Denver’s Rocky Mountain News has been hit with complaints and cancellations after it cut its printed stock tables down to one page earlier this month. The Rocky is only the latest newspaper to become part of the growing trend of papers that are reducing stock tables as readers turn to the Internet. A rash of papers have announced cuts in stock listings since the beginning of the year. They include the Providence Journal, Denver Post, Indianapolis Star, Chicago Tribune, Newsday, Des Moines Register and Los Angeles Times.
Most are trimming the number of print pages for stock tables while adding more listings on their Web pages in an effort to open up more news hole for business stories as ad sales drop and news holes shrink.
Of particular relevance to Dallas is the Providence Journal, since it – like the Dallas Morning News – is a Belo product. In early January, Projo reduced its daily stock and mutual fund tables to one page, featuring 900 of the most heavily traded stocks and 1,200 of the biggest mutual funds. On Sunday, the Projo condensed stock and mutual fund tables to four pages.
The Rocky also has gone to one page of daily listings, down from seven and a half pages in 1998 and from two and a half pages last year. Many of its complainers were, understandably, older readers, who don’t use the Internet or don’t want to have to use the Internet.
Newspaper industry leaders who favor reducing the number of stock pages argue that as more people use the Web for more up-to-date quotes – morning quotes may be half a day old and without after-hours trading – valuable space is better used for local stories and unduplicated information than for stock tables.
Opponents, however, point out that older people, who own more stocks, also read newspapers more than younger people. So the papers are whacking away at their remaining committed readership. And, while cutting stock listings may make sense as a short-term financial decision, over the long-term it will continue to shove people on-line.
Gov. Mark WarnerFormer Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, known to be considering a bid for the Democratic Party’s 2008 presidential nomination, met privately Thursday with some 60 of the area’s party leaders and elected officials.
Warner, who made a fortune in communications ventures and hales from a modest background, told the group that it is not enough to rely on criticism of the Republican Party and the Bush Administration to win. Instead, he said, the party’s candidates and leaders must offer their own vision to the American people. He outlined various proposals to address, among others, rising health care costs, national security, loss of manufacturing jobs, and environmental concerns.
Warner, who left the Virginia governor’s office in January, is known as a centrist Democrat who won election in a heavily GOP state whose legislature is two-thirds Republican and has not voted for a Democratic presidential nominee since Lyndon Johnson. An advocate of fiscal restraint and moderate social policies, Warner’s approval rating near the time of his departure—nearly 75 percent according to a Mason-Dixon poll in December—is credited by many as a determining factor in the election of Democrat Tim Kaine as his successor.
A number of those in attendance praised Warner’s answers to specific questions put to him by some of Dallas’s most savvy political activists. Others noted that such meetings were an indication of Warner’s political acumen because Texas, although having a history of voting Republican in the last many general elections, is nevertheless a major player in securing the Democratic nomination, with a national convention delegate strength exceeded by only a few other states.
Among other things, Warner is a former chairman of the National Governor’s Association. He was Governing magazine’s Official of the Year in 2004, and in 2005, Time named him one of America’s five best governors.
Warner also attended a general reception in his honor Wednesday evening in Dallas hosted by a number of Democrats. From Dallas he travels to Austin, where he will meet with area party leaders and host, among other events, a fundraiser for the Democratic Party. Warner’s most recent travels have been on behalf of Forward Together, a national political action committee whose fundraising does not benefit Warner, but other Democratic candidates instead.
The Center for Nonprofit Management and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas recently announced the Center is the new home of the Dallas Blueprint for Leadership program. Blueprint for Leadership provides extensive training for people of diverse cultural backgrounds about service in the nonprofit sector and prepares them for board service.
The Center is launching the 2006 program with a free information session on Thursday, March 2 at 6:00 pm at United Way of Metropolitan Dallas at 1800 North Lamar St .
“After 12 years of success at United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Dallas Blueprint for Leadership is poised for growth and expanded reach into the nonprofit sector,” said United Way of Metropolitan Dallas President and CEO Gary Godsey. “Through Blueprint, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas has increased cultural diversity on the boards of its partner agencies since 1992.”
The Center has provided consulting, technology, board training and education programs for thousands of nonprofit organizations since 1980 and the growth and reach of the Center will help the Blueprint participants reach its 680 member agencies including United Way partner agencies.
“It is very important for nonprofit board members and volunteers to reflect the diversity of our community,” said Robert Meachum, Managing Director, Correspondent Lending, GMAC Residential Funding and Chair, Center for Nonprofit Management Board of Directors. “Applicants chosen to participate in the program will receive extensive training about nonprofit management, parliamentary procedure and essentials in nonprofit governance, which positions them to make an immediate contribution to the boards they join.”
The Blueprint program participants and alumnae represent different ethnicities, genders, professions and communities. The program has produced over 200 graduates with a historic placement rate of approximately 95 percent.
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Dallas Blueprint for Leadership Chair Detrick DeBurr says, “ The Blueprint for Leadership Program is the best leadership training program in the Dallas / Fort Worth area for persons of color. The program recommends graduates to boards of nonprofit agencies upon graduation. The graduates immediately gain a sense of self worth and they provide immediate impact the agencies at the policy making level. The nonprofit community recognizes the graduates as community leaders and examples of good corporate citizenship.”
Applications for the Blueprint program will soon be available at www.cnmdallas.org/pages/blueprint.html. Applications will be accepted until March 30, 2006 . For more information regarding the Blueprint for Leadership program, contact CNM Blueprint Coordinator Jan Rahmandar at (214) 826-3470 , ext. 235 or
The mission of the Center for Nonprofit Management is to build a stronger community by increasing the performance and impact of nonprofit organizations. Fulfilling its mission since 1980, the Center for Nonprofit Management annually helps the staff and boards of more than 1,300 nonprofit organizations develop better management and governance skills through consulting, technology and education and training programs.
Dallas County and the City of Dallas have collaborated to build a new 8-span, 750-foot pedestrian bridge and a trail extension of the White Rock Lake Trail. Celebration of completion of the project will be marked with a ribbon cutting ceremony to be held on March 3, 2006 at 10:00 a.m.
This project implements another major portion of the White Rock Lake master plan by building almost one half-mile of new trail between West Lawther and East Lawther . The project includes a 12-foot wide concrete trail, a 200-foot long wetlands bridge and the new pedestrian bridge spanning White Rock Lake . Pedestrians and cyclists in the area will now be able to use the pedestrian bridge instead of the Mockingbird Bridge to cross the lake. The bike lane on Mockingbird Bridge will be reopened to eastbound vehicular traffic only.
The ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the East Lawther end of the new bridge.