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Help fight the ad tax 3 A newspaperâ€™s job 6 Report on Millennialsâ€™ news habits 10-11 Illinois paper earns national honor 14
Changes continue at IPA beyond 150th milestone As we near the end of our sesquicentennial year, it has been interesting to reflect on how the Illinois Press Association has evolved over the decades. The evolution was a natural result of the changes in society and within the newspaper industry. I hope you enjoyed reading about the IPA’s history in both the commemorative directory that was published mid-year, and also in Dennis the articles published January DeRossett through August in PressLines. There are several new and excitExecutive Director ing “evolutions” currently taking place as we move beyond our 150th milestone year. Most are technology driven, and all are designed to broaden and strengthen the revenue base of the association. This will enable us to continue providing important services to members and to fulfill our mission of protecting the journalistic and business interests of Illinois newspapers. Here is a synopsis of some of these evolutionary projects: Digital Services provides electronic tearsheets and news clips in a timely manner to newspapers and other businesses is a growing category for the IPA, all due to investment in technology a few years ago. This technology also provides the ability to identify public notices and then post them to the public notice website. Etearsheet service is available to individual newspapers or to newspaper groups (contact Ron Kline at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details).
PNI, or publicnoticeillinois.com, the aggregated website for all public notices published in Illinois. PNI has been operational since 2011 and it is now available across multiple platforms, the most recent being mobile. In just the past few weeks, the IPA implemented new upload procedures to ensure full compliance with the mandatory upload requirement of state law. The PNI design and functionality has been so successful that many other states have “franchised” a customized version for their aggregate public notice websites. Those states are: New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Georgia, Minnesota, Colorado, California, Oregon and Washington. Two additional states, Massachusetts and Idaho, go live with their public notice sites in December. The IPA provides hosting and tech support services to each of these states. We anticipate more states will be added each year. ACES, or Advanced Contest Entry System, is the electronic contest entry and judging system the IPA developed internally in 2012 for its editorial and advertising contests. Now, several states have contracted to use it for their contests: California, Utah, Arizona, South Dakota, Nebraska, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia. ACES is also used by the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association, Southern Illinois Editorial Association, Illinois College Press Association, and by GateHouse Media for their company-wide contest. The National Newspaper Association will also begin using ACES for their next contest starting in January 2016. AND, speaking of NNA, the IPA is honored to have been chosen by the National Newspaper Association to provide contract management services beginning in
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January 2016. Currently, NNA has approximately 2,400 member newspapers and affiliated companies. The IPA will provide all management services except for postal, legal and public policy, which will continue under Tonda Rush in Arlington, Va. In early 2016, the NNA office in Columbia, Mo. will be relocated to the IPA headquarters in Springfield. This will necessitate a few additional staff, including wellknown Publisher’s Auxiliary editor Stan Schwartz who will be joining the IPA staff as of January 1. We are Schwartz also pleased to report that Lynne Lance, former IPA director of member relations, will continue on the IPA staff as director of NNA membership and member services. Lynne and her husband, Mike, relocated to Pensacola, Fla. in September and she will work remotely from there. Other staff changes will be announced as we progress through the transition Lance with NNA. Please see the adjacent article published by NNA in the November issue of Publisher’s Auxiliary. It’s an exciting time at the IPA! History will surely record our sesquicentennial year as one in which the IPA began a new era of evolution in products and services to its members, as well as further establishing itself as an industry leader at both the state and national levels. Now, on to the 175th and 200th!
Ron Wallace Quincy Herald Whig
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ON THE COVER: Photographer Kyle Grillot of the Northwest Herald captured this image of Gary Christ (left) and Iona Dillon, 11, both of Crystal Lake, as they worked to fill burlap sacks with five dozen ears of sweet corn. With the help of around 20 volunteers, approximately 7,500 ears of corn were collected and donated to McHenry County food pantries. (From the collection, IPA Contest Images)
NNA selects IPA for management services National Newspaper Association President Chip Hutcheson, publisher of The Times Leader in Princeton, Ky., announced in October that NNA has selected Illinois Press Association to provide contract management services beginning in 2016. NNA and IPA entered into an intent letter agreement during the 129th NNA Convention in St. Charles, Mo. NNA began a search for its new management organization in June 2015, after the board of directors determined that contract management for NNA was the ideal option. The organization has been managed since 2010 by its public policy company, American PressWorks Inc., which had expressed its desire to wind down its management contract. Tonda Rush and APW will continue to provide public policy services to NNA from its current office in Arlington, Va. After a brief transition, the Columbia, Mo., office will be relocated to the IPA headquarters in Springfield, Ill. Hutcheson said comparing a number of excellent proposals had challenged an
appointed NNA Transition Team. “Our board determined last summer that in today’s newspaper industry, shared services are the most efficient and effective way to preserve resources for the programs that community newspapers need. We were delighted that a number of organizations proposed contracts with us, and we felt we had some excellent options. IPA stood out as having not only the staff depth and expertise, but also a close working relationship with NNA in the past,” Hutcheson said. “We believe we will be in good hands.” NNA has engaged contract management for its headquarters since 2002, when it moved its principal offices out of the Washington area. Hutcheson said he realized some NNA members might be surprised to find NNA joining forces with a state press association. “IPA and NNA are approaching this arrangement as a contractual relationship, in which IPA considers us a client and a business partner. Although we will share space and some back office services, NNA will continue as a fully
independent national organization—the oldest national organization for community newspapers in America. Our board has full authority to set its own programs, policies and priorities. This is not a merger—NNA will continue to maintain its own identity and culture. “The newspaper industry is changing rapidly, but the value of community newspapers and the importance of their service to communities is as critical as ever,” Hutcheson said. “What we want to do is make sure we have access to the best people in the most cost-effective way so NNA can continue to do what it does best. Our focus will remain on public policy, postal and networking, training and best practices programs for the community newspapers across the country.” Dennis DeRossett, IPA executive director said, “The Illinois Press Association is honored to be chosen to provide management services to NNA. We are confident the synergies of our combined resources will greatly benefit both organizations. Our missions are parallel—we are both strong advocates of newspapers
and the important role they play in our communities and in our democracy. At this time in our histories, this partnership is an important next step that will strengthen both organizations and enable us to move forward in new ways to the benefit of our member newspapers.” Hutcheson thanked the Transition Team for its diligence over the summer of 2015 in reviewing proposals. Besides himself, the team comprises John Edgecombe Jr., publisher of The Nebraska Signal in Geneva, Neb.; Robert M. Williams Jr., publisher of the Blackshear (Ga.) Times; Matt Paxton, publisher of The News-Leader in Lexington, Va.; Elizabeth Parker, co-publisher of New Jersey Hills Media in Bernardsville, N.J.; and Jerry Reppert, president of Reppert Publications in Anna, Ill. IPA is expected to assume management of NNA in January 2016.
Government Relations Report With budget negotiations still at an impasse, legislative activity has mostly come to a stop in Springfield. Both the House and Senate will be in session on Nov. 10, with perhaps one more legislative day scheduled josh for December. sharp Barring some kind of budget deal, Director of both chambers will Government then likely adjourn Relations until the beginning of spring legislative session in January 2016. There will be no “veto-session” in 2015 as the General Assembly has remained in continuous session without a budget in place.
Defeating a Tax on Advertising
The idea to place a tax on advertising
was actually part of Gov. Rauner’s “Bring Back Blueprint” during his 2014 gubernatorial campaign. His proposed tax on advertising was to be part of a much larger plan to tax the service industry overall; the blueprint called for taxing services like accounting, legal representation and public relations. To date, no specific plan to tax advertising (or any other service) has been unveiled by either the governor or legislative leaders; however, given Illinois’ budget woes, we must take this threat seriously. The governor’s office has confirmed that every revenue option is on the table. The IPA has created a stand-alone website on this issue (www.NoAdTaxIllinois.com) as we work against the plan. In the coming months, the Illinois Press Association and No Ad Tax Coalition will be engaged in an all-out media campaign against a tax on advertising. Radio and TV spots are already up and running and more billboards are going up along Illinois highways. We now have
several newspaper ads, in various sizes, that we are asking our members to run in their publications as we look to stop any new tax on advertising or advertising-related services. While the IPA does not expect substantive language to materialize any time soon, we are confident that some tax on services will eventually be proposed, especially as Illinois goes without a fiscal year 2016 budget well into the fall and winter months.
Renewing the Graphic Arts Machinery and Equipment Exemption
The IPA filed legislation earlier this session, Senate Bill 88 introduced by Sen. John Mulroe, to renew this tax credit retroactively to Aug. 30, 2014 (when the credit originally expired). However, moving forward on this particular piece of legislation is immediately tied to the state’s FY16 budget. See REPORT on Page 5 LEFT: A tax on advertising in Illinois would be devastating to the newspaper industry and to local businesses. Please help by running the advertisements in your newspaper as frequently as space allows. Visit http://illinoispress. org/LegalLegislative/ StoptheAdTax.aspx to download an advertisement.
IPF busy with traditional and new initiatives The Illinois Press Foundation has enjoyed a productive and encouraging year as we’ve continued the traditional programs that are unique to our foundation, while collaborating on an exciting new initiative as well. While the work of the foundation certainly supports the newspaper industry in Illinois, we’d have a hard time accomplishing anything we do without the help of many of our IPA member barry newspapers who locher participate in the long-standing ACORN (AdvertisDirector of ing Contributions Foundation Reward Newspapers) program, which is the foundation’s primary source of operational funds. We are profoundly grateful for these newspapers and their commitment to the IPF and its programs (Please see accompanying list of ACORN participants). So here’s a brief look at what we’ve been up to during 2015: The IPF continues to promote news literacy, civic engagement and First Amendment programs in grades K-12 through classroom educational mate-
rials and programming, all at no cost to teachers. We’ve partnered with the Illinois Education Association – with its electronic database that reaches upwards of 130,000 teachers – to communicate the availability of these great resources to teachers, and literally hundreds have taken advantage of what we have to offer. In fact, as of the end of September, our materials had reached more than 20,500 students in 154 schools in Illinois and around the country. In an exciting expansion of our news literacy programming, which has been made possible through grant funding from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, we’re collaborating with Dr. Robert L. Mees to introduce the concepts of news literacy education into the Illinois community college system. Mees, president emeritus of John A. Logan Community College in Carterville and now president of RLM Consulting, is an expert in all areas of Illinois community colleges. Mees specializes in program development, and in regional, community and international education partnerships. He also has expertise in civic engagement, lifelong learning and volunteerism for older adults. Through his personal visits with community college presidents, he reports that many are interested in the inclusion of news literacy as an elective course available to all students. News literacy, defined as “the ability to use critical thinking skills to judge the reliability and credibility of news reports,
Participating ACORN newspapers The Navigator & Journal-Register, Grayville Aledo Times Record The Telegraph, Alton The Gazette-Democrat, Anna Northwest Suburbs Daily Herald, Arlington Heights Benton Evening News The Pantagraph, Bloomington The Cairo Citizen The Daily Ledger, Canton The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale Macoupin County Enquirer-Democrat, Carlinville The Courier, Carterville Hancock County Journal-Pilot, Carthage The News-Gazette, Champaign
Chicago Tribune Northwest Herald, Crystal Lake Herald & Review, Decatur Du Quoin Evening Call Elburn Herald Wayne County Press, Inc., Fairfield The Journal-Standard, Freeport The Galena Gazette The Register-Mail, Galesburg Geneseo Republic The Gilman Star The Greenville Advocate The Daily Register, Harrisburg The Journal-News, Hillsboro The Hinsdalean, Hinsdale The Hoopeston Chronicle The Daily Journal, Kankakee
whether they come via print, television or the Internet,” has become a critically important topic as information continues to bombard people from every possible angle. The IPF continues to support the wonderful summer camp for high school journalism students at Eastern Illinois University, and we’ve done so since its inception more than 20 years ago. Hundreds of students have taken advantage of this free, two-week residential camp that is staffed by EIU journalism staff, as well as roughly 30 professional journalists from around the state. Many of them have gone on to successful journalism careers. Three years ago, we were delighted to develop a relationship with a new, one-week residential journalism camp at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The SIUC camp has continued to develop and grow each year. Our goal in supporting the two high school journalism camps is to continue to underscore the importance of developing interest in journalism among young people, as well as to foster the students’ understanding of news literacy and their interest in civic engagement. We believe that journalism leads to a better understanding of the importance of an engaged citizenry among the camp’s student participants. We are proud to be associated with both of these fine projects. And lastly, the foundation continues to
Photo Courtesy of Robin Huggins, Student Newspaper Adviser, Carmi White County High School
Junior journalism students at Carmi White County High School conduct research for their upcoming issue using two of the six new Chromebooks purchased with the $1,000 grant provided by the Illinois Press Foundation. The mini-grant initiative provides individual grants of up to $1,500 to high school journalism classes and high school newspapers throughout the state.
earmark $25,000 every year to fund one of our most important programs, which we call “mini-grants.” This initiative provides individual grants of up to $1,500 to high school journalism classes and high school newspapers, most all desperate for funding support of any amount. Teachers use the grants to purchase cameras, laptops, software, AP Stylebooks and other items they can use to enhance the student press process in their classrooms and student publications.
To enroll, contact Barry Locher, firstname.lastname@example.org Star Courier, Kewanee McDonough County Voice, Macomb The Dispatch, Moline Daily Review Atlas, Monmouth Morris Herald-News Daily Republican-Register, Mt. Carmel Olney Daily Mail Oquawka Current The Regional News, Palos Heights Pana News Palladium Pekin Daily Times Chillicothe Times-Bulletin East Peoria Times-Courier Journal Star, Peoria Morton Times-News Washington Times-Reporter Woodford Times
Pinckneyville Press The Blade, Pontiac The Daily Leader, Pontiac Bureau County Republican, Princeton Quincy Herald-Whig North County News, Red Bud Robinson Daily News Rockford Register Star The State Journal-Register, Springfield The Carroll County Review, Thomson The Leader-Union, Vandalia The Vienna Times Virden Recorder The Daily Republican, Marion The Free Press Advocate, Wilmington The Woodstock Independent Kendall County Record, Yorkville
Continued from Page 3 At the end of regular session, Democratic lawmakers began filing budget amendments in the House and Senate for FY16. Those amendments totaled slightly more than $36 billion, and most importantly, did not represent an agreement with the governor’s office. The amendments went on to pass committee and the full General Assembly so that Democrats could claim that they passed a budget by the May 31 deadline. In the end, this budget was ultimately vetoed by the governor. We are still billions of dollars, and likely many months, away from any kind of agreement between the Democratic General Assembly and Republican governor. The Rauner administration has indicated privately that they could agree to additional revenue (e.g. taxes) totaling $3 to $3.5 billion if “structural reforms” pass the General Assembly. This would put the budget level at nearly the level sought by Democrats. Still, until some kind of accord is reached between the two sides, key issues for the IPA (like renewing the Graphic Arts Machinery and Equipment incentive and Manufacturers Purchase Credit) are stuck in limbo for the time being.
Protecting Public Notices
Presently, all legislation filed to either eliminate or negatively impact public notices in newspapers has been stopped. More than five pieces of legislation were filed this past legislative session that would have negatively impacted public notices in newspapers. Also to report, the Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates Task Force, chaired by Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti, met in June and voted on a series of recommendations that would supposedly reduce “unfunded mandates” on local governments in Illinois. Among the many recommendations the task force approved was a proposal to allow local governments to opt out of publishing public notices in newspapers. This nonbinding measure would allow governments to post notices on their websites instead. To be clear, IPA members did not take any specific action on this recommendation. Various cities, counties and other units of local government have passed similar and largely symbolic resolutions in the past. Just last year, the Sangamon
County Citizens’ Efficiency Commission voted on a related and ultimately nonbinding resolution that sought to abolish public notices in newspapers. These misguided attempts at relevancy by certain public officials and public bodies are unfortunately nothing new in Illinois. The Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates Task Force’s final report and nonbinding recommendations are due by the end of the year.
Odds & Ends
Senate Bill 1833, which the IPA initially opposed, will be amended and our objections removed. After some discussion, the attorney general’s office is set to proceed with an amended version of the original data security bill (SB 1833). Initially included in SB 133 were new definitions for “consumer marketing information” and “geolocation data.” These definitions would have been deemed “personal information” (requiring breach notification) and represented a significant departure from the data security provisions required by other states. No other state has defined “consumer marketing information” and/ or “geolocation data” as “personal information.” These definitions would have put Illinois far outside the mainstream of responsible and effective state breach notification laws, while failing to help Illinois residents defend themselves against fraud borne of a data breach. Not having these additional definitions included in the amendment will eliminate the need for any “harm threshold” in the new bill. With these changes, the IPA expects to change its formal position on this legislation from “opposed” to “neutral.” Lastly, the IPA will be monitoring the activities of the Unmanned Aerial System Oversight Task Force. The task force is empowered with zero authority to make any kind of binding rule, recommendation or law regarding drone usage. Any policies or ideas formulated by the task force relating to new drone rules or regulations will ultimately have to pass through the General Assembly just like any other bill. It is during that time, the actual legislative process, that the IPA can weigh in and craft legislation that is to our liking. Nevertheless, the task force is required, just like any other public body, to post meeting times and an agenda; should we see a topic or issue that we think warrants a response with the media’s perspective, then we will assuredly weigh in. The IPA would have no problem offering oral testimony or providing suggestions to the task force.
Two join Association and Foundation staff The IPA is pleased to introduce two recent additions to the staff. Cindy Bedolli will be responsible for membership services and database management. She joined the Bedolli IPA in August. Her duties also include administrative assistant for support to both the Association and Foundation. She replaces Lynne Lance who has relocated to Pensacola, Fla. Cindy was an advertising clerk for The State Journal-Register in Springfield for 12 years, and most recently worked in human resources at The Hope Institute. She is a graduate of Southern Illinois University with a degree in marketing. Cindy and her husband, Tony, live in Williamsville with their two children, Kayla and T.J. Cindy can be contacted at: email@example.com
Kate Richardson also joined the IPA in August. Her duties include communications, marketing and IT support. She is in charge of the bi-monthly PressLines publication and the new bi-weekly Richardson e-Bulletin. As part of her duties in IT, she will also provide support to members for Public Notice Illinois (PNI) and ACES (Advanced Contest Entry System). Kate is a Taylorville native and holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Illinois at Springfield. She was the editor and then business manager of the UIS student newspaper, The Journal. Before joining IPA, Kate was a marketing associate at the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education. She lives in Springfield with her cat, Svetty. She can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
How much ‘extra’ money do you want to earn in 2016? Earn an instant 50 percent commission for ads sold into the network More than 400 newspapers are part of the Illinois Classified Advertising Network (or “ICAN” network) and/or the Illinois Easy Ad Network (or “2x2” network). Newspapers receive a “pool” jeffrey check twice a year holman for running classified and small Director of display ads every Advertising week; however, the real money is made by selling a customer into the network. As newspapers put the finishing touches on their 2016 advertising budgets, there is money to be made by selling into the Illinois Press Association ad networks.
Newspapers receive an instant 50 percent commission for ads sold into the network. Newspapers can continue to sell ideas and campaigns into their own publications and websites; however, for those customers looking to expand their customer base, the IPA advertising networks offer a tremendous extended reach and extended readership. One statewide classified ad and one statewide 2x2” ad sold each week in 2016 by a member newspaper would result in $55,000 worth of commissions! Even one ad sold per month in each network would bring in almost $13,000 in net revenue (commissions). The IPA networks and network insertion orders can be found on the IPA website under Advertising – Members. For those interested in being part of the networks or for more information on selling into the networks, please contact Jeffrey Holman at jholman@Illinoispress.org or 217-241-1700.
An injured boy’s wish and a newspaper’s job to do good Editor’s Note: This article is reprinted from the Daily Herald’s special section, The Newspaper Partnership: Creating Connections in Our Communities. This section was published during National Newspaper Week.
To our readers:
Having been in the newspaper business for many years, I’m sometimes asked to recall the biggest story we’ve covered. That’s quite a challenge. There have been many big stories. The job has enabled me to meet several presidents and some wouldbe presidents. john covered lampinen I’ve killers like John Wayne Gacy and Senior Vice James Earl Ray. President/Editor, There have been Daily Herald wars and disasters and countless heroes. There has been such a relentless march of major stories that there are too many to recite. The first thought that pops into my mind isn’t the biggest story. Instead, it’s something more intimate, a wistful remembrance of a stranger and a basketball game and an injured boy who’d lost his sister. This month marks the 20th anniversary of Fox River Grove’s great tragedy, the deaths of seven students when a train crashed into a school bus that had been stopped on the tracks waiting for a light. It’s hard to put into words the mark that blow left on the community, Two decades have passed, and there is not a time that I drive by that intersection when I don’t think about that crash, those kids, an image of the yellow bus with its back hanging over those tracks. Life goes on, but such heartache never gets fully put away. There is some personal consolation that in the aftermath we did some of our greatest work. We assembled a task force made up
DAILY HERALD PHOTO, 1996
Rafael Guzman, left, poses with his mother, Maria Mercedes Baltazar, and a photo of sister and daughter Susanna Guzman in Elgin on Oct. 2, 1996. Susanna was killed and Rafael seriously injured when a Metra train slammed into a Cary-Grove High School bus on Oct. 25, 1995.
of most of the reporters and editors in the newsroom, and for weeks and even months, that group worked relentlessly, tirelessly to examine every aspect of that avoidable crash. We measured the synchronization of traffic lights with crossing gates at dozens of the intersections in the suburbs. We exposed critical communication gaps between the agencies responsible for crossing safety. We learned so much about the issue that some staff members became even more expert than the experts they quoted. I’m so proud of each caring member of that staff. We helped make railroad crossings safer here and around the state. But when I think about that tragedy and our coverage, I think first of a teenage boy named Rafael Guzman. He was on that school bus, age 14
at the time. His sister Susanna rode on it with him. She was killed. He ended up in the hospital for almost two months. On the day he finally was released, we were there to write about the homecoming and the challenges still to come. It was a week before Christmas, and his mother said he was all the gift she needed. In a sort of throwaway line, he mentioned that his Christmas wish was to some day see the Chicago Bulls -- a wish that seemed impractical given the family’s circumstances. The next day, our colleagues at WGN radio read our story on the air. And a caller -- Chuck Stevens of Buffalo Grove -- phoned to offer Rafael two second-row tickets to see Michael and Scottie take on the Dallas Mavericks. Even now as I type this, my eyes
tear up like they do every time I tell this story. This boy and his family had been through such hardship and such sorrow. And through the kindness of a stranger -- aided by our lucky capacity to link those who need help with those who can provide it -- he won a night of respite where he could find some joy. This is why I’m in the newspaper business. It’s a microcosm of our job to help make the world a little better place. —John Lampinen has spent most of his long career at the Daily Herald and is a board member and past president of the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors. Friend him on Facebook; follow him on Twitter at @DHJohnLampinen.
Mail could be taking even longer to be delivered than the Postal Service is saying By Lisa Rein Editor’s note: This article is reprinted from The Washington Post. After years of cost-cutting to adjust to steep financial losses, the U.S. Postal Service is contending with angry customers whose mail is taking longer — sometimes much longer — to arrive. New research by Congress’ watchdog now says that the post office’s tracking system for measuring on-time delivery is so unreliable that there’s no way to know how late the mail really is. In an unusually stern report, the Government Accountability Office found the Postal Service’s tracking of delivery times “far from complete” and called on the agency to provide “quality delivery performance information.” Just 55 percent of the mail is even measured by postal officials, auditors found, making it unlikely that the agency is meeting its legal obligation to provide quality service to every corner of the United States. Current information on performance “is not sufficiently transparent or readily available,” GAO found. “Quality delivery performance information is needed … for postal stakeholders and the general public … to assess the balance between USPS cost-cutting to address its poor financial situation while maintaining affordable postal rates and providing timely, universal delivery service,” said the report, which has not been made public and was obtained by The Washington Post. Auditors also took regulators to task for their passive approach to the problem. And GAO criticized postal officials for failing to provide the public with data on whether they are meeting delivery standards for rural addresses compared to urban or suburban ones. Lawmakers representing rural states, who requested the GAO study, say spotty mail service is now the new normal across their districts, with cross-country and local delivery delayed by several days. “Service across the country, particularly in rural communities, is suffering,” Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), the
top Democrat on the Senate committee that oversees the Postal Service, said in a statement. “To fix these service problems, we need to figure out their root causes,” Carper said. “Unfortunately, the Government Accountability Office found the delivery performance results that the Postal Service and Postal Regulatory Commission provide do not give Congress or postal customers an accurate assessment of service.” Carper, who requested the study with Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), introduced a sweeping postal bill in September that
to tell the agency how to measure and report on mail delivery and use the information for oversight. Auditors found that almost half of the mail is not included in the post office’s system of assessing delivery times because it does not have barcodes and other information that can be tracked, on when mail arrived at the local post office, for example. There is no minimum that needs to be included. Postal officials told auditors that they are trying to improve their scanning of mail with barcodes and working with the mailing industry to get more pieces of mail into their measurement system. First-class mail and magazines
Auditors found that almost half of the mail is not included in the post office’s delivery time assessment system.” would require measurable improvements to mail delivery across the country. The Postal Service said in a statement that it “strongly disagrees with the conclusion that our current service performance measurement is not accurate.” “The Postal Service is strongly committed to transparency and the regular publication of our service performance results, including those in rural areas through a rural service measurement initiative,” the agency said. “We continue to work with the Congress and our regulator to develop enhanced methods for evaluating delivery performance that are already robust and accurate.” Officials said they use a “highly reputable firm with long-standing proficiency in the design and execution of measurement systems” to sample the timeliness of mail delivery. The Postal Service is required by law to create standards for mail delivery and to measure and report whether it meets them. Its regulator, the Postal Regulatory Commission, is supposed
have gradually been taking longer to arrive since 2012, when Postal Service started reducing its full-time workforce by about 40,000 employees and closed almost 141 mail-sorting plants. But nine months ago, service took a turn for the worse when, to prepare for another round of plant closings, the agency eliminated overnight delivery for local first-class letters that used to arrive the next day. Up to half of mail traveling longer distances was given an extra day to reach its destination. The longer delivery times became the new normal, or “service standards” in postal jargon. Mail was considered on time if it took four to five days to arrive instead of three. But the post office has struggled all year to meet even these lower standards, prompting the agency’s inspector general to issue an urgent alert over the summer recommending that all further closures of mail-sorting plants be put on hold until service stabilizes (This was done under pressure from Congress as well).
Inspector General Dave Williams found that the number of letters arriving late jumped by almost 50 percent since the start of the year, delays that were compounded by severe storms last winter and changes to plant operations that started when the new standards took effect. Thousands of postal workers were reassigned and shifts were changed. GAO sharply criticized postal regulators for their silence on late mail delivery. In a 17-page letter to auditors, Robert Taub, the regulatory commission’s acting chairman, said his staff has provided adequate oversight of the issue. He said the commission is working with the Senate and the post office to resolve the challenges with reporting on rural delivery. Taub also outlined the challenges of tracking delivery of mail to rural areas, since “there is no consensus definition of ‘rural’” and cited the potentially significant costs associated with “extracting, compiling, or reporting these data.” But Commissioner Ruth Goldway disagreed, saying the commission should take a much more forceful role in ensuring whether mail is being delivered on time. “The issue of service quality is something the Postal Service needs to be held accountable for.” Carper’s bill would restrict the Postal Service from plant and post office closings and prohibit the agency from further slowing the delivery of mail. It would add requirements for tracking performance. It also would allow the Postal Service to find new sources of income from the sale of non-postal products. “The reality is that rural communities, like North Dakota, are disproportionately and unfairly impacted by cuts to mail service and delivery which have harsh impacts on families and small businesses living in those regions,” Heitkamp said in a statement. She has introduced her own bill focusing on restoring service to rural areas. “As we learned from this new GAO report, how can the Postal Service possibly improve delivery in rural communities if it doesn’t accurately track the time it takes to deliver mail to these areas?” she said. “There is no reason why we shouldn’t have access to that data.”
Should newspapers abandon digital? By Alan D. Mutter Reflections of a Newsosaur Editor’s Note: This article is reprinted from Editor & Publisher. Newspapers are so bad at digital publishing that they should just give up and focus on print. That’s the bracing thesis of a recently published minibook from journalism professor H. Iris Chyi of the University of Texas, who likens what she calls the “inferior quality” of online newspaper offerings to the desiccated ramen noodles that constitute the primary food group for many a starving student. Her publication is titled “Trial and Error: U.S. Newspapers’ Digital Struggles Toward Inferiority.” It is available at http://tinyurl.com/pphdxp5. Observing that newspapers have been experimenting with “new media” for the better part of two decades, Chyi marshals a raft of research to conclude “the performance of their digital products has fallen short of expectations.” She urges publishers to “acknowledge that digital is not your forte” and abandon the “digital first, print last” strategy that has been widely adopted in the business. “That is not to say that you don’t need to offer any digital product,” she adds, but “one may conclude that it is easier for newspapers to preserve the print edition than to sell digital products.” Newspapers certainly have fallen short of expectations in the digital realm. Although interactive newspaper revenues have nearly tripled from $1.3 billion in 2003 (the first year the industry started reporting online ad sales), the over-all digital advertising market has soared by more than sixfold since then. But doubling down on print hardly seems to be a foresighted strategy when readers and advertisers increasingly are flocking to the digital media. We’ll get back to this in a moment. First, here’s Chyi’s take on where the industry went wrong: “In retrospect, most U.S. newspapers outsourced their homework to business consultants such as Clayton M. Christensen, whose disruptive technology thesis served as the theoretical foundation behind the newspaper industry’s technology-driven approach. The problem is that most assumptions on the all-digital future have no empirical support. As a result, during nearly 20 years of trial and error, bad decisions were made, unwise strategies adopted, audiences misunderstood and product quality deteriorated.” Pointing to research showing that people who like to read newspaper-y kinds of articles will pay substantial sums to spend quality time with print, Chyi argues that the digital
version of the typical newspaper is “outperformed by its print counterpart in terms of usage, preference and paying intent.” And she is right. Any publisher will tell you that print is more profitable than pixels. The problem with ditching digital, however, is that the number of readers and advertisers who value print has been steadily shrinking – and likely will continue to do so, owing to these seemingly irreversible market phenomena: Tumbling print circulation. The print circulation of the nation’s newspapers has dropped by nearly half in the last 10 years, according to analysis reported in a 2014 column. While continuous changes in the way publishers report their circulation have made year-to-year comparisons increasingly difficult, most anecdotal evidence suggests that print circulation is continuing to erode. Dramatically aging readership. The New York Times recently reported that the median age of its readers is 60 vs. 37 for the U.S. population, making its audience 1.6 times older than the population as a whole. The average life expectancy of a 60-year-old man is 21 years, while 70- and 80-year-old gents statistically have respective lifespans of 14 and 8 years, according to the Social Security Administration. Even though some readers will live longer than the predicted average, the superannuated readership of newspapers suggests that significant numbers of loyal readers will begin dying off in the next 10 to 15 years. (Women will be glad to know they get an extra couple of years, but not enough to reverse the trend.) Most publishers will tell you that the median readership of their newspapers is as senior as that of the Times, if not older. Steadily contracting ad sales. Fully two-thirds of the print advertising at the nation’s newspapers has dried up since hitting a record high of $47.4 billion in 2005. Most of the publicly held publishers reported sales declines in the first half of this year, suggesting that revenues are on track to slide for the tenth straight year in 2015 – unless an unforeseen miracle occurs. Declining economies of scale. Unlike websites that can serve one page or 100,000 pages at little incremental cost after they go live, print publishers must sustain substantial manufacturing and distribution investments in order to print a single paper. If circulation falls another 50 percent or print advertising slides another 67 percent in the next 10 years, will there be sufficient print subscribers and advertisers keep the business viable? This is the existential question facing the industry. As poor as the industry has been at finding its footing in the digital age, it’s hard to imagine how newspaper companies can survive over the long term if they put their primary focus on print.
Heinzman: Power of the Press By Don Heinzman It’s interesting that” Power of the Press” is the theme of National Newspaper Week because I contend many weekly community newspaper editors either do not recognize the power or are reluctant to use it. I’ve been on both sides of the use of this power, as an editor and as a public relations adviser. I recall a high school principal who agonized over a story about a drug raid of his school published on Page 1 of a major metropolitan daily. I advised him to hope that next day the story will disappear from the pages of that newspaper. Sure enough, the next day it was gone, and in ensuing days there was no follow-up, not even a letter to the editor. In that case and probably for good reason, the editor had decided not to use the power of the press, which is a planned constant stream of opinions, stories and letters to accomplish a common objective. I recall working for a major corporation that called a summit meeting the day the newspaper editorialized on the dangers of putting too much salt on the highways. Once again, there was no follow-up and the corporate brass breathed a sigh of relief. Why don’t more newspapers use the power of the written and digital word? Perhaps it’s because they’ve never experienced it. Let me give you a personal example. We had a dangerous highway that needed to be widened and after some editorial arm twisting, leaders in the town organized and decided to get the highway widened, when it wasn’t even on the Department of Transportation’s radar. Our newspaper staff decided to use this power by putting a report of every accident, particularly fatalities, on Page 1 with photos. Next on the opinion page, we urged people to get involved and write their legislators. Our mayor wrote a guest opinion on the horror he felt when he saw a dead body lying on that highway. We published every letter on the subject. We invited the governor to look at one of the most dangerous intersections in the state. He finally viewed this highway from a helicopter, and the upshot was that widening that highway was pushed up four years in the process. Community leaders commended the role of the paper in this campaign – the power of the press. It’s up to the editor to use this power, after careful research. Don Smith, one of the best community editors I’ve ever known, involved his staff in an annual planning meeting where See HEINZMAN on Page 9
A few words about buying signals
In my senior year of high school, I met the new girl in town on the first day of school. Louisville, KY, seemed like a world away from Greensboro, NC, where I had spent all of my life to that point. And I was john intrigued by the girl whose family had foust just moved from Raleigh, N.C. that exotic place. We chatted several times between classes. Although her favorite topic was her boyfriend in Louisville, my teenage brain missed the significance of that information, because Louisville seemed a million miles away. After turning me down a number of times, she finally agreed to go to a movie. As we walked to the theater, she stopped in front of a wedding shop, and “oohed” and “aahed” over the wedding gowns in the window, saying she was looking forward to marrying her boyfriend. That’s when I realized I didn’t have a chance. She couldn’t have been more obvious if she had said, “John, here’s a clue you can’t miss. I’m not interested in you.
In fact, I’m planning to elope tomorrow.” Things turned out for the best. I don’t know if she ended up marrying the boyfriend back in Louisville, but I eventually met the real woman of my dreams, to whom I am happily married. Buying signals. If we pay attention, they will show us where we stand in the selling process. There are negative signals, like unmistakable “no” of the wedding shop incident. And there are positive signals. Some are more definite than others. Let’s take a closer look: 1. Non-verbal signals. Your prospect may be prepared to move to the next step in the sales process if he or she … • Nods frequently, agreeing with the points you are making. • Leans forward with an increasingly pleasant expression. • Holds his or her pen near the advertising agreement, as if ready to sign. • Smiles while re-examining your sales materials, especially any suggested ads you are presenting. • Maintains good eye contact, and is not distracted by a cellphone, e-mail, or non-related items on the desk. • Takes possession of the ads you are presenting, by positioning them on his or her side of the desk. • Calls for an associate to step into the
room to hear your ideas. 2. Verbal signals. A number of prospects won’t say, “I’m sold. Where do I sign?” But they will say other things that show they’re ready to make a commitment. Be ready to move quickly, if he or she … • Asks about the agreement. • Asks when the ad campaign can start. • Asks about your billing procedures. • Requests clarification of earlier sales point. For instance, “Tell me again how you can reach my target audience.” • Requests a change in the ad copy you are presenting. • Indicates a willingness to close, by asking, “What’s the next step?” • Stops referring to the ads and starts referring to my ads. This is one of the strongest buying signals of all, because it shows that he or she already owns what you are selling. © Copyright John Foust 2015. All rights reserved.
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Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation
1. Publication Title: Illinois PressLines 2. Publication Number: 006-862 3. Filing Date: 10/30/15 4. Issue Frequency: Bi-monthly 5. Number of Issues Published Annually: Six 6. Annual Subscription Price: $30.00 7. Complete Mailing Address of Known Office of Publication: 900 Community Dr.,Springfield, IL 62703 8. Complete Mailing Address of Headquarters or General Business Office of Publisher: 900 Community Dr.,Springfield, IL 62703 9., Full Names and Complete Mailing Addresses of Publisher, Editor, and Managing Editor: Publisher: Dennis M. DeRossett, 900 Community Dr., Springfield, IL 62703; Editor: Barry J. Locher, 900 Community Dr., Springfield, IL 62703 10. Owner: Illinois Press Association, 900 Community Dr., Springfield, IL 62703 11. Known Bondholders, Mortgagees, and Other Security Holders Owning or Holding 1 Perfect or More of Total Amounts of Bonds, Mortgages, or Other Securities:
None 13. Publication Title: Illinois PressLines 14. Issue Date for Circulation Data Below: November, 2015 15. Extent and Nature of Circulation (first number is Average no. Copies Each Issue During Preceding 12 Months); (second number is No. Copies of Single Issue Published Nearest to Filing Date); a. Total Number of Copies: 1,090, 1,090. b. Paid Circulation: 1. Mailed Outside-County Paid Subscriptions Stated on PS Form 3541: 640, 650; 2. Mailed In-County Paid Subscriptions Stated on PS Form 3541: 245, 245. 3. Paid Distribution Outside the Mails Including States Through Dealers and Carriers, Street Vendors, Counter Sales, and Other Paid Distribution Outside USPS: 0, 0. 4. Paid Distribution by Other Classes of Mail Through the USPS: 0, 0; c. Total Paid Distribution: 885, 895. D. Free or Nominal Rate Distribution Outside-County included on PS Form 3541: 0, 0; Free or Nominal Rate InCounty Copies Included on PS Form 3541: 0, 0; Free or Nominal Rate Copies Mailed at Other Classes Through the USPS: 0,
0; Free or Nominal Rate Distribution Outside the Mail: 45, 65. e. Total Free or Nominal Rate of Distribution: 45, 65. f. Total Distribution: 930, 960; g. Copies not Distributed: 145, 115; h. Total: 1075, 1075. i. Percent Paid: 95.16%, 93.22%. 16. Electronic Copy Circulation (first number is Average No. Copies Each Issue During Preceding 12 Months); (second number is No. Copies of Single Issue Published Nearest to Filing Date); a. Paid Electronic Copies: 0, 0; b. Total Paid Print Copies + Paid Electronic Copies: 0, 0; c. Total Print Distribution + Paid Electronic Copies: 0, 0; d. Percent Paid: 0, 0. 17. Publication of Statement of Ownership: November, 2015. Dennis DeRossett, Executive Director, 10/30/15 I certify that all information furnished on this form is true and complete. I understand that anyone who furnishes false or misleading information on this form or who omits material or information requested on the form may be subject to criminal sanctions (including fines and imprisonment) and/or civil sanctions (including civil penalties).
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they planned an editorial agenda. The process included planning the coverage with appropriate check points to be sure it was carried out. At every weekly staff meeting, how that editorial campaign was progressing was on the agenda. If that’s too difficult, editors should meet with their staff to determine just one campaign to make the community better. It could be the need to correct a dangerous intersection, the need for a park in a growing subdivision, the need to secure the school buildings, the need for a YMCA. Editors can team up with the Chamber of Commerce or the Rotary and Lions clubs to use the power of the local press to help them achieve their top objectives to better the community. There will be some stumbling blocks and criticism from opponents, but I guarantee you, most people will admire this use of the local Power of the Press and editors and their staffs will feel good about using it to make the community a better and safer place to live. —Don Heinzman is a weekly community newspaper consultant and is the author of a manual on how to manage a weekly newspaper. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
How Millennials get news:
The new report on paying for news is a deeper examination, with new analysis and data, of a larger study of Millennials released earlier this year. The study included a nationally representative survey of adults age 18 to 34 and in-depth interviews with several small groups of Millennials. These small group discussions highlight two potential reasons why some Millennials may not pay for news: there is so much free news it’s hard to see the value of paying, and a belief that access to news should be free to facilitate being an informed citizen.
Paying for content Editor’s Note: The following article is reprinted from the American Press Institute
espite growing up amid abundant free online entertainment and news, today’s young adults still use significant amounts of paid content. Selling news to young people remains difficult, but the data from a new study finds reasons for optimism and suggests new ways to think about the challenge. The vast majority of the Millennial Generation, those Americans age 18 to 34, regularly use paid content for entertainment or news, whether they personally pay for the subscriptions themselves or someone else pays the bill, according to a new report on Millennials’ news habits. While use of paid entertainment content, including music, movies, television, and video games, is most common among Millennials, 53 percent report regularly using paid news content — in print, digital, or combined formats — in the last year. Furthermore, 40 percent of Millennials personally paid for news products or services out of their own pockets. Millennials over age 21, those most likely to be on their own or out of school, are twice as likely as those age 18-21 to personally pay for news (more than 4 in 10 vs. 2 in 10).
A younger adult’s willingness to pay for news is correlated with his or her broader beliefs about the value of news. The people who want to stay connected with the world, who are interested in news, and who are more engaged with news on social networks are the most likely to be willing to personally pay for news. That “news orientation” is the biggest driver of a person’s willingness to pay for news, more so than a person’s age or socioeconomic status. These basic findings — Millennials do regularly use and often personally pay for news content — challenge the notion that Millennials believe everything on the web must be free. But there are still significant obstacles, according to the data, that will make a paid or subscription model a challenge for publishers looking to reach the next generation of news consumers. For example, even among those Millennials who say keeping up with the news is very important to them, only half personally pay for news content. And, even among Millennials who do pay for news, free services like Facebook and search engines are their most common sources for obtaining news on many topics. These are findings of a new study of Millennials by the Media Insight Project, a collaboration of the American Press Institute and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
—This research was conducted by the Media Insight Project, an initiative of the American Press Institute and the Associated PressNORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Find out more, including study methods, at http://www.americanpressinstitute.org.
40 percent of Millennials personally paid for news products or services out of their own pockets.” among the studies other findings: • In all, 87 percent of Millennials personally pay for some type of subscription service, including news or entertainment services.
• The most popular content Millennials pay for personally is downloaded, rented, or streamed movies and television (55 percent) and music (48 percent).
• More Millennials pay for print magazines (21 percent) and newspapers (15 percent) than digital magazines (11 percent) and newspaper media content online (10 percent).
• Older Millennials are more likely than younger Millennials to pay out of their own pocket for a news subscription (roughly 45 percent over age 21 vs. 23 percent age 18-21).
• There are no major socioeconomic differences between those who pay for news and those who do not pay for such services.
• Ninety percent of those who pay for news also pay for entertainment.
• Those who personally pay for news are more likely than those who do not pay to use news for personal or professional reasons such as helping them with their job (29 percent vs. 20 percent).
• Yet only half of Millennials who say keeping up with the news is important personally pay for news products or services.
• Millennials who pay for news are more likely to follow sports (56 percent vs. 44 percent) and current events such as national politics (51 percent vs. 38 percent) than those who do not pay for news.
• Those who pay for news tend to also engage more with news on free platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.
• Even among Millennials who pay for news, Facebook and search engines are their most common sources for obtaining news on many topics.
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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation project, “Faces Never Forgotten,” needs help locating missing photos of Vietnam veterans from Illinois. While IPA member newspapers have already helped locate approximately 50 missing photographs of military members killed in action, many more remain to be found. Please consider publishing this information once again in your publications. The photos will help complete an electronic “Wall of Faces” in the new education center at the Vietnam Memorial Wall (View the gallery in progress at http://www. vvmf. org/Wall-of-Faces/). Newspapers and newspaper associations across the country are being asked to help locate missing photos. If there is a missing photo of a soldier from your area you may have a photo in your archive. Another idea would be to publish ads or editorial content seeking help from
readers in reaching anyone who may have a photo of the soldier. If there are many soldiers in your area, perhaps the effort could be part of an advertising page or special section. Once images are located, the Illinois Press Association will collect the photos from member newspapers. Please send images as jpegs or PDFs to Kate Richardson at krichardson@ illinoispress.org. To determine if there are soldiers from your community: 1. Go to: http://www.vvmf.org/Wall-ofFaces/ 2. Click Advanced Search, to the right of the search box. 3. Input a city or county and “Illinois.” 4. Scroll to the last box and check: Does not have a default photo 5. Hit submit.
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Two IPA member papers celebrate 150 years The Metropolis Planet
The Metropolis Planet celebrated a milestone the last week of October. The Planet staff and community celebrated 150 years with pizza, desserts and door prizes on Oct. 30. The Planet began in 1865 as The Promulgator and later became the Metropolis News and eventually, the Metropolis Planet. One week prior to their anniversary, the Planet was given the Small Business of the Year Award from the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce at its annual banquet.
Metropolis Planet General Manager Areia Hathcock shows celebration attendees boxes of archived Planet pictures. Guests walked down memory lane and took home the free photos as keepsakes.
The Paxton Record
The Paxton Record celebrated 150 years with a community ice cream social on Sept. 15. Community members and present and former staff gathered to enjoy games, antique booths, speeches, food and more.
Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold, left, presents Tim Evans, general manager of The News-Gazette Community Newspapers, with a framed proclamation recognizing the Paxton-Record for reaching 150 years in existence.
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WEEK-TV sold to Quincy Newspapers Inc.
Tribune Tower put up for sale
Tribune Tower, the historic Michigan Avenue home of the Chicago Tribune, is for sale. The building’s owner, Tribune Media, announced early October that it has hired real estate investment banker Eastdil Secured to explore an outright sale or partnership for redeveloping the 36-story building, which sits on 3 acres along one of Chicago’s busiest shopping districts. “The global renown of this building, its unparalleled location and development potential make this an incredible opportunity and we are expecting a high level of interest from a broad range of private and institutional investors and developers,” Murray McQueen, president of Tribune Real Estate, said in a statement. Tribune Real Estate unveiled conceptual plans last year to redevelop the parcel, potentially tripling Tribune Tower’s space with residential, retail and hotel components. The landmarked Neo-Gothic building, which houses the Chicago Tribune and other tenants, has 737,000 square feet of space but is zoned for up to 2.4 million square feet. Built in 1925, Tribune Tower was
designed by New York architects Raymond Hood and John Mead Howells, who won a contest held by Chicago Tribune co-publishers Robert R. McCormick and Joseph Patterson to create the newspaper’s headquarters. Named a Chicago landmark in 1989, Tribune Tower itself would likely remain a centerpiece of any redevelopment. “This property offers 100 linear feet more frontage on Michigan Avenue than Rockefeller Center has on Fifth Avenue in New York City,” McQueen said. “We see this as the future site of an exciting retail destination, surrounded by world-class adaptive reuse of the Tower and additional mixed use development.”
SIEA and SIU host symposium on social media
During the Social Media and Community Newspapers Symposium, panelists Jeff Long (Effingham, Daily News), Autumn Phillips (The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale), Elaine Vydra (St. Louis Post-Dispatch), Lindsey Vaughn (Reppert Publications), and William Freivogel (School of Journalism) discuss the pros and cons of newspapers’ use of social media. The Southern Illinois Editorial Association and Southern Illinois University School of Journalism hosted the event in Carbondale on Oct. 29.
Quincy Newspapers Inc., parent of 13 WREX in Rockford, has acquired several television stations owned by Granite Broadcasting and Malara Broadcasting. After the acquisitions, Quincy Newspapers will own and operate television stations in 14 markets. The stations acquired: WEEK-TV, an NBC affiliate, serving Peoria and Bloomington; KBJR-TV, an NBC/ MyNetwork affiliate, serving Duluth, Minn., and Superior, Wi.; and WBNG-TV, a CBS affiliate, in Binghamton, N.Y. Quincy Newspapers is acquiring WPTA-TV, an ABC/CW affiliate, in Fort Wayne, Ind., from Malara. Quincy Newspapers also owns WGEM in Quincy. ■■■
Gazette-Democrat earns national honor The Gazette-Democrat has received recognition in the National Newspaper Association’s 2015 Newspaper and Education Contest. The paper received a second-place award in the nationwide contest’s category of newspapers supporting education and civic literacy/other/nondaily newspapers less than 5,000 circulation. The award was presented for The Gazette-Democrat entry of its annual Top Achievers section. The Top Achievers section is produced each year to honor six senior class students from each of Union County’s four public high schools: AnnaJonesboro, Cobden, Dongola and Shawnee at Wolf Lake. Production of this year’s Top Achievers section was coordinated by newspaper staff member Lindsey Rae Vaughn.
Chrisman Leader transfers ownership to local family
As of the end of October, Kyle and Alice Lientz of Lientz Publishing Co. are the new owners and operators of The Chrisman Leader. The Chrisman Leader has had many forms since its birth in 1878, when it operated as the Chrisman Weekly Advance until 1908; transitioning to the Chrisman Weekly Courier and remained until 1970 when Chrisman’s local newspaper became known as The Chrisman Leader. Previous owner, Louis Valbert, purchased the Leader from the Paris Beacon in 1995. “The first year was a real turn around for the paper,” stated Valbert. “I was pleased with the turn of events and especially the positive reception of Chrisman. Having owned the Chrisman Leader for the past twenty years, Louis says he is now turning his attention to his grandchildren. “My wife and I were hopeful that the Leader would continue on in the hands of a local family who had the values and attitudes to be a voice of the Chrisman community. “Kyle and Alice are the perfect combination of talent and attitude, to ensure the continued success of the Leader. Kyle has the skills needed for a newsman and with Alice at his side, it was a no brainer’ that they would do a good job in running the Leader.” ■■■
Daily Herald honored for community service, visuals
The Daily Herald was awarded the Inland Press Association’s Community Leadership Award for largecirculation newspapers, marking the eighth time in the past 12 years the paper has received that recognition. The award was presented to Editor John Lampinen at the association’s annual meeting at the J.W. Marriott Chicago. Inland, headquartered in Des Plaines, represents newspapers from throughout North America. “We’re gratified by this recognition of our staff’s continuing dedication to public service,” Lampinen said. It was one of seven awards the Daily Herald received. Among the others was a first-place award in sports picture use
for coverage of last spring’s championship run of the Chicago Blackhawks. In addition, several photographers were honored: Brian Hill with a second-place award in feature photography; John Starks with honorable mentions in portrait photography and news photography; Steve Lundy with an honorable mention in news photography; and Rick West with an honorable mention in feature photography. The Community Leadership Award went to the paper for its series “Generations at Risk: Our Promise to Our Kids,” spearheaded by staff writer Melissa Silverberg and Data Journalism Editor Tim Broderick. The judges said the initiative was an example of “an outstanding data project that was backed by tremendous reporting and editing.” They added: “The lessons learned can be prescriptive for many other cities as America continues to search for ways to end the cycle of failure in many urban schools. A big part of leadership is going beyond identifying problems. The Herald offered solutions and applauded schools that are doing the right thing.”
States, Canada and Puerto Rico that provide news and information to the growing Latino community. Reflejos Publications, a member of the Daily Herald Media Group, celebrated 25 years of serving the suburban Chicago Latino community on Aug. 25 in Elgin, where the publication began. ■■■
Chronicle Media earns 4 awards in NINA contest
Chronicle Media captured four awards — including a pair of first-place honors — in the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association contest. The Cook County Chronicle was first among non-daily newspapers for an editorial, written by Paul Sassone, urging state lawmakers to reject House Bill 261, while the Chronicle Media website
(chronicleillinois.com) was named best in class. Veteran journalist Jack McCarthy placed second among non-daily newspapers for Best Design for the Suburban Chronicle, which serves Kane County and far western suburbs. Longtime Chicago area journalist Paul Sassone took third place for a series of Chronicle columns. The Chronicle editorial board includes Editor-in-Chief Rick Hibbert and Content Editor Judy Harvey. “It is a great honor for our young media company to be awarded by such an esteemed organization,” said John Blais, publisher and president of Chronicle Media. “These awards reflect the experience, hard work, creativity, and collaboration that defines our editorial team. Our commitment to high-quality journalism is paying dividends in both audience growth and advertising sales.”
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Reflejos takes 5 national awards for Hispanic publications
Reflejos, the bilingual weekly publication focused on suburban Latinos, won five awards from the National Association of Hispanic Publications at its 33rd annual convention held recently in Dallas. The awards were in recognition of the dedication, evolution and creative format that Reflejos strives to deliver to its readers in eight counties. “These awards are extremely gratifying and are confirmation that we, at Reflejos, are touching the points of importance within our community,” said Linda Siete, manager of sales and operations. Reflejos received the Bronze Award for Outstanding Bilingual Weekly in the category of publications with more than 30,000 copies in distribution. Reflejos competed with publications throughout the United
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The Daily Journal names Norden new GM
The Daily Journal announced early September Kevin H. Norden, a longtime employee of the newspaper, will replace Chad Campbell as the Journal’s new general manager. Norden, 58, has been the paper’s director of production, overseeing press operations. He joined the Norden company in 2001 after 22 years as owner of V.A.S. Electronics, where he managed eight employees. “Kevin is a born leader, and will serve The Daily Journal and the community well,” said Len R. Small, president and CEO of the Journal. Norden, who was born and raised and still lives in rural Kankakee, replaces Campbell, who spent six years at the Journal, most recently as general manager. He is taking a senior management position with The Cape Cod Times in Massachusetts. Norden, who has four children with his wife, Deborah, started his new role Sept. 12. After joining the Journal 14 years ago, Norden was instrumental in kick-starting an original online program, “News at Noon,” an off-the-cuff segment that went out five days per week on the Journal’s website. “The local and smaller papers are viable and flourishing,” Norden said. “People want to be a part of a community and the newspaper is the only place they can get that connection.”
Touney retires as Times executive editor after 40-year career
When retiring Quad-City Times Executive Editor Jan Touney’s name disappeared from the masthead of the Quad-City Times, she left behind a journalism career of 40 years. Touney, a Chicago native, became managing editor of the QuadCity Times in 2003. In 2009, she was promoted Touney to executive editor. She began her journalism career as a reporter in 1975 in Decatur, Ill., at the Herald & Review, where she covered education and city government. She also served as a city editor, features editor, copy editor
and associate editor and directed several news projects that earned state and national awards. Touney earned her journalism degree from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, where she is a member of the Northern Star Hall of Fame. Additionally, she served on the board of the national Associated Press Media Editors, whose missions include training journalists and helping ensure that government remains open and responsive. She also is a past member of the advisory council at the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University, Ames. “If you want a profession when every day you face the unexpected, this is it,” she said. She and her husband, Tom, plan to stay in the Quad-Cities but hope to spend more time traveling to visit family. She will continue serving as a volunteer reader for the United Way Operation READ program and is looking for more opportunities to assist with issues involving literacy and children. Times city editor Dan Bowerman will serve as interim editor until a permanent replacement is selected. Veon said a nationwide search is being conducted for Touney’s replacement.
Piscia promoted to digital managing editor
Jason Piscia has been promoted to the position of digital managing editor for The State Journal-Register. The digital managing editor is the newsroom’s second-incommand and reports directly to Executive Editor Angie Muhs. In his new role, Piscia will oversee newsgathering efforts for both online and print editions. Piscia Piscia’s promotion is part of a newsroom restructuring following the departure of Erin Orr, the paper’s previous managing editor, Muhs said. Orr, who had been at the SJ-R for 12 years, resigned to become managing editor at The Times of Northwest Indiana. Muhs said she also expects to hire two other journalists in the coming months as part of the restructuring. Changing the position’s title reflects the importance of digital journalism, Muhs said. “Jason is well-respected by our staff, and he knows our local issues intimately,” Muhs said. “I’m thrilled to have him assume a broader leadership
role. His understanding and appreciation of digital issues is critical, and he’s also a solid and thoughtful editor.” Piscia, 40, came to The State JournalRegister as a reporter in 1998 after receiving his master’s degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield. During his PAR internship, he covered state government for Copley News Service, which served the SJ-R. As a reporter, Piscia covered general assignment, police, higher education, business and Springfield city hall. He later became the SJ-R’s first staff member devoted full time to online news. He is a native of Peru in north-central Illinois and received his bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University. Piscia lives in Springfield with his wife, Joni, and their children, Jackson, 5, and Lucy, 2. “I’m lucky to have the opportunity to help lead the best news staff in Springfield,” Piscia said. “I look forward to helping them tell their stories in ways that better reach our growing audience that experiences our journalism on phones, tablets and computers.”
Broux named editor of Free Press-Progress
John Broux, 52, of Pana, has been named the new editor of the Nokomis Free Press-Progress by Publisher Thomas J. Phillips Jr. He began his duties with the newspaper on Oct. 21. The Free Press-Progress is one of four newspapers published by the Phillips family, including the Pana NewsPalladium, Morrisonville Times and the Assumption Golden Prairie News. Broux has spent most of his adult life in the newspaper and media business, having worked at various locations around the state and in Iowa. Broux began his career with the Pana News-Palladium in October 1986, where he covered a variety of areas, including governmental, school, social, area events and others. Following work in Pana, Broux worked for the Taylorville Breeze-Courier, the former Pana radio station WXKO, the Aledo Times Record, Atlantic NewsTelegraph (Iowa), Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives (Illinois Country Living magazine), Coles County Leader, and most recently, the Villa Grove News. While at the Pana and Aledo newspapers, he won several state and national awards for layout, photography and
writing. Broux is a 2000 graduate of the University of Illinois at Springfield, holding a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and teacher education certification for kindergarten through eighth grade.
Ellis joins Illinois Times as associate publisher
The Illinois Times welcomes Lisa Ellis to the staff as associate publisher. Ellis, who lives in Chatham, comes to IT with years of advertising and marketing experience in the Springfield market. For 12 years she was at Illinois National Bank, where she was the director of marketing. Most recently she operated her own marketing, comEllis munications and public relations firm. She replaces James Bengfort, who has been IT’s associate publisher. He departed mid-September to take the associate publisher position at the Oklahoma City Gazette, where he will be closer to family and his roots.
Changes to the Southwest News-Herald newsroom
Several personnel changes designed to strengthen and improve the Southwest News-Herald and other newspapers owned by Southwest Community Publishing Co. were made early September. Southwest News-Herald Editor Joe Boyle is now editor of The Reporter, a weekly newspaper serving Oak Lawn, Evergreen Park, Chicago Ridge, Worth, Hickory Hills and Palos Hills. Boyle had served as News-Herald editor for more than 25 years – more than 1,300 weekly editions – a record of longevity surpassed only by iconic journalist Marshall PeterBoyle son, who was News-Herald editor for 41 years until his retirement in 1982. Boyle replaces Jeff Vorva, an awardwinning editor, sports reporter and photographer who has accepted a new assignment as sports editor of all newspapers in the group. At the News-Herald, Tim Hadac will take over leadership. Hadac served as News-Herald editor from 1987-90 before leaving for a
PRESS PEOPLE career in public relations. He returned to community journalism in 2012 as cofounder of the Southwest Chicago Post, the Hadac Midway Airport area’s fastest growing and most popular online news service. Late last year, Hadac was the only Chicago journalist to receive the 2014 Award of Excellence from the Cook County Crime-Stoppers organization, outpacing nominees from Chicago’s television newsrooms and downtown daily newspapers. In 2013 he started duties as a news and features reporter at The Regional News, a weekly newspaper serving Palos Heights, Palos Park and Orland Park. He worked there for almost two years – with his work earning nominations for excellence by two press associations – before being promoted in July of this year to editor of the Archer Journal News, a paper newly purchased and rebranded by Southwest to serve Archer Heights, Brighton Park, McKinley Park and Back of the Yards.
Wade is a graduate of Sangamon State University, now University of Illinois at Springfield, with a bachelor’s degree in English. He lives in Girard with his wife, Karen, and two dogs and a cat.
Wade named new editor for Panhandle Press
Wixom joins NewsTribune staff
Rick Wade of Girard is the new editor of The Panhandle Press. Wade is a veteran newsman, having been a reporter and/or editor for several Illinois newspapers, including stints at the Pekin Wade Daily Times, Macoupin County EnquirerDemocrat, Peoria Observer, Springfield Catholic Times and Peoria Catholic Post. He has also been a freelance writer for many years, most recently with Route 66 Magazine.
Journal-Pilot welcomes Lillard
Ethan Lillard of Dallas City has joined the Hancock County Journal-Pilot as sports editor and general assignment reporter. Lillard, whose first day on the job was Oct. 19, will report on and photoLillard graph Hancock County sporting events, as well as assorted local happenings. Lillard is a 2011 graduate of Illini West High School, where he played football and basketball. “Having lived and played sports in the county for much of his life, Ethan will have no trouble connecting with the community at large,” said Megan McNeill, managing editor of the Journal-Pilot. Lillard attended Southeastern Community College in West Burlington, Iowa.
Evan Wixom joined the NewsTribune staff mid-October as the full-time media editor. He will be responsible for creating digital content, as well as managing the newspaper’s website and social media accounts. Wixom Wixom is a 2014 graduate of Bradley University, where he studied journalism. Prior to leaving for college, Wixom worked part time in the NewsTribune sports department.
Glenna Rose (Preston) Holloway Glenna Rose (Preston) Holloway passed away Sept.4 in Naperville. Holloway was a widely published, prizewinning poet and freelance writer. As a freelance contributing writer her articles appeared in The Chicago Tribune, The Sun-Times, The Daily Herald, Naperville Sun and other publications. She was preceded in death Holloway by her husband, Robert Wesley Holloway in 1997. They were residents of Naperville for more than 40 years.
Former U.S. Rep. Gus Savage — a former newspaper publisher who was a trailblazer for other African-Americans in politics but whose political career was marred by controversy — died Oct. 31 a day after turning 90. Savage, a congressman who represented Chicago’s South Side and south suburbs in Savage Washington from 1981 to 1993, was born Oct. 30, 1925, in Detroit. His family moved to the South Side when he was 5. He was raised in poverty, and that drove him to try to become a voice for minorities and the disadvantaged, his family said. In 1965, he founded the Citizen Newspapers, which became the largest black-owned chain of weekly community newspapers in the Midwest. He sold the newspapers in 1980, the year he was elected to the U.S. House, representing the 2nd Congressional District. On Capitol Hill, Savage was known for his criticism of Reagan administration policies, particularly those calling for increased defense spending and cuts in social programs. Savage is survived by his wife, Drella Savage; a son, Thomas; a daughter, Emma Savage-David; and three grandchildren.
Stanton R. Cook
Former Tribune Co. CEO Stanton R. Cook, who led the Chicago-based national media company through a period of great change, died Sept. 3 of natural causes at his home in Kenilworth. During his 16-year tenure as Tribune’s chief executive, it became a publicly traded company, bought the Chicago Cubs and built
the Freedom Center printing plant near downtown Chicago. Cook also led the company through a printers’ strike in the mid-1980s, extensive costcutting moves and the acquisitions of broadcast media outlets across the country. Cook “His legacy was enormous to Tribune Co.,” said John Madigan, who worked under Cook in various highranking roles for decades and later became CEO. “He was a deliberate person, with an engineering background, who measured every decision carefully. But once he took a position, he was fearless in pursuing it to its execution.” Born in Chicago, Cook grew up in Park Ridge, graduated from Maine Township High School, served in the military during World War II and joined the Tribune in 1951 as a production engineer. He became company vice president in 1967 and was elected CEO in April 1974 after stints as general manager and publisher of the firm’s flagship newspaper, the Chicago Tribune. Cook is survived by daughters Sarah Shumway and Nancy Cook; three sons, Scott, David and Douglas; and seven grandchildren. His wife of 44 years, Barbara “Bobbie” Wilson Cook, died in 1994.
‘Bill’ Buchanan Sr.
William Richard “Bill” Buchanan Sr., 78, of rural Green Valley, passed away Oct. 24, at his home. Buchanan worked at the Pantagraph in Bloomington for over 40 years, retiring in 2002. He started in the mail room and retired as the lead pressman. He was a former president of the Pressman Union. Buchanan Born May 9, 1937, in Brookfield to Arthur Lee and Ruth Sydney Myers Buchanan, he married Janet Hohimer. He later married M. Sue Dodd on Sept. 1, 1972, in Decatur. She died Jan. 11, 2013, in Pekin. Surviving are seven children, Debbie Schwarzentruber of Bloomington, Jackie (Mike) Soberalski of LaSafle, Sherry Wirtz and Kathi Byrne, both of Bloomington, William Buchanan Jr. of Green Valley, Linda McGuire of Salem and Tami (Mike) Fiyman of Pekin; 24 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one great-greatgrandson; one sister, Micky Lewallen of Champaign; and his beloved dog, Mickey. Obits continued on Page 18
Former Pantagraph Publisher John Goldrick, 86, was remembered as a hard worker dedicated to the growth and improvement of the community. Goldrick, who retired in 1993 after nine years as publisher, died Sept. 22. Goldrick came to The Pantagraph with 25 years of newspaper experience, Goldrick including 20 with the Tribune Co. After his retirement from The Pantagraph, he led the Bloomington Gold Corvette show and worked for the Community and Economic Development Foundation of Ford County. “He was great for the community and he was great for The Pantagraph when he was here,” said Barry Winterland, general manager of The Pantagraph, who was hired as business manager by Goldrick in 1989. Goldrick is survived by his wife, Helen, and four children.
Edward Vincent, 63, died Oct. 3. Vincent published online neighborhood news websites before online news was in vogue. Paul McKenna, the owner of Starship Restaurant and Catering in Forest Park, said he’ll always remember Vincent’s insatiable curiosity. “He Vincent always wanted to know more about whatever he was looking at whether it was a rock he picked up in the woods or an opera,” McKenna said. Vincent’s two publications, Oak Park Journal and Forest Park Journal, attracted a dedicated readership and eventually a small band of contributors. “He was pretty cutting edge,” said McKenna, who along with advertising on Oak Park Journal also wrote movie, drama and music reviews for the site. “He was one of the first neighborhood newspapers online.” “Ed also built my first website. This is going back about 15 years, before people had websites and before it was new to people; before you do all the sort of stuff we can do now,” McKenna said. Vincent also built a website for his
childhood friend Richard Holmes, the owner of Gunzo’s Hockey Headquarters, also in River Forest. The two men grew up together in Oak Park, with Holmes often accompanying Vincent and his father on family trips. “We went to grammar school together. His father used to take us to museums and out to different things,” Holmes said. “Ed was a wonderful person. He was a little crazy, but a good kind of crazy.”
Joseph R. Tybor
Joseph R. Tybor, 68, died Oct. 10 of complications from pancreatic cancer at his Countryside home. Tybor was a journalist with a law degree who covered legal affairs at The Associated Press and the Tribune before becoming director of communications for the Illinois Supreme Court. “Joe was the consumTybor mate professional, very dedicated to the court in every regard,” said Illinois state Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita Garman. “He was knowledgeable about the court and judicial operations and he was always a great source of help to us and also was a great source of information for us about what was happening in the world. And he was such a hard worker.” Born in Chicago, Tybor grew up on the South Side and went to high school at the Divine Word Seminary in East Troy, Wis. He received an undergraduate degree from DePaul University. Tybor served in the Army, based at Fort McClellan in Anniston, Ala. He also wrote for the Anniston Star newspaper. After the Army he joined The Associated Press in Chicago, where he worked with F. Richard Ciccone, who later became the Tribune’s managing editor. “I was the night city editor when he was starting out, and he was always a very enthusiastic guy,” Ciccone said. “Joe was very versatile as a young reporter at the AP. He enjoyed covering legal affairs, politics, government and sports, and he could cover a fire, a crime story, a weather story and the White Sox all in one day.” In 1979, Tybor earned a law degree from DePaul. Three years later, he joined the Tribune as the legal affairs writer. “He was an old-fashioned reporter’s reporter,” said Chicago publicist Thom Serafin, a friend of Tybor’s since age 15.
“He fought for everything and didn’t take no for an answer when he was on a story.” Tybor was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1986 for his 1985 series “Justice in Chicago,” an in-depth look at criminal justice he wrote with Mark Eissman. In 1987, Tybor traveled to Sacramento, Calif., to examine the life history of Anthony M. Kennedy, then a nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. In early 1989, Tybor began covering sports for the Tribune. His specialty was Notre Dame football and basketball. “I had great respect for Joe. I spent a lot of time with him, and he was a really fun guy to work with,” said Lou Holtz, Notre Dame’s head football coach during the entire time that Tybor covered the team. “He was old-fashioned in that he did his job and did it professionally. I knew this: When he came to interview me, he had the facts and he did his job.” In 1996, Tybor left the Notre Dame beat and began covering the University of Illinois football program. He later covered the southwest suburbs before leaving the Tribune in 1998 to join the staff of the Illinois Supreme Court. Tybor never retired, even as he battled cancer. “He certainly never let that get in the way of his duties and responsibilities and he was concerned about whether he was producing the product that the court wanted and in a timely fashion and that he was absolutely doing what we wanted him to do,” Garman said. “Even during the time he was ill, he would be calling me regularly and wanting to make sure that I had all the information I needed and that he was up to speed on initiatives that the court was undertaking.” Tybor is survived by his wife, Sandra; a son, Adam; a daughter, Sarah Clark; two sisters, Julia Moore and Donna Siedschlag; a brother, David; and three grandchildren.
As news editor, editorial page editor and a columnist for The Star Publications for more than 30 years, Dennis Wheeler took personally his role in providing coverage of the 50 Southland communities the newspaper served. Wheeler, 76, died Oct. 8 at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox. When he retired 10 years ago, Wheeler was a columnist for The Star and its editorial page editor. “He really loved The Star,” said Frank Shuftan, former editor-in-chief of The
Star and now communications director for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. “As a newspaperman, he was a guy dedicated and committed to his craft. He was serious about what he did, but yet he always enjoyed a good time and had a great sense of humor... You won’t find anyone to say a bad word about Denny.” Wheeler earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Northwestern University in 1961. That same year, he married his wife, Anne. After his college graduation, Wheeler changed career objectives and became a teacher, earning a master’s degree in education at the University of Illinois. For nine years, he taught social studies at Bremen High School and coached baseball and basketball. Summers, however, were spent in the newsroom of The Star, which published twice per week. “At some point, they wanted him so much as reporter that they offered him a job,” said his friend and former colleague Tom Houlihan. “He became an editor very soon after that.” An avid sports fan, Wheeler loved the Chicago White Sox, the Bears, the Northwestern Wildcats and golf. Wheeler is survived by his wife, Anne; sons Dennis Jr. and Grady; daughter Wendy Kessler; brother Randy; sisters Judy Schuelke, Linda Jackson and Jayne Fitzgerald; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Robert C. Rockafield
Robert C. Rockafield nurtured many young reporters during his career as an editor at several Chicagoarea newspapers. Rockafield, 85, died Oct. 11 at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove. He was a longtime resident of Westmont. “He taught me about being a good reporter. I Rockafield had been at two papers before, but he was the one who really impressed on me the importance of checking my facts,” said longtime Pioneer Press reporter Kathy Routliffe. After graduating from Michigan University, Rockafield moved to Phoenix where he pursued graduate studies in Continued on Page 19
OBITS political science and history and worked as a copy editor and baseball reporter for The Arizona Republic. Rockafield also covered spring training as a stringer for other newspapers and met the Tribune’s baseball writer, Richard Dozer. Through his friendship with Dozer, Rockafield joined the Tribune in 1962, first as a copy editor. He moved into the sports department, where he handled general assignment reporting, rewriting, copy editing, working in the composing room and editing the early Sunday edition sports section. In January 1967, the Tribune tapped Rockafield as the sports editor for the paper’s new, three-times-a-week Suburban Trib supplement. He also regularly wrote sports editorials for the supplement. Rockafield became the Suburban Trib’s managing editor in 1973, managing some 90 people and overseeing investigative series on topics like baggage theft from O’Hare International Airport. He also wrote regular sports columns, in which he would make expansive references to other topics. “Not many sports editorials begin with a quote from ‘Macbeth’ or a reference to dead-ball-era players, but Dad was apt to stretch the reader’s knowledge base and make connections not often struck upon by the casual observer,” his son, Dan said. After leaving the Suburban Trib in 1975, Rockafield worked for several firms, including the Field News Syndicate, before joining the suburban Pioneer Press chain of weekly newspapers in 1979. In 1989, Rockafield left the Pioneer Press and joined the Suburban Life chain of weeklies. In the early 1990s he edited the twice-weekly Wheaton Sun newspaper. He retired in the mid 1990s. Outside of work, Rockafield organized the Chicago Suburban Press Club in the 1970s and also cofounded the La Grange Community Association in 1970. He also teamed up with the Rev. Andre Allen of Wheaton in 1996 to cofound the short-lived DuPage Media and Community Network. In addition to his son, Rockafield is survived by his wife of 30 years, Joan; two daughters, Patricia and Katherine; four grandchildren; two greatgranddaughters; and a stepbrother, Herb Adams.
William J. Brehm Sr.
William J. Brehm Sr., former president of Brehm Communications Inc.,
the Hancock County Journal-Pilot and 50 other publications, 40 websites and five printing facilities, died Oct. 4, at his home in Poway, Calif., after a long battle with cancer. He was 89. The Fort Madison Brehm (Iowa) Evening Democrat was the flagship of what would become the W.J. McGiffin Newspaper Company when it was purchased by Bill Sr.’s father-in-law, W.J. McGiffin, in 1919. The company name changed to Brehm Communications Inc. in 1981. Brehm may have started out with plans to earn an engineering degree from the University of Southern California, but in 1946 he instead took a sharp detour to work as a printer’s devil (apprentice) at the Bell-Maywood Industrial Post in Los Angeles. His passion for newspapers firmly rooted, he became a publisher in the McGiffin Newspaper Company in 1950. McGiffin died in 1955, and Brehm became president of the company in 1960. Brehm and his wife, Mona, began buying newspapers in 1962 with the weekly Los Banos Enterprise and in 1965 the Auburn Journal, both in California, adding to the 17 weekly and two daily suburban newspapers and a printing company in the Los Angeles area. After selling the L.A. area newspapers, he bought and sold many additional newspapers covering seven states. At the height of the company, more than 700 employees worked for BCI. BCI purchased the Hancock County JournalPilot and the Daily Gate City in Keokuk, Iowa, and in 1982, and acquired the Bonny Buyer in 1994. Brehm remained active in the company the rest of his life with the help of his wife and three of his children: Bill Brehm Jr., who serves as president of BCI; Cindy Melland, who is publisher at Hi-Desert Publishing in Yucca Valley, Calif.; and Barbara Schuyler, who oversees the real estate division of the company. Community-minded Brehm believed local newspapers are the heart and soul of a community, and over his nearly 70 years in the business, his company was involved in the ownership of more than 100 publications. “Bill was a true community newspaper publisher,” said Mark Smidt, publisher of
the Hancock County Journal-Pilot, Daily Gate City and Daily Democrat. “So many of the things he did for our newspaper were for the benefit of the community. He always wanted to see the community and the newspaper grow and flourish together.” Over the years, Brehm was honored with numerous industry awards, including recognition by his national peers in 2011 by the Suburban Newspaper Association with the Dean S. Lesher Lifetime Achievement Award. Brehm is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mona; children, Tina McDonald and Bill Brehm Jr., both of Poway, Barbara Schuyler of Fallbrook, Calif., and Cindy Melland of Yucca Valley, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. He was born Nov. 1, 1925, in Lincoln, Neb, son of William and Lola Brehm. He served in the Navy Air Corps in World War II. He attended universities in Missouri, North Dakota and California prior to entering the newspaper business.
Robert Markus was a versatile sports reporter and columnist who for over 37 years at the Tribune covered events including the terrorist attack at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich and the tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King in 1973. Markus “Bob was one of our absolute best writers and reporters, and he was one of the clearest writers we ever had,” retired Tribune sportswriter Don Pierson said. “And he could cover anything.” Markus, 81, died Oct. 16 of complications from Parkinson’s disease at the Oaks at Mayview, an extended-care facility in Raleigh, N.C. Born in Chicago, Markus graduated from Kelvyn Park High School on the Northwest Side. He attended the University of Illinois at Chicago for two years before transferring to the University of Missouri, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1955. Markus worked for the Moline Daily Dispatch before and after an Army hitch. He joined the Tribune in 1959 as a copy editor on the neighborhood news
desk and was soon a sportswriter covering college basketball, pro basketball and baseball. From 1966 until 1978, Markus was a sports columnist and wrote features. On Sept. 5, 1972, while covering the Olympic Games with his colleague, Tribune sports editor Cooper Rollow, Markus’ work turned deadly serious. The pair found themselves writing not about sports but about terrorism after 11 members of Israel’s Olympic team were killed by members of the Palestinian group Black September. “The joy is gone,” Markus wrote in a first-person story reflecting on the gloom that had fallen across the Olympics. “Only yesterday this road was crammed from side to side and as far as the eye could see with happy sports fans going to the Olympic Games. Today, the 20th Olympiad, born in sweet gladness, is mired in tragedy and the road is nearly empty.” Markus employed his wit while covering the famed Battle of the Sexes tennis match at the Houston Astrodome in 1973, where Billie Jean King vanquished onetime tennis great Bobby Riggs. “In the end, it was as easy as sticking a pig,” Markus wrote. “Billie Jean King, cast in the role willingly or not as protector of the faith of the women’s liberation movement, struck down the No. 1 symbol of male chauvinism in three brisk sets tonight before the largest crowd ever to watch a tennis match.” In 1984, Markus co-wrote “High and Inside,” the autobiography of baseball Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda. He published a second book that was a collection of his columns titled “I’ll Play These” in 2011. In the 1980s, Markus covered college football and basketball, and he shifted to sports features in the early 1990s and then to covering Chicago Blackhawks hockey from 1994 until 1996. During his career, Markus won many awards, including a National Headliner Award for outstanding sports columnist in 1973 and three Illinois sportswriter of the year awards from the National Sportswriters Association in the 1970s. Markus met his wife, Leslie Ator, at the Tribune, and the couple married in 1962. She died in 2014. Markus also is survived by daughters Trish Markus and Cathy Markus Sanders; a son, Mike; and two grandchildren.