How a small-town paper is applying conflict mediation skills to its opinion content


Our small, community newspaper in rural New Hampshire has always stuck to its philosophy of printing as many letters to the editor from readers as possible. Ed Engler, one of the Laconia Daily Sun’s founders, first editor, and former mayor of the city, prided himself on publishing almost every letter he’s received over the 20-year history of the paper. However, during […]

Economy, COVID-19 top the public’s policy agenda for 2021


As the United States faces twin crises of high unemployment and a global pandemic, large majorities of Americans want Joe Biden and Congress to prioritize strengthening the economy and addressing the coronavirus outbreak in the coming year. Yet there are wide partisan gaps over most of the 19 items asked about in a new Pew Research Center survey – particularly addressing racial […]

New marketing ideas for newspaper publishers


Peter W. Wagner is founder and publisher of the award winning N’West Iowa REVIEW and 13 additional publications.   February, farming and the Future Farmers of America organization all come together the second month of the year. National FFA Week will be celebrated February 20 through the 27, 2021, and provide an excellent opportunity to salute the young men and […]