Over the past two weeks, I've traveled from coast to coast speaking at newspaper conferences and meeting with Canadian and American journalists about what is happening at their newspapers and, hopefully, offering a little good advice.
As I've met with publishers, editors and writers in places like Keene, New Hampshire, Phoenix, Arizona and Bismarck, North Dakota, I've become even more convinced that the results of the Newspaper Institute spring publisher's survey were right on target when it comes to the state of newspapers across the U.S. and Canada.
It's been two hours since I received word concerning the news that tariffs aimed at newsprint had been overturned. The first person to write me was Ron White, a retired university journalism chair who now lives in North Carolina. Within minutes, stories from major news outlets were spread across my "extra wide" computer monitor.
In two of my previous columns, I've mentioned other newspapers I've visited recently, and I can't help but notice a trend. Every paper I've visited over the past few months seems to be doing well It's not because of me. They were all doing well before I came along. Some of these papers were weeklies, some dailies, and a couple of others were somewhere in-between.