Julien MNPA’s new president

By Daniella Iervolino
Bulletin Staff

Aaron Julien, president of Newspapers of New England, based in Concord, N.H., and publisher of seven daily and weekly newspapers, including the Concord Monitor, has been elected president of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association.

Also elected at the association’s annual meeting were:

• First vice president: William B. Ketter, vice president of news of Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., based in Montgomery, Ala., and owner of 15 New England newspapers, including the Eagle-Tribune of North Andover, Mass.

• Second vice president: George Arwady, publisher and chief executive officer of The Republican of Springfield, Mass.,

• Treasurer: Sheila Smith, publisher of The Daily News of Newburyport, Mass.

• Secretary: Bruce Gaultney, publisher of the Telegram & Gazette of Worcester, Mass.

Elected to the association’s executive committee for three-year terms beginning Jan. 1 were Jim Foudy, publisher of the Daily Hampshire Gazette of Northampton, Mass.; William T. Kennedy, chief operating officer of the Dow Jones Local Media Group; and Peter Meyer, president of the Cape Cod Media Group and SouthCoast Media Group. Dow Jones Local Media Group, based in Middletown N.Y., operates print and online publications in seven states, including Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Dow Jones Local Media Group oversees the Cape Cod Media Group and SouthCoast Media Group. The former publishes the Cape Cod Times of Hyannis, Mass., a weekly and three other publications, and six websites. The latter publishes The Standard-Times of New Bedford, Mass., five weeklies, a business publication, and five websites.

The meeting was held Nov. 29 at Anthony’s Pier Four in Boston.

Smith presented the association’s financial reports, including its annual budget for next year and the financial statements through November.

“We had another successful year, where our dues exceeded our expenses,” Smith said. “They put a little bit more in the bank. We are pretty much up to a year and a quarter of operating expenses for MNPA. So the financials are in good shape, and that’s much attributed to almost 100 percent collection of dues, which is great. So if everyone can keep the dues on top of your list and don’t make it a budget cut, that really helps this organization stay solvent.”

Robert Ambrogi, executive director of the association, discussed key legislative issues during the past year.

The volume of legislation aimed at taking public notices out of newspapers has abated recently, but it is an issue that the association continues to follow closely, he said.

Ambrogi discussed attempts to get the independent contractor law revised. He also mentioned a successful appeal in an unemployment case that decided that newspaper carriers are, in fact, independent contractors.

Ambrogi said public records are another legislative issue that will continue to be monitored closely.

Peter Caruso, a lawyer whose specialties include media law, discussed a number of court cases, both on a national level and cases affecting New England states. His focus was specifically on Massachusetts cases.

POSTED 12/13/12



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