  This year is going to top that and more!
Informative sessions, raffles, registration prizes, and a few hundred of your closest newspapers friends.  Who could ask for more than that?

BNC is new and improved and will highlight the work we all do in print and online.   Be on the look out for details and dates in your inboxes.  
What did we add?  Here's just a sample:
Best News Coverage
Environmental and Agriculture writing
Education writing
Sports Coverage
For the ad folks:
Best Rate Card
Best Revenue Idea
Best Auto, Real Estate and Retail ad
Community/newspaper event ad
For the online folks:
Best Breaking news - web
Best mobile app
Divisions will remain the same with a few categories to be judged in open divisions.   Entry and judging will be done online again through our online BNC system.

NMFOG leader stepping down  

The executive director of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government announced Tuesday that she will step down May 10.  

Gwyneth Doland served as the pro-transparency group's director for more than a year. She advised news reporters, members of the public and elected officials about open-meeting and public-records laws, and she said she found answering the NMFOG hotline to be particularly rewarding.  

"Putting those tools in their hands really made me feel good about our democracy," Doland said. "But I miss writing."  

Doland said she's now going to return to her journalism career and will help the organization's board of directors in managing the transition. An interim director will be appointed as the board searches for a full-time replacement.



Industry Headlines


Around the Industry


Service Standards changes last July cause additional delays for non-local mail copies

By Max Heath

Accelerated plant closures will create more disparity

The U.S. Postal Service last month announced that it would move up 55 plant consolidations scheduled for 2014 into 2013, creating many more changes in service standards that have bedeviled newspapers. That will bring the total number of plant consolidations to 166 by year-end, a recipe for disaster with so much change in one year. Read more  


Newspapers face softened requirement in 2014 for Intelligent Mail barcodes

Conversions will be necessary for automation rates

WASHINGTON-Newspapers claiming automation mailing rates for their Periodicals newspapers or Standard Mail flats not eligible for Enhanced Carrier Route rates face new hurdles on Jan. 26, 2014, as the U.S. Postal Service's mandates for Full-Service Intelligent Mail Barcodes (IMbs) kick in. But National Newspaper Association President Merle Baranczyk said NNA's efforts had built in new options for many newspapers to avoid the full impact. Read more  


NNA Convention keynote speaker to be Rob Curley

Rob Curley will be the keynote speaker at the National Newspaper Association's 127th Annual Convention & Trade Show in Phoenix, AZ, Sept. 12-15, 2013. He will address attendees during the Opening Breakfast and Flag Ceremony on Friday, Sept. 13 at the Arizona Grand Hotel & Resort. Read more  


National cross-media engagement study finds newspaper media have the most engaging content and advertising  

The study measured 11 different metrics for engagement, including how media make people feel connected, the value or inspiration they add to life, and the effectiveness of advertising Read more    


Senate Judiciary Committee approves electronic privacy bill

The Newspaper Association of America applauds the Senate Judiciary Committee for passing a bill that would reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (S. 607), sponsored by Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah. The strong bipartisan vote reflects the importance of requiring the government to obtain a warrant from a judge based on probable cause before seeking the contents of private electronic communications and documents stored by third-party service providers.

"As more journalists move to the cloud - whether they use Web-based e-mail or document storage services - having a higher standard for government access to electronic content is critical to ensuring online privacy and protecting the integrity of the newsgathering process," said NAA President and CEO Caroline Little.


Big Changes Coming For Circulation Metrics,
The Alliance for Audited Media (formerly the Audit Bureau of Circulations)  will soon overhaul the way it counts daily print circulation. After October, reporting a five-day average will be optional. The move was partly motivated by Advance Publications, which lobbied for new circulation metrics after dropping many of its newspapers to thrice weekly print editions.  Read more



Top 25 U.S. Newspapers for March 2013

Today AAM released its semiannual newspaper Snapshot report (formerly known as FAS-FAX), which covers top-line circulation and audience figures from October 2012 through March 2013. Data for approximately 700 U.S. and Canadian newspapers is available via AAM's database, the Media Intelligence Center.

Key Statistics

Daily circulation for the 593 U.S. newspapers reporting comparable averages for the March 2013 and March 2012 periods decreased 0.7 percent. Sunday circulation for the 519 newspapers reporting comparable data was down 1.4 percent.

Newspapers may include digital editions - tablet or smartphone apps, PDF replicas, metered or restricted-access websites, or e-reader editions - in their total circulation. Digital editions now account for 19.3 percent of U.S. daily newspapers' total average circulation, up from 14.2 percent in March 2012.

Branded editions, which are newspaper-owned products such as commuter, community, alternative-language or Sunday-Select type newspapers, may also be included in total circulation. Branded editions account for 5.1 percent of U.S. newspapers' total average circulation, up from 4.5 percent in March 2012.  Read more  


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