Except for the Boston Herald, that is, where this full-page ad ran on Page 11 of today’s edition.
The ad comes from a coalition called Stop Tariffs on Printers & Publishers, which describes itself as “printers, publishers, paper suppliers and distributors that represent mostly small businesses in local communities that employ more than 600,000 workers in the United States.”
We have joined together to fight proposed government tariffs on newsprint that have been initiated by petitions filed by a single newsprint mill, NORPAC, an outlier in the industry that is owned by a New York hedge fund, with no additional pulp or paper operations in the United States or globally. The proposed tariffs will force our member companies to cut jobs not only at newspapers, commercial printing, and book publishing operations, but throughout the supply chain, such as paper manufacturers, ink suppliers, fuel producers, and equipment manufacturers.
Here’s a better look at the list in the ad (the latest news on NORPAC – the North Pacific Paper Company – is here).
Upon close inspection, there’s one name that does not appear on that list: the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association. (For the record, the ad did not run in today’s Boston Globe.)
So we put a call in to MNPA executive director Robert Ambrogi to ask what was up with the group’s conspicuous absence.
We will, as is our wont, keep you posted.