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New legislation aims to halt newsprint tariffs Don’t miss Brenda Blagg’s FOIA workshop at the APA SuperConvention

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Blagg calls herself a poster child for journalism education

Those who know Brenda Blagg realize she’s inches away from the news of the day – every day. Today she’s fired up about the Department of Education’s proposal to end the requirement for high schools in the state to offer journalism as an elective.

“I am a poster child for journalism education,” said Blagg. “If it hadn’t been for the Newport High School Greyhound, I wouldn’t have started down this trek.” The Arkansas Press Association (APA) will celebrate her newspaper journey with a Golden 50 Service Award for 50 years in the profession at this summer’s convention. Blagg credits her English teachers, specifically Lynette Miller who was the journalism advisor, with encouraging her to be a writer. Before her senior

year was over in 1965, she became the editor of the Greyhound, an 8 ½ x 14-inch mimeographed publication about eight pages long. She left Newport for the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville (U of A) where she planned to be a commercial artist. Soon she wandered over to the Journalism Department where she changed her career plans during her junior year. “My sister was an art major at Arkansas State University, and I thought I’d try that at U of A, but it didn’t fit,” she said. Over the years she’s used her artistic talents to draw some courtroom sketches and a few illustrations for the paper. One of the things she finds so inviting about journalism is that students can have all types of interests and pursue them through journalism.

Don’t miss the Adobe workshop by expert Lisa Griffin Lisa Griffin, publishing specialist from Boone Newspapers, Inc., will lead an Adobe workshop at 9 a.m. June 29 at the APA SuperConvention. Griffin has provided consultation, training and support to newspapers and other businesses since 1983. She is recognized as a pioneer in the areas of computer pagination, PDF technology and remote printing methods for newspapers.

A staff member at the University of Tennessee/ Tennessee Press Association Institute for Newspaper Technology, Griffin has conducted group training sessions for press associations and newspapers on

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topics such as newspaper technology, Mac troubleshooting, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Quark Xpress, Pagination, PDF file creation and digital communications. This Friday session promises to be interesting, informative and applicable to the daily workload in the newsroom. The session will cover the new and old features of InDesign and Photoshop as well as techniques to assist with their use. It will end with a collaboration project bringing the two products together and demonstrating effective ways to use them.

APA SuperConvention hotel reservation deadline June 15

If you haven’t reserved a hotel room for your convention stay, make a call today. Tomorrow, June 15, is the deadline to reserve hotel rooms for the June 27-30 APA SuperConvention at the Inn of the Ozarks in Eureka Springs. To reserve your room, call the hotel at 479-2539768 and ask for the special APA rate of $109.

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After graduating from U of A in 1969, Blagg figured out a way to stay at Fayetteville “for free” as resident assistant and editor of the Arkansas Traveler, the student newspaper. She began her professional career as a college stringer for publications like the Arkansas Gazette and the National Observer. Blagg was editing the paper one evening when a fire began in Hill Hall directly under her office. Skip Rutherford, who was a Traveler staffer that year, saw the smoke coming out of the building and together they got everyone out and watched the building burn down.

That was the last time she tried to work outside the state. She had interned for the Newport Independent during college and went back there for a short time. Soon she took an offer from the Springdale News, then publishing five days a week. “I made a very good choice to stay in Northwest Arkansas all these years,” Blagg said. “As our corner of the state has grown, the newspaper has kept up. It became a seven-day-a-week paper and

“It was a big party for some, and the students were calling the hogs while they watched it burn,” Blagg said. “But those of us whose lives were in that building, it was different for us.” That night marked a foreshadowing of Blagg’s 42-year career at the paper that began as the Springdale News and is now the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. During the fire she was told the Springdale News would allow the students to print the paper in the Springdale office. Publisher Charlie Sanders forgot to tell editor Jim Morris, and he was surprised to find the Traveler staffers doing paste-up in his newsroom the next morning. The Traveler was out on time the week of the fire and continued to be printed at the Springdale paper until Hill Hall was rebuilt. After her bonus year at U of A, Blagg worked at the Arkansas Democrat where she, being a woman, was tagged for the Style Section. It wasn’t long before her stories, like the one about women imprisoned because of a law that made alcoholism a crime for women, moved to the Perspectives Section. She was asked to take a job in Virginia to work for the Associated Press after a short stint at the Democrat. As she was leaving the state, she had second thoughts.

moved from afternoon to morning.” She covered just about every beat at the paper during the first years, including city government, school boards and courts. As the paper and the region boomed, her expertise narrowed to political, government and environmental issues. Later she became a full-time opinion writer. Her syndicated weekly column, “Between the Lines,” has been published in Arkansas newspapers since the 1970s. It began after Blagg spent a summer traveling the state for the Arkansas Institute of Politics and Government. “During that summer I put 10,000 miles on my car visiting every newsroom in the state, every TV station and every courthouse,” she said. “I would tell people about the upcoming constitutional convention and how to become a delegate to the convention.” She credits that exposure to every part of the state with learning to write about statewide as well as local issues. A few semesters were logged as an adjunct professor of journalism at U of A, and she edited at the Arkansas County Judges’ Association for three years. Her 2013 book “Political Magic: The Travels, Trials and Triumphs of the Clintons’ Arkansas Travelers,” told the story of the role the Travelers played in Bill Clinton’s presidential election. She has long been interested in the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). She is a founding member of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Coalition and worked on the 1999 FOI Arkansas Project that audited compliance with the state’s open records law. Blagg is now a freelance writer in Fayetteville who spends time with her sisters, nieces, nephew and eight grand nieces and nephews. She will use her expertise on FOIA to lead a workshop at the upcoming APA convention where she’ll receive the Golden 50 Service Award.

“I was on my way there, crossing the Memphis bridge, when I realized I no longer had a connection to Arkansas. “What it comes down to is I survived The radio station where I was listening 50 years in the newspaper business, to a story about the upcoming election (Above) Blagg at her book signing. (Below) Blagg with her and hopefully I’ll last longer yet,” Blagg 2017 Distinguished Service Award from the Arkansas Press wouldn’t work anymore,” said Blagg. said. Association. Arkansas Publisher Weekly

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New legislation aims to halt newsprint tariffs

Both the Senate and the House of Representatives are now considering bills that would suspend the newsprint tariffs for uncoated groundwood paper from Canada while the government studies the tariffs’ effects.

“It is important that people understand that tariffs will harm both the newspaper publishing business and the economies of the communities they serve,” said Ashley Wimberley, APA executive director. “Please consider publishing an editorial on this subject and taking action by contacting your congressman and senators to ask that they co-sponsor these bills.” Rep. Kristi Noem, (R-SD) and Charlie Crist (D-FL) this week introduced legislation to suspend the tariffs. The legislation, H.R. 6031 – “Protecting Rational Incentives in Newsprint Trade Act of 2018” or “PRINT Act” – would temporarily halt both the preliminary and any final duties while the Department of Commerce completes its study on the economic health of the printing and publishing industries. The study would, among other things, examine whether the tariffs would harm local news coverage, reduce employment in the publishing and printing industries, or harm local businesses that advertise in local newspapers. The House bill is identical to S.2835 that was introduced by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) in May. At introduction, the House measure was supported by the following original co-sponsors: Representatives Bill Flores (RTX), Ralph Norman (R-SC), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Randy Weber (R-TX), Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), Bruce Poliquin (R-ME),

Glenn Grothman (R-WI), Rodney Davis (R-IL) and Jason Smith (R-MO). “Many newspapers and printers have experienced price increases and a disruption in supply since the tariffs were assessed earlier this year,” said Wimberley. “Our industry has warned policymakers that the import tariffs – as high as 32 percent – jeopardize the viability of the industry and threaten the more than 600,000 U.S. workers in publishing, printing and related industries.” The Tampa Bay Times recently announced 50 employees would be laid off due to the tariffs. “When the use of trade remedies threatens the jobs of hundreds of thousands of American workers, it bears asking if the cure is worse than the disease,” said Rep. Noem. “Each additional day these import taxes remain in place poses a threat to daily newspapers, printers, and the many small businesses that supply equipment and services to the publishing industry. We need to stem this damage immediately and gain a complete understanding of whether Canadian imports of newsprint are unfairly subsidized or pose a serious threat to U.S. paper producers.” A final Commerce Department decision is expected on Aug. 2. The International Trade Commission (ITC) is conducting its final investigation in this case, which includes a public hearing on July 17. The ITC will reach a final determination in mid-September.

Campers 6-12 will create their own newspaper

The annual APA Kids’ Press Camp, sponsored by Arkansas Children’s Hospital, is available to children ages 6-12 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 29 during the APA SuperConvention in Eureka Springs. At the end of the day, campers will produce their own newspaper chronicling their activities. Participants will receive instruction in newspaper publication, a junior press card, breakfast, lunch and supplies. They’ll take a field trip to historic downtown Eureka Springs before practicing their skills by writing and designing a newspaper about their adventures.

Cost is $20 per child, and the deadline to register is June 22. Below is a link to more information and a registration form: https:// tinyurl.com/ycs8frj6.

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Special thanks to APA SuperConvention sponsors

Arkansas Press Association’s annual SuperConvention would not be possible without our sponsors. This year’s event June 27-30 at the Inn of the Ozark in Eureka Springs is no exception. Among the sponsors signing on for the 2018 convention are: • AgHeritage Farm Credit Services • Arkansas Attorney General’s Office • Arkansas Business Publishing Group • Arkansas Children’s Hospital • Arkansas Democrat-Gazette • Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism

• Arkansas Farm Bureau • AT&T Arkansas • BRANSON • The Daily Record • Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas • Entergy • GateHouse Media

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• Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau • Rust Communications • UAMS • University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture • WEHCO Media, Inc.

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Journalism not required to be offered in new Arkansas education proposal

The Arkansas Board of Education recently proposed new education standards that do not require journalism to be offered as an elective in Arkansas high schools. This proposal went to the Administrative Rules and Regulations Subcommittee of the Arkansas Legislative Council Tuesday.

It will go to the full Arkansas Legislative Council tomorrow, June 15. APA is urging its members to reach out to the Arkansas Legislative Council to stress the importance of journalism education in Arkansas and to attend the meeting if possible. Chair, Sen. Bill Sample Phone: 501-624-3445 Email: Bill.Sample@senate.ar.gov Chair, Rep. Jim Dotson Phone: 479-222-1234 Email: jim.dotson@arkansashouse.org Vice-Chair, Sen. Terry Rice Phone: 479-637-3100 Email: Terry.Rice@senate.ar.gov Vice-Chair, Rep. Jon S. Eubanks Phone: 479-438-0533 Email: Jon.Eubanks@arkansashouse.org Sen. Cecile Bledsoe Phone: 479-636-2115 Email: Cecile.Bledsoe@senate.ar.gov Sen. Ronald Caldwell Phone: 501-682-6107 Email: ronald.caldwell@Senate.ar.gov Sen. Linda Chesterfield Phone: 501-888-1859 Email: lchesterfield@comcast.net Sen. Alan Clark Phone: 501-262-3360 Email: alan.clark@senate.ar.gov Sen. John Cooper Phone: 870-761-0130 Email: john.cooper@senate.ar.gov Sen. Joyce Elliott Phone: 501-603-9546 Email: Joyce.Elliott@senate.ar.gov Sen. Scott Flippo Phone: 870-421-3420 Email: Scott.Flippo@senate.ar.gov Sen. Stephanie Flowers Phone: 870-535-1032 Email: Stephanie.Flowers@senate.ar.gov Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson Phone: 501-773-3760 Email: Jeremy.Hutchinson@senate.ar.gov Sen. Missy Irvin Phone: 870-269-2703 Email: Missy.Irvin@senate.ar.gov Sen. Bryan King Phone: 870-438-4565 Email: bryan.king@senate.ar.gov Sen. Uvalde Lindsey Phone: 479-444-6752 Email: uvalde.lindsey@senate.ar.gov Sen. Bruce Maloch Phone: 870-235-7041 Email: bruce.maloch@senate.ar.gov Sen. Jason Rapert Phone: 501-336-0918 Email: Jason.Rapert@senate.ar.gov Sen. Gary Stubblefield Phone: 479-635-4314 Email: gary.stubblefield@senate.ar.gov Rep. Bob Ballinger Phone: 479-443-3700 Email: bob.ballinger@arkansashouse.org

“The Arkansas Press Association’s position is that if schools are not required to offer journalism classes as an elective, many districts will cut their journalism curriculum. That action will deprive high school students of the opportunity to learn objective thinking, community involvement, civic issues, fact-finding and news photography,” said Ashley Wimberley, APA executive director. Here is a list of email addresses for legislators who serve on the Arkansas Legislative Council to contact before Friday:

Rep. Scott Baltz Phone: 870-378-1380 Email: scottbaltz@yahoo.com Rep. Ken Bragg Phone: 870-917-9205 Email: kenwbragg@gmail.com Rep. Bruce Cozart Phone: 501-627-3232 Email: bccci@cablelynx.com Rep. Gary Deffenbaugh Phone: 479-719-8197 Email: Gary.Deffenbaugh@arkansashouse.org Rep. Joe Farrer Phone: 501-743-6855 Email: jfarrer@suddenlink.net Rep. Deborah Ferguson Phone: 870-735-7098 Email: deborah.ferguson@arkansashouse.org Rep. David Fielding Phone: 870-234-6143 Email: david.fielding@arkansashouse.org Rep. Justin Gonzales Phone: 870-245-6365 Email: justinrory@yahoo.com Rep. Kim Hammer Phone: 501-840-3841 Email: kimdhammer@yahoo.com Rep. Joe Jett Phone: 870-276-5319 Email: joe.jett@arkansashouse.org Rep. Greg Leding Phone: 479-966-9201 Email: greg.leding@arkansashouse.org Rep. Fredrick J. Love Phone: 501-612-3939 Email: fjlove@att.net Rep. George B. McGill Phone: 479-651-2107 Email: George.McGill@arkansashouse.org Rep. David Meeks Phone: 501-277-9340 Email: David.Meeks@arkansashouse.org Rep. Josh Miller Phone: 501-365-3599 Email: josh.miller@arkansashouse.org Rep. Reginald Murdock Phone: (501) 940-5157 Email: rkm_72360@yahoo.com Rep. Chris Richey Phone: 870-995-2499 Email: chris.richey@arkansashouse.org Rep. Jeff Wardlaw Phone: 870-226-9501 Email: jeff@jeffwardlaw.com Sen. Will Bond, ex officio Phone: 501-396-5400 Email: Will.Bond@senate.ar.gov Sen. Jonathan Dismang, ex officio Phone: 501-766-8220 Email: dismang28@gmail.com

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Sen. Lance Eads, ex officio Phone: 479-435-5139 Email: Lance.Eads@senate.ar.gov Sen. Jane English, ex officio Phone: 501-257-7670 Email: jane.english@senate.ar.gov Sen. Jim Hendren, ex officio Phone: 479-787-6222 Email: jim.hendren@senate.ar.gov Sen. Bart Hester, ex officio Phone: 479-531-4176 Email: bart.hester@senate.ar.gov Sen. Jimmy Hickey, Jr., ex officio Phone: 903-824-8861 Email: jimmy.hickey@senate.ar.gov Sen. Keith Ingram, ex officio Phone: (870) 735-8610 Email: friendsforkeith@gmail.com Sen. David J. Sanders, ex officio Phone: 501-682-6107 Email: davidjamessanders@gmail.com Sen. Larry Teague, ex officio Phone: 870-845-5303 Email: Larry.Teague@senate.ar.gov Rep. Mary Bentley, ex officio Phone: 501-889-3556 Email: mary.bentley@arkansashouse.org Rep. Charles Blake, ex officio Phone: 501-425-9824 Email: charles.blake@arkansashouse.org Rep. Andy Davis, ex officio Phone: 501-837-5109 Email: andy.davis@arkansashouse.org Rep. Les Eaves, ex officio Phone: 501-827-1344 Email: les.eaves@arkansashouse.org Rep. Jeremy Gillman, ex officio Phone: 501-682-7771 Email: jeremy@growing45.com Rep. Lane Jean, ex officio Phone: 870-904-1856 Email: l_jean@sbcglobal.net Rep. John Payton, ex officio Phone: 501-362-5815 Email: john.payton@arkansashouse.org Rep. Mathew W. Pitsch, ex officio Phone: 479-883-2072 Email: mathew.pitsch@cox.net Rep. GeAnn Vaught, ex officio Phone: 870-832-2638 Email: deann.vaught@arkansashouse.org Rep. David Whitake, ex officio r Phone: 479-236-83135 Email: david.whitaker@arkansashouse.org Rep. Richard Womack, ex officio Phone: 870-403-6287 Email: richard@richardwomack.com

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Mark Your Calendar

Horton named president of WEHCO digital division Reprinted from the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

WEHCO Media Inc. has hired Jay Horton, a leader in digital media for the past 18 years, as president of its digital division, WEHCO said recently.

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“Having the opportunity to lead WEHCO’s digital media business forward is the best job in the industry,” Horton said in a prepared statement. Jay Horton

WEHCO, a family-owned company based in Little Rock, owns the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette as well as newspapers, magazines, cable television companies and digital marketing agencies in Arkansas, Tennessee, Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Mississippi. Horton has been responsible for sales and marketing as well as partner, product and platform development for newspapers, working with Scripps, Knight Ridder and the Gannett Co. “Jay is a proven leader in the newspaper industry,” said Nat Lea, president and chief executive officer of WEHCO Media.

“His experience in leading digital teams and using digital assets to help customers will be an asset to our company.” For the past three years, Horton has operated his own consulting business focused on media and technology, working with many of the top companies in the industry. He also serves as the executive producer for the Key Executives MegaConference, one of the premier events for the industry. “Digital already captures the most audience and the most revenue of any media,” Horton said. “It’s also the least regulated, with little oversight over the content that’s consumed.” The challenges are great, Horton said. “Our journalism and serving our communities’ information needs has never been more important than it is now,” he said. “We have to accelerate our transformation and serve our customers across a multitude of platforms to stay vital in our markets.” Horton, who will relocate with his family to the Little Rock area, fills the role recently held by Conan Gallaty, who left WEHCO to become the chief digital officer of the Times Publishing Co. in Tampa, Fla.

Don’t miss Brenda Blagg’s FOIA workshop at the APA SuperConvention Mark your calendar now for the Arkansas Press Association 2018 SuperConvention June 27-30 at the Inn of the Ozarks in Eureka Springs.

Brenda Blagg, who has been advocating for the Freedom of Information Act since it became law in 1967, will be a featured speaker the last day of the convention. “We put her on the same day as the editorial awards so that more reporters can hear her talk on FOIA,” said Ashley Wimberley, APA executive director. A student at the University of Arkansas when the FOIA passed, Blagg’s professors gave her an appreciation of what FOIA meant for Arkansas. “It is not just a tool for reporters,” she said. “Every Arkansas citizen can use the same rights to public information.” Blagg is now a freelance writer and

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syndicated columnist in Fayetteville. From how the use of public records enhanced her reporting to how she dealt with public bodies meeting secretly, she’ll share lessons learned over a half century. “Attending APA meetings is useful for reporters defending FOIA in the longterm,” she said. “It is good to get to know publishers from around the state because those publishers can sometimes stop local legislators from supporting bad bills to weaken the law.” Blagg has been a member of the Arkansas FOI Coalition and was a part of a statewide effort in the late ‘80s to audit compliance. Reporters, editors and other volunteers made in-person requests. “It was a great experience to see how different county, city and state agencies responded to those requests,” she said. “It is not always as easy as you think to get a record.”

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2018 APA Convention Registration Form June 27 - 30 | Inn of the Ozarks | Eureka Springs

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Convention Schedule Wednesday, June 27

Friday, June 29 (cont’d)

Noon

APA Golf Tournament Holiday Island Country Club, Eureka Springs

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Early Bird Event Poolside Luau, Dinner & Games

Lunch • Gubernatorial Candidate Debate • President’s Gavel Passing • Golf Awards Presentation

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Session: Newspaper Legal Issues Presented by John Tull & Vincent Chadick Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull Law Firm

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Session: News & Fake News Presented by Rex Nelson

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Honorees’ Reception

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APA Honor’s Banquet Golden 50, Journalism Educator, Distinguished Service, FOI and Headliner of the Year Awards

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After-Hours Hospitality

Thursday, June 28 Noon

Opening Round Table Luncheon

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Session: Update on Newspaper Tariffs, Presented by Paul Boyle

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ANF Slient Auction Opens

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Session: Gaining Digital Subscribers Presented by Barry Arthur

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Dinner & The Great Passion Play

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Trade Show Opens Press Camp (Kids 6-12)

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Session: Adobe Workflow Presented by Lisa Griffin

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Session: FOI Workshop Presented by Brenda Blagg

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APA Better Newspaper Editorial Awards Lunch & Presentation

APA Golf Tournament Holiday Island Country Club

Located on 30 wooded acres, relax in spacious rooms and suites with plush top beds, dream maker pillows and balconies. Enjoy home-style cooking at Myrtie Mae’s Café. Take a dip in the outdoor pool, play mini golf or play on the game court which includes basketball, volleyball, and tennis, and enjoy poolside movies as well as a business center and free Wi-Fi.

To make a room reservation, call (479) 253-9768 207 West Van Buren, Eureka Springs, AR 72632

Reserve hotel rooms by June 15 | $109 Single/Double Be sure to mention the Arkansas Press Association group name when reserving your room.

Holiday Island’s Golf courses are strategic courses. They offer 27 holes of golf at Holiday Island; an 18-hole championship course and a 9-hole executive course. Choosing the correct club and playing correct shots will challenge golfers at all levels. The views and the quiet are unmatched and will allow you a peaceful round of golf along with breathtaking scenery of the Ozark Mountains.


Guest Speakers Paul Boyle, Senior Vice President/Public Policy, News Media Alliance

Paul J. Boyle is Senior Vice President/Public Policy for the News Media Alliance, a trade organization representing nearly 2,000 diverse news organizations. From the largest news groups to local newspapers to digital-only operations, the Alliance represents all news media content creators. Boyle is the chief lobbyist and manages the legislative and regulatory affairs operation of the association. Under Boyle’s leadership, the industry has preserved the current tax treatment of advertising expenses; resisted government efforts to reclassify independent contractors; reduced postal rates impacting newspapers’ advertising products; preserved recruitment advertising in printed newspapers and obtained structural reforms to the Freedom of Information Act. He is currently managing the effort to beat back tariffs on newsprint imports from Canada. Boyle is a member of the American Society of Association Executives. He is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Lisa Griffin, Publishing Specialist, Boone Newspapers, Inc.

Lisa Tackett Griffin is a popular trainer at Macintosh training events around the United States. She is recognized as a pioneer in the areas of computer pagination, PDF technology, and remote printing methods for newspapers. Lisa is a staff member at the University of Tennessee/Tennessee Press Association Institute for Newspaper Technology and has conducted group training for press associations and newspapers on topics such as Newspaper Technology, Mac Troubleshooting, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe PhotoShop, Quark Xpress, Pagination, PDF file creation and digital communications. Since 1983, Lisa has provided consultation, training and support to newspapers as well as other markets. Advances in technology over the past 20 years for the newspaper industry have been both exciting and sometimes challenging. Bringing this information through training sessions directly to people in the production process continues to be a priority. Attendees will find the material to be interesting, informative and applicable to their everyday workload.

Rex Nelson

Senior Editor, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Brenda Blagg

Freelance Writer & Syndicated Columnist

Member of the Arkansas FOI Coalition

John Tull

Managing Member Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC

Barry Arthur

Asst. Managing Editor Photo/ Electronic Media, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Vincent Chadick

Of Counsel Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC


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Arkansas Publisher Weekly: June 14, 2018  

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

Arkansas Publisher Weekly: June 14, 2018  

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