GPA Seeks Executive Director


– Apply to lead state press group –

Local matters. From rural weeklies to metropolitan dailies, Georgia newspapers are close to the heart and soul of the community in every city and town. For the last 136 years, the Georgia Press Association has worked to foster and grow this framework to better serve its industry and state. But its mission has remained the same: Create an organization that would protect, promote, foster and advance the interest of the newspaper industry in Georgia. GPA is now searching for a new executive director to help guide the association and its board in fulfilling this mission.

After 37 years of steady and dedicated leadership, GPA’s current director, Robin Rhodes, is retiring, and the organization is looking for its next strategic and visionary leader.
The new executive director will be responsible for implementing the mission and vision of the organization, providing strategic input, planning and leadership on issues affecting the organization and industry. The director will need to develop sound programming for the membership as well as manage policies and procedures relating to marketing, public relations and fiscal/budgetary matters.

In addition, the director will be expected to grow advertising partnerships with major agencies and companies, along with state agencies of importance to the newspaper industry. The director will also be expected to identify sources and secure funding for GPA’s statewide news service, Capitol Beat.

Other duties include planning and coordinating board of director meetings, preparing the annual budget, operating the association within the budget guidelines, administering employee policies and procedures, and continuing to develop job-related knowledge, skills and abilities by participating in continuing education opportunities for personal growth and development. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of training and experience are necessary, along with eight years of progressively responsible management experience. All interested candidates may submit a cover letter and résumé to Eric NeSmith,

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Community News & Small Business Support Act

Rep. Buddy Carter of Georgia joins growing list of co-sponsors of bill supporting local newspapers and businesses

Eight additional legislators — on both sides of the aisle — have signed on as co-sponsors of the Community News & Small Business Support Act (HR 4756). The act was introduced in the 118th Congress by Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-24) and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-1), both members of the Ways and Means Committee.

The latest co-sponsors are:

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick [R-PA-1]
Rep. André D. Carson, [D-IN-7]
Rep. William R. Keating [D-MA-9]
Rep. Chris Pappas [D-NH-1]
Rep. Mike Lawler [R-NY-17]
Rep. Earl “Buddy” Carter [R-GA-1]
Rep. Marcus J. Molinaro [R-NY-19]
Rep. Jill Tokuda [D-HI-2]

The bipartisan legislation supports two institutions critical to sustaining hometown communities: local news organizations and small businesses. The act makes refundable tax credits available to local newspapers to reinvest in professional journalists who cover local news topics.

The act also makes non-refundable tax credits available to local businesses that advertise with local newspapers, providing an additional stimulus to the local economy.

“Thank you to for supporting this important legislation,” said Dean Ridings, CEO of America’s Newspapers. “On behalf of the members of America’s Newspapers, we appreciate your support of local community newspapers and Main Street businesses. The Community News & Small Business Support Act is a big win for local communities. More local reporting means more access to the hometown news citizens rely on. And stronger newspapers mean stronger advertising vehicles for local businesses.”

Click here to learn more about the Community News and Small Business Support Act!


Local Matters

Send us your Local Matters ideas!

Georgia Press Association wants to know how your newspaper is using the Local Matters campaign materials.

Have you created house ads? Rack cards? Other promotional materials? What ideas have you developed? Local Matters is your opportunity to use a ready-made campaign and improve your business.

Please share with GPA how you are using Local Matters to emphasize the important role your newspaper plays in your community by emailing your custom-made material to GPA at

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