May 7, 2015 * A member benefit of the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association * News You Need In This Issue News you Need PNA Member News People News Legal and Lobbying Association News Foundation News Affiliate News PNA welcomes Philly-based Billy Penn as its newest online member The Billy Penn platform is designed to connect citizens to relevant news and information about Philadelphia, and to drive civic engagement via affinity groups and events. "Billy Penn is excited to join this fraternity of established Pennsylvania news organizations, and we look forward to sharing ideas on how to preserve the journalism our local communities need and deserve," Founder and CEO Jim Brady said. In case you missed them in last week's H&D, check out Brady's NAA Q&A and Editor Chris Krewson's reflections on a "Shark Tank" project he led at Temple University. Register now the 2015 Pennsylvania Press Conference! The 2015 Pennsylvania Press Conference in Gettysburg is quickly approaching! Register today to join us as we learn to "connect with the community" via modern newsrooms and the push for high-impact journalism. Register by May 20 to avoid late registration fees. While you're at it, sign up for the PNA Foundation's May 29 workshop, Readership: Take a Closer Look at Your Audience. Visit the PNA website for more on the conference that's a "can't miss" for journalists. Now accepting nominations for 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award and Benjamin Franklin Award for Excellence The PNA is now accepting nominations for two of its most prestigious awards. The Lifetime Achievement Award honors outstanding service and accomplishment spanning a career in journalism. The Benjamin Franklin Award for Excellence recognizes an individual who has made a positive impact on the newspaper industry in Pennsylvania. Submission guidelines for both the Lifetime Achievement Award and Benjamin Franklin Award for Excellence are available on the PNA website. The submission deadline for both awards is June 17. Training and Events Edith Hughes Community Workshop May 7, 2015, Harrisburg Learn More» Multimedia Workshop for Educators May 11, 2015, University Park Learn More» 2015 Carrier Golf Outing May 14, 2015, Fayetteville Learn More» 2015 Pennsylvania Press Conference May 29-30, Gettysburg Learn More» Readership: A Closer Look at Your Audience May 29, Gettysburg Learn More» Online Reporter Project Auction May 29-30, Gettysburg Learn More» PNA Member News LNP (Lancaster) introduces new features Over the past year and a half, LNP has been improving both the content and appearance of its newspaper - as well as increasing the amount of quality content produced. In a Monday Letter from the Editor, Executive Editor Barbara Hough Roda announced additional new features, including broader use of color, a redesigned, easy-to-read A2 page, and expanded space for national and world news, as well as an additional page for syndicated columns and political cartoons representing our diverse points of view. Read more from LNP. Scranton Times-Tribune offers online guide for Lackawanna County primary election The Times-Tribune has joined a number of PNA members in offering its readers resources ahead of the primary election. Find out more about the online voter guide from the Times-Tribune. People News Longtime Philadelphia sportswriter and editor Frank Bertucci passes away Frank Bertucci, a longtime sportswriter and editor, who worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News and contributed to national and international newswires, passed away on Friday. He was a mainstay of the Penn Relays, having worked the event for more than 40 years, and on retirement, started his own blog, Frank Thoughts. Read more from the Daily News. Times-Shamrock's Publisher Emeritus Bill Lynett inducted into Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters' Hall of Fame On Sunday, Bill Lynett, Publisher Emeritus at Times-Shamrock Communications Inc., was inducted into the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters' Hall of Fame. PAB's Hall of Fame is dedicated to recognizing leaders whose distinguished service has contributed to making the industry unrivaled in the world. Read more on the PAB website. Express-Times names Al Kratzer its new publisher Former editorial cartoonist Al Kratzer was named vice president of sales and publisher Friday at The Express-Times (Easton) and LehighValleyLive.com for NJ Advance Media. He has been vice president of sales in Easton since earlier this year and has worked nearly 15 years in various roles with the parent company. He said he was excited and humbled by his promotion. "I've been given a fantastic opportunity to work with a group of top-notch media professionals," he said. "Together we look forward to serving our local readers and the business community." Kratzer succeeds Lou Stancampiano, who retired in March. Read more from LehighValleyLive.com. Standard-Speaker names new advertising director Lee Ann Davidovich has been named advertising director of the Standard-Speaker (Hazleton). Davidovich has more than two decades of marketing and sales experience and has worked in television, radio and direct mail advertising. She comes to the Standard-Speaker from her post as director of sales with the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce. Davidovich replaces Paul Ross, who was recently named advertising director at The TimesTribune. Read more from the Standard-Speaker. Philadelphia Daily News staffers earn awards Writer Jason Nark and cartoonist Signe Wilkinson won awards in the annual Excellence in Journalism contest of the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Award winners will be recognized at a reception and program in June. Wilkinson's work also won the 15th World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition. Read more from the Daily News on the SPJ awards and the World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition. Legal and Lobbying Video of Director of Government Affairs Paula Knudsen's Senate Judiciary Committee testimony now available On April 28, PNA's Director of Government Affairs, Paula Knudsen, testified before the state Senate Judiciary Committee in Montgomery County. The Committee held its second hearing on best practices in law enforcement and Knudsen testified about access to police body camera footage. A video and more information on the hearing are available on the committee's website. Knudsen's testimony begins at 132:12 in the video. PNA attends Women in PA Government Relations luncheon Teri Henning and Paula Knudsen attended the Women in PA Government Relations luncheon with legislators on Monday. Knudsen is pictured with State Senator Camera Bartolotta (RWashington/Beaver/Greene) and Rocky the Alligator, the mascot of the Monongahela Aquatorium. Rocky is up for adoption on a weekly basis as part of an online auction, and this week he accompanied Bartolotta around the State Capitol Building. Find out more about Rocky. Legal Hotline Q: I requested access to employee information (name, job title, salary, employment contracts) from a local agency, and my request was preliminarily denied based on the recent decision in the PSEA case. The letter said the law requires agencies to deny access to employees' "personal information" or allow them to object to its release. Is this allowed under the RTKL? A: The decision in the PSEA case does not require agencies to withhold employees' personal information, but it does require agencies to provide notice and an opportunity to object to employees when their home addresses have been requested. Read More Sign up for PNA's Legal Update for legal and legislative news Get legal and legislative news in Friday's Legal Supplement, the PNA's weekly update on case law, legislation and other legal issues affecting the industry. Not a subscriber yet? Sign up here. Association News The new faces of journalism to be focus of PA Press Conference session On May 30, a joint session at the PA Press Conference in Gettysburg will feature panelists discussing what should newsroom managers expect from the next generation of journalists and what the new generation expects from managers. The panel will also examine whether the concept of a newsroom is even a viable model in the future. Attendees will hear from the next generation, those making their way in the new reality of "writers for hire" and the old vanguard looking to survive, and thrive, in the new world. Read more about the session and panelists in the Press Conference brochure. Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 PWPA Excellence in Journalism Awards and scholarship The Pennsylvania Women's Press Association recently announced the winners of its 2015 Excellence in Journalism Awards and Teresa Spatara Memorial Scholarship. The PWPA board and contest judges were impressed by the number of exceptional entries received for the awards. Jenny Schouppe (right), a junior communication major with a focus in journalism and electronic media at Waynesburg University earned the scholarship. Winners will be honored at the PWPA Luncheon held in conjunction with the PA Press Conference on May 30. Recap highlights: E&P covers America East and Technical.ly highlights #PTW15 #OpenGov Hackathon Two PNA events were recently recapped. In its May 2015 edition, Editor & Publisher featured a summary and photos from America East 2015. In a May 5 article, Technical.ly highlighted the three projects that were produced during PNA and Webjunto's #OpenGov Hackathon during Philly Tech Week. World Press Freedom Day celebrated Sunday World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993. Since then, May 3 is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day. It is an opportunity to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom; assess the state of press freedom throughout the world; defend the media from attacks on their independence; and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Find out more on the UN's website. Ad-libs column: What's now? What's next? In his latest ad-libs column, John Foust examines an effective way for sales people to communicate with advertisers about a campaign that is in progress. He suggests beginning conversations with what's happening now and what's the next step to reach overall objectives. Read the full column on the PNA website. Feathering photos in InDesign Independent design consultant Ed Henninger offers free tips and tricks for newspaper and niche publication designers each week. This week's tip - how to feather (or fade) a photo in InDesign. Click here to see this week's tip and more. Want a free evaluation of your newspaper's design? Contact Ed at [email protected] or (803) 327-3322. Job Bank The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association is seeking a web and video coordinator to administer in-house websites and video projects. Proficiency with HTML, CSS, Adobe Creative Suite, .Net, and CMS systems are a must. Experience with Sitefinity and Rise CMS is helpful, as is experience shooting and editing video. PA Media Group, a digitally focused news organization that publishes PennLive, The Patriot-News and Central PA magazine, is looking for a full-time section editor to join its print publications hub. The ideal candidate will have at least three years experience, demonstrated news judgment, solid writing and editing skills and the willingness to embrace social media. ACT, Inc., a southeastern Pennsylvania communications firm with divisions producing radio interview shows, business newspaper, event planning, a casting co., and full advertising agency services including TV spots, is seeking executive contact, sales and service individual. The ideal candidate will have a good telephone manner and clean-cut appearance. Full time preferred. Part time possible. For more information about these jobs, and others like them, visit the PNA Job Bank. Entries open for Online News Association's 2015 Online Journalism Awards Submit your work to the 2015 Online Journalism Awards. ONA is now accepting entries for the 2015 Online Journalism Awards, which honor excellence in digital journalism. Ten of the 37 awards come with $60,000 in prize money, courtesy of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Gannett Foundation and The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. Find out more and submit entries on the ONA website. Foundation News Last chance to hit the links Space is still available. Participate in the PNA Foundation Carrier Golf Outing on May 14. Play the Penn National Golf Club while raising funds for the Newspaper Carrier of the Year Contest. Proceeds go directly to winners' cash awards. Tom Rosenstiel headlines May 29 workshop A special PNA Foundation Fellows workshop explores readership. "Readership: A Closer Look at Your Audience." Featuring Tom Rosenstiel, Executive Director, American Press Institute, the workshop includes the latest research from API on how audiences engage with news and why. $49 registration fee includes continental breakfast and lunch. Find more details on the PNA website. Limited registration spots remain for multimedia training At the Keystone Multimedia Workshop, beginner and intermediate journalists produce compelling narrative multimedia stories. This three-day workshop provides intense, hands-on training in audio, video and photojournalism. Set for June 4-6, in Somerset. Reminder! Consulting services available for advertising and circulation sales Top-notch customized advertising and circulation sales training is available through a joint initiative of the PNA Foundation and Trib Total Media. Experienced leaders Bill Cotter and Jeff Simmons provide one or two-day, onsite sessions focused on retail, classified, major accounts and digital advertising and/or single copy and home delivery sales. Economically priced for PNA members of all sizes. For more information, visit our training page. Happening now in Harrisburg: Edith Hughes Community Workshop Today, 20 community newspaper editors and reporters gathered at PNA headquarters for the Edith Hughes Community Workshop. The workshop is packed with sessions and speakers who understand what it's like to produce a small community or weekly newspaper. Participants are spending the day exchanging ideas and solutions with others facing the same challenges. Read more on the PNA website. Affiliate News Submissions for affiliate member newsletter due tomorrow! 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