Archive for the ‘News’ category

Chisholm: Print to remain key

October 26, 2010

CHICAGO — Print revenues will remain critical for newspapers and publishers will need to continue to focus their efforts on that segment for the foreseeable future, according to industry analyst Jim Chisholm.

Chisholm, who also writes a column for News & Tech, told attendees at the Inland Press Association’s 125th annual meeting, that “Newspapers are not dying. They are just slow to wake up.”

Digital advertising, he said, will at best only contribute 20 percent of newspapers’ overall revenues for the foreseeable future. “Eighty percent of a newspaper’s revenues will still come from print for a long time to come and newspapers will have to continue to concentrate on the core of its business,” he said.

To that end, Chisholm encouraged publishers to concentrate on building up their sales efforts. “Publishers are continuing to reduce sales staff at a time when they need more firepower. “There needs to be a program of targeting, rehabilitating, and retaining lost advertisers – in print and digital. Introduce a customer recovery program.”
— News & Tech


Duane Dailey to be honored

September 21, 2010

Duane Dailey, longtime agriculture journalist and photographer, is being honored Friday, Sept. 24 with a reception, 3 to 5 p.m. at the Reynolds Alumni Center on the campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia.

Dailey writes a weekly column, published by a number of Missouri newspapers.  He is one of those dedicated people who attend most Missouri Press Association annual conventions and many of the state’s district press association meetings.

In 2006, he was inducted into the Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame in Washington, MO.  And, for years he has assisted with the Missouri Photo Workshop, sponsored by the Missouri School of Journalism.

You may send your congratulatory wishes to Duane Dailey, 511 W. Worley, Columbia, MO 65203-3324.


September 16, 2010

Recent reports from Pulse Research, Inc. show that most people read their local community newspaper for information about local politicians and their campaigns (July 2010).  53% respondents said newspapers are their primary source compared to just 22.4% for television. Radio, the Internet and direct mail only received 12.2% combined!

The most recent Media Audit report shows the cume audience “past year voted in local, state, national election” of the Columbia (MO) Daily Tribune nearly doubles that of the two local TV news stations (June 2009).  Add the 30 other newspapers, which have avid readers within the two TV news signals, and newspapers are clearly the distinct leader in reaching likely Mid-Missouri voters.

Scarborough reports relating to The Kansas City Star have similar results (2009).  None of the four local network television stations in Kansas City come anywhere close to the reach of The Star – in PRIMETIME! is even 36% higher than the nearest local tv website, beating it by more than 100,000 adults.

St. Louis?  Running a spot on every newscast on KSDK for an entire week would reach 676,800 (41%) of Missouri voters in the St. Louis DMA.  (How many Illinois voters do they reach?  Illinois voters who can’t vote in Missouri.)  You’d reach TWICE THAT many Missouri voters running in the Post-Dispatch, Suburban Journals & for a week (1,107,100 or 67%). Scarborough 2009.

And, don’t forget the many community weekly, community daily, and niche newspapers that round out the metro- and non-metro areas of Missouri.  Our state has more than 300 newspapers.

So the question remains, why do politicians and advocacy groups dump the largest portion of their budgets into a medium that is barely half as effective as newspapers?

Voters read newspapers.

What is OpenMissouri?

September 8, 2010

OpenMissouri is a project created by David Herzog, a faculty fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism.  The one-year pilot project is designed to promote government transparency by informing journalists, information professionals, citizens and businesses about offline data held by state agencies.  The keystone of the project will be a website, to launch in November, that will feature a card catalog that provides information and how-to tips on accessing offline databases and descriptive details about the information they contain.  Users will also be able to post actual data that they uncover during research projects.

So far OpenMissouri has the support of the Missouri Press and Broadcasters associations and the Missouri Sunshine Coalition and is actively seeking organizations and individuals to lend support by:

Spreading the word about OpenMissouri

Following the project on Twitter: @OpenMissouri

Helping build data card catalog

Using the website

Participating in conversations on the site

Contributing data

More information:

— University of Colorado may drop Journalism School

September 2, 2010

The University of Colorado has announced a proposal to discontinue its School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Faced with budget cuts and citing the rapid evolution of digital media, the university will consider creating a broader school of information, and decide whether it should close its traditional journalism school.

An exploratory panel will work this semester to consider a new program for “information and communication technology.”

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication has 647 undergraduates, 58 master’s students and 26 doctoral students. Another 684 undergraduates are in the pipeline as “pre-journalism” majors.

Rust Communications names regional vice-presidents

September 1, 2010

Cape Girardeau, Mo. — Rust Communications has elevated three of its veteran group publishers to roles as regional vice-presidents, working with Rust newspaper publishers in different regions of the country.

Ron Kemp, based in Arkansas, has added the responsibilities of papers in southwest Missouri, central Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Idaho. Bud Hunt, based in southeast Missouri, has added responsibilities there as well as in western Tennessee. Randy List, based in Indiana, has added responsibilities in central Tennessee and Iowa.

The announcement was made August 31 by Rust Communications co-presidents Rex Rust and Jon K. Rust.

“The secret to our company’s success has long been excellent publishers who are committed to their communities,” said Jon K. Rust. “Maintaining the special culture here – hardworking, respectful, faithful, fun, innovative, familial and open – was vital to us in determining our management structure for the future.”

“We have great confidence in Ron, Bud and Randy,” said Rex Rust. “We look forward to them taking expanded leadership roles throughout Rust. This is a management transition, which we developed over the past year, but sadly implemented earlier than planned.”

Former chief operating officer Wally Lage died unexpectedly in August.

Rust Communications is a family-owned media company with 19 daily and more than 30 weekly newspapers in eight states. Besides newspapers and related web sites, the company publishes numerous niche magazines, operates commercial printing operations and is partial owner of 17 radio stations. The new positions of regional vice-president will report directly to the co-presidents. Gary W. Rust is chairman of the board.

New Missouri newspaper vending rules take affect

August 18, 2010

If your newspaper is sold or distributed at Missouri interstate highway rest stops, here is a development just released:

Proposed rescissions of current rules and proposed new rules involving newspaper vending machines located at interstate highway rest areas in Missouri were published Aug. 16, 2010, in the Missouri Register.

Comments about the proposals may be filed with the Missouri Department of Transportation, Pamela J. Harlan, Secretary to the Commission, P.O. Box 270, Jefferson City, MO 65102.

Comments must be received within 30 days after publication of the notices in the Missouri Register.  This means comments must be received by the Commission by Sept. 15. No public hearings are scheduled on the proposals.

Missouri Press Association needs to hear from publishers whose newspapers will be affected by these proposed regulations.

To read the proposals, see pages 1173 to 1180 of the following link:

Here are a few of the highlights of the proposals:

No publication vending machine shall be installed at a rest area except those machines owned and installed by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.

At each rest area, the commission may provide one publication vending machine bin which may hold up to four individual machines to allow the vending of publications. The commission, in its sole discretion, may provide additional bins if the commission determines sufficient room exists within the rest area to accommodate additional bins.

A publisher shall not install is own newsrack(s).

The commission may grant to a licensee (for instance, Sheltered Workshops) an exclusive license to authorize publishers to lease machine space.

The licensee may lease machine spaces within the bins to such publishers or such publishers’ agents and such spaces shall be available on a first-come, first served basis.

The licensee shall collect a license fee of $12 per year from each publisher or its agent for each machine space in a rest area to cover the administrative and maintenance costs the licensee shall sustain due to the operation of the machine and the debris the machine will generate.

The visible contents of the publication as displayed in the machine shall not be offensive to members of the general public.

The publisher is responsible for damages to bins and machines.

The licensee, or a publisher or its agent, shall remove any outdated issue of such publication from within each machine and remove all debris which is not properly placed in rest area trash containers from the rest area grounds.

Each publisher and is agents shall be liable for damage sustained to the commission’s bins, machines, and the contents thereof that is caused by the publisher or its agents.