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.

SPJ's Journalist Toolbox gets an upgrade

The Society of Professional Journalists has redesigned the Journalist's Toolbox page on its website.
In addition to more than 350 links to COVID-19 articles and resources, the page also includes resources on topics such as public records, the U.S. Census, transcription tools, fact checking and more.
There's a virtual tour to help users get acquainted with the new design.
To check it out, click here.

Metro, NAM release free post-pandemic house ad graphics

Newspaper Association Managers announced an ongoing partnership with Metro Creative Graphics, Inc. through its Relevance Project.
The first initiative of this collaboration is the roll-out of the “All Together Now” campaign centered on business recovery and reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the critical role of newspaper journalism during the public health crisis. The ads are available to TPA member newspapers free of charge.
Use the links below to download the free art, which can be adapted to suit your newspaper.

Citizen's guide to recording police

In response to the nationwide demonstrations against police brutality, NYU’s First Amendment Watch has published a guide informing citizens of their right to record the police in public places.
Many millions of people now have the capability to document news in a way that only journalists and film crews could do in the past, and the videos they capture have played an important role in shedding light on police misconduct.  

Sunlight is the best disinfectant, but it may have to wait 14 days

Since Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster for COVID-19 in early March, more than 90 municipalities, school districts and other governmental bodies have posted “Catastrophe Notices” under the Texas Public Information Act (PIA). Posting a Catastrophe Notice allows a governmental body that is being impacted by a “catastrophe” to suspend requirements of the PIA for up to two weeks.

Microloans for Jouranlists

As newsrooms across the country face layoffs, furloughs, and pay cuts because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of journalists who felt a need to help colleagues get through this difficult period and knew that other journalists wanted to do the same formed Microloans For Journalists as a way of connecting people who need help with those who want to give help.

Updated "We Have Your Back" ads available

America's Newspapers has updated the "We Have Your Back" marketing program for use as businesses reopen.
Newspapers can download this series of print and social media ads at no cost.  The print ads include space for the name or logo of the newspaper publishing them. 
These digital and print ads will remind your business community that local newspapers have the print and digital advertising solutions to help them bring customers back and quickly regain lost revenue. 

API adds more COVID-19 resources

American Press Institute has added more tools to the API website's COVID-19 resources.
Included are coronavirus data journalism tools, how to understand research studies and why smaller advertisers and ad buys might be better right now. Click here to see the updated page.
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