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Cobler taking over Capital Highlights column

Chris Cobler, award-winning journalist and former editor/publisher of the Victoria Advocate, will take over writing the Capital Highlights column following Ed Sterling's retirement.
Cobler is a native of Topeka, Kan., and a graduate of the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism. He was the first Donald W. Reynolds Nieman Fellow in community journalism at Harvard University.

Amid bad news, a permanent solution to a temporary problem

Since fall 2018, 300 more U.S. newspapers have disappeared, bringing the number over the last 15 years to 2,100. That’s almost 25% of the 9,000 newspapers that were published in 2005.
That’s one upshot of “News Deserts and Ghost Newspapers: Will Local News Survive?,” a report published June 25 by Penelope Muse Abernathy of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

In these days of unrest, we must examine our relationships with our communities

None of us are blind to racial injustice in America. Currently, most of us are involved in covering protests against that injustice whether we are the smallest of weeklies or the largest of dailies, because these protests are happening everywhere in our state. 
This brings up, for newspapers, the delicate issues of race and our collective past that we must be prepared to address when our communities and our readers ask us to be accountable for such things. 

NAM, Metro release new set of free Newspaper Power ads

Through the Relevance Project, Newspaper Association Managers (NAM) and Metro Creative Graphics are delivering the first in a series of free house ads focusing on advertising categories where research confirms strong results for newspaper advertisers.
NAM members can adapt the campaign in their sales pitches to local advertisers. The initial set of five categories is based on data supplied by Coda Ventures, which has worked with NAM members to provide readership studies. 
The promotions were created by Metro Creative Graphics as part of The Relevance Project.