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Public notice legislation dominates early days of legislative session Illinois legislators have been very active so far in 2017. To date, the House has filed more than 4,000 pieces of legislation, while the Senate is currently on bill number 2167 – and keep in mind this is the first year of a two-year session. Many of these bills would severely impact public notices and have a negative effect on government transparency and accountability. The vast JOSH SHARP majority of these Vice President, bills have been Government Relations brought by Republican legislators, many of whom are likely emboldened by Gov. Chris Christie’s fight with newspapers in New Jersey. Below is a quick rundown of public notice legislation that IPA staff is currently tracking. HB 286 – Rep. Mike Fortner (R-West Chicago), provides that, notwithstanding any other provision
of law to the contrary, whenever an election authority is required to publish or post information to the public, the election authority may satisfy that requirement by publishing via a newspaper or on its website. HB 782 – Rep. Joe Sosnowki (R-Rockford), amends the Notice By Publication Act. The legislation provides that whenever a governmental unit, community college district, or school district is required to provide notice by publication in a newspaper by law, order of court, or contract, the governmental unit may publish the notice on an official government website instead of in a newspaper. The bill also repeals Section concerning the placement of the published notices on PublicNoticeIllinois.com and makes corresponding changes throughout the Act. HB 3660 – Rep. Dave Severin (R-Marion), requires a school board to publish a notice that the district's annual statement of affairs is available on the State Board of Education's website and in the district's main administrative office (instead of requiring a summary of the statement of affairs to be published).
SB 934 – Sen. Michael Connelly (R-Naperville), amends the Notice by Publication Act. The legislation states that whenever an officer of a court, unit of local government, or school district is required by law to provide notice by publication in a newspaper, it is sufficient to publish certain specified information in lieu of the entire text of the notice. SB 1285 – Sen. Pam Althoff (R-McHenry), amends the Property Tax Code to allow the Department of Revenue to publish equalization factors on its website instead of in the newspaper. IPA staff will be working hard to defeat each and every one of these measures this session and will keep you posted on the progress. The IPA is also monitoring several bills dealing with the issue of “unfunded mandates.” There have been several “unfunded mandate” bills introduced this year and all members should be aware of their potential impact on issues we all care about like FOIA, OMA, record retention and public notices. While none of these bills explicitly mention transparency or access laws, their passage would
likely be very detrimental to many of those statutes. Take SB 2064 – Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon), for example. This measure provides that all units of local government, school districts, and public colleges and universities may, by a majority vote of the governing body, exempt themselves from specified mandates that are unfunded if it is determined that it is not economically feasible to comply with the unfunded mandate. Thus, if a public body no longer wanted to follow certain provisions in FOIA, or OMA or even keep records for the statutorily mandated amount of time (think officer worn camera footage) they could simply declare those mandates “not economically feasible” and exempt themselves from state law. These bills are very troubling, especially as they seek to abrogate state law. Lastly, the restoration of the graphic arts sales tax exemption and MPC remains included in SB 9 – Sen. Toi Hutchison (D-Chicago Heights), which remains part of the Senate’s
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Rockford Register Star makes Editor & Publisher's top 10 list Editor's Note: This article is partially reprinted with permission from Editor & Publisher By Nu Yang & Sean Stroh, Editor & Publisher Our annual 10 Newspapers That Do It Right feature once again puts a spotlight on some of the biggest and brightest ideas occurring in our industry right now. From digital initiatives that are tapping into new audiences to community programs that are fostering stronger relationships, the ideas are as diverse as each market each publication serves.
Rockford Register Star Circulation: 40,000 Sunday; 30,000 daily In 2016, the Rockford Register Star saw its editorial board road shows and public conversations continue to grow in interest from the public. The Register Star’s “Race in the Rock River Valley,” a yearlong occasional series examining a variety of issues regarding race in the region and the people it affects, provided an opportunity for a series of dialogues with the community. The first round table discussion drew about 100 people. Every few months, the paper’s editorial board also holds its own meeting in a public space, typically in partnership with a community organization. The purpose of the “road show” meetings is to clarify the role of the board as well as hear what local residents have to say. “There’s never been a time when we’ve done an editorial board road show or done a public conversation that we didn’t learn something. Typically, those that come are not people whose names fill up the newspaper,” said Mark Baldwin, the paper’s executive editor. “What we’re really trying to do is set a tone for the community and show them how to have a productive civil dialogue.” Meanwhile, the Register Star’s sis-
ter publication in Freeport, the Journal-Standard, found success with the debut of the Freeport Fish Tank competition. The Journal-Standard is a two-person news operation directed from Rockford. The paper’s editorial board members launched the “Shark Tank” style contest last August in the hopes of increasing the entrepreneurial spirit of Freeport. In total, the competition drew 26 applications from people who wanted to open or expand businesses or non-profits in the area. Additionally, the Freeport Fish Tank project earned the paper its second consecutive community journalism public service grant of $2,500 from the Associated Press Media Editors. Freeport High School students, who pitched building escape rooms, which challenge participants to solve various puzzles to get out of a space, ultimately emerged as the competition’s firstplace winner. The team won a package worth more than $12,500, including a $2,000 advertising deal from the Journal-Standard. Additionally, the News-Gazette in Champaign was named an honorable mention. To combat the notion that young people don’t read newspapers, the News-Gazette set out to have young people “write” newspapers. “High School Confidential” served as the springboard to a broader goal of winning over the high school crowd—in print, online and via social media. In August, the paper asked principals at 35 area high schools to nominate one student to serve as their weekly correspondent. The paper also asked them to use their cell phones to submit photos. Their edited work encompassed a full color page each Wednesday. To read the full list of winners, visit editorandpublisher.com/feature/10newspapers-that-do-it-right-2017achieving-growth-in-circulation-revenue-and-engagement/.
EIU offers free summer journalism workshop for high school students High school students can learn journalism hands-on from award-winning reporters, editors and photographers at the Illinois Press Foundation workshop at Eastern Illinois University, June 2030, 2017. Applications for the 11-day workshop, which is funded by the Illinois Press Foundation and EIU, will be accepted through May 24, 2017. Eighteen students will be selected to participate in this free journalism experience. Graduating seniors are eligible for this workshop as are those currently in their sophomore or junior years. Held in Charleston, Ill., on the campus of Eastern Illinois University, this 11-day residential program provides students an intimate look at journalism as a career by immersing students into approaches used by modern, digital newsrooms. The workshop introduces students to the complete process of publishing news: gathering and validating information, substantiating and using multiple sources, writing news, editing, designing, and production. In addition, students are exposed to the concepts of news literacy and how to differentiate and establish fact from fiction in today's sometimes frenetic, rush-to-report news environment. Students do not need journalism experience to apply. The first week is devoted to instruc-
tion and related exercises, including news-gathering field trips. Professional journalists provide most of the instruction. Dozens of reporters, editors, publishers, photographers and other journalists have taught in the program since 1991, representing more than 50 newspapers and news organizations throughout Illinois and across the country. Students then practice what they have learned. For two days, students are driven to newspapers, where they work with reporters and other journalists on assignments. The remainder of the second week is devoted to producing a news website. Students will also travel to Springfield where they will interview newsmakers and news journalists at the state capitol. The Illinois Press Foundation has sponsored this event at Eastern Illinois University since its inception more than 20 years ago. The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is also a significant contributor to the program. All expenses, including housing, meals and tuition, are paid from these funds. To be considered, students must complete an application form, which is available at EIU’s department of journalism website: www.eiu.edu/~journal or at https://ipfworkshop.wordpress.com. For further information, contact director Joe Gisondi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Public Affairs Reporting program seeks applicants for fall 2017 Young reporters: Ready for a new challenge? Want to take your reporting and news writing skills to the next level? Think you can handle the pressure-packed environment of the Illinois Statehouse? All while you're earning a master's degree? Then the Public Affairs Reporting program at the University of Illinois Springfield wants you. Our one-year MA program is a unique blend of classroom study and real-life work experience featuring a six-month internship during which you'll earn academic credit working as a full-time reporter in the Statehouse pressroom for a major metro, regional chain, wire service or online public affairs magazine. During the internship, you'll receive a $3,510 stipend and a tuition waiver, but more importantly, you'll be garnering scores of bylines on significant stories about key public policy decisions. With those kind of credentials, the placement record for our graduates is excellent. In fact, PAR alums account for about half of the Illinois Capitol press corps, including four bureau chiefs. Sound intriguing? For more information, contact Charles Wheeler at 217-206-7494 or e-mail wheeler.charles@.uis.edu. Or check out the PAR Website, www.uis.edu/publicaffairsreporting/. Applications for fall, 2017 are due April 1. EOE.
Updated ads for missing Vietnam veterans are now available online By Kate Richardson, PressLines Editor Since launching a state-wide effort among newspapers mid-January, 19 missing photos of Vietnam veterans have been located for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Wall of Faces. Newspapers have risen to the challenge by running the customizable ads and publishing editorials. Customizable ads are available on the IPA's website at http://illinoispress.org/ Foundation/WallofFaces.aspx. The ads are designed by county and contain the names of missing servicemen and women from each county. The ads have been updated to reflect the photos that have been located since launching the project in January. Sample editorials are also available on this page. Because of its large population, the number of missing photos of Illinois veterans far outpaces neighboring states. Illinois has 560 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 five missing, while Missouri has only 60. The IPA's goal for finding all the missing photos is Veteran's Day – Nov. 11, 2017. If newspapers have any questions on
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. downloading house ads or how to get involved, please contact Kate Richardson at email@example.com or 217-241-1300.
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“grand bargain.” The printing of newspapers and commercial printing would be classified as manufacturing activity—just as in 49 other states. The exemption, if passed, would be permanent and have no sunset clause. Additionally, the IPA has introduced companion bills in each chamber HB 2746 – Rep. Mike Zalewski (D-Riverside) and SB 742 – Sen. Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) that would restore the graphic arts exemption and MPC. The primary focus in the coming weeks for the Senate will be potential votes on the “grand bargain” that has been debated now for several months. It appears unlikely however that an agreement on the “grand bargain” will be reached anytime soon, as both Senate leaders remain deeply at odds with Governor Bruce Rauner.
Do you need a front office? There was a time when the newspaper office was a showplace. It was a source of pride and a symbol of success and, perhaps, the power that accompanies the press. From the famous Tribune Tower to the ornate Egyptian theme of the Centralia Sentinel, the newspaper office has been nearly as well known as the newspaper. But with shrinking staffs and the consolidation of printing operations over a period of several years, some publishers finding these DAVID PORTER are behemoth buildings to be a liability. Some have Publisher & Editor, marketed their Arcola RecordHerald and Lebanon excess spaces, Advertiser like The State Journal-Register in Springfield, or sold their buildings and moved into smaller digs. As publisher of two small, weekly newspapers, my office consists of a backpack, a laptop computer, a smartphone and a car — a scenario predicted more than 20 years ago by J. Shelov, a speaker at an Illinois Press Association convention. We do have a building for one of our papers, but the staff there is about one-fifth the size that it was 20 years ago. There is no cavernous publisher’s office — no raised panel doors, no stuffed deer heads on the walls, no polished mahogany. I find the local coffee shop or diner makes a fine place to meet with a client — or in his office. Still, we had too much space in our Arcola office. Two full-time people do not need 3,000 square feet of space. We could use a third person just to sit out front, but that was a luxury I couldn’t afford when my wife and I bought the paper a year ago. As a result, our graphic artist was pulling double duty, which was too much of
a distraction. We decided to tackle two problems with one solution in regard to space allocation and receptionist services. The three largest expenses for a small, community newspaper are the three Ps — printing, postage and personnel. For me, the biggest of the three is personnel. Most of the newspaper operation has become so streamlined that the only functions of the front office today is to answer the phone and to greet customers who want to pay for a subscription or an ad, or maybe drop off a letter or yell at the publisher. The heavy lifting can be done in the back or has been automated. So, we converted our front office to retail and offered the space free in exchange for receptionist services. The cost of a front office receptionist would outweigh any rent I could expect from that space, and by combining the functions, I still have some control over what transpires in my own building. At our Lebanon newspaper, we don’t have a building at all. At least 95 percent of the customer interaction is done by phone, email, text messaging and social media. Yet, we still needed a place where customers could drop off a check or a letter or whatnot. So, we worked out a deal with a local retailer to provide some reasonable advertising in exchange for a drop box. We’re able to access the box 24 hours a day and can use the retailer’s Wifi and restroom facilities. Hey, at my age, you have to take these things into consideration. For phone service, everything gets routed to my cellphone. I have an app that automatically turns the ringer off at 10 p.m. and turns it back on at 10 a.m. Only calls from people on my prescribed list, namely family, will ring through during the off hours. So, count the savings. No rent or mortgage. No heating and cooling. Limited liability. No internet charges. And, most importantly to the bottom line, no receptionist expense. And all
it costs me is 24 inches of space in the paper each week. There is a residual benefit to this arrangement, too. I’m sure I’m not the only publisher who has found that local retailers have greatly reduced their ad buys in the local market. They erroneously think everyone in town already knows they’re there and prefer to spend their ad dollars in neighboring towns — if they spend anything at all. By having a partnering retailer advertising consistently in the paper, it has raised the consciousness of some of the other retailers who are beginning to see that there is benefit to letting local readers know what they have to offer on an ongoing basis. Plus, with the Arcola paper, it puts one more retail shop downtown to attract traffic, which benefits neighboring shops. Maybe this arrangement isn’t for everyone, but ask yourself: Do you need a front office? When we did have a paid staff person out front, the office was a magnet for retired loafers who wanted to chat for hours at a time. It’s one thing for the newspaper to keep its ear to the ground, so to speak, but it’s another to be paying someone a salary who can’t get anything done because people who are making you no money are stealing her time. Turning your front office into retail unrelated to your business may seem foreign. Perhaps blasphemous. Ask yourself: Is there a practical, valid reason to continue doing business the same way we’ve done it for decades; or am I holding onto an outmoded perception? If you’re still in the newspaper business today, you’re a survivor. And survivors adapt. If you’re not comfortable selling baubles out of your front office, then maybe office products are a viable line for you. The Pinckneyville Press has a working front office, but there are also things like paper and pens available for purchase as well as cata-
logs for office furniture. If you have the location and time to manage your own shop, it may make sense to keep any retail operation in your own pocket. For me, it made sense to turn that over to someone else. It creates an opportunity for him or her to bank on his or her own success. It gives him or her an incentive to make choices that will lead to increased sales. And it’s one more headache I don’t have to have. During the slow, winter months, I don’t have to worry about whether the retail will make payroll because it’s not my payroll. For me, this was a win-win-win situation. I have more time to devote to the production and editorial ends of the newspaper, the community has a dynamic new retail shop, I’ve shed a salary obligation, and a local person has an affordable opportunity to run her own shop — something that might not have been possible without the rent subsidy and the free marketing that the newspaper provides. Perhaps most importantly, the primary function of the front office still operates as it always has. People still come in and drop off their subscriptions and classified ads. They buy a newspaper; they leave a message for the editor. The only real change I’ve noticed is the real change it leaves in my wallet.
Editor's Note: This article is reprinted with permission from the March issue of Publishers' Auxiliary, the trade publication of the National Newspaper Association It was the headline that caught my eye as I quickly scrolled through all the emails stacked up in my inbox: “Deadlines Are Most Common Cause of Workplace Stress …” STAN My first SCHWARTZ thought: This must have been Managing Editor, written by the Publishers' Auxiliary Department of Duh. We in the newspaper industry know deadlines, and therefore,
Stress: It’s what’s for dinner we know stress. But then again, journalists eat stress for breakfast, lunch and dinner (or supper, depending on where you were raised). The survey was put together by CareerCast, the company that regularly publishes articles on the worst jobs to have. According to CC, newspaper reporter usually scores in the top 10 of that list—consistently. In 2016, it made the top of the list. OK, full disclosure—the online job site also publishes articles on the best jobs to have, as well. In 2016, data scientist rated No. 1. I wonder if that was because the results were tabulated by—data scientists? Anyway, the survey showed that of the 1,000 participants who answered the questions, 71 percent have higher than moderate stress in the workplace. And what was the biggest contributing factor? Deadlines. The article’s headline gave that away, duh. Thirty percent of the survey partici-
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pants said that deadlines were the cause of their stress. The next on the stress-inducing list was being responsible for the lives of others, 17 percent; followed by competitiveness, 10.2 percent; and then physical demands, at 8.4 percent. I’m sure other types of jobs were covered by the survey, but I know more about newspaper deadlines than what happens in other professions, like say data scientist. Personally, I would have thought the commute to one’s job would have caused the most stress. But that comes before one’s actual job starts, so a lot of people are pre-stressed before going through the office door. When I lived in the Washington suburbs, it could take 2- to 21Ž2-hours of bumper-tobumper traffic before I could even begin to enjoy my workplace stress. Once I moved to the Midwest, my commute time dropped significantly, as well as my pre-work stress. That just left my “normal” deadline challenges to provide that much-needed stress. Reporters have to go out and gather the information for the stories they write, and then rush back to the office to write those stories—on deadline. And that deadline is there because editors are waiting to tear into those stories and get them print-worthy in time to make their deadline to hand over the words to the page designers, who work frantically to finish in time to get the pages to the press, and so on down the line until the finished product is in the hands of the subscribers. We in the newspaper industry thrive on that deadline stress. There is nothing like a group of journalists working together to get a newspaper out the door to make one feel alive and needed. One would think that at weekly papers, the stress would be somewhat
mitigated by the longer deadlines. But weeklies face the same type of deadlines as dailies. The chamber of commerce and the school board do not set their meetings by a weekly’s print schedule, and the scores from Friday night games wait for no reporter or press. People want to know what happened at those meetings, and who won those games. Unfortunately, a lot of times we deadline-oriented people tend to let this need for deadline stress leak over into other aspects of our lives. We wait until the last minute to get anything done. With tax season upon us, I bet a lot of us have April 14 circled on our calendars as that drop-dead deadline for mailing off our tax returns, or possibly to start filling them out. Take this column, for instance. I noticed the CC survey story on Feb. 15, but I waited until I was in production to get Pub Aux out the door to the printer before actually getting around to writing it. A lot of journalism types work better under deadline. It forces us to write tight. We need to get the information across to our readers so that they can understand it. It has to be unbiased and factual (unless it’s an opinion piece). And it must be on time! Am I on deadline? Yes. Am I under stress? Yes. But it sure is tasty.
What you need to know to create a website from scratch Two weeks ago, I found myself awake at 3 a.m., unable to get back to sleep. After tossing and turning for more than an hour, I decided I might as well get some work done. Checking my messages and social media, I quickly found I wasn’t the only one who couldn’t sleep. Shelly, a publisher friend in Minnesota had been up for hours. I soon learned why. “Ugh! My new website crashed yesterday and I’m trying to fix it,” she told me. “I got KEVIN SLIMP it through GoDaddy and I’m trying to chat with them, Director, Institute of but nobody seems Newspaper Technology to be answering. What should I do?” F o r t u n a t e l y, I’ve got more websites than . . . well, I’ve got a lot of websites. That means I’ve become a pro at getting to the bottom of problems before they ruin my day or, in this case, night. Rather than attempting to get through to someone using the chat function, which Shelly had already tried, I called the customer support number on the GoDaddy.com website. Guess what . . . someone answered, and they were a big help. Shelly had simply forgotten to “publish” her new site, meaning it worked for a few days while the host waited for someone to click the “publish” button. After the allotted time, the host assumed the site wasn’t meant to go live and took it offline. This is a very common mistake for folks who are new to website design and one I’ve made myself plenty of times. If you’re new to creating websites, there are a few things to keep in mind before you begin. Keep this list handy. You might need it someday.
1. Will you be creating the site from scratch, or will you use a template-based system to design your website? Let’s add another option while we’re on the subject. Maybe you will use WordPress, which is template-based, but requires a good bit of programming here and there. When I’m designing a new website, the answer varies. When NewspaperAcademy.com was being created (my
best friend and I designed and programmed the entire site in one weekend), we used WordPress because the site is an “online community,” meaning it is a membership-based site. WordPress had tools and templates created for online communities which we could purchase. On the other hand, when I was designing the NewspaperInstitute.com site earlier this week, I wanted to have total control of the design and functionality. In addition, I didn’t have a lot of time. With one afternoon to get the site up and functioning, I turned to Adobe Muse, an application in the Adobe Creative Cloud suite. Designing a website in Muse is a lot like designing a page in InDesign.
Websites are made up of groups of pages, much like documents in InDesign. Muse allows me to place a picture, video or menu on the page much like I’d place an element on the page in InDesign. When speed and control are my priorities, I often turn to Muse. If I’m creating a news site, I’ll probably go with a template-based system like Bondware.com or TownNews. com. These are just two of dozens to choose from. If I’m at a metro paper,
I’m looking at robust CMS systems that do everything from take online orders to assembling my site, all while creating the newspaper pages.
2. Where will you register your URL? The steps to getting a site online are basically three-fold: • Design the site (see Question 1 above) • Register your URL (website name) • Upload your website files to a host. If you want the name of your new website to be KevinIsTheBest.com, you’ll need to find out if anyone else is already using it. Two popular places to register a URL are Network Solutions and GoDaddy. You will find these at
NetworkSolutions.com and GoDaddy. com. I’ve learned it’s best to use one company for website registration. By the time you have a dozen or more websites, it can be hard to keep up with all the hosting details, passwords, etc. I’ve used both Network Solutions and GoDaddy and both have worked fine. These days, I use GoDaddy whenever I need to register a new domain.
3. Who will host your site? Websites need space on a server. You might have heard a geek say something about “parking” a site. Unless you’re hosting your own site, you will begin by selecting a host to park it for you. Folks who are new at creating websites often use the same company they used to register their domain name. That’s fine, and certainly makes remembering where everything is located easier. Having worked with more than my share of hosts over the years, my current favorite is SiteGround.com. You can have a different favorite. That’s OK. I like using SiteGround.com (no, I don’t receive an endorsement fee) because I’ve always been able to connect with them within seconds whenever there is an issue. That’s worth a lot to me.
OK, Let’s go over all that again. It’s not as complicated as it sounds, but you will get better with practice. First, design a website, using Adobe Muse, WordPress or some other method. Next, register your domain (website name). Third, find a place (host) to park your website. Once you have those, you simply upload your files (you’ve probably used FTP before) to the host and update them when necessary. Now, that wasn’t so hard, was it?
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Are you ready for the new year? Take an inventory It’s standard procedure at newspapers to chronicle the year. Headlines typically include the passing of noteworthy individuals; the success, or maybe failure, of a civic project; milestones in sports achievements, election results or key community benchmarks. Convene a brainstor ming session with your newsroom – better yet, with a cross-section of employees from your entire “newspaper famJIM PUMARLO ily” – and you’ll quickly have a Red Wing, Minn. list of noteworthy headlines. You may well be surprised at the scope of stories. That prompts the question: Are you ready for 2017? All newsrooms should prepare an editorial calendar and review it regularly. Many of the things you cover are the same year in and year out. Use the opportunity to explore new approaches for coverage. Think across the spectrum of your community. Here are three areas. Public affairs always demands at-
tention. There are the regular meetings of city councils, county boards and school boards plus the numerous commissions and task forces. Do you preview the important agenda items? Do you go beyond the votes and report the impact of the actions in real and understandable terms? Think beyond the meetings as you examine how to broaden your coverage. The mayor presents a state of the city speech. Government bodies spend weeks, even months, reviewing and adopting budgets. Capital improvement projects are previewed. Also, brainstorm stories that may warrant special coverage. Has a longtime elected official announced that this will be his or her last term of service? Are single issues dominating a government body? Did the election produce new voting blocs? Sports present a regular staple of stories: the preview, the rigors of the regular season, the playoffs. Team performance can present challenges and opportunities. How do you keep readers interested if a team suffers through a losing season, possibly not even winning a game? In contrast, what kinds of stories can be pursued if a team is headed for a championship season, maybe even going undefeated?
Also, brainstorm stories that may warrant special coverage. Is an athlete on the verge of achieving a scoring milestone? Might a coach notch a noteworthy victory? Is this the last season for a school in a sports conference due to league realignment? Civic clubs are the fabric of communities. The number of groups and their range of contributions mean editors are routinely approached with requests for coverage. The “asks” range from the Lions Club annual brat feed fundraiser to volunteer of the year recognition to a candidate forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters. It’s impossible to produce a story and photo for each event. Communicate with organizations early and discuss the two elements of publicity – promotion and actual coverage. An even better idea is to produce a simple set of guidelines that can be distributed to publicity chairs. Also, brainstorm stories that may warrant special coverage. Is a club celebrating a significant anniversary? Is a local club officer rising through the ranks in the affiliated state or national organization? Is there a special fund-raiser or other project planned that has extra significance to the community?
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Nokomis Free Press & Morrisonville Times combine into single publication The Nokomis Free Press-Progress and the 143-year-old Morrisonville Times, Christian County's oldest weekly newspaper, have made significant changes. Effective Feb. 22, the Morrisonville Times will be inserted in the Nokomis Free Press-Progress and delivered to homes and businesses in the Morrisonville area. The newspapers will be published on Wednesday afternoons with delivery on Thursdays in the communities. This will mean that Nokomis Free Press-Progress subscribers will begin receiving their newspapers one day later than usual, beginning with the change. The new coverage area of the publication will run from the Fillmore area to Nokomis, east along Route 16 to Irving, and north and west into the Raymond, Harvel, Morrisonville and Palmer areas. In addition to the Pana, Nokomis and Morrisonville newspapers, Phillips Printing and Publishing also publishes the Assumption Golden Prairie News. Thomas J. Phillips, Jr. is the publisher of these newspapers. Phillips Printing and Publishing bought the weekly newspaper in April 1996 from publishers Julia Lennon and the late John Lennon. The Lennons had purchased the newspaper from the late Vernon and Juanita Lauer.
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LeRoy Farmer City Press ceases publication The last edition of the award-winning LeRoy Farmer City Press was published March 3. "It is with a heavy heart that I make this announcement," said John Reed, publisher of the Press and Chief Executive Officer of parent company News-Gazette Media. "The LeRoy Farmer City Press has been a special project for us over the last six-plus years, born out of a plea from community members who yearned for quality local journalism. It has truly been a labor of love." The Press began publishing in LeRoy in 2010 upon the closure of the LeRoy Journal, and expanded into Farmer City in 2011 after the town lost its Journal. Despite an increase in the depth of community coverage, declining advertising and subscription revenue combined with increasing delivery costs have made continued publication an unprofitable prospect, Reed said. "I feel very good about what we did with respect to the quality of our journalism, and very much appreciate the loyal readers and advertisers who supported us over the years," Reed said. "Editor Jerry Nowicki has done an outstanding job since he joined us in 2013, culminating with the LeRoy Farmer City Press being named the best newspaper of its size in the state at last year's Illinois Press Association annual convention." The publication was launched under the guidance of former News-Gazette Community Newspapers General Manager Tim Evans.
Twice-weekly Prairie Press drops Wednesday edition Beginning March 1, The Prairie Press in Paris will only publish on Saturdays. According to Publisher Tay Smith, the Saturday edition of The Prairie Press has been a huge success, but the Wednesday issue has received very little advertising support. "This, obviously, is a difficult decision," Smith said. "But with a lack of advertising support on Wednesdays, we could no longer continue to publish the issue." The Prairie Press began publishing a weekly, Thursday issue in September 2014. By June of 2016, the five-times daily Paris Beacon-News closed its operation and merged with The Prairie Press. For the next four months, the Beacon-News was published two times a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays and The Prairie Press was published on Saturdays. In mid-October 2016, the Beacon-News became part of The Prairie Press, which began publishing on Wednesdays in addition to Saturdays.
Mississippi Valley Publishing transitions to mail delivery The new owners/ publishers of the Hancock County Journal-Pilot (Carthage), Fort Madison, Iowa, Daily Democrat and Keokuk, Iowa, Daily Gate City transitioned to mail delivery to increase their customer service efforts. Effective Jan. 23, the U.S. Postal Service will deliver newspapers with the daily mail. "As the new owners, we have reached out to the community and the No. 1 thing we heard was all about delivery," co-publisher and local owner Steve Helenthal said. "People wanted better service, faster delivery, more dependable delivery.â€? To respond to the delivery issues, the owners invested in computerized ink jet labeling, new equipment and contracted the services of the U.S. Postal Service. Manpower changes also had to be made. Instead of the 11 a.m. to noon press times for the two dailies, and early morning printing for the Journal-Pilot, all papers will be printed at night. During the transition period from carrier to mail delivery, the online e-edition was a free option for a week or two.
Argus-Sentinel/Roseville Independent office closed The Argus-Sentinel/ Roseville Independent office in Abingdon closed as of January. To send items to either newspaper, email items to abingdonargus@ gmail.com, or contact the Argus-Sentinel Facebook page as well as the Roseville Independent Facebook page.
Mid-America Press Institute offers digital news gathering seminar Mid-America Press Institute will once again team up with Google News to offer a digital news gathering seminar May 17 at The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill. Mike Reilley, Google News Labs Trainer and MediaShift.org Business Development Director, will lead the
seminar on digital newsgathering, mobile reporting and data analysis and visualization. In essence, Reilly will show reporters and editors how to use Google more effectively in their newsrooms. In the fall, Reilley led MPI seminars on digital reporting at The Dai-
ly Herald, Arlington Heights, Ill. and at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. They were well received and attended. To register, email MPI Executive Director John Ryan at jmryan@eiu. edu. Registration is $25 for MPI members, $30 for non-members, and includes lunch.
Caciopo announced as new editor of The Regional News
Anthony Caciopo has been named editor of The Regional News, effective Feb. 13, the company announced. The selection of Caciopo marks the culmination of a one-month national search that attracted 18 applicants and began after longtime editor, Jack Murray retired for health Caciopo reasons. In Murray's absence, the paper had been coedited by Tim Hadac, editor of the Southwest News-Herald and Archer Journal News, and Jeff Vorva, sports editor of Southwest Regional Publishing. Caciopo, 57, is an experienced local editor, photographer and writer who resides in Palos Heights. He began his newspaper career with the Southwest News-Herald as a freelancer, a reporter and an assistant editor to former editor Joseph Boyle. The Southwest News-Herald is a sister publication of The Regional News, and Boyle currently serves as editor of The Reporter, which also is owned by the Regional's parent company, Southwest Regional Publishing Co. Caciopo left the Southwest News-Herald in 1992 to work as a photojournalist for seven years at Pioneer Press, a chain of west and north suburban weekly newspapers owned by Sun-Times Media Group. In 1999, Caciopo left Pioneer Press to write, edit and develop websites and newsletters for Brookshire Investments Inc., owner of OwnACondo. com and then REA Worldwide LLC, owner and RealEstateAuctions.com.
Former Southtown reporter, Gregory Pratt, recognized for investigation into school district's financial struggles
Former Daily Southtown reporter Gregory Pratt, 27, has received the 2016 Scripps Howard Award for community journalism for his exhaustive investigation into financial practices of Lincoln-Way High School District 210, one of the state's most affluent educational systems, the foundation announced March 7. Pratt's dogged inquest into Lincoln-Way's finances began in August 2015, after the cashstrapped district announced it would shutter one of its new schools to Pratt shore up finances, and continues to this day. Over the past 18 months, Pratt methodically cranked out story after front-page story as information trickled, or, at times, poured in. His reporting unearthed $40 million in insider deals, waste and questionable budgeting practices and private uses of public resources enabled by a supine school board that repeatedly bent to the will of the LAW, as Lincoln-Way Superintendent Lawrence A. Wyllie was called by some district officials. In the process of his inquiries, Pratt interviewed dozens of experts, community members and district officials to generate leads, and filed more than 100 Freedom of Information Act requests for contracts, memos, disciplinary records and account fund histories to shed light on the prominent south suburban district's financial woes.
From January through November 2016, Pratt penned a remarkable 56 pieces that simultaneously informed and outraged readers, and set off alarm bells for authorities. A federal grand jury in Chicago has since launched an investigation into Lincoln-Way's practices and the Securities and Exchange Commission also has opened an inquiry into the district's accounting and misuse of bond funds. Pratt, who left the Southtown to take a job with the Chicago Tribune's metro staff in December, said he was honored to be recognized alongside so many great journalists and credited his editors for their dedication to local watchdog reporting. In addition to receiving the prestigious Scripps Howard Award for excellence in community journalism â€” one of the 17 categories for which Scripps handed out awards â€” Pratt also will take home $10,000 in prize money. Before coming to the Southtown, after the Tribune bought the paper in early 2015, Pratt had worked at TribLocal, the Better Government Association, Phoenix New Times, Minneapolis City Pages and Hoy. A Chicago native, he grew up in Little Village, attended the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences in Mount Greenwood, and studied political science and history at the University of Illinois at Chicago, graduating in 2010.
Kevin Lyons named Northwest Herald managing editor
Kevin Lyons, Northwest Herald's news editor since 2004, has been named managing editor of the newspaper and multimedia outlet, effective immediately, Shaw Media announced mid-January.
In his new role, Lyons, of Woodstock, will oversee the daily operation of the Northwest Herald's newsroom. After studying journalism at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Lyons started his fulltime professional career in 1994 as a reporter with the Daily Gazette in Sterling. He joined the Northwest Herald in 1995, first as a municipal
reporter, then as the courthouse reporter. He served a brief stint as Woodstock bureau editor before being named news editor in 2004, a position he's held since. Lyons and his wife, Maria, have two children. The Northwest Herald will begin recruiting Lyons' replacement as news editor, Northwest Herald executive editor Dan McCaleb said.
Defender announces new editor
Former communications director for the Oak Park Education Foundation, Shari David Noland, is now the executive editor of the more-than-a-century-old Chicago Defender. Noland, of Oak Park, will step into the position after the paper's former executive editor, Noland Kai EL' Zabar the first female to hold that position at the paper resigned last December, along with Cheryl Mainor, the paper's publisher. Noland has journalism degrees from Northwestern University and the University of Missouri. She's married to Terry Noland, the executive editor of Chicago magazine.
News-Gazette general manager moving back to roots
After 10 years as general manager of eight weekly newspapers, Tim Evans is leaving the News-Gazette, Inc. effective at the close of January. Evans plans to move back to his roots in the Quad Cities to seek another position in the industry. Evans served as the general manager of the Ford County Record (Paxton), Evans LeRoy Farmer City Press, Mahomet Citizen, Piatt County Journal Republican (Monticello), Rantoul Press, The County Star (Tolono), The Independent News (Georgetown) and The Leader (St. Joseph).
Record Newspapers announce Welge as sports editor
Joshua Welge joined the Kendall County Record Newspapers early February as the sports editor. Welge is a former freelance sports writer for the Chicago Tribune, as well as a former staff writer and sports writer for the Daily Herald Group. He got his start reporting at the Marquette UniWelge versity student newspaper, the Marquette Tribune.
E&P honors Lee Enterprises' digital services director
Bridget Sibthorp-Moecker, regional digital services director for the newspaper group that includes The Pantagraph, has been named one of the Top 25 Under 35 in the newspaper industry by Editor & Publisher magazine. S i bt hor p -Mo e c ker directs the digital products of the newsrooms and advertising departments of Lee Enterprises Central Illinois Newspaper Sibthorp-Moecker Group, which also includes Decatur's Herald & Review. She recently assumed a new role at the corporate level, adding classified initiatives to her responsibilities. She was nominated for the award by Julie Bechtel, president and publisher of The Pantagraph and the Herald & Review. Bechtel was named E&P's 2016 Publisher of the Year in November. In 2015, Sibthorp-Moecker spearheaded the launch of a pilot website in collaboration with Newspapers. com, a division of Ancestry. The Pantagraph was the first newspaper in the nation to enter into such a partnership, providing users with an easily searchable database of historic newspaper content and preserving it for future generations. Sibthorp-Moecker has worked for Lee Enterprises at the Herald & Review in Decatur since May 2005. She is a graduate of Warrensburg-Latham High School and Illinois State University. E&P's Top 25 Under 35 winners will be featured in April's issue.
Mike Landis, a Galva resident with nearly three decades in the newspaper business, has been named editor of the Galva News. He replaces Doug Boock, who left Feb. 3
Former Decatur publisher named publisher of 2 Montana newspapers Mike Gulledge, a former publisher of the Herald & Review and a visible part of the Decatur community, has been named publisher of two newspapers in Montana. Gulledge will lead the The Missoulian and Ravalli Republic as a part of a regional management restructuring. He also serves as publisher of The Billings Gazette in Montana and an operating vice president for Gulledge Davenport, Iowa-based Lee Enterprises Inc., which owns the properties as well as the Herald & Review. Gulledge, a graduate of Southern Illinois University, joined Lee in 1982 and came to the Herald & Review in 1990 as advertising manager. He later became advertising manager for the Quad-City Times, the Lee newspaper in Davenport, but returned to Decatur in 1997 to take on the role of general manager. He was named publisher in
1998. Gulledge also was chair of the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County, vice chairman of the Chamber of Commerce, vice chairman of the United Way and co-chair of Turning Point, a program to improve the quality of life in Decatur. Gulledge moved to Montana in 2000. Gulledge in 2005 took the vice president position and oversees the Lee properties in Butte and Helena, Mont.; Rapid City, S.D.; Albany, Corvallis and Coos Bay, Ore.; Sioux City, Iowa; Flagstaff, Ariz.; Park Hills, Mo.; Longview, Wash.; and Napa, Santa Maria and Hanford, Calif. He also serves on several boards in Montana, including serving as chairman of the Montana Meth Project and as a member of the Rocky Mountain College Board of Directors. He and his wife, Susan, live in Billings. Their son, Michael, is a student at Gonzaga University.
Tom English named executive editor of The Southern Illinoisan Craig H. Rogers, publisher of The Southern Illinoisan, announced Feb 16 that Tom English was named executive editor, effective immediately. "After a national search, I'm thrilled to promote Tom English to executive editor," Rogers said. "Tom is respected English in our newsroom and knows our local communities well. His longtime dedication to The Southern Illinois and passion for local journalism
uniquely qualify him to lead our newsroom." English was named interim editor July 5 and has served in that position since. He began his career at The Southern as a telemarketer in 1999. He also has been a copy editor, sports copy editor, night editor and city editor. English is originally from Crystal Lake and finished college at Southern Illinois University. English and his wife, Jessica, live south of Murphysboro with their two children, Madison, 11, and Jack, 9.
Mike Landis named editor of the Galva News
to take a job as a financial advisor in Michigan. A longtime Galva resident, Landis has an extensive newspaper resume. He has worked at weekly publications in Orion, Galesburg and Bettendorf, Iowa, and daily publications in Kewanee and Galesburg.
For the past 10 years, he's been sports editor at the Kewanee Star Courier, a GateHouse Media sister publication to the Galva News. Since 2008, he's also served as editor of the Kewanee Star Courier. Landis is a graduate of St. Ambrose University.
Moffitt joins Waterloo Republic-Times sales staff
Chandra Moffitt recently joined the Republic-Times (Waterloo) staff as an advertising sales representative, continuing her career in the field that goes back to the early 1990s. She began her newspaper career in 1991 with the Suburban Moffitt Journals at the Clarion Journal office in Columbia, which eventually merged with its sister publication, the St. Louis Post-Disptach. Most recently, Chandra worked with the Belleville News-Democrat.
Du Quoin Evening Call editor recovering from stroke
John Croessman, the longtime editor of the Du Quoin Evening Call, has improved greatly since suffering a stroke early January. The 64-year-old editor is "anxious to get going" on his rehab, said his daughter, Angela Nelson. "He recognizes everyone, and understands everything we're saying," Nelson said, adding her dad is staying current, and even looking through the newspaper. Croessman Croessman's initial stroke occurred before noon on Jan. 9 in the Evening Call office. He was rushed to Marshall Browning Hospital in Du Quoin, and then transported to Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. It was during the ride to Carbondale that he suffered a second, more severe stroke. He has been in the ICU at Memorial Hospital since then. Nelson said the family is looking for a rehab program that's a good fit, one that is aggressive. Her dad, she adds, is in full agreement with the idea of getting his strength back as soon as possible. "We're excited for him to start rehab and then get him home," she said.
Frank Anselmo, 87, of Coal City, passed away Jan. 30 at Morris Hospital. Born July 10, 1929 in Coal City, Frank Joseph was a son of Frank A. and Lena Bosonetta. He was a 1947 graduate of Coal City High School, and went on to honorably serve in the U.S. Army. Anselmo On Sept. 21, 1957, Frank married Jane Drnec in Assumption Catholic Church, and together they made their home and raised their family in Coal City. Frank's work began at Dupont before gaining employment with the Coal City Courant, where he was a printer for many years. He later went to work with the Coal City Community Unit School District No. 1, from where he retired as director of buildings and grounds in 1991.
Howard Graves Journalist Howard Graves, a Robinson native who shaped journalistic coverage for The Associated Press for 40 years across three western states, has died. He was 90. His sons, Graham and Carson Graves, said their father died Jan. 25 of health issues related to age and Alzheimer's in his Graves apartment in a Prescott, Ariz., assisted living community. Graves and his wife, Audrey Gayle Parsnick Graves, moved to Prescott in April 1994 from Hawaii after he retired from the AP in 1993. She died in Prescott at age 82 in 2012. They were married 57 years. In high school, Graves was student body president, played football and ran track, and covered Robinson Township High athletics for the weekly Robinson Argus newspaper and as a stringer for the Chicago Daily News and the News-Gazette (Champaign). In October 1944, he left the Robinson Argus and a job as sports editor to enlist in the U.S. Navy. He served on the newly launched U.S.S. Midway aircraft carrier. World War II ended in August 1945 and he was discharged a year later. He studied from 1946-1947 and 19491950 at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., and two semesters (fall 1947 and spring 1948) at Linfield College, McMinnville, Ore. Deciding not to continue in college af-
In the 1970s and 1980s, Shirley Hochberg was a columnist for The Regional News and its predecessor, The Palos Regional. Each week, she wrote about the milestones and achievements of the newspaper's readers birthdays, graduations, school honors, vacations and other "social news" of the day. Hochberg passed Hochberg away early February at the age of 88. For the last 25 years, she had been living near Seattle, Wash. During her tenure at The Regional News, Hochberg also wrote most of the stories for the wedding page, carefully describing each bride's bodice, each Jim Mateja was an award-winning augroom's boutonnière and the colors of tomotive columnist who spent 47 years each carnation and rose. She reviewed covering the auto industry for the Chicathe performances of the Palos Village go Tribune. Players and penned a variety of other feaMateja, who lived in ture articles. north suburban LinHochberg grew up on Chicago's West denhurst, collapsed at and North Sides, but she and her hushis computer after filing band, Sid, moved to unincorporated Ora story for the Tribune land Park in 1956. There they reared four sons. In the late 1980s, Shirley retired about the 2017 Chicafrom writing and eventually moved to go Auto Show, said Sue Mateja Mercer Island, Wash. to be closer to her Mateja, his wife of 51 grandchildren. years. Mateja, 71, died of cancer Jan. 30
ter the summer of 1948, he worked as a reporter and editor on daily and weekly newspapers in Robinson and Centralia, Ill., and Shelby, Mont. Graves’ reporting skills caught the attention of the Associated Press, which he joined on April 21, 1952. During his AP career, Graves was a news writer in Little Rock, Ark.; Helena, Mont.; and Denver, Colo. In May 1957, he became an AP administrator. Twice he was with the Portland AP bureau, first as regional membership executive for the Northwest (1957-1962) and then as chief of the bureau (19771982). For 14 years, he was AP bureau chief in Albuquerque (1962-1977). For 11 years, starting in November 1982 until his retirement at the end of 1993, he was Honolulu AP bureau chief. Graves spent 40-plus years with the AP, 31 of those as a chief of bureau. At the time of his retirement, he was the senior chief of bureau in the domestic service. Graves was nominated by the AP for the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for Best Regional Enterprise Reporting. His nomination was for more than 120 stories he wrote in 10 months – traveling more than 30,000 miles – for AP out of the Albuquerque bureau. The stories were about the misappropriation and misspending of hundreds of millions of federal dollars by the Navajo tribal government on the 25,000-square-mile Navajo Reservation in New Mexico, Arizona and Utah.
Jim Mateja at Glenbrook Hospital in Glenview. His writing won a slew of awards, from a 1997 Lisagor award for outstanding work by Illinois journalists to twotime winner of the International Wheel Award for journalistic excellence specific to auto coverage. Mateja semi-retired from the Tribune in 2007, at a time when newspapers began transitioning to digital media. In addition to his wife, Mateja is survived by a son, twin daughters and three grandchildren.
Leonard F. Bydalek
Leonard F. Bydalek, 82, of Kankakee, passed away Feb. 20 at Citadel Nursing Center in Kankakee. He was born April 16, 1934, in Kankakee, the son of Frederick and Florence Marzcak Bydalek. He married Martha "Sue" Whorrall on Jan. 26, 1957, at St. Patrick Church in MoBydalek mence. Bydalek was a press operator at the Daily Journal for 40 years, retiring in 1998. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1954 until 1956 stationed in Germany.
Stuart Stone was the publisher of two weekly newspapers in DuPage County and for a time was chief of the Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company. Stone, 74, died of natural causes Feb. 4. Stone, a lifelong resident of Glen Ellyn who also had a 700acre farm in Savanna, Ill., had been battling respiratory ailments. Stone Born in Hinsdale, Stone grew up in Glen Ellyn and graduated from what now is Glenbard West High School. Stone earned a teaching degree from Northeast Missouri State Teachers College, now Truman State University, where he played football. After college, Stone joined the family business. His father, Stuart W. Stone, had bought the Glen Ellyn News, a weekly newspaper, in 1944. After Stone's father died in 1970, Stone took over as publisher of the Glen Ellyn News and its sister weekly newspaper, the Wheaton Leader, and then later launched smaller papers, the Winfield Estate and the Warrenville Post, which served nearby Warrenville and Winfield. He oversaw the papers until selling the chain in 1999. Stone began serving with the Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company which is DuPage County's last volunteer fire department in July 1963. He became chief in 1978 and served in that role for 23 years until retiring in 2001.
Mattie Smith Colin
Mattie Smith Colin, a Chicago Defender reporter known for her coverage of 14-year-old Emmett Till’s 1955 murder, died Dec. 6 at 98 years old. She was born and raised Mattie Smith on the South Side. A graduate of Chicago Public Schools, she studied journalism at Roosevelt and NorthwestColin ern universities. In 1950, Colin joined the staff at the Chicago Defender, which was founded in 1905 and considered for many years to be the nation's most influential black weekly newspaper, with more than twothirds of its readership outside of Chicago. After many years as a reporter, Colin became the newspaper's food and fashion editor. She continued working as an editor-at-large for the newspaper before leaving in 2002. While still at the Defender, Colin began working for the Chicago Park District as a staff writer and spokeswoman. She later served as a staff assistant for the Department of Streets and Sanitation before retiring in 2011 at 93. Colin was married to Robert N. Colin Sr., a Chicago police officer, for 42 years before his death in 1992.
Brian Leaf, the longtime Register Star reporter and mainstay of the community's music and bar scene, passed away Feb. 22. He was 57. Leaf suffered a heart attack while teaching a spin class at the downtown YMCA, where he has taught spin for 10 years. Leaf was born in Superior, Wis., grew up in Leaf Wausau, Wis., and maintained a lifelong monogamous relationship with the Green Bay Packers. He earned a journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, and in 1982 was hired by then City Editor Geri Nikolai as an environmental reporter at the Wausau Daily Herald. There, he spun yarns about water contamination,
air pollution, acid rain and landfills and — in the words of his LinkedIn bio — "probed the crossroads of pollution and human health." It was in the Wausau newsroom that Leaf met Mary Kaull, a fellow reporter whom he married in 1987. A year later, Leaf, Kaull and Nikolai were working alongside one another as reporters in the Rockford Register Star newsroom. After 10 years as a business reporter, Leaf left the Register Star to be a stay-athome dad. He returned to the newsroom in 2010 and stayed for six more years. He left the newspaper in October for the school district of Beloit, Wis., where he served as public information officer. Leaf is survived by his wife and two children, his mother and two sisters.
Longtime Chicago Sun-Times photographer John J. "Jack" Lenahan, 89, passed on Feb. 6 at Sunrise Assisted Living North in Naperville. He was born Nov. 12, 1927 in Chicago. Lenahan joined the Sun-Times as a photographer in 1949 shortly after the paper was founded by the merger of Lenahan the Sun and the Times. Lenahan snapped the Beatles, Elvis, Emperor Hirohito, sports, fires and crime stories before retiring in 1992.
Frank Schier, publisher and editor of The Rock River Times, died at the end of January following a battle with cancer at age 62. Schier, whose byline frequently appeared in the newspaper, continMargaret Dalton "Peg" Sloan, an ued to be active even as underwent treatments for award-winning editor and columSchier nist who spent more than 10 years lung and brain cancer. with the Daily Journal Schier became involved in Kankakee after bein publishing when he took over an ginning her newspaper area monthly in 1992, converting it to career at the age of 51, a weekly that became the Rock River died Feb. 14. She was Times. Schier helped found the Rock 91 years old. River Trail and Rockford River District Sloan began workAssociation and also co-founded of the ing at the Journal in Rockford Area Music Industry awards Sloan February 1976 and six and the Angela Rushford Children's Ormonths later, was named editor of gan Donation Fund.
In his later years at the Sun-Times, Lenahan lost vision in one eye, yet still managed to shoot award-winning images. Lenahan and his wife, Dolores "Dody,” raised their seven children in South Shore and in the St. Denis parish near 83rd and Kedzie. When his wife developed Alzheimer's disease, he visited her daily for seven years at the St. Patrick's residence in Naperville. Lenahan is survived by his seven children, 22 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Margaret Dalton 'Peg' Sloan
the Accent section, a precursor to today's Life section. With Sloan at the helm, the Accent section won multiple awards, including Illinois United Press International contests two years in a row in 1984 and 1985. As a columnist, Sloan won many of her own awards, including awards from the UPI, The Associated Press and the National Federation of Press Women. When she retired as an editor in September 1986, Sloan continued writing her column.
Arthur John Roy Holding, 90, died Jan. 24 at the Harper House Hospice in Stuart, Fla. He was the former editor of the Galva News. Holding was born in the Riverside section of Windsor, Ontario, on Feb. 23, 1926, the son of John and Maude Holding. His family immigrated Holding to Detroit when he was in grade school. He graduated from Highland Park High School in Detroit and attended Highland Park College before entering the U.S. Army during World War II. He received the Bronze Star for his service in France and Germany after actions in the Colmar Pocket and Siegfried Line campaigns. His regiment received two Presidential Citations. He graduated from Michigan State University with a journalism degree and married Mary Lou Harris, both events occurring in 1949. He worked on weekly newspapers in Michigan before joining the Kalamazoo Gazette where he was a reporter and editor. In 1958, he purchased the Galva News. The newspaper was twice-named the best weekly in the state by the Illinois Press Association. Roy earned numerous national and state awards for reporting and his weekly column, Gilding the Lily. He was the first recipient of the Ken Smith Memorial Award for the Outstanding Community Journalist presented by the Northern Illinois University. He served a year as the president of the Illinois Press Association. Roy and Mary Lou retired to Port St. Lucie, Fla. in 1981 eventually moving to Palm City. During his early years in Florida, Roy wrote and edited the Sailfish Point newsletter. As an American Red Cross volunteer, he helped set up and manage emergency relief centers in Martin County and other areas of the country. He was a member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church. He enjoyed boating on the Florida waterways and was an avid reader. He is survived by one sister, a daughter, two sons and nine grandchildren.
Dan Olmsted Dan Olmsted, a former investigative reporter for the Commercial News (Danville), died Jan. 23 at his home in Falls Church, Va. Olmstead graduated from Yale University in 1975 and returned home to his local newspaper, the Commercial News, where he worked while a student at Danville High Olmsted School. He won an Illinois Associated Press award for public service reporting while in Danville and went on to receive national recognition for his work elsewhere. In 1978, Olmsted left his hometown to take a reporting position at Gannett's then-flagship newspaper, The Democrat & Chronicle, in Rochester, N.Y. Later, he helped Gannett start up USA Today and
USA Weekend, where as senior editor he led an investigation of the murder of a Vietnamese immigrant in Florida. The story won a first-place award from the Asian-American Journalists Association. After leaving Gannett, Olmsted began working in 1999 as the UPI bureau chief in Washington, D.C. While with UPI, Olmsted co-wrote with reporter Mark Benjamin a series of investigative pieces about Lariam, an antimalarial drug associated in a small set of users many in the military and Peace Corps with psychoses, paranoia, hallucinations and violence. The reporters' work exposed the Army cover-up about its use of the drug and led to a sharp decrease in the number of prescriptions written for Lariam. For their stories, Benjamin and Olmsted won an award for best wire story from the National Mental Health Association.
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Ronald Wade Ronald W. Wade, a veteran journalist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch died Jan. 25 at St. Louis University Hospital after recently being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He was 62. During his 10-plus years at the Post-Dispatch, Wade “put to bed” front pages on events as chaotic as the protests Wade and violence after Michael Brown’s death by a Ferguson police officer and as remarkable as David Freese’s last-out home run in Game 6 of 2011 World Series, setting up the Cardinals for a Game 7 win over the Texas Rangers Wade was born in Chicago, a city he
loved, and gave detailed dining advice to anyone who asked. He graduated valedictorian from what is now King College Prep High School in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago in 1972. Wade attended Harvard University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in East Asian studies in 1976. Prior to joining the Post-Dispatch in 2006, Wade was the deputy news and sports editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer for 11 years. Before the Inquirer, Wade was the assistant managing editor for news at the Minneapolis-Star Tribune for 11 years. He also worked on the copy or news desks of the Washington Post, Buffalo-Courier Express, Newsday, Louisville Times and Chicago Tribune.