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It’s a New Year with new opportunities and challenges Our biggest opportunity in 2018 is for us as an industry to join forces and to build relationships to combat the challenges that face us all. On a federal level, we are looking at newly imposed preliminary newsprint duties with the possibility of more on the horizon. The Commerce Department made a preliminary ruling this month of countervailing duties on imported newsprint from Canada. Dependent upon the mill, these new duties could be as much as 10 percent. In March, Commerce will make a ruling on anti-dumping charges and that could possibly add an additional SAM FISHER tariff. A final determination will be made later this sumPresident & CEO mer that could make these tariffs permanent. Then there are continuing difficulties with trying to find a strong financial footing for the USPS. This is a complex issue that could result in large increases in Periodical mail costs. It’s important that we reach out to our Congressional members to let them know that we
are concerned about any actions taken by either the Administration or Congress that would put our industry in harms way. Whereas the USPS has Congressional oversight, the newsprint issue is an administrative decision. Either way it’s important that we take every opportunity to let our voices be heard. The National Newspaper Association is holding its annual Community Newspaper Leadership Summit in D.C. in March and we plan on having a number of our members participating and heading to the Hill to make our case. If anyone is interested in being part of the Illinois delegation, let me know, as a large delegation speaks volumes to our elected officials. I plan on heading out across the state next month to make publisher/owner visits. My hope is to meet face to face to see how the association may better serve you. Additionally, I’m encouraging publishers to make sure that they have an established relationship with their elected officials. If you want to sit down together, let me know. We’re busy here making plans for this year’s convention. As we get more details finalized we’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, save the date, June 7-8, 2018. To register for the Community Newspaper Leadership Summit, visit https://nna.formstack.com/forms/nnasummit2018
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Newsprint tariffs, Graphic Arts rules priorities for IPA Just days ago the U.S. Department of Commerce set so-called preliminary countervailing duties as high as 9.9 percent for uncoated groundwood paper, which includes newsprint, book and directory papers. Imports of this raw material were estimated to have JOSH SHARP a value of $1.27 billion in 2016. Executive Vice President & Chief The Commerce Operating Officer Department is due to make a final determination around May on its investigation into these alleged unfair Canadian subsidies. According to Paul Boyle, of the News Media Alliance (NMA), U.S. Customs OWEN IRWIN and Border Protection will beAssistant Vice President, gin collecting Government Relations estimated countervailing duties for Canadian
newsprint imported on or after approximately Jan. 16. Importers of record will be the parties responsible for paying the duties. If either Commerce or the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) reverses their preliminary rulings in their final determinations later this year, collected duties will be refunded to these importers. Also of note, is the companion anti-dumping investigation underway by the Department of Commerce, again concerning imported uncoated groundwood paper, where a preliminary determination is set for March 7, 2018. Any determination made by the Department on anti-dumping duties would be in addition to the duties just announced. We will be working with NMA and other press associations to develop a strategy that the IPA and our members can use to hopefully fend off this unwarranted government action. IPA members should be ready to engage with congressional leaders in their areas, and while these are just preliminary rulings, a final ruling will be made sometime in September – we need to do everything possible to win this battle.
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(DOR) rulemaking process for new regulations regarding the recategorization of the Graphic Arts and Machinery Equipment tax incentive. The IPA has been told that DOR has prioritized rulemaking and implementation of the “Invest in Kids” Tax Credit. This is the private school donation tax credit recently passed by the General Assembly. This new tax credit has taken considerable DOR staff time to get up and running; however, it is our understanding that the graphic arts regulations should be taken up in January. Previous conversations with DOR has led the IPA to believe that many of the existing rules governing the graphic arts exemption would simply get moved into to the graphic arts section of the manufacturing equipment exemption. Nevertheless, IPA staff will be keeping a
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See the other person’s point of view A friend told me about the time his mom took him to the shopping mall to help her pick out a birthday present for his father. He was about 6 years old at the time, and it was no surprise that he headed straight for the toy store. That gave her a chance to have a little talk with him about the gift selection process: We look for something the other person JOHN FOUST would like, which is not necessariRaleigh, N.C. ly what we would like for ourselves. She then guided him to another store, where they picked out a more appropriate gift. All these years later, he still remembers that important lesson. The adult version of this story happens all the time. I once attended a strategy meeting at a nonprofit agency. The group was discussing ways to express appreciation to donors, and someone suggested framing a list of names and displaying it in a prominent place in the office. The leader of the group said, “That won’t work. I don’t want my name publicized.” Someone pointed out that people could remain anonymous if they wanted, but she stood firm against the idea. It wouldn’t have been a shock if someone else had made that statement, but she should have known better. If you ask me, it was obvious that the wrong person was leading that meeting. I’ve heard the same kinds of things in advertising meetings. A retailer refuses to run an ad in the sports section of the paper, because he doesn’t like sports. He doesn’t understand that his products appeal to the demographic group that follows sports. A business owner decides against a digital presence, because “digital is only for na-
tional news.” She doesn’t realize that her target audience is relying heavily on digital for local news. A salesperson hesitates to recommend a higher ad budget, because that advertiser has never spent that much money before. In reality, the advertiser may have plenty of money to spend on the campaign, but the sales person can’t think beyond his own perceptions. Henry Ford said, “If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.” Yes, anyone can see things from their own point of view. But it requires special talent to see things from the other person’s perspective. Advertising requires its practitioners to follow Henry Ford’s advice on many different levels. Salespeople have to see things from their advertisers’ perspectives. Then they have to help those advertisers see things from their target audiences’ viewpoints. Along the way, they have to help their production departments create audience-relevant messages. It’s human nature to believe that everyone will like this new business proposal—or that headline—or this ad schedule. That’s why it takes discipline to understand what the other person thinks. In the end, you’ll develop better advertising, better marketing partnerships and better internal working relationships. © Copyright 2018 by John Foust. All rights reserved. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Checklist for the New Year I suppose any time is the right time to look over your newspaper operation and search for ways to make improvements, but the beginning of the year seems especially appropriate for such a task. As I sat at my trusted keyboard to begin, I sent a note out to newspaper friends throughout North America to ask for their suggestions. Let me share a few of those first:
Tom in Mississippi Tom writes, “Do what you do best the most. Fulfill KEVIN SLIMP your purpose to your community.” Tom makes a Director, Institute of great point. In Newspaper Technology study after study, we’ve learned it’s all about community. Successful community papers remain focused on local stories. Look over your newspaper with the rest of your staff. How did you do in 2017? How can you be even more involved in your community in 2018?
Karen from Tennessee Karen writes, “Why not try something new this coming year or replace an outdated tradition?” Tradition is a good thing. Sociologists tell us it’s an important factor in binding families and groups together. Author Frank Sonnenberg wrote, “Tradition contributes a sense of comfort and belonging. It brings families together and enables people to reconnect with friends.” When I speak on the topic of “Getting People to Pick Up Your Paper,” I remind listeners of the importance of building trust in our communities. One of the ways we build trust is by creating traditions in our newspapers. However, Karen is right. The new year is the perfect time to look over our
papers and ask ourselves which traditions build trust with our communities and which ones would be best left behind. My son and I have taken an annual “Walk across Knoxville” each year on Labor Day. As he has grown into a young adult, it’s become obvious the tradition doesn’t fit neatly into his schedule due to changing obligations, as well as a greater number of options available to a young adult. So this year, I let it go. He went to DragonCon, dressed as the Joker, and had the time of his life. We’ll walk across the city again, but it doesn’t have to be on Labor Day. Much like a newspaper, we’ll adjust to better fit our current lifestyles.
Gary in Missouri Gary added the new year is a good time to take a look at your online presence. Find ways, we wrote, “to turn your website into a revenue stream rather than a revenue drain.” When’s the last time you took a good look at your website? Does it represent your newspaper in a positive way? I would suggest your gather a group together once a year, and the start of the year is as good a time as any, and look over your digital presence.
Mark from South Carolina Mark wrote the beginning of the year is a good time to go through old newspapers and find great stories to reprint. "Great stories are still great stories!" Mark added.
Amanda from Tennessee “My dad always suggested we go through papers from the previous year and pick out certain events that are reoccurring and mark them on calendar. We tend to get so busy sometimes that we miss things.” That’s a great checklist item, Amanda. Go through your pages from 2017. What are some events you want to be sure and cover in 2018? Put those down on a calendar. Did you cover any stories that would
Earl Goodman, Tennessee Press Service, looks over his January calendar. make good follow-up stories in 2018? Put those on the calendar. Who are advertisers that were running in early 2017 that aren’t in your most recent issues? Make a point to give them a call. We can garner a wealth of information by looking through pages from the past year.
Christina from Missouri “Delete files. I do that at the beginning of every year. I often go back and find files five or more years old I don’t need anymore.” That’s a great idea, Christina. Bulky hard drives really slowly down a computer’s performance. Let’s take it a step further, though. In addition to outdated files, go through your computer and uninstall applications you no longer use. I did this on my desktop last week and found more than 20 applications to throw away. They add up quickly.
Okay, now for my list My friends made my job easy, leaving just a little space for my checklist of to-do items as we kick off 2018 at our newspapers: • Create focus groups by inviting readers and non-readers to look over your newspaper as a group and make suggestions.
• Strategize staff training. Everyone needs training from time to time to improve skills and provide motivation. The first of the year is a good time to look through your newspaper staff and see what types of training would be most beneficial. • Go through your list of advertisers. Who hasn’t run an ad in six months? Studies indicate it’s 20 times as easy to bring back an old customer than to recruit a new one. • Go through your list of subscribers. Your efforts may be more fruitful if you focus on getting former readers to return before gaining new subscribers. • Do an equipment inventory. Do you have computers, software or other equipment that is slowing down your production process? Now is a good time to begin planning to replace outdated equipment. It’s a short list, but if you accomplish just one or two of these checklist items you’ll be well on your way to improving your newspaper’s outlook for 2018 and beyond. Kevin Slimp is the CEO of newspaperacademy.com and director of The Newspaper Institute. Contact Kevin at email@example.com
What do we mean when we discuss 'classified'?
I admit I get confused when the conversation turns to the loss of “classified” advertising. Are we talking about those small 30- to 50-word reader ads or the more serious classified display? If the discussion is how to resurrect the small reader ads—the word ads advertising an apartment for rent or a wedding dress, only worn once, for sale cheap—that revenue is gone, most PETER likely forever. Our WAGNER Iowa Capital City Iowa Information Inc. daily, once heavy with a fat special section of classified ads is reduced to a single page today in our rural market editions. The paid five- or six-line classifieds began disappearing when local, low wattage, radio stations began entering our once exclusive markets 50 years ago. In need of both cheap program material and a way to build listener loyalty, those small market radio stations offered listeners a daily program where they could call in and share what they had for sale or wanted to buy. Why pay the newspaper $5 or more for a classified ad when they could get their message out for free? Many free circulation publications copied that formula when they began publishing small community or regional editions. That’s smart because classified or liner ads make good fill when the ads on a shopper page didn’t fit together tightly. For shopper publications the free ads served as a form of publication promotion. Most recently, nearby metro TV stations have gotten into the game offering free employment and other classified ads on their website “as a sign of commitment” to the regional communities in their viewing area. But wait a second. Aren’t those the same TV stations that have blatantly appropriated traditionally print auto-
motive advertising to their websites? Aren’t those the same once cash-rich TV outlets that have grabbed our once print committed farm and construction equipment advertising with their website deals? The very same TV stations that, because they too are losing local traditional advertising dollars, are currently offering digital copies of national and some local ad inserts on their website? The answer to print’s classified problem is not one thing but several things. It starts with creating confidence in ourselves and our publication and with effective promotion of that positive image. It continues with a fresh commitment to 1. creating a quality product that exhibits a reason for existing and offers 2. good local content, 3. increased use of process color (when did you buy your last black and white TV set), 4. great page design, 5. Well-designed ads that produce results, 6. unique, original sales promotions, and 7. a sales department staffed with as many inside specialists as outside sales representatives.
arates successful community publications from the existing negative perception of many large metro newspapers. Americans in every size city have learned to tune to CNN and Fox News for breaking national and international updates but need their hometown paper for local news, sports information, heartfelt features and local advertising. Yes, readers still buy a paper as much for the ads as they do the editorial value. And don’t forget the three “C’s” of community shopper and newspaper publishing. Local newspapers prove to be more “credible” than most on-line sources and often are the single media capable of building both “consensus” and a sense of “community” in their market.
INCREASED PROCESS COLOR An average edition of The N’West Iowa REVIEW provides readers 80 or more pages published in five to six sections. As many as half those pages, and half the paid ads, are printed in process color. We’re seeing the addition of one or two new customers every month at our family owned White Wolf Web printing plant—some from as far away as 300 miles—because of our ability to print numerous pages of quality process color in a single section. Growing classified advertising, just like its retail and national counterparts, requires the ability to publish full color on any page on demand.
details beyond what is on some blog or radio station website. In either At our publishing company we use case, the presentation of the story the word Quality over the word Reason is as important as the quality of the as our mission statement. Our sales reporting and writing. Great newspromotion department makes every papers break their reporting into effort to create quality special sections that attract advertisers and readers several easy-to-scan parts including alike. Beyond that, our advertising and the main story, illustrative photos, page designers work overtime to make factoids, quote boxes, sidebars and every ad and every page exciting, incutlines skillfully designed to draw formative and effective. Our 55-year GREAT GRAPHIC PAGE DESIGN old Golden Shopper, regional N’West There is much debate today on the reader in at many points of the Iowa REVIEW and recently purchased what format best creates reader in- skillfully designed presentation. Sioux Center Shopper—as well as three “hometown” paid circulation newspa- terest and loyalty. Some editors beWELL DESIGNED ADS THAT PRODUCE RESULTS pers succeed because there are no oth- lieve it is necessary to produce evToo many newspaper ads fall er weekly or daily publications capable ery story short and sweet. “Today’s of competing with us. No publication readers don’t have the time or inter- short because they don’t motivate will thrive if it isn’t unique and valuest to read past the first three para- any action. Rather than offering an able in the eyes of potential readers. opportunity that requires immedigraphs,” they say. Other editors believe today’s read- ate response, the ads simply say nice GREAT ORIGINAL CONTENT See WAGNER on Page 10 Original local content is what sep- er is looking for the full story, with QUALITY OVER REASON
Paper moving out, jail moving in Newspaper office will be pressed into service as new law enforcement center The Bureau County Board has chosen to remodel rather than build a new law enforcement center. The board voted early January to pay $725,000 for the 14-year-old, 21,000-plus-square-foot Bureau County Republican building, on 5.3 acres at 800 Ace Road. The BCR building, owned by Shaw Media, the same company that owns Sauk Valley Media’s Daily Gazette in Sterling and the Telegraph in Dixon, no longer accommodates the needs of the newspaper, said Don Bricker, a regional Shaw Media executive and SVM’s publisher. The Republican, which also publishes the Putnam County Record, Tonica News, Illinois Valley Living and other niche publications, is looking for new space in Princeton, said Jim Dunn, editor and general manager.
The Bureau County Board voted early January to pay $725,000 for the 14-year-old, 21,000-plussquare-foot Bureau County Republican building, on 5.3 acres at 800 Ace Road.
The Channooka Weekly ceased publication Due to economic conditions, Rock Valley Publishing decided to cease publication of the Channooka Weekly. The company's management announced Dec. 21 as the final edition of the newspaper.
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Pana News-Palladium sells to Paddock Publications Negotiations completed early January for the sale of Pana News, Inc. to Paddock Publications, Inc., officials for both companies announced late December 2017, in a transaction that added three community weeklies to Paddock's ownership of other downstate newspapers. The transaction included three Christian County weeklies, the Pana News-Palladium, the Golden Prairie News in Assumption and the Free Press-Progress in Nokomis, which had recently incorporated the Morrisonville Times into its product. Paddock Publications, based in suburban Arlington Heights, is the publisher of the Daily Herald, dailyherald.com, Reflejos, The Business Ledger and an array of niche publications. "When we received word that Tom Phillips was interested in selling the newspapers, we were honored that Tom wanted us to be the buyer," said Douglas K. Ray, Paddock's chairman, publisher and CEO. "I have known Tom for many years and have such respect for him and for what he has done to support Pana and the other communities served by his newspapers." Pana News dates back to 1932 when Pana News, Inc. was founded by two Nokomis men, Donald Pauschert and Glen "Scrubby" Michelman. The paper has been under the purview of Publisher Tom Phillips for over sixty years, Phillips says. The Pana News-Palladium had been a semiweekly publication, distributed every Monday and Thursday until mid-2017 when the paper went weekly with a Wednesday distribution.
Campbell Publications ceased publication of The Weekly Messenger Campbell P ublic at ions announced that they ceased publication of The Weekly Messenger. The final issue of the newspaper was Dec. 27, 2017. T imot hy Campbell, company president, said Pleasant Hill area residents should see no reduction in coverage of community happenings; news of the area will be included in Campbell Publications' countywide newspaper, Pike Press.
After announcing plans in early October for a move from its East Broadway location, the Telegraph has opened its new office location on Piasa Street. The Telegraph will now be located at 219 Piasa St., Alton, with office hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For the past nearly 90 years, the Telegraph has been located at 111 E. Broadway in Alton, just a few blocks from the new office.
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Illinois newspapers have helped locate over 250 missing photos of Vietnam veterans so far! Please keep promoting the Vietnam Veterans Wall of Faces to your communities. Just over 300 photos of servicemen and women killed in Vietnam are still missing from the Wall of Faces (http://www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/). A customizable editorial and house ads are available for download at http://illinoispress.org/Foundation/WallofFaces.aspx Thank you to all the newspapers participating in this effort!
things about the client’s service or way of doing business. When advertisers don’t see immediate customer response they eventually pull their ads or reduce their print budget. A good salesperson encourages each advertiser to list a unique or often purchased item, describe the item’s many benefits and offer it at a motivating price. The right message also must be published in a clear, creative, attention grabbing design. The same is true of classified employment ads whose purpose is to get readers motivated to apply for the available positions being advertised. ORIGINAL SALES PROMOTIONS Classified display advertising, like all newspaper advertising, sells best when the salesperson provides an incentive to buy. At The N’West Iowa REVIEW we offer area manufacturers the opportunity to participate in exceptional Fourth of July and Labor Day tabloids. The first is centered on praising the firm’s contributions to the American Dream and the second on the commitment and ability of their workers. Limited time discount promotions and holiday tabloids reaching potential workers home for a family visit are other ideas. AN INSIDE / OUTSIDE SALES TEAM Today’s effective print advertising departments are a combination of outside and inside sales professionals. At The N’West REVIEW our sales team is equally divided with the inside team members calling smaller, occasional advertisers, sell-
ing our many community support pages, servicing our auto and farm accounts and selling employment classified display ads. Over the years we’ve built a weekly call relationship with major employers in the multi-county area. That effort results in eight to 14 pages of employment ads weekly. Most accounts are called weekly to update their employee needs. Those who are not called, normally call us when they need help because of the regular contact and personal service they’ve experienced in the past. Many of the classified display customers buy a combination of our various print products and our website. I don’t spend much time worrying over the loss of the individual reader word ads. But I am watching our commitment to traditional machinery, auto, auction and employment classified display ads. They will remain part of our paper’s franchise only if we continue to put their interests first in every way. Peter W. Wagner is founder and publisher of the award winning N’West Iowa REVIEW and 13 additional publications. He is often called the publishing industry’s leading “Idea Man” and is a regular presenter at State Press Association and Publishing Group conventions and seminars. For more ideas and motivation or programs for your upcoming company meeting Wagner can be contacted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling his cell at 712-348-3550.
The Journal-Standard names new ad director A new advertising director took over at The Journal-Standard on Nov. 7. Randy Johnson came to Freeport with more than 36 years of experience, where he's worked as a publisher, advertising director, commercial printer and editor. Most recently, Johnson worked as the general manager for Johnson Rock Valley Publishing, which serves northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin and the Chicagoland area.
Johnson, 59, started at Rock Valley Publishing in 1994 and had worked his way to the top. He took on a new challenge when accepting his role at The Journal-Standard. Prior to working for Rock Valley Publishing, Johnson owned the Elkhorn Independent and started the Geneva Lakes Lifestyle newspaper, which served the Lake Geneva and Walworth County area. Johnson fills the top managerial position previously held by Michele Massoth, who was killed in a rollover car crash in June.
Emily Jankauski leads the Mahomet Citizen as editor
Hired in November to replace Fred Kroner — who retired — Emily Jankauski spent her first weeks on the job meeting and greeting. She began late November.
Jankauski, 29, graduated from Lincoln Christian University before earning a master's degree in communication from the University of Illinois at Springfield. She's excited to continue the hyperlocal approach used by Kroner in his successful run as editor.
Daily Journal added Mason Schweizer to sports staff Mason Schweizer is the newest member of the Daily Journal sports staff, but he is hardly a new face on the area sporting scene. A current Bourbonnais resident and 2010 graduate of Bishop McNamara Catholic High School, Schweizer attended Bradley schools before high school and spent those formative years both Schweizer playing and observing local sports. After graduating from Wayne State
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(Neb.) College in 2017, Schweizer went back home to embark upon his professional career. His return will be beneficial for himself, the newspaper and the community as a whole, said Rich Zinanni, who coached Schweizer while he was a member of the McNamara football team. Schweizer was a defensive lineman during his playing days, and became a varsity starter at a position that has an unsung hero aspect to it. While few casual fans notice their contributions, coaches like Zinanni know how important linemen are to a team's success.
After 41 years, Jay Tebbe retired from BN-D Jay Tebbe, the Belleville News-Democrat’s president and publisher, announced Dec. 18 he would retire at the end of 2017. Tebbe has been the company’s chief executive for 14 years. He was hired in 1976 as a truck driver and worked his way up through the ranks to become president and publisher in April 2004. “Forty-one years ago this week, I started working here at the BND,” Tebbe said. “Twenty-eight years ago this week, I was proTebbe moted to be a department head. Eighteen years ago this week my predecessor asked me to move to advertising. And 14 years ago this week, my predecessor announced he was retiring.” Tebbe, 59, announced his retirement at an employee meeting on Dec. 18. Tebbe led the BND through one of the most transformational periods in its 160-year history — its evolution from a newspaper to a multi-platform, digital journalism company. Under his watch, the BND has been recognized for its strong local journalism, particularly its award-winning investigative reporting, and for its consistent growth in digital audience. “I’ve worked here 70 percent of my life, and working here shifted from a job, to a family, to a mission,” Tebbe said. “The mission of local journalism is more important than ever,
and I am extremely proud of the outstanding journalism, especially our watchdog work.” Tebbe has served in a variety of positions, including head of circulation and advertising and company vice president, before he was promoted to president and publisher in 2004. The BND traces its roots to 1858, and he is just the sixth publisher since 1891. Along the way, the Belleville native and Althoff Catholic High School graduate has been deeply involved in community affairs. He is about to end his three-year tenure as civilian chairman of the Belle-Scott Committee and has served multiple terms on the board of the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce, including as its president in 2007. He has also served on the boards of Get to Know the Metro-East, United Way, Downtown Belleville Optimists, Cathedral Grade School, Downtown Belleville YMCA, Lewis and Clark Council of the BSA, American Heart Association Heart Walk, the American Cancer Society, Belleville District 118 Foundation, Air Mobility Command Civic Leaders, and the Leadership Council of Southwestern Illinois. He has been a member of the St. Peter’s Cathedral Finance Council, the Diocesan Finance Council, Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Committee and the St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Community Advisory Board. Tebbe was born and raised in Belleville. Tebbe and his wife, Diane, have two children and two grandchildren.
Cass Star-Gazette names new editor
Melissa Clements, general manager of the Cass County Star-Gazette, has named Brian DeLoche as the paper's editor. "We're both happy and excited that Brian has decided to rejoin the Star-Gazette team," Clements said. DeLoche brings with him nearly 35 years experience as both a civil-
ian and military photojournalist. Over the years, he has won several first place awards from the Illinois Press Association for his writing and photography. More importantly, as a lifelong Beardstown and Cass County resident, DeLoche brings with him a good working knowledge of the community and its history.
Quincy Media Inc. names Wallace publisher of The Herald-Whig Herald-Whig General Manager Ron Wallace has been named publisher of the newspaper, effective Jan. 1. He replaces Thomas A. Oakley, who is retiring after 63 years with the company. Wallace will continue to serve as vice president of newspapers for Quincy Media Inc., the parent company of Wallace The Herald-Whig. "Ron has done an outstanding job of leading The Herald-Whig with great emphasis on regional news coverage, community service, economic betterment and marketing," said Ralph M. Oakley, president and CEO of Quincy Media, in making the announcement. "In his time here, he has expanded The Herald-Whig print efforts, started two magazines, grown our digital footprint and has undertaken initiatives saluting many in the community, including veterans." Wallace said he remains focused on continuing the paper's award-winning tradition of sharing the stories of Quincy and the surrounding area. "Our primary focus will be about the communities we serve locally, our re-
gion second, and then the news from the nation and world, in print and online," he said. Wallace recently became the vice president of the Illinois Press Association, and is a member of the Missouri Press Association, the Inland Press Association and the News Media Alliance. In addition, he serves on the board of directors of the United Way of Adams County, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Quincy, the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce and the Hannibal (Mo.) Area Chamber of Commerce. Wallace joined the company in October 2013 after 10 years as publisher of the Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal and the Daily Commercial in Leesburg, Fla. He previously served as publisher of the Holland (Mich.) Sentinel. He also has held a variety of management roles in news, circulation, advertising, marketing and graphic arts during his 41-year newspaper career. A native of Texas, Wallace attended Texas A&M University. He and his wife, Pat, a native of the St. Louis area, make their home in Quincy. A grown son is a career member of the U.S. Navy.
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On Jan. 2, Spitler officially became the editor of the DuQuoin Evening Call leaving his position as managing editor of the Chester Randolph County Herald Tribune. “So in true Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy fashion, I have my towel and I'm ready. So long, and thanks for all the fish,” Spitler wrote in a column announcing his move.
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Journal Star sports editor selected for Hall of Fame USBWA will induct Wessler at 2018 Final Four Peoria native and longtime Journal Star sports editor Kirk Wessler has been selected for induction into the United States Basketball Writers Association Hall of Fame. Wessler is part of a four-person class that will be inducted at an April 2 awards luncheon held in conjunction with the NCAA Final Four in San Antonio. Wessler was informed Wessler of the honor by USBWA executive director Joe Mitch. "I know it's cliche to say I was speechless, but all I could say was 'Wow,'" Wessler said. "I'm beyond humbled and honored." Wessler has been a fixture at the Journal Star since 1987, when he began his second stint with the newspaper. He became sports editor in 1991. Wessler has won numerous awards for his work. His national honors include a first place from the Associated Press Sports Editors for column writing in 2013 and a first place from the USBWA for column writing in the 2015-16 college basketball season. Wessler won the 2006 James S. Copley Ring of Truth Award for best series of columns. A graduate of Peoria High in 1973 and Bradley University in 1977, Wessler began his writing career when he was hired to the Journal Star part-time sports staff while attending college. He also worked at the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune as sports editor and managing editor and was at the Dallas Times Herald as deputy sports editor. Wessler is the second Journal Star writer in three years to be chosen for the USBWA Hall of Fame. Hanna City native and Manual graduate Bob Pille, who began his career at the Journal Star in 1950, was inducted posthumously as part of the 2016 Hall of Fame class. Wessler will be enshrined with Lew Freedman, David Jones and Charles Pierce. The newest class will bring the total list of inductees to 81.
Bob Gerrard For more than 20 years, Bob Gerrard took photos for the Kane County Chronicle, covering sports, news, features, car crashes and fires and documenting everyday life in the Fox Valley. Gerrard, 61, died of a heart attack Dec. 22. A photographer and photo editor at the Chronicle before leaving in 2008, Gerrard continued to work as a freelance photograGerrard pher, including as a volunteer for nonprofits' events. A resident of DeKalb, Gerrard had previously lived in Batavia for many years, said former coworker Mark Foster, now a freelance writer for the Chronicle. Foster recalled that Gerrard had a way with people that put them at ease, allowing him to picture his subjects at their best. "Covering a news assignment with Bob was always so much fun," Foster said. "Bob had a sly, sardonic sense of humor – yet he treated everyone with kindness and respect."
Diane Miller Diane Miller (nee Linnane), 86, died Jan. 5, 2018. Miller was a resident of Naperville for the past 18 years, formerly from Niles and Chicago. She was the daughter of Peter and Blanche (nee Budil) Linnane, loving wife and best friend of the late Joseph Arthur Miller for 62 ½ years, and devoted mother of Robert (Sandra) Miller and the late Michael Miller. She was the grandmother of four, including one granddaughter who preceded her in death. Miller and her husband Joe were avid RVers for 25 years traveling the U.S. and Canada making many lasting friendships and memories. Miller served as managing editor for the Bugle newspaper in Niles for 30 years.
Jack Clarke Jack Clarke, who was publisher of The State Journal-Register and its predecessors for 29 years until his retirement at the end of 1996, died Dec. 9 in Naples, Fla., where he had lived in recent years, after a battle with cancer. He was 83. Clarke spent a total of 34 years at the newspaClarke pers, working for both the Journal and the Register when he first joined Copley Press, which then owned the papers, in the mid1960s. "Jack was a good friend and mentor to me and the hundreds of news professionals who served during his tenure," said Patrick Coburn, now of Chicago, who spent a decade as publisher after Clarke's retirement. Born in Mattoon, Clarke grew up in Springfield and Chicago, served in the United States Navy, earned a bachelor's degree and worked for a couple of corporations before go-
ing to Harvard, where he received a master's in business administration. He came to Springfield as assistant business manager for the Journal and the Register, which were published separately. He became business manager in 1965 and publisher in 1968. The papers merged in 1974. During his time with the newspapers, Clarke was involved in efforts that led to the establishment of what was then Sangamon State University in 1970. The institution – now the University of Illinois Springfield – joined the U of I system in 1995. Clarke served on the advisory board of St. John's Hospital, served on the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, and was president and tournament chairman of the former State Farm Rail Classic golf tournament that had been at The Rail Golf Course. Survivors include his wife, Sheila; two children; and two stepchildren.
Linda Dawson Linda S. Dawson, age 68, of Lincoln, died Dec. 3, 2017, in Lincoln. Born April 1, 1949, in Peoria to Robert L. and Burnell I. (Keebaugh) Tobey, Linda graduated from Pontiac High School in 1967 and attended the University of Illinois, earning her bachelor's degree in journalism, Dawson with a minor in music. She married William J. Harrison in August 1972 and had two children, Christina (Harrison) Nevitt and Jeffrey Harrison. After divorcing in 1982, she married Dave Dawson in 1988 and had one son, Eric Dawson. As a reporter and editor for the York News-Times, Linda was active in the community and many profes-
sional organizations. When she retired in 2013, she was editor of The Illinois School Board Journal for the Illinois Association of School Boards in Springfield and resided in Decatur, Ill. Linda is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Christina and Michael Nevitt of Lincoln, sons Jeffrey Harrison and partner Patrick Hartman of Lincoln, and Eric Dawson of Charleston, grandsons Noah and Drew Nevitt of Lincoln, brother and sister-in-law Robert and Cindy Tobey of Lincoln, and brother James Tobey of Los Angeles, Calif., nieces Nicole and Mikayla Tobey and nephews Matthew, Nathan, Nolan, and Robert Tobey, all of Lincoln. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Edward Herter A longtime resident of Arlington Heights and lifelong resident of Illinois died suddenly at Northwest Community Hospital, at the age of 90, on Dec. 30, 2017, after a brief illness. Herter was born in Chicago, and as he liked to tell people, it was "the year Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic." That was in 1927. On Nov. 6 of that year, Edward and Elsa Herter (nee Milbrandt) Herter and sister, Virginia (Johnston), welcomed a son, and baby brother. Edward spent most of his childhood working on the family mushroom farm in Villa Park. He attended York High School and then attended and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1951, where he majored in journalism. Edward married Hazel (nee Jarvi) in 1954, and they celebrated 55 years of marriage before her passing in 2009. During their life together, they celebrated the births of two sons, Christopher E. (Laura Sullivan) and Craig A. (Evelyne), and his granddaughters Maija and Elisa. Edward warmly welcomed Stephanie, Aleece, and Kristen Sullivan (children of Laura Sullivan) and Joan Henning (dear friend/ companion) into the Herter family. And his beloved granddog, Wolfgang. Edward retired from the Chicago Sun-Times in 1986 after more than three decades of service. During his retirement years, Edward found happiness in restoring an old farmhouse in Ontario, Wis., where he also grew shallots and apples, and sold them at the farmers market. He loved telling jokes that would make you groan. Edward was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Elsa, and beloved wife Hazel. He is survived by his sister Virginia, sisters-inlaw Dorothy and Nancy, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Charles Deitz Charles Eugene "Chick" Deitz, 81, passed away Jan. 7. He was born Feb. 14, 1936 in McLeansboro to Robert & Necia (Mezo) Deitz. He married Phyllis Hall on June 24, 1961 in McLeansboro and celebrated 56 blessed years together. Chick proudly served in the United States Army from 1958 until 1960 in Berlin. He worked at the Register News for 50 years and Deitz retiring after 30 years as general manager. He helped build the newspaper to employ over 125 people and spent more waking hours working than he did at his home. He was a valued employee that typed by hand and was known as an electronic genius who could fix anything. He also worked at the Saint Louis Global Democrat as composing room foreman and Thompson News as publisher. He was a loving husband, father, and brother and will be missed by all who knew him. "Chick" is survived by his wife, Phyllis, of Mount Vernon; daughter, Angela Renee; siblings, Bob Deitz and wife, Joan of Mount Vernon, Illinois, Dick Deitz and wife, Sue of McLeansboro, and Priscilla Anderson of Cincinnati, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Illinois Press Foundation offers grants for high school journalism programs The Illinois Press Foundation is once again pleased to offer its Illinois High School Mini-Grants Program for public and private high schools with existing journalism programs. High school journalism teachers may apply for grants up to $1,500 for hardware and/or software needed to produce print or online newspapers. This is the ninth year the foundation has offered the grants. During 2017, $25,000 was awarded to more than 20 high schools. Grant applications are due via email by March 16, 2018, to Cindy Bedolli at email@example.com. Complete information can be found at http:// illinoispress.org/Foundation/GrantsScholarships. aspx
Tim Landis Tim Landis, the business editor of The State Journal-Register, died unexpectedly early Jan. 2 at his home in Chatham. He was 66. Landis covered a wide variety of topics, including business, agriculture, economic development and land use. Landis’ wife of 36 years, Debra, said her husband had no known health problems and exercised — including regular walks Landis with his beloved dog, Chandler — and his unexpected death was peaceful. Kelsey Landis, his daughter, said Tuesday afternoon that an autopsy revealed that her father died of a sudden massive heart attack. Chris Hembrough, president and CEO of The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, called Landis a “good friend to business and always a true professional.” Landis’ final story, an article about new development on North Grand Avenue, was the lead article on the SJ-R’s front page the morning of his death. Landis joined the SJ-R as a legal affairs reporter in 1995. He previously was Statehouse bureau chief for Gannett News Service and business editor of the Rockford Register Star. He also covered politics and government for The Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale. He was a native of Anna and a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. His first journalism job, at 16, was covering sports for a newspaper in Anna-Jonesboro, and he also worked for a radio station there, covering sports and news and serving as a disc jockey, his wife said. He was a drummer dating back to sixth grade and played in a total of three bands, performing several years past high school. He loved jazz and “any kind of rock and roll,” his wife said, and still would play drums in the garage. In addition to his wife and daughter, he is survived by a son, Matt, and his wife,
Ellie; and a granddaughter, Adaline. His parents, Ann and Floyd Landis of Anna, also survive. Journalism runs in the Landis family. Tim and Debra met at The Southeast Missourian in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and she freelanced at the SJ-R before going into journalism education at the University of Illinois Springfield, where she was the adviser of the student newspaper. Kelsey is a reporter at the Belleville News-Democrat, and she and her father were able to work alongside each other while covering the total eclipse in southern Illinois on Aug. 21 for their respective newspapers. “It was pretty cool to work next to Kelsey the day of the event and watch her go about the business of journalism,” Tim said at the time. Kelsey, 29, said when she started doing freelance articles just a few years ago, both parents helped, including her father editing “every single one of my early stories,” sending along comments and suggestions. And the eclipse coverage was memorable, she said. “We had so many special moments. He was so attentive to me and my brother. ... I’m so proud to be able to continue that journalism legacy, and I know he was proud of me and also proud of my brother ... because we were both in professions that helped people or protected people. That eclipse coverage, Executive Editor Angie Muhs believes, was a highlight of Landis’ career — a career that included awards along the way, met with humility. “In typical fashion,” Muhs said of the eclipse story, “when he came back, he told me Kelsey had done a better story than he had.” Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder said Landis “kept me on task,” during interviews, seeking the facts, which he then accurately reported. He said Landis was “kind of like an institution within The State Journal-Register itself. ... It’s a great loss for the SJ-R.”
Cynthia J. "Cindy" Phillips-Latonis Cynthia J. “Cindy" Phillips-Latonis, 59, of Pana, died Jan. 1, 2018 at St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur. She was born Dec. 18, 1958 in Pana to Thomas J. and Doris E. (Christner) Phillips. Phillips-Latonis was a 1977 graduate of Pana High School. She lived out her life in Pana with the exception of her college years in Denver, Colo., SIUE, Edwardsville and St. Joseph College, RensPhillips-Latonis selaer, Ind. She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Pana. While in Denver, Phillips-Latonis worked for Intermountain Color. Upon returning to Pana, she worked many years at Pana News-Palladium as reporter, typesetter, and bookkeeper. She also served on the Board of Directors for the Community Mission Center and Pana News, Inc. She was a former member of the Sacred Heart School Board and head of the original fundraising committee. Phillips-Latonis loved to travel, spend time with her son, his friends, and her nieces. Phillips-Latonis married Thomas "Tom" Latonis on April 20, 1990 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Pana and he survives. She is also survived by her son Jacob Latonis of Pana; father, Tom Phillips of Pana; sisters, Elizabeth "Beth Ann" (David) Bennett of Madison, Wis. and Patricia "Trish" Spracklen of Pana; nieces; Alicia (Alex) Dingee of Madison, Wis., Nicole (Josh) Bonn of Pana and Stephanie (Matt) Kietzman of Kalamazoo, Mich.; nephews, Sam (Wendy) Williamson of Williamsville, and Edward Williamson of Sherman; great-niece, Elliana Bonn; and great-nephews, J.J. Bonn and Carter Williamson. She was preceded in death by her mother and son, Thomas Phillips Latonis.
Mitchell Dydo Jr. Mitchell Dydo Jr. spent 40 years at the Chicago Tribune as a highly respected copy editor and copy desk chief who took seriously his marching orders of improving and correcting Tribune reporters’ articles, all while facing the tightest of deadlines. “Mitch exhibited this cheery, reassuring calm that was completely disproportionate to the highstakes, high-pressure operation he managed,” said former Tribune EdDydo itor Ann Marie Lipinski, who earlier in her career was a reporter and the paper’s metro editor. “He represented the last line of defense for the paper’s metro sections, and every one of us who was ever copy edited by Mitch was saved embarrassment by the mistakes
James Peter Teschner James Peter Teschner, of Chicago, formerly Hinsdale. Born 1931, went to rest Dec. 11, 2017. Son of the late Paul A. and Helen B. Teschner. Loving husband of Mary, nee Gill, of Chicago. Dear father of Laurie (Kevin) Adams, Peter (Gloria), Amy Teschner (Anthony Hurtig) and Katherine (James) Nelson. Grandfather of Gretchen and Brian Adams, Akia Pacheco, Gill and Mae Hurtig, and Charlotte and Sam Nelson. Great-grandfather of three. Former editor and publisher of The Doings Newspapers, Inc., Hinsdale-based West Suburban community newspapers; avid golfer and former member Ruth Lake Country Club (Hinsdale) and Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club (Florida); former member of multiple national and regional newspaper associations including the DuPage Publishers Association; member of The Church of the Holy Nativity (Episcopal), Clarendon Hills. Attended York High School in Elmhurst and Elmhurst College.
he caught and corrected. His encyclopedic knowledge of the Chicago area was legendary and the next best thing to a vaccine against error.” Dydo, 73, died of complications from esophageal cancer Dec. 4 in Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, said his wife of 48 years, Barbara. He also had lived in that southwest suburb for the last 40 years and, prior to that, had lived in Chicago. Born in Chicago, Dydo grew up on the South Side. His father, Mitchell S. Dydo Sr., had worked for a steel fabricating company that was a division of Inland Steel, while his mother, Stella, was the daughter of immigrant parents from Poland and known for her acumen at Polish cuisine, including her specialty, golambki — meat-filled cabbages. Dydo graduated in 1962 from Holy
Trinity High School on the West Side and then earned a bachelor’s degree from Marquette University in 1966. He worked briefly as a reporter for the Southtown Economist newspaper, which now is known as the Daily Southtown. In 1967, he joined the Tribune and began covering neighborhood news in the west and southwest suburbs, as well as the Southwest Side. Dydo then went to work as a copy editor, where he developed a reputation for his exacting standards. He later was promoted to metro copy desk chief. During Dydo’s tenure at the Tribune, copy desk operations became more complex than in the past, Lipinski said. That meant that many of the production responsibilities that once had been handled by the press room were shifted to the various copy desks. In addition, the
Marla Seidell Marla Lynn Seidell, 50, of Low Moor, Iowa, passed away Jan. 1, 2018. Seidell was born Feb. 13, 1967, in Clinton, Iowa. She acquires her associate degree from Sauk Valley Community College. Seidell was united in marriage to Samuel Seidell on Feb. 24, 2001, in Clinton, Iowa. For 26 years, Marla worked at Sauk Valley Media, most recently as special
sections editor. She also was a member of Low Moor City Council. Marla was proud to be a three-gallon blood drive donor. She loved fishing, walking, and riding her bike. She always was there for her family and friends. She loved her dog, her chocolate lab, Princess. Above all, she loved her family very much, especially her two grandchildren, and will be greatly missed.
Tribune introduced a complicated zoning strategy for its metro sections, meaning that different parts of the Chicago area saw customized news sections. One of Dydo’s side interests was cinema, and for a time in the late 1980s, he wrote reviews of films recently out on home video for the Tribune’s feature sections. He also wrote a “People” column for the Tribune in the early 1980s. After retiring from the Tribune in 2007, Dydo volunteered as a Eucharistic minister at Advocate Christ Medical Center, volunteered at a homeless shelter and was a greeter at his church, St. Linus Catholic Church in Oak Lawn. In addition to his wife, Dydo is survived by a daughter, Darla Chaplinski; a son, John-Paul; and a sister, Dorothy Giroux.
Diane N. Hortenstine Diane N. Hortenstine, 60, of Ramsey, died on Dec. 12, 2017, in Springfield. Hortenstine was born on March 10, 1957, in Vandalia, to John E. and Mildred M. "Millie" (Schmidt) Thull. She married Marc B. Hortenstine on Feb. 24, 1978, in Ramsey, and he survives. She worked at Ramsey News Journal and Fayette County State Attorney’s Office as a clerical assistant/ secretary. Hortenstine was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and Ramsey Christian Church, and was a Gold Star Parent and statistician for Ramsey school athletics. In addition to her husband, she is survived by sons, Nathan (Jancye) and Benjamin (Dana) Hortenstine, all of Ramsey; a daughter-in-law, Tina Hortenstine of Cumberland Furnace, Tenn.; and 10 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; and two sons, Daniel and Luke Hortenstine.