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Monthly publication of the Colorado Press Association



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    Official publication of the Colorado Press Association / / Vol. LXXXVI, No. 9 September 2015


    Ethics committee formedThe Colorado Press Association Board of Directors approved a motion to form an ethics committee at its Sept. 11 board meeting.

    The ethics committee initially is charged with coming up with ways to promote ethics for its members, as well as look at potential programs.

    If interested in joining the committee, or any other CPA committee, contact CPA CEO Jerry Raehal at 720-274-7171 or

    Contest keeping its classThe annual Better Newspaper con-test is staying with 10 classifications for the 2015 contest four weekly classifications, four daily, and one monthly.

    The CPA Board of Directors looked a proposals to go to eight classifica-tions at its Sept. 11 board meeting, but given all the other changes the contest is going through, the board opted to keep the classifications the same.

    To see 10 changes to the 2015 contest, go to

    Promote Power of the PressOct. 4-10 is national news-paper week, and this years theme is Power of the Press.

    To find a package of editorials, car-toons, columns, and graphics for National News-

    paper Week, go to


    See BYLAWS, Page 6 See CERNY Page 5

    Time for change?Special

    meeting called to amend

    bylaws, allowing more

    membership types into CPA

    Staff report

    Tucked away in a cabinet in the accounting office of the Colorado Press Association is a yellow, weathered piece of paper dated Jan. 16, 1979.

    In type-writer text is a pro-posed amendment to change the bylaws of the CPA so free or controlled circulation newspa-pers would attain full member-ship in the Association. The amendment did not pass, nor have similar proposals passed in

    the last 36 years.However, a new proposal just

    might. Amended changes to the bylaws have been approved by both the membership com-mittee and the CPA Board of Directors, which approved the changes at its Sept. 11 board meeting.

    Now it goes before the general membership. A special meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Denver Athletic Club, to amend the bylaws.

    At a glance:n A special meeting has been called for 2 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Denver Athletic Club to amend the CPA bylaws.n Amendments to the by-laws may be adopted only by a two-thirds vote of the Regular Members pres-ent, in person or by proxy.n If you need a proxy document, go to or contact the CPA office at 303-571-5117.

    Adapt, overcome, improvise

    Change is inevitable, is a slogan that has been overused but certainly applies to whats happening right now with Colorado Press Associa-tion and SYNC2 Media.

    The CPA/SYNC2 board of directors met for two days the week of Sept. 11 to re-view the groups strategic plan and for a regular quarterly board meeting.

    Changes in the bylaws to reflect proposed restructuring of member-ship criteria and other matters, and debate about future offerings in annual dues occupied much of the discussion.

    Add to that a change in annual convention date and site, as well as revisions to the annual contest, and your board had an intense day and a half of discussion.

    The Sept. 11 meeting was gra-ciously hosted by board member Larry Ryckman and the Denver Post.

    Keith Cerny

    CPA, SYNC2 Media Board President

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    Workshop examines social media in the newsroom

    Morgan Community College (MCC) in Fort Morgan will once again host a free journalism workshop on Social Media in the Newsroom.

    Instructor Jeff Rice will present the work-shop on Saturday, Oct. 24, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in Cottonwood Hall, Room 101, on the Fort Morgan campus.

    The one-day event will focus on social media and how it is being used in the news-room as participants explore how to use social media to gather information from their audi-ences and enhance their traditional delivery systems.

    Newspaper editors and radio station news directors will learn how to expand both cover-age areas and news-gathering capacity.

    Registration is free, but participants are asked to email to reserve a seat, or for more information.

    Sen. Blunt to dis-cuss USPS at NNA convention

    Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., will speak on his outlook on the U.S. Postal Ser-vice and other is-sues at a National Newspaper Asso-ciation (NNA) ple-nary session Oct. 3 during the NNAs 129th Annual Con-vention and Trade Show, to be held Oct. 1-3 in St. Charles, Mo.

    Blunt has carried the ball for the National Newspaper Associa-tion on efforts to establish a new system for measuring service times for rural mail, noted the NNA website.

    Blunt does not sit on the USPS Oversight Committee in the Senate, but has asserted his expertise on postal (issues) again and again on behalf of NNAs members.

    ASNE, APME host fall convention

    ASNE (American Society of News Editors) and APME (Associated Press Media Editors) will host the 2015 ASNE-APME 2015 Con-vention for the nations top editors Oct. 16-18 at the Conference Center at the Li Ka Shing Center, Stanford School of Medicine, Stan-

    ford, Calif. This years theme is 3-D: Digital, Diversity,

    Disruption. The Associated Press Photo Managers

    (APPM) is also a conference partner. Topics will include digital transformation

    and the innovative use of technology in the newsroom, diversity in the newsroom and in reaching new audiences, First Amendment and access issues, and newsroom leadership. APPM will focus on using analytics and re-search to better utilize visual journalism, as well as innovative approaches to increase the impact of visual reporting.

    The event will also include an opening re-ception, a celebration of the winners of ASNE Awards and APME Journalism Excellence Awards at a Saturday luncheon, silent and live auctions, and many high-profile speakers from the tech and journalism industries.

    For more information, visit or

    NAA offers circula-tion facts & figures reference pub

    The Newspaper Association of America (NAA) is offering its 2015 edition of NAA Circulation Facts, Figures & Logic, a publica-tion that publishers and circulation executives use to measure performance and industry standards.

    The newest installment of the ongoing NAA circulation study documents funda-mental changes in marketing the daily news-paper and the role these strategic changes play in the development of the industrys new busi-ness model.

    The study covers a range of circulation metrics, including subscription sales, sub-scriber churn, retention data by sales source,

    single-copy sales by outlet, and subscriber payment practices.

    The 115-page report includes an execu-tive summary; a section on the latest multi-platform audience data; and an in-depth look at new data on distribution practices, home delivery marketing, single-copy sales and cus-tomer service. One study highlight was that: Audience and circulation divisions are con-tinuing to make a substantial investment in acquiring new print and digital subscribers, while increasing efficiencies in other areas.

    The study and resulting electronic report are downloadable at no charge to NNA mem-bers, and $85 for non-members.

    Visit for more information.

    Five companies forming new national ad sales firm

    Five of the countrys largest newspaper chains Gannet Co. Inc., Newhouse-owned Advance Publications, Hearst Corp., Mc-Clatchy Newspapers Inc., and Tribune Co. are reportedly planning to form Next Gen, a new company that would sell national ad-vertising in 30 major metropolitan markets. Handling both print and digital ads, the new firm would employ approximately 50 staffers and be a for-profit company funded by the five newspaper entities. The project could result in 100 million unique visitors with which to compete in the current digital market.

    Tribune Co. (owner of the Chicago Tri-bune, Los Angeles Times and Baltimore Sun) is said to be spearheading efforts to form the new company. The move would likely mean national advertising staff cutbacks at the five major players. Gannet is already in the middle of buyout offers for employees with 15 years or more at the company.

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