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High Time We Set the Record Straight on Newspaper ‘Myths’

The following was posted by Jason Towlen of the Home News on his Facebook page:High Time We Set the Record Straight on Newspaper ‘Myths’By Donna BarrettPublished: April 22, 2009 5:10 PM ETNEW YORK Enough already. Partial facts and misinformation about newspapers are distorting the view for everyone, including readers and advertisers.Let’s set the record straight: Newspapers still enjoy considerable readership and deliver strong results for advertisers. More Americans read printed newspapers than watch the Super Bowl. More Americans read printed newspapers than own dogs. Newspapers and their Web sites reach a larger audience than ever before.The crisis facing newspapers is not an audience problem.

Journal publisher announces ‘step forward’ in keeping paper open

by The Jersey Journal Monday April 13, 2009, 4:10 PMReena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey JournalThe Jersey Journal building at 30 Journal Square. The Jersey Journal and its community weeklies have met revenue projections for the first quarter, Publisher Kendrick Ross announced to the staff today, adding that the paper will be completing work over the next week to bring expenses in line with revenues, and, once that is accomplished, he expects to continue publishing. “We know the road ahead is challenging and uncertain, but we are pleased to announce this step forward,” Ross explained.”We appreciate the cooperation of our union and non-union staff, and we are grateful to our readers, advertisers and the business community for continuing to support us during this period.”The Evening Journal Association announced to its employees on Feb. 2 that the company would cease publication of The Jersey Journal and a string of weekly newspapers in Hudson County on or about April 13 if the paper was unable to meet revenue goals and reduce expenses.http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2009/04/journal_publisher_announces_st.html

Middle Township’s Postpones Decision

http://www.youtube.com/get_playerVideo of Middle Township’s public meeting on having control of how the media records the township’s public meetings. The bottom line is the township decided to postpone the decision so they can re-word the resolution. Video provided by Harry Scheeler of the Herald Newspapers.

Canon and CPS

Hey Everyone – Just wanted to give a heads up to all the Canon users out there – Canon is now charging for sensor cleaning and firmware updates – $30 plus tax per camera. Also, they now have a three tier CPS service plan – go to www.usa.canon.com/cps to learn more.

U.S. bill seeks to rescue faltering newspapers

Jason Towlen of Home News Tribune originally posted this link on Facebook – U.S. bill seeks to rescue faltering newspapersBy Thomas FerraroWASHINGTON (Reuters) – With many U.S. newspapers struggling to survive, a Democratic senator on Tuesday introduced a bill to help them by allowing newspaper companies to restructure as nonprofits with a variety of tax breaks.”This may not be the optimal choice for some major newspapers or corporate media chains but it should be an option for many newspapers that are struggling to stay afloat,” said Senator Benjamin Cardin.A Cardin spokesman said the bill had yet to attract any co-sponsors, but had sparked plenty of interest within the media, which has seen plunging revenues and many journalist layoffs.Cardin’s Newspaper Revitalization Act would allow newspapers to operate as nonprofits for educational purposes under the U.S. tax code, giving them a similar status to public broadcasting companies.Under this arrangement, newspapers would still be free to report on all issues, including political campaigns. But they would be prohibited from making political endorsements.Advertising and subscription revenue would be tax exempt, and contributions to support news coverage or operations could be tax deductible.Because newspaper profits have been falling in recent years, “no substantial loss of federal revenue” was expected under the legislation, Cardin’s office said in a statement.Cardin’s office said his bill was aimed at preserving local and community newspapers, not conglomerates which may also own radio and TV stations. His bill would also let a non-profit buy newspapers owned by a conglomerate.”We are losing our newspaper industry,” Cardin said. “The economy has caused an immediate problem, but the business model for newspapers, based on circulation and advertising revenue, is broken, and that is a real tragedy for communities across the nation and for our democracy.Newspaper subscriptions and advertising have shrunk dramatically in the past few years as Americans have turned more and more to the Internet or television for information.In recent months, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Rocky Mountain News, the Baltimore Examiner and the San Francisco Chronicle have ceased daily publication or announced that they may have to stop publishing.In December the Tribune Company, which owns a number of newspapers including The Baltimore Sun, The Chicago Tribune and The Los Angeles Times filed for bankruptcy protection.Two newspaper chains, Gannett Co Inc and Advance Publications, on Monday announced employee furloughs. It will be the second furlough this year at Gannett.

Vote for Officers

Dear Members, Two polls have been posted on the Yahoo board to elect a new President and Vice President of the NJPPA for the 2009-2010 term. http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/NJPPA-L/pollsThe polls close on Wednesday, Feb. 4 so please log in and cast your ballot before then. Thank you!Tony KurdzukNJPPA President

Gallery Opening, April 18th 6-9 pm

Be sure to mark your calendars. On April 18th from 6-9 pm NJPPA member Carmine Galasso’s gallery opening titled ‘Crosses.’ Prints from his new book ‘Crosses: Portraits of Clergy Abuse’ will be on display at the Lott Gallery @ DriveIn24 located at 443 West 18th St between 9th and 10th in Chelsea. Between 7-9 pm there will be a candle light vigil for survivors, family and supporters outside of the gallery. The work will be on display through May 8th.