Times Citizen Communication has come up with a creative way to get community businesses involved with supporting their local newspaper. The paper sold four weeks of different double truck coloring pages. The pages reflect messages of hope and bring people together for a timeless activity. If your newspaper has come up with a creative way…

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Randy Evans, Executive DirectorIowa Freedom of Information Council It’s quiz time. What arm of the federal government has the most contact with ordinary Americans, people like you and me? Is it the Internal Revenue Service? Social Security Administration? The Food and Drug Administration? Or the Department of Agriculture? Nope. Not that one. Not that one,…

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Local news is more important than ever in the face of COVID-19. Newz Group Publishing Support Services is pleased to announce that they will be offering no cost E-Edition hosting for three months to any paper in America to support rural and community papers during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Local journalism is the information backbone for…

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The Iowa Newspaper Association is working with its national partners to promote measures to aid local news media during the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage our members to reach out to Sens. Charles Grassley and Joni Enst to urge support for the measures which include: There is no good reason to allow USPS to falter NNA…

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Russell T. VoughtActing DirectorThe Office of Management and Budget725 17th Street, NWWashington, DC 20503 Dear Mr. Vought, We are writing today concerning the challenges faced by local media and actions the Office of Management and Budget can take that will help ensure these important businesses are able to continue to operate throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.…

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Dear Madam Speaker and Minority Leader McCarthy: We write to ask that any future stimulus package to address the coronavirus pandemic include immediate improvements to existing lending programs to protect local news publishers and broadcasters. Reliable local information and reporting in our communities is more important than ever—newspapers and broadcasters are working “around the clock,…

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Senators urge action for local journalism A group of Democratic senators led by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D—Conn.) has sent a letter to Senate leadership urging the body to consider stimulus relief for local journalism and media. The letter, signed by 19 Democratic senators including Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, calls on House Majority Leader…

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Forty percent believe the world will be better than before the coronavirus Courtesy of Research America. While Americans have a high level of anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic, most are willing to make significant sacrifices and many are optimistic about the future. They also believe that government leaders are taking the appropriate actions, according to…

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While the COVID-19 pandemic has restricted or limited access to Iowa county courthouses, journalists can still get access to court records. Public computer terminals which allow citizens and reporters access to court filings may be inaccessible with the coronavirus forcing courthouses to restrict access, but county clerks of court can still provide the information, according…

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A $2 trillion stimulus package designed to support individuals and businesses during the coronavirus pandemic has been signed into law by President Trump.  The measure offers $377 billion in federally guaranteed loans to small businesses and establishes a $500 billion government lending program for distressed companies. It also increases unemployment benefits for laid-off or underemployed…

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