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October 2013
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January 31st 
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January 31st
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State Headlines


Happy Halloween and congrats to World Champs Boston Red Sox (and fellow newspaperman and Sox owner John Henry) 


Wyoming Press Contest judging: Call for volunteers

On Friday December 6th we will judging the contest entries for the Wyoming Press Association.   All entries are judged by hard copy and we will need several volunteers to judge editorial and advertising categories.   We are returning the favor as Wyoming Press judged our contest this year.   Details will be sent out via email.   Judging will be from 9 until early afternoon at the Press Association HQ inside Journal Center.   Breakfast and lunch to be provided.    The more judges, the better...even if you can only join us for an hour or two.   


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Legislative Breakfast

NMPA will host its annual legislative breakfast on January 31st at the Rio Chama at 7:30 AM.   Invitations will be delivered to legislators following the start of the session.   This session will be a 30-day session and begin on January 21st.   Following the breakfast the board of directors will hold a meeting and all members are encouraged to attend.   Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details. 


State Subpoenas SFR Staff Writer's Notes
Joey Peters Santa Fe Reporter

A lawyer for the New Mexico Department of Health thinks SFR has information that will help her fend off a lawsuit against the state.
Last week, a process server delivered a subpoena to SFR staff writer Joey Peters. The letter from attorney Jennifer Hall asks for all notes and written communications "pertaining to any conversations" since 2009 that Peters has had with Bob Ortiz, a former DOH employee who is suing the state for alleged violations of the Whistleblower Protection Act. Read more   

Subpoenas to reporters generate a chilling effect on news gathering
Richard Coltharp 2013-14 President New Mexico Press Association

The New Mexico Press Association supports the Santa Fe Reporter in its objection to the New Mexico Department of Health's recent subpoena and efforts to obtain protected information from journalist Joey Peters.

Shield laws, passed through federal legislation and legislation in many states, including New Mexico, have consistently protected journalists from such invasions and obstruction to our constitutionally-protected profession.

These kinds of subpoenas also suppress news gathering, as reporters begin looking over their shoulders when working with news sources. This hampers one of journalism's most important roles, that of serving as a watchdog over public officials and processes. Read more 

(The case has since been dropped)

Town of Taos officials say outside talks inside the law

Taos Mayor Darren Córdova says his conversations among council members outside a public meeting may sometimes be in a "gray area," but he says they are not a clear violation of the state's Open Meetings Act.
Córdova said in an interview "communication and dialogue" are important in keeping councilors fully informed about town issues, but no final decisions are ever made.
"If a councilor is against something that's very important to the town, than I know I need to give him all the information that clearly shows why it's beneficial," Córdova told The Taos News.  Read more 


Industry Headlines


Around the Industry



Celebrating the role of newspapers in protecting free speech
Caroline Little Newspaper Association of America

Where would we be as a nation without the freedom of speech?

After all, according to the annual State of the First Amendment survey, it is by far America's favorite freedom and our most important right. In that survey, 47 percent voted for free speech, compared to 10 percent for the next closest right, freedom of religion. It is only appropriate that we dedicate a week to celebrating free speech.

The freedom to express ourselves and speak our minds is an inextricable part of a strong democracy. When you have a government directed by its citizens, it is critical that those citizens be engaged and informed. Indeed, our founding fathers recognized the critical need for the free flow of information.
It is equally important that citizens have the freedom and the avenue to challenge the government and its representatives, discuss key issues, and be absolutely assured that their voices are heard. Read more 



National Newspaper Association Continues Fight Against Unfair Postal Rate Increases

The National Newspaper Association, America's alliance of community weekly and daily newspapers, this week continues a multi-front attack against unfair postage rate increases with litigation at the Postal Regulatory Commission and strong grassroots work on Capitol Hill.

NNA has joined the Affordable Mail Alliance at the PRC to object to the planned "exigency" postage increase proposed for January. NNA and others are arguing that the U.S. Postal Service has overstated the amount of its financial losses created by the Great Recession. Read more 

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The newsonomics of outrageous confidence

Who expected a virtual coming-out party for the newspaper industry in late 2013?

In the past several weeks, we've seen new newspaper owners proudly raising the flags of their new enterprises, speaking grandly of their futures and spouting that most legacy of commodities: optimism for the future.  

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AAM Releases New Newspaper Statistics 

The Alliance for Audited Media today released its semiannual Snapshot Report detailing the print and digital circulation of 630 U.S. newspapers, and there are no surprises at the top of the list of largest newspapers.  Read more  


Free Flow of Information Act gains toehold

WASHINGTON-The Free Flow of Information Act moved successfully through the Senate Committee on the Judiciary with a 13-5 vote in September.

All members of the committee voted in favor of the bill except for Sens. Jeff Sessions, R-AL, Jeff Flake, R-AZ, John Cornyn, R-TX, Michael S. Lee, R-UT, and Ted Cruz, R-TX. The bill brings with it the hope that Congress will provide federal statutory protection for journalists.

The Free Flow of Information Act of 2013 is not the first bill of its kind to find itself in the Senate pipeline. Similar bills have been introduced but none have become law. This particular bill, S. 987, was amended by Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, and Richard Durbin, D-IL. The amendment narrows the definition of those people protected by the bill in deference to national security concerns.  Read more 




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