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Vol. 14 | No. 21 | Thursday, May 23, 2019

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Pumarlo to bring recipe for newspaper success to APA convention Almost like a balanced diet, Jim Pumarlo’s recipe for successful newspapers requires feeding consumers a healthy dose of locally-grown content they want to read with a side of what they should.

Jim Pumarlo

Pumarlo, a former community newspaper editor and author, believes a blend of local news of interest and local news of importance helps newspapers remain relevant. Pumarlo will bring his advice and strategies for engaging readers and for writing editorials to this year’s Arkansas Press Association annual convention. This year’s convention will be June 26-29 at the Hotel Hot Springs in Hot Springs.

“At their best, community newspapers are stewards of their communities,” he said. “The news columns should be a mix of stories people like to read and what they should read. I still believe that local newspapers can have the franchise on local news through a variety of platforms. The bottom line is that an energized newspaper is the foundation of an energized community.”

Pumarlo has 27 years experience in newspapers, including more than two decades as editor of the Red Wing Republican in Red Wing, Minn. He is currently the director of communications for the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. While “clearly the landscape is changing,” he said newspapers have the advantage in telling local stories that keep a community engaged. Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter may serve as conduits for superficial information about sports scores or civic topics, but it’s newspapers that can provide context and thoughtful commentary. “A trained journalist can sift through and filter through and give a behind-thescenes perspective on something that’s happened in the community,” Pumarlo Continued on Page 2

Register now for APA’s annual convention The Arkansas Press Association’s 2019 Convention is just a month away, so register now for the annual event scheduled for June 26 -29 at the Hotel Hot Springs in Hot Springs. Registration materials and a complete schedule are included in this week’s edition of Arkansas Publisher Weekly and are available online at ArkansasPress.org. To make room reservations at the Hotel Hot Springs, call (877) 623-6697. To receive the APA’s special rate, mention group code APA2019.

Following Thursday’s sessions is a dinner and behindthe-scenes tour of Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort. Friday features a luncheon honoring the APA’s Headliner of the Year, Louis Cella of Oaklawn and installing new APA President John Bland of Walnut Ridge. Friday is also the day of the annual trade show and the Kids’ Press Camp That day concludes with the annual APA Honors Banquet.

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The convention kicks off Wednesday, June 26, with a luncheon and golf tournament at the Hot Springs Country Club.

The event concludes Saturday with the APA Better Newspaper Editorial Awards luncheon at noon.


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said, adding an example that a good newspaper reporter would share the impact of a water rate increase on a residential customer while at the same time explaining the benefits to Main Street businesses. With the extra effort brought on by journalists, then advertisers would be encouraged “to say its worth my while” and newspapers can be successful, he said. Pumarlo is the featured speaker for two sessions at the APA convention. On Friday, June 28, he will discuss how newspapers can better connect with readers. On Saturday, June 29, his presentation is about editorial writing. Both are important for the viability of the

industry, Pumarlo said.

to consider writing editorials.”

Newspapers connect best with readers in simple, yet effective, ways like engaging on social media to learn topics of interest to the community. Pumarlo is also an advocate for explaining in print the types of day-to-day decisions editors make about coverage and story placement.

Pumarlo’s trip will be his third visit to an APA convention. He said he’s learned plenty of good advice from attendees in his previous two trips that he’s adapted and used at other speaking engagements across the country.

“Readers may not agree with all our policies, but they better understand them,” he said. “There are a whole host of ways just to keep in touch with our communities.” With editorials, he encourages a robust platform for multiple perspectives. “I’m a very strong believer in the editorial page as a marketplace of ideas,” Pumarlo said. “I encourage newspapers

Pumarlo has written three books: “Bad News and Good Judgment: A Guide to Reporting on Sensitive Issues in a SmallTown Newspaper;” “Votes and Quotes: A Guide to Outstanding Election Campaign Coverage,” and “Journalism Primer: A Guide to Community News Coverage for Beginning and Veteran Journalists.” A winner of multiple awards for journalism excellence, he is active in the Minnesota Newspaper Association.

Five ANF summer interns selected for newspapers Five student journalists from Arkansas colleges and universities will spend part of their summer learning the newspaper industry first-hand at Arkansas Press Association member newspapers. The five students are the 2019 recipients of Arkansas Newspaper Foundation summer internships.

The foundation annually offers summer internships and agrees to cover half the cost of the paid job, with the APA member newspaper providing a match. The program benefits both the student and the newspaper – students receive realworld experience and newspapers get a qualified candidate to fill a temporary position. Many newspapers that participate in the program may also find a possible future employee to come back to work after graduation.

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Kristen Fite

This year’s interns, and their newspapers are: Courtney Allen, Sheridan Headlight; Kristen Fite, Saline Courier and Malvern Daily Record; Jacob Palmer, Sheridan Headlight; Billy Stidham, Carroll County News; and Grace Talley, Nashville News-Leader. Allen, of Sheridan, is a political science major at Henderson State University. Fite, of Malvern, is a journalism major at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. Palmer, of Sheridan, is a political science major at Henderson State University. Stidham, of Batesville, is an English major at Lyon College. Talley, of Nashville, is a graphic design and mass communications double major at Ouachita Baptist University.

Jacob Palmer

Talley is a repeat participant in the internship program. She was also an intern for the Nashville News-Leader in 2018. She said of her experience at that time that the experience taught “valuable skills and lessons that I will use for the rest of my time as a graphic designer.” Fite said she is looking forward to working for the newspaper in her hometown.

“I’m very excited to gain firsthand experience working on a newspaper before I go to the University of Arkansas to study journalism in the fall,” she said. “I’ve grown up reading the Malvern Daily Record, so to see it being created and assist the staff now as an adult means a lot. I know I will learn a lot, and I’m very eager to cultivate new skills as a journalist.”

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Costa takes on new role with GateHouse Live Crystal Costa, publisher of the Times Record in Fort Smith since 2016, has left that position to become events director for GateHouse Live, the newspaper reported

earlier this month.

GateHouse Live is the events and promotions division of GateHouse, which owns the Times Record and several other Arkansas newspapers. Costa told the Times Record that she enjoyed her time in western Arkansas overseeing the Fort Smith daily and weekly newspapers in surrounding communities. GateHouse Regional Vice President Matt Guthrie will work on-site in Fort Smith until the organization finds a replacement for Costa. “I hate to lose someone of Crystal’s quality but am excited that she is staying with the company,” Guthrie told the newspaper. “She has done a lot for the Times Record,

from putting on great events to getting us a great office space that the team can be proud of. … She has set the bar high and has put in a great foundation for the future.” In addition to her duties with GateHouse, Costa will continue to serve on the board of directors of the Arkansas Press Association. “I know I leave behind capable leaders who have an undeterrable passion to deliver quality journalism, produce engaging community events and help local businesses grow,” she said in the newspaper’s announcement. Costa and her family live in Northwest Arkansas.

Helena World Phillips County newspaper names relocates to new new employees Three new employees have recently of the University of Louisiana. offices joined the staff of the Helena World, The Helena World is now at a new location in downtown Helena.

The offices of the Phillips County newspaper recently moved to 101 Missouri Street in downtown, at the site of the former El Rio Linda Restaurant. The location is at the intersection of Missouri and Cherry Street in downtown HelenaWest Helena. The newspaper had previously been located at 417 York St. Both the newsroom and business offices are now at the new location, which is open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The newspaper is owned by GateHouse Media.

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located in Helena-West Helena.

Richard “Rick” Kennedy is the new editor of the World, according to the newspaper’s announcement. Kennedy was previously regional editor of the Hope Star and Nevada County Picayune in southwest Arkansas and was the first managing editor of Hope-based Southwest Arkansas Today. A newspaper veteran with 34 years in the industry, he previously worked in Pine Bluff, Lake Village, Yazoo City, Mississippi, Bastrop, Louisiana, and Blackfoot, Idaho. He has won more than 40 industry awards over his career. He is a graduate

Industry Quote of the Week

“America is a country of inventors, and the greatest of inventors are the newspaper men.”

Jonathan Jenkins is the new multimedia sales executive for the Helena World. He has 19 years of sales and management experience, according to the newspaper. He has worked the past 15 years in sales and marketing. A Memphis native, Jenkins holds multiple degrees and is the pastor of the Church of God in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Jenkins lives in Clarksdale with his wife and five children. The newspaper also announced the hiring of Jeanette Jones as its new office clerk. Jones will serve in a part-time role at the office, which is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Democrat-Gazette plans transition to digital The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette told subscribers this week of plans to convert to digital subscriptions for every day but Sunday in the 63 counties where the newspaper is circulated.

to quality news coverage.

“It may not work,” Hussman is quoted as saying. “It’s a risk, but it’s a risk we’re willing to take. We want to remain a viable enterprise in Arkansas and we don’t see any other way to do it.”

“The Democrat-Gazette’s recent announcement reaffirms its commitment to our state and to quality journalism. Its decision to expand its online daily newspaper and reduce printing days reflects the business realities of printing and distributing a statewide newspaper during a time of transition for our industry,” Wimberley said in a statement. “Other member newspapers, regional dailies and weekly community publications, face different logistical and operational costs than the Democrat-Gazette, and their current models remain viable and successful for most of them. We support the efforts of all our APA member publishers across the state who continue to explore innovative ways to benefit their subscribers and the public.”

Ashley Wimberley, executive director of the Arkansas Press Association, said the move shows the newspaper is dedicated

According to the newspaper, Hussman said he wanted to maintain “robust journalism” in Arkansas and does not

The 12-county region for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is not included in the digital plan, the newspaper reported on Wednesday. Democrat-Gazette Publisher Walter Hussman was quoted in the newspaper as saying that plans call for the print edition to end by the end of the year on every day except Sunday. The newspaper will provide iPads to subscribers who may read a digital edition of the newspaper.

intend to make any newsroom cuts. Any cuts will be made on the production and distribution side of the business. According to the report, Democrat-Gazette leaders and members of the newspapers digital team are visiting civic groups and conducting trainings for people on how to use their iPads to read the newspaper.

Hussman said in the report that so far about 80 percent of subscribers have converted to digital in areas where a digital daily edition and Sunday print edition have been offered.

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

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Arkansas Press Association

CONVENTION

June 26 - June 29, 2019


Convention Schedule Wednesday, June 26

Friday, June 28 (cont’d)

Noon

9:00 am

3:00 pm 6:00 pm

APA Golf Luncheon & Tournament

Hot Springs Country Club

Registration Opens Explore Hot Springs

Dinner on your own

Thursday, June 27 8:00 am 8:30 am Noon 1:30 pm

Registration Opens APA Board of Directors Meeting Roundtable Lunch Session: Increase Sales Performance Now Presenter: Carol Grubbe

3:30 pm

6:00 pm

Presenter: Teri Finneman, Ph.D. University of Kansas

Noon

Luncheon

2:00 pm

Session: News Photography Workshop

3:30 pm

Session: Connecting with Readers

6:00 pm 7:00 pm

Honorees’ Reception APA Honors Banquet

Session: Legal, Libel & FOIA Panel

Panelists: John Tull, Vincent Chadick and Christoph Keller with Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC

Dinner & Behind-the-Scenes Tour Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort

Session: 10 Tips for Increasing Your Social Media Engagement

9:00 pm

Headliner of the Year Louis Cella, Presidents’ Gavel Passing, Golf Awards Presenter: Kevin Pieper Presenter: Jim Pumarlo

Awards Presented: Distinguished Service, Freedom of Information, Golden 50 Service Awards and Journalism Educator

After-Hours Hospitality

Saturday, June 29 8:00 am

Registration Opens

Friday, June 28

8:30 am

7:30 am 8:00 am

Breakfast & APA Member Business Meeting

9:00 am

Session: ABC’s of Editorial Writing

Registration Opens APA Past Presidents’ Breakfast

(Invitation Only)

8:30 am

Trade Show & Silent Auction Opens

8:30 am4:30 pm

APA Kids’ Press Camp

10:30 am

with Continental Breakfast

Noon

Presenter: Jim Pumarlo

Session: Legislative Coverage 101 Panel

Moderator: Rex Nelson Panelists: Wesley Brown, Andrew DeMillo and Michael Wickline

APA Better Newspaper Editorial Awards Presentation

Emcee: Rex Nelson

Hotel Information Hotel Hot Springs

The Hotel Hot Springs & Spa at the Convention Center is Hot Springs’ newest destination hotel. This 14-story structure hosts scenic views of Historic Downtown Hot Springs and the Ouachita Mountains. The hotel is centrally located & perfect for guests looking to experience Historic Bathhouse Row, Oaklawn Racing & Gaming, Magic Springs & Crystal Falls Water and Theme Park plus the galleries and shops in the area. The Hotel Hot Springs & Spa will also live up to its namesake with a luxurious spa that features Hot Springs’ thermal healing water.

To make a room reservation, call 1-877-623-6697 305 Malvern Avenue, Hot Springs AR 71901

Reserve hotel rooms by June 7 | $124 Single and $134 Double Our group code is APA2019

APA Golf Tournament

Hot Springs Country Club

AP The Hot Springs Country Club is nestled in the Ouachita foothills and surrounded by neighboring lakes and national parks. With 36 holes of golf available, the Club offers a wide variety of golfing experiences. The Park course, where our tournament will be held, is a bit more open than the Club’s second course, the Arlington. The Park course was recently renovated by Coore and Crenshaw. It is a little longer than its sister course, and offers Bentgrass greens for year-round playability.


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Guest Speakers Carol Grubbe Carol Grubbe has worked in media for more than 25 years. First in radio sales, then in newspaper as a sales person and niche publication/online sales director. She now is the Senior Regional Sales Manager with TownNews.com, a software company for all media companies, providing many digital solutions for her clients. Grubbe has received certification by Personality Insights to teach effective communication through DISC assessments.

Teri Finneman, Ph.D. Teri Finneman is a journalism professor at the University of Kansas. She worked as social media editor for The Brookings Register from 2016-2018 while a professor at South Dakota State. She previously worked as a political reporter and multimedia correspondent for The Fargo Forum and Forum Communications. She works with the North Dakota and South Dakota newspaper associations to conduct oral histories of journalists and serves as executive producer and co-host of the podcast Journalism History. In two years, Finneman grew the Facebook following for a small South Dakota daily by 3,600 and added 1,000 followers each to Instagram and Snapchat accounts started from scratch.

Kevin Pieper Kevin Pieper is a national award-winning professional photographer, writer and speaker with more than 25 years experience. He is also a biologist. His intimate knowledge of the natural world is evident in his stunning nature images, which both inspire and educate. In addition to his environmental work, Pieper produces editorial content on subjects ranging from personality profiles, human interest pieces to trending topics. His work has been published in Reader’s Digest, several National Geographic publications, Mother Earth News, the New York Times, USA Today, as well as dozens of other national publications.

Jim Pumarlo Jim Pumarlo spent 27 years working at small daily newspapers in International Falls and Red Wing, Minn. He served as editor of the Red Wing Republican Eagle for 21 years and is currently director of communications at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. He is the author of three books, “Bad News and Good Judgment: A Guide to Reporting on Sensitive Issues in a Small-Town Newspaper,” “Votes and Quotes: A Guide to Outstanding Election Campaign Coverage,” and most recently “Journalism Primer: A Guide to Community News Coverage for Beginning and Veteran Journalists.” He has won numerous journalism awards over his career, including the Minnesota Newspaper Association Al McIntosh Distinguished Service to Journalism Award.

Panelists

John Tull Managing Member Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC

Vincent Chadick Of Counsel Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC

Christoph Keller Associate Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC

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Rex Nelson Senior Editor, Arkansas DemocratGazette

Wesley Brown Senior Political & Business Reporter Talk Business & Politics

Andrew DeMillo Capitol Correspondent The Associated Press

Michael Wickline State Capitol Reporter Arkansas DemocratGazette


Dinner & Behind-the-Scenes Tour at Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort THURSDAY, JUNE 27 at 6 PM

(Shuttle to will leave Hotel Hot Springs for Oaklawn at 5:30 pm)

Register to attend this fun event today!

REGISTER TODAY!

APA Annual Trade Show June 28, 2019

Hot Springs, AR | Hotel Hot Springs

Registration Deadline: Friday, June 7, 2019 With limited space this year, booths will sell quickly and will be at a first come first served basis.

Booth Fee Includes: • Draped 6-ft. Table, 2 Chairs • Name Badges • One Free Convention Registration

(includes access to free convention sessions – please register for paid events separately)

• Electricity & Internet Access • Waste Basket

Call the APA office today for more registration information at 501-374-1500. Arkansas Press Association 411 S. Victory, Little Rock, AR, 72201


Golf Tournament

APA’s 38th Annual

Benefitting the Arkansas Newspaper Foundation

Wednesday, June 26 Hot Springs Country Club, Hot Springs Noon Lunch & 1 p.m. Shotgun Start $150 Individual Entry Fee or $500 for a Team of Four Includes Two Mulligans & Lunch Tournament Sponsors: UAMS & AT&T Trophies Awarded to 1st Place Team, Longest Drive & Closest to the Pin.

Golf Tournament Entry Form Signing up as (circle one):

Individual or Team

Name ______________________________________Company ______________________________________ Mailing Address ________________________________________________________________________ City ___________________________________________________ State __________ Zip ___________ Phone _________________________ E-mail ____________________________ Golf Handicap ______________ (or) Average 18-hole Score ______________ Name(s) of those you wish to play with ______________________________ ______________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

Return to the Arkansas Press Association by email to ashley@arkansaspress.org 501-374-1500 | Fax 501-374-7509


APA 2019 Convention

Press Camp! FRIDAY, JUNE 28

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ONLY $20!

Camp Includes: • A Junior Press Card • Breakfast, lunch & supplies • Sightseeing field trip around Hot Springs Photos will be displayed Friday evening at the Honorees’ Reception.

PRESS CAMP FOR KIDS REGISTRATION FORM Ages 5-12 (adult supervision and camp counselors on hand) Child’s Name

Age

Child’s Name

Age

Child’s Name

Age

Parent(s) Newspaper / Company Total Number of Camp Registrants Please Return with Convention Registration Form to: 411 S. Victory, Little Rock, AR 72201 | Fax: (50) 374-7509

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casual will be appropriate for the Friday night banquet.

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T-Shirt

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Oaklawn Dinner

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7. DEADLINE to register is June 21st. 48 hours in advance of event or we expect your payment. NO REFUNDS will be made June 24th.

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fees for that day. For example, Saturday award winners pay PLUS $15 for the lunch. (b) A $10 (dollar) early bird discount can be taken per newspaper/company if June 14th and at least one full c) Thirteen year-olds and younger children may choose a child’s plate for Friday dinner and Saturday lunch.

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