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Har-Ber newspaper adviser is the Arkansas Press Association’s Journalism Educator of the Year For seven months, Karla Sprague has been that teacher. She’s that teacher who taught those student journalists in Springdale; that teacher reprimanded by her school administration and still criticized by some for supporting her students over articles that made national headlines. Sprague can now say she’s that teacher named the Arkansas Press Association’s Journalism Educator of the Year. Sprague, who teaches journalism at Karla Sprague Har-Ber High School, is the advisor for the student newspaper, The Har-Ber Herald. Springdale school officials in November censored Herald articles about student athletes who had transferred to rival Springdale High. The censorship gained national attention. School administrators eventually reversed course to allow the newspaper to publish

its articles, but not before accusing Sprague of insubordination.

Sprague earned the APA award for her willingness to stand behind her student journalists’ right to free expression in spite of the risk to her job. She said in a phone interview this week that she still receives criticism from some in the Springdale community about her role, but is grateful for the recognition she received from APA and even other Har-Ber teachers who honored her with this year’s local Teacher of the Year award. “There will always be people that refer to me as ‘Oh, you’re that teacher,’” Sprague said, calling the 2018-19 “the most difficult year in my entire career.” Sprague has spent 21 years as a teacher, and she said she’s always advised student journalists to weigh the potential harm of publishing an article vs. the good that could come out of bringing an issue to light. She disagreed with the school

administration’s position that the subject matter was too divisive. Administrators ordered articles removed from The Herald website, temporarily suspended the publication and threatened Sprague with disciplinary action. Partly driven by The Har-Ber Herald matter, the Arkansas Legislature earlier this year amended the state’s Student Publications Act to affirm that all student journalists have a constitutional right to free expression. Sprague testified at a House Education Committee hearing prior to the General Assembly’s adoption of the new law. “As journalism educators, we must teach our kids how to ask questions,” Sprague said. “We want them to think critically and to ask thoughtful questions about the issues they are more concerned. … And even in a public school, the people in positions of power should answer those questions, should help student journalists navigate the world around them and not Continued on Page 2

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week’s deadline to attain the two-thirds majority.

Arkansas Press Association members will receive new ballots for this year’s board of directors and bylaws votes next week. APA Executive Director Ashley Wimberley said the association’s current bylaws require a two-thirds majority to approve both the board slate and any bylaws changes, and, unfortunately, not enough ballots had been received by last

Ballots will be reissued on Friday, May 31, and must be returned in the envelope provided by Friday, June 14. All members must return the new ballot even if they returned the first ballot received. “It’s a busy time of year for many member newspapers with the summer

approaching and with the recent holiday, so we are reissuing all ballots to give all our members a chance to participate in this very important process and meet the bylaws requirement,” Wimberley said. “We ask the designated voter at each member newspaper to mark their new ballots and send them back as soon as possible.” This year’s election features a slate of candidates that will return to the board of directors and one addition to the board, Continued on Page 2


Har-Ber newspaper adviser is the Arkansas Press Association’s Journalism Educator of the Year Continued from Page 1

punish them for seeking out the truth, good or bad.” Sprague has taught at Har-Ber for 13 years, and she has singlehandedly grown and develop the school’s journalism program. For the last three years, there’s been enough student interest that journalism courses are the only one’s she has taught.

administration and emphasize to all that future reporters and editors at the Herald should not be punished based on the actions of their predecessors.

She said her goal as a teacher to be either loved or hated, because those are the kinds of instructors that students will remember. “Teachers make the most impact when they’re loved or hated,” Sprague said. “I still have a job that I love, and that’s what defines me. I have 21 years of amazing kids who have helped me to grow and learn and be a better teacher and push them to do great things.”

where she wrote for the student newspaper, The Echo and for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. She was sports editor ad the local newspaper in Belton, Missouri, before she began her teaching career. She worked at two schools in Missouri before starting the student journalism program at Cienega High School in Vail, Arizona. Sprague moved back to Arkansas after that. She and her family live in Springdale. Sprague will be recognized on Friday, June 28, during an awards dinner at the APA’s annual convention. This year’s convention is at the Hotel Hot Springs in Hot Springs.

Karla Sprague celebrating her Teacher of the Year award.

She said her goal for 2019-20 is to reestablish trust with the school district’s

Sprague, a native of Bergman, graduated from the University of Central Arkansas,

Registration materials and a complete schedule for the convention are included in this week’s Arkansas Publisher Weekly.

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Jennifer Allen, publisher of the Pine Bluff Commercial. In addition, the ballot contains a measure to create a membership category for “media affiliate” members. This category includes specialty news publications and online news outlets. Unlike associate members, media affiliate members could receive press ID cards and other privileges while benefiting from the marketing opportunities afforded by the APA. More importantly to existing APA members, the addition of media affiliate members generates an additional revenue stream for the association. Further, it reflects the changing landscape of the newspaper industry, said APA President Tom White of the Advance-Monticellonian in Monticello. “The APA’s mission for nearly 150 years has been to serve the news industry in Arkansas, and in this time of digital transformation, we should be proactive and transformative as well,” White said. “I encourage every voting APA member to Arkansas Publisher Weekly

take this responsibility seriously and vote in this election to maintain a prosperous and fiscally healthy association.”

news or editorial content and must not serve as a special-interest platform. The news site must maintain a physical presence in Arkansas. White said the bylaws changes would send a strong signal that APA is well positioned to support and advocate for activities of its members. Expanding the member base demonstrates a commitment to the First Amendment and a healthy democracy.

With the bylaws changes, specialty news publications eligible for membership would be monthly, quarterly or annual magazines and college or university newspapers based in the state. They must have been continuously published for six months prior to membership and must not contain more than 75 percent advertising. Media affiliate members with an online news site must feature regularly updated 2

“In this era when some may criticize or look down on our profession, it’s extremely important that we stand united in support of our democracy and in support of good journalism,” added White. “Throughout this industry, many of our members are already employing digital platforms or niche publications. The bylaws changes will enhance opportunity for us all.” Wimberley reminded APA voting members of their responsibility to vote by no later than June 14. Members with questions may contact Wimberley at ashley@ arkansaspress.org or (501) 374-1500. May 30, 2019


Don’t forget! Special D-Day anniversary columns The deadline to make room reservations in the APA block at the Hotel Hot Springs is Friday, June 7. To reserve your room call (877) 623-6697 and mention group code APA2019 to receive the APA convention special room rate.

Industry Quote of the Week “Take a newspaper account of Waterloo or Trafalgar, with all the small advertisements: it seems much more real than reading about it in a history book. ”

-Patrick O’Brian

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available for reprinting In recognition of the 75th anniversary of the Allied Forces landing at Normandy during World War II, the Ernie Pyle World War II Museum is asking newspapers across the country to consider reprints of famous columns by Ernie Pyle penned just days after D-Day.

The Ernie Pyle World War II Museum, in Dana, Indiana, is the war correspondent’s birthplace and a place to reflect on Pyle’s legacy. According to the museum, preserving the writings of Pyle is also preserving the history and sacrifices of this country’s Greatest Generation.

The Normandy invasion, or D-Day, was June 6, 1944. The museum has copies of three columns by the famous war correspondent available for use. The museum’s website is erniepyle.org. To receive a copy of the columns, photos of Pyle or information about the museum, contact the Arkansas Press Association. Pyle, an Indiana native, was “history’s greatest war correspondent.” His dispatches from the war zone were delivered to more than 14 million homes. According to the museum, his columns about “the hardships and bravery of the common soldier” were of more importance to families impacted by war than the strategies of the nation’s top generals.

Ernie Pyle

June webinars scheduled for newspaper pros Two webinars of interest to Arkansas Press Association members are scheduled for June.

On June 13, the Newspaper Academy will stream expert presenter Kevin Slimp to discuss the most important skills that newspaper professionals need Kevin Slimp to know in the Adobe programs Photoshop, InDesign and Acrobat. The webinar is intended for newspaper designers and editors “who are serious about having the best photo quality reproduction, page design skills and tools available to increase production and improve design.” Slimp’s webinar starts at 10 a.m. on June 13. To register, visit https://bit.ly/2Z1KdDV The cost is $69, but APA members may receive a $20 discount by clicking on this 3

link, http://msb.press/slimpextra registering.

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On June 19, the News Media Alliance will present “Paradigm Shift: Understanding What Leads Local Readers to Pay for News Online.” This webinar for News Media Alliance members will discuss new research from Northwestern University’s

Medill School of Journalism on digital local news audiences. Speakers will highlight new insights on the habits of digital readers as well as those who cancel their subscriptions. The June 19 webinar is one hour, and it starts at 1 p.m. Visit newsmediaalliance. org for more information. May 30, 2019


Donated political ads a no-no Even though the political campaign season is still months away, a recent action by the Arkansas Ethics Commission serves as a good reminder for Arkansas Press Association members that advertising may not be donated by a limited liability company to a political candidate.

The Ethics Commission ordered Rep. Jim Dotson, R-Bentonvile, to pay a $50 fine and issued him a letter of caution last month after ruling that he had unintentionally violated Arkansas law, according to a report in the Arkansas

Democrat-Gazette.

Dotson received non-money contributions of digital advertising from an outdoor advertising company. State law allows contributions to a political campaign only from individuals, political parties, county political party committees, legislative caucus committees or political action committees. Dotson said it was his understanding the in-kind, donated advertising came from three individuals rather than an LLC, according to the newspaper, and that he

followed the law given his knowledge of the situation. The newspaper said the three people, all co-owners of the advertising company, told Dotson of the value of the in-kind ads. However, they did not compensate the company for the ads, which would have been required for an in-kind political contribution. The newspaper noted the Ethics Commission found neither Dotson nor the donors intentionally violated the law.

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Guest Column:

Guest Column: Be a better listener and get better reception By John Foust When I was growing up, my father had an old shortwave radio. Although he didn’t use it often, I enjoyed playing around with it. There were buttons to listen to different frequencies to find radio stations in North America and overseas. It was a magical machine. I could hear people speaking in foreign languages. And when conditions were right, I could listen to the New York Yankees, my favorite baseball team. The strongest signal was usually WOWO – “1190 on your dial”– in Fort Wayne, Indiana, which broadcast a hockey team called the Fort Wayne Komets. Imagine the excitement of an eleven-year-old kid sitting in North Carolina, listening to a hockey game being played in a faraway place like Indiana. The radio had two round knobs, one for volume and one for tuning. The tuning knob moved a red needle back and forth across the dial. As the needle approached a station, there was a lot of static and buzzing, but I learned how to hit the sweet spot by turning the knob ever so slightly. I thought about that old radio recently – and the challenges of tuning in to a station – when I had a conversation with Karl,

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who manages an ad sales team. “A lot has been written and said about listening as a sales skill,” he said, “so we should all know the basic rules: listen actively, eliminate distractions, make eye contact, and so on. That’s why we go beyond those general rules in staff meetings and talk about the little things we can do to tune in to other people.” Karl said they’ve been focusing on three small adjustments that can improve in-themoment listening: ask one question at a time, don’t interrupt and rephrase what the other person says. Let’s take a closer look: 1. Ask one question at a time. “Because sales people get revved up for appointments – and because they are conditioned to ask questions – there is a tendency to ask a string of questions without giving the other person enough time to answer thoroughly,” Karl said. “It’s important to ask a question, listen carefully, then move on to the next question.” 2. Don’t interrupt. “This one is a matter of manners. It’s a lot like asking too many questions at once. Not everyone formulates their thoughts at the same speed. While it doesn’t make sense to let the other person

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drone on and on, at least look for a stopping point before jumping in.” Or move on to Karl’s next pointer and rephrase what they’re saying. 3. Rephrase. “This is a good way to stay focused. By restating what the other person says, you show respect and force yourself to pay attention and stay in step. Plus, when they hear their own ideas stated by another person, they’re likely think of something else that is important. That’s a big help.” Yes, sales conversations have a lot in common with that old radio. Improve your listening skills, and your ideas will get better reception.

John Foust has conducted training programs for thousands of newspaper advertising professionals. Many ad departments are using his training videos to save time and get quick results from in-house training. E-mail for information: john@johnfoust.com

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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

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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

x $20 each =

Sponsored by Arkansas Children’s


casual will be appropriate for the Friday night banquet.

the amount in the square before Grand Total below.

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T-Shirt

$15

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Round Table Lunch

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$15

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Oaklawn Dinner

Thursday

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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Arkansas Publisher Weekly: May 30, 2019  

The Arkansas Publisher Weekly is the only direct source for late-breaking news regarding Arkansas' newspapers and related industries. Publis...

Arkansas Publisher Weekly: May 30, 2019  

The Arkansas Publisher Weekly is the only direct source for late-breaking news regarding Arkansas' newspapers and related industries. Publis...