Week of July 25-31, 2016
Appellate court strikes down Texas voter ID law
AUSTIN — Texas’ voter photo identification law is racially discriminatory, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled July 20.
IRE will offer a Watchdog Workshop in Houston Aug. 5-6
Week of July 18-24, 2016
Texas baby is born with Zika-related microcephaly
AUSTIN — The Texas Department of State Health Services has confirmed a Zika virus infection in a baby recently born with microcephaly in Harris County.
Study reveals advertising with newspapers triples ad campaign effectiveness | The Drum
Advertisers who are cutting back on newspaper advertising are missing a beat. This is the message of a new study, conducted by effectiveness consultancy Benchmarketing for Newsworks, which claims that advertising with newspapers increases overall revenue return on investment by three times.
The Modern News Consumer | Pew Research Center
A new, two-part survey by Pew Research Center, conducted in early 2016 in association with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, reveals a public that is cautious as it moves into this more complex news environment and discerning in its evaluation of available news sources.
FOIA reform bill set to become law
July 6, 2016
By Richard Karpel
NNA Public Policy
WASHINGTON—Generally speaking, public policy in Washington is a game of inches. Move the ball forward a little, consolidate your gains, and then do it again. Keep pushing your agenda until you eventually reach the goal line.
Maximize postage savings & improve delivery for community newspapers
By Max Heath
Newspaper design guides
Design . . . by design
Design Principles: Dominance, Focal Points and Hierarchy By Steven Bradley / Smashing Magazine
Reducing frequency of small daily newspapers
By Randy Cope
In the 1970s my folks had four children still at home, so when they decided to build a new house they purchased six spacious acres and designed a house with plenty of rooms for the whole family.
Newspapers band together to affect change
Here’s an example of newspapers – and in this case all regional media – banding together to shine the light.
Life is hard in the age of digital hokum - The Galveston County Daily News
We have to sympathize with businesses and public institutions attempting to function in the age of social media.
A great example of what they face played out Tuesday and Wednesday as Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Galveston was attempting to deal with a Facebook post by a woman claiming her daughters contracted staph or strep infections there.
Georgia publisher jailed after filing open records request | www.myajc.com
‘Retaliation for use of the Open Records Act will inhibit every citizen from using it.’
A North Georgia newspaper publisher was indicted on a felony charge and jailed overnight last week – for filing an open-records request.
Black holes are forming where news archives used to be | NNA
By Teri Saylor
Special to Publishers’ Auxiliary
Newspaper morgues are fascinating places to behold. Forever frozen in time, the news of days gone by beckons researchers, historians, genealogists, and journalists eager to lose themselves in the bound yellowed pages that have sat on their cool dark shelves for decades.
Week of July 11-17, 2016
Governor reacts to downtown Dallas ambush
AUSTIN — A “Black Lives Matter” protest turned tragic when a sniper fired into a crowd estimated at 1,000 people in downtown Dallas at about 9 p.m. on July 7.
Public Notice Conference
Sept. 22 Conference to Focus on Best Practices in Public Notice
Efforts by government officials to move public notices from local newspapers to government websites pick up steam every year. State press associations are battling on several fronts to preserve newspaper notice and to protect the public’s right to know.