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A bias toward trust

Calendars are turning to September and with it, the state religion of high school football. Here’s hoping that your favorite teams have successful seasons!

One of the things I love about being in a community newspaper is that, in a typical week, the football team is the topic of discussion – even in a presidential election year!

What you need to know about the Department of Labor overtime rule changes taking effect Dec. 1

To abide by this rule employers have four options, according to the DOL:

• Pay time-and-a-half to employees for working overtime.

• Raise the employee’s salary from it’s current pay to $47,476 or higher.

• Limit an employee’s hours to 40 hours per week by adjusting schedules, spreading out work hours or reorganizing workloads.

• Implement a combination of the above.

Check out these links:

https://www.dol.gov/whd/overtime/final2016/faq.htm

Study reveals advertising with newspapers triples ad campaign effectiveness | The Drum

Advertisers who are cutting back on newspaper advertising are missing a beat. This is the message of a new study, conducted by effectiveness consultancy Benchmarketing for Newsworks, which claims that advertising with newspapers increases overall revenue return on investment by three times.

Full Story: http://www.thedrum.com/news/2016/07/13/study-reveals-advertising-newspapers-triples-ad-campaign-effectiveness

FOIA reform bill set to become law

July 6, 2016

By Richard Karpel

NNA Public Policy

WASHINGTON—Generally speaking, public policy in Washington is a game of inches. Move the ball forward a little, consolidate your gains, and then do it again. Keep pushing your agenda until you eventually reach the goal line.

Maximize postage savings & improve delivery for community newspapers

By Max Heath

Postal Tips

Community newspapers have options to save money and improve delivery times under price and rule changes during the past decade, notably in 2007 with the last postal reform bill. From time to time, I like to review these for newcomers to the business or others who may have missed them. Updates to DMM citations and changes are made as well as percentage changes.

 

IN-COUNTY PRICE DISCOUNTS

Reducing frequency of small daily newspapers

By Randy Cope

In the 1970s my folks had four children still at home, so when they decided to build a new house they purchased six spacious acres and designed a house with plenty of rooms for the whole family.

A few years ago, however, they realized that all of that house and all of those acres were way more than they needed or wanted to care for so they decided to downsize to a smaller home that better met their needs.