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Dec. 22, 2010

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Estate tax compromise approved
For years, NAA has advocated for a compromise solution for the estate tax that would allow owners of independent newspapers to pass along their businesses to the next generation. The U.S. House of Representatives passed and President Obama signed the tax/economic stimulus package last week. In addition to a two-year extension of the Bush-era 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, the legislation establishes a federal estate tax top rate of 35 percent, with an individual exemption set at $5 million for 2011 and 2012. This is a significant improvement over a House bill approved earlier this year that would have permanently extended the 2009 tax rate of 45 percent and a $3.5 million exemption. NAA is extremely pleased with the result and wishes to thank all of you who were so instrumental in urging Congress to pass this legislation.


Newspapers move to take back coupons
Editor & Publisher    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Group-buy coupons are rapidly gaining momentum, and newspapers are determined not to get left in the dust. More

Retail sales strong heading into final days before Christmas
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Customer Growth Partners President Craig Johnson expects this holiday season to surpass 2007's total sales record of $508 billion. This means that not only will this holiday season post the strongest year-over-year growth since 2005's 6.1 percent gain, but it could be the best since 1999's 8.8 percent increase, he said. More

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Mobile, social Web are factors in the 2011 forecast
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The focus on mobile will continue to grow in 2011 with the launch of mobile- and iPad-only news products, but the greater focus for news media will be on re-imagining the approach to the open social Web. Emphasis will shift from searchable news to social and shareable news, as social media referrals close the gap on search traffic. More

Inland Press debates value of paywalls
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The continuing debate over the benefits — and drawbacks — of erecting online paywalls dominated a panel discussion at Inland Press Association's 125th annual meeting. More

ABC picks mobile monitor app
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The Audit Bureau of Circulations said it will use software from a Canadian firm to determine how users read newspapers and magazines on their mobile devices. More


Future sees iPad as a bookazine vehicle for now    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Future unveiled 14 new titles for iPad, each a tablet-specific niche brand that hadn't existed in print. More

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Community newspapers continue to show strong readership
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Areas served by community newspapers continue to demonstrate heavy reliance upon their local papers for news and information. Seventy-three percent say they read a local newspaper at least once a week, a survey shows. More


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