Author Archives: Tony Smithson

Newsprint markets improve, but prices lag

In science there’s a principle called the “butterfly effect” that suggests something as small as a butterfly flapping its wings in Brazil can result in a tornado in Texas. While the global newsprint markets aren’t quite as poetic an illustration of chaos theory, they aren’t far off. Newsprint market prices have not moved in the…

How to strategize in the face of exorbitant newsprint tariffs

By Tony Smithson Vice President of Printing Operations, Bliss Communications With the Trump administration’s announcement of preliminary duties on Canadian newsprint producers up to 32 percent, publishers are left wondering how to deal with resulting price increases. To make a difficult situation even worse, these actions come in the midst of a historically tight newsprint…