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Reassure your readers by practicing COVID-19 workplace safety

Answering readers’ questions during this pandemic can be difficult. We are used to being able to provide clear answers about our products to our customers. Right now, there is a lot of unknown affecting our business like all others.


ONMA Coronavirus Information Page

The Ohio News Media Association has created this page to centralize resources about the COVID-19 outbreak for our member journalists. If you don’t see the information you need on this page, contact the ONMA’s Jason Sanford.


We’ve never been more relevant as a local news source

Aggressively pursue the news but minimize employee risk

Since we don’t know what we don’t know or just how our lives and work lives will be impacted, now is the time to gather key personnel together and discuss scenarios.


Why ending open commenting on newspaper websites is a necessary move

We need to admit that by providing such an open platform to these mean-spirited individuals we empower them. Others who have prejudices or jealousies feel safe to pile on their own hateful commentary. They feel safe to let profanity and name-calling drive their keystrokes. This isn’t what any of us intended or want.


Convention reception successfully funds scholarships

Evening reception has long been a favorite event in the agenda from our annual gathering. It’s a chance to relax, enjoy some great appetizers and have a few cocktails with industry friends you may not see except for once a year at convention.


Recharge and refocus at this year's ONMA convention

Was 2019 a year of transition? A year of disappointing revenue, more personnel cuts, more changes? Are you worn out and just want to retreat into what remains of your safe space and say…. “ I don’t feel like going to convention this year. We shouldn’t spend the money. I have no time”.


Welcome to the Ohio Capital Journal

Introducing the Ohio Capital Journal, a new state government digital news outlet focused on how policy is impacting the people of Ohio. Find us at, on Twitter @OhioCapJournal and on Facebook at


Thank you to all the hard-working people in our state's news media

At Thanksgiving, I wanted to take a moment to tell all of you hard working news media people – Thank You.


Don't take your newspaper advertisers and customers for granted

We all have longtime customers that unfortunately get taken for granted. All of the love is showered on the new advertiser or new prospect we are trying to woo into the paper, on our websites or get to subscribe. We all experience this as consumers too.


Proposed anti-SLAPP law protects Ohioans against meritless lawsuits

More than half of our country’s states protect people who are engaging in their First Amendment right of Freedom of Speech from becoming targets of meritless lawsuits. Our democracy depends on encouraging public dialogue about community issues. Citizens should be allowed to show up at a local government meeting and express their opinions about social and business issues and their government without retribution. Our democracy also depends on journalists being able to witness that dialogue and report it to their audience.


Walt Dozier celebrates 20 years with AdOhio

Today is Walt Dozier’s 20th anniversary with AdOhio, the advertising affiliate of the Ohio News Media Association.


The value of training opportunities for your staff

I’d like to thank everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to participate in some of the Foundation’s recent training events. While training is an expense and it is time away from usual duties, I’ve always held the theory that if I or the person I sent to training could depart the session having learned at least one thing that will make or save money at least equal to the cost of participating – it is money and time well invested.


We're all busy these days, but don't forget to invest in your staff members

Is there someone on your team who, with a little investment in their development, could be a difference maker at your paper? If your paper had snappier headlines and cleaner, more eye-catching layouts, would you sell a few more on the newsstand? Could your advertising person easily recoup the few dollars in mileage and the registration fee if they sold just one more ad next month?


The future of public notices in newspapers depends on you

Public notices in the United States are under siege like never before. In Florida, the legislature is considering House Bill 1235, which would remove move legal notices from newspapers and place them instead on government web sites. Idaho is considering legislation so some state contracts don't have to be published as public notices. The Utah legislature earlier this year turned down a bill to loosen public notice legislation, but the bill was defeated by only a narrow margin.


The Vindicator was their community's voice and historian

Last week we were all hit with the sad news that The Vindicator, which had just observed its 150th anniversary as Youngstown’s daily newspaper, will cease publication in August.


Ohio News Media Foundation announces 2019 scholarship winners

The Ohio News Media Association is proud to announce the Ohio News Media Foundation scholarship winners for 2019. Five scholarships were awarded to college and high school students for their work in media-related fields.


Answering hotline questions on public records violations, marijuana advertising, and more

The legal hotline has been busy this spring with many reporters starting to get stonewalled on some rather routine public records requests.


Winners announced in 2018 OAPME newspaper contest

Newspapers in Columbus, Canton, Sandusky, Newark and Massillon were named the best in the state Saturday in the annual Ohio Associated Press Media Editors newspaper competition.


AIM Media Midwest names Kirk Dougal as publisher in Lima and regional VP & group publisher in Ohio

AIM Media Midwest, LLC (“AIM” or the “Company”) announced today the appointment of Kirk B. Dougal as Publisher at The Lima News in Lima, Ohio and as Regional Vice President & Group Publisher with responsibility for a group of AIM media properties in Ohio. The announcement was made jointly by Jeremy L. Halbreich, Chairman and CEO and by Rick Starks, President and COO and it is effective June 10, 2019.


Kevin Slimp's 2019 publishers survey offers insights into future of our industry

I was excited about the opportunity to speak to the publishers of New York recently at the NYPA Spring Convention. Let’s face it, New Yorkers take their newspapers seriously, and the NYPA convention is always special.


ONMA legislative update, including pending open government issues

It has been a busy couple of weeks at the Ohio Statehouse. In addition to trying to get our own legislation introduced about adding open meetings to the court of claims process and getting an anti-SLAPP bill moving again, we have been researching and weighing in on a few other topics.