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TWN September 2011 1 The Washington Newspaper THE WASHINGTON NEWSPAPER PRSRT STD U.S. Postage PAID Seattle, WA Permit No. 422 Vol. 96, No.9 September 2011 Journal of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association and Allied Daily Newspapers of Washington • ‘Bright’ idea: Sign up early for convention NNA chief to lead off 124th WNPA gathering R DEADLINES: Early Bird Registration: Sept. 9 Hotel Reservations: Sept. 16 Final Convention Registration: Sept. 23 ON THE WEB: egister for “Building a Bright Future,” WNPA’s 124th Annual Convention, by Sept. 9 to get early bird rates or, at the latest, by Sept. 23. Members will convene at the Holiday Inn Downtown Everett Oct. 7-8 to learn, network and celebrate their successes. Keynote speaker Tonda F. Rush opens Friday’s rich educational opportunities with a presentation on the strong position community newspapers have with readers and her concerns about current policy issues at the federal level, including the state of the postal service. CEO of the National Newspaper Association, Rush represents the interests of community newspapers in Washington, D.C. and will take questions after her presentation. The presentations that follow cover topics important to newspaper staffs every day — from legal issues and audits to advertising sales and community newspaper photography. They’ll also inform news organizations on immediate opportunities for eEditions, video, mobile, apps, and other web-based aspects of the today’s news business. Information gleaned from these sessions, SUCCESSFUL RESCUE See WNPA, page 6 NNA selects for its contests Search committee’s findings endorsed by group’s board T Damian Mulinix/Chinook Observer, Long Beach Surf rescue swimmer Doug Knutzen carries Dale Ostrander to the shore near Long Beach on Aug. 5 after rescue swimmers Eddie Mendez (at left) and Will Green (not pictured) found him floating in the surf. Three days later, the boy was conscious and speaking to doctors at a Portland hospital. He continues to recover at a hospital closer to his Spanaway home. Picked up via Associated Press by more than 60 newspapers nationwide, Damian Mulinix’s photo was voted Picture of the Week on’s photo blog and featured on major national and regional night and morning television news shows. he SmallTownPapers online contest platform, BetterBNC. com, has been selected by the National Newspaper Association for its 2012 newspaper contests. “After careful review of various online platforms, the committee found SmallTownPapers’ platform easy to navigate, it offers an enhanced contest entry and judging experience – and provides all this at a reasonable price,” reported Sara Dickson, Programs and Outreach Manager for NNA. NNA CEO Tonda F. Rush charged Dickson and her committee with identifying the best vendor based on three criteria: ease of entry for members, a more streamlined judging process and enhanced stewardship of association resources. The NNA board approved the committee’s recommendation at its summer meeting. “We look forward with eager anticipation to launching our 2012 newspaper See NNA, page 4 NCW Media, Sound Publishing go shopping together Sound purchases Okanogan weekly; NCW nets monthly S ound Publishing Inc. has purchased the Okanogan Valley-Gazette Tribune from NCW Media Inc. The deal also includes the bi-annual tourist publication, Recreationland, which serves visitors within North Central Washington and British Columbia’s Southern Okanagan. “Bill and Carol Forhan have built up a tremendous business in a very desirable market. “Also, the Bill staff at the Forhan Oroville-based paper bring excellent skills and knowledge to our group and we look forward to their contribu- tion to our company in the future,” said Josh O’Connor, vice president of East Sound Newspaper Operations, Sound Josh Publishing Inc. O’Connor The Okanogan Valley-Gazette Tribune has been in operation since 1905 and distributes 2,700 copies in Oroville and Tonasket and surrounding communities every Thursday. Also included in this transaction is the sale of the Wenatchee Business Journal, a monthly, to NCW Media Inc. “The sale of the Wenatchee Business Journal reflects the changing landscape within the newspaper industry. “We have very dedicated and talented staff who have played an integral role in the business journal’s success to date. We felt this publication would be better served by a local entrepreneur who could compete more effectively in Wenatchee and surrounding markets,” said O’Connor. “Under NCW Media Inc.’s ownership the Wenatchee Business Journal will continue to produce an award-winning publication and we look forward See BUYS, page 2

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