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Illinois Press Association past presidents Fifteen past presidents of the Illinois Press Association gathered for a group photo during the Gala Dinner and Awards Thursday, June 11, at the annual convention. They are: Front row, L to R: Cheryl Wormley, The Woodstock Independent, 2000; Kathy Farren, Kendall County Record, Yorkville, 2009; Karen Flax, Chicago Tribune, 2014; Doug Ray, Paddock Publications, Arlington Heights, 2006; Sam Fisher, Bureau County Republican, Princeton, 2015; John Foreman, The News-Gazette, Champaign, 1997 Back row, L to R: Tom Mathews, Jr., Wayne County Press, Fairﬁeld, 1995; Jeff Farren, Kendall County Record, Yorkville, 1990; Jerry Reppert, Anna Gazette-Democrat, 1981-82; Jim Slonoff, The Doings, Hinsdale, 2003; Dave Bell, The Leader-Union, Vandalia, 2001-02; Steve Raymond, Effingham Daily News, 2010-11; Jon Whitney, Carroll County Review, Thomson, 1985; P. Carter Newton, The Galena Gazette, 2007-08; John Galer, The Journal-News, Hillsboro, 2013
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ON THE COVER: Photographer Mike Vaughn of the Bureau County Republican, Princeton, captured this dramatic image of an American bald eagle in February just as the bird had zeroed-in on a ﬁsh in the Mississippi River near Fulton. According to Bureau County Republican Editor Terri Simon, “There are literally hundreds of eagles. Some photographers even use a slingshot to toss bait into the river in hopes of capturing a shot like this, however, Mike does not do that.”
Avoiding potential pitfalls associated with readers’ online comments Esther J. Seitz, Donald M. Craven, P.C.
In June, the Illinois Supreme Court had occasion to decide a defamation case arising out of a comment by a newspaper reader posted in response to an article published online. See Hadley v. Fuboy, 2015 IL 118000 (decided June 18, 2015). Plaintiff Bill Hadley’s lawsuit revolved around the following statement by an anonymous poster using the alias Fuboy: “Hadley is a Sandusky waiting to be exposed. Check out the view he has of Empire from his front door.” Mr. Hadley, a public servant, alleged that Fuboy’s statement accused him of being a pedophile and so defamed him. But before Mr. Hadley could proceed against Fuboy he had to identify the person behind the alias. So Mr. Hadley sued the newspaper. Faced with a lawsuit, the newspaper supplied Mr. Hadley the internet
protocol (IP) address acquired from Comcast, Fuboy’s internet service provider. Illinois law provides a legal process for identifying individuals who may be responsible in damages. Mr. Hadley used that process to compel Comcast to release the name and address of the online commenter having assumed the Fuboy alias. The supreme court held that Fuboy’s statement was reasonably understood as comparing Mr. Hadley to Jerry Sandusky, the notorious Penn State football coach who had abused boys. The reference to Mr. Hadley’s view of Empire Elementary School cemented the court’s conclusion that the average reader would understand the comment as accusing Mr. Hadley of being a pedophile. So the court held that Mr. Hadley could maintain a defamation claim against Fuboy based on Fuboy’s online comments made on the newspaper’s website.
THE YEAR OF THE
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New editorial class in 2015 IPA Contest Staff report
A new class is being added to the 2016 IPA editorial lineup in divisions A-F. The ﬁrst place winner in each division will receive $200 The “Volunteer Award for BEST ARTICLE OR SERIES OF ARTICLES, ON A SPECIFIC VOLUNTEER OR PROGRAM” is intended to celebrate 2015 as the Year of the Volunteer, and is designed to recognize outstanding coverage of volunteer programs or volunteers. The award is sponsored by Generations Serving Generations. Entries will be judged on: (a) how the volunteer or program addresses a community need, (b) describes the motivation and spirit of volunteers and
(c) how volunteer programs are organized. 2015 – The Year of the Volunteer: Generations Serving Generations, a National Governors Association project has joined with the Illinois Department on Aging, the Serve Illinois Commission, the McCormick Foundation, the Corporation for National Service, Continuance Magazine and over 100 organizations to launch 2015 as a time for examining what volunteers mean to our communities and neighborhoods. Generations Serving Generations (GSG) is a nonpartisan coalition started as a project of the National Governors Association and a Higher Education Cooperation Act project that highlights civic engagement in service, learning and work. During 2015, GSG will challenge local communities to connect their volunteer programs toward exploring how generations can support one another in developing lifelong learning, student success, healthy lifestyles, and a productive workforce.
Generations Serving Generations Leadership Team: Co-chairs are Dr. John Holton, director, Illinois Department on Aging and Scott McFarland, executive director, Serve Illinois; Members: Corporation for National and Community Service; Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund; Illinois State Board of Education; Illinois Board of Higher Education; Illinois Community College Board; The Bunker, Veterans as Entrepreneurs; Illinois Student Assistance Commission; Illinois Campus Compact; American Family History Institute; Partner For Hope Program; East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging; Lifelong Learning and Service Coalition; Chicago Cares; Chicago Area Agency on Aging; Heaven’s View Christian Fellowship; African-American Family Commission; Illinois Volunteer Centers; P-20 Council and Illinois PTA; Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago; Chinese American Service League; and Continuance Magazine.
Bridge to the Fast Lane Using something you already have to make work easier Kevin Slimp The News Guru firstname.lastname@example.org
a person visits as many newspapers as I do, he starts to notice similarities. It used to be that most papers wanted stă training in InDesign (or QuarkXpress in years past) and Photoshop. I usually convince clients that they should get a little training in Acrobat while I’m around, and probably an hour’s education in layout and design. After all, I’m usually on site for a full day or more. Lately, I’ve noticed some interesting trends. With the inception of Adobe Creative Cloud, I began noticing more papers were interested in learning how to use the InCopy/InDesign workÀow. I even dedicated a column to one such paper back in February. InCopy’s not the only application getting renewed interest these days. Last week, I spent a day with a weekly newspaper in Eastern Ohio. I even took a pic of the big building shaped like a basket to prove it. After lunch, the publisher asked something I’ve heard quite often in my visits with 100-plus newspapers this year, “Could you take a little time to teach us some things about Bridge?” Adobe Bridge isn’t exclusive to the latest version of Adobe products. The Bridge and its predecessor, the Photoshop Browser, have been around since Photoshop 7.0. Ask your parents or grandparents about it. They probably remember the Browser. With the advent of Creative Suite in 2003, the Photoshop Browser made way for Adobe Bridge, which worked in much the same way. The dĭerence is that Bridge works with more than just Photoshop, although it’s still most commonly used in association with the photo manipulation application. Why the sudden resurgence of interest in Bridge? My guess is that word has gotten around that Bridge is one of the most useful tool in Adobe’s arsenal, especially when it comes to automating processes to save time. And while your newspaper may have all the time in the world, a lot of folks are looking for ways to save time, without cutting corners when it comes to quality. Let’s look at a few of my favorite Bridge features:
Batch Rename Upon opening Bridge and selecting a folder, the user sees thumbnails of each of the items in that folder on the screen. When selecting a camera or card reader, the user will see thumbnails of the pics on the camera card. When selecting all, or a select group of ¿les on a card, thumbnails will appear in Bridge. By right-clicking on any of the images, a list appears which includes the option, “Batch Rename.” Batch Rename makes it easy to quickly rename all the images at once and save them to a place you designate on the computer or server. For instance, let’s say you took 200 photos at a ball game. You might name them “tigersfoot-001,” “tigersfoot-002,” and so on. You could even include the date in the ¿lename, using something like “150812-Tigersfoot-001.”
Keywords Jean Matua, Minnesota, once asked me how she could easily create a photo archive of her pics, without purchasing expensive software to do it. The answer was a no-brainer, “Use Adobe Bridge.” Bridge allows the user to include hidden information inside photos that can be used to simplify the search process days, months or even years from now. Let’s say you took the 200 football pics from the previous example and wanted to add keywords to them. One option would be to add speci¿c words to every image. “Football” or “Tiger” would be examples of keywords the user would want included in each pic. This could be done by two clicks of the mouse. Other keywords, such as “quarter-
back” or “Smith,” wouldn’t be needed in every photo, but would be helpful in pics that included a quarterback or someone named “Smith.” These could be added individually to the appropriate images. Begin adding keywords to each image and before long you will have the ability to search through years of photos in seconds, using just a few clicks on the keyboard.
Image Processor The Image Processor tool in Bridge is actually based on a script in Photoshop, not that you need to know that to use it. Bridge contains dozens of tools to speed up your workÀow. The Image Processor speeds things up by automating many tasks that could take hours manually. For instance, let’s say I’ve just receive 200 images of houses for a real estate guide that’s due yesterday. I could open each pic individually and resize and save in Photoshop. An option might be to use image processor to open, resize, convert each pic to CMYK (using an Action, which is accessible by Image Processor), then saving the images as TIFF ¿les, with LZW compression, in a designated folder. Instead of spending three hours to prepare the photos, I’ve spent two minutes. That’s a very brief rundown of a few of the tools in Adobe Bridge. When I spoke with Jerry Tidwell yesterday, about my trip to Texas this week, he asked me to cover a little InCopy information while at his paper. Once I arrive in Granbury, I won’t be surprised if he says, “Hey, Kevin. Could you cover a little Bridge while you’re here?”
Nobody wins a turf war By John Foust Raleigh, NC This story has a cast of ﬁve characters: 1. The advertising sales person worked hard to build relationships with clients, learn their objectives and develop marketing plans. Since he had previously worked as a copywriter at an ad agency, he had unique marketing insights. 2. The graphic designer saw herself as an artist, and indeed had impressive design skills. However, she had no contact with advertisers. Her goal was to make each ad a work of art. She resisted suggestions and acted like she was threatened by others’ knowledge of ad design and creativity. 3. The advertising director managed the sales person and the graphic designer. Her goal was to oversee ad revenue. She wanted everyone to do their jobs, follow the rules, keep quiet, leave her alone and make money for the paper. 4. The big entity in the background was the corporate newspaper office, which had ironclad policies for its newspaper properties. In their minds – and in their employee manual – sales people sell and creative departments create. 5. The advertiser in the story had little conﬁdence in the ads the paper created for him. Although the ads looked good, they didn’t produce the results he needed. As a result, he was seriously considering cutting back – or not renewing – his ad contract with the paper. Tensions had been building for several months. The inevitable collision was set off when the advertiser approved a series of ads which were proposed by the sales person. When the graphic designer saw the layouts – with copy written, type speciﬁed and illustrations selected – she hit the roof and complained to the ad manager. It was the classic case of a complainer and a person who wants the problem to disappear. In the interest of a quick ﬁx, the ad manager told the sales person to “stop being creative.” What happened in the end? The
sales person found another job. The ad manager eventually left the advertising industry, after experiencing nearly 100 percent turnover in the sales department. The advertiser took his advertising elsewhere. The JOHN graphic designer FOUST celebrated the hollow victory of regaining control of the paper’s creative product, but lost the chance to develop ads for that advertiser. So in reality, everybody lost. In today’s competitive advertising environment, it is crucial for sales and creative departments to work together. If sales people have unique creative talents, encourage them to use those skills in developing ad campaigns. And if graphic designers are particularly effective in explaining creative techniques, encourage them to talk with advertisers who want inside information on the production of their ads. It’s called teamwork. What would have been the right approach? In my opinion, the ad manager was in position to come up with a solution. She could have seen the conﬂict as an opportunity to challenge a bad company policy. And she could have encouraged everyone on her staff – not just the two at the center of the controversy – to bring their talents to their jobs. Tire pioneer Harvey Firestone once said, “The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.” John Foust has conducted training programs for thousands of newspaper advertising professionals. Many ad departments are using his training videos to save time and get quick results from in-house training. E-mail for information: email@example.com (c) Copyright 2015 by John Foust. All rights reserved.
Book on journalism is a project done with passion the emotional truth of the complicated world around us. So what! Says who! What does it I learned last year that a Portland, mean? Ore., press plans to publish a book I I had these three sentences pasted to have written about business changes my bulletin board when I was a younger in journalism, my chosen career ﬁeld. writer in Maine. They were easy I made my manuscript enough to memorize. I try to andeadline back in April and swer them in everything I write. now am awaiting notes I try to impart information, not and other preliminary just facts. steps from Marion Street Just how big were the Press about revisions for 110-ﬂoor Twin Towers of the the book, called “Surviving World Trade Center, felled by a Journalism.” It is a look bunch of thugs nearly 14 years at how career journalists ago? Each ﬂoor contained have been affected by the 45,000 square feet of office Internet and other busispace — about an acre a ﬂoor. ness changes. Or the equivalent of 220 football WARREN The book will appear ﬁelds stacked as high as the eye in stores May 1, 2016, 1 WATSON can see. As author Richard Saul learned this week. Wurman once wrote, “Learning The project has led a is remembering what you’re long life, I like to say, smilinterested in.” ing, to friends. I started I needed all this advice — and it as a labor of love while grounding — a few years ago I was on a 2013 summer when I took on what might have vacation in East Winthrop, been the most difficult and challenging Maine. By last fall, it was my preoccuwriting project in my life. I enrolled in pation. a graduate level writing course at Ball You see, my best writing starts from State University, in Muncie, Ind., where things I care deeply about. I had long I was studying for my master’s degree felt — in my 42 years in journalism in journalism. Instructor Earl Conn, — that many of the best journalists the late writer, educator and former were being left behind as the business journalism chair there, decided to try changed — and shrank. something a little different. Caring leads to passion in my writParticipants would write one story. ing. This goes from the World Series It would be on a subject with which stories I wrote as a young Boston sports they were already familiar. It would be writer in 1975, to columns and features 5,000 words — and as Earl said early in that show we are growing a generation the class, “the best 5,000 words you’ve of young people that can’t think for ever written.” themselves, and don’t understand the I took on the subject of my father, basic freedoms of the First Amendand set out to tell the tale of his life, ment. from his days during the Great DepresI have written about a friend lost to sion as a street kid on New York City’s a diving accident, my wife and sons, a west side, to his inﬂuence on my life. twin brother, and of a journalism proI found myself going back through fession that I love more deeply by the old boxes of photos, recalling events 25, passing year. I have written about his35, 45 years ago, talking to my brother tory and politics and sports, and tend and the remaining few living aunts and to search for the subject that reaches uncles, shaping a story in my head. Warren Watson Executive Editor, Alton Telegraph
And then taking it to paper. One day, I wrote for eight solid hours. Writing, revising, writing, editing and revising again. Earl pressed the class to make every word count, to tell our stories so people would care. At one point, I took out a red pen and pruned 239 words. I would go back, add more. Then trim more. I ﬁnally concluded the project just as the ﬂowers began to bloom in Muncie, shortly after the ninth anniversary of dad’s death in 1997. It was a story in which I cared deeply, a profoundly personal story. It was later published in several newspapers. When the caring is there, I loosen up a bit as a writer. The nouns are more concrete, the verbs more active. The passages are tighter, leaner, more passionate. But not strident. When the caring is not there, I become verbose and ramble on. I look back at stuff I wrote 10, 20, 30 years ago, and wonder who was this stranger who had fallen in love with the ﬂoozy adjectives and adverbs. A newspaper colleague once told a story about a barker in Boston’s Quincy Market who put up a sign — “Fresh Fish Sold Here.” Edit the sign, he said. I told him it looked pretty good. He then methodically eliminated the needless words. You can take out “fresh,” he said. No one would sell ﬁsh that wasn’t ... and you can take out “sold,” because no one in their right mind would give it away ... and you can take away “here” because we’re not selling it anywhere else. That leaves us with just “ﬁsh,” I asked. He said you can take that away, too. Why, I asked. He said no words were needed: just follow the smell. In 11 months, my book will be published. I’ll leave it to you to judge if it’s worth your time.
So what! Says who! What does it mean? I had these three sentences pasted to my bulletin board when I was a younger writer in Maine. They were easy enough to memorize. I try to answer them in everything I write. I try to impart information, not just facts.
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Mythbusters: Millennials and the media By Chandler Fleming Reprinted from EditorandPublisher.com
Millennials are a hot topic at the moment, and with good reason. Numbering about 80 million, individuals born between the years 1980 and 2000 are becoming increasingly important to society. Of particular interest is how millennials interact with media and their potential impact on the news market. Most people seem to think that millennials are abandoning print for online publications, but is this really the case? Are millennials too cheap to pay for newspapers? Is social media leading to the decline of humanity? Is this generation a little too preoccupied with themselves to care about their surroundings? The following are six common myths about millennials and media, and my effort — as a millennial — to prove whether or not they’re accurate. Myth #1: “Millennials hate traditional media.” False. Even though millennials may not be the most popular demographic with legacy news outlets (nor is it our preferred method of information), we certainly don’t hate it. In fact, Arbitron data suggests that millennials are heightening their radio use while other generations are decreasing. Also, Scarborough Research has uncovered that more than half of the millennial population polled (about 57 percent of 200,000 participants) read either an online or print news subscription over a week period. Now, although millennial readership does exist, it’s nowhere near as frequent as older generations when it comes to heavy reading. Yet, this is not to say that we have abandoned print news completely. The New York Times maintains that one out of 10 of its print subscribers are between the ages of 18 and 24, and its website enjoys millions of millennial visitors each month. Perhaps then millennials have just shifted to the online offerings, not completely abandoning news overall. Contrary to popular belief, not all of us prefer videos, photos and GIFs in our digital news. Interestingly enough, many millennials like our
online news to resemble print media. We want clean, efficient reading that provides the information we seek without having to scroll past images and pause automatic videos. Just because we’re young doesn’t mean we don’t know how to read. And just because we prefer the Internet doesn’t mean we don’t like reading about what’s happening in the world around us, we just like reading about it a little bit differently. Unlike past generations, we now have multiple platforms that can be used to connect with people, places, and events. We are aware of the alternatives to print media, most especially the digital versions, and since the Internet is probably not going away any time soon, we’ve embraced it.
Myth #2: “Millennials are cheap so they won’t pay for newspapers.” False (sort of). This isn’t quite fair considering the circumstances we were raised in. Not only have we inherited an economic situation likely to cause many more years of struggling, but we have to accept the reality of student loans forever looming over us for a degree we desperately need in the hope that we can ﬁnd a decent job. Pity party aside, millennials actu-
ally aren’t as cheap as people seem to think we are. In an article for Nieman Lab, media analyst Ken Doctor projects that millennials will “spend $200 billion annually by 2017 (and $10 trillion in their lifetime) in the U.S. alone.” In addition, a recent report by Deloitte states that millennials in North America will spend $62 billion on media this year alone. The catch? The same report concedes that the average millennial will only use $19 towards purchasing newspapers. And herein lies the problem: millennials aren’t necessarily cheap, they just don’t want to spend their money on traditional media. And who can blame us when there are multiple ways to ﬁnd out the same information for free? The challenge then becomes attracting millennials with content they connect to on a level deep enough to warrant paying for it. It sounds easier said than done. But it can indeed be done. Especially considering how a majority of my generation values experiences over products and, according to the report “How Millennials Could Upend Wall Street and Corporate America” by Morley Winograd and Michael Hais, “Almost two-thirds (64 percent) of millennials said they would rather make $40,000 a year at a job they love than $100,000 a year at a job they think is boring.” Millennials are not opposed to spending money, even on traditional media, as long as they have a good reason for doing so.
Myth #3: “Millennials only respond to/value social media.” False. Although social media has proven to be very inﬂuential informing millennials about decisions regarding the purchasing of products (Who doesn’t trust their friend to recommend the best local Italian place for dinner?), it is not trusted nearly as much as legitimate news sources. According to a Nielsen study of media reliability, about 60 percent of millennials consider their local newspapers and corresponding websites “trustworthy,” while only 43 percent answered the same of social media sites. So don’t worry, even though we log countless
hours on those little apps, most of us still believe newspapers to be more credible. This perceived addiction to social media is one of the most prominent stereotypes about millennials. I know, I know. You’re wondering how I could be an impartial observer when I probably have every social media account under the sun. Well, you’d be right because to date I have Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Tumblr proﬁles. (Fun fact: I didn’t actually set any up myself. The perks of having a very social best friend I suppose). Still, as far as social media goes, millennials basically own it.
The creators of the previously mentioned sites are all millennials, and we are the first generation to really embrace it -- for better or worse is still up for debate. Yet, this is not to say that we are the only generation to adopt selﬁes and status updates: The Pew Research Internet Project learned that the 89 percent participation last year amongst 18 to 29-year-olds is only a few points higher than the 82 percent of people between the ages of 30 and 49. Either way, social media is probably here to stay and maybe that’s a good thing. After all, many popular social media sites are actually very adept at quickly spreading information. Social media is no longer only about what your neighbor ate for breakfast, Facebook includes a news column and the ability to share stories with friends, while Twitter is fast and unforgiving with how it can get things trending. Instead of dismissing social media as a narcissist’s dream come true, traditional media companies would do well to harness the inﬂuence they are capable of providing over the public.
Myth #4: “Millennials are impatient/lazy and want information as fast as possible.” False. I don’t believe this trait is exclusive to millennials anymore. Yes, it seems like younger generations are quicker to change stations when there is a commercial, and I ﬁnd my own eyes grow wider with impatience when a
website takes just a bit too long to fully load, but efficiency is not something to be ignored. In this new age of technology, everyone has become accustomed to a certain pace of life, not just millennials. The problem I, and others I’m sure, have noticed with many news publications lately is the monopolistic tendency to suck the life out of a story. Having the same sites and networks cover each new detail in a topic for weeks may educate me thoroughly on one subject, but it also leads to deprivation of other stories. This is something that many start-ups do not have to face, as there always seems to be an endless stream of information ﬂowing every hour of the day. What some people don’t consider when labeling millennials “impatient” or “lazy” is the quality of information they are absorbing. Yes, we may want things fast, but that doesn’t mean we’ll take whatever we ﬁnd ﬁrst. In reality, we don’t just want the information; we want the right information. A study by YPulse reveals that twothirds of millennials would prefer to be the last to know something as long as the information was correct. Being the last person to know? Quite a healthy display of patience I think.
Myth #5: “Millennials are obsessed with technology.” True. But so is everyone else. It’s 2015, we have devices that can contact someone from across the globe, tell us the weather at that exact moment, direct you towards any destination, take high quality photos and talk back... all ﬁtting in the palm of a hand. Perhaps it appears that millennials are much more engaged with technology because most of us grew up with it, learning how to use it as children. As we developed, so did technology. For this reason, we are more comfortable using it (I’ll never tire of my mom’s awe at how fast I can type a text message). But we are not alone. While it is true that millennials largely get our news on digital platforms, Pew Research Center suggests that almost every demographic, regardless of gender, education, salary, race or age — except seniors — use computers and phones to get their news. Therefore, it’s not so much millennials individually who have reserved the domination over technology, rath-
er it just so happens that we adapted to the age in which we were born. It’s this position as “digital natives,” a popular term for young millennials, that gives media companies the perfect opportunity to use us to their advantage. Our familiarity with the Internet allows us to easily share by tweeting, posting, pinning, re-blogging, etc. It’s just easier for us and more efficient for everyone else. We’re not ignoring newspapers on purpose; they’re just no longer our native tongue. Not that we aren’t capable and even willing to learn this endangered language, but it is probably better to start shifting to where the future consumer is located than waiting for them to maybe, possibly, doubtfully return to you.
pictures of ourselves we put online, millennials genuinely care. We care about the environment, we care about economic equality, and we care about social justice issues -- we are the most diverse generation to date, and thus the most tolerant. And, in order to learn about and support these causes, we need the news. But where we get it will depend a lot on efficiency. And by efficiency I don’t necessarily mean what we have the easiest access to, I’m more so talking about the overall experience of news consumption. In this age of information, the option to follow additional links, share stories with peers and provide commentary or opinions on news is essential in establishing a stronger connection with media.
“Almost two-thirds (64 percent) of millennials said they would rather make $40,000 a year at a job they love than $100,000 a year at a job they think is boring.” “How Millennials Could Upend Wall Street and Corporate America” by Morley Winograd and Michael Hais
Myth #6: “Millennials are narcissistic and only care about their own lives.” False. Each young generation is comprised of a fair amount of selﬁshness and entitlement (The lack of wisdom and life experience will do that to you.), but millennials are actually the most socially conscious and charitable generation yet. Even staring straight at a future teeming with political divisions, lofty unemployment, and a stagnant economy, millennials continue to be hopelessly optimistic (Even more impressive -- delusional? -- considering we will be the ﬁrst generation since the early-to-mid 20th century expected to be less successful than our parents ﬁnancially). Articles nicknaming millennials the “Me, Me, Me, Generation,” as Time magazine did in 2013, make an impact on a lot of people who develop strong opinions on a generation they don’t really belong to. Curiously, these same people have unquestionably been labeled such when they were younger as well. It is not a new trend to feel that those your junior are over-conﬁdent and self-absorbed. In fact, researchers at the University of Illinois have even posited that this type of thinking “leads to the conclusion that every generation is Generation Me, as every generation of younger people are more narcissistic than their elders.” So, I’m betting that in another decade or two, millennials will be feeling the exact same way about Generation Z -- or will it officially be known as iGen by then? For as many
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CHANGE AND MORE CHANGE: The IPA from 1965 to 1990
hile the country reeled from the Vietnam War and
Civil Rights struggles in 1965, the Illinois Press Association celebrated its anniversary. Membership was high — 712, and newspapers were thriving. Technology was changing rapidly, and the industry was quick to embrace it. To commemorate the Illinois Press Association’s 150th anniversary this year, we’re publishing articles about its history. This is the third. Previous articles are in the March and May, 2015 PressLines.
MODERNIZING “We were moving from primitive typesetting techniques into electronic composition,” says Bruce Sagan, Hyde Park Herald publisher, and IPA president from 1978 to 1979. “We were doing things in new processes which meant big changes in the way organizations ran their operation.” The Association held seminars to help members adapt. Some dailies began to switch from afternoon to morning delivery. “It was a tricky thing because distribution systems within the industry had to change…,“ says Sagan. “When you moved to morning delivery, you had to figure out how to get people up at 5:30 a.m.!” In the seventies, the IPA initiated two big changes. In 1974, The Association moved from the University of Illinois to Springfield, where it took up residence on East Cook Street within sight of the state Capitol, and began to develop a stronger voice in the legislature. In addition, it started an ongoing clipping service in 1976 to offset operating costs and underwrite activities. “When Art Strang (IPA secretary and a University of Illinois Journalism School professor) retired (in 1974), a number of us on the board decided we should become independent from the U of I and get our own headquarters,” says Lanning Macfarland, Jr., chairman of Law
Bulletin Publishing Company, which publishes Chicago’s Daily Law Bulletin. He became involved with the IPA in the fifties and was president from 1982 to 1983. Member participation and services were low in the early seventies and the board wanted to reverse that, he says. When Strang retired, the board hired David West as manager. “When West went over to U of I to pick up what assets we had there, there was nothing!” says Macfarland, laughing. “We had a filing cabinet, a beaten up typewriter, an old desk, and a chair.”
THE GOOD, OLD DAYS In the eighties, “the economy for the Illinois newspaper industry was still robust,” says Jerry Reppert, president and managing partner of Reppert Publications, and president of the IPA from 1981 to 1982. Most IPA board members owned or had ownership in their papers and the Association focused on growing financially and getting important legislation passed, he adds. One example is the Open Meetings Act, which the IPA helped create in 1980. It also created the Illinois Press Foundation in 1982. The Foundation was originally begun as a way to assist the Association in planning for and locating a permanent home, a building, a place that would not only provide accommodations for the Association but also a place to center the activities that drove the Foundation’s mission.
As the Association’s charitable arm, the Illinois Press Foundation promotes literacy and advocates for strong scholastic journalism education in the state. In addition to the support of literacy programs, the IPF provides resources for the Newspapers in Education program, supports high school journalism camps through Eastern Illinois University and Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and funds journalism scholarships. Meanwhile, signs of the future appeared. Ownership of many local newspapers was changing to that of group or chain ownership. In 1983, the Peoria Journal-Star became employee-owned to avoid being sold to a chain, according to the August 1983 Illinois Publisher. Newspapers began using computers and production changed, too. Dailies followed weekly papers’ lead by switching to offset printing and photo typesetting, says P. Carter Newton, publisher of “The Galena Gazette” and its owner since 1980. The IPA sponsored desktop publishing seminars, workshops to increase minority representation in newspapers, and its first governmental affairs conference. In 1985, it hired a new director, David Bennett, from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association.
CHILLING The 1980s ended on a somber note for Illinois newspapers and for the industry as a whole. In 1982, the Alton Telegraph lost a
$9.2 million libel suit. The case wasn’t based on an article the paper printed; it was based on a memo two Telegraph reporters wrote a Federal investigator sharing information they’d received. The paper lost and settled for $1.4 million in fines. The lawsuit was a “wake up call,” says Don Craven, libel attorney, media law specialist in Springfield, and IPA adviser. Partly in response, the Association created a Libel Hotline in 1989 which provided subscriber’s access to Don’s father, libel attorney James C. Craven, and to Don, both of Springfield. Don says the hotline resulted from conversations between his father, former newsman and Congressman Paul Simon, and former head of the now University of Illinois Springfield’s Public Affairs Reporting (PAR) program, Bill Miller. “Bill asked Dad if he could make himself available to answer libel, Open Meetings Act, and Freedom of Information Act questions for current and former PAR students. In 1989, the IPA formalized the project, making that advice generally available to all IPA members.” Aftershocks of the Telegraph’s libel lawsuit and others had a chilling effect on papers, making them wary of printing possibly controversial material. In response, the IPA created the Illinois Newspaper Legal Defense Fund in 1993 to assist with costs incurred
with legal research, consultation, and court action in cases where the outcome will impact all Illinois papers. During this time a new competitor arose — the Internet, and its popularity grew every year. Some people got their news through it. Simultaneously, a new issue arose. Cheryl Wormley, owner and publisher of The Woodstock Independent and IPA president in 2000, explained: “Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, many, many independently owned newspapers were sold by their owners to large companies, creating chains with dozens and dozens of newspapers. So, the membership of the IPA changed. Gone were some of the strong, independent voices, replaced by corporate representatives who often were moved from one newspaper to another and from one state to another.” The loss of local ownership and local management, in many instances, had an adverse impact on some newspapers, she said. In the nineties, the IPA developed the Copley First Amendment Center, with money given by the Copley family, who owned Copley Newspapers, Inc., which included the Capital City’s daily The State Journal-Register. The name was later changed to the Illinois First Amendment Center to See HISTORY on Page 30
PICTURED FROM LEFT: This Goss Urbanite offset press at Press Publications in Elmhurst was an example of the new production technologies newspapers embraced in the 1970s and 1980s. In the 1980s, computers ﬁrst made their way into newspapers, often entering through the business office before the newsroom. They were bulky and had very little memory, but stories were easier to write and edit on them than typewriters. The IPA’s ﬁrst office in Springﬁeld was on East Cook Street, within view of the state Capitol building. Convention attendees look over the 1985 Better Newspaper Contest award winners during the convention in 1986. Prior to 2013, newspapers submitted their entries with copies of the newspapers. However, in 2013, the IPA developed an online program where newspapers could submit both editorial, advertising and multi-media entries online.
IPA celebrates its 150th anniversary with style
Above: Esther Seitz, Jeff Egbert and Eric Lambert enjoy the festivities. Right: The 150th Anniversary cake. Left: Jonell Mosser of “Freedom Sings” performs during the group’s Thursday afternoon program. Convention photographs by Ave Rio, Illinois State University
Clockwise from top: Freedom Sings, a program of the First Amendment Center, is a critically acclaimed multimedia experience with an all-star cast of musicians, now in its 11th year of touring the country. The presentation features music that has been banned or censored or has sounded a call for social change, and it invites audiences to experience the First Amendment in a new way. Kathy Best, editor of The Seattle Times, told the audience during her keynote address that â€œIf we can always keep the story front and center, technology simply becomes a means for making it more powerful.â€? Kelly Johannes entices bidders with a beautiful dessert during the dessert auction at the advertising awards luncheon. Monies raised during the annual event support programs of the Illinois Press Foundation.
Six honored during 150th Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony
he Illinois Press Association honored six individuals with special awards during the Thursday evening Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony at its 150th anniversary convention at the Marriott Hotel & Convention Center. Honored with Distinguished Service Awards were Patrick Coburn, former publisher of The State Journal-Register in Springfield and vicepresident of the Copley Press, Inc.; Howard Hay, former vice-president of strategic alliances and acquisitions for the Chicago Tribune; Sandy Macfarland, CEO of the Law Bulletin Publishing Co., Chicago; Douglas K. Ray, chairman, CEO and publisher of Paddock Publications, Inc., Arlington Heights; and Clyde Wills, former editor and publisher of The Planet in Metropolis. Clark Bell, journalism program director for the Robert R. McCormick Foundation in Chicago was recognized with a Friend of the IPA Award.
Patrick Coburn spent his entire newspaper career at The State Journal-Register and the Illinois State Register, a predecessor to Springﬁeld’s current daily newspaper. He used the practical skills learned at Eastern Illinois University in English and journalism to join the staff of the Register as a police reporter in 1966. He held a number of reporting assignments before becoming city editor of the Register and then managing editor. When the Register merged with the Illinois State Journal in 1974, he
Howard Hay joined the Chicago Tribune as assistant personnel manager in 1967, and was named personnel director in 1972. In 1974, he became manager of circulation development, and then held positions as city home delivery manager, manager of operations/transportation and city street sales, circulation manager and director of circulation. He retired in 1999 as vice president of strategic alliances and acquisitions. Mr. Hay held several offices in the Illinois Press Association and served on the board of directors. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Newspaper Association of America and Editor & Publisher magazine for his career contributions to the newspaper industry. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois and a veteran of the United States Army.
was named managing editor of the new newspaper. He was named publisher on January 1, 1997. Coburn was active with many professional organizations during his tenure with the newspaper. He served with several committees of the national Associated Press Managing Editors Association. He was a member of the board, the executive committee and chairman of the 20-state Mid-America Press Institute. He was president of the United Press International Illinois Editors Association and served as president of the Illinois Associated Press Editors group. He was active with The AP on the national level – serving on the convention and
Douglas K. Ray is chairman, CEO and publisher of Paddock Publications, Inc., in Arlington Heights. He began his career at the Daily Herald and Paddock Publications as a reporter in 1970, became city editor and news editor and in 1983 managing editor. He later became executive editor, was appointed Daily Herald editor in 1991 and senior vice president/editor in 1996. In 1998 he added the duties of general manager and was elected by the Paddock Board of Directors president and chief operating officer in 1999, chief executive officer in 2002, publisher in 2009 and chairman of Paddock Publications Board of Directors in 2010. Ray joined the newspaper shortly after it moved from weekly to daily frequency and presided over a consistent circulation growth pattern to become the state’s third largest newspaper, along the way serving in leadership positions on numerous industry boards of directors. He was twice president of the Illinois United Press International Editors Association and served for ﬁve years on the UPI advisory board. He is past president and board member of the Associated Press Illinois Advisory Council. Ray was selected by the Southern Illinois University journalism department as alumnus of the year, and by the Northern Illinois University as Journalist of the Year. He was named publisher of the year in 2006 by Editor & Publisher magazine. He also is a former director of the Inland Press Association and a former member of the board of directors of the Newspaper Association of America. Mr. Ray is past president of the Illinois Press Association and a current member of the board of the Illinois Press Foundation.
nominating committees. He lectured at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Indiana University and was editor-in-residence at the University of Illinois. In 2001, he was named to the Lincoln League of Journalists by the Illinois AP editors and was later inducted as a Master Editor in the journalism hall of fame at SIU Carbondale. He was inducted into the EIU Journalism Department Alumnus Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2006, he was awarded the honorary degree, doctor of public service, by Eastern Illinois University. In the fall of 2006, he was presented with the James C. Craven Freedom of the Press Award by the Illinois Press Association.
Sandy Macfarland started his publishing career in 1975 after graduating from Texas Christian University. He spent his ﬁrst nine years in the advertising departments of The New Yorker and Fortune magazines. He established his roots in the newspaper business when he joined his family’s publishing business in Chicago (Law Bulletin Publishing Co.) in 1983 as its advertising director. In 1990 he was promoted to vice-president/ director of sales & marketing and ﬁve years later became its vicepresident of operations and business development. In 2003, he purchased his family’s business and now serves as CEO. During his time in the publishing business, Mr. Macfarland has been very active in the IPA. He has spent most of this time working with the association in its efforts to defend newspapers public notice advertising. He also helped with the development of the IPA’s Public Notice internet strategies leading to its centralized web site, Public Notice Illinois for posting notices online. Mr. Macfarland currently sits on the board of directors of the IPA and currently serves as the chairman of the government relations committee.
Clyde Wills was born into a newspaper family and grew up shooting photos, writing stories and setting type at his father’s weekly in the central Kentucky town of Calhoun. When his father stepped aside, Wills took over as editor of the McLean County News at the age of 23. After the family paper was sold, Wills went to a paper with a strange name in a town with a strange name: The Planet in Metropolis, Ill. Wills ran the paper -- ﬁrst as editor and later as publisher -- for 37 years. He reported tirelessly on the community, often to the frustration of local leaders who were not used to having their actions documented so thoroughly. He also modernized the Planet’s production and expanded by establishing a free regional newspaper. At the same time, his weekly column shared his personal life -- the loss of a son, travels to new places, his mother’s Alzheimer’s disease, a battle with leukemia. While covering the town, Wills also worked hard to improve it. He volunteered at countless community events and served on boards and commissions. He helped organize what has become the town’s signature event, the annual Superman Celebration. He has patiently given interview after interview -- once while wearing a cape -- to national reporters doing feature stories on Superman’s hometown. One of those reporters became a close friend and later wrote, “He has been as important and as present in that town as Superman himself.” Wills was named a “master editor” by the Southern Illinois Editorial Association in 1990. He has served as president of the Illinois Press Association and the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors.
Clark Bell is the McCormick Foundation’s Journalism Program director. Mr. Bell, who joined the foundation in October 2005, oversees journalism grant-making initiatives and shapes the program’s focus on critical issues facing the news media. He manages an annual grant-making budget of nearly $6 million. He is a veteran reporter, editor, publisher and communications consultant. Prior to joining the McCormick Foundation, he was managing director for American Healthcare Solutions, where he developed communications strategies for hospitals, medical foundations and technology ﬁrms. His extensive journalistic background includes serving as publisher of Modern Physician magazine, editor and associate publisher of Modern Healthcare magazine, executive business editor of the Dallas Times Herald and business columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. Earlier, he served as a consumer affairs reporter for the Chicago Daily News and sports writer for the Des Moines Register. Clark earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Drake University and a master’s degree in urban studies from Loyola University of Chicago. He was among the ﬁrst group of journalists awarded a Sloan Fellowship to study economics at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Bell serves on the board of the American Society of News Editors Foundation and the Accrediting Council on Education and Journalism and Mass Communications.
Don Craven honored with award named for his father Donald M. Craven, legal counsel to the IPA, was awarded the James C. Craven Freedom of the Press Award during the Association’s 150th Anniversary Gala Dinner. The award was established in 1993 to honor his father, The Honorable James C. Craven, a voting rights and press freedoms champion. Since its inception, the award has been given 16 times. Previous honorees include Judge James C. Craven; John Foreman, Champaign News-Gazette; Shawn Denney, former counsel to the Illinois Attorney General; Edmund J. Rooney, director, National Center for Freedom of Information Studies at Loyola University; Harold W. Fuson, vice-president, chief legal officer/secretary, Copley Press, Inc.; Bill Miller, former director/University of Illinois, Springfield, Public Affairs Reporting Program; The Associated Press, Illinois; Marx Gibson, general manager, Joliet Herald-News; Steven Helle, head of the department of journalism, University of Illinois; Phil Kadner, columnist/associate editor, The Daily Southtown, Chicago; Richard Parmater, editor, The Regional News, Palos Heights; John David Reed, professor of journalism, Eastern Illinois University; Patrick Coburn, publisher, The State Journal-Register, Springfield; Bernie Judge, publisher, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin; Bruce Dold, editorial page editor, Chicago Tribune; and Marion Best, publisher, The News-Progress, Sullivan. Donald M. Craven was born and raised in Springfield, Ill., and attended Pleasant Plains High School before graduating from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., in 1978. He attended Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, where he taught legal writing and moot court courses and was an articles editor for the Southern Illinois University Law Journal. Upon graduating
in 1981, Mr. Craven went to work for the Springfield law firm of Londrigan & Potter (now Londrigan, Potter & Randle), where he practiced general business law for five years. Mr. Craven later joined his father, former Illinois Appellate Court Justice James C. Craven, in practice in Springfield, concentrating from 1986 to 1989 on media issues and voting rights litigation on behalf of black and Hispanic communities in Illinois and California. He now concentrates on libel and First Amendment issues, access to government meetings and records, and the business issues of concern to newspapers. Mr. Craven has counseled executive directors and board members of the Illinois Press Association, Illinois Broadcasters Association, and Illinois News Broadcasters Association on association activities, both legal and legislative. Mr. Craven has testified before committees of the Illinois General Assembly on media issues. Mr. Craven is the author of the Illinois chapter of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press publication, Open Government Guide. He co-authors the MLRC publication on media libel law and privacy issues. In addition, Mr. Craven has served as counsel to firefighter unions, pension boards, and individual firefighters throughout Illinois. Mr. Craven has assisted unions in disciplinary matters, contract negotiations, legislative affairs, and has produced seminars for union conferences. Mr. Craven was inducted as the first Honorary Member of International Association of Fire Fighters Local 37 in Springfield for services to the union, its members, and the family of a fallen firefighter. Mr. Craven maintains a general litigation and appellate practice.
Above: Dennis DeRossett (L), IPA Executive Director, and Don Craven unveil a newly created plaque honoring winners of the James C. Craven Freedom of the Press Award.
Excellence in advertising award winners
IPA Executive Director Dennis DeRossett presents the Advertising Sales Representative of the Year Awards (daily newspapers) to Amanda Warning of the Quincy Herald-Whig, left, and to Brian Flath of The Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale.
1 Leslie Flint of the Elburn Herald accepts the Division G trophy for excellence in advertising from IPA Board Member Tim Evans
Jay Dickerson of The Galena Gazette is awarded the Division H trophy for excellence in advertising from IPA Board Member Tony Scott.
Jen Baratta of Sauk Valley Media, Sterling, accepts the Division I trophy for excellence in advertising from IPA Board Member Ron Wallace.
Kelly Johannes of The Dispatch & Rock Island Argus takes home the Division J trophy for excellence in advertising from IPA Board Member Tim Evans.
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Clockwise from top left: Kelly Johannes of The Dispatch & Rock Island Argus accepts the James S. Copley Memorial Award as the sweepstakes winner in advertising among daily newspapers. IPA Board Member Ron Wallace of the Quincy Herald-Whig presented the award. Rinda Maddox, publisher of the Sidell Reporter, slices one of the special desserts created by the Illinois State University culinary staff. The beautiful, sweet delights were donated by ISU to be auctioned during the advertising awards luncheon. The annual dessert auction raised $2,700 to support the programs of the Illinois Press Foundation. Jay Dickerson (r) of The Galena Gazette accepts the Sam Zito Award of Excellence as the sweepstakes winner in advertising among non-daily newspapers. IPA Board Member Tim Evans of the News-Gazette Community Newspapers presented the award.
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Excellence in editorial award winners
Far left: Cheryl Wormley, right, publisher of The Woodstock Independent, accepts the David B. Kramer Memorial Trophy as the sweepstakes winner of Division A newspapers. The award was presented by IPA Board Member Wendy Martin of the Mason County Democrat. Left: Hillary Dickerson, editor of The Galena Gazette, accepts the Harold and Eva White Trophy as the sweepstakes winner of Division B newspapers. The award was presented by IPA Board Member Tony Scott of GateHouse Media.
1 Jim Rossow, (L) editor of the Champaign News-Gazette, accepts the Mabel S. Shaw Memorial Trophy from IPA Board Member Tony Scott. The award is given to the sweepstakes winner of Division E daily newspapers.
2 Eric Olson, editor of the Daily Chronicle of DeKalb, accepts the Patrick Coburn Award of Excellence from IPA Board Member Wendy Martin. The award is given to the sweepstakes winner of Division D daily newspapers.
3 James Kirk, (center), publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times, accepts the Stuart R. Paddock Memorial Trophy from IPA Board Members Tim Evans and Ron Wallace. The award is given to the sweepstakes winner of Division F dailynewspapers.
4 Jacquinete Baldwin, (L) and Sky Hatter (R), editorial designers of the Wednesday Journal of Oak Park & River Forest, accept the Will Loomis Memorial Trophy from IPA Board Member Ron Wallace. The award is given to the sweepstakes winner of Division C weekly newspapers.
Left: L to R: Brendan Healey of Mendell Menkes, LLC, Chicago; Jen Steiner of Metro Creative Graphics, New York; Brad Hanahan, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, and Kelly Johannes, The Dispatch & Rock Island Argus, enjoy the Presidents’ Reception on Thursday evening. Below: John Plevka, (L) general manager of The Daily Vidette at ISU, and Patrick Coburn, former publisher of The State Journal-Register in Springﬁeld, enjoy the Presidents’ Reception.
Above: Allen Beerman, (L), executive director of the Nebraska Press Association, moderates a discussion with Howard G. Buffett, chairman, Howard G. Buffett Foundation, a charitable group that addresses global food insecurity, during the Gala Dinner and Awards. Left: Dana Saal (R), who serves as the IPA’s convention consultant, visits with Jon and Nancy Whitney of the Carroll County Review in Thomson. Dana’s father, Leo G. “Jerry” Piper of the Barrington Courier-Review, served as president of the IPA Board of Directors in 1986.
AROUND THE STATE
The Galena Gazette moves into new era of ownership C
arter and Sarah Newton, publishers of The Galena Gazette, have announced an agreement with Jay and Hillary Dickerson that provides an opportunity for the couple to purchase stock in Galena Gazette Publications, Inc., with the eventual goal of the Dickerson’s taking ownership of the newspaper over the next few years. The Newton’s are observing their 30th year as publishers of the newspaper, which began publication in 1834. In a column announcing the agreement, Carter Newton explained, “As Sarah and I have approached our 30th anniversary as publishers, we’ve been working to ensure strong and stable ownership and management of this business for the next 30 or more years. We’re very fortunate to have a very talented staff. We’re fortunate, also, to have a young couple working here in management positions. Jay Dickerson has been with us 12 years this month, first as editor and now as advertising manager. His wife, Hillary, has served as our editor for nearly four years. These young people are dedicated to their jobs and have purchased a home in Galena. They have three delightful daughters and they have dived
Tribune Publishing buys UT San Diego
Sarah and Carter Newton (L), and Jay and Hillary Dickerson.
into the life of this community. They care about what happens here.” “Since our children weren’t interested in continuing this legacy into the next generation, we could think of no better duo to continue this newspaper’s legacy than Hillary and Jay,” Newton wrote. He added, “For all my critics who are cheering right now and feeling elated, please don’t be too quick. Sarah and I have no plans to retire. I’m hoping to work for another 10 years.”
“The challenging part for Sarah and me will be working with business partners once again. One gets used to making decisions without a lot of consultation when there are no business partners. But, we also think that this will energize us and make us better at what we do. This is a time of great satisfaction as we watch Jay and Hillary spread their wings. We’re so glad that we can be of help,” Newton wrote.
Shaw Media acquires Kendall County weeklies
haw Media, owner of Sauk Valley Media, has announced the purchase of The Record Newspapers Inc. from Jeff and Kathy Farren. Based in Yorkville, The Record Newspapers include the Kendall County Record in Yorkville, the Ledger-Sentinel in Oswego, the Plano Record and the Sandwich Record, as well as their websites. “We are proud to welcome The Record Newspapers to our growing portfolio of family-owned, community-focused media operations,” Shaw Media President John Rung said. “We look forward to continuing the Farrens’ tradition of quality local journalism, while expanding the
Ledger-Sentinel’s and Record’s presence through digital formats.” The transaction took place in late June. “We have always worked hard to provide extensive local news coverage of our communities,” said Kathy Farren, Record editor. “So we are pleased with Shaw Media’s commitment to continue that level of coverage for our readers,” Founded in 1864, the Kendall County Record was purchased in 1973 by the Farrens, who founded the Plano Record in 1976. The couple acquired the Oswego Ledger in 1979 and the Fox Valley Sentinel in 1980; those two papers were consolidated into the Ledger-Sentinel. The Farrens
launched the Sandwich Record in 1985. “The decision to sell was a difficult one,” publisher Jeff Farren said, but he added, “We believe Shaw will be able to continue providing good newspapers for our readers and advertisers with more online content in the future.” Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 1851, Shaw Media is the third-oldest continuously owned and operated media company in the U.S. It owns and operates newspapers, magazines, websites and other publications throughout Chicago’s suburbs and northern Illinois, as well as in Iowa.
Tribune Publishing has agreed to buy the UT San Diego, uniting the newspapers of California’s two largest cities under common ownership. Tribune Publishing, owner of the Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune and other daily newspapers, announced that it will pay $85 million in a cash-and-stock deal for the UT, eight community weeklies and related websites. The acquisition will give the company a dominant position over a wide swath of Southern California.
Post-Dispatch looks to move The parent company of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says it’s looking for a new home for the newspaper after 56 years in a six-story building downtown. Lee Enterprises, the newspaper’s owner since 2005, announced its plans to sell the building at 900 N. Tucker Blvd. That building has been the newspaper’s base since 1959. Post-Dispatch President and Publisher Ray Farris says the newspaper would like to stay in the downtown area.
Former N.Y. Times exec to lead digital at Tribune Publishing Tribune Publishing has named former New York Times executive Denise Warren as president of digital, a newly created role overseeing digital strategy and operations across the Chicago-based newspaper group. Warren, 51, who will be based in New York, also will oversee the company’s six East Coast newspapers. She joined the company in June. A long-time publishing executive, Warren most recently was vice president of digital operations for
Southern Illinoisan adds new staff The Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale has announced that Jon Alexander is the new opinion editor for the newspaper. Alexander comes to Carbondale from the Times-News in Twin Falls, Idaho, where he was the opinion editor. He previously worked at the Glens Falls Post-Star in New York, where he was a government politics reporter. Alexander is from upstate New York. Stephanie Esters joins the newspaper as a staff reporter. She will cover Murphysboro, as well as be on the environmental beat. Esters comes to Carbondale from southwest Michigan. She previously worked at the Kalamazoo Gazette and the Gannett Suburban Newspapers in New York.
The New York Times, where she is credited with overseeing its industry-leading digital subscription model. She left the newspaper after 26 years in October when her position was eliminated. Warren previously served six years as general manager of nytimes. com, where she launched and led the newspaper’s digital subscription business. During her tenure, Warren oversaw numerous digital innovations including the launch of the newspaper’s iPad and iPhone apps.
Winter appointed publisher
Woodside promoted Nathan Woodside has been promoted from city editor to managing editor of The Telegraph, a Civitas Media daily based in Alton. Woodside has previously served as managing editor of the Lincoln Courier and the Macomb Eagle, as well as a stint as interim editor at the McDonough County Voice. A Western Illinois University alumnus, Woodside has also worked in pre-print production at the Quincy Herald-Whig, and as an editor at the Washington Missourian. He’s served as the public relations coordinator at Partnership for a Connected Illinois, a non-profit state program funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
New editor Rock Valley Publishing has hired Kathryn Menue as editor of the Belvidere Daily Republican. She is a native of Belvidere. Menue graduated with her bachelor’s degree in English from Northern Illinois University in December.
She was chief advertising officer for The New York Times for eight years. She started at the paper as a financial analyst in 1998. Tribune Publishing, which includes the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and eight other daily newspapers, was spun off from Tribune Media last summer. Tribune Publishing has recently expanded its portfolio, agreeing to buy for $85 million the UT San Diego newspaper, formerly known as the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Amy Winter has been appointed publisher of the Danville Commericial-News. Winter has been the marketing and audience development director for the Anderson, Ind., Herald Bulletin for the past seven years. Before that, she served in management positions at papers in Muncie, Ind., and with the Gannett Co. in Wester Virginia and New Jersey. Winter is a graduate of Michicagn State University and holds a master’s degree in business administration from American InterContinental University.
New reporter at News-Gazette Johnathan Hettinger has joined the Champaign News-Gazette as city reporter. He previously was a student at the U. of I. and worked at the Daily Illini, where he started as a copy editor, moved to sports and finished as editor-in-chief. He entered college thinking he would be a lawyer, but “I took to journalism class and liked it.” The 22-year-old graduated from the University of Illinois in May.
Alex Weedon new sales rep for Navigator Alexandria “Alex” Weedon has joined The Navigator in Albion as a sales representative. She
is a graduate of Edwards County High School and previously worked at the Navigator during high school
as a photojournalist. She briefly became a sales executive at the Carmi Times before rejoining The Navigator.
Management appointments in Quincy
Don Crim has been named executive editor of The Herald-Whig in Quincy. He will be responsible for the overall news and editorial content of The Herald-Whig and other special publications, as well as taking on a greater role in product development and strategic planning for the company’s newspaper division. Crim will continue to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Herald-Whig newsroom staff and serve on the newspaper’s editorial board. Crim
joined The Herald-Whig staff as a reporter in 1979 after graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He was named sports editor in 1986, news editor in 1996 and managing editor in 2001. Tom Van Ness has been named advertising director of The Herald-Whig. He will be responsible for advertising sales and revenue across all Herald-Whig print and digital platforms, while focusing on developing and
Dickey joins Press staff Sam Dickey has recently joined the staff of the Wayne County Press in Fairfield as an advertising sales representative. Dickey returned to Fairfield after living near Los Angeles for the past year where he worked for a solar power company. Dickey graduated from Fairfield Community High School in 2008 and the University of Illinois in 2013 with an environmental science degree.
Pantagraph names new ad director Michelle Wojcik has held about every position in the advertising department of the Bloomington Pantagraph. Now, she will oversee all of them in her new role as advertising director. After graduating from Illinois State University in 2006 with a marketing degree, Wojcik joined the Pantagraph advertising department as a proofreader. She earned promotions to advertising assistant, inside sales, projects coordinator, inside sales supervisor and retail manager. “I feel like I kind of grew up here at The Pantagraph,” she said. “This was my first real job out of college.”
New sales rep joins Reppert publications Deb Gregory has joined Reppert Publications — parent company of The Marion Star, The Courier in Carterville and The Independent in Herrin — as an advertising sales representative. Gregory is a veteran in print and digital media sales, having worked as a sales executive the past six years with Gatehouse Media.
New sports reporter/editor joins Macoupin County Enquirer-Democrat Eric Becker has joined the Macoupin County EnquirerDemocrat as sports reporter and sports editor. He is a native of Riverton and a graduate of Eastern Illinois University. Becker has more than 13 years’ experience covering news and sports at newspapers in the Midwest, including in Albion, Benton and Clinton in Illinois.
implementing new revenue strategies and products. Van Ness joined The Herald-Whig as an advertising account executive in 2008 after working for two years as an automotive account executive and major/national account executive for the Denver Newspaper Agency, publisher of the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News. He was named marketing and promotions manager of The Herald-Whig in 2010 and general sales manager in 2012.
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better reflect the geographic reach of the organization. The Center provides free, educational materials for schoolchildren grades K-12 about the importance of the First Amendment and news literacy, and gives grants for high school journalism programs. The Center was a response to national public opinion polls in which 85 percent of respondents said the First Amendment should be modified or eliminated, says Foreman. Read about the IPA’s last twenty-five years and its future in the September PressLines.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Tara McClellan McAndrew is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Springﬁeld’s Public Affairs Reporting program and an award-winning Springﬁeld writer and book author. She is a columnist for Springﬁeld’s State JournalRegister. Her works have been heard on Illinois Public Radio and National Public Radio, and read in 35 newspapers and magazines. Her popular columns about Illinois history are available to IPA member newspapers. Contact Tara at TMcand22@aol.com, 217-7874675, or visit her website at taramcandrew. com for information on how to include her work in your publication.
Richard M. Phillips
Frances Nalley Fornero
Richard M. Phillips worked for more than 40 years as a reporter and editor at the Chicago Tribune, shifting from hard news to features before spending two decades as a copy editor. He died April 11 from complications associated with brain cancer. Mr. Phillips received a bachelor’s Phillips degree in journalism from Michigan State University in 1967. During the summer of 1966, he worked at the Kalamazoo Gazette, and after graduation he worked for several months at The Flint Journal. In December 1967, the Tribune hired Mr. Phillips as a local news reporter. He later covered the police beat and some politics in Lake County. In 1978, he began writing feature articles. His features ran the gamut, from a take on bug zappers to a survey of peewee pizza palaces to a look at the havoc wrought by urban pigeons. He sometimes tackled serious topics in his feature writing, such as child prostitution. Mr. Phillips wrote for the food guide and style sections before joining the national and foreign copy desk.
Longtime Waukegan journalist and teacher Frances Nalley Fornero, died May 14. She was 97. Her career spanned several decades and included stints as feature writer for the News-Sun, author of a column for a Chicago-based newspaper and fourth through eighth-grade Fornero teacher at Immaculate Conception School, now Most Blessed Trinity Academy, in Waukegan. She is remembered by her family as an excellent writer who promoted education. Her father, Charles Nalley, was an editor for a Libertyville-based newspaper. She graduated as valedictorian from Holy Child High School in Waukegan and later attended Barat College in Lake Forest and Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis., before becoming a society editor with the Daily News and American in Chicago. Mrs. Fornero worked at the News-Sun from the mid1950s until 1964 when the family moved to Indiana before later returning to Waukegan.
John Patrick Lonergan
Virginia Brintlinger Willey
John Patrick Lonergan, 84, died May 18. Born and raised in Chicago, he was a resident of Grayslake, and for many years, San Diego. After graduation from Carl Schurz High School in 1948, he attended Wright College and was a Korean War Veteran having served in the U.S. Air Force. He retired as national advertising director from the Chicago Sun-Times after a 35-year career.
Virginia Brintlinger Willey, former copy editor for the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, died May 28. She was 78. Willey brought an unusual background with her when she joined the newspaper’s copy desk in 1984. She lived in Barrington and had taught English and journalism at Barrington High School before staying home to Willey raise her three children. When she reentered the workforce, she returned to her roots in journalism but brought with her a sense of the Barrington community. Rich Klicki started on the copy desk with Willey. “Her command of the English language and her experience as a teacher really shined,” Klicki said. “She was a meticulous copy editor who was great at catching the small details that would be missed by more content-oriented editors.” Pam Baert worked alongside Willey during her early years on the desk. “She was our go-to copy editor for grammar,” Baert said. “In fact, when she retired, she ‘willed’ me her Warriner’s English Grammar and Composition book, which I have on my desk and often use.”
Chicago journalist, science writer and theater critic Tom Valeo died April 22. He was a theater critic for the Arlington Heights Daily Herald and later freelanced for the Chicago Tribune before moving to Florida and becoming an expert on science writing. Valeo “Tom was the most analytical journalist I have ever known, “ said Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire. “He produced work that was very highly educated and extremely approachable without sounding academic.” Mr. Valeo graduated from St. Joseph’s High School in Kenosha in 1967, then earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Wisconsin in 1971. After graduating, Mr. Valeo traveled in South America, then lived in New York City before pursuing a career in journalism. His first job as a reporter was at the Waterloo Courier in Wisconsin. He then was a reporter at the Beloit Daily News. Mr. Valeo joined the staff of the Daily Herald in 1977, first covering the crime beat. He later wrote feature articles for the Herald’s Sunday magazine and also served as assistant features editor. In the early 1980s, Mr. Valeo became the paper’s theater critic, a role he held for almost 20 years. In 2000, Mr. Valeo left the Daily Herald to become a founding editor of the weekly experimental arts, entertainment and public affairs tabloid newspaper City Talk, which now is defunct, until leaving 2002 to focus on a freelance writing career. As a freelance writer, Mr. Valeo also wrote several articles for the Tribune in 2003 and 2004 on topics like Alzheimer’s disease research and theater. in 2004, Mr. Valeo moved to St. Petersburg to be closer to his future wife, and he began focusing on writing about neuroscience. As a freelance writer, Mr. Valeo wrote frequently on health and science issues for the newspaper now called the Tampa Bay Times and also for two neurology publications, Neurology Now and Neurology Today.
William ‘Bill’ Palmer William ‘Bill’ Palmer, 85, died May 19. He graduated from Frankfort Community High School in 1947. He was a graduate of Southern Illinois University where he studied business administration, economics, journalism and philosophy. Palmer served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Palmer had two different work careers. He worked in the field of journalism for Palmer 25 years and was managing editor of the West Frankfort Daily American until 1978. He later served as administrator of UMWA Union Hospital for 23 years, retiring in 1991.