Local news is the community link that continues every day and every week, even if its ink-on-paper routine is disrupted. The COVID-19 environment and Californians’ function within it is a fluid situation, but local publishers are reacting in real time to continue the vital connection between residents and their communities. With disruption in the ad…

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With COVID-19 forcing a majority of your audience to stay home, continuing to keep them engaged is key. During this America’s Newspapers webinar, Julie Foley and Liz Crider Huff, directors of affiliate success with Second Street, will discuss which promotions to run to keep your audiences interested and educated. Plus, they’ll give you tips on…

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The Great Western Audience Alliance hosts its third “Business Continuity Planning for COVID-19” roundtable from 11 a.m. to Noon PDT this Friday, March 27. The roundtable will discuss Audience, Distribution Operations, Single Copy, Paywall best practices and more. The open discussion will be moderated by Troy Niday, Sonoma Media Investments, with comments from: Heather Hernandez,…

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“More than ever, your local businesses look to their community newspaper and ad reps for support and information about consumer shopping intentions,” reads a one-sheet regarding the Pulse COVID-19 Shopping Survey. “Many people are sheltering in place and potentially have more time to do a survey.” The promotions for the survey have begun this week.…

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The weekly East Bay Express is now part of an alt-weekly group that circulates in seven Bay Area counties, the East Bay Times reports. The Express, founded in 1978, joins Metro Silicon Valley, Santa Cruz’s Good Times, the North Bay Bohemian and the Pacific Sun. “The East Bay Express has for four decades been a…

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Business Continuity: The Great Western Audience Alliance hosted “The COVID 19 Business Continuity Planning Roundtable: Part One” on Friday, March 13. It offered insights about the impacts of COVID-19 on Distribution Operations, Single Copy, Home Delivery, Sales and Acquisition, Paywall best practices and more. Use this link to download the roundtable audio. Employer Challenges: America’s…

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Lee Enterprises has sold the Santa Maria Times, The Lompoc Record, Santa Ynez Valley News and The Sentinel in Hanford to Santa Maria News Media Inc., the Santa Maria Times reports. Santa Maria News Media Inc. is a newly formed company led by a group of Canadian newspaper executives whose other properties include The Bakersfield…

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Sunshine Week 2020 continues through Saturday. A USA Today op-ed by Ken Paulsen, titled “More government secrets just when we need transparency to detect fake news,” is available for republication by CNPA Members. (Click to download) This annual nationwide celebration of access to public information and what it means is made possible by support from…

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Due to coronavirus concerns, planners for NewsTrain, March 27-28 at Fresno State, will aim for a rescheduled event next spring. The NewsTrain workshop is for reporters, editors and other journalists from print, digital and broadcast newsrooms of all sizes, as well as journalism educators and students. Elsewhere: James Madison Awards postponed (SPJ NorCal) Distinguished Journalists…

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The World Health Organization has officially characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic, and you need to be prepared to address the employer challenges that your company may face. America’s Newspapers and three attorneys from Seyfarth Shaw are presenting a FREE webinar at 7:30 a.m. PDT tomorrow, March 13, to address the new coronavirus and the employer…

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