Category Archives: News & Updates

The Success of SmallTownPapers’ Awards Program Platform

In 2007, SmallTownPapers launched a platform for journalism contests – one of the only platforms that has been designed specifically for news media contests. BetterBNC is an entirely integrated, online contest platform which is being used by nearly 200 media … Continue reading

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Lessons from the Firestorm

As I write, thousands of firefighters are in Central Washington fighting multiple wildfires that are burning hundreds of thousands of acres of land.  One fire alone, the Carlton Complex Fire, is the largest in the state’s history burning more than a … Continue reading

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Our Personal Connection to Washington’s Historic Wildfires

The historic wildfires raging in central Washington have strong ties to the SmallTownPapers family. Not only does the company founder, Paul Jeffko, have a home and property which have been affected by the Carlton Complex wildfire but it was in … Continue reading

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How do you find historic newspapers that were never microfilmed?

It’s exciting to see growing resources of historic newspapers which have been digitized and made online accessible.  But what you’ll find is that most have been digitized from the newspaper’s microfilm archive.  What about newspapers that never created microfilm versions? … Continue reading

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Community Grants Can Help Fund Newspaper Archive Digitization

We’re finding an increasing number of historical societies and other organizations applying for community grants to help them pay to have their local newspaper archives digitized and made online accessible.  A great success story comes from Bothell, Washington, north of … Continue reading

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A Community Rallies to Preserve its Newspaper Archive

We are often asked by historical societies and other organizations how they can pay to scan and provide access to their historical newspaper archives using SmallTownPaper’s ArchiveInABox product.  Increasingly we’re able to share examples of organizations which have applied for … Continue reading

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SmallTownPapers – Invaluable Resource for Archivists & Historians

We recently received a great message from Wabaunsee County, Kansas Historical Society archivist Greg Hoots.  Great had just discovered past issues of his local newspapers on SmallTownPapers and commented, “While we have an archives of actual hard copies of many, … Continue reading

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SmallTownPapers Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is SmallTownPapers? A: SmallTownPapers, Inc. scans historic newspaper archives and uses Internet technology to make the digital copies accessible to anyone with a computer.  SmallTownPapers works with publishers to create high quality images of newspaper archives that are … Continue reading

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SmallTownPapers, Inc. Lauches Online BNC Contest Platform

Press associations move to streamline annual contests SmallTownPapers, Inc. is pleased to announce the release of its new online contest platform which allows press associations to move their Better Newspaper Contest (BNC) online. The integrated contest platform, dubbed the “Better … Continue reading

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SmallTownPapers articles available from Lexis Nexis

Subscribers to some of the country’s largest information providers such as LexisNexis are now able to access unique content from small town and rural America within the “Discover America’s Story” title.

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