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Golfers sign up for annual APA fundraiser


Serving Press and State Since 1873

Vol. 13 | No. 21 | Thursday, May 24, 2018

Joe May masters many tasks at office, home Joe May of The Standard newspaper in Amity is a jack of all trades. And not just at the newspaper where he is publisher, editor, ad manager, circulation manager and sports editor. May is also a preacher in Waldron, builds and restores log cabins and re-enacts as an 1840s colonial woodworker. On top of all these hats that May wears during the week, he also home schools his 14-year-old daughter Shana. May, who was born and raised outside of Arkadelphia in Clark County and graduated from Arkadelphia High School in 1992, actually started The Standard from scratch on Feb. 1, 1996. The Standard publisher Joe May cuts wood while re-enacting an 1840s colonial woodworker at the Joaquin Festival at Historic Washington State Park near Hope earlier this year.

“I left Ouachita Baptist College after four-and-one-half years as a history and communications major,” May said. “I knew what I wanted to do so I just did it. I didn’t

really want to work for someone else.” May said he had written a history column for The Daily Siftings Herald in Arkadelphia since he was 16, had worked for six months as a part-time reporter and earned two bylines and had worked a few weeks for the Clark County American. “When I first started my newspaper, I knew I wanted to stay in Clark County. I got an Arkansas map and a coffee can. I drew a circle around Clark County, and Amity ended up in the center of the circle. So I decided to set up shop in Amity. I tried to cover five counties at first, but I had to rein it in. Right now I cover Clark County, northern Pike County and the Bismarck area of Hot Spring County. I run the largest newspaper in this area with a paid Continued on Page 2

Register, reserve rooms now for upcoming APA SuperConvention Online registration for the 2018 annual APA convention, to be held June 2730 at the Inn of the Ozarks in Eureka Springs, is now active on the APA website at this link: www.ArkansasPress.org/ Event/2018SuperConvention.

challenges and solutions with fellow APA newspaper friends.

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette will close out the afternoon’s programming discussing a very relevant topic – how to gain digital subscribers.


The convention programming is packed with sessions that will provide topics of interest to just about everyone in the Arkansas newspaper business. The convention will kick off with a Roundtable Luncheon on Thursday, which will be moderated by Lori Freeze of the Stone County Leader in Mountain View. This session is always a convention favorite, as it’s an opportunity to share a myriad of

#ArkansasNewspapers Thursday afternoon, Paul Boyle of the News Media Alliance in Washington will update attendees on our industry’s important fight against newsprint tariffs. Barry Arthur of the Arkansas DemocratGazette and Hector Cueva of the

The Past Presidents’ Breakfast on Friday morning (by invitation only) will be followed by a twopart “Adobe Workflow” session led by Adobe expert Lisa Griffin. Friday’s luncheon will feature a Gubernatorial Debate. Republican candidate Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Democratic candidate Jared Henderson and Libertarian candidate Mark West have all confirmed participation. The debate will be moderated by Rusty Turner, editor of the Northwest Arkansas Continued on Page 2

Tomorrow deadline for return of APA ballots

Friday (tomorrow) is the deadline for return of ballots in the annual APA election, a designated voters at APA member newspapers are reminded once again to sign the outside of the return envelope. Seven candidates will appear on the ballot, including the three new nominees, Kelly Freudensprung of The Saline Courier in Benton, John Robert Schirmer of the Nashville News-Leader and Crystal Costa of the Times Record in Fort Smith. Also on the ballot will be the continuing APA Board members: • Ellen Kreth of the Madison County Record in Huntsville • Sue Silliman of the Camden News • Lori Freeze of the Stone County Leader in Mountain View • Eliza Gaines of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock The APA executive board does not appear on the ballot. They include: • President, Tom White of the Advance Monticellonian in Monticello

Joe May

Continued from page 1 circulation of 2,000,” he said. May normally prints 12 pages each week with special sections adding an additional eight to 12 pages when he runs them. He prints nothing but local news unless there is some local connection. He does have a few local columnists, and a local man who writes sports stories. He also has some sources who send him photos for the newspaper and a teenager who sometimes helps with layout. He has had ad reps over the years in the past, but not anymore. “My readers have been really good to me,” May said. “The area of the state The Standard covers is not economically sound, but one thing I have done is keep ad prices the same for local ‘mom and pop’ businesses over the years. They can’t afford to pay more. But my overhead is low which allows me to do that,” May said. “Plus, I run $15 ad promotions every week. The Standard is now the county legal newspaper, which has been a big benefit.”

• Vice President, John Bland of The Times Dispatch in Walnut Ridge


• Immediate Past President, Byron Tate of The Sheridan Headlight


• Second Vice President, Rusty Turner of the Northwest Arkansas DemocratGazette in Fayetteville



Association days at Magic Springs As a member or associate member of the Arkansas Press Association, enjoy discounted tickets at Magic Springs this Friday, May 25 through Monday, May 28. Tickets are generally $59.99 plus tax, however you may purchase tickets for $19.99 each plus tax by clicking on this link: tiny.cc/associationmagic

Managing time is a challenge for any newspaper editor, but especially May. “I work a lot of late nights,” he laughed. “I spend Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday selling ads and laying out the paper. I deliver papers on Thursday, and I take Friday for myself. Sundays are spent preaching in Waldron.” May’s wife, Kristie, is his bookkeeper. She also teaches school in Mt. Ida. He has a second daughter, Alex, who is married with one child living in Poyen. May lives on several acres in Alpine, where he builds and repairs old cabins. He evens owns an 1880s Pike County jail that was torn down about 50 years ago. A Hot Springs man bought the jail at that time and moved it to Hot Springs and turned it into a safe. “I’m probably the only person around who owns a jail,” he added. “It’s a slow process, but I hope one day to have a village on my property where I can teach kids about the past.”

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The convention’s excellent programming continues on Friday afternoon with a session on newspaper legal issues, led by John Tull and Vincent Chadick of Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull, followed by a much anticipated session identifying “News and Fake News” presented by Rex Nelson, senior editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Friday will conclude with the APA Honors Banquet, presenting awards for APA Headliner of the Year to 2017 Miss America Savvy Shields, APA Distinguished Service Award to Walter E. Hussman, Jr., APA Journalism Educator of the Year to Merlin Mann, APA FOI Award to John Tull and Golden 50 Awards to Rusty Fraser, Brenda Blagg and Lynda Hollenbeck. There will be strong editorial sessions

on Saturday before the 2018 Better Newspaper Editorial Awards Luncheon, with freelance writer and Arkansas FOI Coalition member Brenda Blagg leading an FOI workshop for reporters and other convention attendees. The workshop will be followed by a FOI panel discussion, which will include real-life examples from Arkansas journalists who have utilized the FOI to obtain information and break stories. In addition to the topnotch programming, there will be great opportunities for relaxation and entertainment, including a Poolside Luau on Wednesday evening. The Luau will feature a baggo tournament and live entertainment by Buh Jones. On Thursday evening, the group will enjoy dinner on the grounds and behind-the scenes tours before taking in Eureka Spring’s renowned The Great Passion play.

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Golfers sign up for annual APA fundraiser

Golfers of all skill levels are encouraged to sign up for the APA’s annual golf outing to be held Wednesday, June 27, at the Holiday Island Country Club in Eureka Springs. Bob Moore, publisher of the Carroll County News in Berryville, is chairman for the 2018 event, which is again sponsored by UAMS and AT&T Arkansas. The golf scramble is an annual fundraiser for the Arkansas Newspaper Foundation. All proceeds go to the Foundation to be used for paid internships and scholarships and other charitable contributions to benefit the newspaper industry in Arkansas. The entry fee is $100 per individual, which includes the green fee, golf cart, lunch and refreshments on the course. Golfers can sign up as a team or as an individual. Those signing up as individuals will be assigned a group. Handicaps or average round scores need to be added to the registration form to help balance the teams. Trophies will be awarded to the members of the first place team. Awards will also be presented to the longest drive and the closest to the pin on designated holes. The award presentations will be at the Friday luncheon, June 29, at the Inn of the Ozarks in Eureka Springs, site of the APA’s annual convention. The golf tourney registration form can be found on the APA website at this link: https://tinyurl.com/ya28682v.

Industry Quote of the Week “Operating at scale and often affecting large groups of people, algorithms make consequential and sometimes contestable decisions in an increasing range of domains throughout the public and private sectors. In response, a distinct beat in journalism is emerging to investigate the societal power exerted through such algorithms.” – Nicholas Diakopoulos, Northwestern University professor of computational journalism (as in Editor & Publisher)

Guest Column: Tired of fake news? Turn to newspapers

By Phil Riebel, President of Two Sides North America Do you use social media as a news source? Are you sure you can separate fact from fiction? In January 2018, Farhad Manjoo of The New York Times decided to turn off all his digital news notifications, unplug from social networks, and subscribe to three print newspapers and a weekly magazine. Manjoo was “…trying to slow-jam the news… [he] still wanted to be informed but was looking to formats that prized depth and accuracy over speed.” His experiment to rely mostly on print for news rather than social media taught him several lessons. First of all, he realized how much of what he had been getting online was not quite news, but “more like a neverending stream of commentary, one that does more to distort your understanding of the world than illuminate it.” And the commentary tends to precede the facts. Relying on social media for the news may mean that what you read is “what other people are saying about the news, rather than the news itself [and] that makes us susceptible to misinformation.” Manjoo also realized that it takes time to sort fact from fiction. Time that newspapers tend to take before they report on an event and digital media does not. “Smartphones and social networks are giving us facts about the news much faster than we can make sense of them, letting speculation and misinformation fill the gap…. This was the surprise blessing of the newspaper. I was getting news a day old, but in the delay between when the news happened and when it showed up on my front door, hundreds of experienced professionals had done the hard work for me.” The third and most important thing Manjoo learned was that “Just about every problem we battle in understanding the news… is exacerbated by plugging into the social-media herd. The builtin incentives on Twitter and Facebook reward speed over depth, hot takes over facts and seasoned propagandists over well-meaning analyzers of news.”

published in Science by MIT researchers, who tracked thousands of news stories spread on Twitter, which were then tweeted millions of times between 2006 to 2017. They found that false news spreads more rapidly than real news — and by a substantial margin. The study showed that the spread of false information on Twitter was not due to bots programmed to disseminate inaccurate stories but to people retweeting inaccurate news items. In fact, false news stories were 70% more likely to be retweeted than true stories and it took true stories about six times longer than false stories to reach 1500 people. The researchers suggest the reason why this happens is linked to human psychology. “False news is more novel, and people are more likely to share novel information…And on social networks, people can gain attention by being the first to share previously unknown (but possibly false) information.” Among its ongoing woes, Facebook is also concerned about misinformation spreading through its platform and it recently turned to print newspapers to communicate with the people. In advance of the presidential election in Mexico, Facebook took out full-page ads in prominent Mexican newspapers with the title “Tips to Detect Fake News.” Ten tips are offered such as “Doubt the headline,” “Check the source” and “Carefully observe the URL.” At the bottom of the page, a banner reads, in Spanish, “Together, we can limit the diffusion of fake news.” As Manjoo sums up “You don’t have to read a print newspaper to get a better relationship with the news. But, for goodness’ sake, please stop getting your news mainly from Twitter and Facebook. In the long run, you and everyone else will be better off.”

Manjoo’s claim is supported by a new study

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Convention Schedule Wednesday, June 27

Friday, June 29 (cont’d)


APA Golf Tournament Holiday Island Country Club, Eureka Springs


6:00 p.m.

Early Bird Event Poolside Luau, Dinner & Games

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

2:30 p.m.

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

4:00 p.m.

Session: News & Fake News Presented by Rex Nelson

6:00 p.m.

Honorees’ Reception

7:00 p.m.

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

9:00 p.m.

After-Hours Hospitality

Thursday, June 28 Noon

Opening Round Table Luncheon

1:30 p.m.

Session: Update on Newspaper Tariffs, Presented by Paul Boyle

3:00 p.m.

ANF Slient Auction Opens

3:30 p.m.

Session: Gaining Digital Subscribers Presented by Barry Arthur

7:00 p.m.

Dinner & The Great Passion Play

Friday, June 29 8:00 a.m.

Past Presidents’ Breakfast Invitation Only

8:30 a.m.

Trade Show Opens Press Camp (Kids 6-12)

9:00 a.m.

Session: Adobe Workflow Presented by Lisa Griffin

Hotel Information Inn of the Ozarks

Saturday, June 30 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast APA Member Business Meeting

9:00 a.m.

Session: FOI Workshop Presented by Brenda Blagg

10:30 a.m.

FOI Panel Discussion

12:00 p.m.

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.

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

Arkansas Publisher Weekly: May 24, 2018  

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