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The publisher / post office partnership fractures

It appears the United States Postal Service (USPS) is jumping on the bandwagon, adding one more financial and operational burden to newspapers nationwide. Effective Aug. 29, the Postal Regulatory Commission approved raising rates for newspapers to 9%. The National Newspaper Association (NNA) and News Media Alliance pushed back on these increases.
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There’s no shortage of leadership and can-do spirit in newspaper production departments and printing plants around the country. That’s what the industry revealed to the International Newspaper Group (ING) and Editor & Publisher (E&P), co-sponsors of the 2021 Operations All-Stars Awards, which this year received four times the number of nominations compared to the previous year.
Our relationships with external printing customers should be a partnership, with both sides benefiting. We must provide customers with quality reproduction, reliability and fair pricing. At the same time, our customers must understand that our expenses continue to rise, and as a result, we need to occasionally adjust pricing to remain competitive.
Moving print operations can be one of the most challenging decisions any property has to make. It affects employees, readers and advertisers throughout our communities. It requires a tremendous amount of consideration and preparation and many agonizing hours reviewing financial options.
Throughout my many years in the newspaper industry, I’ve strived to be a forward thinker. Spending time on what was or could have been doesn’t get us too far both in our industry and life in general. Over the last few years particularly, we’ve all been challenged to maintain an optimistic outlook for newspapers.
Throughout the pandemic, many of our main offices and print facilities that were normally open to the public shut down. Signs appeared on front doors telling walk-in customers we were temporally closed to the general public and customers were either directed to call or conduct business online. During these trying times, many of our employees fielded phone calls from home, and we did our best to conduct business as seamless as possible.
From pre-press to post-press, vendors continue to partner with newspapers, allowing us to improve quality and efficiencies. As our industry experiences sharp declines in revenue and circulation, these changes affect our bottom line, and our suppliers have fought right along with us.
Once pages and files are released to platemaking, there are several areas throughout the process that must work together to produce the final product and get it into the hands of readers. Typically, when the printing is complete, the focus quickly turns to one of the most critical areas of any production department—the mailroom.
The Post and Courier newspaper in Charleston, S.C. has announced the purchase of a 2008 Goss Magnum Single Width Press, originally housed in Skelleftca, Sweden. According to a press release, the press is currently being dismantled, crated and transported via container ship to the U.S. with an expected arrival time of March 2021.
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Francis Wick, CEO, has announced that Scott Green has returned to Wick Communications as Wick production manager. Green also will serve as lead pressman at the Sierra Vista (Arizona) Herald.
Cox Enterprises has named Erin McCandless vice president of commercial operations. She will report to Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary Jennifer Hightower and be based in Atlanta.
Rapid City (South Dakota) Journal President/Regional Publisher Bill Masterson has been named the vice president of operations in the audience development division of Lee Enterprises, the Journal's parent company.
Cox Media Group has announced that Chris Eagan has been named VP of audience and operations, CMG Radio effective immediately. In this role Eagan will lead the overarching programming strategy, audience development and multiplatform distribution for CMG Radio. He will also lead the CMG Digital Content team and partnerships to drive innovation for CMG Radio.
In October, The Papers, Inc., a Northern Indiana-based publishing company, signed contracts with SCS to implement the Community Advertising System and Community Publishing System to standardize the advertising, production and editorial workflows across its 16 weekly and monthly newspapers and magazines.
David Cuddihy is being named regional president of Lee Enterprises’ publications in Oregon and Washington, which include the digital and print operations of the Democrat-Herald in Albany, the Gazette-Times in Corvallis, and The Daily News in Longview. Cuddihy replaces Shanna Cannon who is leaving the company.
Gannett, the parent company of The El Paso Times, is moving the paper's printing and packaging operations to Paso del Norte Publishing in Juarez in early October. 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution will move the printing of its daily newspaper to The Gainesville Times’ print facility in Hall County, AJC Publisher Donna Hall announced today. Consequently, the AJC will close its Gwinnett County print production plant in early 2022.

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