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Loss of Saturday delivery a concern for publishers
postal issues for our industry, will be issuing a list of options and recommendations for newspapers to consider taking if and when Saturday delivery is eliminated. The IPA will disseminate this information as soon as we receive it; also, we will look at holding a number of workshops around the state to help guide our members through the planning process. There are immediate and important steps that all newspapers can do right now. 1) call and write to your congressman; explain the negative impact on your newspaper, your advertisers and readers; 2) ask that they oppose the USPS plan to eliminate Saturday delivery; 3) Arrange to meet soon with your congressman when they are in-district; and, 4) do local stories on the negative impact the elimination of Saturday delivery would have on individual businesses and individual
citizens in your community. This is a battle that must be fought hard and fought now by our industry. On that note, as I mentioned earlier the NNA is leading the fight to preserve 6-day delivery. NNA is a member organization, just like the IPA is on a state level, and it depends on the support of newspapers across the country. While many Illinois newspapers are members of NNA, the vast majority do not belong. Please see the NNA message on page 12 of this publication, and I would encourage you to consider membership in that organization. They are there in the trenches for our industry at the national level. PNI PROMOTION: The launch of the statewide public website, www.publicnoticeillinois.com, funded completely by Illinois newspapers, has been a huge success. Over 500 Illinois newspapers are now uploading to the website as now mandated by a new state law that became effective Dec. 31, 2012. The next step is the awareness campaign so that taxpayers know about the free site and how to access it. Your promotion of PNI through house ads in every edition of every publication is very helpful and very much appreciated. See next page for additional information. Thank you. We appreciate your continued membership and your support of the IPA!
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The recent announcement by Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe on ending Saturday mail delivery in early August was a bold and premature move on the part of the United States Postal Service. And, rightly so, it caused a tremor of concern throughout the newspaper industry. It’s a topic we will stay on top of and communicate about regularly with members as things develop. There are a couple of things to note at this point: 1) the USPS does not have the legal authority to take this action; it must be approved by Congress; 2) we all know the terrible financial crisis that exists within the USPS and there’s no apparent evidence real financial reform measures are being addressed; 3) fear of a taxpayer bailout for the USPS may lead some members of Congress to favor 5-day delivery — members who otherwise would be against the reduction of service. We are fortunate to have the National Newspaper Association, led by Tonda Rush, to lead this fight for us at the national level. The Newspaper Association of America, led by Caroline Little, is also deeply involved. We will communicate to IPA members all status changes on the issue as they arise. It would be prudent to begin planning for the elimination of Saturday delivery. Max Heath, an expert on
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COVERPHOTO: This photo was part of a series titled ‘Monkey House’ by Fred Zwicky of the Peoria Journal Star. It won first place among large daily newspapers. The photo shows Connie Tibbs brushing the teeth of 2-year-old Jackson. Judges wrote that the series had a great variety of images and really showed the readers how the family lives.
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All of our members are intimately aware that PublicNoticeIllinois.com has been retooled and relaunched and is now a statutory requirement. Now, it’s time to tell your readers about it and promote use of the site. The Illinois Press Association has developed two new house ads that you can use in your newspaper. The ads are available in a variety of sizes and in color and black and white. Here’s how to find the ads online. Visit www.illinoispress.org. Click on the “Government” link, which is one of the colored bars toward the top of the page. Now, in the left-hand box, click on “Public Notice Illinois.” The new ads will appear at the top in the main window on that page. Please use these ads as you have space available. This is a great time to educate readers about the importance of Public Notices, too. The following is a press release you may also use. For an electronic copy of the release, please contact David Porter at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Illinois Press Association has created and launched a new statewide Public Notice website site that provides the public with the ability to view Public Notices from newspapers across the state of Illinois. PublicNoticeIllinois.com is a public
service made financially possible by the newspapers of Illinois at no additional cost to local or state government. This website assists citizens who want to know more about the actions of local, county and state government as well as events occurring in the local and state court system. The IPA-sponsored Public Notice website is the only central Internet location for searching, viewing and printing of an aggregation of Illinois Public Notices. PublicNoticeIllinois.com has been specifically designed to promote the importance of Public Notices and the role that they play in the daily lives of Illinois citizens. The website ensures that Public Notices are accessible beyond the date of original publication while increasing public awareness about the workings of government. “Public Notices are vital to open government,” said Dennis DeRossett, executive director of the IPA. “Just as important is the independent third-party verification of notices that newspapers provide in the Public Notice process. This website is an extension of services already provided by newspapers, and we’ve been able to do this for the public at no cost to taxpayers.” The Public Notices that appear on this website will have been originally published in Illinois newspapers, the source for all community information and will be available to users at no charge. According to a state law that took effect
at the end of 2012, all Public Notices must be uploaded to the website after they are published in local newspapers. DeRossett reiterated that the website is in addition to publication in newspapers, which is required by state statute. The printed notice in newspapers, he explained, serves to authenticate, certify and archive all Public Notices. “While many of us take Internet access for granted, there is still a great digital divide geographically, economically and educationally. Those who do not have access to high-speed Internet will continue to have access to Public Notices through newspapers,” DeRossett said. “With the combination of print and online, the availability and access of all Public Notices is greatly enhanced.” All visitors to PublicNoticeIllinois.com will be able to search notices by community, by newspaper or by keyword, and all for free. The Illinois Public Notice website is already being used as a model
for other states including Ohio and California. A Public Notice, also sometimes defined as a legal notice, is anything that is required by law or the judiciary to be published in the newspaper. These include foreclosure notices, assumed name notices for new businesses, municipal budgets and zoning changes, notice of meetings and property assessments, just to name a few. “Every Public Notice is like a window into the workings of government,” DeRossett said. “This website opens a new window and lets even more light in. A true democracy depends on such transparency. It is critical to have transparency and accountability by all government entities and the Public Notice website is an important new tool for citizen access to this important information.” The Illinois Press Association, located in Springfield, represents the interests of nearly 500 daily and weekly newspapers.
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#Oyez, #Oyez: Why judges should let reporters ‘tweet’ from the courtroom By Esther Seitz Advances in information technology have diverted public attention away from the judiciary. Today, courts appear to many as slowpaced, stuffy halls for lawyers and judges, out of touch with society’s technology, science and, worst of all, its people. But the judiciary continues to adjucate cases, interpret laws, resolve disputes, and do the important work it has always done What happens in the courtroom is as relevant today as it was centuries ago. Modern electronic media can give the public a window on the judicial branch. And courts should seize that opportunity by permitting members of the media to blog live from judicial proceedings via Twitter and other online news feeds. As this article argues, microblogging serves the strong First Amendment interest in press coverage of the trial process – underscored by key U.S. Supreme Court rulings – without posing a risk of disrupting the proceedings, as cameras by their nature do.
Instead of using Twitter, some newspapers make reporters’ microblog posts available via their own websites. Regardless of Seitz whether a reporter posts updates from a trial on Twitter or on the newspaper’s website, the posts appear instantaneously. Twitter and other forms of live blogging have become an integral tool of the trade for the modern working press. Courts should allow – and facilitate – real time coverage by the media via Twitter because it will increase transparency and public understanding of the judicial process. Live blogging allows citizens instant access to the judiciary, letting them follow and discuss what is happening inside the criminal justice system and thereby strengthening public trust in the system as envisioned by the First Amendment.
Tweeting is blogging
Blogging is not governed by limitations on cameras in the courts
Twitter famously allows registered users to answer the question “what’s happening” with a message of no more than 140 characters. Apart from the character limit, however, Twitter functions like a conventional blog. Messages posted on Twitter, known as “tweet,” are available instantaneously. Users post and read tweets using a computer or mobile device. Tweeting is a convenient and free way to share messages with the service’s 100 million-plus active users.
Illinois law grants judges discretion in maintaining order and decorum in judicial proceedings. Illinois Supreme Court Rule 63 establishes a default rule prohibiting the use of audio-visual recording devices — not the use of realtime text reporting-during circuit court proceedings or recesses. The goal is to maintain dignity and decorum and avoid distractions: Proceedings in court should be conducted with fitting dignity, decorum and without distraction. The tak-
ing of photographs in the courtroom during sessions of the court or recesses between proceedings, and the broadcasting or televising of court proceedings, is permitted only to the extent authorized by order of the supreme court.... For the purposes of this rule, the use of the terms “photographs,” “broadcasting” and “televising” include the audio or video transmissions or recordings made by telephones, personal data assistants, laptop computers and other wired or wireless data transmission and recording devices. Illinois Supreme Court Rule 63(A)(7) governs audio or video transmissions or recordings of court proceedings, i.e., cameras and microphones in the courtroom. However, it does not apply to instantaneous communication of text messages drafted by a reporter who is observing the proceeding. Nor does any other law prohibit live blogging in Illinois Courts. Much has been said about the Illinois Supreme Court’s new rules allowing cameras in the courts on an experimental basis. At presstime, seven out of Illinois’ 23 circuits had opted in to partake in the pilot program. In the remaining circuits, and in cases where a judge declines to allow extended media coverage, and in federal courts, which generally prohibit camera use in courtrooms, microblogging is a great alternative broadcasting. It can be accomplished by a single reporter and requires no extra equipment or set-up. Because of the value of on-air time, live transmission of judicial proceedings will likely be rare. Microblogs, on the other hand, can be posted to a media company’s website easily and inexpensively.
Restrictions on blogging are subject to strict scrutiny The First Amendment grants the press a qualified right to attend and report on judicial proceedings. Any governmentally imposed restriction of the press’ constitutionally protected activity of news reporting must withstand strict scrutiny; it must be “narrowly tailored to serve a significant government interest” while leaving open ample alternative channels. The Supreme Court has emphasized that “a responsible press has always been regarded as the handmaiden of effective judicial administration, especially in the criminal field.” In today’s world of 24-hour “breaking news,” instantaneous electronic communication enables the press to provide timely coverage of judicial proceedings. Live blogging is vital to the press’ ability to provide timely, contemporaneous reports on judicial proceedings – an interest promoted by the First Amendment jurisprudence. To withstand strict scrutiny and pass Constitutional muster, any restrictions on live blogging in the courthouse must be narrowly tailored to advance a significant governmental interest.
Blogging does not disrupt the courtroom While maintaining judicial decorum and shielding jurors and witnesses from distractions are legitimate governmental interests, blogging does not undermine them. Cases restricting cameras and other audiovisual technology in courtrooms are based on the premise that they are
February 2013 / Illinois PressLines disruptive. The Supreme Court showed special concern for jurors’ possible preoccupation with the fact that they are being filmed. The Court carefully distinguished constitutionally protected newspaper coverage from audio-visual recordings of court proceedings, which may be properly restricted: “While some of the dangers [associated with cameras in the courtroom] are present as well in newspaper coverage of any important trial, the circumstances intruding upon the solemn decorum of court procedure in the televised trial are far more serious than in cases involving only newspaper coverage. Microblogging can be done discreetly and non-intrusively. It requires no additional space. The reporter simply takes notes on an electronic notepad or small computer with a quiet, soft-touch keyboard. For purposes of maintaining courtroom decorum and avoiding distractions, there is no difference between pen-andpaper and electronic note-taking. And the wireless transmission of those notes has no effect in the courtroom. Additionally, blogging — unlike photography or telecasting — does not record images of jurors, witnesses or other trial participants. They need not worry about seeing themselves on the news. Like note-taking on paper, live blogging simply records the filtered observations of the reporter. Jury instructions can be tailored to real time press coverage as they traditionally have been for newspapers. Jurors can be admonished to not only avoid newspapers, radio and television but also blogs and news feeds. There are more narrowly tailored ways to address this concern than restricting delivery of the information to the rest of us.
Illinois courts and blogging Recognizing the ever-growing significance of wireless electronic communication to both the press and its readership, the judiciary has opened
its courtrooms to live blogging technology in recent years. As early as February 2010, the Judicial Council for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit authorized judges throughout that circuit to allow reporters to provide live blogging and other text transmission in criminal cases. Likewise, United States Judge for the Northern District of Illinois James Zagel permitted reporters to cover the Blagojevich trial via live blogging such as Twitter. Some Illinois courts have permitted the practice as well (though not all). In the Knox County murder trial of Nicholas Sheley, Circuit Judge James B. Stewart permitted reporters for three media companies to blog live. The judge did impose some basic restrictions on tweeting, including requiring that any cameras, audio recording and sound creating functions on the reporters’ electronic devices be disabled. Judge Stewart described the live coverage as “an enormous success.” First, he explained, tweeting allowed the public to see the judicial process at work in a case where a special public interest existed. The tweets effectively taught citizens about the judicial process as it unfolded. Also, he said, tweeting promoted the defendant’s right to a public trial — a right upon which Sheley repeatedly insisted. As for noises and distractions, Judge Stewart explained that tweeting actually lessened disturbances typically associated with reporters’ exiting and entering the courtroom to send communications or make phone calls. Judge Stewart found “the
Page 5 real time coverage was very popular with our community” and he would not hesitate to allow it again. Likewise, the editor of The Galesburg Register-Mail, whose reporter, Jennifer Wheeler, covered the Sheley trial, noted that “Jennifer provided updates, sometimes a paragraph long, every 10 to 20 minutes throughout each day of the court proceeding and was even able to answer some readers’ questions. At one point, more than 1,200 readers were following her blog…. Reporting live from the courtroom is an exciting development that helped keep our readers informed up to the minute.”
The ‘business of people’ Twitter and other types of instantaneous electronic communications are here to stay. The judiciary should continue to embrace this technology and permit its use for real time coverage of judic i a l
proceedings. As one Illinois court aptly stated, “what goes on in court is the business of the people. Courts function best and most effectively when they are open to the public view. When courts are open, their work is observed and understood, and understanding leads to respect.” Microblogging serves these important goals. Esther Seitz is an attorney with Craven Law Office, which represents the Illinois Press Association. She can be reached at email@example.com. This article first appeared in the Illinois Bar Journal. Reprinted with permission of the Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 101 #1, January 2013. Copyright by the Illinois State Bar Association www.isba.org. NOTE: This is reprinted without footnotes. If you’d like to see the original article with footnotes, please contact David Porter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Sullivan News•Progress is the first Illinois newspaper to use a lowcost, inkjet-based computer-to-plate system eliminating processing and related chemistry, according to newsandtech.com. The system is made by Glunz & Jensen. Owner Robert Best said he had complained about the cost of film and the inkjet system eliminates film. He reported that he’s now making 60-75 plates a week and imaging them on a King Press that his father, the late Bob Best, put into service in 1976. Robert Best said the new process is greener and that he’s seeing better registration. The new system was easy to learn, he added. “The transition took like an hour,” he told newsandtech.com. ••• The Chicago Sun-Times has partnered with Homicide Watch, the Washington, D.C. website that tracks murders. Editor Jim Kirk told Media Decoder that he does not expect the feature to be a revenue producer but that the murder rate in Chicago is “what everybody is talking about.” ••• The Hardin County Independent has added e-editions to its subscription choices. The newspaper has suggested that readers may prefer e-editions because those papers can be viewed on publication day without the delay caused by postal delivery. ••• The SouthtownStar has announced it will close its Tinley Park office and shift production to the Chicago SunTimes’ downtown headquarters. Reporters will work from the field, while editors and production employees will move to the Sun-Times office. Sun-Times Editor Jim Kirk said “We are ready from a technological standpoint to become a company that thinks about the Web and our digital products first and the newspaper second.” ••• A year after launching a paid content initiative, the Daily Herald of Arlington
Heights has been named one of the fastest growing newspapers in the country. According to the Alliance for Audited Media – formerly the Audit Bureau of Circulation – the Daily Herald ranked fifth in audience growth from September 2011 to September 2012. The paper’s combined print and digital audience grew by 13.7 percent, from 820,003 to 932,693. ••• The Villa Grove News is now printed on a smaller page that is 11.5 inches wide. The pages will be made up at the Villa Grove office and sent to Altamont where Better Newspapers, Inc., headed by Greg Hoskins, has constructed a new production facility. ••• The Northwest Herald’s sports websites were named one of the top 10 sports websites in the country in their category for the third straight year by The Associated Press Sports Editors. Shaw Media’s Daily Chronicle of DeKalb was named top 10 for its Northern Illinois University sports website, HuskieWire.com, for the fourth consecutive year. Additionally, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald earned a top 10 ranking for its sports website. ••• The Edwardsville Intelligencer marked its 150th anniversary with a commemorative book, “150 Years of Hometown News.” The book covers news and events published in the newspaper since its beginning in 1862. ••• The East Peoria Times-Courier is offering free online games to its readers. GateHouse Media, the parent company, has partnered with an interactive games company to provide online puzzles and games such as Picture Pieces, Mahjong, Blackjack, Crossword, Jigsaw, Solitaire, Sudoku and others. Another new, online feature is a partnership with TV Guide which will have information about TV shows and celebrity content. •••
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Bourbonnais native Adam Schreck has been named the Iraq bureau chief for The Associated Press. His office is in Baghdad where he manages a team of more than 30 reporters, photographers, video journalists and support staff. ••• Champaign News-Gazette photographer Robert K. O’Daniell has retired after more than 43 years of shooting photos for the newspaper. O’Daniell grew up in Elmhurst and came to town to attend the University of Illinois in 1967. A James Scholar in physics and math, he’d had accelerated physics high school classes and one college physics class. He told a U. of I. professor he was bored in a basic physics class. The professor replied that he needed strong basic skills. Instead, O’Daniell bought a 35mm camera and got involved with the school paper, and as they say, “the rest is history.” By May, 1969, he was working Friday and Saturday nights in the News-Gazette’s photo lab. ••• Dixon Telegraph newspaper carrier Fred Rogers came to the rescue of a
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subscriber, Patricia Kreps, after she fell face-down on concrete outside her back door. She could not get up because she had broken her ankle. The 59-year-old “was hurt so bad that I couldn’t get up,” she said. Rogers heard her screams for help and called 911. He stayed with her until an ambulance arrived. “She had been on the concrete for at least a half hour,” said Rogers, who delivers 170 papers on his route. ••• Dan Lawrence has been hired as an advertising consultant at The Courier in Lincoln. A native of Decatur, he has 10 years of auto sales experience. ••• Television executive Peter Liguori has been named chief executive of Tribune Co. taking the reins of the reorganized Chicago-based media company weeks after its emergence from bankruptcy. Liguori said he looks forward to leading Tribune Co. into a new era focusing on content development across all media platforms. Liguori, 52, was a top execu-
tive at Fox Broadcasting and Discovery Communications. ••• Robert K. Elder, 36, has been named the editor of Lake County region for Sun-Times Media. Elder will oversee the Lake County NewsSun and enhance digital efforts across all suburban properties, including The News-Sun’s sister Pioneer Press publications. He is a native of Montana and a graduate of the University of Oregon. ••• Dan McCaleb, Northwest Herald senior editor, has been promoted to group editor of Shaw Media’s suburban publications. “Dan has done a tremendous job as editor of the Northwest Herald. He has the unique combination of a passion for journalism and a spirit of collaboration,” said John Rung, Shaw Media’s chief operating officer and publisher of the Northwest Herald. Rung was named COO effective January 1. ••• David Fishel, Jr., has joined the Herald & Review as a retail sales consultant. A Decatur native, he attended Richland Community College and SIU Carbondale. He has served as director of marketing and communications for the Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce, assistant general manager for the Decatur Club and general manager of Jimmy Ryan’s. ••• Robert Wall is the new general manager of the Morris Daily Herald, a Shaw Media property. He previously served as publisher of two GateHouse Media newspapers in Marion and Benton. Simultaneously, he was the ad director for 27 newspapers in the region. He also worked for
Sun-Times Media in various capacities, including as publisher/vice president of advertising for four daily newspapers. Wall holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Bradley University. ••• Les Winkeler has been honored with a Lee Spirit Award for his efforts in the immediate aftermath of an EF-4 tornado ripping through his town of Harrisburg. Winkeler, the sports editor at The Southern Illinoisan, was at home with his wife, Judy, when the tornado hit. They were both unhurt, but their home suffered heavy damage. Before the dust had settled, Winkeler wrote a column detailing the experience of riding out such a powerful storm. By mid-morning, the column became one of the most-read pieces on The Southern Illinoisan website. ••• The Effingham Daily News has named Ryan Czachorski sports editor. Czachorski, a native of Grand Rapids, Mich., recently worked as sports editor at the Hillsdale Daily News in southern Michigan. He is a graduate of Central Michigan University. ••• Matt Daniels has stepped up to The News-Gazette’s sports team in Champaign. He was previously at the Rantoul Press, which is part of The News-Gazette Community Newspapers. ••• Tim Stuart has been named advertising director of The Southern Illinoisan. A native of Carbondale, Stuart earned a bachelor’s degree in advertising in 1992 from the University of Illinois. Stuart last served as a consultant for MD Designs in Springfield.
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National Sunshine Week kicks off in March Download cartoons, op-eds, more for free Sunshine Week is set for March 1016 and already there are plans across the country for events spotlighting open government, for special news reporting and for the release of freedom of information studies. The American Society of News Editors and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press have renewed their partnership to oversee the national coordination of resources and provide support for participants. Sunshine Week 2013 is made possible by a continuing endowment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which has funded Sunshine Week since its 2005 launch, and by a 2013 donation from Bloomberg LP. "The Reporters Committee is pleased to again be a co-sponsor of Sunshine Week. Our ongoing mission
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is to ensure that government at all levels remains transparent for the public and for reporters in all platforms. This is a great opportunity to engage many different partners in open government education and discussions,” said Reporters Committee Chairman Tony Mauro, U.S. Supreme Court correspondent for The National Law Journal. Since the nationwide Sunshine Week was launched by ASNE, participants have included print, broadcast and digital media outlets; government officials at all levels; schools and universities; non-profit and civic organizations; libraries and archivists; and interested individuals. Everyone is welcome to participate and may use the resources provided on the website to mark their opengovernment efforts that week. The Reporters Committee has been a national co-sponsor since 2012. “Of course open government is important to journalists. But even more, open government is really at the heart of democracy by giving citizens the information we all need," said ASNE President Susan Goldberg, executive editor of Bloomberg News in Washington. “ASNE is proud of the work our members have done in creating and launching Sunshine Week over the years. It's among the most important work we do.” The Sunshine Week website (www.sunshineweek.org) has been revamped to streamline access to the materials participants may need dur-
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In a recent column titled “Why the doomsayers are wrong about newspapers,” [see page 11] Caroline Little, CEO of the Newspaper Association of America, wrote, “It seems like each time a newspaper implements a bold new strategy or deviates from the traditional model, pundits interpret those changes as acts of desperation. Ironically, these are often the same pundits who claim newspapers are not innovating and transforming fast enough. Developments such as reduction of publication frequency, adoption of more aggressive paidcontent strategies and creation of fullservice digital agencies need to be viewed through a more objective lens – as the experimentation required to secure continued quality journalism and a sustainable business model for the future.” Many newspapers around the country published Ms. Little’s entire
FOUNDATION REPORT Barry Locher Director blocher @illinoispress.org column. It is refreshing to read and hear intelligent people point out what we all know – that newspapers carry the lifeblood of their communities. Even as our industry continues to change at a blinding pace, newspapers are adapting to meet the challenges. As Ms. Little goes on to point out, “Research shows that newspapers are already the most trusted media brands in local markets. They are working harder to maintain their posi-
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tion as the hub of community information, activity and conversation.” Bravo, Caroline Little. While I am handing out accolades, I have to also say, “bravo, Carter Newton,” Illinois Press Foundation board member and owner/publisher of The Galena Gazette. Carter is a friend of Ms. Little and asked if she would present the keynote address at the 2013 convention of the Illinois Press Association, to which she replied with an enthusiastic “yes!” Ms. Little’s commitment to attend our 2013 convention gives us a great start as we plan another don’t miss event June 12-14 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel here in Springfield. With help from our friends at the Illinois Associated Press Editors Association, whose collaboration makes this a convenient dual convention for members of both organizations, as well as help from a group of industry pros who help us with programming, we’ll put on another educational and fun gathering that’s well worth its reasonable expense. I’d like to recognize the members of the advertising and editorial planning committees who give graciously of their time to assist our office staff in planning the annual convention. They include: Advertising committee members Val Yazbec of the Moline Dispatch Publishing Company; Loretta Vance of The Pantagraph, Bloomington; Neil Shannon of The Daily Journal, Kankakee; Cathy White, Belleville News-Democrat; Jennifer Steiner, Metro Creative Graphics; Jennifer Baratta, Sauk Valley Newspapers; Jill Addy-Wright, MultiAd; Linda Dawson, Illinois Association of School Boards and former IPA employee; Tim Evans, News-
Gazette Community Newspapers; Debra Hamilton, Rock Valley Publishing, Inc.; Scott Stavrakas, News Tribune, LaSalle; Dan Stevens, Village Voices, Lena; Sue Walker, Hyde Park Herald; Shawna Lawrence, The State Journal-Register, Springfield; Tom Zalabak, The NewsGazette, Champaign; Dave Sherman, Sun-Times Media. Editorial committee members include George Garties, The Associated Press, Chicago; Bob Heisse, The State Journal-Register, Springfield; Mark Baldwin, The Register-Star, Rockford; Gary Sawyer, Herald & Review, Decatur; Roger Ruthhart, Moline Dispatch Publishing Company and Rock Island Argus; Gary Metro, The Southern Illinoisan; Mark Pickering, The Pantagraph, Bloomington; Tom Martin, The Register-Mail, Galesburg; Phil Gower, Mt. Carmel Register; Dan McCaleb, Northwest Herald; Erin Orr, The State Journal-Register, Springfield; Jeff Couch, Belleville News-Democrat; John Lampinen, Daily Herald, Arlington Heights; Anna Derocher, The Register-Star, Rockford; Carter Newton, The Galena Gazette; Greg Bilbrey, Robinson Daily News; Dave Anderson, Peoria Journal Star; Dave Dawson, Herald & Review, Decatur; Dan Brannan, The Telegraph, Alton. Thanks to all of these folks for their help in planning the largest gathering of newspaper industry professionals in our state. You, too, can help. Just let me know if you have an idea for an advertising or editorial topic you’d like to have considered as a convention session. Mark your calendars for June 12-14 and plan to be here to take advantage of all the event has to offer!
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Why the doomsayers are wrong about newspapers Consumers value quality journalism
deeper analytics and greater ROI. By Caroline Little 2) Second is building a sustainable It seems like each time a newspaper implements a bold new strategy digital model. While there certainly or deviates from the traditional will be an audience for print for the model, pundits interpret those foreseeable future, there is no queschanges as acts of desperation. tion that digital will be the dominant platform going forIronically, these are ward. Solutions that often the same pundits combine the best of who claim newspapers online and offline platare not innovating and forms – the serendipity, transforming fast engagement, “browsenough. ability” and depth of Developments such print; the immediacy, as reduction of publica“shareability” and distion frequency, adopcovery of digital – will tion of more aggressive have a competitive paid-content strategies advantage over those and creation of fullthat don’t. service digital agencies 3) Third is cementing need to be viewed Little newspapers’ position in through a more objective lens – as the experimentation their communities. Research shows required to secure continued quality that newspapers are already the most journalism and a sustainable business trusted media brands in local markets. They are working harder to model for the future. The transformation of newspapers maintain their position as the hub of community information, activity and is based on three factors: 1) First is leveraging newspapers’ conversation. Why will newspapers survive? competitive strengths: local market insights, content creation and packag- Because the assets and value they hising, local sales forces and continued torically have provided to both readstrong brand equity. Shifting econom- ers and advertisers are enduring and ic dynamics of the business have sustainable in this new digital ecosysforced a rethinking of how best to tem, as the data show. We know from NAA’s multiplatdeploy those assets. On the content side, the focus is on investments in form study by Magid that in an averoriginal content most valued by local age week, 74 percent of Internet users communities, enterprise journalism turn to newspaper content across that is essential to society, and new media platforms – opening more approaches for soft news, op/eds or channels for newspapers to attract non-news content. And digital plat- new audiences and expand ways to forms are providing the ability to drive revenue. An Online Publishers Association offer advertisers multiple solutions,
study reveals that 41 percent of tablet users regularly access local news on the device, the third most popular activity (watching video and getting weather information, both of which can be done with newspaper sites and apps, ranked first and second). According to comScore, newspapers outperform the Internet overall in terms of driving traffic from mobile devices. Mobile has yet to find a solid advertising proposition, but when it does – along with video and other emerging platforms – newspapers are well positioned to capitalize on that spending. A key area of strength and a continued differentiator for newspapers is top-notch journalism. Consumers still highly value quality journalism by trained reporters and informed judgments by editors about news content and sources. It is these stories that start the conversation in the media ecosphere. And let’s not forget about print. For a large and attractive segment of the local market, print continues to be a valued platform for accessing local information and identifying advertising deals. Pew Research Center has reported that newspapers are the top source (or tied for the top) in 11 of 16 news topics explored. And according to Magid’s research for NAA, consumers overwhelmingly view ads in newspapers as more believable and trustworthy than those in any other medium. Newspapers online account for more than 113 unique visitors (November 2012), which represents nearly 64 percent of Internet users in a
month. Newspapers in print and online reach 58 percent of the 18-34 age group in print and online in an average week. Industry leaders are not naïve, nor are they in denial about the challenges facing newspapers. There is no silver bullet. There is no looking back. There is only the continued production of quality content, aggressive efforts to connect marketers with local audiences, and continued trial and error to find models for growth. A strategy is in place: Diversify revenue sources; lessen reliance on traditional advertising; and leverage local competitive strengths and assets in new ways to serve readers and advertisers efficiently and effectively. Newspapers won’t get it right every time. What industry or company ever does? But the path to success and growth requires the continual innovation and experimentation – based on deep analytics – that we now see taking place industry-wide. The level of passionate discourse about the future of the industry is, I believe, driven by anxiety about the potential disappearance of the vital role newspapers serve in our society. That anxiety is understandable. The reality is that industry leaders are working hard and smart to make sure that doesn’t happen. The pundits may write us off. The marketplace has not. Caroline Little is the president and chief executive officer of the Newspaper Association of America. Visit NAA at www.naa.org.
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MultiAd develops mobile app for co-op advertising dollars Recas, a solution by MultiAd, is excited to introduce the new Recas Mobile app that will provide instant access to its co-op database. Recas is a leading retail co-op advertising system that provides support to thousands of media companies. The mobile app will allow sales reps to search active co-op plans by category or search for specific brands or product types at their fingertips, to help make the sales process more efficient. It provides a comprehensive database of detailed manufacturer’s co-op plans and supporting materials. “The app is an exciting new tool that allows an ad rep to instantly provide which brands and products are eligible for co-op funds,” states Ryan Stevenson, Product Development Manager. “ad reps will be able to provide local retailers more options for advertising their business.” The mobile app is just one component of the many co-op tools that can be accessed through Recas, a solution by MultiAd. Recas Mobile app can be downloaded for free in both the Mac App Store and Droid Market. A username and password is required to access and can be obtained by contacting customer service at recas@multiad .com or 800.245.9278 x5385. App Store link: https://itunes. apple.com/app/recas/id401314382? mt=8 Droid Market link: http://tiny.cc/ rvl9ow MultiAd has been a leading provider of advertising products and progressive, client-centered approach since 1945. MultiAd offers a range of solutions designed to increase productivity and revenue including: Custom web application development, Creator Professional, Creative Outlet, Recas, Kwikee, and several self-service advertising solutions. For more information on MultiAd, visit www.multiad.com.
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Verbosity and other sloppy copy: Facebook followers share their pet peeves We asked our nearly 700 “friends” on Facebook for their journalistic pet peeves. Here’s a selection of what makes our scribes cringe: It started with Kay Long of the Daily Herald in Arlington Heights commenting that she doesn’t like when people say “unconscious” when they mean “subconscious.” Maybe they were unconscious when they said it. Melynda Findlay, Daily Herald in Arlington Heights: Nauseous vs. nauseated, that vs. which...and plenty more, I'm sure. Scott Reeder, Illinois Policy Institute and formerly a capitol correspondence bureau chief: Affect and effect rank right up there.... Patty Goff, Lone Tree Leader:
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Those pesky apostrophes! Or should I say apostrophe's?? Nah, the second one shows possession, and the first one is plural! Don't they teach that in school??? Greg Bilbrey, Robinson Daily News: Where do I start ... One recurring peeve is the use of "crews" as a synonym for "workers." According to our stylebook, "Only use 'crews' if you know for sure that more than one group of workers has been assigned to a job. Otherwise, use 'crew' as singular, or just "workers." Joe Zingher, Rushville: "Would of." Somewhere along the line, people stopped understanding that "would've" was a contraction of "would have." When I saw it in the NY Times on the front page, I knew their standards had fallen. Patrick Graziano, Morris Daily Herald: One for the holidays — a luminary is a famous person. Candles in bags are luminaria. Dusty Rhodes, University of Illinois, Urbana, formerly with the Illinois Times: The that/which
thing and the way people reflexively start every story with the word "when" — those are probably my top stylistic issues. Don't get me started on content …. Also when TV/radio people say "7 a.m. in the morning" or "8 p.m. tonight." And even worse, the lazy transition, "But not everyone agreed/is happy/feels the same way/whatever." Todd Eschman, Belleville NewsDemocrat group manager: Pronoun/antecedent disagreement. Sally Kae Pyne, Lincoln College, Normal and The Normalite: "Exact same" makes me nuts … Melissa Hahn, Illinois Treasurer’s Office: "I could care less." Ack! Couldn't. Couldn't. Couldn't. Ken Keller, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale: When journalists overuse the phrase, "…on the ground." Where else would they be — if they're not in the air? Carterville Courier: "Impacted" instead of "affected." Pamela Miller Olson, Jacksonville Journal-Courier: Apostrophe catastrophies and "give back to the community." Pamela Miller Olson: I also dislike "went missing." A reporter once told me that "disappeared" was too harsh, so she used "went missing" instead. Guess what disappeared from her story. Dusty Rhodes: I also don't like "is now speaking out" but
Editor’s additions The use of "feel" when "think" or "believe" is more appropriate. Using "implied" to mean both "implied" and "inferred." Use of "includes" when the list is complete; the word “includes” implies an incomplete list. The non-word "irregardless." Putting punctuation marks outside of quotation marks when they belong inside. Not using a capital letter following a colon. "Completely destroyed." Using elipses to indicate a pause instead of an omission. — David Porter Follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/illinoispress I don't have a legit reason. Pamela Miller Olson: "Fully engulfed." Mark Hodapp, Carlyle Union Banner: Homocide for homicide! Lisa Simpson-Tunney, Indiana Wesleyan University: Too much use of the words "that and it" in print and broadcasting. Kathy Farren, The Record Newspapers, Yorkville: "General public." Nan Lowe Gher, Texas Woman’s University: "Totally unique," "less" for "fewer," "different than." Samantha Johnston, Colorado Press Association: My two are then vs. than and affect vs. effect.
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What did I just say?
A style guide can clear up poor communication By Ed Henninger Once in a while, I’ll hear my daughter or son-in-law play a word game with my granddaughters. They’ll ask the girls: “What did I just say?” The answer is not… “Make your bed.” Or… ”Clean your room.” Or… ”Do your homework.” The answer is: “What did I just say?” Obvious, when you think about it. But sometimes in newsrooms we have to restate “the obvious” time and again. And sometimes, when we say something, the person who hears it will take it as gospel truth. Example:
“Sue, what do you think of this headline?” “I think it’s pretty ugly.” “Oh...you don’t like the color.” “Not at all, Travis. I don’t think it works on that package. Let’s not do that.” So, Travis returns to his desk...with the mental note that he should never ever use color in headlines. Actually, that’s not what Sue said. She didn’t say: “Never use color in headlines.” She said: “I don’t think it works on that package.” But Travis has taken what Sue said—for this one time and focusing on this one headline—and made it an absolute. Sue will never see another color headline from Travis
SAYING “NO” to an occasional headline or drop quote in color doesn’t mean you’ve said “no” to e-v-e-r using those elements in color.
as long as he works on her pages. ...And all bec a u s e Travis: 1. Didn’t really listen to what Sue Henninger said. 2. Denies himself the right to try again. Many designers and desk editors tend to take what they hear and make it gospel. It’s false reasoning that works like this: 1. Sue said she didn’t like that color headline. 2. Sue said “Let’s not do that.” 3. OK, I won’t do that. Ever again. Again, it’s not what Sue said. Sue’s first point was: “I don’t think it works on that package.” That implies that she might think it works on another package. But what Travis heard was: “Let’s not do that.” It’s really a failure to listen completely...and maybe a failure to communicate properly. Either (or both!) contribute to a design that can be negative and limited. Much of this can be avoided with some clear language in your design style guide. Here’s what I’d spell out in the style guide section on headlines or color use (or both places): “The occasional use of headlines in color is permitted with the prior approval of…” That can be the editor, managing editor, design editor—
whoever is responsible for the look of your paper. Oh...you don’t have a design style guide? Not even a few pages outlining your style for headlines, text, standing heads, structure…? Well, without a design style guide you don’t really have a style, do you? What you have is an agglomeration of “things we do that we like but we can change that whenever we want because we have no rules.” You need a design style guide. It will help you avoid a case of “the absolutes.” You need a design style guide. Now...what did I just say? Want a free evaluation of your newspaper’s design? Just contact Ed: email@example.com | 803-327-3322 If this column has been helpful, you may be interested in Ed’s books: Henninger on Design and 101 Henninger Helpful Hints. With the help of Ed’s books, you’ll immediately have a better idea how to design for your readers. Find out more about Henninger on Design and 101 Henninger Helpful Hints by visiting Ed’s web site: www.henningerconsulting.com . Ed Henninger is an independent newspaper consultant and the Director of Henninger Consulting. Offering comprehensive newspaper design services including redesigns, workshops, staff training and evaluations. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. On the web: henningerconsulting.com. Phone: 803-3273322.
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Participating in Pulse survey leads to better sales statistics Is your newspaper participating in the Pulse of America survey? It’s an easy, painless way to gather great statistics that will help you sell advertising. By participating, you get the results – and the results are better because more people participated. It’s one of those win-win situations. Promotion of the quarterly program is as simple as ever with print and web ads being provided along with a suggested email blast (text below). Pulse Research is hoping to get more promotion partners on board with the email blast promotion. This is the simplest, most effective way to promote the Pulse of America survey, and gets the largest response. If you cannot do an email blast then the print and web ads are ready for you at http://www.pulseresearch .com/poa/ If you do not see the size of ad you need just let Pulse Research know and they will create an ad for you. The email blast would be good to use on your Facebook page as well. If you use Twitter, consider blasting the survey information in 140 characters. The more promotion you can put out there, the better the results will be. And better survey results lead to increased sales. The current promotion ends March 3. So, it’s time to gear up for the next period. Pulse has also changed the incentive for readers to $1,000 so if you have any old ads running they will need to be updated.
The suggested email blast text: SUBJECT: Help Us Help Local Businesses: Take the Pulse of America Shopping Survey
The economy is a real challenge for many LOCAL businesses. They want your help and input. Please complete our local shopping survey. The information you provide will be very help-
ful to local businesses in these uncertain times and ultimately, we hope, strengthen our community. Take our survey and enter to win a $1,000 prepaid Visa card! We are asking that you take the time and complete this survey. The purpose of the survey is to help estimate the economic climate of our local community over the next 12 months. Our goal is to provide the results to local businesses so they can see that locally, people need, and will be purchasing the goods and services they offer. In turn we hope to provide our valued readers and website users with the advertising information they need. Our ultimate goal is to help strengthen our community at large. We have partnered with Pulse Research, a nationally respected research company, in the Pulse of America project. The survey is conducted four times a year and is approximately 25 minutes in length. The questions focus primarily on shopping plans and media use. Your responses are completely confidential. To begin the survey click here: www.pulsepoll.com. For more information, contact Andrew Dove at email@example.com. Pulse was founded in 1985 to provide publishing clients with research based advertising sales and marketing programs designed to get results. Learn more at pulseresearch.com.
Recent Pulse findings Findings from the latest Midwest Pulse of America survey: 70.6 percent said their spending over the next 12 months will go up or stay the same. 87.9 percent said they expect to spend the same or more money locally in the next 12 months. 95.7 percent said someone in their household read a local newspaper in the past week. 86.8 percent said someone in their household read a local newspaper in the past 24 hours. About 65 percent of the respondents said that the newspaper is read by two or more people in their home. Top food businesses where respondents expect to shop this year: Bakery, liquor store, convenience store, farmer’s market, grocery store, butcher shop. Top entertainment businesses where respondents expect to shop this year: Casino, movie theater, arts & crafts show, museum, stadium. 82.3 percent said they ate in a fast food restaurant in the past month. 67.9 percent said they ate in a family style/casual dining restaurant. 45 percent said they ate at a buffet and 38.5 percent said they ate at a restaurant with a bar. On a list of recreational products, respondents said they are most likely to purchase fishing equipment in the coming year.
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Slimp answers pressing tech questions By Kevin Slimp It’s been a while since I’ve answered questions from my inbox. Let’s take a look and see what’s on the mind of readers this month: From Sherry in Tennessee Is there a way to convert RGB to CMYK in a PDF file without having to open each pic individually in Photoshop? I wrote to Sherry and told her to try the “Convert Colors” tool in Adobe Acrobat and this was the reply I got from her: Thank you! Convert Colors worked perfectly, without turning our red cars orange and making everything look flat. This is great! From Joel in Kansas I have a customer that is baffled by fonts not showing up in InDesign and I figured you would know why. They downloaded a font from the web and installed it on one of their Macs and it works perfectly. Then they installed the same font on another Mac and it won’t show up in InDesign. All fonts are located in Macintosh HD/Library/Fonts. My creditability is on the line so I hope you can help. Hi Joel, There are several issues at work here. The way OS X deals with fonts has changed as new versions replace previous versions and, as a result, users can run into unpleasant surprises like this. Here’s a fix that should work for your customer: Copy the problem fonts from your Library/Fonts folder to the InDesign/Fonts folder. Like many applications, InDesign has its own fonts folder. Fonts located here are only available to InDesign, so it’s a good idea to have these fonts located in both the system and application font folders. This should restore your credibility with your customer, Joel. From Annette in South Carolina I have a question for you. I am attaching a file that was sent in from a
customer that is supposed to be a b&w ad. W h e n printed in the paper, the wild west background pic in the ad has a Slimp red tint to it. However, the PDF file sent looks perfectly grayscale on screen. How can I tell if what I see on screen might not be what I get in print? We have had several ads do this when place on a page with color. Any help would be appreciated. Hi Annette, What you’ve encountered is not an unusual problem. There are a several ways to catch this particular problem before you place the ad on the page. In the long run, it would be a good idea to create a “preflight” in Adobe Acrobat to catch problems with PDF files that are sent to you from advertisers. There are hundreds of options when creating preflights, but the problems newspapers generally look for are: - fonts not embedded - color on gray pages - plates other than CMYK on color pages - PDF version above 1.5 (Acrobat 6) compatible - CID fonts - OPI information Any of these issues can cause a PDF file to print incorrectly. If you simply want to look for color problems, and you don’t have a preflight created to search for it, you could look at the Outlook Preview, found at Tools>Print Production>Output Preview. Output Preview shows all of the color separations, so it’s easy to
see if you have extra plates in the PDF file. From Mary in Kentucky Thanks for fixing my last software problem. I have another for you. Is there a way to keep that bullseyelooking thing from appearing in the middle of the pictures that are placed on my page in InDesign? It doesn’t happen on the other design station in my office. Both use InDesign CS5.5. Yes, Mary, there’s an easy fix for that. This feature has been around since InDesign CS5. Some users love it, as it allows you to rotate, edit content inside a frame and more, without changing tools. Others hate it, because they’re always accidentally
THE INDESIGN bullseye is loved by some, hated by others. dragging the “Content Grabber” without meaning to. You can disable this feature by selecting View>Extras>Hide Content Grabber. Kevin Slimp is a technology consultant for newspapers. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Industry Deaths Roberta Pemberton Auld
Roberta Pemberton Auld, 91, Palm Harbor, Fla., died December 13. She was once a reporter for the Lincoln Daily Courier.
Marvin E. Bryant, 75, Mansfield, died December 21. He worked at the old Urbana Courier for 19 years before retiring as a truck driver.
Janet Binegar Janet Faye Binegar, 71, East Peoria, died January 13. She once worked for the Chicago Tribune in the Accounts Payable and Administrative Department.
Diane Brubaker Diane M. Brubaker, 59, Germantown Hills, died January 24. She worked for the Peoria Journal Star for 26 years as a carrier.
Barbara Butler Barbara A. Butler, 91, St. Joseph, died January 15. In 1951, Mrs. Butler and her husband, Robert, moved to St. Joseph and purchased Dale Publications, a group of weekly newspapers and printing business, serving as co-publisher and co-editor until 1979.
Roger Coleman, 61, Ashland, Ky., died December 31. He worked for the Kane County Chronicle and its predecessors for 20 years until
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2002. “I considered him a dear friend,” said Tom Shaw, president and CEO of Shaw Media, which publishes the Kane County Chronicle. “He served us faithfully.”
telling stories about Riverside and its people. “She was kind of the Michael Sneed of her day,” said her son Michael Foley, referring to the former Tribune and current Chicago Sun-Times columnist.
Margaret Louise Constantine Margaret Louise (Peggy) Constantine, 82, Hales Corner, Wis., died December 26. She was a features reporter for the Chicago SunTimes, where she also reviewed classical music concerts and wrote book reviews. She retired from the Sun-Times after 28 years of service.
Harold Fraley Harold V. “Hal” Fraley, 83, East Peoria, died December 22. A thorough and skilled writer, he was a reporter for the Peoria Journal Star in the late 1950s.
Terry Glover Terry Glover, 57, Chicago, died December 24. The managing editor for Ebony magazine, she also wrote occasionally on a freelance basis for the Chicago Tribune.
Rita S. Graff
Carl R. DeMoulin, 82, Vandalia, died December 7. Mr. DeMoulin once worked as a press assistant at the Vandalia Leader-Union.
Maxine C. (nee Cohen) Doyle, 84, Joliet, died December 7. She was once the Society Editor for the Spectator Newspaper, Joliet.
Rita S. Graff, 85, Woodstock, died January 9. She helped her daughter Denise at the launch of The Woodstock Independent along with Cheryl Wormley. Having earned the title of circulation manager and unofficial photographer, Wormley stated that, “Rita loved life, and seized opportunities to have fun, enjoy beauty and get a job done.”
Joseph M. Graziano
Debbie Jo Dudley, 61, Shelbyville, died December 26. She was the first female employee of the Moultrie County Beacon and worked there from 1966 until 1996.
Joseph Michael Graziano, 86, Clarendon Hills, died January 4. A longtime commercial artist, Graziano once did design work for the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Daily News.
Maxine C. Doyle
Nancy Foley Nancy Foley, 81, Riverside, died December 2. Once a social columnist at the Chicago Tribune, she joined forces with James Finnegan and John Foley Koys to start The Landmark, which was devoted to
Alberta Hertenstein Alberta Leone “Bert” Hertenstein, 88, Rantoul, died December 21. She was a proofreader at the Champaign News-Gazette and had been employed by the Paxton Record.
Bill Hertter Bill Hertter, 70, Normal, died
February 2013 / Illinois PressLines
Longtime Publisher Galer dies Phillip Curwood “Phil” Galer, 85, Hillsboro, died January 11. Upon graduating from Blackburn College in 1952 with a bachelor of science in journalism and publications management, Mr. Galer joined his father Del Galer and owner Sam Little at the Hillsboro Journal (now The Journal-News). Mr. Galer became editor, publisher and co-owner of the Journal as it expanded to include other area papers and shoppers. The paper’s mission under his leadership was to provide both “complete and compassionate news coverage of the area.” In addition to reporting the news of the community, Mr. Galer was also very active Galer in it, belonging to organizations such as the VFW, Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce, Old Settlers Association, Jaycees, Boys Scouts and the Audubon Society. Professionally, he was a long-time member of the Illinois Press Association and was named a Master Editor by the Southern Illinois Editorial Association. His son, John Galer, also a Master Editor, is the current president of the Illinois Press Association.
January 1. He had retired from The Pantagraph, Bloomington, as director of circulation in 2007 after a 43-year career there. Barry W i n t e r s , Pantagraph general manager, said, “Bill had a long and distinguished Hertter career at The Pantagraph. He set the gold standard for circulation directors.”
Rebecca L. Humke Rebecca L. “Becky” Humke, 54, Quincy, died January 12. She worked for many years at The Quincy Herald-Whig as a paper carrier before moving to the mailroom.
Marlene Hunt Marlene Abdula Hunt, Lake County, died December 23. Hunt worked as a senior staff reporter for the Pioneer Press, Glenview, and
was a freelance reporter for the News-Sun, Gurnee and the Chicago Tribune.
Anton S. Jurcik Anton (Tony) S. Jurcik, 101, Chicago died in December. He was the longtime editor and publisher of Denni Hlasatel Czechoslovakian daily newspaper.
Mike Kroll Mike Kroll, 55, Galesburg, died December 10. Kroll joined the The Zephyr, Galesburg as a writer in 1992. For 18 years, he was the main conKroll tributor to the newspaper, which ended publication when publisher Norm Winick died in December 2010. He then became the editor/publisher of galesburgplanet. com, an online newspaper.
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Jewell Louverne Manley, 95, Ramsey, died December 15. She was a former reporter for Ramsey News Journal.
LaVon Slowik, 88, St. Anne, died January 19. She once worked as a reporter for the St. Anne Record Press.
Florence Bacon Schott Stoll
Freddie McEwen-Randle, 78, Decatur, died December 6. Randle once worked as a reporter for The Voice newspaper in Decatur.
Billie Ann (nee Scillian) (Cackovic) Miller, 84, Parker, Colo., died December 8. In her early years, Mrs. Miller worked for the Waukegan News Sun.
Florence Bacon Schott Stoll, 97, Mt. Pulaski, died December 11. Once a reporter for the Lincoln Courier, she also entertained readers with her column, Florence’s Corner, Stoll in the Weekly News - Mt. Pulaski Times.
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Billie Ann Miller
Arlo R. Millican, 87, Sterling, died December 17. In 1955, Mr. Millican began his career with the Sterling Gazette as a retail advertising manager. In 1981, he was promoted to advertising director, a position he held until his retirement in 1988.
Mark Pearlstein Mark Pearlstein, 64, Northbrook, died December 11. An attorney, he wrote the Sunday “Condo Adviser” column for the Chicago Tribune’s Real Estate section for 24 years.
Courtney Price Courtney Price, 49, Chicago, died December 5. She was vice president of circulation at the Sun-Times Media Group. “Her leadership was pivotal Price to us,” said Bob Edwards, senior director of audience development.
Virginia Ramsey Virginia “Ginnie” E. Ramsey, 80, Palestine, died November 24. Upon graduating high school, Ramsey went to work for the Palestine Register.
Joanne “Josie” Snodgrass-Johnson, 84, Morrison, died January 29. She once worked for The Whiteside News-Sentinel in Morrison.
Lois Thoman Lois Myrer Thoman, 79, Downers Grove, died November 14. She worked for the Downers Grove Reporter before raising her family.
Audra M. Vance Audra M. Vance, 88, Normal, died October 20. She once worked for The Pantagraph, Bloomington.
Myra Westray Myra Mae Westray, 94, Clinton, died January 19. Westray had many jobs, including one as a reporter for the Clinton Journal.
John G. Yaeger John G. Yaeger, 41, Pontiac, died December 19. As a youngster, Mr. Yaeger was a Quincy HeraldWhig paper carrier, starting at the age Yaeger of 8 until he was 16 and was awarded “Carrier of the Year” for the Herald-Whig.
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