United States Postal Service to End Saturday Delivery

The United States Postal Service announced Feb. 6 that it will end Saturday delivery of mail, starting during the week of Aug. 5. The postal service will continue to delivery packages on Saturday. The change is expected to save $2 billion each year when fully implemented. The Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers called the announcement “unexpected […]

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Former EPA President Paul Fromer Dies

Paul Fromer, president of the Evangelical Press Association from 1967-1969, died Sunday, Dec. 9. Fromer edited InterVarsity’s “HIS” magazine from 1960 to 1971. He served on the faculty at Wheaton College from 1972 to 1998. He was deputy editor of Christianity Today from 1979 to 1988. The following is a transcript of an interview conducted by telephone […]

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Postal Rates are Going up in January

The Postal Service has announced postage rate increases that will go into effect Jan. 27, 2013.  The rate increases average 2.6 percent across all mailing classes a relatively small increase. It is important to note that the 2.6 percent increase is the average across each class of mail—some increases within a class will be smaller […]

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Post Office Sunsets Barcodes and IMR

EPA’s postal affairs liaison Bob Terry of the Alabama Baptist reminds us that in January of 2013 the U.S. Postal Service will “sunset” the POSTNET barcode, the PLANET code barcode, and will no longer support the Intelligent Mail Range record (IMR) file in the Mail.dat file set. This is a change that was announced several months ago. […]

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Digital and Print Both Have Their Place

The following director’s report was delivered by EPA Executive Director Doug Trouten during the organization’s annual business meeting, May 11.

The board has asked me to give a sort of “State of the Industry” report. And frankly, our industry is under siege. We keep hearing that people aren’t reading any longer, that newspapers and magazines are dead, that we’re headed to a digital-only future. We’re scrambling to make the transition from print to digital, and worrying that we’ll be left behind.

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NPC’s New Enivation Brand for EPA Members

Enivation, a new branded service of NPC, Inc., provides a scanning and archiving solution for the challenge of electronically storing older physical publications online and sharing them worldwide. Enivation’s scan • archive • host • search solution gives organizations a way to tackle these challenges. Who can benefit from this new service? • Organizations that […]

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What the Web Needs is a Good Content Wrangler

Cowboy roping monitorIf you tried to follow every Twitter user, you’d be wading through 125,000 tweets a minute. During that same minute, the half-billion members of Facebook post about a million new photos, wall posts and status updates (including such newsworthy gems as “Eating pie now. Yum.”) YouTube receives 48 hours of video every minute, meaning that if a person spent every minute of their life watching YouTube they could get through about 10 days worth of uploads.


We live in an age of communication overload, where everybody is a content producer. But what the web really needs is a good editor. While people in the Christian periodical publishing industry have traditionally focused on creating content, today there’s a growing need for “curators” of content—-people who stand in the fire hose of fresh content and carefully pick out the refreshing glass of water that audience members are looking for. A content curator is a sort of “information wrangler,” looking through the herd of content and roping exactly the right critters.


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Word ‘Czars’ ‘Unfriend’ 15 Words

Fifteen overused, misused and generally  useless words were “unfriended” by the word “czars” at Lake Superior State University. The school welcomed the new year with its 35th annual “List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English.”

“The list this year is a ‘teachable moment’ conducted free of ‘tweets,'” said a Word Banishment spokesman who was “chillaxin'” for the holidays. “‘In these economic times’, purging our language of ‘toxic assets’ is a ‘stimulus’ effort that’s ‘too big to fail.'”

Here’s the 2010 list, with comments from the listmakers and the folks who nominated these tired terms:

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Zondervan acquires Biblegateway, Gospel.com

BibleGatewayChristian publishing giant and EPA business affliate member Zondervan is expanding its online presence by acquiring BibleGateway.com, the world’s most widely used Bible reference site, from Gospel Communications Inc. Zondervan also acquired the Gospel.com domain from Gospel Communications.

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