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11/07/2019

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.

10/25/2019

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.

09/27/2019

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.

09/27/2019

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.

08/30/2019

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?

08/16/2019

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.

07/05/2019

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.

06/20/2019

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.

06/07/2019

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.

05/23/2019

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.

05/22/2019

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.

04/26/2019

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.

04/12/2019

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.

03/29/2019

As we communicate the news to our readers, don’t forget to communicate with our legislators and elected officials

For the past 10 weeks I have been meeting with various state officials and introducing myself as your new representative.

03/29/2019

Save 10-20% on your electric usage

The Ohio News Media Association wants to remind members of our partnership with Worthington Energy Consultants (WEC), an Ohio-based company that can help you save money on your energy consumption.

03/15/2019

Ohio politicians back ONMA initiative, support the purpose of Sunshine Week

Thank you again for all you do. It has been the opportunity of my lifetime to serve you.

03/15/2019

Zinser on proposed new overtime rule

This writer and many others predicted that the Department of Labor, under the leadership of Secretary Acosta would publish a new proposed rule in March 2019. The new proposed rule would increase the salary level threshold that must be met in order to be overtime exempt under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

03/15/2019

How are newspapers doing? It depends on who you ask

It was a lot like other experiences I’ve had at conventions over the past couple of years. In March, as I gathered my backpack to head out of the room where I’d just spoken in Madison, Wisconsin, a man approached and said, “I really appreciated what you had to say. May I ask a question?”

03/15/2019

Into the Issues: Newspapers need to explain how we work

Newspapers cover almost every imaginable topic, but when it comes to understanding and explaining their own roles in society, many community newspapers fall short.

03/01/2019

Here’s our best advice on how to keep records and meetings open in Ohio

The Ohio News Media Association and our related Ohio Coalition for Open Government frequently receive calls from citizens who need help navigating Ohio’s “sunshine laws” – the laws that ensure government is open, transparent and accountable.

03/01/2019

Finalists announced in Ohio APME newspaper contest

Finalists have been announced in the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors' 2018 newspaper contest.

03/01/2019

2019 ONMA Carrier of the Year winners

The 2019 Carrier of the Year Awards were presented at the 2019 ONMA Convention, which was held February 7-8 at the new Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris Hotel.

02/14/2019

Great journalism is what our members do

I’ve always viewed this job as a rare opportunity to give back and apply what I’ve learned about this business. It has been a passion and a calling since I first started writing about prep sports for 20 cents an inch when I was a high school student in the suburbs of Chicago.

02/14/2019

Weekly and collegiate contest winners

The top winners based on points are honored at the ONMA Convention Luncheon.

02/01/2019

Dougal and Moon appointed to the Ohio News Media Association Board of Trustees

Kirk Dougal and Lane Moon have been appointed to the Ohio News Media Association Board of Trustees to fill current vacancies. Because these vacancies occuried in the middle of two board members' terms, ONMA Presidnt Ron Waite appointed Dougal and Moon to finish the remainder of those terms.

01/31/2019

ONMA honored for work supporting bill on historical records

Ohio State Rep. Rick Perales, R-Beavercreek, presented the Ohio News Media Association with a proclamation from the Ohio House of Representatives thanking association members and staff for their support of House Bill 139.

01/31/2019

News On the Green joins ONMA

News On the Green, an online news source and free monthly print publication, has joined the Ohio News Media Association. The print version of News On the Green is bundle-dropped monthly along with home-delivered and mail copies in and around Yankee Lake Village, Brookfield Township and Masury, Ohio. They also have some print distribution in western Pennsylvania.

01/31/2019

New NLRB overrules Obama era NLRB independent contractor precedent

On January 25, 2019, the National Labor Relations Board, in a 3 to 1 Decision, ruled that Super Shuttle drivers at the Dallas Fort Worth Airport were independent contractors and not employees. In making this ruling, the NLRB reversed the NLRB’s FedEx Decision. The FedEx Decision had engaged in legal adventurism, dramatically diminishing the importance of entrepreneurial opportunity, making it easier to find employee status. This writer opined at the time that the FedEx Decision was inconsistent with U.S. Supreme Court precedent and the intention of Congress after it’s 1947 amendments to the National Labor Relations Act.

01/17/2019

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.

01/16/2019

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.)

01/16/2019

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.

01/04/2019

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.

12/21/2018

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.

12/21/2018

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.

12/07/2018

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.

12/07/2018

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.

12/06/2018

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.

12/06/2018

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.

12/05/2018

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.