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Publisher Weekly

APA Legislative Report

Vol. 14 | No. 9 | Thursday, February 28, 2019

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APA Ad Conference speaker Diane Ciotta sells sales with integrity Even if Arkansas advertising sales professionals don’t get Diane Ciotta’s New Jersey sarcasm, they’ll get her message, the New Jersey-based sales coach and trainer said.

Diane Ciotta

Ciotta will visit Arkansas for the first time

in her 30-year training career on March 7 as the keynote speaker for the Arkansas Press Association’s annual Advertising Conference. In a telephone interview this week, Ciotta said she intersperses her brand of New Jersey humor with lessons learned in her own sales career to craft informative and enjoyable seminars. Her sales training over the past three decades has focused mostly on advertising professionals, but the techniques and methods she discusses relate to all manner of sales.

professional development. The conference is scheduled for Thursday, March 7, and Friday, March 8, at the Embassy Suites, 1130 Financial Centre Parkway, Little Rock. The deadline to register for the conference is Friday, March 1.

“(Participants) will walk away with a clearcut direction and a system they can follow and if they do, they’ll be successful,” Ciotta said.

Ciotta speaks during two sessions Thursday, March 7, followed by a reception and group dinner. On March 8, ad conference attendees will participate in a Hot Ideas roundtable and panel discussion. Also Friday, the conference concludes with the Better Newspaper Advertising Contest awards luncheon. Ad contest winners were selected from almost 900 entries.

While she hopes that advertising professionals are energized and motivated by her presentations, she noted that she isn’t necessarily a motivational speaker. Instead, Ciotta’s goal is to provide “concrete, techniquebased” suggestions for sales growth and

Ciotta’s main focus as a speaker is to help advertisers grow their sales, and she stresses during her presentations the importance of integrity throughout the sales process. She encourages sales professionals to focus more on their clients’ specific needs than their own Continued on Page 2

Ronnie Bell named General Manager in Batesville Newspaper industry veteran Ronnie Bell has been named general manager of The Daily Guard in Batesville, the newspaper announced.

on the work laid down by those who have gone before and to create the best community newspaper possible.”

Bell had been general manager of the El Dorado News-Times.

Bell said in the announcement that he would be looking for ideas about how to improve local news coverage.

“I very much look forward to getting out into the community and hearing from our readers and advertisers,” Bell told the newspaper. “Our goal will be to build

Bell, who was responsible for operations, budgeting and direction at the El Dorado newspaper, led that publication in a redesign and added Southern Style

magazine. Before working in El Dorado, he was a consultant in Heber Springs. He’s also worked at the Times Record in Fort Smith, where he was marketing and sales manager for three years before being named advertising director. He left Fort Smith to become publisher at the Daily Herald in Roanoke Rapids, N.C. After 12 years in North Carolina, he returned to Arkansas as pubisher of the Harrison Daily Times and Newton Continued on Page 2


APA Ad Conference speaker Diane Ciotta sells sales with integrity

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quest for larger commissions. “Talking advertisers into things because of price or because it’s new bells and whistles just doesn’t do anybody any good,” Ciotta said. “Consistency is what sells in our industry, and we need people to be committed. The only way to get that commitment is if we’re selling them based on their needs and not just something we’re getting commission on.” Ciotta sold print advertising for 10 years before moving into training and coaching. She said that experience remains relevant to her audiences and it’s one reason why she focuses her seminars to newspaper advertising professionals.

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Thelma Louise Ellis

She did sales training at the shopper’s publication where she worked for two years before starting her own business. “We get pressures from management all the time about ‘sell, sell, sell!’ and ‘deadline, deadline, deadline!’,” so a message of integrity is essential to the industry, Ciotta said. “I think what’s been so impactful and what’s kept me in business for so long besides my own use of integrity is that the message is really needed in our industry.” Though it will be her first time in Arkansas, Ciotta has years of experience in training and coaching for other state newspaper associations, including in Mississippi,

She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. J.D. Ellis, and a brother. Survivors include two children; two siblings; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. The family asks that memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Arkansas Publisher Weekly

Visit http://www.arkansaspress.org/ event/2019AdConference for more information and registration details.

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Ronnie Bell named GM in Batesville Continued from Page 1

who make a difference in the community. Bell is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. Bell and his wife, Greta, have two children and two grandchildren.

Ronnie Bell

Thelma Louise Ellis, 87, died Feb. 13 in Jonesboro. A Piggott native, she was one of the original employees of the Piggott Times in 1967 and remained with the local newspaper until her retirement. As a reporter and photographer, she contributed to hundreds of editions of the newspaper. In 1971, she even climbed into a crop duster to snap aerial photos of the wreckage of a U.S. Air Force cargo plane in Clay County.

Louisiana, Florida and Minnesota.

County Times. Under Bell, the Harrison newspaper won more than 60 awards and he initiated the “Women of Distinction” program in Harrison to recognize women

Industry Quote of the Week “Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freedom of speech.”

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“Ronnie brings with him a wealth of knowledge of the newspaper business as well as what it takes to publish a successful newspaper in a thriving community,” David Mosesso, regional president of Paxton Media Group, said in the newspaper. “His Arkansas roots run deep and Batesville is a perfect match for his skill set. There are some great things in store for The Daily Guard as we enter this next phase, and I couldn’t be more pleased with who will be leading the charge.”

Mark Your Calendar 2019 APA Convention June 26-29, Hotel Hot Springs February 28, 2019


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FOIA Coalition to meet Monday, March 4 The Arkansas Freedom of Information Act Coalition will meet Monday, March 4, to consider five bills currently being considered by the Legislature that will impact the state’s Freedom of Information Act. The meeting starts at noon at the Arkansas Press Association headquarters, 411 S. Victory St., in Little Rock. A boxed lunch will be provided, but registration is required by Friday, March 1, to Ashley Wimberley at ashley@arkansaspress. org.

Terry Hawkins, publisher of the Dumas Clarion and an Arkansas journalist since 1974, died Feb. 24 in Dumas. He was 66. Hawkins worked for the Clarion from 1974 to 1981 and 1982-1986 before returning to the newspaper in 1992 as assistant to publisher Charlotte Schexnayder. He remained on the newspaper’s staff for 26 more years, eventually becoming publisher. He also worked for the Nashville News and Blytheville Courier-News, as managing editor of both newspapers. Hawkins was a Monticello native and graduate of Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon, Tenn. He earned a degree from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. The award-winning journalist earned the Arkansas Press Women contest sweepstakes and the National Press Women Communications Contest sweepstakes award in 2007. He also won numerous Arkansas Press Association awards. He had served as secretary/ treasurer for Arkansas Press Women. Active in the Dumas community, Hawkins served the Dumas First United Methodist Church, where he was on the administrative council, the Dumas Area Arts Council, Dumas Chamber of Commerce, Dumas County Museum and Main Street Dumas. In 1997, he was crowned Ding Dong Daddy of Dumas and was an ambassador for the southeast Arkansas city. He is survived by a sister, a brother and a niece. A memorial service was held Feb. 27. Lasting memorials may be given to Dumas First United Methodist Church, 230 Court St., Dumas AR 71639 or Delta Memorial Hospital Renovation Project, PO Box 519, Dumas AR 71639. Arkansas Publisher Weekly

The group will review at least five bills at the meeting that would constrain the state’s venerable open records and open meetings law. Those bills are: •SB 306 by Sen. Larry Teague. This bill would allow for winners of Powerball and MegaMillions jackpots in Arkansas to keep their names and identifying information exempt from public disclosure under FOIA. *HB 1440 by Rep. Mary Bentley. This bill would establish the Maternal and Perinatal Outcomes Quality Review Committee and exempt from FOIA

“all proceedings and activities” of the committee, including its meetings, its records and even opinions formed by committee members. •HB 1441 by Rep. Deborah Ferguson. This bill would establish the Maternal Mortality Review Committee and exempt from FOIA “all proceedings and activities” of the committee, including its meetings, its records and even opinions formed by committee members. •HB 1556 by Rep. Doug House would exempt from FOIA the undisclosed and ongoing investigations of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, Alcoholic Beverage Control Division or Alcoholic Beverage Control Enforcement Division. •HB 1557 by Rep. Doug House would exempt from FOIA the security plans and emergency assessment documents for any medical marijuana cultivator, distributor or lab processor. The state’s FOIA Coalition is a grassroots organization of journalists, educators, attorneys and other members of the public interested in preserving and protecting the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Editor and Publisher recognizes Hot Springs Village Voice Newspaper industry magazine Editor and Publisher has named the Hot Springs Village Voice as a 2019 honorable mention on its list of “10 Newspapers that Do it Right.” The list is published in the magazine’s March edition. According to the magazine, the newspapers are recognized for “innovative revenue strategies, impactful journalism and creative audience growth.” The magazine continued, “Our 10 newspapers, along with the ones listed in our honorable mentions, show that journalism continues to thrive, thanks to bright ideas and bright people. We hope they inspire others to keep up the great work.” The newspaper was cited for an honorable mention in E&P’s “10 who …” for its focus in 2018 on the 55th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The newspaper’s JFK coverage, led by Managing Editor Jeff Meek, culminated in November with a 3

special-edition magazine that sold about 5,500 copies. The magazine included “exclusive photos, new interviews and local remembrances.” Meek has exhaustively researched the assassination of President Kennedy since the 1970s. Meek’s efforts were featured in the Dec. 13, 2018, edition of Arkansas Publisher Weekly https:// bit.ly/2UckF4X He said there has never been more reader response and interest than during the Voice’s coverage of the JFK assassination. In addition to the magazine, the newspaper created a documentary-style feature based on an interview with Secret Service Agent Mike Howard – and placed it exclusively on the Voice’s website. Congratulations to the Village Voice, Meek, General Manager Jennifer Allen and the entire team in Hot Springs Village for their excellent work and commitment to good, innovative journalism. February 28, 2019


92nd Arkansas General Assembly

Legislative Report

APA is monitoring the following filed bills of interest to our industry and the public: Bill No. / Author

Short Description

APA Position

Current Status

HB 1003 Rep. Gazaway

An act to add antibullying measures at schools, to allow school boards to meet in executive sessions for bullying investigations

Opposes

Awaits initial hearing in House Education Committee (Rep. Gazaway has indicated he is re-filing the bill and withdrawing the executive session provision)

HB1015 Rep. Mayberry

Requires journalism to be offered as an elective course in public high school

Supports

Failed in House Education Committee

HB1041 Reps. Ladyman, Eads

Raises the threshold for municipalities to competitively bid projects from $20,000 to $50,000, thus abolishing public notice requirements for municipal expenses between $20,000 and $50,000

Opposes

Passed the House; awaits hearing in Senate City, County and Local Affairs Committee

HB1163 Rep. Capp

Allows municipalities to maintain three copies of revisions or codifications of ordinances available to the public in the clerk’s office rather than publish notice of the revisions or codification

Neutral

Signed into law as Act 205

HB1178 Rep. Wardlaw

Changes state procurement law for a variety of purposes, but adds a specific Freedom of Information Act exemption for requests for information from potential bidders

Opposes

Passed House and Senate

HB1231 Rep. Lowery

Establishes rights for student journalists at Arkansas higher education institutions

Supports

Passed House; passed Senate Education Committee; advanced to Senate

HB 1302 Rep Cozart

Provides for rules that effect multiple state agencies to be grouped together for the purposes of providing notice, holding hearings, and advancing rules legislatively

Neutral

Passed House; passed Senate Public Health Welfare and Labor Committee; advanced to Senate

HB1343 Rep. Hawks, Rep. Mark Johnson

Requires a county’s annual financial report to be published on the county website as well as in the newspaper

Neutral

Awaits initial hearing in House City, County and Local Affairs Committee

HB1382 Rep. Sorvillo

Exempts lottery winners’ identities from the Freedom of Information Act

Opposes

Awaits initial hearing in House Rules Committee

HB1404 Rep. Speaks

Allows for publication of a school district’s budget in a newspaper published in or with a bona fide circulation in the county or counties where the school district is located

Neutral

Passed House; awaits hearing in Senate Education Committee

HB1417 Rep. Gray

Establishes a Freedom of Information Act exemption for the identities of confidential informants

Opposes

Awaits initial hearing in House State Agencies Committee

HB1432 Rep. Mayberry

Protects rights of high school student journalists and adds protections for student media advisors

Supports

Failed in House Education Committee

HB1440 Rep. Ferguson

Establishes the Maternal Mortality Review Committee and exempts the committee from the Freedom of Information Act

Opposes

Passed the House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee; advances to House

HB1441 Rep. Bentley

Establishes the Maternal and Perinatal Outcomes Quality Review Committee and exempts the committee from the Freedom of Information Act

Opposes

Passed the House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee; advances to House

HB1499 Rep. Maddox

Changes public notice requirements for statutory foreclosures

Neutral

Passed House; awaits hearing in Senate Insurance and Commerce Committee

HB1500 Rep. Gazaway

Exempts cybersecurity threat assessments from disclosure under FOIA

Neutral

Passed House; awaits hearing in Senate State Agencies Committee

HB1551 Rep. Eubanks

Prohibits schools under the Freedom of Information Act from disclosing records of the arrest or detention of a student

Pending

Awaits initial hearing in House Education Committee

HB1556 Rep. House

Establishes a FOIA exemption for active, ongoing Arkansas Beverage Control Board investigations

Pending

Awaits initial hearing in House Rules Committee

HB1557 Rep. House

Establishes a FOIA exemptions for security plans and assessments of medical marijuana dispensaries, cultivation facilities and labs

Pending

Awaits initial hearing in House Rules Committee

HB1559 Rep. Jean

Creates a FOIA exemption for division orders or declarations of interest submitted to county assessors regarding mineral rights

Pending

Awaits initial hearing in House Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development Committee

HB1630 Rep. Lundstrum

Creates an exemption from FOIA for personal and property-record information of certain active and retired law enforcement personnel

Pending

Awaits initial House committee hearing

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92nd Arkansas General Assembly

Legislative Report

APA is monitoring the following filed bills of interest to our industry and the public: Bill No. / Author

Short Description

APA Position

Current Status

SB3 Sen. Garner

Requires reporting from physicians and healthcare facilities requiring detailed information about abortion procedure complications and exempts the required report from the Freedom of Information Act.

Opposes

Awaits initial hearing in Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee

SB76 Sen. Wallace

Amends the law concerning emergency temporary locations for meetings of a governing body; and to declare an emergency

Opposes

Signed into law as Act 193

SB118 Sen. Hammer

Requires educational institutions to provide students and faculty broad latitude to engage in free speech and prohibits individuals from suppressing free speech

Neutral

Awaits initial hearing in Senate Education Committee

SB 230 Sen. Hammer

Creates a new civil action for invasion of privacy and allows a lawsuit against someone for intruding into private affairs or publicizing an individual in a false light

Opposes

Awaits initial hearing in Senate Judiciary Committee

SB 231 Sen. Hammer

Expands the definition of “public records� in the Freedom of Information Act to include records of a private entity that spends a minimum of 20% of its time, resources and efforts supporting a government function

Opposes

Awaits initial hearing in Senate State Agencies Committee

SB 233 Sen. Hammer, Rep. Lowery

Amends notice requirements for school elections

Neutral

Awaits initial hearing in Senate Education Committee

SB 277 Sen. Hill, Rep. Cameron Cooper

Removes public notice requirement for internet sale of certain surplus county property

Opposes

Awaits initial hearing in Senate City, County and Local Affairs Committee

SB306 Sen. Teague

Allows the winner of a Powerball or Mega Millions drawing to make his or her records with the Arkansas Lottery Commission confidential under the Freedom of Information Act

Opposes

Awaits initial hearing in Senate State Agencies Committee

SB319 Sen. Ballinger

Provides for additional public notice requirements in a local government taking of abandoned or blighted property

Supports

Awaits initial hearing in Senate Judiciary Committee

SB409 Sen. Flippo

Allows public entities to publish notice to receive bids on a website rather than in a newspaper

Opposes

Awaits initial hearing in Senate State Agencies Committee

SB411 Sen. Stubblefield

Exempts from FOIA any records of administrative investigations related to the municpal sanctuary policies the bill would ban, if approved

Neutral

Awaits initial hearing in Senate City, County and Local Affairs Committee

SB441 Sen. Bledsoe

Prohibits all advertising related to medical marijuana

Opposes

Awaits initial hearing in Senate Agriculture and Economic Development Committee

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Little Rock.

APA 2019 AD CONFERENCE March 7 & 8

Embassy Suites, Little Rock

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CONFERENCE SCHEDULE THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2019

FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2019

1:00 PM

Registration Opens

1:30 PM

Welcome, Introductions & Annoucements Session One: Presented by Diane Ciotta

8:00 AM 9:00 AM

Building Strong Relationships by Understanding Needs •Having a ‘Business Development Specialist’ Focus •Identifying Prospects’ Business Needs vs “Advertising Wants” •Determining a Comfortable Program Investment Professionally

2:30 PM 3:00 PM

Break Session Two: Presented by Diane Ciotta

Need Fulfillment through Integrity Based Recommendations •Selecting & Supporting Appropriate Options with Benefits •Presenting Long Term Commitments with Confidence •Managing Unavoidable Challenges with Conviction

5:00 PM 6:00 PM

Reception

8:30 PM

Hospitality hour

Breakfast HOT Ideas!

Bring your best advertising ideas (and samples) to share with the group! Prize money will be awarded.

10:00 AM Break 10:15 AM Panel Discussion NOON

Public notices and other timely issues

2019 Better Newspaper Advertising Awards Luncheon

Group Dinner

at BRAVO! Promenade Shopping Center

GUEST SPEAKER Diane Ciotta | Training Classics/The Keynote Effect Diane has effectively motivated advertising sales professionals around the country to focus on their prospects’ needs vs. their own, through dynamic skills enhancement seminars. Her speciality in the publishing industry is based on personal experience and is portrayed with an incomparable ability to relate to her participants, which results in immeasurable return on investment. Diane concentrates on increasing confidence and uses Jersey sarcasm combined with Italian passion to emphasize proven successful concepts and techniques for driving incremental revenue while improving client retention. She understands all aspects of the business and has published a children’s educational newspaper in her hometown as well as authoring her book focused on common sense based success in sales entitled Shut-Up & Sell! Diane was born, raised and still happily resides in central Jersey. Arkansas Publisher Weekly

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Expiration Date ____________________ VCN#___________ Register online at http://www.arkansaspress.org/event/2019AdConference or send registration and payment by Friday, March 1 to: Arkansas Press Association, 411 South Victory, Little Rock, AR 72201 or Fax 501.374.7509. Reserve your hotel room at http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/L/LITCPES-APA-20190307/index.jhtml The deadline to reserve your room is February 12. Arkansas Publisher Weekly

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