Home' Local Media Today : January 2009 Contents An Official Publication of
Suburban Newspapers of America
Suburban Publisher is published by SNA, the only
non-profit trade association in North America that
specifically represents the needs and interests of
suburban and community newspapers.
Misson: SNA supports the community
newspaper industry and related local online
media through leadership, education,
innovation, promotion, research and the
advancement of high standards.
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SNA OFFICERS & DIRECTORS
Chairman of the Board
Stephen W. Parker
Recorder Community Newspapers
First Vice Chairwoman
Metroland Media Group Ltd.
Second Vice Chairman
Arizona Daily Star
Jon K. Rust
Holden Landmark Corporation
Antelope Valley Press
American Community Newspapers LLC
Review Publishing Ltd Partnership
Patuxent Publishing Company
East Bay Newspapers
Ottaway Newspapers, Inc .
Insight Edge, Inc .
Sound Publishing Inc.
Shaw Suburban Media
843-390 -1531; firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President of Operations
SNA Foundation Executive Director
Classifed Avenue Director of Sales
Advertising & Membership Relations Director
Information Technology Director
Sales & Marketing Manager
Classified Avenue Marketing Manager
Kim Cole 610-345-0795 email@example.com
Suburban Publisher Editor
Deb Shaw 610-793 -2474; firstname.lastname@example.org
e-mail to email@example.com
Operations Manager, Bonnie Pitozzi
Accounting & Finance Director, Janice Norman
Membership Manager, Valerie Donn
Database Marketing Director, Clara Cherry
Communications Director, Tonya Ratajczak
Admin Asst Classified Avenue, Beth Leman
President/CEO, Black Press, Victoria, B.C.
GETTING TO KNOW
Who is David Black?
I like life, people, big cities, small
towns, rock and roll, quiet, games,
responsibilities, straight talkers, chang-
ing weather, scotch, friends, family and
How did you get into the newspaper
Studied engineering and business.
Learned about media at the Toronto Star
and bought into my father’s weekly in
What do you like most about the busi-
Hard to beat being a publisher in a small
town. No dislikes.
When the well runs dry, how do you
The only thing I know for sure about
running newspapers is....
Journalists will always wish owners
would leave them alone.
What are you doing in the realm of
new media that you think is a good
Our used.com free classified sites.
What/who is your major influence?
Trial and error.
The world would be a vastly better
place if only peole would...
1.Follow the Golden Rule.
2.Buy more papers.
Accomplishments you’re proud of?
Helping to raise four wonderful human
beings. Building up a reasonably sized
company. Every now and then getting
all the way through the NYT crossword
No one is better than me at...
Rationalizing personal foibles.
I just can’t get the hang of...
If you could have dinner with anyone,
living or dead, who would it be?
My wife. I miss her.
If you couldn’t be a newspaper man,
what would you like to be doing?
What do you do for kicks?
The cowboy two-step.
runs Black Press with properties in British Columbia, Washington, Ohio & Hawaii.
February 3 in Tampa
Family Owners Symposium
The 2009 SNA Family-owners
symposium is scheduled to coin-
cide with the SNA Spring
Publishers’ Conference in Tampa
during the first week of February.
The main objective is the sharing
of ideas through formal and infor-
mal networking opportunities. The
one-day program allows plenty of
time for family owned newspaper
publishers and executives to meet
and discuss the many opportuni-
ties and challenges unique to their
businesses. Sessions leaders will
highlight areas of importance
related to family ownership by
presenting their own unique
insights and observations before
opening the floor for group com-
ment. All family-owned newspa-
per publishers and their guests are
invited to participate in all confer-
ence sessions and social activities..
Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa
Florida, offers an
ideal and award
luxury accommodations and facili-
ties for meetings and conferences,
spa getaways, family reunions,
kids camp, and Florida golf and
tennis vacations. The resort offers
year round golf at one of two
Arnold Palmer Signature Courses,
45 tennis courts in every grand
slam surface, a European Style
Spa, and four premier dining and
SNA Spring Publishers’ Conference
SNA Spring Publishers’ Conference
Saddlebrook Resort, Tampa, FL
Fees are $595 for first attendee, $475 for second
and each add’l attendee from the same newspaper.
BONUS OFFER: Editor attends FREE with PAID
Publisher registration. For those editors with a
paying publisher that are unable to attend the con-
ference, two of the workshops (Layout-Driven
Editing and Developing a Social Networking Site)
will be available via free webcasts. (Each webcast
will be available for a charge of $295 for SNA
members that are not able to attend at all.)
Saddlebrook has blocked special room rates for SNA.
Mention conference attendance to receive the
$225 for deluxe room, $250 for one bedroom
suites and $370 for two bedroom suites, plus $10
resort fee and tax per night. Rates applicable two
days prior to and two days following the official
conference dates, based on availability. Hurry!
Discounts not guaranteed after January 9.
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