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PressLines ILLINOIS

January-February Month 2015 2017

Official Publication of the Illinois Press Association

Bicentennial series to highlight IL history 5 Engage community to find missing photos of veterans 10 Column: Watchdog barked but had no bite 6 Paddock closes deal for Illinois weeklies 14


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Projects in 2017 will help engage communities 2017 is off to a fast start with several special projects already well underway. A few are featured in this issue of PressLines, and I’d like to draw your attention to two that show the positive impact newspapers have on the communities they serve. One very special project involves the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s Wall of Faces, which has been publicized in the past by our Foundation. It involves locating the DENNIS missing photos of DEROSSETT hundreds of Illinois Vietnam war President & CEO veterans who were either killed in action, or are listed as missing in action. This is a very worthy project and one the foundation determined needs to be made a priority and brought to a successful conclusion. At one time there were over 1,400 missing photos from Illinois alone; currently, the number

stands at just over 500. What better way to get this project publicized and the missing photos located than through local community newspapers? We’re confident that with the efforts of all IPA members, 100 percent of these 500-plus photos will be located and Illinois will join the list of several other states that have achieved this level. The target date for reaching that 100 percent goal: Veterans Day — Nov. 11, 2017. Please read more about this project on Page 10. Also, please go to the link of the Wall of Faces to see how such photos are displayed to give appropriate recognition to those men and women who gave their lives in service to this country; that link is: www.vvmf.org/ Wall-of-Faces/ House ads will be available on the IPA’s website under the foundation tab. The ads were designed by county with the names of the soldiers who's photos are still missing. We will continue to update the ads as names are crossed off the list. We will also keep a countdown to show the progress toward the target date. On behalf of the IPF, we thank you in advance for your assistance with

this special project by getting the message out in the communities served by your newspapers. Newspapers will also be asked to help prepare to observe the 200th anniversary of Illinois’ statehood in 2018. The project is the brainchild of the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors (IAPME); please read more about this project on Page 5. Throughout 2017, newspapers will be asked to submit ideas and content from their region on helps trace and showcase the history of the state. The feature will be available to all newspapers to publish throughout 2018 and is sure to be interesting content for newspapers of all sizes in all parts of the state. There are historical tidbits from virtually all com-

munities across the state that will be worthy of inclusion and IPA members are encouraged to submit them to help make this project successful. Thanks to IAPME for the advanced planning and spearheading of this project. Both of the projects underscore the important connection newspapers continue to have with their readers and, also, the significant impact newspapers can have in helping to make worthy projects successful in the communities they serve. Whether it is a local fundraiser or a statewide readership project, it’s still the local newspaper that’s called upon to help make it a success. Communities still need and believe in their local newspaper.

ON THE COVER: Photo by Chris Yucus, NewsTribune, La Salle Members of the Hall football team celebrate on the sidelines during their muddy IHSA Class 2A playoffs win over Monmouth United. (From the collection, IPA Contest Images).

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Push back at local level to fight 'Statement of Affairs' waiver requests

As IPA members are likely aware, the Illinois School Code requires most school districts to publish annually, in the newspaper, information regarding their budgets, personnel, and operations each fiscal year. This is known as the “statement of affairs.”

JOSH SHARP Vice President, Government Relations

However, Section 2-3.25g of the Illinois School Code allows school districts to have requirements such as these waived for a period of up to five years. This

is accomplished by petitioning the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and by having the General Assembly pass a resoOWEN IRWIN lution to approve the waiver. In the Assistant Vice case of the pubPresident, lishing requireGovernment Relations ments regarding the “statement of affairs,” some school districts have argued that uploading and maintaining the information on its website is more economical and efficient than paying a newspaper for public notices and thus would allow the school to use the funds to better the students’ education.

Newspapers need to fight back against these waiver requests at the local level. Here’s what IPA members need to know: Before petitioning ISBE for the waiver, the school board must vote to approve the waiver application following a public hearing about why the waiver is needed. The school board must also allow time for testimony from staff, parents and students. In addition, the school board must publish, in a newspaper, a notice of public hearing regarding the waiver at least one week before the meeting. Once the waiver is approved by the school board, ISBE compiles and submits the waivers (in the format of a resolution) to the General Assembly for a vote. IPA members should be aware of how school districts could use this process to avoid the state mandated requirements to publish the “statement of affairs” and push back at the local level. As outlined above, this process will start always with a published public notice that the school district seeks a public hearing to discuss its intention to apply for a waiver regarding the “statement of affairs” public notice requirements set forth in Section 10-17. It is best for the industry to fight this issue locally before the waiver request gets aggregated into a resolution. If the school district successfully completes ISBE’s waiver process, then members of the General Assembly will be much more likely to approve the resolution as a whole. If members have further questions, do not hesitate to call the Government Relations team. Owen Irwin can be reached at oirwin@illinoispress.org. Josh Sharp can be reached at jsharp@illinoispress.org.

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Irwin joins IPA government relations staff The Illinois Press Association is pleased to announce that Owen Irwin has joined the government relations staff of the association. He comes to IPA from the Illinois Senate Majority Caucus at the state capitol where he was a policy and budget analyst. His committee staffing responsibilities in the Senate included Revenue, Financial Institutions, Pensions & Investments and State Government & Veterans Affairs. He did extensive work in drafting and monitoring legislation, bill analysis, project planning and legislative relationships. As assistant vice president of government relations he will work directly with Josh Sharp, the IPA vice president of government relations. IPA President & Chief Executive

Officer Dennis DeRossett said the one of the IPA’s primary functions is to advocate on behalf of its members and, “to be successful it requires talented, experienced staff. The IPA is fortunate to have someone of Owen’s caliber join our team. Josh and Owen make a very talented lobbying team and we have full confidence in their abilities to represent our members and industry.” Owen is a graduate of Bradley University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and German. He attended Yale University for one year to study macroeconomics, microeconomics and cognitive science. Owen is a native of Pleasant Plains. He and his wife, Emilie, live in Springfield.


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Two cases highlight the need for changes to the definition of public body in FOIA and OMA

The Illinois Press Association has recently written two amicus briefs: submitting one in the Second District Appellate Court case brought by the Chicago Tribune, seeking documents from the College of DuPage and the College of DuPage Foundation; and submitting the other in the Illinois supreme court, in a case involving a FOIA request by the Better GovernDON CRAVEN ment Association Legal Counsel, to the Illinois High Craven Law Office School Association. Both cases involve an examination of the definition of “public body” under FOIA. This is the first real effort to examine the scope of Section 7(2) of FOIA, which provides that records in the possession of a contractor with a public body, so long as the records are related to the work of the public body, are records available for dis-

closure under FOIA. In the Tribune case, the Tribune requested records related to the fundraising efforts of the COD Foundation. The college entered into a contract with the foundation to do all the fundraising activities for the college. The Tribune argued that the foundation was a subsidiary body of the college, because of the extremely close relationship between the college and the foundation. The foundation used college employees and resources to do the work assigned to it by the college. The foundation was housed, at no cost, in college properties. There was absolutely no independent existence for the foundation. The college essentially turned over to the foundation all fundraising activities for the college. The Tribune argued that the foundation was a public body, standing alone, under the current definition of public body in the Act and the case law. The court did not accept that argument. However, the court did find that the foundation, through its contractual relationship with the college, would be required to disclose the records requested, pursuant to the terms of Section 7(2). The Memorandum of Understanding be-

tween the college and foundation related to the governmental functions of the college – that is fundraising for all of the college’s activities. The court found that under Section 7(2) of the Act, the records of the foundation related to its activities for the college should be turned over pursuant to a FOIA request. In the BGA case, the BGA requested records from a school district and the IHSA, related to the performance of the IHSA under its membership agreements with that district (and all IHSA member schools). The trial court held that the IHSA was not a public body under the current definition of the term, and was not subject to Section 7(2) of the Act, because the work done by the IHSA, which essentially controls all aspects of high school sports in Illinois, is not “governmental in nature.” The BGA argued that because the General Assembly controls who is eligible to be on the board, and the IHSA itself has argued that it is subject to the protections of the local government Tort Immunity Act because of its relationship with high school districts The Supreme Court has granted the request of BGA to hear the appeal, and

the IPA (together with the Illinois Broadcasters’ Association) has filed an amicus brief with the court. These two cases, together with other developments involving the use of socalled private organizations to accomplish governmental work, highlight the need for some changes to the definition of public body in FOIA and the Open Meetings Act. Just this year, state government has formed a State Fair Foundation, and a separate corporation to do the work previously done by the Department of commerce and Economic Opportunity. In addition, the Executive Mansion Foundation has been reinvigorated to raise money to repair the Executive Mansion. All three of those tasks are fundamentally the work of the government, and all three bodies should be considered public bodies. The legislature has reacted to the DCEO controversy, and is in the beginning stages of considering changes to FOIA and the Open Meetings Act, to allow the courts to apply sunshine laws to these activities.

Annual IPA advertising and editorial contests are open! The 2016 IPA Contest is open. All entries must have been published between Jan. 1, 2016 and Dec. 31, 2016. Register with the association code IPA2017 on the contest site: http://www.newspapercontest.com/Contests/IllinoisPressAssociation.aspx Please note that you must register every year. Login information created last year will no longer allow you to access the contest database. Deadline for submitting advertising entries is Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Deadline for submitting editorial entries is Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Contact Kate Richardson at krichardson@illinoispress.org or 217-241-1300 with any questions. Awards will be presented at the annual convention. Save the date! Convention & Contest Awards Ceremonies June 7-9, 2017 Crowne Plaza, Springfield


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Bicentennial series will Foundation awards $3,000 highlight IL history, places, for P.A.R. scholarships events, topics and people The Illinois Press Association and Illinois Associated Press Media Editors are working together on a series of weekly stories to be shared with their combined memberships to commemorate the state’s bicentennial in 2018. We need your help to make the project a success for our publications and our readers. Illinois became a state on Dec. 3, 1818. Starting in the first week of 2018, IPA and IAPME will share one story per week with their members. The plan is to highlight Illinois DENNIS history, places, ANDERSON events, topics and people who helped Executive Editor, shape our state. Journal Star, Peoria These stories can be told from the perspective of one key or iconic person to give it a clear focus. For example, George Halas for football in Illinois or Mary Harris “Mother” Jones for organized labor. Each week’s package will be produced by members of our associations. If there is a topic or topics your community owns, please volunteer to produce the story. Those writing stories will get bylines associated with their publication. There will also be an editor’s note explaining the series. Weekly stories should include: For print: The equivalent of a half-page broadsheet package, including a story, image (photo, graphic, artist’s rendering), links to an accompanying online package. Articles should be about 16 inches. For online: A longer story, if warranted, additional photos and graphics, links

to learn more, video, etc. The stories will be embargoed until the scheduled week. IPA and IAPME will release a schedule by mid-2017. We recommend working with your marketing, circulation and advertising departments to secure a location in print and the web for local sponsorship. Or, you may choose to collect the stories and publish them in a special section or a series of special sections during 2018. Our organizations will also create a website with complete stories, as well as an overview of the state’s history, what Illinois looked like in 1818, opportunities for readers to share their photos, memories, stories, etc., lists of Top 10s. Here are samples of some of the topics that could be included in the series: • Illinois presidents • Illinois during World War II • Illinois during the Civil War • Places of historic interest • Tourist attractions • Chicago skyscrapers • Illinois crime (Capone to governors) • State universities • 200 years of Journalism • Mother Jones, national labor movement • Illinois Interstate system • Military history • Native American history • Movies made here • Music made here • Route 66 • Lincoln’s Illinois • Baseball, football, basketball • Growth of Chicago’s suburbs Angie Muhs and Kate Schott of the State Journal-Register, Kate Richardson of IPA and I will be heading the project. If you have a story you would like your newspaper to produce or have questions, please let me know by March 1. Contact me at danderson@pjstar.com. We would like to have the entire series edited by December 2017.

At their December board meeting, the Illinois Press Foundation board of directors awarded three $1,000 scholarships to University of Illinois Springfield Public Affairs Reporting graduate students. Pictured left to right are Kiannah Sepeda-Miller, Haley BeMiller, IPF Board President Jerry Reppert, and Daisy Contreras. At their December board meeting, the Illinois Press Foundation board of directors awarded three $1,000 scholarships to University of Illinois Springfield Public Affairs Reporting graduate students: Haley BeMiller, Daisy Contreras and Kiannah Sepeda-Miller. BeMiller holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from DePaul University. Her experience includes two years as photo editor and social media manager with Tribune News Service following internships with the Trib's Blue Sky Innovation, WMAQ/NBCChicago.com, and editing/reporting with DePaul's student newspaper. BeMiller will serve her state Capitol reporting internship at the Chicago Tribune. Contreras holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Previously, she re-

ported and edited for an investigative project with The Chicago Reporter and student publications. She commutes to Chicago on weekends to work with Heartland Alliance, a social service agency, teaching immigrant children English and writing. Contreras will serve her state Capitol reporting internship at Illinois Issues Magazine. Sepeda-Miller, a Colorado native, is a 2016 graduate of Knox College, holding a bachelor’s degree in anthropology-sociology. She is the former editor of the Knox Student at Knox College in Galesburg. She also reported in Morocco during a summer abroad and held an internship at New York Magazine, for whom she still does freelance work. Sepeda-Miller will serve her state Capitol reporting internship at The Associated Press.

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Guest column: With election of Trump, the watchdog barked but had no bite Editor's note: This article is reprinted with permission from the November/December issue of the Society of Professional Journalist's magazine, Quill. By Ken Paulson Our argument just got tougher. Those of us who support government transparency and greater access to public records often use a couple of talking points. You know them by heart. Transparency is critical to a democracy, we say. We need to know as much as possible about our candidates and public officials if we're to make smart decisions at the ballot box. But then came a presidential candidate who essentially told us his income taxes were none of our business, defying the decades-long tradition of candidates disclosing detailed information about their taxes and financial situation. Astonishingly, around 60 million or so voters didn't seem to mind. Our other go-to argument harks back to the ratification of the First Amendment and that moment in U.S. history when the first generation of Americans demanded a free press to keep any eye on people in power. We need access to records if we're to be an effective watchdog, we say. Yet that watchdog role is on shaky ground after virtually every major newspaper wrote editorials to warn of Donald Trump's unfitness for office, and media of all sorts lampooned him as a misogynist and blowhard. The watchdog barked but had no bite. Couple all of this with a new president who wants to undercut libel protection and who views the news media as "disgusting and corrupt," and it can all be a little dispiriting. But there's room for perspective. Consider: ▶ FOIA, though sometimes maddening to use, is alive and well, with the presumption of openness re-established by President Barack Obama in 2009, still intact. ▶ The biggest stories of the presidential campaign were driven by access to records. From David Farenthold's revelations about the Trump Foundation in The Washington Post, to the Wikileaks-fueled revelations about Clinton's private server and the Clinton Foundation, to Susan Craig's disclosure in The New York Times of a Trump tax return and the possibility that he didn't pay taxes for years, documents led to some of the most substantive reporting of the campaign.

▶ We can hope for the best from a Trump administration, but his outright hostility to the press and penchant for secrecy have its closest parallel to the presidency of Richard Nixon, when we were labeled

There's little question that we need to reframe the case for access to public records. "nattering nabobs of negativism." Of course, when that administration was imploded, we saw a flowering of public records and access laws, including the FOIA-strengthening Privacy Act Amendments of 1974. There's a silver lining in there somewhere. Of course, our battle for access isn't limited to the federal government, but the current climate is like-

ly to embolden local governments and officials to stonewall the news media. There's little question that we need to reframe the case for access to public records. With an electorate that believes the country has been on the wrong track and that office holders are to blame, this is a prime time to make the case that true accountability only comes with transparency. The press needs to step up its own digging but also needs to give the public the tools, guidance and inspiration to do its own. "Stronger Together" turned out to be an ineffective campaign slogan for Hillary Clinton, but it perfectly describes an alliance between a vigilant press and invested public, banding together to ensure the free flow of information to the American people. Ken Paulson is a founder and former editor-in-chief of USA Today and current president of the First Amendment Center. He is dean of the School of Media and Entertainment at Middle Tennessee State University. Email: ken.paulson@mtsu.edu On Twitter: @kenpaulson1


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If your marketing were a car, what would it be? Lawrence told me about a technique for gathering information from prospective advertisers. “I’ve been selling for a long time, so I realize the importance of information. But I like to go beyond the standard questions about their history, products, customers and goals.” He said that sometimes it helps to switch JOHN FOUST gears. “A lot of people ask prosRaleigh, N.C. pects to rate their current marketing on a scale of one to 10, with 10 being the highest. Whatever number they choose, you simply ask why they made that choice. For example, if they say ‘seven,’ ask what would make it a 10. The

answer tells you what they would like to change, so you respond by focusing your presentation on your paper’s strengths in those areas. If they say ‘10’ – which you’ll rarely hear – ask them why they feel that way. Sometimes their answer will reveal that it’s really not a 10. If they truly believe it should rate that highly, ask how they can maintain that number – then look for a role your paper can play. “I like the car comparison that Paul Smith uses for computer systems in his book ‘Lead with a Story.’ It’s probably related to questions that children ask, like ‘What kind of animal would you like to be? or ‘If you were a tree, what kind would you be?’ In this case, ask, ‘If your current marketing were a car, what make and year would it be?’ Then ask what kind of car they would like it to be in the future.” Lawrence was pleasantly surprised first time he tried the idea. “I figured it wouldn’t work with everybody. So I

used it with a prospect who had shown some creativity in our conversations. She said her current marketing was like a 20-year-old Toyota – reliable and comfortable, but not running as efficiently as before. Then she said she would like her marketing to run like a Porsche – stylish and built to react quickly to market changes. Now that’s what I call good information. Those two simple questions gave me a clearer picture of what she thought of her company’s marketing. I was able to show her how to Porsche-ize her advertising and keep some of the best qualities the Toyota had when it was new.” Lawrence explained that you don’t have to have spec-list knowledge of every car, but it helps to have a general understanding of product categories. For example, economy cars are affordable and fuel efficient. Luxury cars are heavy on high-end features and turn heads on the highway. SUVs

are spacious, minivans are practical, pickup trucks are strong and serious. Of course, age and mechanical condition are factors. And some models are higher maintenance than others. “And just like people,” he said, “some advertisers start with an entry-level model and progressively move up. That creates plenty of in-between advertising options.” Lawrence’s approach confirms that the right kind of information can give your presentation more power. Horsepower, that is. © Copyright 2016 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: john@johnfoust.com

Finding the truth – It seems to be on a lot of minds The transition from 2016 to 2017 seemed to prompt a bit more email from folks who read my columns. I’m not sure if it was the upcoming solar eclipse predicted by some to mark the end of the world, the death of Superman in “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of KEVIN SLIMP Justice” late in the year or, more likely, response to the Director, Institute of U.S. presidential Newspaper Technology election. Whatever the cause, readers had a lot to say and most wanted me to join them in saying it. The most common request was to write something about fake news.

“You should write something we can include in our newspapers,” wrote one publisher. “Please, please let people know that newspapers are real,” wrote another. One ad manager said, “You’ve got to do this. We have to let readers and advertisers know we provide needed resources to our communities.” I thought about it. I found interviews of a couple of folks who made fortunes creating fake news sites in 2016. I even went so far as looking into the possibility of creating my own fake news site, just to get firsthand knowledge for a story. What I learned was it’s really not very hard to make a few thousand dollars with one of these sites. It’s trickier, now that Facebook and Google are threatening to tighten down on providing advertising for them, but it is still possible. I finally decided it just wasn’t worth the effort. Everyone should know by

now there are fake news sites out there, and anyone who doesn’t probably isn’t going to believe anything I might write about the subject anyway. What’s been more interesting to me lately is all the news about big newspapers ramping up their staffs. “Big Newspapers Are Booming: ‘Washington Post’ To Add 60 Newsroom Jobs” is a current headline on NPR.com. It’s not limited to the United States. “Why India’s newspaper business is booming” is the headline in a 2016 column in The Economist. You know what I think? I think most people don’t understand our business. I sound like a broken record when I write that most newspapers I visit, and I probably visit more than anyone ceive messages daily from editors and you know, are doing just fine. I’ve been publishers looking for writers, editors, at papers, like one I visited in Florida salespeople, designers and others for recently, looking for five editors to fill See SLIMP on Page 13 staff vacancies while I was on-site. I re-


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Don’t underestimate the value of business reporting An exchange in an editors’ hotline probed a familiar topic: When is a business announcement considered news, and when is it an ad? The item in question was a new employee at an auction and realty company. Editors weighed in with a range of answers, all of them predictable. “Don't do it. If you give advertising away, they won't pay for it.” “Don't mix ad and editorial. News should not be traded for JIM PUMARLO money.” “We came up Red Wing, Minn. with a feature we will run up to twice a month called Biz Buzz. It carries short news items on local business if they have something worthy of a mention.” “I don't think it has to be either-or; reasonable compromise can become a win-win.” Count me among those in the camp of the last comment. Expanded and aggressive pursuit of business reporting delivers long-term dividends in the generation of interesting editorial content and revenue. I bring a special perspective to this conversation – 27 years in community newspapers, 21 as the chief gatekeeper in filtering what news got published. A steady flow of business items crossed my desk. Today I am director of communications for a major business advocacy organization. During my tenure, I also served as chair of the local Chamber of Commerce Board. That in itself would raise questions among many in the newspaper industry and is a topic for another column. Don’t misinterpret. Don’t expect to read a column promoting that newspapers should bow to every request for business coverage – especially those stories with a positive spin. But one editor’s comments in the

hotline exchange particularly caught my attention: “If the business info doesn’t fit into the guidelines, they have to run an ad. While our paper depends on advertisers, our readers are just not that interested in reading about business.” Whoa. In all due respect, I encourage all newspapers to broaden their perspective on what is business news – to make it a regular part of your newsroom discussions as an everyday beat. I also advise you to go slowly on developing business coverage, especially if your newspaper doesn’t do much business reporting now. It can be challenging, especially with the barrage of demands on limited resources. You cannot simply turn on the spigot. A discussion of business news inevitably prompts many editors to focus on routine Main Street occurrences. A clothing store celebrates its grand opening. A restaurant opens, offering a distinctive cuisine. A flower shop celebrates its 25th anniversary. A new plant manager comes on board at a local manufacturer. It’s best to have policies for these and other everyday business news. But these stories should be just a starting point when it comes to brainstorming coverage about employers and employees. Business news is much broader than those items that typically qualify for chamber of commerce newsletters. Coverage should be incorporated in the everyday menu of news. Think for a moment the number of hours that individuals spend “on the job” – not only the hours behind the desk but the extended hours on the job. Think also about the role of businesses – large and small – in the everyday fabric of your communities. Does your coverage reflect the broad impact of businesses – the people and their jobs – in your communities? Here are a few story ideas. When is the last time you compared and contrasted local employment with statewide statistics – and then looked

for a feature story representing specific trends? The federal Affordable Care Act is coming under increasing scrutiny. How are local businesses grappling with federal and state health care reform, and what is the impact on employees? Are companies having trouble finding qualified workers, and what steps are they taking? Many communities are exploring a variety of public-private partnerships to address the shortage. It’s becoming commonplace for companies to expand into international markets to strengthen their bottom lines. What is happening in your back yard? There’s no time like the present to brainstorm ideas, and broaden the discussion beyond your newsroom. Invite representatives from the advertising staff and other departments; your newspaper family is typically representative of the community. Select a cross-section of community individuals for a brown-bag lunch. Expand your business coverage, and the business community will take notice. Merchants will see your newspaper as a vehicle to spread their word about products and services in news

and advertising. News and advertising staffs should have regular conversations on business coverage so everyone is in sync on the definition of news and advertising. There also must be a common understanding that substantive reporting of business includes writing about the good as well as the bad. Editors and publishers will win highest marks from readers and advertisers alike if reporting is fair and consistent. In the end, credible business coverage is a win-win situation. The stories provide solid news content while being a springboard for increasing advertising revenue. Jim Pumarlo writes, speaks and provides training on community newsroom success strategies. He is author of “Journalism Primer: A Guide to Community News Coverage,” “Votes and Quotes: A Guide to Outstanding Election Coverage” and “Bad News and Good Judgment: A Guide to Reporting on Sensitive Issues in Small-Town Newspapers.” He can be reached at www.pumarlo.com and welcomes comments and questions at jim@pumarlo.com.


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Local newspapers participate in nationwide effort to find missing photographs of Vietnam veterans By Andrew Drea Special to PressLines When the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., was finished in 1983, the wall listed about 58,000 servicemen and women who had either died in action or went missing in action. Due to a fire at a government storage facility in 1973, the U.S. military lost millions of personnel records, including many of those who were listed on the

wall. While the military and other organizations made efforts to recover lost data, 24,000 veterans listed on the wall still had no picture in military records in 2013. But thanks to the efforts of Andrew Johnson, then-president of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, nearly two-thirds of fallen servicemembers now have a photograph that will be displayed at a new Education Center that is being built by the wall in Washington. Johnson worked with the Wisconsin Newspaper Association and the National Newspaper Association to coordinate a nationwide effort to use local newspapers to locate the missing photographs. As a result, local newspapers have been directly responsible for finding pictures of more than 10,000 servicemembers and more than 17 states, including Wisconsin, have found a picture for every fallen servicemember through the Faces Never Forgotten effort. Based on the successes of Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota and many other states that have found all of their photographs, the Illinois Press Association is joining the effort to locate the remaining missing photos. The IPA will provide customizable house ads for newspapers to run with names of missing servicemen and women from their counties, as well as suggestions on editorial content to promote the effort in communities they cover.

Full-state effort It took nearly two years from Johnson’s initial February 2013 presentation to the WNA’s board of directors for all 450 missing photographs of Wisconsin veterans to be located. WNA and the

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund divided up the missing photos so that each newspaper had the missing veterans from their coverage areas. In that time, WNA member newspapers promoted the effort in a variety of ways. For example, the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram and the Post-Crescent of Appleton, Wis., created packages they ran on their front pages about the effort, showcasing photos that had been found and local photos that were still missing, while Madison’s Wisconsin State Journal and the Green Bay Press Gazette rans stories about it on their local page. Newspapers like the Milton Courier highlighted the effort on editorial pages. “That’s how we found most of the pictures,” said Johnson. Between public submissions and investigative work by reporters, Wisconsin newspapers found pictures for all but 64 of the fallen veterans. The remaining pictures were found through investigative work done by journalism students at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. While many newspapers promoted the campaign in their own, individual ways, the Wisconsin Newspaper Association provided common content to its members. Johnson designed a special section which included all pictures of Wisconsin Vietnam veterans for Memorial Day 2016 that individual papers could localize. “It was incredibly well-read,” said Johnson. “The public really wants to help. They really do.” Papers such as the Kewaskum Statesman and the Campbellsport News published the special section, selling advertising and sponsorship in it to local businesses. While Johnson doesn’t know the number of WNA newspapers who published or localized the content, he did say that it was a success where it ran. “The publishers that ran it had no problem selling ads,” he said. “They sold most of the ads in two and a half hours. It’ll probably be one of the highest reader-


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missing war veterans

your help is needed in locating photos Alexander County

• Bennie L. Cross (Cairo) • Walter T. Guerin (Cairo)

Do you have a photo of the serviceman or woman listed above, or know someone who does? This newspaper is joining a statewide effort to find missing photos of more than 500 Illinois servicemen and women who had either died in action or went missing in action during the Vietnam War. If you find a photo of a missing serviceman or woman, please contact the newspaper using the contact information below. The Wall of Faces, coordinated by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, is available to view online at http://www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/

Add your newspaper’s logo and contact information here Project coordinated by the Illinois Press Association and Foundation.

Customizable house ads to assist in this effort are available to download on the IPA's website at: http://illinoispress.org/Foundation/WallofFaces.aspx. The ads are tailored to each county in Illinois. After downloading, add your newspapers logo and contact information in the blank space. (Above) The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram (above left) and the Post-Crescent of Appleton (above right), Wisconsin, created packages they ran on their front pages about the effort, showcasing photos that had been found and local photos that were still missing. (Opposite page) Andrew Johnson, former Wisconsin Newspaper Association president and current publisher of the Dodge County Pionier in Mayville, Wis., designed a special section which included all pictures of Wisconsin Vietnam veterans for Memorial Day 2016 that individual papers could localize. ship items they have.”

Illinois’ challenge Because of its large population, the number of missing photos of Illinois veterans far outpaces neighboring states. Illinois has 579 servicemembers that do not have a photo in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s database. Comparatively, Wisconsin and Iowa both have found a photo for every veteran from their states. Indiana has only seven missing while Kentucky has only 13. Missouri has only 92. Some Illinois newspapers have already made strides to find missing pictures from their areas and

beyond. Already, more than 50 have been located. The Galena Gazette is one of the newspapers that has highlighted the issue. While there were no missing photographs of servicemembers from Jo Daviess County, publisher P. Carter Newton still wrote an editorial about the effort in early December. “The purpose of my editorial was just to raise awareness of trying to get photos,” said Newton. “We have people who live here who come from all sorts of places and they might have contact of some sort in their hometowns.” In his editorial, Newton listed the five Vietnam

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Continued from Page 11 veterans from Jo Daviess County, all of whom had their pictures located prior to the column’s publication. “I did it to talk about the power of community newspapers and what they can achieve,” said Newton. “I was just trying to highlight the success that had happened in Wisconsin and raise awareness with the readership in my paper.” The IPA's goal for finding all the missing photos is Veteran's Day – Nov. 11, 2017. If newspapers have any questions on downloading house ads or how to get involved, please contact Kate Richardson at krichardson@illinoispress.org or 217-241-1300.


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Continued from Page 8 their operations. Just this week I helped a weekly in Tennessee and a daily in South Carolina fill staff openings. Like most businesses and most years, we have newspapers doing well and others doing not so well, so I might not be as quick as NPR to write newspapers are booming. It pains me to watch some big newspaper groups who aren’t doing well at all. I also know there are plenty of small papers out there having rough years. The truth, as I see it, is most papers are doing well, especially community papers. Some big papers I visit are doing well, but most aren’t. Election season is always tough on advertising, except political ads. When I owned a newspaper a few years ago, we would grit our teeth in the months leading up to an election, knowing advertising would increase once a president was selected, no matter who it was. Even my consulting business feels

the pressures of elections season. My phone didn’t ring a lot in October and November. I knew not to worry. I’ve been at this too long. In the first week of January I received requests on one day from six different newspapers, asking when I could make a visit. I try not to get on my soapbox too often these days. Call it a New Years resolution if you will, but I’m trying to look past my own initial observations and see what is really happening in our business. Here’s what I see so far in 2017: - Just like other years, my email and voicemail are filled with messages from newspapers and groups asking me to make a visit. Apparently our industry hasn’t gone anywhere.

- I’m hearing from newspapers, both small and large, who are updating their operations as they begin this new year. - Attendance at my online events is very promising. Hundreds of newspaper folks attend online training events each month. I hope NPR is right. I hope big papers are booming, and I hope that translates to small papers booming. The truth, however, is probably somewhere between “Newspapers are booming” and “Newspapers are dead.” As I consider the hundreds of news-

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Chicago RedEye goes weekly Beginning next month, the Chicago Tribune's free daily commuter newspaper RedEye will cut down to a weekly format, with a Thursday edition focusing on food and entertainment. The final daily issue of the 15-yearold publication will come out Feb. 3, and the weekly format will debut Feb. 9, according to Tribune spokeswoman Dana Meyer. An unspecified number of layoffs were expected to accompany the shift. "We are planning to restructure our organization to align with our new focus and strategy, which will impact some positions," Meyer said in an email.

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Journal Star headlines now available on Amazon Alexa

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BND to begin printing five other Southern Illinois newspapers As of Dec. 18, 2016, the Belleville News-Democrat began handling the production work for five newspapers published by Paddock Publications Inc. The BND will print, insert and truck the five-day-a-week papers in Marion, Eldorado, Harrisburg, Benton and Du Quoin. Jay Tebbe, publisher and president of the BND, declined to release details regarding the contract with Paddock.

In addition to printing and distributing the Belleville News-Democrat seven days a week, the BND also delivers the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Barron's, Sunday Select and TV Week to homes in Southern Illinois. The BND also publishes several community weekly publications including the O'Fallon Progress, Highland News Leader and the Command Post.

With the Journal Star’s new collaboration with Amazon, Peoria-area local news is now available as part of the daily Amazon Alexa Flash Briefing. Similar to Apple's Siri, the Alexa personal assistant can be found on Amazon's Echo, Echo Dot, Fire TV and tablet products. Alexa listens for simple voice commands and can "speak" to return answers to questions and accomplish other tasks. After enabling the Journal Star in the Flash Briefing settings, users can simply say, “Alexa, what's new?” and they will hear the top local headlines.

BCR consolidates to twice-weekly At the beginning of December, the Bureau County Republican in Princeton combined its Tuesday and Thursday editions into a Wednesday edition.

They will continue to publish on Saturdays. Publisher Sam Fisher also announced a new mobile app and e-edition.

Paddock closes deal for Illinois weeklies Paddock Publications announced Dec. 16 that it closed on the acquisition of four central Illinois newspapers and a printing plant. Weeklies in Farmersville, Girard, Palmyra and Virden, just south of Springfield, were acquired from Gold Nugget Publications. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. "As we know, challenges lie ahead for newspapers, but Paddock is positioned well to deal with the ongoing dynamic changes, in particular through these community newspapers," said Daily Herald Publisher and Chief Executive Officer Douglas K. Ray. "We are so pleased that one of the primary owners, Nathan Jones, sought us out as a possible buyer. The family's legacy of community newspapering is long and honored, and family members felt Paddock's commitment to

community service and journalism presented a natural fit." Paddock said on Nov. 7 that it intended to buy the papers as part of its strategy to expand and diversify its assets. Nathan and Norris Jones, two of the primary owners of Gold Nugget, were college classmates of Ray, and Nathan Jones serves with him on the board of directors of the Illinois Press Foundation. This latest transaction will bring Paddock's downstate and central Illinois newspaper total to 16. Others include five small dailies: the Benton Evening News, The Daily Register in Harrisburg, The Daily Republican in Marion, DuQuoin Evening Call and Eldorado Daily Journal. They were purchased along with seven nearby weeklies from GateHouse Media LLC.

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Conservative paper committed plagiarism Editor's note: This article is reprinted from The Times of Ottowa By David Giuliani A co-owner of a chain of conservative papers said late last week a writer and an editor were "terminated" after The Times (Ottowa) identified instances of plagiarism. In November, the Illinois Valley Times ran two stories that contained passages from Times stories without proper attribution. The chain of Illinois papers is run by Local Government Information Services Inc.Íž the Illinois Valley Times has no local presence, with its writers from elsewhere, including the Philippines. Dan Proft, one of the company's owners, said plagiarism is against his company's policy. "(W)e take proper attribution and substantiation of sources and content seriously and instruct our people accordingly," he said in an email late last week. "The hundreds of stories we've done across all our properties speak very clearly to the veracity of my statement of policy." On Nov. 19, the Illinois Valley Times posted a story to its website about Republican Karen Donnelly's victory over Democrat Brian Towne in the state's attorney race. The story, written 11 days after the election, included a series of direct quotes from the two candidates that were from The Times' election night story. The conservative paper attributed none of the quotes to The Times. Other paragraphs were paraphrased from The Times' story. In his email, Proft said the lack of attribution was a "major problem and should've been caught by our editor." In a Nov. 9 story, the Illinois Valley Times reported Republican state representative candidate Jerry Long's victory over Democratic Rep. Andy Skoog. The story contained a direct quote from the director of a think tank based at Southern Illinois University, saying the director made the comment to the Illinois Valley Times in September. In fact, the director, David Yepsen,

had given the quote to The Times in September. Proft said an editor mistakenly changed "Times" to "Illinois Valley Times," thinking it was a typo. For both stories, Proft said, it appeared speed was chosen over accuracy. "These are our mistakes, and we take accountability for them," Proft said in his email. "Both the writer and the editor in question have been terminated as a result of this sloppy work." Soon after Proft's response to The Times, both stories were corrected to include proper attributions. Editors added notations at the end of the stories indicating the previous problems. Proft couldn't be reached for a phone interview. The Illinois Valley Times started in the summer and was printed weekly until the Nov. 8 election, with many of its stories supporting winning Republican state representative candidates Jerry Long and David Welter. The Times has not come across the print edition since the election, but the company still posts stories online. Proft said the print product continues. Last winter, Chicago-based Liberty Principles PAC, a conservative group largely bankrolled by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, created a chain of publications around the state that ultimately included the Illinois Valley Times. Local Government Information Services took possession over the summer. Proft is chairman of Liberty Principles. Local Government Information Services appears to have a connection to Chicago-based Locality Labs, which is listed in Local Government's websites' "terms of service." Locality Labs, or Local Labs, was led by Brian Timpone, who also headed Journatic, which provided stories for the Chicago Tribune's hyperlocal websites. In 2012, Journatic was accused of plagiarism and using false bylines. Journatic was known for hiring Filipino writers, a similarity with at least one of the Illinois Valley Times' reporters. Journatic's limited liability name is Locality Labs, according to the secretary of state's office's website.

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Adams named GateHouse group publisher in central Illinois

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David Adams was recently named as the new publisher of GateHouse Media newspapers in central Illinois. Chris Coates joined the Herald & ReHe will oversee nine view (Decatur) as editor as of Jan. 3. daily papers, including For more than 18 months he served The Register-Mail in as "watchdog content Galesburg, the Canton coach" at The News Daily Ledger and the Journal in Wilmington, Pontiac Daily Leader, in Del., overseeing investiaddition to 20 weeklies gative reporting, politiand 10 shoppers. cal and government covAdams Adams has 14 years of erage statewide. media advertising sales Before that, from 2011 experience with a strong background Coates to 2015, he worked with in digital sales, including leadership the Sioux City Journal roles in direct mail, online directoin Iowa, which is owned ry business, radio and most recently by Lee Enterprises, newspapers. the corporate parent of the Herald & Review. Coates started as city editor there and rose Darrell K. Lewis, a veteran newspato be executive editor, per executive, has been appointed pubmanaging newspaper Lawrence lisher of the Mt. Vernon Register-News and digital content. His and the McLeansboro efforts made the paper a Times-Leader. two-time winner of the Lewis currently serves National Newspaper Asas publisher of the Effsociation General Excelingham Daily News and lence Award. the Shelbyville Daily He was born in TrenUnion in southern Illiton, Mich., close to Denois. He will continue in troit, and earned a deLewis Hittmeier that role under his exgree in journalism from panded regional responColumbia College in Chicago. After sibilities at the Register-News and college, he started his journalism caTimes-Leader. reer as a staff writer with a weekly Lewis’ newspaper career includes newspaper in Los Angeles and went on several years with the Gannett Comto work for a business publication in pany as a marketing executive in California. He was then named manSpringfield, Mo.; Greenville, S.C., and aging editor in 2007 of the Suburban Ashville, N.C., before joining CNHI in Effingham in May. He’s also been a senior marketing director for the KroTodd Adams joined the State Jourger Co. and holds a master’s degree in business administration from North- nal-Register (Springfield) staff on Dec. 19, succeeding Jim Ruppert, who reern Kentucky University. tired this fall from the SJ-R. Adams comes to Springfield from the DeDeb Robinson took over as editor of the troit Free Press, where he Canton Daily Ledger on Dec. 20. had been a deputy sports Avon Sentinel and the Abington Argus editor. Before going to (now merged). Prior to her newspaper caDetroit, Adams had held reer, she worked for FM 95 WAAG/WGIL deputy and assistant in Galesburg, then covered the morning sports editor jobs at the Adams drive for WBYS.

H&R names Coates its new editor; announces promotions

Lewis appointed publisher of Register-News, Times-Leader

The O'Fallon Progress has named Curt Libbra the new editor. A metro-east native, Libbra grew up on his family's cattle and grain farm near Livingston in northeast Madison County. He earned a broadcast journalism degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-ChamLibbra paign. Libbra has won Illinois Press Association awards in several areas, including government reporting, news series and feature writing. Libbra also serves as editor of the Highland News Leader. Both the O'Fallon Progress and the Highland News Leader are published by the Belleville News-Democrat, which is owned and operated by McClatchy.

Journals of Greater St. Louis, based in Collinsville. Coates replaces Gary Sawyer, who retired after 15 years as editor and general manager of the Herald & Review. Shawna Lawrence has been promoted advertising director for the Herald & Review in Decatur. Lawrence, who had been serving as the advertising sales manager since 2014, brings years of print and digital advertising experience to the new position. She previously served as the Herald & Review's outside classified manager before being named advertising manager for GateHouse at the State Journal-Register. She replaces Joel Fletcher, who was recently promoted to general manager of the Herald & Review. While he no longer handles the day-to-day aspects, Fletcher will continue to be involved in the advertising department. Cayla Hittmeier also has been promoted to digital advertising sales After two stints at the Shelby Daimanager for the Herald & Review. ly Union, Valerie Eversole retired as In her new position, Hittmeier will editor, effective Nov. 18. be responsible for the daily operations Eversole graduated of all digital advertising products offrom Eastern Illinois fered and managed by the newspaper's University in 1978 with in-house digital agency. a journalism degree. Hittmeier has been a member of Before graduating she the Herald & Review advertising sales interviewed with Franteam since 2008. During that time, cis and George Frazier, she served as the Business Journal acthen owners of the Daicount executive and a local advertising Eversole ly Union, as she would sales manager. be moving to Shelbyville as a young bride. Shortly after, she began as a reporter. Eversole San Diego Union-Tribune and Orlando remained at the Daily Union a little Sentinel. over a year, but knew eventually she He was sports editor at the Fayette- would return. ville Observer in North Carolina and Eversole began again at the Daily the Aurora Beacon News. He started his Union in 2001 when she answered career in Illinois with jobs as a sports an ad for a correspondent. Five copy editor/designer at The Pantagraph years later it turned into a full time in Bloomington, the Mount Vernon job as a reporter and eventually as Register-News and the Naperville Sun. editor for the Daily Union. Adams a native of Lexington and a Stan Polanski, former news regraduate of Southern Illinois Universi- porter at the Effingham Daily News, ty. has assumed Eversole’s position.

Adams joins State Journal-Register sports staff

Daily Ledger hires new editor

O'Fallon Progress names Libbra new editor

Eversole retires as editor of Shelbyville Daily Union


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Grimm hired as new Alton Telegraph editor

Nathan Grimm, a former reporter and city editor for The Telegraph, recently rejoined the Alton-based paper as its new managing editor. In his new role, Grimm will oversee the news operation side of the daily newspaper. He replaces Nathan Woodside, who left the paper earlier this month to take a position with the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau. Grimm, 30, first joined The Telegraph Grimm in January 2014 as a reporter. He covered a number of beats over the course of his 2.5 years with the paper, including schools, business, the city of Wood River and county government, among others. Grimm left the paper in mid-July but said the opportunity to return as managing editor was one he couldn't pass up. Grimm grew up in Collinsville and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, receiving a bachelor's degree in News-Editorial Journalism in 2009. He got his start at the weekly Highland News Leader, working there as a reporter for two years before joining The Telegraph. Grimm has also written for AdVantage News and online publications.

Dugan promoted to online editor Niko Dugan has been named online editor at The News-Gazette in Champaign. Dugan, a News-Gazette copy editor since 2005, has been interim online editor since Mike Howie retired in July. As online editor, Dugan will be responsible for posting artiDugan cles, photos and videos to the paper's website and many social media outlets. Dugan, 33, is a University of Missouri graduate.

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Quincy Media promotes Eaton to Journal-News sports editor raises money for local cancer association chief financial officer

Brad Eaton has been named vice president/ chief financial officer of Quincy Media Inc. The promotion was effective Jan. 1. Eaton joined Quincy Media in 2000 as manager of accounting and was named director of finance in 2014. QMI operates TV stations in 14 markets, along Eaton with two radio stations and two newspapers, including The Herald-Whig and WGEM TV and radio in Quincy. Eaton graduSports Editor Kyle Herschelman of ated from Culver-Stockton College and The Journal-News in Hillsboro chalearned a master's degree from Quincy lenged the student sections of MontUniversity. gomery County high schools to raise the most money for the Montgomery County Cancer Association. He promised to dye his hair the school color of Geoffrey Ritter has joined the Ben- the group that raised the most money. Combined, the schools raised nearton Evening News as editor. He joins following stints as editor of ly $3,000. Herschelman's 5-year-old the weekly newspapers: Carbondale daughter, Grace, joined him by dying Times, Herrin Independent and Car- one pigtail purple and the other orterville Courier. ange.

Paddock announces Ritter as new editor of Evening News

Seeking journalists to judge entries for the Illinois Community College Journalism Association's annual competition, whose deadline is Jan. 23. Student work will be available to judge online a few days afterward. If interested, send a note to Joe Gisondi at jjgisondi@eiu. edu denoting areas you'd feel comfortable assessing. Still need judges for news, feature and sports photos, website design, column, editorial cartoon, graphics, advertising, art review, feature story.

Mid-America Press Institute announces next seminar Mid-America Press Institute will hold a management seminar for newsroom leaders on Saturday, Feb. 18, at The Daily Herald, 155 E. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights, Ill. Jill Geisler, formerly affiliated with the Poynter Institute and currently the Bill Plante Chair of Leadership and Management Integrity at Loyola University, Chicago, will lead the one-day seminar. Seminar topics include “Ten Things Great Bosses Know,” Assessing and Upgrading Your Culture,” “Feedback With Impact,” and “Accountability and Challenging Conversations.” “Ms. Geisler seminar on leadership and management is exceptional,” said John Ryan, MPI executive director.

“It is inspirational for all managers, especially editors facing their first assignment supervising staffers.” Last year, Geisler led a similar seminar for MPI in March in Indianapolis, Ryan said. “It was the best management seminar we’ve ever held.” She will cover two of the same topics she did a year ago but will add two new sessions, he said. Her sessions are interactive. To register for the seminar, email Ryan at jmryan@eiu. edu. Registration for the seminar is $40 for members and $50 for non-members. Lunch is included in the registration fee. The seminar will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In the past, participants needing to stay over have stayed at the Holiday Inn Express, 2111 S. Arlington Heights Road, 847-956-1400, which is just a few blocks from the Daily Herald. Several other motels are in the vicinity, too.


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Francis M. "Frank" Missurelli, 86, of Kenosha, passed away on Jan. 8 at United Hospital Systems - St. Catherine's Campus. Missurelli graduated from the old Kenosha High School and soon after began his career with the Kenosha News, a company he never left. Missurelli joined the U. S. Army, enlisting through Missurelli Fort Sheridan in August of 1951. He was stationed in Germany and honorably discharged in August 1953. On Feb. 27, 1954, he was united in marriage to Gina Martino. They were blessed with three children and nearly 63 years of marriage. Missurelli had a long career with the Kenosha News, retiring as its director of advertising in 2000, but continuing as the publisher of the Zion-Benton News until his full retirement on Dec. 31, 2015. Missurelli gave of his time selflessly, serving as a board member of the Goodfellows (Kenosha Christmas Charities, Inc.), an active member of the Serra and Italian-American Clubs, a board member of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America for the past several years, and a member of the Humanities Board at Carthage College. He was a past president of the Mississippi Valley Classified Managers Association, and the Wisconsin Newspaper Advertising Executive Association. He always found time to enjoy a round of golf, but what he cherished most was his time with his family.

Former journalist and antiques dealer Clara T. Nash (nee Trampe), 71, died at her Riverside home on Dec. 3, 2016. Nash was born in St. Louis on March 28, 1945 to Norbert M. Trampe and Mabel A. Trampe (nee Schneider). She grew up in St. Louis, graduating from Riverview Gardens High School in 1963. She attended the UniNash versity of Missouri, studying journalism and graduating with honors in 1967. After graduation she took a job as reporter and copy editor at the Gannett Co.'s Today newspaper in Coca, Fla. She moved to Nyack, N.Y., in 1971, where she served as the Sunday editor for the Rockland Journal-News for five years. She moved briefly to Chicago in 1977 to work as lifestyle editor for the Chicago Tribune, where she revamped the Sunday women's section, and moved back to New York in 1978, when she took a job as senior editor for the King Features Syndicate, handling columnists and newspaper syndication of Rolling Stone articles. In 1978, she moved to the New York Daily News, where she served as features editor. She helped to create and produce a new Sunday section, titled You. Three years later, she was hired as

Alice Terrill of Buffalo Grove loved dogs, and people in the community remember her "Just Dogs" weekly column that ran for decades in the Daily Herald. At the same time she wrote her column, Terrill also served as receptionist of the editorial department, and she was a tough gatekeeper. Whether it was keeping an iron fist on supplies or turning away gifts and flowers to reTerrill porters, Terrill ran a tight

ship. And staff members loved her for it. Terrill died Jan. 9. She was 99. Terrill's connection to the paper began in 1946, when she and her husband, Dave Terrill, moved to Palatine. At that time, Alice Terrill began writing as a neighborhood columnist. Her husband followed her lead and one year later began his own column, "Just Dogs." In doing so, he continued a column about pedigree dogs, training and competitions that he had begun writing in

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senior editor of Inside Sports Magazine in New York City. Within one year, she was named managing editor. She became managing editor of Adweek magazine in 1983. In her seven years at the magazine, she was named national editor and executive editor, presiding over the expansion of the publication. In 1990, she moved back to the Chicago area, settling in Riverside with her husband James F. Nash Jr., whom she married on March 11, 1978. In Chicago, she directed the Adweek Midwest office, served as a consultant to Spuyten Duyvil Communications and was director at Augsburg Fortress Publishers. Upon retiring from journalism, Nash collected antiques and sold them as a dealer in the Jackson Square Mall in LaGrange. She was a longtime member of the American University Women and Grace Lutheran Church in Riverside. She organized and directed a teen church group, which produced two full-length plays plus an ecumenical Good Friday drama presentation, she volunteered in a hospital emergency room and worked as a substitute teacher in Riverside School District 96. She played adult volleyball and made many embroidery pieces. 1941 for a weekly paper in Evanston. Ultimately, when he became ill, his wife took over the column, first as a ghostwriter and eventually under her own name. Alice eventually expanded the column to include information about therapy dogs and places to adopt pets, as well as about opportunities to volunteer. While she retired from her office job in 1988, she continued the column for 20 more years until she was 91. By that time, the column had run continuously in the paper for 61 years.

Stephen H. Bauer Stephen H. Bauer, 69, of Urbana died Nov. 30, 2016 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana after a brief illness. Steve was born June 24, 1947, in Denver to Clifford and Dorothy Bauer. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Donna Brotherton of Colorado Springs, Colo. Steve and Linda Bauer were married in GreeBauer ley, Colo., in June 1969. They met while working for the student newspaper at the University of Northern Colorado. Steve began his journalism career in 1970 as a writer for the Greeley (Colo.) Tribune. Steve and his family moved to Urbana in 1979, where Steve became a reporter for the Champaign News-Gazette. Steve was a trusted and respected newspaper reporter, writing about news that covered a wide range of topics. He won Colorado and Illinois Press Association awards for photography and investigative reporting. He retired in 2010. Steve loved spending time with his family. He also enjoyed writing prose and poetry, reading Civil War history and collecting vintage Kodak cameras.

'Dick' Ciccone Francis Richard "Dick" Ciccone, age 76, of Wilmette was a veteran Chicago newspaperman. Ciccone was a former reporter for The AssoCiccone ciated Press and former political editor and managing editor for the Chicago Tribune. He authored several books and taught journalism at the University of Notre Dame.

Mattie Smith Colin

Mattie Smith Colin, age 98, died after a brief illness on Dec. 6, 2016, in Chicago. For decades, she was the food and fashion editor of the Chicago Defender and Grand Marshall of the Bud Billiken Parade.


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'Jari' Jackson

Mary Ida "Jari" Jackson, 82, of Marion passed away Dec. 19, 2016. Jackson was born on Oct. 18, 1934, in St. Louis, Mo. She graduated from Marion High School and received a Williamson County scholarship to attend the University of Illinois, graduating with a degree in journalism. She was very proud of Jackson her careerÍž writing was the love of her life, always going under the byline of "Jari's Jottings." She worked as a writer/reporter/editor for several newspapers including the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, Chicago Tribune, Evansville Courier, Champaign News-Gazette, Lincoln-Way Sun and New Lenox Community Reporter. Her passion for journalism started as a teen when she worked summers for the Marion Daily Republican. While working for the Joliet Herald she wrote a book, "A Dozen Knights and Griffins," in tribute to the Lincoln-Way High School District. After a 53-year career spanning several states, Jackson returned to Marion, where she was involved in many organizations. She served as past vice president for the Federated Woman's Club of Marion and the Southern Illinois District 25 Women's Club.

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Stephen Crews Stephen Crews, 75, of Glenview, retired media consultant and crisis management expert for many of the nation's top corporations, died Nov. 3, 2016. An Illinois native, Steve was the son of Halbert and Gertrude Stanton Crews and, afCrews ter his mother's death, his beloved stepmother, Claire Lieber

Crews. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Crews (nee Ng Un Policarpio), children Meredith and Sam, and siblings. He began his career in 1968 as a reporter and editor at the Chicago Tribune after serving three years as a special agent with U.S. Army Intelligence in Korea and receiving a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Illinois. After leaving newspapering, he served as deputy press secretary for Mayor Jane Byrne.

Bruce Edward Coury Bruce Coury lost his short but fierce battle with cancer on Thursday, Nov. 17, at the age of 70, surrounded by loved ones at Passages Hospice near his home in New Orleans, La. If you had asked Bruce to tell you about his life, you'd better be prepared to listen to a long story with lots of detours. Most Coury life stories aren't straight lines, after all, and his was no exception. Coury’s life was a long road that brought him from humble beginnings and a tough childhood outside New York City, to rise through the ranks to become the publisher of the Clearwater Sun in

Clearwater, Fla., and the Edwardsville Intelligencer in Edwardsville, Ill., the latter being a position he would hold for 18 years, retiring in 2008. In his career, he could have let the fact that he didn't have a college degree hold him back, but he gained a reputation for business acumen and outside-the-box thinking (his story would include many examples of this, and most of them would be true). When Bruce and his wife, Carla, left Edwardsville and moved to New Orleans in 2010, they opened Mojitos Rum Bar & Grill on Frenchman Street. The place gained a following among locals for the good food, strong drinks, and above all, live jazz and Latin music.

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Charles Leroux Charles Leroux, 75, who died Jan. 3 at the University of Chicago Medical Center, was a feature writer, editor and senior correspondent at the Chicago Tribune for more than 30 years and previously worked for the Chicago American and Chicago ToLeroux day. Leroux studied journalism at Northwestern University. He met his wife, Elaine Markoutsas, at the Tribune. They sat next to each other in the features department. With other colleagues, they went out to a different ethnic restaurant every Friday after the weekend edition was sent to the printers. Leroux often noted his debt to advances in medicine. Over the years, he underwent triple bypass heart surgery, two kidney transplants, a liver operation and various minor procedures. Should an ailment require his absence from the newsroom, he'd say so matter-of-factly, as if announcing a replenished supply of reporter's notebooks. Leroux is survived by his wife, three children and seven grandchildren.

Jon Krenek Jon Krenek, a longtime reporter for the Daily Journal in Kankakee who headed the newspaper's investigations team and championed its watchdog role in the community, died on Nov. 15, 2016, after a brief and sudden battle with a rare, degenerative brain disease. He was 46. It took only two years after Krenek first startKrenek ed at the Journal in 2001 before he began winning awards for his relentless reporting on public housing, education, unemployment, teen driver safety, unsolved murders, and the environment. In 2003, the Illinois Press Associ-

ation awarded Krenek a first-place prize for community service for his reporting on Kankakee Housing Authority tenants living without hot water. Two years later, the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association awarded him another first-place prize, this time for his series on sex offenders living in the area. His most recent investigation preceded the indictment of the head of the Kankakee Valley Park District, Roy Collins, who is accused of fraud and theft. Krenek was born in DuPage County in 1969. He attended Lyons Township High School in La Grange, where he played basketball, football, and was on the swim team. He earned an as-

sociate's degree from the College of DuPage and a bachelor's degree in journalism and environmental policy from Roosevelt University in 2002. Krenek first began writing for the Glen Ellyn News, a bi-weekly community newspaper, in the summers of 1992 and 1993. He would go on to freelance for the Daily Herald and the Journal & Topics news group before interning at Inside EPA in Virginia. The environment was his wheelhouse, and that led to more tireless reporting when both the city and county of Kankakee were soliciting a landfill. It also aided Krenek in his reporting of the Limestone oil spill. After relocating to Kankakee County, Krenek quickly adopted his new

hometown and would eventually move to St. Anne (the unincorporated part, he'd say, jokingly, though he lived right off of downtown). He was fond of the outdoors, and would take annual trips to the Minnesota Boundary Waters, sometimes detailing his adventures for the Journal. Neighbors will recall Krenek's ritual of getting into shape in the months before those trips, and his co-workers were never unaware of how difficult it can be to portage a 65-pound canoe. Krenek was diagnosed in early October with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, which afflicts one in 1 million people worldwide each year. His family plans on donating his brain to a research center.


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