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Shaw Mediaâ€™s Sam Fisher named IPA president. 3 Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures. 6
Gov. Quinn signs IPA-backed legislation in December. 13 Chicago Daily Law Bulletin celebrates 160 years. 14
Consider keeping these new year resolutions ello and Happy New Year! We’re nearly a month into 2015 and by now many of us have already broken those self-improvement New Year’s Resolutions we rekindled from the prior year’s list. But, there’s never a better time than now to make new ones and I’d like to suggest a few for all IPA members to consider. In no particular order, those “group” resolutions are:
H EXECUTIVE REPORT Dennis DeRossett Executive Director
RESOLUTION 1 Regularly promote the value of newspapers and the role each plays in its community and region it serves. Our industry is not dead but that’s certainly the message competing media keep spewing. And, unfortunately, many times we do it to ourselves through the pages of our own newspapers. While the number of print copies may have declined, the audience of newsSDSHUVKDVJURZQVLJQL¿FDQWO\ through our online, mobile and social media platforms. Newspapers remain the top source of news and information in most communities and that’s a message we need to continually promote across all of our platforms.
900 Community Drive Springfield, IL 62703 Ph. 217-241-1300, Fax 217-241-1301 www.illinoispress.org ILLINOIS PRESSLINES (USPS 006-862) is published bimonthly for $30 per year for Illinois Press Association members by the Illinois Press Association, 900 Community Drive, Springfield, IL, 62703. Barry J. Locher, Editor. ©Copyright 2015. All rights reserved. Volume 21 January/February/2015 Number 1 Date of Issue: 1/26/2015
RESOLUTION 2 Help IPA and your own newspaper by selling into the regional and statewide advertising networks.
munications. These sessions are led by industry experts and are making DVLJQL¿FDQWLPSDFWDWPDQ\QHZVpapers by staff putting into practice what they learned through the webinars. Education and training Newspapers selling into the QHWZRUNVNHHSDVLJQL¿FDQWDPRXQW opportunities are offered for all categories of the newspaper operof the revenue -- up to 50%. That ation and most are priced at $35 FDQPHDQVLJQL¿FDQWUHYHQXHDQG or less. Make a resolution to invest commissions for your newspaper $35, $70 or $105 per month so your and sales staff. Check out the IPA staff can access one, two or three website for information or contact the IPA for information and details. of these webinars per month. The development of your staff and their implementation of new methods RESOLUTION 3 DQGVWUDWHJLHVFDQKDYHDVLJQL¿FDQW Allow your staff to learn and grow positive impact on your newspaper.
through the education and training opportunities offered by and through the IPA.
RESOLUTION 4 Schedule a meeting with your state senDuring any given week there are ators and state representatives, build a webinars on a variety of topics and working relationship and ensure an open most are conveniently available at line of communication. Same goes for a very affordable price. We will your congressional delegation, as well as continue to offer some live training officials at the local level. sessions throughout the year and most are offered at two locations, LQ6SULQJ¿HOGDQGLQWKH&KLFDJR area, so that travel time is reduced as much as possible. But with today’s technology, webinars can be accessed right from the newspaper RI¿FHDQGPXOWLSOHVWDIIHUVFDQVLW in. The IPA will be promoting these webinars regularly via email com-
OFFICERS Sam Fisher | President Bureau County Republican, Princeton
Illinois PressLines is printed and distributed courtesy of GateHouse Media, Inc. in Peoria and Springfield.
RESOLUTION 5 Commit to 100% compliance with uploading all public notices to the PNI website, publicnoticeillinois.com. It’s required by state statute and it’s a great public service by our industry to all Illinois citizens, and at no additional cost to government! Resolve that your newspaper will upload all notices as required, and have staff trained as built-in backup to ensure full compliance with state law. IPA staff is always ready to assist with any PNI questions.
RESOLUTION 6 And, finally (only because of space reasons), make plans to attend the IPA annual convention in June to help celebrate the IPA’s Sesquicentennial year! Our 150th Anniversary is a special milestone and your attendance is important. Mark the dates of June 10-11-12 on your calendar and watch for more details. The event will be held at the Marriott Hotel & Convention Center in Bloomington-Normal. Please plan to be a part of this historic occasion!
ON THE COVER:
DIRECTORS Todd Eschman Belleville News-Democrat Community Newspapers
Tony Scott Galesburg Register-Mail
Kathy Farren Kendall County Record, Yorkville
Caroll Stacklin GateHouse Media Inc., Oakbrook Terrace
Wendy Martin | Treasurer Mason County Democrat, Havana
Jim Kirk Sun-Times Media, Chicago
L. Nicole Trottie West Suburban Journal, Maywood
Karen Flax | Immediate Past President Tribune Company, Chicago
Beverly Joyce Danville Commercial-News
Gary Sawyer Herald & Review, Decatur
Sandy Macfarland | Vice President Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
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Perhaps the most important service of the IPA to its members is the lobbying and legislative oversight work with the Illinois Legislature. We have a great government relations team but the IPA can only be successful in that arena if we have strong support and involvement at the local, grassroots level from our
publishers. You have in the past and that importance will only continue into the future.
IPA STAFF | Phone: 217-241-1300 Dennis DeRossett Executive Director
Jeffrey Holman, Director of Advertising Ext. 248 — firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynne Lance, Director of Member Relations Ext. 226 — email@example.com
Ext. 222 firstname.lastname@example.org
Barry Locher, Director of Foundation Ext. 223 — email@example.com
Josh Sharp, Director of Government Relations Ext. 238 — firstname.lastname@example.org
Photographer Paul Colletti of the Rock Island Argus captured this delightful image of kindergarten student Elizabeth Underwood cheering as a model rocket soars into the sky during a spring rocket launch. Elizabeth and her classmates watched from the stands as Orion High School students launched the rockets as part of their pre-calculus and physics classes. The test flights marked the eighth year the school has used rocket building in math classes. (From the collection, IPA Contest Photographs)
A message from the president
SAM FISHER IPA President Publisher, Sauk Valley Media
I am extremely honored to serve as president of the Illinois Press Association during its 150th year of existence. In 1863, publisher/editor John Bailey recognized the need for Illinois newspapers to band together to tackle the turbulent issues of the day. His efforts culminated in the establishment of the Illinois Press Association in 1865. Ironically, Mr. Bailey was from Princeton, and was the publisher of the Bureau County Republican, the same role that I have been fortunate to enjoy for more than twenty-one years. According to a â€œHistory of Illinois Press Association,â€? published in 1930, in 1865 Illinois was a state of country papers. Chicago was still a country town, but obviously poised for rapid and explosive growth. Generally speaking, our great state was â€œburied in the mudâ€? as most transportation occurred either by train or boat. It is said that one of the most important accomplishments of the Illinois Press Association during the early years was to bring the editors and publishers out of the mud to attend annual meetings and excursions, thereby broadening their outlook and perspective in analyzing issues of general interest and problems
within their communities. 150 years later, Baileyâ€™s rationale for Illinoisâ€™ newspapers to band together is as important as ever. Admittedly, much has changed since that time, but many of the issues are the VDPHVSHFLÂżFDOO\WKHQHHGIRU a respected, trusted and dependable outlet of unfettered information to protect the communityâ€™s best interests. The Illinois Press Association currently represents nearly 460 member newspapers from the top of the state to the bottom. Over the past 150 years, the association has served all newspapers in Illinoisâ€”from small weekly newspapers in rural areas to large metropolitan daily newspapersâ€”with equal commitment. There are needs among all newspapers, no matter the size nor location, that the Association meets. The IPA continues to serve as the same valuable resource in 2015 just as it did in 1865. This year, as we celebrate our past, we will focus on our future. A future that is more certain when you have the collective strength and wisdom of Illinoisâ€™ Newspapers. So get â€œout of the mudâ€? and participate in your Associationâ€”our future depends on all of us. I hope to see everyone in June at our 150th celebration!
Fisher named new president of IPA Board Sam Fisher, who has been with Shaw Media for 31 years, has been named president of the Illinois Press Association Board of Directors for 2015. Fisher is publisher of Sauk Valley Media,and has oversight of publications of the Telegraph (Dixon), Daily Gazette (Sterling/Rock Falls), Ogle County Newspapers (Oregon) and Prairie Advocate (Carroll County), in addition to the Bureau County Republican, Putnam County Record and Tonica News. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Fisher joined Shaw Media in 1983 and held various management positions at the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake
and at the Kane County Chronicle. He also had been a corporate sales trainer before he was promoted to publisher at Princeton in 1993. He is an executive committee member of the Illinois Press Association and has been active in Princeton with Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, Princeton Main Street, Bureau County United Way, Princeton Youth Soccer, and Princeton Public Library, among other organizations. Fisher and Lori Frick reside in Princeton. Fisher has a 13-year-old daughter, Meg, of Princeton, a daughter, Brooke (Tim) Miller of Kewanee, and a son, Ben, of Princeton.
Foundation board welcomes new members Three newspaper executives have joined the board of the Illinois Press Foundation. Greg Bilbrey, editor of The Daily News in Robinson, Julie Boren, publisher and editor of Campbell PubliFDWLRQVLQ3LWWVÂżHOGDQG-RKQ3IHLIHU publisher of The Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale, were installed during the foundationâ€™s December board meeting. â€œWeâ€™re grateful that Greg, Julie and John have agreed to share their expertise as we carry out the foundationâ€™s mission,â€? said Jerry Reppert, IPF Board President.
Inside the new look of â€˜PressLinesâ€™
ED HENNINGER Henninger Consulting
Some months ago, IPA Executive Director Dennis DeRossett and I spoke about the possibility of redesigning PressLines. Dennis said he felt the look was dated. I agreed. Dennis and I have known each other for quite a few years now, dating back to when I redesigned the Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale. Dennis was the publisher at the time and we enjoyed many chats during my work on that project. We were kindred souls on many of the issues facing the newspaper at the time. So, when Dennis contacted me about redesigning PressLines, I was delighted to sign on to the project. Now that weâ€™re launching the new look, I can say itâ€™s been every bit as rewarding as I had hoped. One main reason: Dennis left the â€œheavy liftingâ€? to me. Oh, yes, he wanted to be kept informed and he wanted to have his say-so, but mostly Dennis just offered a comment here or there and some guidance when asked. IPA staffers Ron Kline and Barry
â€˜Now that weâ€™re launching the new look, I can say itâ€™s been every bit as rewarding as I had hoped. ... Our thinking was to redesign with improvements in mind, not to radically change the look of PressLines, but rather to make it cleaner, clearer, more compelling and easier to read.â€™
â€˘ Weâ€™re using a more readable text face that actually saves us a bit of space so we can get a bit more into our reporting and writing. Â‡7H[WUHPDLQVĂ€XVKOHIWIRUWKH most part. â€˘ Weâ€™re using a newer headline typeface called â€œGood Headline Pro,â€? which offers a more contemporary feel while giving us a better count. â€˘ Headlines, with certain exceptions, remain centered as before. â€˘ And the look of the front page is much like the previous design, featuring an eye-catching photo taken by an Illinois newspaper photographer.
Locher offered their opinions when I asked for input. ,ZHQWWRZRUNÂżJXULQJRXWKRZ to best make the redesign work for readers and for the Gatehouse Media design and production staff. (With this issue, PressLines is designed at the GateHouse Media Center for News & Design in Austin, Texas.) I think youâ€™ll like what you see:
There are some strong similarities with the previous look. Thatâ€™s on purpose: our thinking was to redesign with improvements in mind, not to radically change the look of PressLines, but rather to make it cleaner, clearer, more compelling and easier to read. Other changes include updating the design of folios, standing heads, columns sigs and pullouts to draw
the readerâ€™s eye and yet keep those from becoming obtrusive. Couple these with changes to the way we handle some content and I think weâ€™ve hit the targetâ€” update the look without trying to make PressLines something itâ€™s not. We didnâ€™t want loud, or garish, or gaudy. We wanted a design that newspaper publishers and editors will look forward to reading. We wanted the design to serve, not smash. Our work also included creating InDesign style sheets and libraries, to make producing the new look easier and faster. The goal is to have a look thatâ€™s consistently easy to produce. So, if the look doesnâ€™t make you â€œsit up and take notice,â€? weâ€™re good with that. We wanted to bring improvements to the designâ€”not a radical, sweeping look that may turn some folks off. I think weâ€™ve managed to do that. What do you think? Ed Henninger may be reached at email@example.com.
Letâ€™s call 2015 the â€˜Year of the Volunteerâ€™
JANE ANGELIS Editor, Continuance Magazine Director, Generations Serving Generations
When a disaster or emergency hits a community, volunteers work shoulder to shoulder to support the victims, make repairs, and bring hope. Local media also help bring community life back to normal by reporting the storiesâ€”the heroism of ordinary people, examples of survival, and the unity of generations. What is the impact of volunteers across Illinois? Experts say â€œStudents succeed, elders stay active, workers learn new skills, organizations are enriched, and communities are more connected.â€? Research shows that those who volunteer are happier and healthier. +RZÂżWWLQJWKDWWKH,OOLQRLV Press Association is one of the 100+ sponsors of the Year of the Volunteer, an effort to celebrate volunteers and strengthen the
for National Service, and over 100 other organizations to launch Year of the Volunteer 2015 as a time for examining what volunteers mean to our communities and neighborhoods. Generations Serving Generations is a nonpartisan group started as a project of the National Governors Association that highlights civic engagement in service, learning and work. The Year of the Volunteer is based on a Senate Resolution, SR1002, a nonpartisan effort to celebrate volunteers and strengthen the volunteer system in Illinois. A daunting challenge for Illinoisvolunteer system in Illinois. ans of all ages is the ability to discern Generations Serving GenerIDFWIURPÂżFWLRQDVZHVLIWWKURXJK ations, joins with the Illinois the deluge of information arriving Department on Aging, the Serve daily in print materials, on our digiIllinois Commission, the McCormick Foundation, the Corporation tal devices and in conversations.
â€˜A daunting challenge for Illinoisans of all ages is the ability to discern fact from fiction as we sift through the deluge of information arriving daily in print materials, on our digital devices and in conversations.â€™
Through the Year of the Volunteer, Generations Serving Generations will promote news literacy by highlighting resources to help Illinoisans better judge information as accurate and truthful. Newspapers play a key role for volunteers in many ways: They provide the stories that motivate others to volunteer, offer calendars of volunteer opportunities, give awards for exemplary community accomplishments, and highlight a variety of opportunities to engage community residents. If the goals for the Year of the Volunteer can be realized, it is my bet that local newspapers will make the difference. For more information, visit serve.illinois.gov and Yearofthevolunteer on Facebook.
Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
JOHN EDGECOMBE JR. Publisher, The Nebraska Signal, Geneva, NE President, National Newspaper Association
A friend of mine from South Dakota noted that the U.S. Postal Service delivered a lump of coal to many small towns last Christmas when it proceeded to eliminate overnight mail in most of the nation in 2015. That was a good description. 8636ZLOOVORZGHOLYHU\RIÂżFLDOly by one day for First-Class and Periodicals mail. Many members of Congress have asked it to hold off. But USPS is plowing ahead. It is time for lawmakers to consider how rural and small town mail is suffering. The USPS plans to close more than 80 mail processing plants in 2015. Smaller plants will be consolidated into urban plants. It has already closed nearly 150 plants in the past three years and says service was not affected.
That is hard to believe, at least in small towns. Longer road trips for most mail, WUDIÂżFGHOD\VLQXUEDQDUHDVWRJHW sorted mail back to the local post ofÂżFHVSRVWRIÂżFHFORVLQJVDQGVKRUWHU business hours have made claims of good service hard to trust. There is also the upheaval while workers lose their jobs or have to be retrained. Now, according to the nationâ€™s mail agency, cost-cutting means admitting service will be even slower, even in urban areas, by at least a day. What the public announcements do not say is that when Americaâ€™s mail sneezes, rural mail gets pneumonia. Cutting a service day is a big sneeze even in the metro areas. But rural and small town mail had already contracted the illness.
Many subscribers who receive newspapers by mail have been disappointed by late deliveries. The scattered reports we may hear of delayed credit card payments and business invoices would be much louder if consumers felt there was any point in complaining. Unfortunately for manyâ€”seniors without Internet capabilities, lower income residents, rural folks without good Internet service and people who just donâ€™t trust the Internetâ€”the mail is a necessity. The USPS inspector general last October chastised the agency for not fully analyzing the impact from its proposed plant closings and the Postal Service said it would do soâ€”but only after its slower service standards go into effect. In other words, it will consider whether it can reach its goals after it has lowered them.
Even before the change, it has EHHQKDUGWRÂżQGRXWKRZZHOOUXUDO mail is delivered. The Postal Service provides a public report to its regulator, the Postal Regulatory Commission, on how well it performs against its service standards. See Periodic Reports at www. prc.gov. USPS gathers information on speed of delivery from several sources, including its own digital scanning. The greatest volume of mail is in urban areas, so national statistics may look ok. But the law doesnâ€™t require USPS to report on how the rural mail is doing. That is something Congress should consider. For a list of cities where changes in mail processing are scheduled in 2015 go to https://ribbs.usps.gov/ index.cfm. Then open â€œ2015 Network Consolidations.â€?
More collaboration, engagement and content in 2015
CAROLINE LITTLE President and CEO, Newspaper Association of America
The past twelve months have been an invigorating time for the newspaper media business. The next twelve are shaping up to be even better. In 2014, the newspaper industry RYHUĂ€RZHGZLWKQHZLGHDVWHFKnologies and content. Our industry developed better ways to reach readers and give them more of what they wantâ€”more stories, more engagement, more personalized information, and more content on their preferred platforms. The future of the newspaper media industry is across all platforms, from print to digital to mobile. For example, our colleagues across the industry boldly experimented with technologies such as Google Glass, drones and automated technology to enhance reporting and developed new forms of interactive stories. Thanks to a wealth of information about digital news consumption, we are able to analyze data to personalize content, identify trends and create better products for both consumers and advertisers. Newspapersâ€™ digital content audience rose to 166 million unique adult visitors in October â€“ a record high. The segment of readers access-
ing content exclusively on mobile exploded by 85 percent last year, according to comScore, and we expect that trend to continue. This growth offered new insight into our readers. In fact, the fastest growth for mobile content came from women ages 1824 and men ages 25-34. Cutting-edge technology, immediate information and engaging social media content are important to these readers, and each of those things will be a key component of publishersâ€™ strategies in the next year. Itâ€™s now time to build on this success and move forward with exciting initiatives to better serve and inform our communities. Here are three ways the industry will accomplish that objective:
More collaboration Sometimes all it takes is a creative idea. I believe that next year, we will see more partnerships between newspaper media and new startups, collaborating to bring news and information to readers by whatever method they choose to engage. In 2014, NAA launched the Accelerator Pitch Program as a way to directly connect winning start-ups with industry executives
at our annual NAA mediaXchange FRQIHUHQFH,ZDVGHOLJKWHGWRÂżQG so many entrepreneurs focused on the newspaper media space, with fresh visions for maximizing our content, interacting with readers and leveraging appropriate new technology. We are hosting the competition again in March at NAA mediaXchange 2015 in Nashville.
More engagement One way to deepen engagement with local communities and offer something unique to loyal readers is to create and host specialty events. This has already proven immensely popular for newspapers such as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Denver Post. For the reader, engagement can involve giving them access to cooking demonstrations online when the food section is especially well-read. It can mean hosting bridal expos to feature the best local businesses; offering panels on key, local topics with recognized community experts; or holding a music IHVWLYDOIRUWKRVHZKRWXUQÂżUVWWR entertainment information.
More content The Boston Globe recently
launched an expanded, stand-alone business section, recognizing the tremendous corporate and entrepreneurial growth in the region. Similarly, the Dallas Morning News will offer its third luxury lifestyle magazine in 2015, leveraging journalistsâ€™ insights and storytelling strengths to discuss home designs, furnishings and elegant living in North Texas. The Omaha World-Herald has expanded its digital offerings with niche websites, aimed at popular categories in Nebraska such as high school sports and the outdoors. These are all examples of publishers understanding their readers and community, and offering more of what they like. More is the best word to describe what I expect from the newspaper industry in 2015. We have changed how people view newspaper media, and are doing even more. With technology, journalism and media engagement rapidly evolving, so does the business structure that supports those efforts. We enter 2015 with more ways to build on the successes of 2014. I have every reason to believe these actions will pay off for our readers, our advertisers and our industry.
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2015 IPA advertising, editorial contest now open New Web site debuts The 2015 IPA Excellence in Advertising and Editorial Awards competition is open. IPA members may begin entering contest entries now. Complete information can be found on the IPAâ€™s newly-designed Web site, which is available at http://www.illinoispress. org/, or by direct link to the contest at http://www.newspapercontest.com/ Contests/IllinoisPressAssociation.aspx. The state code is Illinois. â€œWe are excited to debut the new Web site,â€? said IPA Director of Member Relations Lynne Lance. â€œWe hope members ZLOOÂżQGLWHDVLHUWRQDYLJDWHDQGWRÂżQG the information theyâ€™re seeking, and that it will be visited often for up-to-the-minute information. â€œAnd if youâ€™re not a regular follower of our Facebook page, now would be a good time to make that a habit, too,â€? she noted. To view member-only material, such as
the government relations blog, please be sure to register on the site. A new class has been added to this yearâ€™s editorial competition. In conjunction with the National Newspaper Association, the class is designed to highlight the importance of public notices in newspapers. The IPA state winner will be entered into a national competition sponsored by NNA in 2016. The winning NNA entry carries a $700 award.
Class definition: Class 37: Public Notice Journalism Award The purpose of this competition is to recognize excellence in journalism that draws reader attention to public notices. The winning entry from Illinois will be entered into a national competition to vie for a $700 award. Presentation of the national winner will be made at a recognized national association event in 2016.
Criteria: For purposes of this award, newspaSHUSXEOLFQRWLFHVDUHGHÂżQHGDVWKRVH announcements or disclosures the law requires a private party or governmental entity to publish in or through a statutoriO\TXDOLÂżHGQHZVSDSHU Stories must cite the public notice requirement and refer readers to the publication in which it appeared. Online references must include links. If the notice requirement was not met RUZDVGHÂżFLHQWVWRU\PXVWH[SODLQKRZ DQGZK\QRWLFHZDVGHÂżFLHQW1HZVDQG features only. Stories may have been published in print or digitally or both. Scanned PDF copies of the printed pages may be provided. Digital copies must be screen scanned and accompanied by a statement by the author providing dates of publication. Submissions must cite materials published between January 1, 2014, and December 1, 2014.
Newspapers Complete information can be found on the IPAâ€™s newly-designed Web site, which is available at http://www. illinoispress.org/, or by direct link to the contest at http://www. newspapercontest. com/Contests/ IllinoisPressAssociation. aspx. The state code is Illinois.
Former Daily Herald executive wins ‘Wheel of Fortune’ answer to “What are you doing?” was “Standing up on a paddleboard.” She missed the answer in the bonus round—guessing “ripe avocado” would A former Daily Herald Media Group have won her another $32,000—but executive and Schaumburg resident was Bolyard walked away with $13,900. “I the queen of “Wheel of Fortune” in a have an avocado tree in my backyard,” segment that aired in November. Kelly Bolyard, who now lives and works she lamented to host Pat Sajak. Bolyard said she will likely use her in Hawaii, won nearly $14,000 and won WKHVKRZ6KH¿OPHGWKHVKRZLQ6HSWHP- ZLQQLQJVWRKHOSÀ\KHUWKUHHGDXJKWHUV ber when “Wheel of Fortune” went on the and other family members to visit her in Hawaii. road to Hawaii. Meeting the “Wheel’s” iconic hosts was Bolyard was assistant vice president for another highlight. Interactive Media at the Daily Herald at “She is more beautiful in person than the time she left in December 2012. “It was so much fun,” said Bolyard, who she is on TV,” Bolyard said of Vanna White. “She doesn’t look like she’s aged is a huge fan of the show. at all. Plus, she was super warm and The process of getting onto “Wheel of )RUWXQH´ZDVDOPRVWPRUHGLI¿FXOWWKDQ friendly.” Although she didn’t win a big vacation the show itself, with written tests, fake or a million-dollar prize, Bolyard said she puzzles and practice spinning the wheel. The “Wheel of Fortune” contest was rel- still enjoyed her half-hour of fame on the atively even between the three contestants long-running game show. “It was like a blur,” Bolyard said. “I was until Bolyard pulled away at the end. She ran the table on one puzzle, starting so happy. They make you feel like a star for the day. It’s a lifetime memory out spinning the wheel and successfully I will always remember.” JXHVVLQJOHWWHUVXQWLOVKH¿JXUHGRXWWKH By MELISSA SILVERBERG
Reprinted from The Daily Herald
Kelly Bolyard, who thought another contestant was ahead of her, realizes she won the game on “Wheel of Fortune.” (Photo courtesy of Kelly Bolyard)
IPF ships First Amendment, news literacy materials to schools
More than 2,145 mailing tubes packed with First Amendment and QHZVOLWHUDF\PDWHULDOV¿OOD8QLWHG Parcel Service truck upon departure from IPA headquarters in early December. The materials were shipped from the Illinois Press Foundation to every public and private high school and middle school in the state. More than 1 million students could potentially be exposed to the materials, all produced as part of grant
funding from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. Lynne Lance, director of member relations, displays the materials that were included in each shipping tube, LQFOXGLQJSRVWHUVGHSLFWLQJWKH¿YH freedoms of the First Amendment as well as a copy of “News Matters,” the IPF’s booklet that introduces the concepts of news literacy to students and adults. (Staff photos)
Former Governor Signs New IPA-Backed Legislation
JOSH SHARP Director of Government Relations
In late 2012, a decision was handed down by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) at the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) that altered the UHODWLRQVKLSRIDVSHFLÂżFFODVV of independent contractors â€“ bundle haulers â€“ and how they were to be managed and accounted for by newspapers that retain their services. That decision was appealed, but WKHUXOLQJZDVQHYHUWKHOHVVÂżQDOized for enforcement purposes by IDES in April of 2013. The ALJâ€™s decision addressed a number of issues with respect to the general treatment and control exercised over independent contractors. According to the ruling, bundle haulers WERE NOT an intermediate step, in the chain of steps, that eventually result in the delivery of the newspaper to the â€œultimate consumer.â€? Additionally, and perhaps most troubling for the industry, is that
the routes driven by bundle-haulers constituted â€œplaces of businessâ€? for the newspaper. Lastly, bundle-haulers had to demonstrate other sources of income, outside of a single contract with one newspaper to truly be considered â€œindependently established in his or her own trade, occupation, profession or businessâ€Śâ€? In other words, overreliance by an independent contractor on one newspaper as a means of earning their living may result in them being considered employees by government agencies. As you may gather from the ÂżQGLQJVDERYHPDLQWDLQLQJEXQdle haulers status as independent contractors became much more GLIÂżFXOWÂąLIQRWLPSRVVLEOH As a result of this decision, the IPA introduced and passed Senate Bill 3530. Senate Bill 3530 states that determination of employment status for services performed by individ-
uals in the delivery or distribution of newspapers is NO LONGER controlled by Section 212 of Unemployment Insurance Act. Instead, employment status will now be determined by a four factor test in Section 225; even better for newspapers, independent contractors will not be considered employees if at least one of the following four elements is present: (1) The individual performing WKHVHUYLFHVJDLQVWKHSURÂżWV and bears the losses of the services; (2) 7KHSHUVRQRUÂżUPIRU whom the services are performed does not represent the individual as an employee to its customers; (3) The individual hires his or her own helpers or employees, without the need for approval from the person or ÂżUPIRUZKRPWKHVHUYLFHV
are performed, and pays them without reimbursement IURPWKDWSHUVRQRUÂżUP (4) Once the individual leaves the premises of the person or firm for whom the services are performed or the printing plant, the individual operates free from the direction and control of the person or firm, except as is necessary for the person or firm to ensure quality control of the newspapers or shopping news, including, but not limited to, the condition of the newspapers or shopping news upon delivery and the location and timing of delivery of the newspapers or shopping news. Sections of Senate Bill 3530 concerning bundle-haulers as independent contractors became effective immediately on December 23, 2014 when former Gov. Pat Quinn signed the legislation.
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Chicago Daily Law Bulletin celebrates 160 years The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin celebrated its 160th year of publication late last year. The newspaper that was once a one-page, 8- by 12-inch document featuring only court news is now 40 to 72 pages in two to three sections, with seven pages of editorial content. The Law Bulletin, which began publication in 1854 and was founded by attorney Edwin Bean, was originally called the Daily Report of Suits, Judgments, Chattel Mortgages, etc., and was located at 45 Clark St. Over the next 24 years, it was SXEOLVKHGRXWRIRIÂżFHVRQ&DQDO/DNH Market, Monroe and Madison streets, including four locations between 1872 DQG6LQFHWKHRIÂżFHVKDYHEHHQ located at 415 N. State St. In 1879, the newspaper and publishing company was sold by its publisher at the time, R.R. Stevens, to businessman +HQU\-DQHV0DFIDUODQG6UWKHÂżUVW RIÂżYHJHQHUDWLRQVRI0DFIDUODQGVDW the company. â€œMany times a business will provide income to a family, and the family will go off and do something else and let the original business die on the vine,â€? said Lanning Macfarland Jr., Henryâ€™s grandson, who joined the company in 1953. Âł9HU\RIWHQ\RXÂśYHJRWÂżJKWVZLWKLQIDPilies. You see that all the time. The main thing is that whichever Macfarlands are
Casey Westfield Reporter, The News-Sun merge 7KH&DVH\:HVWÂżHOG5HSRUWHUDQG The News-Sun, both serving the CaVH\:HVWÂżHOGDUHDKDYHPHUJHG The new name of the merged pubOLFDWLRQVZLOOEH7KH&DVH\:HVWÂżHOG Reporter. Gary Strohm has published The News-Sun and Chris Russell has pubOLVKHG7KH&DVH\:HVWÂżHOG5HSRUWHU Some features have been taken from each newspaper, including: â€˘ The name from The Reporter â€˘ The larger broadsheet format of the News-Sun, as well as, â€˘ The Saturday publication date from the News-Sun.
Three generations of the Macfarland family who are active at the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin visited with former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley (L) in the Law Bulletin offices. Next to Daley is Sandy Macfarland, Susan Macfarland (Sandyâ€™s daughter), Lanning Macfarland, Brewster Macfarland and Lindsay Salsbery (Sandyâ€™s daughter). (Courtesy photo)
involved in the business are devoted to the business and devoted to our own people. Iâ€™ve felt weâ€™ve always had a good relationship with people and tried to help them when we can.â€? In the 61 years since Macfarland joined the company, its interests have expanded to become a multi-faceted legal publishing organization.
In addition to the newspaper, Law Bulletin Publishing Company publishes Chicago Lawyer magazine; Leading Lawyers; Jury Verdict Reporter, which has several products; Sullivanâ€™s Law Directory; Index Publishing, which releases many government code and ordinance books; Chicago Law Journal; Lawyersâ€™ Handbook; Midwest Real Estate News; Minnesota
News Bulletin merges with Chronicle Media The seven weekly Illinois-based News Bulletin newspapers have joined forces with three Chicago-area publications, creating a media network spanning Chicago to East St. Louis. Legal Record Corporation, publisher of the Suburban News Bulletin, Metro East 1HZV%XOOHWLQDQGÂżYHDGGLWLRQDO1HZV Bulletin titles serving Peoria, Winnebago, Woodford, McClean and Tazewell counties, has merged with Chronicle Media, publisher of the Cook County Reporter, McHenry County Courier and Kendall County Courier. The new company, Chronicle Media LLC., has renamed all ten of their newspapers with the Chronicle moniker. Brandon Bressner, former president
of the Legal Record Corporation, has been named CEO of the newly formed company. â€œWe are proud of what we have done over the last 14 years, but we want to do even more, and the merging of our companies will do just that,â€? Bressner said. Bressner introduced John Blais as the publisher and president of the organization. Blais, until the recent sale of the Chicago Sun-Timesâ€™ suburban titles to the Tribune Company, was vice president and general manager of 36 Sun-Times Media newspapers and digital media products in the Chicago area, including the Pioneer Press group, the Aurora Beacon-News, Lake County News-Sun, Naperville Sun and Elgin Courier-News.
Real Estate Journal; Chicago Industrial Properties; Illinois Real Estate Journal; Metro Chicago Retail Space Guide; Akron Legal News; and Court Briefs. The company also operates Public Notice Network and provides MCLE and PMCLE credits via Law Bulletin Seminars. As the company enters its 17th decade, one of its key products is JuraLaw, a digital court case and docket manager introduced to the market in 2012. It replaced DM2000, the product the FRPSDQ\ÂżUVWRIIHUHGLQ7KDWÂżUVW offering was computer software. JuraLaw is web-based. â€œThis product takes us to the next generation of the product on a national basis,â€? said Rosemary G. Milew, vice president of sales and marketing. â€œIâ€™ve recently hired someone in California, we are selling to New York and we can sell nationwide.â€? The companyâ€™s next new product will be Lawyerport, a digital platform that will merge into a single resource all Law Bulletin Publishing Company information contained in the newspaper, Chicago Lawyer magazine, Jury Verdict Reporter, Sullivanâ€™s Law Directory, Lawyersâ€™ HandERRN-XGLFLDO3URÂżOHVDQG$FFHVV3OXV court data. At the heart of it all is the Daily Law Bulletin, which continues daily publication 160 years after it was founded.
State Journal-Register debuts online photo feature The State Journal-Register in 6SULQJÂżHOGKDVDGGHGDQHZIHDWXUHWR its website, sj-r.com.â€œVisual Journalâ€? is a presentation gallery of the best work by photojournalists at the newspaper. The gallery features photo collections IRUVSHFLÂżFVWRULHVDQGHYHQWVLWDOVR showcases many more photographs than what can be published in print. The site was created by Photo Editor Rich Saal, Staff Photographer Justin Fowler, and Bart Bolton, vice president of information technology. Saal said the teamâ€™s goal was to present photos in a â€œclean and unobstructedâ€? format.
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Tribune managing editor steps down Jane Hirt, who helped lead the Chicago Tribuneâ€™s newsroom through the dark days of bankruptcy and into an unfolding digital future, has stepped down as managing editor to purHirt sue personal interests. Hirt came to the Chicago Tribune as an intern 25 years ago. Her last day was Nov. 21. As managing editor, Hirt helped direct enormous change in the Tribune newsroom through the Great Recession and amid structural changes in the media industry. In that time, the Tribune expanded its digital media, increased investigative reporting and added pages to its print edition. An innovator who rose through the ranks, Hirt has spent her entire career at the newspaper. After graduating with a bachelorâ€™s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska, she joined the Tribune a few weeks later as an intern on the sports copy desk.
Tribune Publishing names revenue chief Tribune Publishing has named veteran media sales executive Michael Rooney to the newly created position of FKLHIUHYHQXHRIÂżFHUWKH company announced in November. Rooney Rooney, who most recently served as chief UHYHQXHRIÂżFHUIRU7KH:DOO6WUHHW Journal, will head up national sales and marketing efforts and will be based out of New York. He will report to Tribune 3XEOLVKLQJ&(2-DFN*ULIÂżQ Âł:HDUHSULYLOHJHGWRKDYHVRPHRQHRI Michaelâ€™s expertise and stature join the FRPSDQ\DVRXUÂżUVWHYHUFKLHIUHYHQXHRIÂżFHUÂ´*ULIÂżQVDLGLQDVWDWHPHQW â€œMichael is a proven and well-recognized OHDGHUZLWKDVLJQLÂżFDQWWUDFNUHFRUGRI helping companies diversify their portfoOLRDQGJURZWKHLUUHYHQXHEDVHÂ´
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Autumn Phillips new editor at The Southern Illinoisan
New publisher announced in Mattoon
Michael Romain new editor of Austin Weekly News
Autumn Phillips has MRLQHG7KH6RXWKHUQ Illinoisan in Carbondale as editor-in-chief. Phillips had been in a similar position at the Times-News in Twin Falls, ID. Lee Enterprises, the Iowa-based Phillips owner of 46 daily newspapers nationwide, owns both publications. Phillips also served as managing editor of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas, was a IRXQGLQJHGLWRURI6N\+L'DLO\1HZVLQ :LQWHU3DUN&RORDQGZDVDUHSRUWHU IRUWKH6WHDPERDW3LORWLQ6WHDPERDW 6SULQJV&ROR $QDWLYHRI&DVSHU:\R3KLOOLSVKROGV a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography-Anthropology from the University of 6RXWKHUQ0DLQH
An Illinois native has been named publisher of the Mattoon Journal Gazette & Times-Courier. Craig Rogers comes to East Central Illinois most recently from Elkhart, Ind., where he Rogers served as advertising director at The Elkhart Truth. Rogers, who began his duties Nov. 20, also has served in leadership roles for 7KH,QGLDQDSROLV6WDU7KH-RXUQDO6WDU in Peoria, and The Post and Courier in &KDUOHVWRQ6& Prior to his newspaper experience, Rogers served in sales and marketing roles in the scuba diving industry, owning a dive shop in the Chicago area and working for two equipment manufacturers. Rogers is a past president of the Market Development and Promotion Federation for the Newspaper Association of America. He has a bachelorâ€™s degree in sports PDUNHWLQJIURPWKH8QLYHUVLW\RI:LVconsin in Oshkosh.
Michael Romain has been appointed editor of WKH$XVWLQ:HHNO\1HZV in Oak Park. He replaces Terry Dean, who served in the post for nine years. Romain has been a Romain freelance reporter for ERWKWKH$XVWLQ:HHNO\ News and the Review in Forest Park. He also operated the Village Free Press, a news site covering Maywood.
Bressan named SJ-R multimedia sales manager Gaul, Stewart also promoted 7KH6WDWH-RXUQDO5HJister has announced three promotions in the advertising department. Nick Bressan has been named multimedia sales manager. Bressan will oversee all facets of the Bressan newspaperâ€™s multimedia marketing. Bressan had been the multimedia sales manager for The Lincoln Courier, which also is published by 7KH6WDWH-RXUQDO5HJLVWHU .LP*DXOKDVEHHQSURPRWHGWRÂżOO the multimedia sales manager position at The Courier. Gaulâ€™s background includes sales, ad systems, training and
Daily Journal names Campbell general manager Chad Campbell has been appointed general manager of The Daily Journal in Kankakee. The former circulation director had served as the assistant general manager since January. Campbell â€œChadâ€™s special talents in circulation management have been recognized by industry awards and are UHĂ€HFWHGLQKLVVXFFHVVDW7KH'DLO\
-RXUQDOÂ´VDLG/HQ56PDOO7KH'DLO\ Journal publisher. â€œHe is known and respected both in the newspaper and in the community as a natural leader and a ZRQGHUIXOIDPLO\PDQÂ´KHDGGHG Campbell has a degree from Millikin University. He joined The Daily Journal in 2009.
Drew Veskauf joins Morton Times-News
Drew Veskauf has joined the Morton Times-News as editor. He replaces Adam Larck. Veskauf is a 2007 graduate of Morton High 6FKRRO+HDWWHQGHG Illinois Central College before continuing journalism studies at Northern Illinois University.
New sports reporter joins Times-Bulletin
Dylan Polk has joined the Chillicothe Times-Bulletin as sports reporter. Polk is a 2009 graduate of Eastern Illinois University. He previously worked as a general assignment reporter for the Lincoln Courier.
Paul Gaier new publisher in Rockford, Freeport Paul Gaier has been appointed publisher of the Rockford Register-Star and the Freeport Journal-Standard. He has most recently served as the general Gaier manager and director of sales operations for both outlets and has 25 years of news experience. Gaier, 47, succeeds Josh Trust, who recently became division vice president of Community East for GateHouse Media, the parent of The Journal-Standard and Register Star. In the beginning of his career, Gaier sold advertising for a small, family-owned newspaper group in northeast Wisconsin.In 1991, he took a sales position with the Sheboygan Press, where he worked for seven years. Gaier spent 13 years in advertising for various Gannett newspaSHUVLQ:LVFRQVLQLQFOXGLQJÂżYH\HDUVDV regional advertising director for Gannett Wisconsin Media.
Wagner, West join Journal Risher promoted to top digital role
Jill Wagner has joined the circulation department of Wednesday Journal Inc., Oak Park, as associate manager and Chandler West has been hired as multimedia reporter. West comes to the Journal from a freelance position at Sun-Times Media. Mike Risher has been promoted to technology manager for all Wednesday Journal Inc. ventures. A six-year veteran of the company as a web developer â€“ Risher built the Oak Park.com platform â€“ he will now be actively involved in all digital and IT aspects of the companyâ€™s growth, said Dan Haley, publisher.
SAVE THE DATE! The IPA is turning 150 years old in 2015. Help us celebrate! Convention & Contest Awards Ceremonies June 10â€“12 â€˘ Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Center For more information, visit http://www.illinoispress.org/Events/Convention .
Weaver new editor of Journal Gazette & Times-Courier Penny Weaver has been appointed editor of the Mattoon Journal Gazette & Times-Courier. She most recently served as news editor. A Shelbyville native, Weaver has been with the JG-TC since Weaver 2003. She holds a journalism degree from Eastern Illinois University, and previously worked at papers in Central Illinois, Georgia and Texas as a reporter/photographer.
Sharp named sports editor
Jeremy Sharp has been named sports editor for the Rochelle NewsLeader. Sharp, who graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with journalism and media communication degrees, spent the
last year as a reporter with the Freeport Journal-Standard, where he wrote both sports and news stories. He is an Ohio native.
Rahn joins Tuscola Journal Kayleigh Rahn has joined The Tuscola Journal as editor and reporter. She replaces Colleen Lehmann, who held the position for 18 years and is now relocating to Columbia, Mo. Rahn Rahn is a 2007 graduate of Tuscola Community High School. She earned a degree in journalism from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, being named Outstanding Senior Journalist and receiving the Daily Easter News Adviser Award in 2011. She previously worked for The State Journal in Frankfort, Ky., and the Mattoon Journal Gazette & Times-Courier in Mattoon.
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OBITS Lois Moore Lois Moore, 90, died Dec. 7. She had been a librarian, reporter and food columnist for the Decatur Herald & Review since 1947, retiring in 1985. She was a Decatur native. Moore Jan Touney, a former colleague now a newsroom executive for the Quad-City Times in Davenport, Iowa, said Moore paved the way for women in the H&R newsroom when she became a reporter.
John J. “Jack” Sullivan
John J. ‘Jack’ Sullivan, former vice-president of the Chicago Sun-Times ad department, died Dec. 17. He was 76. Sullivan spent nearly 40 years in the SunTimes advertising department. “He usually walked in
the door at 6 o’clock, and we always ate together,” said his son, Jim. “His favorite meal was spaghetti and meatballs and pineapple upside-down cake. He was a very simple man.”
Dianne Reppert Dianne Reppert, of Anna, died Dec. 25. She was 68. Dianne was born in Carbondale, and married Jerry L. Reppert in 1968, in Anna. She was a 1964 graduate of Dongola High School and a 1966 Repport graduate of the Cape Girardeau Business School. Dianne served as the circulation manager for Reppert Publications for nearly 40 years. She was the former publisher of the Tri-County Record in Dongola. Dianne loved being outdoors, had a passion for animals, and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. +HUOLIHORQJIDYRULWHVSRUWZDV¿VKing, and, with her husband, she owned Reppert Charters, based in Puerto Vallarata, Mexico.
Julia Lennon Julia Eloise Hazen Lennon, 83, died Dec. 5. 2014.Mrs. Lennon was born in Lincoln, Neb. She married John Aloysius Lennon, and he preceded her in death. A graduate of Ottumwa Heights College in Iowa, she was co-owner and publisher, with her husband, of the Morrisonville Times and the Christian Co. Farmer and later was a Kohl’s GHSDUWPHQWPDQDJHULQ6SULQJ¿HOG
Rose M. Kahle Rose M. Kahle, 74, of Yorkville, died Nov. 26. She worked as a hairdresser in her home for many years as her children were growing up. She was one of the original people to help start the Bristol-Kendall ambulance service in 1980 and also was an EMT. In 1987, she started working for the Kendall County Record newspapers and was there for 22 years.
We would like to express our sincere appreciation for the many acts of kindness following the passing of Dianne Reppert, wife, mother and grandmother. The thoughts, prayers, visits, gifts and cards were a welcome tribute to the loved one we lost December 25. THE REPPER T FAMILY
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