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August 2013
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NMPA board meeting
Sept 27 
Hyatt Tamaya

NMPA Convention
Sept 26-28
Hyatt Tamaya

Dixon luncheon 
Oct 2 




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The latest news in publishing technology


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Phil Lucey


State Headlines




 NMPA convention is fast approaching. 

The NMPA convention opens Thursday September 26th and concludes on Saturday evening September 28th.  All sessions will be held at the Tamaya Resort and Spa

Room reservation:

You can now make room reservations at the Tamaya at the NMPA room rate of 129.00 per night.   Room reservations will need to be made by Tuesday 9/3.  

Please click here to make your hotel reservations, or if you need additional assistance, please call 1-888-421-1442

After record turnouts to workshops and the NMPA awards banquet in 2012, the NMPA is getting ready for big crowds again September 26-27-28, 2013. Mark your calendars and save the date! And get your registrations turned in.     


Two convention promotions to keep in mind: 

1. For every three people your newspaper registers for the workshops, the fourth is free. (does not apply toward banquet and/or luncheon)
2. Register more employees to the workshops than you did in 2012 and be entered to win a free iPad.

We look forward to seeing you all at the Tamaya.  See convention information and registration forms HERE 

Ginny Sohn
NMPA President 
Santa Fe New Mexican


Richard Coltharp

NMPA 1st VP Convention Chair

Las Cruces Bulletin 


BNC - Winners
Winners have been notified by email to individual publishers of each newspaper.   Check to see what you have won and contact NMPA with any questions. Plaques handed out Saturday night at the convention.  See you there!    

2013 Dixon Freedom Award winners

Lifetime Achievement Award - Rob Dean, recently retired editor of the Santa Fe New Mexican;

Journalism Award (2) - Heath Haussamen, online investigative  journalist; and the Santa Fe Reporter newspaper;

Law Award - Patrick Griebel and Jeremy Theoret, attorneys who fought and won the rights of the public to know the truth about Billy the Kid's death;

Citizen Award - Dr. William Turner, for his fight to open the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District organization to the public.

Dixon lunch is Oct 2 


Daily Lobo Reunion

The New Mexico Daily Lobo is having its first-ever homecoming reunion on Thursday, September 26 at 6 p.m. in the UNM Hodgin Hall Alumni Center.

Did you work at the Daily Lobo? Join Lobo staffers from throughout the decades to share stories and memories. For more information contact Jim Fisher at 505-277-5656 or


Carlsbad Current-Argus retires its aging press

Since its establishment in 1889, the Current-Argus has had a printing press on site. Though an impressive machine in its day, the cost of maintaining and running the press combined with changing demands in the newspaper industry has led to the decision to move all printing operations to El Paso. The Current-Argus will be printed along side the El Paso Times beginning Aug. 6, a change that will bring its readers a number of benefits.
Taos council discussions may violate Act
Matthew van Buren

What Taos Mayor Darren Córdova says is a matter of course for his administration the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government labels a clear violation of the Open Meetings Act.
Córdova told The Taos News Monday (July 29) he often engages in "informative discussions with the council" between public meetings and such discussions help him "get a pulse of how council members are feeling" about various issues.  Read more 

Journal apps upgraded; ABQjournal Redesign

Website redesigned; digital newspaper now on more devices
The Albuquerque Journal has gone mobile.
Starting Friday, new apps and a restructured website featuring responsive design will enable you to easily read the newspaper and get breaking news on any computer, smartphone or tablet. Read more 


Free Press moves to Wednesday, unveils web news delivery system

Since its inception almost four years ago, the Ruidoso Free Press has been delivered to more than 7,000 Lincoln County homes every Tuesday but has now moved to Wednesday.
The move to Wednesday is hailed by the editorial staff as yet another way for the Ruidoso Free Press to better serve its readership with the ability to deliver current governmental affairs, education and sports coverage. Free Press Editor Eugene Heathman had his sights set on the move for several months. 


Industry Headlines


Around the Industry


AOL will close or sell unprofitable Patch sites
Andrew Beaujon Forbes | Street Fight

In AOL's earnings call, CEO Tim Armstrong talked about Patch, revealing "how he plans to keep his promise to make the network of local news websites profitable by the end of 2013: by closing, selling or finding partners for the 300 or so Patch sites that, in the company's estimation, aren't on a course to break even anytime soon," Jeff Bercovici reports.

Newspaper sites may be potential suitors, Armstrong said in Bercovici's account.

Armstrong didn't say exactly what Patch's revenues or costs would look like after disposing of the bottom third, but, in response to an analyst's question, he did say that the average cost of a Patch site is "much, much lower" than the $150,000 it peaked at two years ago.

For more information read the full story at

Newspapers aren't dying and Jeff Bezos isn't crazy
Companies change with the times, and newspapers are no different. But they are now emerging in a strong position.
Caroline Little, NAA

FORTUNE -- Jeff Bezos, John Henry, and Warren Buffett are not investing in dying businesses. They don't do that. They are investing in assets poised for a rebound. Despite the recent spate of media last week about the spiraling of newspapers, there are a few facts for industry pundits to consider.
Newspaper media comprised a $38.6 billion industry in 2012. While those revenues saw a 2% decline compared to 2011 revenues ($39.5 billion), we're also starting to see promising shifts in the newspaper business model: growing revenue streams across several categories -- some of which have only emerged in recent years.
Just this past year, circulation revenue rose by 5% -- from $10 billion to $10.5 billion -- as digital subscriptions grew dramatically, marking the first gain in this category for the newspaper industry since 2003.
Our research has found that what's driving circulation growth is increasing digital and print-digital bundled subscription rates. And if you take an even closer look, you'll see these new circulation spikes may bode well for the future of newspapers on the whole. Already newspaper media companies that have innovated in this way have experienced success, with digital-only circulation revenue growing by 275% and revenue from bundled subscriptions seeing a six-fold (499%) increase.


Keep reading at Fortune 



It may have become part of our digital age's lexicon to refer to the kind of mail we receive in mailboxes as "snail mail." It does not travel in the milliseconds of email. But it is still enormously important to New Mexico.

And it is overall pretty reliable.

Our United States Postal Service, however, has been in trouble for some time. The loss of First-Class mail to the Internet has been unfortunate, because it was once the first class stamp that paid the vast majority of the bills for this $65 billion government corporation.

The Postal Service has been trimming its workforce and facilities, but it continues to lose money. What it needs is a boost in its ability to manage its other costs as well - specifically, Congress needs to change the laws that govern it, particularly an unfair $5 billion a year prefunding requirement for its retirees' health care. But it is Congress moving at the snail's pace, not the mail.  

However, the inaction of Congress does not justify the possibility of a major postage increase next January. That is what the U.S. Postal Service's Board of Governors may be considering. It will be self-defeating.

Read more 




People in the News     




Sun-News Editor Jim Lawitz announces departure

Longtime Sun-News Editor Jim Lawitz has announced his resignation, effective Friday, Aug. 30. 

The veteran news executive has accepted a corporate position with a media company based near Charlotte, N.C.  Read more 

Mills named Digital Brand Manager

The Las Cruces Sun-News announced that Belinda Mills has been named digital brand manager.
Mills, who has been a multi-media marketing rep with the Sun-News since 2011, started her new position on Aug. 1. She said she will oversee digital sales and sales training for Las Cruces, Silver City and Deming.


General manager of Silver City Sun-News, Deming Headlight, departs
 Wayne Barnard, longtime newspaper executive and general manager of both the Silver City Sun-News and the Deming Headlight, has announced his resignation, effective today.

Barnard has accepted a position at the Santa Fe New Mexican with their advertising department.
Barnard began his New Mexico newspaper career on March 2, 1998 as the major account manager/retail manager in the advertising department for the Farmington Daily Times.






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