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June 2013
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July 19 Las Cruces

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Sept 26-28
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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?
We also have 10 vendors signed up to take part in our trade show.  If you have suppliers or vendors that would like to be a part of our convention have them contact NMPA right away.  ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT - HAVE YOUR VENDORS CONTACT NMPA RIGHT AWAY.
A few highlights: 
Sam Donaldson will be our keynote speaker during the Saturday luncheon. 
Friday sessions will include advertising design and sales and a best ideas session showcasing some of the best work from 2012-2013. 
Saturday sessions will include editorial, circulation, media law, HR, design and a special video presentation from the Rio Grande SUN.  

BNC - Call for Entries.  
Contest time is here.   The website is open and ready for all of your winning entries.  Deadline for all entries is Friday August 2.  Do not delay.   

New Mexico True Media Challenge 
The tourism department is calling on all media partners to enter their own True story and compete to win a cash prize for a charity of their choice.   For details click here.  

Nearly $200K paid in 'Billy the Kid' records case
A New Mexico county has paid $125,000 in attorney fees to a weekly newspaper for violating open records laws in a lawsuit over Billy the Kid's death.

A De Baca County News attorney said the settlement agreement represents only the payment from Lincoln County to the newspaper, which sued along with East Mountain resident Gale Cooper in 2007.

De Baca County News publisher Scot Stinnett joined with Cooper in seeking the records in the lawsuit, naming Lincoln County Sheriff Rick Virden, ex-Deputy Steven Sederwall and ex-Sheriff Tom Sullivan as defendants.  Read more 



NM Gov. Susana Martinez declines to release travel records
ALBUQUERQUE - More than six months after the attorney general ruled that the work records of Gov. Susana Martinez's security detail are subject to public disclosure laws, her administration is refusing media requests for details on past expenses of state police officers that travel with her and her husband, citing safety.  Read more 

NM newspapers represent at Top of the Rockies 
2013 Top of the Rockies winners

May 18, 2013 by coloradospj

SPJ Colorado Pro Chapter held its Top of the Rockies Awards reception on Friday, May 17 at the Denver Press Club, and handed out certificates of recognition to the winners. The region's best journalism entries were judged by SPJ Oklahoma.

Congratulations to all the winners!  Click here for story and full list of winners. 


The Future Press 

Copies of The Future Press have been mailed out.  Once again we had a great group of students.  Many areas of the state were well represented.  It was encouraging to see the enthusiasm for journalism and the work the students put in for another fine edition.   


Industry Headlines


Around the Industry


Tracking the Federal Shield Law
Ongoing developments in the legislative push for the Free Flow of Information Act

A top public policy priority for NAA is enactment of a federal shield law that would enable journalists to protect confidential sources when subpoenaed in criminal and civil cases. In the wake of recent scandals involving the Justice Department's secret seizure of phone records that swept in communications of more than 100 Associated Press journalists, and the monitoring of Fox News reporter James Rosen's personal e-mail and cell phone records, this legislation is critical to protecting the free flow of information and the public's right to know.


Visit NAA for more details on the Free Flow of Information Act 


Here is a link to a sample letter that can be used in contacting your representative.  We encourage you to complete, sign and forward to your own representative.   A word document can be found on the NMPA website

Editorial (if you have not done so, please feel free to use the following editorial in your publication) 
Limit government overreach through Free Flow of Information Act

The nation learned in May that the Justice Department secretly obtained the phone records of more than 100 Associated Press reporters and monitored Fox News reporter James Rosen's personal email and cell phone records, branding him a "possible co-conspirator" in a classified leak case for asking questions to a government source.

These revelations sent shockwaves throughout newsrooms nationwide. Reporters can no longer assure their sources that interviews will remain confidential because there is no way to tell whether the government is listening. This attack on journalism reaches far beyond hardworking journalists and their sources. Make no mistake: The ultimate victims are the millions of Americans who rely on investigative journalism to inform them about their communities. When the government creates a chilling effect in newsrooms, it keeps important news away from the American public.

Read more 

Full-Service IMb made mandatory Jan. 2014

NNA objections led to some concessions

By Max Heath
Postal Tips
The Postal Service plowed ahead, no doubt running over some small mailers, in deciding to implement the mandatory "Full-Service" Intelligent Mail Barcode, effective Jan. 26, 2014, when the next postage price increases are to happen.

The National Newspaper Association fought hard to resist the mandatory IMb in order to get Automation Barcode discounts. In the end, we got some concessions. But USPS was on a mission to implement this project, mostly for its own internal benefit, over the objections of newspapers and small mailing shops and their customers.  Read more 


National Newspaper Association 127th Annual Convention & Trade Show Sep 12, 2013 - Sep 15, 2013  Phoenix, AZ 

The National Newspaper Association's 127th Annual Convention & Trade Show will address pressing business objectives of community newspaper owners, publishers and senior staff with educational sessions and peer-sharing activities.  Click for more details 


Media companies alarmed by the spate of lawsuits by former interns can expect more of the same soon, according to experts in labor law.

A judge's ruling on June 11 that Fox Searchlight violated minimum wage laws by not paying interns is likely to embolden other potential plaintiffs. They had been gathering anyway, filing new lawsuits against Conde Nast on June 14 and Gawker Media on June 21, alleging that each company had violated laws by failing to pay minimum wage.  Read more

Pandora Quadruples In-Car Listeners
Pandora, the biggest online radio service, said the number of U.S. listeners in cars topped 2.5 million, more than four times the number it reported a year earlier.
Traditional radio broadcasters, meanwhile, are urgently debating their fear that some automakers may eventually stop equipping cars and trucks with AM/FM tuners at all.  Read more 


People in the News     




David Stringer is new publisher of Carlsbad Current-Argus

The Carlsbad Current-Argus has welcomed its newest leaders - a dynamic duo whose newspaper careers have brought them from the Midwest to the Chihuahuan Desert.

David Stringer and his wife, Saundra Stringer, have taken on the roles of publisher and advertising director, respectively.



Chronicle ad rep joins The Taos News

ANGEL FIRE- After returning to the newspaper business for the first time in more than a decade in September 2012, advertising representative Billy Bohannon worked his way from the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle to its big brother newspaper, The Taos News.






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