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Great Ideas

NNA’s best and brightest publishers have made the Great Ideas session of the Annual Convention a huge hit for more than a decade. These terrific success stories, along with other great ideas we find throughout the year, are available to NNA members 24/7. And, members are encouraged to submit and share their great ideas at any time to grow this valuable resource.

Weeklies find success publishing under one flag and running COVID education ads

Apr 7, 2020

The Cut Bank Pioneer Press, The Glacier Reporter, Shelby Promoter and The Valerian all published as one hyperlocal publication on April 1.

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A graduation special section might be just what you need

Apr 1, 2020

A graduation special section is a great way to reinforce the newspaper’s role in a community. With the possibility of graduation ceremonies throughout the country being canceled, this year stands ...

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Great ideas abound at NNA convention

Nov 1, 2019

In explaining my work, I sometimes say that there are thousands of really good journalists in rural America, but all too often, they are the only person in their newsroom that fits that description. They ...

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A short course for print ad salespeople ⁠— an idea, air specs and the assumptive close

May 4, 2018

It is possible to learn, or at least reinforce, a truth regarding selling print advertising just about anywhere.

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Trading paper for iPad in northeast Arkansas

Apr 9, 2018

So, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is handing out free iPads?

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Generating New Revenue: Great Ideas 2016

Nov 1, 2016

“The purpose of the National Newspaper Association’s Great Idea Exchange,” said Robert M. Williams Jr., “is to collect an idea or ideas that you can take home and either generate ...

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Building revenue and saving money: Great Ideas 2015

Nov 2, 2015

Some of the best ideas are ones that have been used time and time again. During the Great Ideas Exchange at the National Newspaper Association’s 129th Annual Convention and Trade Show, a group of ...

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Tips on promoting one’s newspaper

Oct 17, 2014

I am a DNV—a Downsized Newspaper Veteran. I am addicted to newspapers. I can’t keep from picking up every one I see and asking myself—“Can this product be made better?”

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Attendees came prepared with great ideas ⁠— Great Idea Exchange 2013

Nov 4, 2013

If you were looking for ideas on how to promote your paper, generate more revenue and increase your circulation, then the Great Ideas Exchange at the 127th Annual National Newspaper Association Convention ...

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