Keeping up with the newsprint issue?

By now, your newspaper company is aware of the bump in newsprint prices. You have informed your readership and your customers that the cost of printing is going up, and you’ve warned them that the effects on your business and your news coverage will be evident.

By now, you’ve heard about how communities need to know about this impact. And you’ve heard that you ought to tell your legislators that you’re part of the printing industry even if you don’t own the press or contract for the paper.

By now, you’ve stuck a house ad about the issue in that open space in your back pages. Maybe you’ve even signed the STOPP Petition.

By now, you’re familiar with The PRINT Act, or “Protecting Rational Incentives in Newsprint Trade Act of 2018,” which would suspend new tariffs currently being imposed on imported newsprint from Canada. It also would require the Department of Commerce to review the economic health of the printing and publishing industries.

Last Thursday, CNPA General Counsel Jim Ewert represented CNPA as part of the News Media Alliance’s Fly-In lobby day at the U.S. Capitol. He and others in the group met with key members of California’s congressional delegation to urge them to support the PRINT legislation and the overall effort to repeal the harmful tariffs.

Ewert, who’s back and busy at our own Sacramento Capitol this week, will have a recap of his D.C. trip this Friday in the CNPA Legislative Bulletin.