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By William E. (Bill) Garber
It is a rare newspaper whose single-copy sales exceed home delivery. Delivery is a tremendous value added to the newspaper. And with this in mind, better delivery just makes sense and dollars, when considering what poor delivery does to subscriber churn.
Delivery is a key reason why community newspapers compete, and compete well, in not only the world of radio and television, but in the crazy, wonderful, everywhere, always-on digital world.
People are increasingly reluctant to turn on a computer or cell phone, find an app, open an app, look at the landing “page” and try to figure out what everyone is or will be reading, and see what’s going on in the news.
By William E. (Bill) Garber
I scan Bo Sacks’s daily email list of publishing stories, though Bo is a magazine guy.
A few weeks ago he linked to Samir Husni’s article Lose the News – Keep the Paper. Samir Husni manages the Magazine Innovation Center at the University of Mississippi.
Here’s Husni’s point:
“I am a firm believer that today more than ever we need papers; printed papers; we need them to read like weeklies on a daily basis, unless their frequency is already weekly, and then we need to call them by that moniker. I refuse to call them “news” papers because I really believe that the word newspaper is an oxymoron. In today’s world, there is no way that you can have news, actual breaking news, on paper. But does that mean that we have no need for papers anymore? No need for that printed product that comes curated, edited, well-thought-out, designed, and arrives on my doorstep or in my mailbox on a regular basis? We absolutely do need that product and I’ll tell you why.”
And, save for the occasional story that garners attention from more distant electronic media, once a week is perhaps the ideal frequency and paper the ideal medium.
Postmaster General Megan Brennan welcomed the National Newspaper Association Printer’s Postal Workshop to the Ben Franklin Conference Center at Postal Service headquarters on March 16. Also pictured is Tonda Rush, director of public policy and general counsel for NNA.
Newspaper mail delivery is being improved: here’s how
Top Postal Service deputies and vice presidents delivered a practical and in-depth report on the newspaper mail Kaizen sessions it ran monthly in 2015. Half of the sessions were at Interlink client papers.
The outcome of the Kaizen sessions identified practices both on the newspaper side as well as the Postal Service side where changes could quickly and easily make a significant improvement in delivery consistency.
Brad Hill becomes an Interlink shareholder
Brad Hill (left) and Bill Garber
Interlink founder and owner Bill Garber announced December 1, 2015, that Interlink President Brad Hill has become a stockholder in the company.
Interlink is a privately owned circulation management company serving the newspaper industry. Publishers of more than 1,700 newspapers across the US use Interlink services to grow newspaper subscription penetration and manage subscriber services, including delivery by mail or carrier.
Hill began working with Interlink in 2001 as a technical contractor after leaving his previous position as Network Administrator for a private school system in Tennessee. Recognizing his ability to bridge the gap between technical issues and non-technical people, Interlink offered him a permanent position handling the integration of Interlink Circulation into new customers’ business systems.
National Newspaper Association President Chip Hutcheson, publisher of The Times-Leader in Princeton, KY, this week expressed cautious optimism that introduction of a new postal reform bill in the House of Representatives would lead to a final legislation this year.
A “discussion draft” of a bill supported by a bipartisan group on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee was released June 15. The bill would provide financial relief for the stressed U.S. Postal Service by requiring some retirees to use an already-funded Medicare benefit instead of USPS’s own plan. USPS has built up nearly $70 billion in debt on its balance sheet because of its inability to make an annual $5 billion prepayment for its own plan to the federal government. The bipartisan bill would dramatically reduce or eliminate the need for that annual payment by integrating Medicare into the postal retiree package.
A new rule governing overtime pay for employees will create disruption at small newspapers and likely lead to more job cutbacks, National Newspaper Association President Chip Hutcheson, publisher of The Times-Leader in Princeton, KY, said today. He expressed disappointment that the U.S. Department of Labor had rejected calls by many small businesses to introduce a more modified and gradually-rising threshold that sets overtime-eligible employees apart from professional staff.
Q. While updating Interlink Circulation to the latest version, my icon disappeared. How do I get it back?
A. When updating to a newer version of Circulation, occasionally the icon will disappear from the desktop as the older version is being uninstalled in preparation for the new version. The disappearance of the icon usually happens due to an interruption in connectivity during the downloading process.
If your icon is removed from your desktop, simply download the software again, open the program and restore your list from Interlink.
If you need additional information or assistance, please contact our client solutions team at 888-473-3103.
Lucy Dalglish, a nationally-recognized First Amendment advocate and lawyer, will be the keynote speaker at the National Newspaper Association’s Community Newspaper Leadership Summit, March 16-17 in Washington. Dalglish, who is currently dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, will address community newspaper publishers, editors and NNA Foundation News Fellows at the National Press Club the evening of March 17.
NNA President Chip Hutcheson, publisher of The Times-Leader, urged publishers to make time for the 2016 summit. With a high-octane election year rolling out, Congress will be under pressure to make major decisions on issues that affect newspapers. NNA members will visit Capitol Hill the afternoon of March 17. Among the issues they will tackle with their congressional delegations: