Bulletin Archives


Hotline gets questions on marijuana, court records and more

Monica Nieporte and I have started working together as the ONMA prepares for our executive director transition at the end of March when I depart.  One of the duties I will miss the most is being first point of contact for legal hotline calls.  You know you’ve made a difference when you can provide rapid response for members facing problems that run the gamut from major libel suits to thorny questions involving open records or advertising regulations.


Kevin Slimp on how a young Kansas publisher quickly learned the secrets of success

When Tommy Thomason invited me to spend a couple of days at the Texas Center for Community Journalism a few months ago, I was quick to answer. I don’t work in Texas nearly as much as I used to, and I was ready go back to my old home state. (I attended college in Texas back in the day.)


Archbold Buckeye sold to current staffers

After three generations of Archbold Buckeye ownership by the Taylor family, the newspaper has been sold. Mary Huber, general manager and advertising director, and David Pugh, news editor, have purchased the 113-year-old publication from Ross Taylor, his wife, Sharon, and children Brent and Jania.


132nd General Assembly exits Statehouse with good results for ONMA

The end of the 132nd General Assembly brought mainly good news for ONMA members for three reasons. First, we helped pass good bills or made progress on several of our legislative priorities. Second, several bills that concerned us were made far better because of our efforts.


Ohio Supreme Court ruling will have huge impact on libel and defamation cases

Libel suits are about to become far less risky and far less common for the press in Ohio. The Ohio Supreme Court ruled 6-1 on Dec. 7 that Ohio's tort reform laws apply to libel, a decision that dramatically reduces the incentive for seasoned lawyers to take on libel cases representing people who claim they have been defamed.


Al Cross on the importance of rural journalism

Has any rural journalist has won one of the major journalism-ethics awards? I don’t think so, and if that’s right, such honor is greatly overdue. It is generally more difficult – and can be a lot more difficult – to do hard-nosed, ethical journalism in rural areas and small towns than in metropolitan areas, partly because of the constant conflict that rural journalists must deal with, between their professional responsibilities and their personal interests: family, friends, business relationships and so on.


Outcomes solid so far on public notices, records in lame-duck session

It’s lame-duck time, the period between an election and the seating of a new legislature when just about anything can happen to a pending bill and sometimes does. The drama will unfold in the Ohio Legislature for at least one more week.


Kevin Slimp on our digital future

Some of you will remember Facebook. If you’re over 40, you probably visit Facebook on a regular basis. If you’re like most of the college students in my life, ask a parent or older friend. They can tell you about it.


Ohio Supreme Court reduces damages in defamation case

Today the Ohio Supreme Court ruled in Wayt v. DHSC, LLC, that claims of defamation fall under the $250,000 cap for noneconomic damages. The ruling reverses a $1.55 million award Ann Wayt received from a Stark County Common Pleas Court and remands the matter to the trial court for further proceedings.


How poor customer service can lead to fewer public notices

This appears to be a story about a client that spurned an advertising channel as a result of poor customer service.


Government proposes to eliminate print newspapers as a vehicle to reach U.S. workers

The DOL is proposing to eliminate a requirement that employers notify U.S. workers of available positions through an advertisement in Sunday newspapers of general circulation, “in the area of intended employment,” and replace it with an electronic job posting.


AIM Media Midwest combines the Piqua Daily Call and the Troy Daily News into a new publication

Notice something new about your newspaper today? The Troy Daily News and the Piqua Daily Call are joining forces to create a new publication, Miami Valley Today. This is the first issue of the new combined publication.


A newspaper’s unique vitamin C6 protects the community

A daily dose of vitamin C is strongly thought to keep the human body healthy and functioning. The regular dose of a local publication’s unique vitamin C – actually six key services with names starting with the letter C – help keep a town or region healthy, in balance and functioning.


At 2019 ONMA convention, plan on relevance and fun

Maurice Clarett, Ken Paulson, great networking, lots of ad training and a ‘wall of wine.’


What Ohio election results mean for ONMA members

My crystal ball quickly starts to crack when I try to make political predictions, but here are a few thoughts in the wake of Tuesday’s election in terms of issues that matter to all of us.


Newspaper notice helps save county’s oldest grave

Theophilus Hunter was a big deal in Wake County, North Carolina, and in Raleigh, the county seat.


Kevin Slimp on what newspaper folks are saying about the state of the industry

Over the past two weeks, I’ve traveled from coast to coast speaking at newspaper conferences and meeting with Canadian and American journalists about what is happening at their newspapers and, hopefully, offering a little good advice.


ONMA accepting nominations for Maxwell Award

The ONMA is now accepting nominations for the William Maxwell Award, which recognizes individual achievement in the advancement of the newspaper profession. The award can be made to people inside or outside the industry who have made significant contributions to journalism, the newspaper industry and the public’s right-to-know. The Maxwell Award is the ONMA’s highest honor.


Libel cases and cannabis oil – ONMA gets involved

What do a libel case against a Columbus television station and the legality of sales of so-called “hemp oil” products have in common?


ONMA board acts on dues, ad revenue and new director search

Following more than a year of study, the Ohio News Media Association Board of Trustees approved a new method of calculating the dues investments of its members at its October meeting in Sandusky.


Ahead of midterm elections, call on Congressional candidates to support newspapers

To have a chance for a sustainable future for news publishing, we need to do everything possible to get the JCPA passed in the next Congress. Therefore, I am writing to ask you to publish an editorial calling on candidates in the midterm elections to support an antitrust safe harbor for news publishers between Wednesday, October 24 and October 31.


Membership program could be strong new revenue model

Advertising and subscriptions aren’t the only revenue strategy options publishers should be weighing. According to Robbie Kellman Baxter, president of Peninsula Strategies and author of The Membership Economy, there’s a third option: membership.


Michael McCarter named new editor for Evansville Courier & Press, Henderson Gleaner

An eye for dynamic visual storytelling and a passion for local news have been the cornerstones of Michael McCarter's 20-plus year career in journalism, carrying him to some of the country's most prestigious newspapers.


Richland Source in Ohio among local news organizations taking part in Facebook’s membership accelerator

After leading a cohort of metropolitan newspapers through a subscriptions accelerator this year, Facebook is now kicking off its next round, focused this time on membership in nonprofit and digital-only local news organizations.


Column: Sex-toy detail crossed ethical lines in Urban Meyer story

In a story entitled, “Zach Smith Ordered Sex Toys to Ohio State Offices, Had Sex With Staffer, Took Nude Photos at White House,” sports writer Brett McMurphy chronicled how former Ohio State assistant football coach Zach Smith did, well, what the headline indicated.


Legacy Advisor Network connects funeral homes with households

Legacy.com has launched the Legacy Advisor Network, a program that will match Legacy’s demographically ideal consumers who are interested in funeral planning with local funeral homes. With more than 20 million baby boomers visiting Legacy.com monthly, the company’s user base, which skews toward women 55+, is a strong match for the funeral planning market, according to legacy.com.


Why a road on Florida’s Gulf Coast is named after the Toledo Blade

I’m talking about Toledo Blade Boulevard, an 8.4-mile thoroughfare in North Port, Florida, named after a newspaper some 1,200 miles away.


What it takes to shift a news organization to reader revenue

Launching a paywall is easy. Pivoting a whole business from an advertising-centric mindset to one focused on reader revenue is not.


Jackie Borchardt named Columbus bureau chief for Enquirer

Borchardt has covered Ohio government and politics since 2012. She joins the Enquirer after nearly five years as the lead Statehouse reporter for cleveland.com and the Plain Dealer. She previously worked for the Dayton Daily News in its Columbus bureau.


What will happen when newspapers kill print and go online-only? Most of that print audience will just…disappear

For American daily newspapers, the story of the last decade-plus hasn’t been about mass closures — it’s been about mass shrinkage. The pace at which newspapers are shutting down isn’t much different from what it was in the late 20th century. Instead, just about every daily paper has gotten smaller — smaller newsroom, smaller budgets, smaller print runs, smaller page counts — year after year after year. It’s death by a thousand paper cuts.


AIM Media Midwest announces acquisition of Brookville weekly and sale of Lorain County weeklies

AIM Media Midwest, LLC (“AIM” or the “Company”) announced today that it has acquired the weekly Brookville Star newspaper serving Brookville (OH) from Schloss Media, Inc.


Kevin Slimp on a mighty unusual time for newspapers

Have we ever experienced a time like this in the news business?


A 'community' is just a 'place' if the newspaper dies

“You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.” The old adage came to mind as I thought about my local newspaper – the one that’s been printing my columns for several years. It reports on local government, sports, arts, births, deaths, achievements, crimes, churches and the myriad of other things that make up our daily lives. People still clip and deliver pictures of friends because it’s something important when your child’s picture is in the paper.


Xavier Newswire editorial: Role of a free press

Since February of 2017, the online masthead for the Washington Post has read “Democracy Dies in Darkness.” The phrase, originally coined by U.S. Appellate Judge Damon J. Keith, is a fitting indictment of the times we find ourselves in.


GateHouse buys Daily Oklahoman

The Oklahoman Media Company has been sold to the fastest-growing publishing company in the country, New York-based GateHouse Media, for an undisclosed amount, executives announced Thursday.


Data journalism and the law

In 1961, legal scholar Alexander Meiklejohn famously wrote that the rationale for the First Amendment depended on citizens’ ability to receive and use information relevant to democratic self-governance. The crux of his statement was this: knowledge is power.


Ken Doctor: Assessing the landscape in cloud-based publishing systems

In the blink of a digital era, The Washington Post’s Arc publishing platform has sprinted from an experiment to a full-on strategic business.


Ahead of the midterms, Google News Lab created a way to see what’s trending at the state, county and city level

With close to 500 House and Senate seats in play with the midterm elections, Google News Lab started thinking about how local reporters might use local data in their work.


Dayton City Paper shutting down, writers say

A Dayton newspaper that covered arts and entertainment in the Miami Valley did not publish its print edition on its regularly scheduled day this week.


New Ohio.com website unveiled

Today we’re unveiling an enhanced Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com website design with exciting new features and fast load times.


Celina man donates piece of Piqua newspaper history

A descendant of William Robinson Barrington — a Piqua mayor in the 1840s and the owner, editor, and publisher of the first Piqua newspaper — will be bringing an oil painting of Barrington back to Piqua.


Former Wolfe family retreat re-emerges as Violet Township community space

Violet Township government officials are preparing to move into the Wigwam by early next year, providing a public use for the private retreat east of Columbus where the Wolfe family once hosted powerful politicians and Hollywood royalty.


Newspaper adds a sunset to searching police public records

The Southeast Missourian announced a policy to block search engines from court and police public records and subsequent articles after six years.


Google's new dataset search is a game-changer, plus 10 tools for investigative journalism

Samantha Sunne, my fellow digital tools newsletter writer, just put together a fantastic list of 10 investigative tools for the Global Investigative Journalism Network.


'We’re Your Neighbors:' ONMA offers special Newspaper Week ads you can customize

This year National Newspaper Week (NNW) will be celebrated from October 7 to 13. The theme for NNW is "Journalism matters now more than ever," a response to recent attacks on the media industry.


Would Ohio editors publish an anonymous op-ed column?

The New York Times took the extraordinary step last week of publishing an anonymous op-ed column by a “senior official” in the Trump administration that described White House chaos and a group of officials who believe they must undermine the president’s worst tendencies for the good of the country.


Google offering free ‘G Suite licenses’ to small news organizations

The shift to digital has had a transformational effect on the news industry. To help news publishers manage that transition, earlier this year we announced the Google News Initiative, focused on elevating quality journalism, enabling new business models, and empowering news organizations to innovate through technology.


Into the Issues by Al Cross

Most of us who have worked in rural newsrooms probably gave little thought to safety until the recent mass shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, where a man upset with the newspaper’s coverage of his court case walked into the newsroom and shot five people to death.


Reminder about statement of ownership filing for October deadline

The publisher of each publication sent Periodicals Class Mail, including foreign publications accepted at Periodicals rates, must file Form 3526 by Oct. 1 of each year at the original entry post office. If Oct. 1 falls on a Saturday, the post office would expect to receive it by close of business on Sept. 30.


Chris Quinn: We're expanding Cleveland.com's right-to-be-forgotten experiment

We launched our right-to-be-forgotten experiment two months ago and began fielding requests from people to remove their identities from cleveland.com stories about minor crimes they committed.


ASNE panelists suggest taking newsroom security more seriously

If the leaders of the Capital Gazette could go back in time — before the shooting that took five newspaper employees’ lives — what would they do differently?


What Americans say it will take to rebuild trust in media

Figuring out just how to rebuild Americans’ trust in media is proving to be a tricky question.


Beacon Journal unveils new look

The first thing you will notice in the Beacon Journal is that the headlines are bolder, as are the names for the sections of the newspaper.


Former Times Reporter editor Dick Farrell recalled as advocate for news gathering

Farrell, known to most as Dick, died early Thursday at the Cleveland Clinic after a long illness. The Dover resident was 67.


Former Blade editor, columnist Eileen Foley passes away

Eileen Foley, an award-winning Blade editor who asserted the public’s right to official records and meetings and a columnist who summoned reader praise and protest, died Friday in Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg Township. She was 84.


Phil Waterman named director of circulation for Marietta Times

Phil Waterman has been named the new director of circulation for both The Parkersburg News and Sentinel and The Marietta Times.


Strong opinions bring strong reactions from readers

One of the biggest misconceptions by readers about The Blade has to do with the difference between news stories and editorials.


58% of rural Americans believe access to high speed Internet is a problem in their area

Fast, reliable internet service has become essential for everything from getting news to finding a job. But 24% of rural adults say access to high-speed internet is a major problem in their local community, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted earlier this year.


Sandusky Register hires Brian Kollars as regional sports editor

Brian Kollars took over Aug. 6 as the sports editor at the Sandusky Register, overseeing sports coverage across the region for the Register and the Norwalk Reflector.


ASNE, APME approve merger plan to become News Leaders Association

At this pivotal moment for journalism and freedom of the press, two of the most significant organizations in journalism have voted to merge and become one voice for the industry.


Matt Arnold made sure The Vindicator looked great and read straight

Matt died last weekend after a long illness, leaving behind a staff devastated by the loss of a friend, trusted co-worker and one of the best danged A1 editors I’ve met in my 36 years in the business.


Adams Publishing Group acquires assets of Cooke Communications in North Carolina and Florida

Adams Publishing Group announced today that it has purchased the assets of Cooke Communications, LLC, based in Greenville, N.C., and in Key West, Fla., including its print publications, websites and commercial printing operations.


The importance of student journalism

Student journalists are a bit eclectic. We get excited when the Board of Trustees comes to town to talk about money, even though we don’t make much money ourselves. We typically aren’t the most tidy bunch, but we're nothing if not intelligent, dogged and, for the most part, pretty kind.


Matthew Eric Arnold of The Youngstown Vindicator passes away

Matthew Eric Arnold, 53, passed away Saturday evening, Sept. 1, 2018, at his home following an extended illness.


Outdoors writer Jim Morris dies; career spanned 50 years

Jim Morris, a beloved outdoors writer whose career spanned 50 years in newspapers and radio as a writer and editor — most recently with the Cox Media Group Ohio and the Dayton Daily News — died on Monday. He was 73.


Urban Meyer probe failed to follow possible records violations

OSU investigators apparently didn’t think that Ohio’s open records law mattered very much, because there’s certainly evidence it may have been broken.


ONMA thanks Rep. Bill Johnson for support on tariff issue

A planned visit in Cambridge on Wednesday with U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson to discuss newsprint tariffs and other issues turned into an opportunity to thank Johnson in person for his support of Ohio's newspaper industry and the communities they serve.


What just happened with the newsprint tariff?

Escalating printing costs driven by tariffs on Canadian newsprint caught many newspapers by surprise this year. Comments about a system where one company could deliver such a blow to an entire industry ranged from wry to outraged. Now the International Trade Commission has said the tariffs will stop. Here is a quick explanation.


News Media Alliance asks FTC to protect online competition

On Monday, August 20, the Alliance filed comments with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ahead of its upcoming hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century.


Finally some good news: Trust in news is up, especially for local media

After decades of declining trust in the press, coupled with relentless rhetorical attacks on the media by President Trump, there’s finally some good news: Trust in media is up since last year, and the great majority of Americans trust their local news sources.


Blade stories do affect local lives; all readers are valued

Anyone who works at a daily newspaper, especially if it’s the only daily in a city, knows how much influence and impact stories can have — for good or bad.


Dispatch wins Ohio SPJ top honors for newspaper, website

The Society of Professional Journalists has recognized The Dispatch as the best newspaper and website in Ohio.


Daily Jeffersonian mentioned in the U.S. Senate as an example of the importance of local journalism

It’s not often that a local reporter becomes a factor in a dialogue on the United States’ Senate floor, but Austin Erickson of The Daily Jeffersonian staff became a "player on the stage" for Sen. Sherrod Brown in a discussion about the importance of local journalism.


Cincinnati Enquirer tweet goes viral after masses confuse them with supermarket tabloid

The National Enquirer is gracing the nation’s headlines again on Thursday, but somehow a newsroom in Cincinnati is receiving all the attention on social media.


5 facts about the state of the news media in 2017

Every year since 2004, Pew Research Center has issued an annual assessment of the state of the news media that tracks key audience and economic indicators for a variety of sectors within the U.S. news media industry. Here are the key findings for 2017.


Local journalism protects community, including our youngest

Richardson's latest indictment might not have happened at all were it not for Canton Repository reporter Tim Botos spotting Richardson's arrest, in a daily police log.


Industry Insight: To sustain journalism, some news organizations tweak the for-profit model

Profits have disappeared. Survival is in question. So why don’t local news organizations just become nonprofits? It’s a question that’s been posed with increasing frequency in recent years, often in the wake of steep newsroom cuts.


John Sheridan, business journalist who revived Press Club of Cleveland, passes away

John Sheridan got into journalism while waiting to start his first job teaching high school math after he graduated from John Carroll University in 1962.


ONMA releases update of member guide on advertising legal issues

A major update of our guide, “Common Issues in Ohio Advertising,” is now available in the “Members Only” area of www.ohionews.org.


Contact your members of Congress today on newsprint tariffs

The Department of Commerce on Aug. 2 announced its final determination regarding tariffs on newsprint imported from Canada.


The many benefits of reading a newspaper

We published at least three stories recently regarding older Sheldon citizens being scammed over the phone for thousands of dollars.


'Into the Issues' column by Al Cross: How rural newspapers can win open-records battles

Small, rural newspapers can win open-records battles with state agencies and beat larger news outlets at covering big stories in their communities, says a journalist who spent most of his career at a metropolitan daily but has returned to the business of publishing a rural weekly.


How this Ohio newsroom got the community to contribute nearly $70,000 for journalism

Last September, Richland Source used a $10,000 grant from the Solutions Journalism Network to build on coverage of infant mortality and safe sleeping and to hold a community baby shower.


Ohio Poet Laureate launches free syndicated column for papers

Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas has launched a syndicated column that aims to challenge people's preconceptions of poetry. The column, titled "Poetry For People Who Hate Poetry," is being provided through he Ohio Arts Council and is available at no cost to publications who wish to print it.


Justices take up defamation case with far-reaching implications for Ohio media outlets

The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to take up a case that could have far-reaching implications for media outlets across the state.


Plain Dealer trolls LeBron James with sarcastic headline

"Lonzo Ball and Lakers at the Q on Nov. 21," the headline reads in reference to the Lakers' early 2018-19 season visit to Cleveland. The smaller-printed subheadline then says, "Former Cav James also expected to play."


Dayton Daily News celebrates 120 years of chronicling the community

It isn’t often that any organization can celebrate its 120th birthday, and the Dayton Daily News is using our anniversary year to honor our past and celebrate our future.


As national stories break on campus, Ohio State student journalists step up

Gay is one of a handful of Ohio State student journalists who have found themselves in the middle of two major national stories this summer.


James A. Porter, publisher of The Canton Repository, elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame board of trustees

Five new members were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Trustees at its recent annual meeting.


Inaugural issue of ‘Columbus Jewish News’ rolls off presses

Columbus and Central Ohio have a new newspaper.


Facebook executive: Media firms that don't work with us will end up 'in hospice'

A senior Facebook executive told Australian media companies that if they didn’t cooperate with the social network, their businesses would die.


How ProPublica works with non-metro newsrooms

ProPublica’s staff is no stranger to collaboration with news organizations of all sizes.


Google referrals to news sites increase significantly

A shift in the way Google views and ranks web pages may be sending more traffic to news publishers in a continuation of a trend that started early last year.


Trump’s rariffs on Canadian newsprint hasten local newspapers’ demise

The Trump administration’s decision to impose tariffs on Canadian newsprint is hastening the demise of local newspapers across the country, forcing already-struggling publications to cut staff, reduce the number of days they print and, in at least one case, shutter entirely.


Cleveland.com is working with Google to use data to inform elections coverage

What might Google's search data reveal about this year's elections in Ohio? Cleveland.com's politics team is working with the tech giant to try and find out.


Photo of naked Columbus man showering in water main break goes viral

There was something in the water Wednesday morning. Apparently, it was a naked man.


Long-time Akron Beacon-Journal journalist Sallie Cook passes away

Sallie Cook, a no-nonsense former newspaper reporter who passed along her love for journalism to her youngest son, GeekWire co-founder John Cook, died Wednesday in Wooster, Ohio, after a long illness. She was 76.


Nick Monico named CEO of News Media Corporation

News Media Corporation, which owns the Kemmerer Gazette, has hired Nickolas Monico to serve as its new company president, and promoted Trena Thompson as chief financial officer.


Readers remind us that watchdogging matters

Cleveland Councilman Ken Johnson, who was elected in 1980, has been around so long that many people have stopped paying attention to him, including his colleagues, City Hall and the media.


Cincinnati loses journalism legend Jim Schottelkotte

Jim Schottelkotte devoted his life to two passions: journalism and family. In reality, they were one.


In Ohio, you can fight public records battles with one click and $25

Ohio’s state and local governments likely hold hundreds of records that might be important to you or your family.


ONMA starts search for new executive director

The ONMA has formally launched a search for a new president and executive director to replace current CEO Dennis Hetzel, who has announced that he and his wife plan to retire and move to North Carolina in 2019.


Kevin Slimp on the common traits of successful newspapers

I really didn’t expect to do much traveling this summer but plans don’t always work out as expected and that certainly has been the case for me. The truth is I really love working with newspapers and when I get a call from a paper within a few hours asking for help it’s hard for me to say “no.”


GateHouse shows profit but says tariffs added 30% to newsprint cost

New Media Investment Group Inc., the corporate parent of GateHouse Media and the Akron Beacon Journal, reported a profit on higher revenue for its second quarter ending July 1.


Changes coming to weekend Messenger print schedule

An expanded Sunday edition of The Athens Messenger, featuring a more robust local sports section, a new and improved Entertainment Guide, and more news stories of Athens County and the surrounding area.


Journalism scholars from around the world visit The Budget and learn about Amish Country

Learning the truth about the Amish culture and experiencing community journalism were the orders of the day last week when 18 international scholars visited the area as part of the Study of the U. S. Institute (SUSI) program on journalism hosted by Ohio University.


NPR's David Folkenflik says newspapers' role as watchdogs has never been more important

NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik said the business prospects for print newspapers are declining at the same time that their watchdog role in exposing corruption and holding the powerful accountable has never been more important.


Blade apologizes for police shooting story: 'Mistakes were made'

In the newsroom whenever you hear “officer-involved shooting” come across the police scanners, or these days see it on the Toledo Police Facebook page or Twitter account, everything stops for a second, waiting for what comes next — “officer down” or details about the shooting of a criminal.


Lisa Northcraft named advertising director of The Marietta Times, Mary Jo Miller named advertising manager

Two members of the adverstising departments within The Marietta Times and Parkersburg News and Sentinel have new roles, according to publisher Jim Spanner.


Circleville Herald hires Stephanie Clemmons as interim editor-in-chief

The Circleville Herald has hired Stephanie Clemmons as Interim Editor-in-Chief.


Two veteran Dispatch journalists celebrated, promoted

We celebrated the careers of two veteran journalists last week.


Girl Scout’s letter to Geauga County Maple Leaf goes viral

The Russell Township girl stood up for women and girls everywhere when she wrote a letter to the Geauga County Maple Leaf editor dated July 19, calling out sexist comments she said she heard at the Chesterland 4th of July parade.


Blade's Kurt Franck to oversee operations at two newspapers

Kurt G. Franck has been named vice president of newspaper operations for Block Communications Inc.


Longtime Lima News sports editor Chuck Dell dies

Chuck Dell, who led the sports department at The Lima News for 28 years in the 1960s through the 1990s, died Sunday. He was 84.


Retired Blade managing editor Edson A. Whipple passes away

Edson A. Whipple, a retired managing editor of The Blade who was an award-winning reporter and Columbus bureau chief for the newspaper, died Sunday morning at Swan Creek Health Care Center. He was 86.


Roundtable audience gets insights into future of the Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com

The Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com will retain an independent editorial voice as the paper and its website evolve in the community, say the paper’s publisher and a top executive from new owner GateHouse Media.


Cox Enterprises looks to sell its TV stations

Cox Enterprises announced today that it will explore strategic options for its ownership or other interest in 14 television properties, including partnering or merging the stations into a larger company.


How Minneapolis paper got to 55,000 digital subscribers

To jump-start its hunt for digital subscribers, the Minneapolis Star Tribune is focusing on the middle of its marketing funnel.


Newsonomics: Newsprint tariffs are a black swan event that could speed up the death of newspapers

People have been forecasting the “death of newspapers” for more than a decade now. They see a kettle of vultures amid the ever-darkening clouds of print advertising collapse, slowed digital advertising, and the difficulty of signing up new digital subscribers.


API tracks the 9 most common paths to subscription

Our colleagues at the American Press Institute recently released a report on what drives people to subscribe to the news, titled “Paths to Subscription.”


Gannett, ONMA partnership helps bring candidates to Ohio State Fair

Political candidates, including both major party candidates for governor and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Renacci, will appear at the Ohio State Fair on Saturday, July 28, thanks to a partnership involving the State Fair, Gannett’s USA Today Network Ohio and the Ohio News Media Association.


Tariffs force Ohio papers into tough choices as we await ITC ruling

Elsewhere in today’s Bulletin, you’ll see links to news items about our members that are troubling examples of the times.


Peter Wagner's 'Get Real' column: Printed publications continue to evolve and fill need

The biggest problem publishing newspapers today is public perception. Every newspaper, from the largest metro to the smallest family-owned community weekly, is judged by the actions of all the others.


Zinser on Supreme Court ruling regarding class action arbitration waivers

On May 21, 2018, the United States Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Epic Systems Corp v. Lewis, with Justice Gorsuch delivering the opinion of the court. Rejecting the position of the National Labor Relations Board, the Court ruled that employers and employees may lawfully agree that any disputes between them will be resolved through one-on-one arbitration.


Explaining journalism to Rep. Jim Jordan

Ohio Representative Jim Jordan, facing pressure over reports that he failed to act on knowledge of sexual abuse by the Ohio State wrestling team doctor when Jordan was an assistant wrestling coach, decided Wednesday to take his grievances with the media to the public.


Right to be forgotten: Cleveland.com rolls out process to remove mug shots, names from dated stories about minor crimes

We've been talking for several years in our newsroom about the right to be forgotten - the idea that people should not have to spend their lifetimes answering for mistakes they made or minor crimes they committed many years earlier.


Two newspapers, one building, and lifetimes of history in Athens

In the popular spot where coffee addicts now order up macchiatos, The Athens Messenger once printed the news. Upstairs from that, where patrons now hide themselves in study corners, The Messenger’s main competitor in town operated its own newsroom.


Mother says her son was racially profiled while delivering newspapers in Ohio

Police were reportedly called on an 11-year-old African-American boy as he was delivering newspapers in a Columbus, Ohio suburb, the boy's mother told USA Today.


Former Cleveland Plain Dealer golf writer George Sweda will be honored with PGA Journalism Award

The World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational announced today that, in celebration of the 65-year anniversary of professional golf at Firestone Country Club, former Cleveland Plain Dealer golf writer George Sweda will be honored with the Journalism Award for his more than 30-year commitment to professional golf’s tradition at Firestone Country Club.


Megan Bachman takes over as editor of Yellow Springs News, Diane Chiddister to sell ownership shares in paper

A change of leadership is taking place at the Yellow Springs News this month.


Readers may trust news stories more when they don’t know their source

Readers’ trust in news stories depends more on the source’s alignment with their political preferences than the actual content of the story, according to a new report from the Knight Foundation and Gallup.


Columbus Dispatch raises prices after tariffs spike newspaper costs

The Dispatch blames its recent price hikes for its newspaper on fewer print advertisements and new tariffs on newsprint imported from Canada. The U.S. Commerce Department added a 22 percent tariff on Canadian uncoated groundwood paper in March, saying it found evidence of dumping.


A new proposed law would turn drone journalism into a swarm of lawsuits and make it easy to sue over news photography

Imagine if a news photographer at a football game had to get permission from every single person in the stadium before taking a single shot — or else face hundreds of civil lawsuits. That’s what new model legislation wants to bring to public airspace.


Eight story ideas and features for your back-to-school coverage

Students will start going back to school in early August so now is a great time to begin planning your coverage with helpful information for parents, as well as considering good trend stories that help your audience understand what’s happening in education in your community.


The tragedy at Annapolis: What to do next?

Yesterday’s tragedy at the Annapolis Capital touches all of us.


This small California publication provides a blueprint for how local buyers can save a newspaper

It was anything but a garden-variety media purchase. In this case, the buyers were not planning to drink in profits and spit out whatever remained.


Fight to stop newsprint tariffs goes to DC; ONMA members urged to sign petition before upcoming International Trade Commission meeting

On June 14 more than 55 newspaper publishers and executives around the country met with their members of Congress to discuss legislation to stop the crippling newsprint tariffs.


Mark Richard new editor for Daily Times, Community Common

Mark Richard, whose career in newspaper has included success in all aspects of the industry, has been named editor for The Daily Times and The Community Common in Portsmouth.


GateHouse CEO: Serving small business can replace lost ad dollars

“We’re never going to beat Google and Facebook in advertising. Let’s focus on what we can beat them at, and that’s being local and selling business owners something that they need terribly.”


Print Act introduced in House to protect publishers and printers from harmful tariffs

Rep. Kristi Noem, R-SD and Charlie Crist (D-FL) yesterday introduced legislation to suspend tariffs on Canadian imports of uncoated groundwood paper which includes newsprint used by newspapers, book publishers, printers and direct mail companies.


Ohio News Media Foundation announces 2018 scholarship winners

The Ohio News Media Association is proud to announce the Ohio News Media Foundation scholarship winners for 2018. Three scholarships were awarded to college and high school students for their work in media-related fields.


School bus accident bill passes with ONMA amendment

Journalists will continue to see names of minors in school-bus accident reports, though this information only will be made available upon request if House Bill 8 becomes law. The Ohio Legislature has passed an ONMA-supported amendment to a bill that would have blocked access.


How to mitigate increased newsprint costs

Tariffs are still in effect, but you can control how they impact your bottom line


Hilliard-native Olivia Wile named new ONMA and AdOhio intern

With a new summer comes a new intern. Ohio News Media Association and AdOhio welcome Olivia Wile to the team this summer.


Ohio Citizen Participation Act makes reappearance in Senate

More than eight months since its initial appearance in front of the Senate, the much-anticipated second hearing for the Ohio Citizen Participation Act was held Wednesday in the Ohio Senate. Passage of the bill is one of the ONMA’s ongoing legislative priorities.


Dispatch exec among leaders of new GateHouse consumer marketing agency

GateHouse Media announced the launch of a new, central consumer marketing agency to drive consumer marketing revenue and develop new and innovative products and experiences. Led by Denise Robbins, Senior Vice President Consumer Marketing, the agency is focused on delivering GateHouse’s award-winning content to new audiences and providing even greater value to their 23 million weekly readers.


Cleveland.com's Capitol Letter e-newsletter now free

Starting today, Capitol Letter, our weekday Statehouse newsletter providing inside information, insight, analysis and wit about Ohio politics and lawmaking, is free.


Certified Audit of Circulations merges with AAM

Members of the Certified Audit of Circulations voted unanimously to support a merger with the Alliance for Audited Media, according to a press release from the Alliance for Audited Media.


Former Marion Star publisher Jack Bates passes away

Former publisher and CNPA executive director John "Jack" Bates passed away on May 24.


Downtown Plain Dealer building to become Cleveland police headquarters

The city of Cleveland intends to move its police headquarters into the building that houses cleveland.com and was once home to The Plain Dealer.


Richland Source receives nearly $70k in local support for Solutions Journalism

If you need evidence of how much a city might value local journalism that looks forward, outward, and upward in its storytelling, look no further than Mansfield, Ohio.


Cleveland Press Club honors Akron Beacon Journal, Medina County Gazette and Plain Dealer journalists with 2018 Excellence in Journalism Awards

The Akron Beacon Journal was named the best daily newspaper with larger than 75,000 circulation while the Medina County Gazette won the honor for newspapers under 75,000 circulation at the Press Club of Cleveland's 40th Annual All-Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards on Friday night.


Column: Social status low on list of priorities for most journalists

During the weekend a political commentator remarked on Twitter that journalists are no different than school shooters, in that both groups are largely attention-seeking sadists.


A Q&A with GateHouse Media CEO Kirk Davis

Cost-cutting equity funds have hollowed out scores of daily newspapers, turning their communities into “news deserts,” the critics say. But Kirk Davis, CEO of GateHouse Media, replies that though its publicly traded parent, New Media Investment Group, is externally managed by an affiliate of Fortress Investment Group, GateHouse is transforming its 144 dailies into tribunes of the people that are on their way to becoming financially healthy.


Athens Messenger/Vinton County Courier editor Tyler Buchanan named to E&P’s 25 Under 35 2018

Tyler Buchanan is a true wunderkind of the newspaper industry. At 23, he became the editor of the Vinton County Courier; three years later, he was named editor of the Athens Messenger. Under his watch, the publications have won multiple press awards—including five Associated Press awards of his own.


Register now for May 2 sales training you won’t want to miss

Lewis VanLandingham of Sharper Edge Advantage, who is part of the nationally recognized network of Sandler Training Centers, will lead a half-day session for us in Dublin on May 2 on “Building A High-Performance Sales Team.”


Free webinar for Ohio journalists: Follow the political money

Ohio investigative journalist James Pilcher will lead a free webinar for ONMA members on how to follow the millions of dollars spent in Ohio to elect politicians and advocate for causes.


Here is the Foundation’s latest training schedule – programs for all departments

A key benefit of ONMA membership is to participate in free or low-cost training, including many programs that you won’t get anywhere else because we put a specific focus on Ohio issues and concerns.


Josh Trust named River Valley Media Group publisher

Trust, a Pittsburgh native and 20-year veteran of the newspaper industry, has been named publisher of RVMG. He will manage operations for the La Crosse Tribune, Winona Daily News, Chippewa Herald and six weekly publications.


Redesigned ONMA press passes now available for member papers

The Ohio News Media Association has redesigned our press passes for member newspapers.


Heminger, Oplinger, Ludlow receive awards at ONMA convention

Two distinguished journalists and the fourth-generation leader of one of Ohio’s oldest newspaper companies were honored at the 2018 Ohio News Media Association.


Google is replacing Facebook’s traffic to publishers

Google’s increased traffic to publishers is replacing the traffic publishers have lost from Facebook, according to new data from Chartbeat.


Trade dispute results in tariffs, higher costs for newsprint

A petition by a single paper maker in Washington state has resulted in a preliminary decision by the U.S. Department of Commerce to levy tariffs on imports of Canadian newsprint and other paper products — including paper used by The Dispatch.