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January 2014
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NMPA Legislative Breakfast
January 31st 
Rio Chama 7:30 AM 
NMPA Board of Directors Meeting 
January 31st
Rio Chama 9:30 AM 




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John Foust
How to write an advertising proposal


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The latest news in publishing technology


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State Headlines



Legislative Breakfast

NMPA will host its annual legislative breakfast tomorrow January 31st at the Rio Chama at 7:30 AM.   Invitations have been  delivered to all legislators.   This session will be a 30-day session and began on January 21st.   Following the breakfast the board of directors will hold a meeting and all members are encouraged to attend.   


30-day session 
The session is off and running.   
NMPA continues to monitor all activities on a daily basis.   If and when any legislation is introduced that is of concern to the membership we will send out alerts.   If you have questions about any proposed legislation, please contact us anytime. 
You can track all bills on the NM Legislature website 

Going out on top, Free Press publishes final print issue 

The newswriting, columns, photography, layout and specialty publications have been recognized as exemplary and the people who created those have been recognized by their industry peers and by the community. The Ruidoso Free Press, however, is printing  its final print issue Jan. 22, 2014.  Full story 


ED Note:  Lincoln County is still covered by two print publications: The Ruidoso News and Lincoln County News.



Las Vegas Optic names new publisher and editor

The northern New Mexico newspaper announced Monday that Martin Salazar has been appointed publisher and editor after serving as interim general manager and editor for nearly a year.


Dan Sykes, executive vice president with the Shelbyville, Ky.-based Landmark Community Newspapers, the paper's parent company, said in a statement that Salazar played a major role in addressing key issues and making sure the Optic was positioned better for the future.



Duane Barbati named new managing editor of Daily News

Veteran newspaperman Duane Barbati has been named the new managing editor of the Alamogordo Daily News.

Barbati, a native of the Detroit area who has been with the newspaper since October 2008 as the organization's crime and political reporter, will replace Michael Johnson, who is leaving to become editor of three daily newspapers in Ohio and West Virginia with Civitas Media, a new company based in Davidson, N.C.



Two new education beat reporters join Journal

Longtime journalist Mike Bush, who most recently worked for the Mountain View Telegraph, is covering higher education issues for the Journal.

Jon Swedien joined the Journal last month, and his assignment is K-12 education, covering Albuquerque Public Schools as well as educational reform and other issues that affect districts statewide.

Production managers: CTP Plates for sale

If you are in the market for CTP plates, we have good news. The Carlsbad Current Argus has 698 plates that were unused and they are looking to sell. These are CTP plates from Southern Litho, Replica HSV 27 X 23.0625 X 0.008.

If interested or have any questions please contact Carlsbad publisher David Stringer at 575-628-5502 or




Industry Headlines


Around the Industry


Press associations urge Senate Finance Committee to drop advertising tax proposal in tax reform discussion draft 

Arlington, Va. - Forty-seven press associations, representing daily and weekly newspapers across the country, have voiced their opposition to an advertising tax proposed by Senate Finance Committee Chairman, Sen. Max Baucus, in his paper "Discussion Draft on Cost Recovery and Accounting Language," which was released in December. The ad tax proposal would require all advertisers to wait up to five years before they can fully deduct the cost of half of their advertising as a business expense. Read on
 The trends that will shape the newspaper industry in 2014

In 2014, I believe the news industry will be marked by creativity.

I've heard this over and over in my conversations with publishers, advertisers and journalists. We're already seeing big ideas being implemented, and the industry as a whole is eager to collaborate in developing better consumer experiences and more unique product offerings. Read on


What does mobile mean for the newspaper industry?

It is certainly one of the industry's biggest buzzwords. Pew reports that 56 percent of U.S. adults own smartphones, and 34 percent own tablets. As mobile sales continue to skyrocket and new research on use and behaviors is revealed, it becomes crystal clear that there is great promise in leveraging mobile platforms for the newspaper industry. Read on  


NNA Joins Broad Mailing Industry Coalition to Overturn Postal Service Rate Hike 

National Newspaper Association today joined a broad coalition of postal customers and suppliers to ask the United States Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., to overturn a December 24 decision of the Postal Regulatory Commission ("PRC") approving a postage rate hike of six percent-more than triple the rate of inflation. The PRC justified the rate hike as an emergency measure to offset losses that the 2007-2009 recession supposedly inflicted on the United States Postal Service ("USPS"). The main cause of the Postal Service's losses in recent years, however, is the public's increased use of the Internet instead of mail. The law was designed to prevent the Postal Service from recovering this kind of loss through above-inflation rate increases.  Read on  

The NAA mediaXchange 2014 conference is shaping up to be a can't-miss event. Whether it's networking with your peers, taking care of business with the many advertisers who will be on site, or soaking up innovative and actionable ideas from the successful business and industry leaders participating in the program, there is something for everyone.  Information 






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