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IPF sponsors NNA Foundation News Fellow 6 Tom Phillips recounts 61-year career 9 Kevin Slimp's favorite apps for journalists 8 IPA to honor 4 with Distinguished Service Awards 14




We Believe – and Invest – In Newspapers The calendar has turned to May and that always includes a list of major events: Mother’s Day, graduations and Memorial Day, to name a few. One more important thing: it’s also the time to register for IPA annual convention. The IPA team has once again put together a great program that includes a great lineup of speakers and sessions, networking opport unit ies, celebrations and awards. DENNIS The theme of DEROSSETT this year’s conPresident & CEO vention is “We Believe In Newspapers”…..much of the convention information is included in the pages of this publication. The IPA and IPF believe in newspapers and we invest in them. We invest in newspapers and the future of journalism by providing educational programs and resources to high school journalism students. Programs are

funded both internally (from ACORN pledges and donations from IPA members) and externally (from the Robert R McCormick Foundation in Chicago). In 2017 and 2018, McCormick is funding two projects through grants. The projects are: 1) developing free training workshops for high school journalism advisers throughout Illinois, and 2) establishing a mentoring program to match high school journalism advisers with their local newspaper editors. Kate Richardson, ne wly-app oi nte d director of foundation and communications, will manage the projects. Two university journalism faculty, Sally Renaud and Linda Jones, are assisting in the development of these projects. Both Renaud and Jones are on the IPF board of directors. Renaud is a professor and the chair of the journalism department at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. She is also the executive director of the Illinois Journalism Ed-

ucation Association. Linda Jones is the dean of undergraduate studies at Roosevelt University in Chicago and the executive director of the Scholastic Press Association of Chicago. For high school journalism programs, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is many high schools still offer journalism classes and most produce an actual newspaper (both print and online). The bad news is that many teachers assigned as journalism advisers to these high school journalism classes have no previous journalism experience. The goal of the training workshops, or “adviser bootcamps,” is to provide comprehensive, hands-on training from veteran Illinois journalism advisers so that new advisers are more knowledgeable and prepared to teach this subject. The workshops, eight to 10 total over the next 18 months, will be held throughout the state. The curric-

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ulum, tailored to both new and veteran advisers, will be the same at each workshop. Instructors will be veteran advisers from or near the bootcamp location. These locations and dates are still being determined and will be announced soon. The overall goal is to better prepare student journalists at the high school level so that they stay interested, attend a journalism school at an Illinois university or college, and then become good candidates for positions at Illinois newspapers. Hand-in-hand with the workshops is the mentoring program between the high school journalism advisers and local newspaper editors. This is where IPA members can participate by partnering with their local high school to provide first-hand training and guidance to the advisers. This then lends itself to many opportunities for the benefit of the high school journalism students and the local newspaper. Greg Bilbrey, editor of the Robinson Daily News and also a Foundation board member, has been conducting such a program for several years. We will use Greg’s experience and expertise to help

DIRECTORS Matt Bute Chicago Tribune Media Group Darrell Garth Chicago Citizen Newspaper Group Jim Kirk Sun-Times Media, Chicago Karen Pletsch Daily Chronicle / Shaw Media, DeKalb

Todd Sears The State Journal-Register, Springfield Jim Shrader Civitas Media, Alton Jim Slonoff The Hinsdalean, Hinsdale Scott Stone Daily Herald Media Group, Arlington Heights

Sam Fisher | Immediate Past Chairman Sauk Valley Media, Sterling

John Reed The News-Gazette Group, Champaign

Sue Walker Herald Newspapers, Inc., Chicago

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Tony Scott, Vice President, Business Development Ext. 230 – Josh Sharp, Vice President, Government Relations Ext. 238 —

Carolyn Austin, Business Manager Ext. 237 - Cindy Bedolli, Member Relations Ext. 226 -

Ron Kline, Technology & Online Coordinator Ext. 239 - Kate Richardson, Director of Foundation & Communications Ext. 227 –

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Changes coming to IPA By-Laws With the IPA Board of Directors and staff members working hard to finalize the details, changes to IPA By-Laws are right around the corner. While a final unveiling is still a few weeks away, one of the topics likely to be addressed is a uniform and required certificate of publication for IPA members. JOSH SHARP The certificate of publication is conVice President, Government Relations templated and required according to Illinois’ law. It’s actually the first section of the Notice by Publication Act: (715 ILCS 5/1) (from Ch. 100, par. 1)

Sec. 1. When any notice shall be required by law, or the order of court, or by any contract, to be published in any newspaper, and no other mode of proving the same is provided, the certificate of the publisher, by himself or his authorized agent, with a written or printed copy of such notice annexed, stating the number of times which the same shall have been published, and the dates of the first and last papers containing the same, shall be sufficient evidence of the publication therein set forth. The certificate shall also contain the further certificate of the publisher, by himself or his authorized agent, stating that the newspaper is a newspaper as hereinafter defined. The certificate of publication is integral to public notice process. It provides, as sworn affidavit, evidence to a court or unit of local government that a notice was actually published in a

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newspaper. In some legal proceedings, newspaper publishers have even been called on to testify that proper notification was given via their newspaper. Unfortunately, some newspapers are not including legally required information in the text of their certificate. There have also been issues between newspapers about where a publication is “published” or “circulated.” Developing a uniform and required certificate of publication for IPA members to use will help alleviate many of these issues. Look for this change as new IPA by-laws are unveiled at the IPA’s annual convention in June. One other note about certificates – they DON’T have to be notarized. For some newspapers this has become an extra level of delay or expense as they wait to issue certificates until they can be notarized. All that’s required by law is the signature of the publisher or their authorized agent.

us frame the statewide mentoring program to start later this fall. A few other members will also be asked for input to help the Foundation form and implement this program. Relationship building between local newspapers and the high school journalism program can open several new opportunities to the benefit of both. Many IPA members already have such relationships established and we commend you for that; and, we would like to hear details about how your program is working. Send them to krichardson@ Some of your success stories can help as we develop these important McCormick-funded grant programs in the coming weeks and months. We’re looking forward to seeing you at convention, June 7-8-9, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel here in Springfield. Watch your email in the coming weeks for brief video clips with special invitations to attend. Be sure to register online soon for a special gift!

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Richardson promoted to director, foundation and communications The Illinois Press Association announced that Kate Richardson has been promoted to director, foundation and communications. In her new role, Kate has responsibility for all grant programs, marketing, grant writing and fundraising, board services and day-to-day operations of the Foundation. She will also be in charge of all communications for the association and foundation, including PressLines, e-Bulletin, websites and news releases. Kate joined the IPA in August of 2015 and has been directly involved with all aspects of the association and foundation. In the past year, she has been involved in all foundation activities and has taken the lead role in directing all foundation grant programs. She is a Taylorville native and holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Illi-

nois at Springfield. While at UIS, she was the editor and then business manager of the campus newspaper, The Journal. Before joining IPA, Kate was a marketing associate at the Illinois Institute for Richardson Continuing Legal Education. She lives in Springfield with her cat, Svetty. “Kate has exceptional skills and is well-deserving of this promotion. This position is key in the IPA/IPF organization; and, under her direction, we look forward to the continued growth of the foundation and to the successful implementation and results of the grant programs,” said Dennis DeRossett, president and CEO of IPA. She can be contacted at krichardson@



Macfarland announces 3 appointments to IPA Board IPA Chairman Sandy Macfarland announced three appointments to the IPA board of directors mid-April. They are: • Sue Walker, vice president and general manager of the Hyde Park Herald • Darrell Garth, president and publisher of Chicago Citizen Newspaper Group • John Reed, publisher and chief executive officer of News-Gazette Media, Champaign The appointments are effective immediately and all were formally approved at the next meeting of the full board on Thursday, April 27. The appointments fill three current vacancies on the board: • Walker will serve a three-year term formerly held by Caroll Stacklin of Gatehouse Media;




Caroll completed three full terms on the board last December. • Garth will serve a three-year term formerly held by Karen Flax of the Chicago Tribune; Karen’s term also expired last December, following her year as past president. • Reed will serve the remaining two years of the term of Tim Evans of N-G Community Newspa-

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Illinois Press Foundation sponsors NNAF News Fellow

By Kate Richardson Director, Foundation & Communications

Each year, the Illinois Press Foundation sponsors a college or university student to participate in the National Newspaper Association Foundation's News Fellows Program. The Fellows program is held in conjunction with the NNA's Community Newspaper Leadership Summit in Washington D.C., held March 15-16. Journalism students travel to the Washington area to report on a topic of national importance. This year, the topic was the independence of courts. The students were given the opportunity to meet with policymakers and policy inf luencers during their time in the city. The also met with their states' congressional representatives. Peter Rubinstein, a senior jour-

nalism student at Roosevelt University, was selected as Illinois' news fellow for his 2016 work covering the water crisis in Flint, Mich. Rubinstein joined seven other college students from across the country. "It was an incredible trip in so many ways...Helped me to practice my reporting in a whole new setting, gave me the opportunity to make some very important and hopefully lasting connections in the industry and elsewhere, and was just an overall thrilling and fun experience," he said. Following his meetings and interviews, Rubinstein produced an article on the Muslim travel bans imposed by President Donald Trump. This article is featured below and will also be featured in Publishers' Auxiliary.

Photo courtesy of Stanley Schwartz, NNA

NNAF News Fellows and their mentors gather on the Newseum balcony between news briefings. Pictured from left to right: Reed Anfinson, publisher, Swift County Monitor-News, Benson, MN; Steve Haynes, president and publisher, The Oberlin (KS) Herald; Emily Gibbens, University of North Dakota; Danni Zhou, University of Pittsburgh; Bill Jacobs; Melissa Behling, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Peter Rubinstein, Roosevelt University; Liz Parker, executive editor and co-publisher, New Jersey Hills Media Group, Bernardsville, NJ; Gabriel Sanchez, University of Minnesota; and Christopher Michael Bowling, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The U.S. Judiciary A last line of defense for Muslim immigrants under Trump

Assalamu Alaikum, peace be upon you. The phrase, a sacred mantra at the core of the Islamic faith, is exchanged daily between guests entering mosques for prayer. To Muhammad Akbar of Chicago’s Council on American Islamic Relations, its meaning carries new weight in the wake of President PETER Donald Trump’s RUBINSTEIN executive orders that target travelNNAF News Fellow, ers from six MusRoosevelt University lim-majority countries. Those who once sought opportunity and refuge in America - like many who attend Akbar’s mosque - must now grap-

ple with proposed legislation deeming their fellow Muslims worthy of debarment from entering the country’s borders. Amid the president’s travel bans, which have sparked protests and lawsuits nationwide, the fate of millions of Americans now lies in the hands of the judiciary. The courts stand as the final arbiters on whether the executive orders violate the fundamental freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. The dissenters, among them David Bier of the CATO Institute, David Gans of the Constitutional Accountability Center, and Sens. Dick Durbin and Loretta Weinberg, place varying degrees of faith in the judiciary and its allegiance to the document created by the Founding Fathers. What remains unclear is whether the “people” can count on the courts to utilize their independence for their protection.

The fears, hopes and daily impact of the legal impasse the entire world awaits to be resolved are encapsulated in interviews with policymakers, analysts and affected Americans collected inside the Beltway to the Midwest. The picture that emerges is one of a nation divided under God with many hoping for liberty and justice for all. What will ultimately determine the fate of immigrants seeking to enter the U.S., however, lies in the language of the orders themselves. Players on different sides of the political aisle, including representatives from libertarian and progressive organizations alike, have come together through a mutual interpretation of the bans as documents guided chiefly by religious animus. Bier, an immigration policy analyst at CATO, described the Trump administration’s vocal concerns of national security threats stemming from the six countries

as “entirely made up.” “The order has this national security fig leaf covering this blanket discrimination,” he said. “Courts are going to look at that and blow the fig leaf away, and realize what’s hiding behind it.” Gans, director of the Human Rights Program at CAC, echoed the sentiment. The religious animus argument against Trump’s orders is justified according to federal courts from Washington to Hawaii, he said. If the appeal process continues and the case is taken to the Supreme Court, it’s likely to encounter a similar assessment. Meanwhile, Democratic lawmakers,such as New Jersey’s Weinberg and Assistant Senate Minority Whip Durbin have put their dissent into action. Weinberg proposed legislation to prohibit the bi-state Port Authority from using its

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Kevin Slimp takes a look at favorite apps for journalists In April, I was asked to speak on the topic, “New Tools for Newspapers” at an industry-related conference in Des Moines, Iowa. Taking the easy way out, I quickly went online and asked newspaper professionals to share their favorite apps, programs and devices. I quickly learned editors, designers, photographers, ad reps and other folks at newspapers have definite favorites to KEVIN SLIMP help with their daily tasks. Let’s Director, Institute of examine a few. Newspaper Technology

Phonto (free) Phonto is a simple application that allows users to add text to pictures on their

smartphones. Kim Shepherd, Dehi, New York, wrote that she used Phonto for weather updates online. She was even nice enough to send a couple of samples. One was a photo of a postal carrier trying to deliver mail in the snow, with the words “No Mail Today” in bold red letters over the picture. Another reminded users a state of emergency was in effect for their county.

distribute video using smart phones and tablets. Michael Smith, Aiken, South Carolina, explained his daily newspaper used Tout to record and upload videos from the field, while an editor examined and approved the material using a desktop version of Tout.

Slack (free) Nathan Simpson, Shelbyville, Ky., was the first to write to me about Slack, an app that allows teams to check of to-do lists while working together on a project. I did a little research and found examples of sales staffs, designer groups and marketing teams using Slack to keep track of their progress while all working on the same project.

Instapaper (free) Instapaper is a favorite of reporters and researchers who need to search and save information on the Internet. A simple click allows users to save web pages and stories to a phone, tablet or computer. Creating archives of web pages related to a topic is a breeze with Instapaper.

Snapseed (free) Snapseed may be the best photo editing application for the phone.

Kristi Nelson Bumpus, a metro reporter in Tennessee, was the first to comment about scanning software. She noted that her current favorite was Fast Scanner, a free app by Hang Nguyen. Fast Scanner allows the user to take a photo on his or her phone, then quickly convert the image to a high-res PDF which can be sent directly from the app via email or messaging.

Percent Calculator - Percentage Calculator (free) Several ad reps wrote in about calculator apps. No one wants to pull out a pen and paper in front of a client to calculate percentages. Two apps, Percent Calculator and Percentage Calculator, were the most mentioned.

Adobe Sign (free for Adobe CC subscribSeveral users wrote to tell me ers) Adobe Sign is another scanning application with an important

Simply stated, Camera+ is the best app for taking pictures on an iPhone or iPad. For photographers who want total control over their photos and wish to attain the highest quality reproduction, Camera+ is a must-have app. I use Camera+ almost daily to shoot RAW images on my iPhone 7, which uses dual lenses to produce RAW images. Compared to the camera app that comes built-in with the iPhone, Camera+ produces results which are far superior. I received dozens of suggestions, which made preparing for my session in Des Moines a snap. If you have a favorite app, I’d love to know about it for future columns. Send me a note at kevin@kevinslimp. com. Kevin Slimp is the CEO of and director of The Newspaper Institute. Contact Kevin at

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‘The one and only job I’ve ever had’ Pana publisher recounts 61-year career By Andrew Drea Special to PressLines Tom Phillips has nothing but respect and admiration for his hometown of Pana. “It’s really a wonderful town,” he said. “Of course, I’m kind of prejudiced. I was born here.” The 61-year newspaper veteran and past Illinois Press Association president is the owner of Phillips Printing & Publishing, which includes the Pana News-Palladium, the (Assumption) Golden Prairie News, the Morrisonville Times and the Nokomis Free Press-Progress. For him, journalism has been a lifelong pursuit. “I love the newspaper business,” he said. “I was fortunate enough to have these gentlemen who had the confidence to put me, as a young squirt, on the tails of these veterans. I’ve benefited from their advice. The people have been wonderful.” Phillips’ first journalism experience was in high school, where he was co-editor of his high school n e w s p a p e r. While a student at Pana High School, he met Donald Pauschert, the owner of the Pana News-Palladium, at a career fair. At the time, Pauschert gave him very specific instructions: “Keep in touch.” After graduating from high school in 1951, Phillips bounced around before eventually joining the U.S. Navy, which sent him to journalism school. A few years later, he received a telegram from Pauschert who asked if he would be interested in a job. Halfway through his enlistment, Phillips had to decline, but

Pauschert gave him the same instructions: “Keep in touch.” By December 1955, Phillips had finished his Navy career and had returned to Pana. So, he contacted Pauschert, who offered him a job writing a booklet for the town’s centennial celebration. But when he showed up for work on Jan. 3, 1956, Pauschert had news for him; a reporter had quit and Phillips would be the replacement. “I was starting as a green and wet behind the ears newspaper reporter,” Phillips said. “I didn’t know nothing about nothing. After 60 years, that’s the one and only job I’ve ever had.” Twelve years later, Pauschert decided to retire and offered ownership of the News-Palladium and two smaller weeklies, the Tower Hill Times and the Herrick Bulletin, to several of his employees. Phillips, along with Leonard Kline and Ted Schumacker, took ownership of the paper, paying for it on an installment plan. During the next 50 years, Phillips and his wife, Doris, purchased Kline and Schumacker’s shares, discontinued the Tower Hill Times and the Herrick Bulletin, and purchased the Golden Prairie News, the Morrisonville Times and the Nokomis Free-Press Progress, all of which had been printed by Phillips’ company. “I didn’t buy them all at once,” he said. “I don’t have a fortune. I just had a yearning.” Throughout his career, he has seen a massive change in technology. He’s seen three presses throughout his career in journalism and the transition to desktop publishing, which his papers now do.

"Be a good citizen and support your town and the people in it. That's about all you can do." -Tom Phillips

Photo by Andrew Drea

Tom Phillips, owner of Phillips Printing & Publishing and publisher of the Pana News-Palladium, holds a picture of his late wife, Doris, at his home in Pana, Ill. on April 30, 2017. Doris was co-publisher with her husband until her death in February 2016. “She was the source of my strength, truth be told,” Tom said. “And I’ll never forget it.” “Frankly, I’m old style,” he said. “I can’t shake the beauty of setting type. During his career, Phillips focused on what he could do for his hometown as a publisher. He recounts that he’s never had to lay anyone off, something he’s “really proud of,” and fervently believes that weeklies are a “result of the people.” “Try to remember what a newspaper is for, to service people,” he said. “Remember, you’re not just sitting out here alone. Be a good citizen and support your town and the people in it. That’s about all you can do. Try to devote your life to helping your community.” For example, Phillips helped raise $100,000 to repair an auditorium that dates back to 1911 in one of Pana’s parks. “Good people will jump to follow good

causes, I’ve found,” he said. “I guess that’s the most rewarding part of my life.” Phillips still lives in Pana, goes into work as much as he can and writes a column for the News-Palladium. His high school sweetheart and wife of nearly 60 years, Doris, who co-owned the business and was co-publisher, died in 2016. He has three daughters, two of whom help with his business in advertising and managing. And he still believes in the role of journalism. “As long as we have normal people, and good people, there will be inquisitiveness about their loved ones, themselves, and how they devote themselves to advancing,” Phillips said. “It’s been a very rewarding trip.”






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pers; Tim completed one year of a Each brings unique experience and forward to serving with them and resources to enforce Trump’s initial ban, three-year term before relocating expertise to help the association extend a warm welcome to the IPA and Durbin wrote a letter to the newly to Wisconsin in March. continue to grow and evolve to meet board of directors.” appointed Chairman of the Immigration Macfarland said, “We are delightthe changing needs of the memberPlease join us in welcoming Sue, Subcommittee John Cornyn in which ed these three key members agreed ship.” Darrell and John to the IPA board of he described the orders as “inconsistent to serve on the board of directors. He added, “I personally look directors! with America’s heritage as a nation of immigrants and a safe haven for those fleeing persecution.” “It reinforces the ISIS narrative that the United States is at war with Islam, exactly the opposite of where we should be,” Durbin said over the phone. The stark volume of opposition to Trump’s orders - legal and otherwise has spawned a line of dialogue hostile in tone and dangerous in implication between his administration and the entities Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois responsible for maintaining checks and balances. In less than 100 days in office, Independent wholesalers providing a diversity of Trump denounced the “so-called” federproducts for consumers and means for al judges responsible for enacting stays new brands to enter the market. on his immigration orders, condemning their Constitutional interpretations and Contact Robert L. Myers with refusals to back down from them. questions about beer distribution. 217/528-9688 His derision and threats have fested into what many view as an overt at217-528-4371 tack against the judiciary’s independence from the legislative branch, a concept that critics say might have lasting effects Got Trucking Questions? Illinois Petroleum Marketers on the country’s democratic bulwark. Need Answers? Association / Illinois Association “If the president can ignore judicial decisions, then there’s no check on his of Convenience Stores If you have one and need power anymore,” Bier said. “That’s the the other, contact us! Contact us when you need the last holdout in many ways for the Constilatest information on the petroleum tution.” Don Schaefer marketing and convenience store Durbin reiterated the sentiment of Executive Vice-President industry. Tony Mauro, veteran Supreme Court re(217) 525-0310 phone: 217.544.4609 porter for The National Law Journal, that fax: 217.789-0222 justices should never be punished for their decisions. “It’s very destructive. And the presiIllinois Movers’ and dent’s words really challenge the premise Illinois Press Association FREE Pre-publication Warehousemen’s of this democracy with coequal branches Government Relations HOTLINE Association of government,” Durbin said. for IPA members only: Legal & Legislative As Judge Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation to replace Scalia’s seat on the Supreme oving! about m Josh Sharp, VP Court becomes official, and as the battle we know 217-544-1777 40 Adloff Lane, Suite 2 over the immigration bans continues to Have a legal question Springfield, IL 62703-4441 boil between the President and federal 217-241-1300 regarding a story? 217-585-2740 FAX 217-585-2472 courts, Gans and Bier are determined to Ask Attorney Don Craven first. e-mail push their interpretations in an attempt Since 1953 to uphold the Constitution and defend To advertise in PressLines, contact Jeffrey Holman at 217-241-1700 judicial independence as penned by its Framers.

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June 7-9, 2017

Crowne Plaza, Springfield, IL Featuring: ·· Kevin Slimp - Sign up for a 20-minute one-on-one session! Slots are available all day Thursday or in the morning on Friday. Email Cindy Bedolli at to reserve your slot. ·· Randy Schoults - Randy is a high-energy speaker whose optimistic attitude and pragmatic business philosophy provide for an effective and valuable training and consulting experience. ·· Chris Rhoades - Chris will offer insight and training on how to beat out your competition. ·· Art Cullen - 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner for editorial writing as the editor of a small, twice-weekly newspaper in Storm Lake, Iowa. ·· Distinguished Service Awards - The IPA will honor four longtime IPA members for their exceptional service to the newspaper industry.




CONVENTION AGENDA Wednesday, June 7 1:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M. Registration desk opens · 12:00 P.M. Progressive Prospecting Sales Program · 1:00 P.M. - 4:30 P.M. · Randy Shoults, Senior Sales/Management Consultant and Facilitator, ProMax Training & Consulting Inc. Randy will give a session that identifies the difference in the mindset, skillset and toolset of average and top-performing sales professionals. It focuses on a proven sales methodology that includes a well-defined sales process and breaks down prospecting into day-to-day actions. You will learn how to construct a value statement and develop a “getting the appointment” dialog that helps prospects understand how you can assist them in increasing sales and achieving their business goals. Additional critical sales dialogs will also be developed including “why your products & services” and communicating and effective “no” strategy. After completing this session, you will have powerful sales strategies and

techniques that can be immediately put into practice to improve your sales performance. Schoults

Exhibits open · 4:00 P.M.

Opening Reception · 6:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M. Meet and mingle with the exhibitors and members arriving early! A great way to kick off the convention. All registrants welcome. Hors d’oeuvres and 2 drink tickets included, then cash bar. Complimentary with convention registration but requires an RSVP.

Thursday, June 8 8:30 A.M. - 9:00 P.M. Continental breakfast and coffee · 7:30 A.M. - 10:30 A.M. Registration desk opens · 8:00 A.M. Coach ‘Em Up Sales Management Program · 8:30 A.M. - 10:00 A.M. · Randy Shoults, Senior Sales/Management Consultant and Facilitator, ProMax Training & Consulting Inc. What are the top three reasons why sales representatives don’t do what they need to do to be successful? Randy Schoults will identify these and the crucial differences between managing and coaching employees. Learn essential “how-tos” for successful coaching including specific steps to more effectively develop your team, improve communications & feedback and instill accountability. Behind every winning team is a great coach! Selling Against Social · 10:20 A.M. - 11:20 A.M. · Chris Rhoades, Associate Publisher of Enterprise Publishing Co. and President of Courtside Marketing Social media and online marketing is a hot topic these days. But, what do we say, when our customers tell us they “only advertise on Facebook?” Or that “everything is online now.” How do we combat this public perception that social media is the be-all when it comes to marketing.” Chris Rhoades will uncover some misconceptions about social media, and why it might not be all it’s cracked up to be. We’ll also discuss sales strategies to show the power of print versus online. In addition, we will spend time overcoming other general sales objections, and share an easy strategy to overcome ANY objections that you might face when selling to your customers. IPA Advertising Awards Luncheon & Dessert Auction · 11:30 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. IAPME Luncheon & Awards · 12:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M. · Keynote Speaker: James Warren, Chief Media Writer, Poynter Institute Customer Service: A Common Sense Approach · 2:15 P.M. - 3:15 P.M. · Kevin Slimp, Institute of Newspaper Technology With all the news concerning the airline industry lately, customer service is back in the spotlight. Interestingly, Kevin Slimp worked with Delta Airlines a few years ago to help the airline improve its customer services after his travel schedule became international news. During this session, Kevin will share stories of his work with some of the biggest companies








in America and discuss what we can do at our newspapers to improve how we deal with our customers, whether they are advertisers or readers. Kevin says he is always surprised at the response he gets to this session, often being asked to come back and lead it repeatedly for the same groups. You’ll laugh, you’ll take pages of notes and you’ll leave with a better understanding of customer service and how it effects your business. Improve Reporting: Analytics & Big Data · 2:15 P.M. - 3:15 P.M. Session details and presenters to be announced. Revenue Idea Exchange · 3:30 P.M. - 4:30 P.M. Great ideas to take home and implement. Pay for your entire convention cost with just one great idea! Threats to Transparency and Public Notices: Best Practices · 3:30 P.M. - 4:30 P.M. · Vice President/Government Relations Josh Sharp, Assistant Vice President/Government Relations Owen Irwin, IPA Legal Counsel Don Craven, and Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Vice President & Publisher Ginger Lamb Part one of this session features updates on industry issues from the current Illinois legislative session; plus, how local publishers and editors help impact change—or prevent it. The second part of this session features ideas on “all-things public notices" and addresses the need for newspapers to use both their print and digital resources to inform the public and protect the public record. Presented by Ginger Lamb on behalf of the Public Notice Resource Center (PNRC). Presidents’ Reception · 6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. Please join us for hors d’ oeuvres and cocktails prior to the gala dinner. Gala Dinner · 7:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. · Guest Speaker TBA Evening includes presentation of IPA Distinguished Service Awards and special guest speakers (to be announced).

Friday, June 9 8:50 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. Continental breakfast and coffee · 8:00 A.M. - 10:30 A.M. Registration desk opens · 8:00 A.M. Building Reader Engagement · 8:50 A.M. - 9:45 A.M. · Speaker TBA Imagine the things you would learn if your job was to study what works and what doesn’t at newspapers. As the director of the University of Tennessee Newspaper Institute for 21 years, that’s just what Kevin Slimp does. Sharing what he’s learned from focus groups, research, and on-site visits with thousands of newspapers, you will leave with a better understanding of what your newspaper can do in areas of writing, design, customer service and more to get people to pick up your paper. Why REAL News Matters · 10:00 A.M. - 10:45 A.M. · Art Cullen, Editor, Storm Lake Times (Iowa) Art Cullen, editor of the 3,000 circulation, twice-weekly The Storm Lake (IA) Times and winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing, tells why REAL news mattered to his community and why it matters to yours. He won the Pulitzer “for editorials fueled by tenacious reporting, impressive expertise and engaging writing that successfully challenged powerful corporate agricultural interests in Iowa.” Despite pushback from some subscribers and advertisers, Art continued

Cullen Slimp to do his job as a journalist which resulted in full transparency on an important local and regional issue—and spurred dramatic results. Real State of the Newspaper Industry Today · 11:00 A.M. - 11:50 A.M. · Kevin Slimp, Institute of Newspaper Technology In this session, industry expert Kevin Slimp will share what he’s learned from research and one-on-one meetings with the people who run newspapers in the United States. You’ll find out how newspapers say they are doing and what makes some newspapers grow while others see reduced readership and revenue. Kevin will report what it is that readers are looking for and what seems to turn them away. At recent conventions where Kevin has spoken on this topic, he has stayed for hours to meet with publishers and editors who wanted to discuss their own newspapers with him. You don’t want to miss this session. IPA Editorial Awards Luncheon · 12:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.




IPA to honor 4 with Distinguished Service Awards

The IPA will honor four longtime IPA members at the Gala Dinner, held in conjunction with the IPA's Annual Convention & Trade Show at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield. The Distinguished Service Award recognizes IPA members for their exceptional service, involvement and support of the IPA, the Illinois Press Foundation and the Illinois First Amendment Center.

William Darrell Garth Sr.

(posthumous) IPA Past President, 1996 For more than at the Citizen Newspapers in 1969 when 30 years, Bill Garth the company was run by future Rep. Gus was the chief exec- Savage. When Savage won a seat in the utive and publisher U.S. House in 1980, he sold his stake in of the Citizen news- the chain to Garth, who took over conpaper chain (with trol of the papers and extended its reach newspapers throughout Chicago and from the West Side to the south suburbs the suburbs), the largest chain of black- of Chicago, all communities with large owned newspapers in the Midwest. As black populations. owner and publisher, he was dedicated Over his long career, Garth was active to telling stories affecting black residents in numerous organizations, including overlooked by the city’s mainstream the Illinois Press Association, the Nanewspapers. tional Newspaper Publishers Association The Alabama-born businessman start- and the Midwest Black Publishers Assoed as an advertising sales representative ciation. Shaw is the chief executive officer and president of Shaw Media, headquartered in Dixon, Ill. Shaw Media, originally established in 1851, has more than 100 print, online, and mobile publications, as well as commercial printing and video services. Shaw began his newspaper career at the Dixon Telegraph in 1970. He worked in all departments of the paper, and was

Tom Shaw

promoted to publisher and general manager in 1975. In 1986, he was named chief operating officer and corporate general manager for Shaw Newspapers. In 1993, he assumed his current position. Under his leadership, the company more than doubled its holdings. In 2016, the Inland Press Association recognized Shaw for a lifetime of professional achievement, small-business advocacy and civic responsibility with the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communications’ Ralph D. Casey Award.

2016: Jeff Farren, Kendall County Record, Yorkville 2016: Kathy Farren, Kendall County Record, Yorkville 2016: John Foreman, News-Gazette Media, Champaign 2016: Carter Newton, The Galena Gazette. 2015: Sandy Macfarland, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin 2015: Patrick Coburn, State Journal-Register, Springfield 2015: Howard Hay, Chicago Tribune 2015: Doug Ray, Paddock Publications, Arlington Heights 2015: Clyde Wills, Metropolis Planet 2009:Bruce Sagan, Hyde Park Herald, Chicago 2005: Charles Richards, Regional Publishing Company, Palos Heights

Cheryl Wormley

IPA Past President, 2000 IPF Board of Directors IPF Investment Committee Wormley is the emeritus director on the IPF board co-owner and of directors. She has also served as publisher of The president of the Northern Illinois Woodstock Inde- Newspaper Association and the Inpendent in Wood- ternational Society of Weekly Newsstock, Ill. Wormley and Denise Graff paper Editors. Ponstein started The Independent Wormley is a 2001 recipient of the in 1987, with a commitment to proNational Newspaper Association’s moting truth and excellence. Since Emma C. McKinney Award, one of 2005, Wormley has co-owned The the highest and most distinguished Independent with her son, Paul. Wormley has a long history of ser- tributes in community journalism. vice to the IPA and the newspaper In 2000, the Woodstock Chamber industry. She has served terms on of Commerce & Industry awarded both the IPA and IPF boards, and is Wormley with the Community Sercurrently serving as the chair of the vice award. In 1999, she was named IPF investment committee and an Woodstock Woman of the Year.

Thomas A. Oakley

Tom Oakley has been a driving force in the newspaper and broadcasting industries for more than six decades through his involvement with Quincy Media Inc., formerly known as Quincy Newspapers Inc., a family-owned media company that now owns and operates TV stations in 14 markets, newspapers in two markets, radio in one market and digital platforms in all. The Oakley family’s involvement

Past Honorees

2003: Wayne Woltman, Press-Republican Newspapers, St. Charles 1999: Jack R. Kubik, Sr., LIFE Newspapers, Berwyn 1996: Lanning Macfarland, Jr., Chicago Daily Law Bulletin 1995: Jerry Reppert, The Gazette Democrat, Anna 1994: Thomas (Tom) Phillips, Pana News-Palladium 1991: Robert (Bob) Best, The News Progress, Sullivan 1990: Joseph (Joe) Ferstl, Pulitzer/Lerner Newspaper, Morton Grove 1989: Charles Flynn, The News-Gazette, Champaign 1930: John W. Bailey, Illinois Press Association 1930: David Barkley, Wayne County Press, Fairfield 1930: Henry W. Clendenin, Illinois State Register, Springfield

in newspapering in Quincy began in 1891 with the purchase of the Quincy Herald, with roots dating to 1835. Quincy Newspapers Inc. was formed in 1926 with the merger of The Quincy Herald and The Quincy Whig, which had been founded in 1838. Oakley was named publisher of The Herald-Whig and president and chief executive officer of QNI in 1969, a position he held until 2008. During his tenure, he initiated a major expansion of the company, oversaw the continuous introduction of new technologies and directed several significant capital construction projects.

1930: John W. Clinton, Ogle County Press 1930: William O. Davis, The Pantagraph, Bloomington 1930: Simeon Francis, an Illinois editor before the Civil War 1930: Victor F. Lawson, Chicago Daily News and a founder of the AP 1930: Elijah P. Lovejoy, the abolitionist editor of the Alton Observer 1930: Joseph M. Medill, architect of the Chicago Tribune 1930: Henry M. Pindell, Peoria Journal and Peoria Transcript. 1930: Edward W. Scripps, Scripps-Howard newspaper chain 1930: Melville E. Stone, Chicago Daily News and a founder of the AP




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Astoria and Bartonville publishing companies form new company, Community First Media Group K.K. Stevens Publishing Co. of Astoria and Limestone Publishing of Bartonville have teamed up to form a new media company, Community First Media Group Inc. The new media group currently is made up of the Astoria South Fulton Argus and The Knoxville Bulletin. The Argus covers the Astoria, Ipava, Vermont and Table Grove areas, along with South Fulton Rebels' sports. Kenneth K. Stevens purchased the Argus from

A.N. Price in 1959. The Knoxville Bulletin covers Knoxville, Maquon and the other communities in Knoxville District 202. Other publications are the Limestone Independent News, covering Limestone Township and Bartonville; and the Community News Brief, published and delivered daily, Monday through Friday, to Astoria, Ipava, Vermont, Table Grove, Industry, Adair, Macomb and Bushnell. All of the publications are what is known as "hyperlocal," meaning the emphasis is on local news that is often unavailable in other publications or online. According to a spokesperson for Community First Media Group, the new company is designed to "preserve local community newspapers, acquire those that may be struggling or do not have a succession plan, and to start new publications where local news is no longer being covered by a local newspaper. The Knoxville Bulletin is a good example of starting new publications. The weekly newspaper, Knoxville's first in about 15 years, will celebrate its first anniversary May 4. "The Knoxville community has embraced once again having its own newspaper," said Bulletin Editor John R. Pulliam. "It's a good example of a town large

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News-Gazette Inc. announces name change and outsourcing of printing, Paddock Publications acquires 3 Carbondale newspapers for packaging its southern Illinois group AROUND THE STATE

Paddock Publications Inc., publishers of the Daily Herald, has acquired three newspapers in southern Illinois, bringing its total in the region to 15, the company announced April 27. In the latest move of an active growth and diversification strategy, the Arlington Heights-based media company purchased the Carbondale Times, Weekend Times and Nightlife. All are weekly newspapers with a combined distribution of 20,000. The deal also included Thomas Publishing's "robust commercial printing and niche publication business," said Daily Herald Publisher and Chief Executive Officer Douglas K. Ray. "It was an excellent fit for us and broadens our portfolio to now include the region's largest community," Ray said. "We believe this new critical mass will serve readers and advertisers in ways not done in the past. We will offer a commitment to local journalism, targeted marketing opportunities, special events, printing and an innovative digital presence. All this will connect the communities to one another and at the same time focus on content that is specific to each community." Paddock began acquiring newspapers in southern Illinois last summer. They included five small weekday newspapers: the Benton Evening News, The Daily Register in Harrisburg, The Daily Republican in Marion, the Du Quoin Evening Call and

the Eldorado Daily Journal. Also included were seven nearby weeklies formerly owned by GateHouse Media LLC. Ray said that the Carbondale-based newspapers acquired "broaden our reach in the region," as Carbondale is the largest community, the marketing center for southern Illinois and home of Southern Illinois University. "This acquisition is in keeping with Paddock's strategy for growth, which includes the purchase of select community newspapers and niche products where Paddock's brand of community journalism and marketing innovation provide additive revenues and profi t a b i l i t y," Ray said. "It also includes growing niches like commercial printing, digital sales, strategic marketing and Town Square Publications." In addition to the papers in southern Illinois, Paddock also purchased four weekly newspapers just south of Springfield last winter in Farmersville, Girard, Palmyra and Virden. The diversification strategy has allowed the Daily Herald to avoid the sweeping cost reductions taking place at newspapers nationwide and has helped maintain news coverage at the level that Daily Herald subscribers have come to expect, Ray added. Closing on the purchase of the newspapers took place April 26. Paddock assumed control of the properties on April 27.

The News-Gazette Inc. announced a name change mid-April. The company will now operate under the moniker, News-Gazette Media. News-Gazette Media operates 30 distinct media properties consisting of one daily newspaper, seven weekly newspapers, two retail advertising publications, five magazines, three radio stations and a network of 12 websites. They also offer a full suite of print and digital marketing services. “The name honors our roots and clearly conveys what we do,” Publisher and CEO John Reed said. “We're a media company operating on print, radio and digital platforms.” News-Gazette Media also announced April 10 that it will be phasing out its local printing and packaging operations in the coming months. At the end of the transition, all printing and packaging services will be provided by the Journal Star in Peoria. The Journal Star offers more modern equipment and facilities, which allow for improved print reproduction quality at a lower cost. Reed said, "Decisions of this nature are always difficult to make. Over the past year, we have explored multiple internal and external options for the future of our production needs. In the end, I believe that outsourcing this facet of our operations will deliver the most value to our subscribers and advertisers." The change will result in the elimination of approximately 35 full- and part-time positions. The exact timing of the transition is still being determined, but it is expected to be complete by mid-summer.



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“Tavon and the Bullet” E. Jason Wambsgans

“For a superb portrayal of a 10-year-old boy and his mother striving to put the boy’s life back together after he survived a shooting in Chicago.” – Pulitzer Prize Board



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H&R launches new podcast

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The Herald & Review (Decatur) launched a new podcast early April, Herald & Review Voices. The County Journal, The Voices podcast Percy features conversations with Herald & Review Chatham Southeast Citizen writers, editors and our readers. The iniSouthend Citizen tial effort features staff Weekend Citizen writer Justin Conn. Conn discusses how his The Register-Mail, work on a story about a Galesburg woman's search for her roots sparked interest in his own genealogy.

Morris Herald-News closes office On April 13, Morris Herald-News Editor John Styf announced the closure of the Herald-News office. With the closure, they are beginning a partnership with the Grundy County Chamber of Commerce & Industry. The

Herald-News will have a kiosk available at the Chamber office, where subscription payments can be securely deposited. Some staff members will work out of this office; however, their main office building was transferred to Joliet.

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As happens with anyone tracing their ancestry, Conn has had his successes and failures, and talks about them. The podcast is designed to enable Central Illinois residents a chance to tell a story, lending their words to the area's collective experience. Current plans are for the podcast to appear weekly, on Mondays.

Mt. Carmel Register adds Sunday edition


March 26 marked the first Sunday edition of the Mt. Carmel Register in its 177-year history. “I've been waiting for decades to bring our readers a Sunday newspaper,” Editor Andrea Howe said. “Previous owners and publishers dreamed of introducing a Sunday Register a few years after I joined the newspaper company in the early 1990s, but it didn't quite come to fruition.”




Blystone retires from Pantagraph

Features editor Chuck Blystone retired last week from The Pantagraph after 37 years in the newsroom. Chuck moved to Central Illinois, native home of his parents and grandparents, from Indiana, and joined The Pantagraph copy desk in November 1979. Months later, he was designing the Blystone front page. Single at the time, he later fell in love and married Susan Marquardt, whom he met at The Pantagraph. In 2001, he was named editor of the features section. In this role, he led and guided numerous reporters, freelancers and interns. Chuck plans to pursue interests such as mission work and spend time with family. Just two weeks ago, he and his college-age daughter Carly were zip-lining through trees in Costa Rica at 50 mph, 600 feet above ground.

Okawville Times hires new editor

Travis Volz, of Hoyleton, joined the staff of the Okawville Times as editor mid-March. Volz comes from a newspaper background, having worked for the Nashville News as sports editor, general assignment reporter and marketing director for just over eight years. For the last year, Volz worked Volz as the news director for WNSV in Nashville. Volz’s father, David, owned the Amboy News for 15 years before returning to southern Illinois, where he was the editor at the Nashville News for 15 years. Volz has a Bachelor of Science in mass communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He and his wife, Shannon, have two children. Okawville Times owners, Gary and Debby Stricker, who are semi-retired, will continue their involvement in the business. Gary handles job printing, embroidering, and Sportswear Plus sales of promotional items. Debby writes articles for the newspaper.


Shaw Media CEO Tom Shaw to retire end of May


Herald & Review announces newsroom leadership changes Herald & Review (Decatur) Editor Chris Coats announced several newsroom promotions at the end of March. Allison Petty, the digital/special projects editor, was promoted to the new position of managing editor of digital, with the responsibility of overseeing news and features reporters and the day-to-day operation of the newspaper’s digital and social media footprint. Night City News Editor John Reidy was promoted to the deputy managing editor of digital. Managing Editor Scott Perry took on the title of managing editor of print, and Life Editor Jeana Matherly became the deputy managing editor of print. Together, Perry and Matherly will run the production of the f lagship Herald & Review daily newspaper, along with the other print publications they produce.

Sauk Valley Media’s Heimerman transfers to Daily Chronicle

Sauk Valley Media Enterprise and Projects Editor Christopher Heimerman is the news editor for the Daily Chronicle in DeKalb, effective mid-April. Heimerman was with Heimerman Sauk Valley Media for 5 1/2 years. He most recently covered education.

Mona Porter joins R-N staff Mt. Vernon Register-News Managing Editor Tessa Glass announced the hiring of a new advertising supervisor, Mona Porter. Porter, a Louisville native, has worked in radio and newspaper advertising in Flora, Salem, Centralia, Vandalia and Effingham. Porter joined the Register-News staff at the beginning of March.







In addition, Entertainment Editor Tim Cain was appointed to the newly created title of audience engagement editor. He'll supervise opinion content and is charged with expanding the Herald & Review's reach into the community.

On April 1, Shaw Media announced Chief Executive Officer Tom Shaw will retire at the end of May. Approximately four years ago, Shaw named John Rung as Shaw Media's president; he will be named CEO when Shaw retires. Shaw will continue to serve on the company’s board of directors. Shaw Shaw, 69, began his newspaper career at the Dixon Telegraph in 1970. He worked in all departments of the paper, and was promoted to publisher and general manager in 1975. In 1986, he was named COO and corporate general manager for Shaw Newspapers. In 1993, he assumed his current position. Under his leadership, the company more than doubled its holdings. The Illinois Press Association will honor Shaw during the Gala Dinner at the annual convention. Read more about the ceremony on Page 15.





Continued from Page 19 enough to need a hyperlocal paper to cover the people of the community and the interesting things happening here." Limestone Publishing will continue to serve as a consultant to other newspaper groups, while KK. Stevens will continue as a printing and publishing company. Lynne Campbell is the president of Community First Media Group, Tim Stevens is the vice president, and Tom Stevens the secretary. Tony Scott, former executive for GateHouse Media's Western Illinois properties and Knoxville

resident, is also an equal owner but has no day-to-day responsibility for this new company. He currently serves as vice president of business development for the Illinois Press Association in Springfield. According to a prepared release, the management team, "feels passionate that local newspapers are here to stay, providing local news, sports and events to the areas in which they serve. Newspapers are a record of history and should be respected and appreciated, as such."

Illinois newspapers have helped locate over 100 missing photos of Vietnam veterans so far! Please keep promoting the Vietnam Veterans Wall of Faces to your communities. More than 500 photos of servicemen and women killed in Vietnam are still missing from the Wall of Faces ( A customizable editorial is now available for download at Thank you to all the newspapers participating in this effort!

Journal Star writer honored Longtime bowling columnist Johnny Campos earns HOF award Longtime Journal Star bowling columnist Johnny Campos joined elite company this week when he was named the winner of the annual Luby Hall of Fame Award by the International Bowling Media Association. Campos, 63, has been with the Journal Star for two decades, providing coverage of the local and national bowling scene, as well as covering local Campos high school and college sports. "It is very humbling to be added to a group that includes some of the legendary bowling writers: Chuck Pezzano, Dick Evans, John Jowdy some of my mentors when I first joined the BWAA almost 40 years ago," Campos said. "I'm also grateful to the Journal Star for allowing me the time and column space to continue my bowling coverage all these years." The former Pro Bowlers Association official is the first person from Peoria to reach the bowling writers

hall of fame since LeRoy Chase in 1956. Chase helped start the Bowling Writers Association of America, which is now the IBMA. The award is one of five major awards handed out by the IBMA, along with the Alberta E. Crowe Meritorious Service Award, Hennessy Award of Merit and the male, female and senior bowlers of the year. Campos began writing about bowling during his days at the University of Texas, where he graduated in 1975. He moved on to newspapers in Brownsville, Laredo and San Antonio before joining the PBA in 1983 as press director. He was the association's national tournament director from 1990-96. Campos eventually landed in Peoria, where he worked for Caterpillar Inc. before his recent retirement. He has won more than 20 national writing awards and has been a contributing writer for the Bowlers Journal International for more than 30 years. He was inducted to Greater Peoria Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 2013.

Daily Journal hires sports editor The Daily Journal in Kankakee announced the hiring of their new sports editor, Derrick Webb, at the beginning

of April. Webb spent the last 3 1/2 years as the lone sports reporter at the Chillicothe Gazette in Ohio, covering 10 area high schools.


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Melvin A. Crehl

Melvin A. Crehl, 99, of Billings, Mont., formerly of Carlinville, passed away Feb. 19, 2017. Melvin worked for the Carlinville Democrat as a printer most of his life. He retired in 1985 from the Carlinville Enquirer-Democrat shortly after their merger. Crehl was born Aug. 9, Crehl 1917, in Carlinville, a son of Gus and Marie Harms Crehl. Melvin farmed with his father until he was recruited to serve in the Army during WWII. He served in Holland, Belgium and ended his tour in Germany and was there for VE Day. He was discharged in 1945 as a staff sergeant. Melvin was preceded in death by his wife, Marie E. Taylor, in 2008. He is survived by a daughter, a grandson, a granddaughter and four great-grandchildren.

Walt Sharp A former, 21-year journalist and managing editor at The Telegraph, died April 21 at his home in Dallas after a four-month illness. Walt Sharp, 72, worked at The Telegraph from 1975 until 1996, leaving to take a position at Fleishman Hilliard International Communications in St. Louis. He later transferred to Texas, retiring from Fleishman Hilliard in April 2010 to join its sister company, Vox Global, as senior vice president-senior partner. Through the years, Sharp kept in contact with some of his former colleagues at the Alton newspaper, who said he never lost interest in the city’s history, its residents — and The Telegraph itself — despite moving far away. Sharp, a native of Dover, N.J., graduated in 1962 from Morris Hills Regional High School in Rockaway, N.J.; earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Drew University in Madison, N.J. in 1966; and graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 1977, where he studied mass communications. His wife of 43 years, Bonnie, survives.



Ralph Otwell Ralph Otwell was managing editor and then editor of the Chicago SunTimes during a period when the tabloid newspaper won six Pulitzer Prizes. Among the investigative projects he oversaw was the Mirage Tavern series, for which the paper clandestinely opened a bar to expose inappropriate regulatory behavior by city officials. Otwell Otwell, 90, died of heart failure March 8 while in hospice care at Evanston Northwestern Hospital, said his son, Brian. He had been a longtime resident of Evanston. Born Ralph Maurice Otwell and raised in Hot Springs, Ark., Otwell took an early interest in journalism, writing articles from the age of 16 for the Hot Springs Sentinel-Record newspaper. He served in the Army from 1944 until 1947. After attending the University of Arkansas from 1947 until 1948, Otwell transferred to Northwestern University, from which he graduated in 1951. Otwell then returned to active military duty and was the editor of the Pacific edition of the Army's Stars & Stripes newspaper.

Otwell took a job with the SunTimes in 1953 as a copy editor. He was named assistant city editor in 1957, news editor in 1960, assistant managing editor for weekend news in 1963 and assistant to the editor in 1965. In 1968, Otwell was named the SunTimes' managing editor, and he was elevated to editor in late 1976. On Otwell's watch, the Sun-Times won six Pulitzer Prizes. The paper also published the 25-part Mirage Tavern series in 1978, which employed hidden cameras to detail the way that establishments were shaken down by state and local officials. Otwell was a Pulitzer Prize juror and, in 1973, served as the president of the national Society of Professional Journalists. In 1984, Field Enterprises sold the Sun-Times to Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. Otwell was among the most prominent individuals to resign from the Sun-Times in the wake of the sale, along with several business executives and columnist Mike Royko. Otwell's wife, Janet, died in February 2015. Otwell is survived by two other sons, Douglas and David; five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Emily Carol Smith Scarpone

Emily Carol Smith Scarpone, 85, of Robinson, passed away April 6. She and her husband owned the Argus Printing House and newspaper until retiring in 2003. Scarpone was born Oct. 10, 1931, in Robinson, the only child of Vic and Aggie Smith. She met her future husband while working at the Paris Beacon-News, and he was Scarpone playing minor league baseball for the Paris Lakers. They married in Robinson in 1956, and he survives. Also surviving are their three sons, two grandsons and

three granddaughters. Scarpone graduated from Robinson High School and was a 1951 graduate of Stevens College in Missouri. After marriage, the couple moved to Springfield where she managed a home with three young sons. In 1981, she and her husband returned to Robinson and assumed ownership of her family legacy, the Argus Printing House and newspaper. She and her husband were active members of St. Mary's Episcopal Church until moving to assisted living at Indianapolis, Ind., where Alzheimer's claimed her life.

"Lizzie" Meegan

Elizabeth L. "Lizzie" Meegan, 86, of Moline, died March 7. Meegan was employed at The Moline Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus for more than 50 years in various positions, including women's news editor and food editor. For many years, she wrote the popular column "The Meegan Curious Cook." Throughout her career at The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus, she received numerous awards for her work. Meegan was born Jan. 10, 1931, in Davenport, the daughter of Daniel J. and Louise Van Hecke McCarthy. She was a graduate of St. Joseph's High School, Rock Island, and Marycrest College, Davenport, where she received a bachelor of arts degree in English. On Sept. 2, 1961, she married William T. Meegan at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rock Island, where she was a longtime parishioner. She and Bill worked together at The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus. Lizzie loved to entertain her family and friends with elegant dinner parties. She was very proud of her Irish heritage and loved to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the "McCarthy Clan" and friends. Lizzie is survived by her loving McCarthy cousins and Bill's many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Mary A. Pryce

Mary A. Pryce, a Pana native, died April 16. Pryce, of Glenburn, Maine, was a typesetter for the Pana News-Palladium for almost three decades, where she transitioned from the Linotype style of printing to the web press printing style. She was a proofreader and worked in the camera room of the newspapers, making negatives of the pages used in the newspaper’s production. She also was the newspaper’s mailroom clerk, setting address plates and lining them up in the proper sequences.




Robert Sengstacke

Photojournalist Robert Sengstacke knew how to tell a story through his camera, capturing standout photos of civil rights leaders as well as entertainment and cultural figures during a long career with the Chicago Defender, the newspaper his family founded. Sengstacke, 73, died March 7 in St. Margaret Hospital in Hammond, Ind., after a long respiratory illness. The longtime Hyde Park resident was born Sengstacke and grew up in Chicago and attended Hyde Park High School. His great-uncle Robert Sengstacke Abbott founded the paper in 1905. His father, John Sengstacke, ran the paper for nearly 60 years. He began his career as a freelance photographer for the paper. He later served as president of Sengstacke Newspapers and was a former editor of what was then the Chicago Daily Defender. The Defender was eventually sold to Real Times Media in Detroit. Sengstacke's photographs and profiles, including famous photographs of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., have appeared in Life, Ebony, Jet, Essence, The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Houston Post, among others, according to the Defender. Sengstacke's work is on display in Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington. The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, now part of the New York City Public Library system, is a repository of 50 of Sengstacke's King photographs and 20 of the Nation of Islam. He was also a mentor and teacher who taught at Columbia College in Chicago and was for a time an artist in residence at Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn.

Louise Hutchinson Louise A. Hutchinson, 90, of Williamsburg, Va., a former reporter and Washington correspondent with the Chicago Tribune, died March 29 of cancer. Hutchinson was with the Chicago Tribune for 22 years, eight of them in the newspaper's Washington bureau. Among her assignments was coverage of eight national political conventions, the 1972 NixHutchinson on Moscow summit, and a trip to the Antarctic in 1971, when she became the first woman to spend the night at the South Pole. Hutchinson also traveled frequently with Mrs. Lyndon Johnson and Mrs. Richard Nixon. In 1970-1971, she was president of the Women's National Press Club which in 1971 merged with the National Press Club. In 1966, she won the Tribune's top staff award for reporting and in 1969, she won an Associated Press award for a story related to the death of Mary Jo Kopechne in the car of Sen. Edward Kennedy at Chappaquiddick Island, Mass. On leaving the Chicago Tribune in 1973, Hutchinson became a public information officer for the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, then press secretary to the late Illinois Rep. Robert McClory. She later worked for several non-profit associations and retired in 1991 as director of member and public information for the National Association of Children's Hospitals in Alexandria, Va. In 1969, she received an honorary doctorate of letters degree from Blackburn College in Carlinville, Ill., which she attended for two years before graduating from the University of Iowa. Born and raised in Chicago, Hutchinson lived in the Washington, D.C. area for 27 years before moving to Williamsburg in 1993, where she was active in Democratic politics and the League of Women Voters, and remained so until her death. She is survived by her cousins and chosen family.


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