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Thinking about your newspaper's future
Thinking about your newspaper's future
Dr. Hildreth spoke for no more than five minutes, but I’ll never forget what he said. “You should know,” he began, “that most of what you’ve learned in your time as a student is wrong.” He had my attention as he continued, “But that’s OK. The most important thing you’ve learned at this university is how to think.”

I couldn’t help but think of all the speakers and teachers I’ve had over the years.

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More statistics from latest publisher survey
More statistics from latest publisher survey
The primary reason I continue to collect data and survey newspaper managers is to help my newspaper colleagues. Several times, over the last few weeks, I’ve received requests for advice from publishers who, after looking over data from a recent survey, found the answer they were looking for.

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Growing Newspapers: They're popping up everywhere
Growing Newspapers: They're popping up everywhere
I saw a story about a daily newspaper for sale a couple of days ago. Almost as a side note, it was mentioned that the paper had a profit in the 20 to 25 percent range. And why was it for sale? Apparently, that wasn’t enough for the giant corporation that owns it. So, it’s for sale.
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Print Back in Fashion: I keep running into new papers
Print Back in Fashion: I keep running into new papers
Surely you read the comments of Martin Sorrell, CEO of the world’s largest advertising group, as well as highest paid CEO in Europe, concerning newspaper advertising. In April, he said that print media is more powerful than agencies believe and advised advertisers to spend more in print.
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Texans Eager to Learn: Vernon, Texas
Texans Eager to Learn: Vernon, Texas
When I walk into a newsroom for the first time, there’s always a moment of hesitation as I gauge how prepared the group is for my visit. I’m normally greeted with one of two emotions: either, “Who are you and why are you here,” or “We have been waiting for you!”
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Interesting Findings From Recent Publishers Survey
Interesting Findings From Recent Publishers Survey
The primary reason I continue to collect data and survey newspaper managers is to help my newspaper colleagues. Several times, over the last few weeks, I’ve received requests for advice from publishers who, after looking over data from a recent survey, found the answer they were looking for.
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Adobe InCopy is just the ticket for Tennessee paper
Adobe InCopy is just the ticket for Tennessee paper
In the midst of my busiest year ever, Dale Gentry, publisher of The Standard-Banner in Jefferson City, Tennessee, called to ask if I could find time to visit his newspaper. Less than an hour away from my office, I’ve visited Dale’s staff numerous times over the past 20 years and there was no way I was going to say, “no.”

So between trips to Edmonton, Alberta and Preston, Minnesota, I found an afternoon to spend with the staff of the Standard-Banner. The request from Dale was simple enough: “Can you teach us to use InCopy?”

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Newspapers: I love all of them, but my heart is with the small ones
Newspapers: I love all of them, but my heart is with the small ones
I guess I might as well change my permanent address to “Midwest,” following more than a dozen scheduled visits to Iowa and Minnesota during February, March and April. People began to ask with frequency, “Why don’t you schedule your visits to Minnesota (or Iowa or Canada) in the summer?”

My most common response is, “I need a new manager.” I suppose the honest answer is that I go when I’m asked and people in the coldest areas are practical jokers or they just seem to need me more in the winter and early spring.

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Young People Don't Read Papers...or do they?
Young People Don't Read Papers...or do they?
What if the professor is right? What if young people really don’t read print anymore? Could I be wrong? Could the studies be wrong? After all, a lot of journalism professors I run into seem to think that print is dead. And so do most of the people I know who sell online services. Maybe they’re all right. Maybe young people do not read news in print anymore.
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Deadline Driven!
Deadline Driven!
I planned to start on this column four hours ago, but the phone started ringing. Karen, who emailed late last night, needed my help to get an ad to print correctly in her paper. How could I not take care of that first thing? Jim called from another state to get my advice about a publisher’s job he’s been offered.

You know the drill. We work in a deadline-driven business. We get it done. No matter how busy we are or what is already on our plates, we get it done.

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Mirror-Exchange Agrees: Paid newspapers are doing just fine, thank you very much
Mirror-Exchange Agrees: Paid newspapers are doing just fine, thank you very much
Hank Bond, co-publisher of The Greenup Beacon (Russell KY), wrote last week to ask me a pointed question, “You keep writing about people saying that newspapers are dying. I don’t hear it. Who are they?”

Well, Hank, here’s another one to add to the list of about a dozen or so I sent you last week and those were off the top of my head. As Hank would probably attest, he finally said, “Enough!”

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Epoch Times Agrees: Free papers are doing very well, thank you very much
Epoch Times Agrees: Free papers are doing very well, thank you very much
I sometimes write a column twice, for different audiences. This version of my column on Robert Kaiser's essay includes statistics from free newspapers across North America.

And just so you know, there's happy ending.

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Don’t forget about Bridge: One of Adobe’s most useful tools
Don’t forget about Bridge: One of Adobe’s most useful tools
I have to admit: I’m as much to blame as anyone. Honestly, I figured everyone was already using Adobe Bridge, so I’ve not put much effort into teaching Bridge tools at workshops and classes over the past few years.

Longtime photo editors remember the Browser from versions of Photoshop prior to CS2. Since then, Bridge has been included in all Creative Suite/Cloud packages and also with stand-alone Adobe Photoshop.

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PDFs, Lines & Problems: Answering Readers' Questions
PDFs, Lines & Problems: Answering Readers' Questions
Readers have been asking what I think about The Times-Picayune adding two print delivery days - that’s back up to five days a week delivery - plus returning to a full broadsheet page. Our industry must be in a free-fall. Or is it?

My dilemma doesn’t revolve around those things, however. I promised to pen a question/answer column this month and I keep my promises.

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Hmm: Adobe Cloud. Should I or shouldn’t I?
Hmm: Adobe Cloud. Should I or shouldn’t I?
I know it’s confusing. But I don’t get a dime from Adobe, so I have no reason to mislead you.

Here’s my official advice. Take it for what it’s worth.

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Convention attendances improves in 2014
Convention attendances improves in 2014
A colleague just walked into my office with a big grin on his face.

“At the risk of making your head grow any bigger, I thought I’d show this to you.”

He was holding a copy of The Oklahoma Publisher, the official publication of the Oklahoma Press Association.

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Remote office becomes reality for Wisconsin pubs
Remote office becomes reality for Wisconsin pubs
Like many newspapers, Delta’s publications go through the hands of multiple editors and designers before they go to press. And like in many production offices, fonts were an issue. Even though each of the computers seemingly had the same fonts on each computer, InDesign would pop up the dreaded “Font not loaded” message on a regular basis when a file created on one computer was opened on another.

The second challenge was a bit more interesting. Mike mentioned that producing their publications would be much more efficient if he, along with others who sometimes worked away from the office, could connect to the office network from remote locations. He went a little further than that. Not only did they want to connect to their servers, they wanted to be able to work from home or wherever exactly the same way they did back at the office.

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A Look at Collegiate Newspapers & Programs
A Look at Collegiate Newspapers & Programs

I asked my new friend, Kevin Schwartz to coauthor a column about the trend of college newspapers toward reducing print days or moving away from print to digital. Kevin is going to hate that I told you this, but College Media Matters recently referred to Kevin as “Dean of the College Media Business.” He knows his stuff.

You can read for yourself what Kevin, who was general manager of The Daily Tar Heel student newspaper at the University of North Carolina for 20 years, thinks about this trend.

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Critiquing 10 Free Papers With Ed Henninger
Critiquing 10 Free Papers With Ed Henninger
About a month ago, I received an email from a publisher on the East Coast who asked what I would charge to look over ten of his free papers and make suggestions to improve them.

At first I thought, “It sounds like an interesting project, but I just don’t have time.”

But lately, I’ve been trying to stretch myself and keep work interesting. It dawned on me that my friend Ed Henninger might be interested in working on this project with me. Sure enough, he was.

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Kevin Agrees With Upton Sinclair
Kevin Agrees With Upton Sinclair
Are we following bad advice from industry experts? If you have a vested financial interest in getting your newspaper brethren to believe that print is as good as dead, stop reading right now. You’re not going to like it. And I might even talk about you.

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What I learned from 6 small Nebraska papers
What I learned from 6 small Nebraska papers
The circulation of Cedar County News is 2,000. The circulation of the five smaller papers averages 900 each, with the smallest, The Coleridge Blade, reporting a circulation of 312. Total circulation for all six papers is 6,500.

Scenes for the movie “Nebraska” were filmed at the Osmond Republican.

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Advice For a New Publisher
Advice For a New Publisher
Kevin visits with new publisher to discuss improvements to his community paper.

I have a new friend on Facebook. I just “accepted” Roger’s friend request this morning. More about that later.

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People are talking bout COLOR
People are talking bout COLOR
Color.

It seems to be on the minds of newspaper publishers and production managers everywhere.

Without a doubt, the second most requested task I’ve been given by newspapers in recent months is to improve the quality of the color in their print products.

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Tale of Two Newspapers
Tale of Two Newspapers
You know, most great discoveries in life and business seem to boil down to common sense. As I write this column, I’ve just returned from Nashville, where I met with a group of publishers from Middle and West Tennessee. Metros, small dailies and non-dailies were represented.

Two statistics struck me as very interesting as I prepared for this summit.

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An aMUSEing tale about digital design
An aMUSEing tale about digital design
Back in the days of CS5, it became relatively simple for an InDesign user to design a website in InDesign, then export it as a Flash file that could be viewed online.

Although it worked well, it wasn’t very long before Flash files became problematic, primarily due to Apple’s refusal to support them on iPads and iPhones. So even though I’d created several websites in InDesign, I quickly changed that practice.

Then came InDesign CS5.5 and CS6, which made it possible to export HTML5 directly from InDesign. Frankly, though, the process always seemed to work with less than perfect results, so I gave up on that idea.

When I subscribed to Adobe Creative Cloud a few months ago, I looked around the site for apps available through the normal subscription. Along with InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and other applications I used regularly, there was a name I hadn’t thought of in a while: Muse.

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