Becky Maxwell2020 INA Services Company PresidentAlbia—Monroe County News The mission of the INA Services Company is to advance the economic well-being of Iowa newspaper enterprises primarily through, research, promotion, and advertising sales. INA Services Company does business under the branded name Customized Newspaper Advertising, CNA.  The team at CNA, is driven to increase sales, manage…

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Karen Spurgeon2020 Iowa Newspaper Association Board President Bloomfield Democrat This has been quite a year for all of us as newspapers and for your Association. The Iowa Newspaper Association’s mission is to “protect, promote, foster and advance the interests of the members of the Iowa newspaper industry and to provide direction to the Association’s two…

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IHSAA 2021 State Wrestling Championships The Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Newspaper Association are again working together to facilitate the INA Photography Pool service for Iowa newspapers during the 2021 State Wrestling Championships.  The IHSAA will be announcing changes and possible restrictions later this week for its annual state wrestling tournaments. The…

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Al CrossPresident, The Society of Professional Journalists Just as some people are tiring of taking precautions against the novel coronavirus, helping it spread, I’m sure some newsrooms are tiring of covering it. And that helps it spread, too, by making it seem less of a threat, and discouraging precautions. And I fear that some newsrooms…

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The Better Newspaper Contests are judged by members of other state press associations. Judging is a reciprocal arrangement; each year INA “trades” with another state press association. For the 2020 contests, judges will be members of the Virginia Press Association; in turn, INA members judged VPA’s contest entries. Because those judging INA members’ contest entries…

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Each year, starting on the Monday following the contest entry deadline, INA staff members begin the process of checking all entries to confirm they are prepared correctly. Newspapers are contacted to resolve any questions prior to the entries being judged, to ensure that all entries are judged fairly and properly.  INA newspapers submitted 3,335 entries…

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The Iowa Newspaper Association is excited to begin accepting entries for the 2021 Better Newspaper Contests. These contests, held annually, were developed to foster competition and quality among Iowa’s newspapers. To encourage participation, INA will again offer “coupons” for three free entries to newspapers who did not enter the 2020 contests. In addition, INA will…

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The time many INA members eagerly look forward to each year is almost here. Click here to view the Call for Entries for the 2021 Better Newspaper Contests.   While we know the contests are exciting for many of you, we also realize the work and effort put into the process by INA members is…

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This month, a derecho caused significant damage to newspapers across the state. Jennifer Williams, publisher of The Madrid Register-News shares her experience and gratitude for Harlan Newspapers in helping them print their community paper. When the derecho storm passed through Madrid on Monday, Aug. 10, at approximately 11 a.m., we knew that an entire tree…

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By Jim Pumarlo Everyday news reports are filled with statistics as COVID-19 continues to dominate headlines.  The number of individuals who have tested positive and those who have died of the coronavirus. Patients hospitalized and those in ICU. Confirmed cases broken down by gender, ethnicity and county of residence. The tally of businesses that have…

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