We count on the mail

I got the mail today.

A couple of bills. A greeting card. Some catalogs. A newspaper. One package that my wife grabbed right away. (Wonder what that was?)

Lately, it occurs to me how completely I take for granted that I will get the mail tomorrow.

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:

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:

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.