In this edition:

  • A bunch of new features released this week
  • Newspack publishers honored nationally
  • Kinsey joins INN board
  • We’ll be talking about end-of-year fundraising on Tuesday’s call
  • Recent site launches
  • Get our meetings on your calendar

New features landed in Newspack this week

We rolled out some things you’ll be interested in.

We’ll be talking about these more during the publishers meeting on Tuesday, and you can get that on your calendar if you look at the last item in this newsletter.

Here’s a quick look at a few of the changes.

More choices for Campaign prompt timing

Previously, you could only set a prompt to show once a day or once a month. Now you can choose once a week or set up a custom schedule. You’ll see these options now in the settings:

We removed the Organic Profile Block

Few publishers should still be using this, which has been replaced with a friendlier Newspack alternative.

If you loved this block and need to know about your options, drop a note in the help channel.

Changes to the footer

You’ll now be able to turn your branding off and on in the footer. And we’ve made sure the footer will stick to the bottom of the viewport when a page or post has little content, leaving the page short.

Constant Contact is back

Some recent changes by Constant Contact recently made connecting a Newspack site to their service more difficult. Those problems have been patched up, and it’s now another choice in the Newsletter plugin settings.

Events, other post types can now be added to newsletters

In response to publisher requests, story posts aren’t the only thing available in the Newsletter plugin’s Post Inserter. Pages, events and other listings now are options.

Prompts can be targeted to lapsed donors

If your site uses Stripe as its Reader Revenue platform, you will now be able to target former donors.

Congrats to award-winning Newspack publishers

Newspack publishers dominated the small and midsize newsrooms category at the annual Online News Association awards.

S. Mitra Kalita, co-founder of URL Media (which includes several Newspack sites) and publisher of Epicenter-NYC, was the winner of the 2022 Impact Award honoring “a trailblazing individual whose work in digital journalism and dedication to innovation exhibits a substantial impact on the industry.”

Mission Local won top honors, landing the General Excellence in Online Journalism for its size category.

Also honored were The Center for Public Integrity, for its coverage of the COVID housing crisis; The Colorado Sun for its Marshall Fire coverage; and The Atavist Magazine for Digital Video Storytelling.

Finalists included the The Center for Public Integrity for feature reporting, Voice of OC in two categories, and CalMatters for explanatory reporting.

Congrats to all!

Newspack chief joins board dedicated to nonprofit news

The Institute for Nonprofit News, with more than 400 member newsrooms, welcomes our own Kinsey Wilson to its governance board.

If you’ve only known Kinsey through your Newspack experience, you can catch up on his deep experience in this announcement from the organization.

It’s a great connection, given the number of INN members who have joined Newspack — including Oklahoma Watch, the first U.S. publisher to use Newspack back in 2019.

Tuesday’s publishers call will go over year-end fundraising

In addition to discussing the feature changes mentioned above, we’ll spend time on Tuesday’s call talking about strategies for fundraising.

Ned Berke from BlueLena will lead the discussion. Aside from helping to run that great service, Ned has sat in a publisher’s chair at a couple different publications, so he definitely knows of what he speaks.

Go to the last item in this newsletter to get the call on your calendar.

184th Newspack newsroom launched
  • Searchlight New Mexico | A nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization dedicated to investigative and public service journalism in the interest of the people of New Mexico.
  • The Assembly | A digital magazine about the people, institutions, and ideas that shape North Carolina. Founded in 2021, we feature interesting, deeply reported, nuanced stories about our state.
  • MegaNews | Based in Cancun, Mexico, this site produces news on and for Mexico and the world.

Congratulations to newsroom leaders on your launches in the recent weeks.

Get our regularly scheduled meetings on your calendar with a couple of clicks

We have a meeting every other Tuesday at 11 a.m. Eastern Time. This is for publishers and developers to get together, but it is by no means mandatory. Most of the meeting is turned over to guest speakers for professional development, or to one of our team members to highlight a major change to the Newspack platform. We use this meeting to update you on business and product developments, as well.

The next meeting is May 17.

And here’s a handy way to get them all on your calendar:

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