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Kevin Slimp is a favorite speaker and trainer in the publishing world. He can be reached at kevin@kevinslimp.com.

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Mirror-Exchange Agrees: Paid newspapers are doing just fine, thank you very much

Mirror-Exchange Agrees: Paid newspapers are doing just fine, thank you very much
Hank Bond, co-publisher of The Greenup Beacon (Russell KY), wrote last week to ask me a pointed question, “You keep writing about people saying that newspapers are dying. I don’t hear it. Who are they?”

Well, Hank, here’s another one to add to the list of about a dozen or so I sent you last week and those were off the top of my head. As Hank would probably attest, he finally said, “Enough!”

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Epoch Times Agrees: Free papers are doing very well, thank you very much

Epoch Times Agrees: Free papers are doing very well, thank you very much
I sometimes write a column twice, for different audiences. This version of my column on Robert Kaiser's essay includes statistics from free newspapers across North America.

And just so you know, there's happy ending.

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Kevin Agrees With Upton Sinclair

Kevin Agrees With Upton Sinclair
Are we following bad advice from industry experts? If you have a vested financial interest in getting your newspaper brethren to believe that print is as good as dead, stop reading right now. You’re not going to like it. And I might even talk about you.

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A Look at Collegiate Newspapers & Programs

A Look at Collegiate Newspapers & Programs

I asked my new friend, Kevin Schwartz to coauthor a column about the trend of college newspapers toward reducing print days or moving away from print to digital. Kevin is going to hate that I told you this, but College Media Matters recently referred to Kevin as “Dean of the College Media Business.” He knows his stuff.

You can read for yourself what Kevin, who was general manager of The Daily Tar Heel student newspaper at the University of North Carolina for 20 years, thinks about this trend.

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Critiquing 10 Free Papers With Ed Henninger

Critiquing 10 Free Papers With Ed Henninger
About a month ago, I received an email from a publisher on the East Coast who asked what I would charge to look over ten of his free papers and make suggestions to improve them.

At first I thought, “It sounds like an interesting project, but I just don’t have time.”

But lately, I’ve been trying to stretch myself and keep work interesting. It dawned on me that my friend Ed Henninger might be interested in working on this project with me. Sure enough, he was.

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Don’t forget about Bridge: One of Adobe’s most useful tools

Don’t forget about Bridge: One of Adobe’s most useful tools
I have to admit: I’m as much to blame as anyone. Honestly, I figured everyone was already using Adobe Bridge, so I’ve not put much effort into teaching Bridge tools at workshops and classes over the past few years.

Longtime photo editors remember the Browser from versions of Photoshop prior to CS2. Since then, Bridge has been included in all Creative Suite/Cloud packages and also with stand-alone Adobe Photoshop.

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Hmm: Adobe Cloud. Should I or shouldn’t I?

Hmm: Adobe Cloud. Should I or shouldn’t I?
I know it’s confusing. But I don’t get a dime from Adobe, so I have no reason to mislead you.

Here’s my official advice. Take it for what it’s worth.

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PDFs, Lines & Problems: Answering Readers' Questions

PDFs, Lines & Problems: Answering Readers' Questions
Readers have been asking what I think about The Times-Picayune adding two print delivery days - that’s back up to five days a week delivery - plus returning to a full broadsheet page. Our industry must be in a free-fall. Or is it?

My dilemma doesn’t revolve around those things, however. I promised to pen a question/answer column this month and I keep my promises.

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Remote office becomes reality for Wisconsin pubs

Remote office becomes reality for Wisconsin pubs
Like many newspapers, Delta’s publications go through the hands of multiple editors and designers before they go to press. And like in many production offices, fonts were an issue. Even though each of the computers seemingly had the same fonts on each computer, InDesign would pop up the dreaded “Font not loaded” message on a regular basis when a file created on one computer was opened on another.

The second challenge was a bit more interesting. Mike mentioned that producing their publications would be much more efficient if he, along with others who sometimes worked away from the office, could connect to the office network from remote locations. He went a little further than that. Not only did they want to connect to their servers, they wanted to be able to work from home or wherever exactly the same way they did back at the office.

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What I learned from 6 small Nebraska papers

What I learned from 6 small Nebraska papers
The circulation of Cedar County News is 2,000. The circulation of the five smaller papers averages 900 each, with the smallest, The Coleridge Blade, reporting a circulation of 312. Total circulation for all six papers is 6,500.

Scenes for the movie “Nebraska” were filmed at the Osmond Republican.

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Advice For a New Publisher

Advice For a New Publisher
Kevin visits with new publisher to discuss improvements to his community paper.

I have a new friend on Facebook. I just “accepted” Roger’s friend request this morning. More about that later.

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Convention attendances improves in 2014

Convention attendances improves in 2014
A colleague just walked into my office with a big grin on his face.

“At the risk of making your head grow any bigger, I thought I’d show this to you.”

He was holding a copy of The Oklahoma Publisher, the official publication of the Oklahoma Press Association.

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