Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Congratulations goes out to Ed Murray who received an Honorable Mention in this year's NPPA Best of Photojournalism in the General News Catagory for the image below:

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

U.S. bill seeks to rescue faltering newspapers

Jason Towlen of Home News Tribune originally posted this link on Facebook - U.S. bill seeks to rescue faltering newspapers
By Thomas Ferraro

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With many U.S. newspapers struggling to survive, a Democratic senator on Tuesday introduced a bill to help them by allowing newspaper companies to restructure as nonprofits with a variety of tax breaks.

"This may not be the optimal choice for some major newspapers or corporate media chains but it should be an option for many newspapers that are struggling to stay afloat," said Senator Benjamin Cardin.

A Cardin spokesman said the bill had yet to attract any co-sponsors, but had sparked plenty of interest within the media, which has seen plunging revenues and many journalist layoffs.

Cardin's Newspaper Revitalization Act would allow newspapers to operate as nonprofits for educational purposes under the U.S. tax code, giving them a similar status to public broadcasting companies.

Under this arrangement, newspapers would still be free to report on all issues, including political campaigns. But they would be prohibited from making political endorsements.

Advertising and subscription revenue would be tax exempt, and contributions to support news coverage or operations could be tax deductible.

Because newspaper profits have been falling in recent years, "no substantial loss of federal revenue" was expected under the legislation, Cardin's office said in a statement.

Cardin's office said his bill was aimed at preserving local and community newspapers, not conglomerates which may also own radio and TV stations. His bill would also let a non-profit buy newspapers owned by a conglomerate.

"We are losing our newspaper industry," Cardin said. "The economy has caused an immediate problem, but the business model for newspapers, based on circulation and advertising revenue, is broken, and that is a real tragedy for communities across the nation and for our democracy.

Newspaper subscriptions and advertising have shrunk dramatically in the past few years as Americans have turned more and more to the Internet or television for information.

In recent months, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Rocky Mountain News, the Baltimore Examiner and the San Francisco Chronicle have ceased daily publication or announced that they may have to stop publishing.

In December the Tribune Company, which owns a number of newspapers including The Baltimore Sun, The Chicago Tribune and The Los Angeles Times filed for bankruptcy protection.

Two newspaper chains, Gannett Co Inc and Advance Publications, on Monday announced employee furloughs. It will be the second furlough this year at Gannett.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

POY Deadline Extended

To save everyone overnight fees and to allow people more time to preparetheir entries we are EXTENDING the deadline for entries one week to March 19, 2009 at 8pm.

Everything else stays the same.

The rules went out on this list later than usual and I feel the additionaltime will enable more people to participate and make it a better contest.

Ed Murray
ChairThe Star-Ledger

Thursday, March 5, 2009

POY 2008 Deadline

Hey Everyone - don't forget to get your New Jersey Press Photographers Association Pictures of the Year 2008 & Membership Renewal Form in! ONE WEEK FROM TODAY!!!

Contest Deadline: March 12, 2009 at 8 p.m.

Ed Murray
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