National Newspaper Week is Oct. 6-12

Press associations and member publications nationwide will recognize National Newspaper Week Oct. 6-12. A wide variety of related content and promotional items is now available to MPA member newspapers at the NNW website.

The annual observance and salute to the industry is sponsored by Newspaper Association Managers, Inc., a consortium of North American trade associations. The 2013 NNW observance is coordinated by Tennessee Press Association and its executive director, Greg Sherrill, vice president of NAM.

MPA members are encouraged to write local editorials and columns about how your newspaper is important and relevant to your community.  This can be about your government watchdog role, investigative journalism, providing timely public notices, etc.

Additionally, MPS is scheduling a full page National Newspaper Week house ad to appear in member papers the week of Oct. 6. Participation is, of course, voluntary, but we strongly encourage members to participate. For those with strict space constraints, a quarter-page version will be available. Insertion orders will be sent this week.

Following NNW, all material will remain on the website and can be accessed by newspapers for use throughout the year since our message is timeless.

If you have questions or concerns about National Newspaper Week, or difficulty accessing any of the materials on this site, please contact the Tennessee Press Association at (865) 584-5761 or by email.

BNC Advertising entries due Tuesday

Last call to enter the MPA Better Newspaper Contest Advertising Division. The deadline is Tuesday at 5 pm. Criteria and entry packets are available here. Entries will be judged this fall by volunteers from the Hoosier State Press Association. Winners in the 2013 BNC-A will be announced Feb. 1, 2013 during the Mid-Winter Conference at the the Jackson Hilton on County Line Road.

If you have questions about the contest, please contact Member Services Manager Monica Gilmer.

Statements of Ownership now due

A reminder the deadline is Tuesday for giving your postmaster your Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation (PS Form 3526). The filing and publication of the information on this form are required if you have a Periodicals mailing permit. You can download the form from the Postal Service website.

Weekly papers need to publish the information in Form 3526 in any issue in October. Publications issued more frequently than weekly should publish the information by Oct. 10.

A copy of your filled-out Form 3526 can be published, or the information contained on the form can be published as text. Keep a copy of Form 3526 with your postal records.

The form allows you to report electronic subscribers, but electronic subscriber numbers are not entered on Form 3526. It reports only printed copies. Line 16 of the form has a box to check if you want to report electronic subscribers. Do not add electronic subscriptions to printed subscriptions on Form 3526.

The actual numbers for electronic subscribers should be entered on PS Form 3526-X. Fill out Form 3526-X only if you want to report electronic subscribers, which is optional. If you do not include electronic subscribers, submit only Form 3526.

NNA opposes lifting inflation cap on postage

The National Newspaper Association today expressed its dismay that the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors plans to increase postage rates beyond inflation levels. NNA President Robert M. Williams, Jr., SouthFire Newspaper Group, Blackshear, GA, said the rate increase would have a negative impact upon jobs and local businesses served by community newspapers.

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Registration continues for ArkLaMiss

Registration continues for ArkLaMiss, Nov. 7-8, at the Ameristar Casino and Hotel in Vicksburg. For hotel reservation information, click here.

The annual circulation, audience development and marketing conference is sponsored by the Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi press associations.

Claremore (OK) Daily Progress Publisher Bailey Dabney will be the keynote presenter. ArkLaMiss mainstay Max Heath will be on hand to analyze postal statements and help you maximize savings. One-on-one sessions with Max will be available by appointment.

This year's conference will be preceded by Publisher Roundtables on the morning of Nov. 7. The session is co-sponsored by the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association and the ArkLaMiss state associations. There is no charge to attend this portion of the event, and more details will be forwarded to publishers soon.

As in recent years, a limited number of Education Reimbursement Grants are available to MPA members to cover up to $100 in costs to attend the conference. Grants are awarded one-per-paper on a first come, first served basis. Download a grant application here.

MDAH to digitize old newspaper files

(AP) The Mississippi Department of Archives and History has received a $274,000 grant to digitize 100,000 pages of state newspapers published between 1836 and 1922.

Julia Marks Young, director of the MDAH Archives and Records Services Division, says MDAH will partner with Louisiana State University Libraries Special Collections on the project.

"LSU has extensive experience with digital content and technology projects as an established NDNP (National Digital Newspaper Program) grant recipient," said Young.

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The Emmerich newspaper group will launch Hattiesburg edition Oct. 3... Stephen Hemelt has been named editor of The Natchez Democrat... The Southern Reporter published its final edition Sept. 26. The weekly has been merged into the Panolian of Batesville... Jesse Wright has been named publisher of The Clarksdale Press-Register. He was formerly a reporter for the paper and succeeds Matt Killebrew who has taken a job with Coahoma Community College.

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Oct. 1          2013 BNC Advertising Division entry deadline
Oct. 3          WEBINAR – 5 Most Important Questions in Sales
Oct. 10        WEBINAR – How SEO Can Benefit Your Advertisers
Oct. 17        MPA-MPS Board Meeting, Starkville, MS
Nov. 7-8      ArkLaMiss Circulation Conference, Vicksburg, MS
Nov. 28-29  Thanksgiving holidays. MPA office closed.

Click here to visit the MPA Calendar


How reporters can localize Obamacare coverage

From Poynter
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GateHouse files for Chapter 11 reorganization

From The Boston Globe
The newspaper business probably hasn’t worked out as planned for the Fortress Investment Group, a New York investment firm that eight years ago began buying up local papers across the country, including about 100 in Massachusetts.

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Digital ad spending jumps sharply in '13

From MediaPost
Digital advertising will account for 22.7% of all worldwide ad investments this year, or about $117.60 billion -- up 13% compared with 2012, according to estimates from eMarketer and Starcom MediaVest Group. In 2014, digital ads will account for 24.4% of all global ad dollars spent.