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East Valley Tribune welcomes new publisher
Briefs Register by Sept. 17 for the ANA Fall Convention Don’t forget to register! Sign up online at www.ananews.com or by phone at (602) 261-7655. Remember to file your Ownership Statement by Oct. 1 Oct. 1 is the deadline to file your annual USPS Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation (Form 3526) with your postmaster. Failure to file or publish a statement of ownership may lead to suspension of Periodicals authorization. A current ownership statement is also a requirement for membership in the Arizona Newspapers Association. This information is used to update circulation statistics and promote network advertising programs. Online newspaper advertising jumps 19 percent in second quarter Advertising expenditures for newspaper Web sites increased by 19.3 percent to $796 million in the second quarter versus the same period a year ago, according to preliminary estimates from the Newspaper Association of America. Log on to www.naa.org for more details. Report shows new media lagging on college campuses Insidehighered.com reports that journalism education is lagging behind industry in embracing the new media technologies that students will need to be competitive in the work place, according to a paper presented last month. Advertising revenue and readership for college newspapers remain strong – one study that found that about three-quarters of college students pick up the print versions of their campus newspapers at least twice a week. But the success of the print model at the college level masks its struggles in commercial media, and while college media outlets have made gains in incorporating new media platforms, the progress has been slower than it should be. The Votes are In: Traditional Media Trumps Internet for 2008 Election Despite the hype, few voters are turning to the Internet to learn about presidential candidates. Nucleus Research, a global provider of information technology research and advisory services revealed that social networking, blog and political parties’ Web sites are affecting voter opinion far less than the recent buzz would suggest. According to a survey conducted in June 2007 by Nucleus Research and KnowledgeStorm, 72 percent of respondents report that mainstream media (MSM) such as newspapers and magazines are their primary sources for political information.
BY DAVID WOODFILL EAST VALLEY TRIBUNE
Freedom Communications, the parent company of the East Valley Tribune, announced Wednesday Julie Moreno, who heads The Sun in Yuma, was named publisher of the East Valley and Scottsdale Tribunes. She replaces current Tribune publisher Terry Horne, who will leave to become president and publisher of Freedom’s flagship newspaper, The Orange County Register, and the OC Post in Santa Ana, Calif. Horne became Tribune publisher in April. Moreno is publisher of The Sun and regional vice president of Freedom’s Pacific Region. Prior to assuming leadership of the 20,302-circulation newspaper, Moreno held a variety of positions in advertising, sales and publishing during her 20 years with the company.
She started as an account executive in 1986 at The Brownsville Herald in Brownsville, Texas. She also held the positions of co-op advertising manager, director of advertising and director of sales during her tenure at The Herald. In
1995, she became publisher of the Clovis News Journal in Clovis N.M. and was promoted to senior publisher of Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico in 1997. Freedom Communications also announced that it reorganized its newspapers, creating one division — Freedom Newspapers — to include Community Newspapers and Freedom Orange County Information, which includes the Register. “One newspaper division is a critical step in sharing more resources across Freedom,” said Freedom Communications CEO Scott Flanders in a written statement. “By combining what were two separate newspaper divisions, we are looking forward not only to greater efficiencies but also to unlocking the best ideas and creative energies of all of our newspaper associates,” he said.
It’s unanimous: OPEN Government Act passes Legislation passed just before Congress left town for its August recess makes long-overdue changes to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that will speed agency responses to records requests and help open the government to average citizens, Public Citizen said today. The Openness Promotes Effectiveness in our National Government Act, known as the OPEN Government Act, passed the Senate by unanimous consent on Aug. 3. Similar legislation passed the House of Representatives overwhelmingly in March. “This bill is great for democracy and for open and accountable government,” said Linda Andros, legislative counsel with Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division. FOIA was enacted more than 40 years ago so that the public could obtain government records to ensure the government operates in the public interest. However, far too often, people and businesses seeking records under FOIA face difficult roadblocks, inordinate delays and improper denials, all of which the government can routinely do with near impunity. The bill states that when a FOIA requester must file a lawsuit to obtain government records under FOIA
because an agency is dragging its feet, the requester can obtain attorney fees even if the government releases the records before a court orders the records to be released. In that case, the fees can be obtained as long as the FOIA requester’s claim is not wholly unsubstantial. The measure also restores meaningful deadlines for agency action under FOIA, clarifies that FOIA applies to agency records held by outside private contractors and creates a FOIA ombudsman to help resolve disputes between the public and agencies. “Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas), the sponsors of the legislation, should be congratulated for their persistence and diligence in passing this important step forward for public access to ANAgrams Arizona Newspapers Association 1001 N. Central Avenue, Suite 670 Phoenix, AZ 85004 - 1947
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Contest, convention and other notes from the director BY PAULA CASEY INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
With our busy fall season just around the corner, the ANA staff is wasting no time in our Convention preparations.Contest results have been tallied and the results have never been closer! It is becoming clear that Arizona newspapers competitive edge is showing through. Our Better Newspapers Contest big screen results show should not disappoint anyone. We have moved the event to a Happy Hour reception on Saturday evening to accommodate the biannual Zenger Awards luncheon. This year, we have also added the Journalist and Photographer of the Year Awards. Fearing promises the presentation to be spectacular! We have decided to accept the gracious offer from Chris Callahan, Dean at the ASU Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications, to hold our 2008 Annual meeting and Fall convention at the new Cronkite School (currently under construction) October 10-11, 2008. The state of the art facility, complete with auditoriums, classrooms and computer labs, should only enhance
our future training sessions. We are always open to your suggestions for future training sessions. Please do not hesitate to drop me a line with your ideas. Other changes coming soon include the addition of a “Members only” section to our ANA Web site. This new enhancement will enable
Marketing, Member Revenue
Government / Public Policy
Objectives ANA revenue enhancements; Assist members with political advertising sales; ANA directory; Statewide online classified ads; Public Notice promotion; Effective communications to members; Digital archiving of newspapers; Recognize advertising business partners in ad awards contest; The Committee Dick Larson, Chairman, Western Newspapers; Steve Stevens, Today’s News Herald, Lake Havasu City; Lisa Miller, The Sun (Yuma); Mark Bollin, Green Valley News & Sun; Blake Dewitt, Western Newspapers; Cindy Meaux, Ad Placement Manager, ANA; Sharon Schwartz, Network Advertising Manager, ANA; John Alexander, Foothills Focus.
First Amendment Coalition
Objectives Provide journalists from member newspapers with educational information and a legal hot line for access issues. ANA is responsible for 12 seats on this board of directors. ANA Appointees Dan Burnette, West Valley View; Joseph Reaves, Arizona Republic; Terry Ross, Yuma Daily Sun; Josie Cantu-Weber, Tucson Citizen; David Bodney, Steptoe & Johnson; Ben Hanson, Daily Courier; Linda Wienandt, Associated Press; Mark Kimble, Tucson Citizen, and Kevin Kemper, University of Arizona.
Education Task Force
Objectives Conventions: Spring Marketing Workshop in May (Wed-Fri) and Fall Convention in October (Thursday-Saturday), First two days of both are computer training and half-day of sessions eliminated; Regional Education – Need trainers; On-line training -- too expensive? List Serves for various professions; NIE – fund raising; curriculum; marketing; Update Public notice laws and Ad guidelines; Constitution Day Sept.. 17 – create NIE material; NIE Training at conventions; half-day session; NIE Regional North/South full day NIE training. Additional volunteers needed. The Committee John Wolfe, Chairman, Green Valley News & Sun; Michael Chihak, Tucson Citizen; Pat Oso, Statewide NIE Coordinator, ANF; Paula Casey, Business Manager, ANA.
Objectives Build on 2003, including creating a formal plan for 2005/6; Re-craft Legislative Alert; Note key legislation that requires editor/publisher calls; Simplify way editors/publishers can send an e-mail to key legislators on issues; Create a grid noting each legislator’s committee assignments; Match legislative leadership to Editors & Publishers; Host Legislative Breakfast in January 2006 instead of Legislative Lunch in Fall; Further build allies/ government access groups; Continue “Public Access Counselor” legislation and emphasize “Training;” Support banning suits against public records requestors. The Committee Teri Hayt, Chairman; Independent Newspapers (Phoenix); Michael Chihak, Tucson Citizen; Janet DelTufo, Wickenburg Sun; Melanie Larson, The Explorer (Tucson); David J. Bodney, Steptoe & Johnson, Phoenix; Ward Bushee, Arizona Republic (Phoenix); Tom Arviso, The Navajo Times (Window Rock); Kevin Kemper, University of Arizona; John Moody, ANA Legislative Counsel, Miller, LaSota & Peters, Phoenix.
Objectives Study contest entries and develop an online contest submission form; Study and reshape Hall of Fame criteria, make them less subjective and Improve bios; Work with the University of Arizona to improve the Zenger Award; FOI – broader distribution of news release to improve publicity; Improve ad agency category. The Committee Don Rowley, Chairman, The Sun (Yuma); Perri Collins, ANA; Paula Casey; Business Manager, ANA
Objectives This committee reviews the monthly financial reports and questions the staff on budget variances, in order to report to the full board. It also is responsible for working with the staff to develop the annual budget for ANA and Ad Services. The Committee The secretary-treasurer, past president, and one additional director are appointed to the Finance Committee each year. Currently Michael Chihak, Tucson Citizen, is chairman; Mike Quinn, Past President, and Dick Larson, Western Newspapers, Inc.
members to participate in forums and discussions relevant to their jobs and will give ANA the ability to update our membership information via the web as well as give us a method to conduct short surveys of our membership. Our Board and Committees will have a section to download direct communications such as agendas and reports. You will be able to register and pay for future conventions and seminars here. We will still need some information to update the Directory annually (proof of circulation and advertising rate sheets) but the bulk of our database will be on the website. There is a training session scheduled during our 2007 Fall convention if you want to get a sneak peak. On another note, the transition for me as your Interim Executive Director has been rather seamless but very exciting. I see many challenges ahead but am comforted by the overwhelming support of John Fearing, the ANA staff and Board of Directors.
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Traditional Journalism Job Cuts Countered by Digital Additions BY MARK GLASER PBS.ORG
If you follow the world of traditional journalism, you c a n ’t h e l p but notice the seemingly constant stream of layoffs and buyouts at news organizations. But media observers don’t often emphasize the flip side: As newspapers and broadcasters slice their senior-level workforce, they are also quietly building their digital and online teams. For example, when I heard about job cuts at the New York Times Co. last winter, I took a quick look at the company’s online job listings, and saw a healthy supply of digital jobs still up for grabs. And while Tribune Co. has been in the news for all its devastating cuts to the L.A. Times staff, there’s still a selection of 85 interactive job openings at the parent company, including a handful at the Times. Similarly, the MTV cable networks have had far-reaching cuts and reorganizations, yet there are dozens of digital job openings listed online. Sites such as JournalismJobs. com and mediabistro.com are far from hurting when it comes to media job listings. Dan Rohn, a former reporter for the Washington Post who has run JournalismJobs.com since the late ’90s, says he is contacted by reporters doing the same stories on layoffs in the newspaper industry about every six or eight months. But the reality is that job openings are still plentiful — including print jobs at newspapers around the country. “Right now we have 628 newspaper job openings in the U.S., from Alaska to Massachusetts to Florida to Indiana,” Rohn told me. “It’s in small towns, and I think that’s because they’re owned by families or small chains that are successful and not being hit as hard. The big companies, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, they are publicly traded and it’s a whole different ball game. The small papers are still serving a need in their communities.” Rohn says that big public media companies in tech-savvy and affluent areas like Boston and Washington, DC, push more tenured employees toward retirement and buyouts to save money, the better to please Wall Street investors and analysts. “You see the buyouts and that’s what gets the headlines, and then they
hire digital folks because they’re trying to get the younger set, the technologically savvy journalist who doesn’t have the pay built up yet and has the skills of the next generation,” Rohn said. mediabistro.com founder Laurel Touby told me the level of digital job openings she’s seeing is equivalent to what she experienced back when the site launched during the dot-com heyday in 1999. At the moment, there are 645 job listings under Online/ New Media at mediabistro.com, more than in any other sector on the site. “Most people sit there and bemoan the sorry state of traditional media companies and notice how positions are being cut,” Touby said. “But there’s another side of the trend. They might be cutting print jobs, but they’re also adding digital positions.” While many traditional media companies believe they’ll save money by pushing out tenured staff in favor of tech-savvier newbies, Touby thinks that’s a wrong-headed notion. She said media companies are pushing out talented people who could easily have been re-trained, and that training new hires can be just as time-consuming and costly. mediabistro.com offers classes for journalists to get digital training, and the site is reaching out to media companies to help re-train people, but is facing resistance. “It’s a hard sell because media companies have traditionally not invested in people, they don’t invest in management training programs, they don’t invest in any kind of training of people,” Touby said. “It’s a talent industry, so it’s like ‘if you’re not good enough when you get here, you’re out!’ You swim or die.” One source at a medium-sized chain newspaper, who wanted to remain anonymous because of his position, told me his paper simply didn’t re-hire print positions that were vacated over the past year, rather than do layoffs. The newspaper has pushed people to take unpaid sabbaticals, and plans to hire seven digital positions in the next year. The source said that the decision to re-train print people for digital jobs depends on the person. “Re-training someone who isn’t interested doesn’t make sense,” the source said. “People have to be naturally curious about it, and most CONTINUED ON PAGE 6
A newspaper’s reflections THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC
We make so much of this grand, local obsession of ours - what will the Valley become? - that we sometimes forget this desert community has a past. This newspaper, of course, enjoys a place in that history. Its former publisher and owner, Eugene C. Pulliam, was a pillar of Arizona’s formative years. But there were others, including former editors and writers, whose mark on The Arizona Republic, and, for that matter, on the community, remains indelible. Two such significant personalities recently have passed away. Edwin McDowell, editorial page editor of The Republic from 1960 until 1972, died July 10 in Bronxville, N.Y. He was 72. Republic veterans like Earl Zarbin and Bill Hogan both recall McDowell as a remarkably wellversed intellectual and “a very personable man.” He authored three books, including Barry Goldwater: Portrait of an Arizonan, which he wrote in 1964. After leaving The Republic, he went on to write editorials at the Wall Street Journal, then wrote on international finance for the New York Times for 26 years. “He was a damned good (editorial page) editor,” said former Republic city editor and managing editor Bob Early. “By rights, he should have been editor of the paper.” While memories of McDow-
ell’s significant contributions to The Republic are tinged with age, those of Ginger Hutton, a beloved former Republic columnist, are fresh. And the wounds of her loss are deep. Hutton, 66, was killed in an auto accident in north Phoenix in July. Ginger’s husband, former Republic and Phoenix Gazette sports columnist Joe Gilmartin, was injured in the accident. Among Republic staffers of a certain age, the loss of Ginger Hutton quite honestly breaks a lot of hearts. She was every bit as kind, considerate and thoughtful as her longtime column, titled “Reflections,” would indicate. So it was with her readers. “Reflections” was an enormously popular column - so much so that when Hutton would leave for vacation, The Republic would run “Best of Reflections” columns. On our own reflection, that constituted a remarkable acknowledgment of Ginger Hutton’s impact on the community she served. So rarely do any of us take proper time to reflect on those events - and those people - who came before our time. But, as is so often the case, we stand on the shoulders of giants. Of good, decent, hardworking giants. They will be missed.
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Your Arizona Public Access Ombudsman-Citizen’s Aide has the answers you need that nothing in A.R.S. § 39-121.01(D) precludes an ongoing request for disclosure of a narrowly defined, clearly identifiable category of tobe-created documents that the public agency concedes are public records.
Q: Are there any new statutory exemptions?
A: Yes. A.R.S. §§ 39-123 and 124 grant adult or juvenile corrections officers, corrections support staff members, probation officers, members of the board of executive clemency, law enforcement Elizabeth Hill, Public Access Ombudsman-Citizen’s Aide support staff members, national guard members acting in support of a law enforceQ: Do the Identity-Theft statutes (A.R.S. §§ 41-4151, -4171, and ment agency, persons protected under -4172) affect the type of personal an order of protection or injunction identifying information that may against harassment, firefighters be redacted from public records? assigned to the Arizona counterterrorism center in the department of A: No. The legislation adds nothing public safety, and victims of domestic new to the existing public records violence or stalking who are prolaw and provides no guidance as tected under an order of protection to redaction of personal identify- or injunction against harassment the ing information contained in public same protection granted peace offirecords. While government agencies cers, justices, judges, commissioners, are required to develop procedures to public defenders, prosecutors, and protect entity and personal identify- code enforcement officers. ing information from hacking of electronic data and unauthorized access Q: Are there any other new amendor change to the data, they should ments to Arizona’s Public Records continue to apply existing public Law? records principles when this information is contained in a public record. A: Yes. A.R.S. § 39-127 requires, In other words, if entity and personal on request of the victim, the court to identifying information is contained provide to the victim or immediate in a public record it is presumptively family member, if the victim is killed subject to disclosure. Redaction or or incapacitated, a free copy of a case withholding of information should transcript arising out of the offense only occur when the information is committed against the victim for the deemed confidential by statute or purposes of litigation or representawhere privacy interests or best inter- tion of a victim’s right. ests of the state prevail and trump the Q: When do the new amendments publics’ right to know. take affect? Q: Does Arizona’s public records law require government entities A: September 19, 2007. to comply with on-going public record requests?
Q: Possibly. In the recent opinion, West Valley View, Inc. v. Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, No. CV-060549, P.3d, 2007 WL 2325602 (Ariz. App. Div. 1, August 16, 2007), the Arizona Court of Appeals concluded
If you have a public records access problem or open meeting question, please contact Elizabeth Hill (602) 285-9136 ext. 32.
Red Rock news staff changes BY GREG RULAND SEDONA RED ROCK NEWS
A promotion and a graduation, of sorts, for two editorial staff members ensures Sedona Red Rock News readers continue to get the most accurate and complete coverage available, News Managing Editor Greg Ruland announced Wednesday, Aug. 1. Trista Steers, 23, former News city reporter, moves into the assistant managing editor spot. Steers will continue to cover city news in addition to fulfilling new duties as AME. “I’m excited for the opportunity to work with the community in a broader sense,” Steers said. “I think my experience as the city reporter... taught me about Sedona as a community and the residents that bring it life.” Steers graduated from the University of Montana Journalism School in 2006. She took her first professional reporting job with the News on Aug. 8, 2006. Her promotion comes just one week shy of her first anniversary with the company. “We’re very proud of what Trista1has1 accomplished in such a short period of time,” Ruland said. “She’s a talented reporter and already shows talent as an editor.” Ruland said Steers wasted no time introducing two great innovations during her first week on the job. Both helped track reporters, stories and deadlines in a way that improved newsroom efficiency, he said. In a graduation of sorts, outgoing Assistant Managing Editor Kyle Larson, 24, now moves to the Advertising Department to train as a sales executive. Recently elected to the board
of directors of the award-winning Sedona Main Street Program, Larson will continue to manage redrocknews.com, the Larson Newspapers flagship Web site, and Larson Media Services, a new media advertising firm, in addition to his sales duties. “I’m very excited about the opportunity to get to know our current and future business associates,” Larson said. “My goal is to help take our company and our clients to the next level.” When not otherwise occupied, Larson serves as the newspaper’s primary information and technology officer. “Kyle [Larson] will provide the same smart, level-headed guidance to the people in advertising that he gave the newsroom. Our loss is their gain,” Ruland said. Both Steers and Larson also serve on the Larson Newspapers Editorial Board. Photojournalist Mal Cooper has left Sedona Red Rock News to pursue other opportunities. C o o p e r , who worked more than two years at the News and won several Arizona Newspapers Association awards during her tenure, has moved on to teach photojournalism at Sedona Red Rock High School as part of the school’s career technology education program. “My time with Larson Newspapers was a professionally enriching experience and I thank them for the opportunity,” Cooper said. Michele Bradley, a Northern Arizona University senior, takes Cooper’s place in the newsroom.
UA professor earns unique Ph.D. Kevin R. Kemper has become the first person to graduate from the new joint Ph.D. Journalism/J.D. degrees program at the University of Missouri’s Schools of Journalism and Law. He finished the Ph.D. in Spring 2006, and finished the J.D. in May 2007 after being a visiting student at the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law. He took the Arizona bar examination in July and passed with flying colors. Kemper joined the University of Arizona faculty in fall 2005 to teach Law of the Press, among other courses. He has worked in communications for more than 20 years, including time as a reporter, a freelance writer for various publications, and an ordained minister. Kemper
taught reporting and media ethics at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism and served as chair of the journalism department at Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton.
SEPTEMBER2007 2007 SEPTEMBER
Goodbye Clyde Clyde S. Roberts, former president of the Arizona Newspaper Association and longtime publisher of Willcox and Benson newspapers, passed away Aug. 26. He was 92. Roberts graduated from the University of Missouri and was stationed in Europe with the U.S. Army during World War II. Later, he worked as advertising manager for the Rolla Daily News in Rolla, Mo. In 1958, Roberts moved with his family from Missouri to Willcox, where he and his late wife Juanita purchased the weekly Arizona Range News. A few years later, they bought the San Pedro Valley NewsSun in neighboring Benson, and in the 1970s also owned newspapers in Silver City and Lordsburg, N.M. Roberts was active in the chambers of commerce in both Willcox and Benson, and he was an active member in the First Christian Church in Willcox. While publisher,
he printed the History of Willcox and other publications that highlighted the history and achievements of southeastern Arizona. He served as ANA president in the mid-1970s. In 1981, Mr. and Mrs. Roberts sold their newspapers to Wick Newspapers, Inc. and retired to Phoenix. Over the years, they kept in close touch with their friends in Willcox and Benson, traveling there frequently. Roberts is preceded in death by his wife, Juanita. They are survived by their daughter, Jane Flentje, and sons Bill and Jim Roberts; grandchildren Vanessa Hendersen and David Wright, Brett, Darren, Karyn, Jonathan and Katelyn Roberts; and four great-grandchildren. Memorial services at Westminster Village are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22, at 10 a.m. at 12000 N. 90th St., Scottsdale. Arrangements entrusted to Messinger Indian School Mortuary.
A Tribute to Clyde Roberts BY JONATHAN MARSHALL PUBLISHER (RETIRED), SCOTTSDALE DAILY PROGRESS
I was saddened to learn of the death of Clyde Roberts. Clyde was a devoted newspaper publisher who maintained high standards of integrity and loyalty to his community. During the 1960 to 1980 period he provided leadership for the Arizona Newspapers Association and served as ANA president with distinction. Those of us who fought such issues as open meetings and public records reform remember Clyde as a friend and colleague. His quiet
support for ANA causes will be remembered for years to come and we will miss a friend.
Google Starts Hosting AP Content -Could Cut Traffic to Newspaper Sites Internet search leader Google Inc. began hosting material produced by The Associated Press and three other news services on its own Web site last month, instead of sending readers to other destinations. The change affects hundreds of stories and photographs distributed each day by the AP, Agence FrancePresse, The Press Association in the United Kingdom and The Canadian Press. It could diminish Internet traffic to newspaper and broadcast companies’ Web sites where those stories and photos are also found – a development that could reduce those companies’ revenue from online advertising. Google negotiated licensing deals with the services during the past two years to resolve disputes over whether the search engine had been infringing on their copyrights by displaying snippets of their content on its Web site. The new approach won’t change the look of Google News or affect the way the section handles material produced by other media. Google also said it isn’t altering its formula for finding news, so the material from the AP and other services won’t be elevated in the pecking order of its search results. Although Google already had bought the right to display content produced by all four services affected by the change, the search engine’s news section had continued to link to the sites of other Web publishers to read the stories and look at the photographs. For example, a Google News user who clicked on an AP story about the latest developments in Iraq would be steered to one of the hundreds of Web sites that also have the right to post the same article. That helped drive more traffic
to the Web sites of newspapers and broadcasters who pay annual fees to help finance the AP, a 161-year-old cooperative owned by news organizations. Now, Google visitors interested in reading an AP story will remain on Google’s Web site unless they click on a link that enables them to read the same story on other sites. Google doesn’t have any immediate plans to run ads alongside the news stories or photographs hosted on its site, but company officials aren’t ruling out the possibility in the future. Although the change might not even be noticed by many Google users, the decision to corral the content from the AP and other news services may irritate publishers and broadcasters if the move results in less traffic for them and more for the Internet’s most powerful company. A diminished audience would likely translate into less online revenue, compounding the financial headaches of long-established media already scrambling to make up for the money that has been lost as more advertisers shift their spending to the Internet. With the new approach, Google reasons readers won’t have to pore through search results listing the same story posted on different sites. That should in turn make it easier to discover other news stories at other Web sites that might previously have been buried. The AP intends to work with Google to ensure readers find their way to breaking news stories on its members’ Web sites. In recognition of the challenges facing the media, the AP froze its basic rates for member newspapers and broadcasters this year and already has committed to keeping fees at the same level next year.
Freedom of Information: Coming to a town near you! Journalists, government officials, attorneys and active citizens will participate in a Sept. 29 Flagstaff panel discussion about how much access to their government citizens have. It’s the second stop of the Tour de FOI, a tour of several Arizona cities in 2007 and 2008 where the public is invited to hear representatives of different interests in the debate over freedom of information. The discussion is 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the School of Communication at Northern Arizona University
in Flagstaff. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Panelists will include public information officers and other officials of governments in Coconino and Yavapai counties, journalists from Flagstaff, Prescott and Sedona news media, active citizens who frequently request public information and First Amendment Coalition attorney Dan Barr. This is the second incarnation of the Tour de FOI, which was held in five Arizona cities in 1993 and sponsored, as is this year’s tour, by the First Amendment Coalition of
Arizona. The coalition is a consortium of media organizations: the Arizona Newspapers Association, the Arizona Broadcasters Association, the Arizona-New Mexico Cable Telecommunications Association, the Arizona chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Arizona Press Club. The Flagstaff “stop” on the tour is the second one; the first was in March in Tucson. The Flagstaff discussion will be held in conjunction with the Arizona Press Club’s annual fall conference for journalists.
The Tour de FOI is designed for the general public, to acquaint them with two things: (a) their rights to access to government through guarantees of federal and state public records and open meetings laws and (b) present to them the competing interests involved. Questions to be discussed include: How much access is guaranteed? How much is excluded? How can we tell the difference? For more information, contact Mark Scarp, the coalition’s immediate past president, at (480) 970-2351 or at email@example.com.
NOW! 2007 Fall Convention Highlights Training Tech guru Kevin Slimp gives you the scoop on Adobe Acrobat, shows you a few Photoshop Tips & Tricks and helps you better understand InDesign “Watching the big whales flounder, while the little newspaper fish thrive.” The headlines tell us the big newspapers are in deep water, while smaller newspapers are doing better. Professor, Writer, Speaker, Facilitator and Media Consultant Tim McGuire will examine this phenomenon for lessons on how we can extend the journalistic and business lives for all our newspapers. Computer Assisted Reporting Stephen Doig, Knight Chair, Arizona State University, will demonstrate how newspaper journalists can use spreadsheets and mapping programs to quickly find storyworthy patterns in routine data such as crime reports, campaign finances, election returns, and school test scores. Newspaper NEXT: The Blueprint for Transformation Elaine Clisham, American Press Institute, brings a message of hope and workable techniques you can use to become a master, rather than a victim, of innovation. Better Newspapers Contest Awards Reception Come early to get a good seat for the presentation of the state’s Newspaper of the Year awards. Catch the big-screen show of award-winning Arizona newspapers, writers and photographers.
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Tribune wins access to self-review by Scottsdale city manager A judge ordered Scottsdale to open City Manager Jan Dolan’s selfevaluation to public review. Last month’s decision in a lawsuit filed by the Tribune marked the second time in slightly more than two years that the courts have ruled the city improperly denied public records to the newspaper. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Paul McMurdie also ordered in his four-page decision that Scottsdale must pay the Tribune’s attorneys’ fees and costs. The amount could push the total cost to the Scottsdale taxpayers to about $50,000. The document, along with the self-evalutions of City Attorney Deborah W. Robberson, City Auditor Cheryl Dreska and City Clerk Carolyn Jagger were released to the Tribune on August 22. Scottsdale spokesman Pat Dodds said the City Council must provide direction on whether to pursue an appeal. The city has 30
days to decide. After having its initial request in December turned down by city staff, the Tribune sued in February to obtain the self-evaluation — the only written document pertaining to Dolan’s job performance. Dolan — who has a slim majority of council support and has been criticized for her management style and the city’s low morale and high turnover — was awarded an 8 percent raise in January on a 4-3 council vote. Dolan declined to comment. An early sampling of council members indicates an appeal is unlikely, even among members that still stand by the decision to not release the document and challenge the Tribune in court. Scottsdale Mayor Mary Manross said a judge’s decision was needed in this case. Manross said she now wants to move forward, implying that she will not support an appeal.
“Sometimes it costs a few dollars to get an answer to these kinds of questions,” said Manross, who said the issue was about protecting the process to have honest and constructive dialogue with top employees. Councilman Bob Littlefield has vocally called for the release of the document and forced a council vote on the issue in January. The 3-3 deadlock meant the request remained unfulfilled. “It’s a good ruling, it never should have been done in the first place and now we look stupid throwing $50,000 away,” Littlefield said. Dan Barr, a First Amendment lawyer representing the Tribune, said the judge’s order could not be any more clear. “Each one of their arguments was flatly rejected,” Barr said. Scottsdale argued that because the document was produced for a closed-door session, the document itself was confidential. The judge disagreed.
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reporters are. Unfortunately [the people who get the re-training] end up being who’s been here the longest and who has the best political ties in the newsroom.” Many newspaper newsrooms are giving print employees more digital duties, or shifting them outright to work on the web. Robb Montgomery, a new-media consultant, says that he’s seeing more shifting going on than outright layoffs lately, including at his old employer, the Chicago Sun-Times. “They are planning to move four people from their online operation down into the [print] newsroom this fall,” he said via email. “I don’t know that they have laid anyone off — but neither are they really hiring either. The same crew was there when I left two years ago. What seems to be happening is that some people are getting new jobs to support digital journalism initiatives.” But with the layoffs, digital hiring, and shifting, are newsrooms getting bigger, contracting or staying the same size? At USA Today, executive editor Kinsey Wilson said the overall staff has “declined slightly” through attrition since the merger of the online and print divisions in December 2005. The biggest change has been in the duties of print people, who now do more filing for the web, more blogging and more combined print and web work on big stories. “In real terms, reporting and editing resources that were once
devoted exclusively to producing the paper have been shifted selectively to combined print and online production — while the dedicated online staff has remained constant,” Kinsey said via email. “We’ve experimented with different models in different parts of the newsroom. Our Tech and Travel staffs are completely integrated. In news, we rely on a real-time news desk to prepare stories for the web; and we’re planning to do the same in Sports. In our Life section, we’ve had tremendous success combining our print and online graphics efforts.” Scott Bosley, executive director of American Society of Newspaper Editors, says that his organization does a job census each year at daily newspapers in the U.S. If it wasn’t for the growth in online jobs and new free dailies, Bosley thinks job numbers would have shrunk; instead, they’ve remained steady. As for hiring trends in the future, that depends on how well newspaper companies come up with successful business plans online. “There are a lot of tries and experiments going on, but there’s no clear answer yet,” Bosley said. “I’m an optimist about it, and I believe there will end up being more people practicing journalism — not journalism as we know it, but journalism which is good journalism.” So with news organizations wanting to hire more versatile, multiplatform journalists, how are journalism schools reacting? Paul Grabowicz, assistant dean and director of the
new media program at the Graduate School of Journalism at University of California-Berkeley, said that so many students were taking the Intro to Multimedia Reporting elective that the school decided to make it a required course for everyone. “This year we’re also going to have students in our core intro reporting class, which is required of all incoming students, do more multimedia and blogging,” Grabowicz said via email. “And many of our other courses are adding a digital component as well. So digital media increasingly is becoming embedded throughout our curriculum, rather than as a separate track. I think that trend will accelerate in the future, because it reflects the approach news organizations increasingly are taking, integrating multimedia into the newsroom rather than having a separate, stand-alone online operation.” Rather than complain about the job cuts at media organizations, journalism school graduates are actually finding themselves in plum positions if they have digital skills out of college. “Students who are well versed in digital media often find themselves being placed in key positions in news organizations that are trying to ramp up their multimedia or online operations,” Grabowicz said. “So it’s not just that it’s becoming a requirement for a job; for many students it’s an opportunity to help lead a news organization in the transition to digital media. Which is pretty exciting.”
Graphic artist The East Valley Tribune is seeking a graphic artist. Responsibilities include producing maps, charts and informational graphics for online and print platforms. Must be proficient in Illustrator, PhotoShop, InDesign, 3-D and Flash. For details, contact Amanda Rohrer, arohrer@ evtrib.com. (Aug. 30)
Copyeditor/designer The East Valley Tribune is seeking candidates who have at least two years of experience, are hardworking, fast and flexible, and are comfortable both designing pages and editing copy for print and the Web. Must work nights and weekends. For details, contact Darren Barakat, firstname.lastname@example.org. (Aug. 30)
Sales Manager This position is responsible for the direct supervision, guiding, coaching and training of a team of Retail Advertising Executives and is responsible for increasing market share and growing active accounts within a specific territory and achieving revenue goals. Motivate and supervise a group of sales representatives and sales assistants: train and teach selling techniques, assign accounts to reps, encourage team spirit among employees, evaluate job performance. Assist sales representatives with daily selling duties, account development and extraordinary situations which may arise. Make frequent sales calls with representatives. Monitors competitive media and review individual representatives’ linage performance by periods. Prepare and conduct weekly team sales meetings, special presentations and write reports as required. Responsible for all linage and revenue tracking of sales team. Prepare weekly and monthly reports. Responsible for on-going new business territory development. Performs other related duties as assigned.
Sports Reporter Exercises independent judgment. Requires complete understanding of company and department policies, procedures and federal regulations as they relate to advertising, contracts, etc. Leadership and organization qualities necessary; effective administrative, communication and supervisory techniques required. Must be knowledgeable regarding advertising sales, copywriting, ad layout and design. Must demonstrate a strong commitment to excellence. Is expected to produce quality work. Qualified candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree in related or equivalent experience and must have a minimum of five years newspaper advertising sales experience in positions of increasing scope and responsibility. Contact Betsy Stuetze at (520) 807-8402 for more information. (Aug. 28)
Sales Admin House of Elliott Media Group in the West Valley of the Phoenix area is looking for an energetic and detailoriented person to help administer its accounts for its newspaper and magazine publishing business. The ideal candidate would have media experience or with a large account base, would have thorough knowledge of computer programs such through Microsoft Office with an emphasis on Excel and other database entry programs. The position is responsible for logging ads destined for various media forms including the Internet and acting as a liaison between the advertising and production departments. The position requires great accuracy to make sure customers are served and information is properly accounted for. Telephone sales experience a plus. Contact Kevin at (623) 584-2992 for more information. (Aug. 23)
Just in time for football season, the Mohave Valley Daily News in Arizona is seeking a reporter to cover area athletics and help put out our sports section. High school sports make up the bulk of what we do, but we also branch out and cover recreation/outdoors issues and trends. Several big events make their way to the area, from prime-time boxing to rodeo to off-road racing. Quark and/ or photography skills, in addition to solid clips, will move you to the top of the list. The Mohave Valley Daily News is a morning newspaper with a circulation of 10,500, published six days a week. The paper is located in northwest Arizona on the banks of the Colorado River, right across from casino town of Laughlin, Nev., and a mere 15 minutes from Lake Mohave; 45 minutes from Lake Havasu; 90 minutes from Las Vegas. Send cover letter, resume, clips and references to Managing Editor Wayne Agner; Mohave Valley Daily News; 2435 S. Miracle Mile; Bullhead City, AZ 86442; or e-mail info to wagner@ mohavedailynews.com. (Aug. 17)
News Reporter Verde Valley Newspapers, Inc., has an immediate opening for a full-time News Reporter. The ideal candidate must have clear, concise writing skills with an unwavering penchant for accuracy; strong photography skills; be familiar with Microsoft Word and Adobe InDesign programs. This position requires solid organizational skills; adherence to deadlines and a “can do” approach to life. Some weekend work required. Send resumé, examples of writing and photography to Dan Engler, The Verde Independent, 116 S. Main St. Cottonwood, AZ 86326 or email@example.com. (Aug. 13)
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