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BOARD OF DIRECTORS - OFFICERS John Galer, President The Journal-News, Hillsboro Karen Flax, President Tribune Company, Chicago John Barron, Immediate Past President Steve Raymond, Past President

DIRECTORS Sam Fisher, Bureau County Republican, Princeton Sandy Macfarland, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Wendy Martin, Mason County Democrat, Havana Nick Monico, GateHouse Media, Inc. Todd Nelson, Lee Enterprises, Decatur/Bloomington Jim Shrader, The Telegraph, Alton Caroll Stacklin, GateHouse Media, Inc. L. Nicole Trottie, West Suburban Journal, Forest Park Dennis DeRossett, Executive Director 900 Community Drive Springfield, IL 62703 Ph. 217-241-1300, Fax 217-241-1301 www.illinoispress.org

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IPA collaborates for cutting-edge training Ours is a fast-changing industry in a fast-changing world. For newspapers to remain relevant and able to provide audiences and advertisers with the best possible products over a variety of platforms, we all must embrace change. This requires making the commitment to learning new methods, technologies and skills. Your state press association can assist so that commitment is both easier to make and to achieve. It is critical that IPA members have greater opportunities to stay on top of the learning curve through quality education and training programs. The formula for success is to follow a few simple but important points regarding the education and training programs: flexibility, availability, affordability, cutting-edge topics and expert presenters. We are able to achieve this through collaborative efforts and partnerships with other industry associations. Gone are the days when these associations all “reinvented the wheel” by using valuable resources, time and expense to develop quality education and training programs for members. Today, it is much more cost-effective and advantageous to our members for associations to collaborate and take advantage of new technologies for these training opportunities. We’re proud to announce the IPA

has recently partnered also on cutting-edge with the Local Media industry topics with Association, formerly top-quality presenters known as Suburban who are experts in Newspaper Publishers their field. These webiAssociation, so that we nars are offered can offer more training through a partnership opportunities to our the IPA established members. Many with the Iowa Illinois newspapers N e w s p a p e r are already members Foundation and of LMA and receive Southern Newspaper the member-pricing P u b l i s h e r s ’ EXECUTIVE REPORT for the training. Under Association. Most of Dennis DeRossett our new partnership these webinars cost Executive Director agreement, IPA memless than $50 each and dderossett@illinoispress.org bers who are not memmultiple members of bers of LMA will your staff can particireceive the new “partpate. ner member” pricing level. The IPA will still continue to host Much of the training is done some regional training sessions for through webinars which are very cost members in 2013. But we are also very effective since they require no out-of- aware of the budget and time restricoffice time or travel expense for staff. tions facing our members and realize Please watch your email Inbox in the in-person training may not always be coming weeks for more information the best format for education and on the IPA-LMA partnership. Also, training. Through the use of new techplease visit the LMA website at nologies and the partnerships with www.localmedia.org for more infor- LMA and Online Media Campus, the mation about them and their offer- offerings and access to top-quality, cutting-edge training opportunities have ings. We also want to again tout our long- never been greater for our members. standing partnership with Online We encourage you to take advantage Media Campus, another webinar- of these opportunities for the benefit of based opportunity for education and you and your staff, and to the commutraining sessions. These webinars are nities you serve.

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COVERPHOTO: 27-story rappel Tom Cruze shot this image for Oak Leaves in Oak Park. Judges gave it a first place for general news photo and said it was “the best story-telling image.” Twenty-seven stories to be exact.


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IPA honors Rep. Nekritz with Legislative Service Award The Illinois Press Association has proudly named Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Des Plaines, as the recipient of its 2012 Legislative Service Award. The distinctive and rare honor, last given by the IPA in 2009, recognizes Nekritz for her outstanding work on legislation to amend Illinois’ outdated eavesdropping law and for her overall commitment to open government and transparency. Todd Wessell of Journal & Topics Newspapers in Des Plaines made the presentation Oct. 12 at the Cook County Suburban Publisher’s Annual Meeting. Last December, Nekritz introduced House Bill 3944 to allow citizens to audio record police officers in the performance of their public duties in public places. Despite an individual’s First Amendment right to audio record police, Illinois citizens were being charged with a Class 1 Felony which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in state prison. Nekritz, along with several Illinois courts, disagreed with attempts to punish and interfere with citizens’ First Amendment rights. Almost immediately as it was introduced, Nekritz’s legislation faced massive opposition from certain members of the law enforcement community causing the legislation to initially fail in the House. Nekritz pushed forward, however. “We were amazed at how Elaine never wavered,” said Dennis DeRossett, Executive Director of the Illinois Press Association. “She worked tirelessly to do the right thing for her constituents and for all Illinois citizens. Her hard work and determination deserve recognition.” In late May, Nekritz was able to overwhelmingly pass a reintroduced

REP. ELAINE NEKRITZ receives the IPA Legislative Award from Todd Wessell (l) of Journal & Topics Newspapers in Des Plaines and Dennis DeRossett, executive director of the IPA. version of her bill out of the House in the form of Senate Bill 1808. Despite this legislation not being called in the Senate, Illinois’ high court has currently prohibited all prosecutions of citizens who audio record police. “I think Elaine deserves a lot of the credit for keeping innocent people from being prosecuted,” added DeRossett. “She brought a lot of positive attention to a harmful, statewide issue that needed to be seriously addressed. And she succeeded.” In accepting the honor, Nekritz said, "I have been and will always be

committed to doing the right thing by the people of the state of Illinois as a state legislator.” She added, “I was proud to work with the Illinois Press Association and the other organizations that recognized that this eavesdropping law was seriously out of touch with our values in Illinois. I greatly appreciate this award. I look forward to returning to Springfield to work with the Illinois Press Association and others on real answers for our serious problems and to push for more open, accountable government." The IPA also lauds Nekritz for her

leadership as Chair of the House Judiciary-I Committee and for her support in providing citizens access to an open and honest government. Accountability and transparency have always been high priorities for the IPA and over the years, Nekritz has proven she is absolutely committed to keeping government open and honest. DeRossett ended, “the IPA is honoring Elaine, but really, it has been an honor for the IPA just to work with her.” Congratulations to this year’s IPA 2012 Legislative Service Award winner, Representative Elaine Nekritz.


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New upload law covers all types of Public Notice advertising A man walks into the newspaper office and slides a half-sheet of paper across the counter. “I need to run this in next week’s paper,” he says. The clerk looks and sees it’s a meeting notice for a rural drainage district. The clerk also notes that it’s a Public Notice subject to Public Notice law and that it needs to be uploaded to the PublicNoticeIllinois.com website. Public Notices don’t always come in on neatly typed forms or from usual

sources, so it’s important that anyone working behind the counter recognizes Public Notices, all of which are subject to the upload requirement that takes effect at the end of this year. Even as this article was being written, a newspaper called and described receiving four hand-written pages on lined notebook paper as a Public Notice for a rural township. Those placing the ads may not be aware of the new upload require-

ment, so it’s important that newspaper staffs are trained in this area. A PUBLIC NOTICE IS ANY NOTICE THAT IS REQUIRED TO BE PUBLISHED BY STATE LAW OR COURT ORDER. Court ordered notices include foreclosures, assumed name publications for start-up businesses and certain domestic documents. For instance, a stepparent adopting a stepchild where the whereabouts of the biological parent is unknown might be required by a judge to publish an adoption notice. A “state law” notice includes any document from a taxing body that must be published such as a budget, a tax increase or a bid notice. Public Notices might come from a lawyer, city clerk, county clerk, circuit clerk, banker, school administrator or board member, a township official, a library district board member, a water conservation district board member, etc. It is important to recognize what is a Public Notice so it will be uploaded to the state website operated by the Illinois Press Association. Illinois has nearly 7,000 taxing bodies and most of them have one or more Public Notice requirement. Add to that the number of court actions that require notice and one can see that there is a broad spectrum of notices to ensure transparency in government. All of these notices are subject to the upload requirement. The IPA’s website at www.illinoispress.org has guides to Public Notices and other advertising laws. Click on either the “government” or “advertising” tab on the home page and find the guides in the left-hand column. If you have questions about whether an ad is a Public Notice, contact Josh Sharp (jsharp@illinoispress.org) or

What does ‘published in’ mean? When accepting Public Notices, keep in mind where your newspaper is “published in.” The term “published in” refers to the place where the newspaper is first made available for public distribution. Where the newspaper is printed and where the newspaper’s office is located are not necessarily where the newspaper is “published in.” A newspaper can be “published in” only one location. Some notices are required to be printed in a newspaper that is “published in” a particular community. Other notices require only that the newspaper “circulate in” a particular area. It’s a good idea to familiarize one’s self with the requirements of commonplace notices – both to ensure the newspaper is uploading all notices and to make sure local taxing bodies are publishing all of the required notices. If you have any questions about “published in” or other Public Notice requirements, contact Josh Sharp or Jordan Powell at the IPA. (Phone 217-241-1300.) Jordan Powell (jpowell@illinoispress.org) in the IPA office at 217-2411300. If you have technical questions regarding the uploading of notices, contact Ron Kline (rkline@illinoispress.org) or Lynne Lance (llance@illinoispress.org) in the IPA office at 217-241-1300.


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Court sets criteria for citing ‘unduly burdensome’ By Esther Seitz In Heinrich v. White (2012 IL App (2d) 110564), Illinois’ Second District Appellate Court curbed overuse — and abuse — of the “unduly burdensome” defense to the production of public records. Mr. Heinrich, an attorney, had filed a Freedom of Information Act Seitz request with the Secretary of State, seeking all notices of suspension sent to motorists for any traffic violation. The SOS denied Heinrich’s request, citing the FOIA’s exemption for “private information” and the Illinois Vehicle Code. Heinrich then filed a FOIA lawsuit against the SOS in an effort to obtain the requested records. The trial court held that the SOS was allowed to make redactions under the FOIA’s exemption for “private information” and the Vehicle Code’s exemption for “personally identifying information” — which together cover driver identification numbers, names and addresses. After such redactions were made, according to the trial court, nothing useful would be left. Thus, it tossed out the case. The appellate court reversed the trial court’s dismissal of the case. Specifically, the appellate court deter-

mined that, while the trial court correctly held that the SOS could withhold personally identifying information from the requested records, the rest of the records were not exempt. Heinrich would be allowed to obtain the records in redacted form — unless the SOS would suffer an undue burden in producing those records. The appellate court rejected the SOS’s argument that Heinrich’s request was unduly burdensome. The court stressed that before a public body may claim that production of its records is unduly burdensome, a public body must confer with the requester in an attempt to reduce the request to manageable proportions. Specifically, the court highlighted that the SOS — and not Heinrich — had to take that initiative by offering that the request be narrowed. But the SOS, the court held, had not met this burden. Before he could, the SOS would have to show that the following three elements: (1) compliance with the request as stated is unduly burdensome, (2) there is no way to narrow the request, and (3) the burden of the public body outweighs the public interest in the information. Because the Secretary had failed to prove these elements, he could not invoke the “undue burden” defense. The court admonished that the mere need for a computer program to

IPA’s credit union earns 5-star rating Oak Trust Credit Union, which serves the IPA and its members, was rated as a 5-star superior credit union by BauerFinancial, Inc., the nation’s leading credit union rating and research firm. To earn the rating, Oak Trust had to excel in the areas of capital quality, asset quality, profitability and more. Oak Trust has earned this coveted 5star rating from Bauer for the last consecutive 88 quarters. “Oak Trust Credit Union has mastered the three R’s of service: It is 1) Responsive to its members’ needs, 2)

Responsible in its underwriting and investments, and 3) Respected by the nation’s premier rating and research firm as well as its members,” said Karen L. Dorway, president of the rating firm. “This gets increasingly important to consumers as big banks grow more complex and inflexible. It’s encouraging to know that there are community oriented institutions like Oak Trust.” Established in 1964, Oak Trust has offices in Naperville and Villa Park as well as Eagan, MN. It can be found online at www.oaktrust.com.

extrapolate the requested data did not render a request unduly burdensome. This case highlights that a public body cannot simply avoid producing public records by claiming that doing so would be unduly burdensome. Rather, it must extend the requester an opportunity to narrow his request. In

fact, a public body can avail itself of the undue burden defense only if it has been able to show each of the three elements described above. Esther Seitz is an attorney in Craven Law Office in Springfield, which represents the IPA.

Craven law office springfield, illinois Donald M. Craven • Esther Seitz — Phone 217-544-1777 ESTHER SEITZ has practiced law in the office of IPA General Counsel Don Craven for three years where she specializes in media, intellectual property law and litigation. She holds bachelor degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana in Economics and English, a law degree from the University of Arkansas, and a master of laws in intellectual property law from the MaxPlank Institute in Munich, Germany. After law school, she served as a judicial clerk at the Arkansas Court of Appeals. DON CRAVEN is general counsel to the Illinois Press Association. He was born and raised in Springfield and attended Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale. Upon graduation, he went to work for the Springfield law firm of Londrigan, Potter & Randle, where he practiced general business law for five years. He then joined his father, former Illinois Appellate Court Justice James C. Craven, in practice in Springfield, concentrating on media specific issues. Craven now concentrates on libel and First Amendment issues, access to government meetings and records, and business issues of concern to newspapers. He has counseled executive directors and board members of the Illinois Press Association, Illinois Broadcasters Association, and Illinois News Broadcasters Association on association activities, both legal and legislative. He resides in Springfield with his wife Denise and has two sons, Joseph and David.

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Shaw Media buys Suburban Life

Shaw Media in Dixon has purchased Suburban Life Publications, based in Downers Grove, from GateHouse Media. J. Tom Shaw was named publisher of the group. He also is publisher of the Kane County Chronicle in Shaw St. Charles. Suburban Life Publications is comprised of 22 weekly newspapers in Chicago’s western suburbs. Titles include the Downers Grove Reporter, Elmhurst Press and Berwyn Life. Shaw Media is the third oldest family-owned media company in the U.S. with dozens of award-winning newspapers and websites including the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake, Daily Chronicle in DeKalb, Kane County Chronicle in St. Charles, Morris Daily Herald, Bureau County Republican in Princeton and SaukValley.com. The company was founded by Benjamin F. Shaw in 1851. As part of the sale, Shaw Media will participate in GateHouse Media’s online private ad exchange, Adhance Media, which is comprised of more than 500 media outlets nationwide. ••• Karen Waldron was honored by the Illinois Journalism Education Association with its “Friend of Scholastic Journalism Award.” Waldron, retired administrative aide for the SIUC School of Journalism, was honored for her years of service of “nurturing scholastic journalism, student news media, faculty advisers, journalism organizations and school communities in countless beneficial ways.” ••• William Street Press, the commercial printing division of the Decatur Herald & Review, is being sold to Decatur firm Wallender-Dedman Printing Inc. Wallender-Dedman will

take over the equipment and customer base of William Street Press and several employees who work there will join the staff of the new owners. The Herald & Review will keep the 8,000square-foot building and continue to use it for newspaper distribution work. ••• The Centralia Morning Sentinel has formed a partnership with Rend Lake College in Ina and Kaskaskia College in Centralia to publish a school paper and reach out to the student body. “We at the Sentinel are happy to aid the colleges in the preparation of their weekly newspapers,” said Sentinel General Manager Dan Nichols. “After watching the area colleges grow over the years, it just seemed apparent that there should be a single publication to spread the good news and excitement associated with college life,” he said. ••• For the first time, a photographer was allowed to document a criminal trial in Kankakee County Circuit Court. Mike Voss, chief photographer of The Daily Journal in Kankakee, used a camera encased by a sound blimp, a protective casing that silences the sound of the camera’s shutter. While Voss could photograph all proceedings and participants, the jury was the only off-limits group. Kankakee County became the second county in the state to allow cameras in the courtroom during criminal cases at the circuit court level. ••• Investigative reporters George Pawlaczyk and Beth Hunsdorfer of the Belleville News-Democrat signed copies of their book, “Murder on a Lonely Road,” at a Barnes & Noble bookstore in September. “Murder on a Lonely Road” is a true-crime book about the 1985 murder of beauty queen Jackie Johns in Springfield, Missouri.

••• Reflejos, the weekly journal serving the suburban Chicago Latino market, is seeking nominees for its first Reflejos Reflecting Excellence Awards. The journal, published by the Daily Herald Media Group, is looking for businesses or institutions that serve Latinos in the suburbs. Winners will be awarded during a special recognition in October. ••• With the limited supply of food and donations at the Cass County Food Pantry, the Cass County Star-Gazette in Beardstown is launching a “Caring and Sharing” program. Drop off $10 worth of non-perishable food items or a $10 cash donation and new sub-

scribers can receive a six-month subscription to the Star-Gazette. Current subscribers can receive four additional months on their subscriptions. ••• Sauk Valley Media held a two-day, silent auction in August to benefit its Newspapers in Education program. More than 30 items were available for bid. ••• Aurora Beacon-News reporter Matt Hanley has written a book, “True Tales of Aurora Illinois.” Thirteen chapters take readers back in time to the best stranger-than-fiction local stories available. “I like telling people stories about the community they may not know,” Hanley says.


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PRESS PEOPLE —

Wills leaves AP after 22 years of reporting New management team at SouthtownStar Christopher Wills, who has been with the Associated Press for 22 years, most of that time spent at the Statehouse, is leaving the news business and going to work as communications manager for the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. He has a journalism degree from the University of Illinois and a public affairs reporting master’s from the University of Illinois Springfield. ••• Penny Shreve has retired from the Wayne County Press in Fairfield after 25 years. She intends to be a stay-athome mother. •••

Danielle Tyler has joined The Lincoln Courier as a multi-media sales executive. Tyler previously worked as a reporter and editor for 10 years at the Pike County Express, the Mount Vernon Sentinel and the Marion County Observer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from SIU Carbondale and a Master of Arts in English from the University of New Hampshire. ••• Kyle Lientz has joined the Chrisman Leader as an advertising salesman. He is a Chrisman High School graduate. Kyle replaces Warren Thomas, who has retired.

••• Alexandrea Davis has joined The Lincoln Courier as a reporter. She has a background in broadcast journalism and has worked in Houston, Oklahoma City and Springfield. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism from Illinois State University and a Master of Arts degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield. ••• Gerry Burke has left his position as publisher of the Morris Daily Herald, re-broadening his focus to assist all properties within Shaw Media by

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assuming a company-wide role as part of the media chain’s “One Great Company” initiative, which emphasizes Shaw Media’s duties to provide relevant information to readers, marketing solutions to clients and advocacy for the community. ••• Roger Ebert, the Chicago SunTimes Pulitzer-Prize winning film critic, will be awarded the Sundance Institute’s Vanguard Leadership Award by its founder, actor/director Robert Redford, at a June gala in Los Angeles. Redford cited Ebert for having long supported freedom of artistic expression, noting his early enthusiasm for Ebert Sundance. “When few would support us, Roger was there,” Redford said. ••• Sharon Whalen, publisher of Illinois Times in Springfield, has relocated to Sarasota, Florida. Illinois Times owner and editor Fletcher Farrar, Jr. lauded Whalen: “As publisher, she came Whalen in as a temporary consultant but stayed on to pour her heart and soul into Illinois Times. She managed the business side with an understanding that newspapering is more than a business; it’s a mission, a calling, a cause. On those occasions when a news story was almost certain to make an advertiser go away, Sharon never flinched – the news came first. That kind of journalist’s publisher is increasingly rare.”


October 2012 / Illinois PressLines ••• Brenda Pennington, long-time circulation manager at The Carmi Times for 32 years, has retired. She managed all customer accounts for The Weekly Times, Carmi Times, Shopper News and the Spectator. Elena Pruitt has assumed the duties of circulation manager. She joined the newspaper in June as front office clerk. Diann Glover has moved into the clerk position. ••• Mark Baldwin has joined the Rockford Register Star and the Freeport Journal-Standard as executive editor. Baldwin comes to Rockford from his most recent post as editor of The Baldwin Republic in Columbus, Indiana. He also worked for Gannett’s Central Wisconsin Group. He succeeds Doug Gass, who started in his new role as manager of content delivery for GateHouse Media. ••• Judith Puckett will be joining the Wayne County Press in Fairfield as a part-time feature writer. Puckett retired from the teaching staff at Frontier Community College in the past year. She is a noted Wayne County historian and plays a significant role in the operation of the Wayne County Historical Society. ••• Ryan Voyles has joined the Decatur Herald & Review as a staff writer. He is a Springfield native and graduate of Southern Illinois U n i v e r s i t y , Voyles Carbondale. He recently graduated from the Public Affairs Reporting program at the University of Illinois Springfield. ••• Marlo Guetersloh has joined the Washington Times-Reporter as editor. She is a native of Chillicothe and

has worked for newspapers in Charleston and Bloomington as well as Chillicothe. She holds a master’s degree in history from Illinois State University. ••• Kara Silva has joined the Kane County Chronicle in St. Charles as features editor. She is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University where she majored in journalism, graphic design and art. ••• Allen Parker has been hired as sports editor of the Benton Evening News. A native of Benton, he played football all four years in high school. He attended Southern Illinois University, Carbondale where he realized he was “a history major who decided he didn’t want to teach.” ••• Scott Richey and Aren Dow have joined the Decatur Herald & Review as staff writers in the sports department. Richey is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University, and Dow is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. ••• Matt Schuckman has been named sports editor of the Quincy HeraldWhig. He is a Quincy native who attended the Missouri School of Journalism. Schuckman succeeds Don O’Brien, who is taking on duties as a general news reporter. O’Brien is a Galesburg native and graduate of Eastern Illinois University. He joined the sports staff in 1997. ••• Sun-Times Media has announced a new management team at the Southtown Star in Chicago. Managing editor Joe Biesk will become editor, replacing outgoing editor Michelle Holmes. John O’Brien will assume the duties of managing editor. Both are graduates of the University of Illinois Springfield Public Biesk Affairs Reporting program.

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Experts predict revenue growth Two recent predictions show newspaper revenue on the rise. Gordon Borrell of Borrell Associates, said he thinks print advertising revenue will increase next year, mostly among smaller newspapers. He predicted that large metro papers would continue to see a decline but in the 4-6 percent range. He warned that increases could be offset by the U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission’s negotiated agreement with Valassis that will make it cheaper for preprints to use direct mail. Jim Moroney, publisher and CEO of The Dallas Morning News and chairman of the Newspaper Association of America, was a little less optimistic about the timeline but predicted that newspaper revenue would rise by 2014. He warned that newspapers must decrease their dependency on print advertising and find new ways to generate revenue. His own newspaper raised its paywall on its website and added an event marketing company. He said revenues could improve in 2013 but that he thinks overall revenues will grow before ad revenue do. He has faith in digital growth but also in non-traditional revenue sources. He suggested in an article in NetNewsCheck.com that newspapers look at their brand, core competencies and infrastructure to develop nonadvertising revenue sources. Borrell also predicted strong growth in digital sales. He said he thinks online ad revenue could increase by 30 percent in 2013. Targeted banner ads and video will be the principal drivers, he suggested to NetNewsCheck.com.


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Excellent response time on isues. Requests are not met with quotes but rather with solutions. Folks are welcome to stop by and see it in action at the NewsTribune in LaSalle. (Joyce McCullough, 815-223-3200) We use MediaSpan. It’s very userfriendly and great for generating reports. Our customer rep is Tammy Talvitie who can be reached at 734887-4400 extension 2242 or servicecontract@mediaspansoftware.com. We use Vision Data. Not my favorite program. The vendor rep is

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’Tis the season to boost ad sales

The start of the Christmas shopping season is upon us. Black Friday, perhaps the busiest shopping day of the year, is moving closer on the calendar. While most of the holiday season marketing decisions have already been made by the major retailers, there are often discretionary advertising dollars at the local level so the bigger stores can participate in community promotions. A quick sales call to the store’s manager could add some revenue to your newspaper. Also, it’s not too late for small and locally-owned retailers to implement strategies to increase their share of the holiday business and effectively compete with the Goliaths of the retail world. To be successful you need to be creative and enthusiastic, says Jeffrey Holman, advertising director for the Illinois Press Association. Also, combining efforts and resources with fellow small businesses proHolman vides more synergy for success for your customers. Holman offered several lastminute tips specifically for smaller market businesses. As long as there are shopping days left before Christmas, there are advertising sales opportunities for newspaper sales staffs and opportunities for small retailers to compete with the major retailers and draw in customers. “Don’t go in empty-handed,” Holman suggests. “Take ideas to them.” Here are a handful of ideas you could try in your town: • Always have spec ads ready to present. This makes it easier for the advertiser to see the possibilities. They will want to change a few things on the ad, but spec ads do help to close a sale. Retailers are extra busy at

this time of year and with no ideas in hand, the easiest answer for time sake is “no.” • Create a map showing where the big retailers are and where the smaller ones are in relation to them. The smaller businesses could chip in to print maps to have available in their stores. This way, shoppers who grow weary of the crowds at the larger stores will have nearby options. • Create half-page or full-page ads built around a theme surrounded by 2x2 ads or signatures. Be sure these stress the benefits of shopping in locally owned stores. • Create a pre-emptive strike by organizing a “pre-Black Friday” sale or an “anti-Black Friday” sale. • Coordinate an “open late” night one or two nights a week throughout the season or as a one-time event. • Utilize a community building or empty storefront in conjunction with a walking tour of downtown stores. Ask service professionals to showcase and donate their skills. As an example, a rest stop could include massage,

reflexology, aromatherapy, etc. It could also include gift wrapping with a school group doing the work and earning tips. Coordinate different benefits such as refreshments at different participating stores so everyone isn’t offering the same stuff. Pamper the customers. • Utilize your website for an online campaign in conjunction with print. • Partner with a local radio station for blitz advertising at locally owned businesses. • Using online and print, hold a Christmas wish list for kids or letters to Santa. Then pair their wish lists with links to stores where those gifts are available. • Create a coupon that is good at multiple stores. Shopping in one store could generate more coupons to be used at other stores. • Create a game with special stamps so shoppers have to visit all the participating stores in order to receive a discount or to win a gift. • Ask your local Chamber of Commerce or Convention & Visitors

Bureau to help out with the promotion costs and extras that are provided. Community efforts like this bring people into town, so it’s a legitimate expense for groups tasked with attracting tourists. • Ask local schools or churches to provide carolers throughout the extended sales hours. • Go outside of your comfort zone and outside your typical sales area. People will drive 100 miles or more during the Christmas shopping season, so sell to stores that far away. Ideas like these can be generated in just a few minutes. Some are tried and true while others are off-the-cuff. What can your sales staff come up with during a 5- to 10-minute brainstorming session? This is the season when people buy, so it’s also the season to sell. Providing creative marketing ideas to your customers gives them opportunities to attract more customers into their stores. It’s a relationship that works for both the newspaper and the local businesses.


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Quick & catchy sales tips In order to use sales techniques effectively, you have to be able to remember them. Sometimes, you have to think fast on your feet and pull out something that works. Long-time IPA members will rememShelov ber J. Shelov, a master at creating easy-to-remember sales tools. His book, Lovers or Clients: Selling Succeeds has been helping salespeople in a variety of industries for a quarter of a century. The book, available on Amazon.com, includes explanations for the following tips, but they’re fairly self-explanatory and easy to remember: •Six steps to making a sale 1) Make contact

Shelov on the economy

Recession is brought on by, and begins with, a negative mental attitude that can be beaten by being inventive and putting good sales principles back to work. Recession is man-made, and man can unmake it by creating a positive mental attitude. You can beat recession by just reaching beyond the framework within which you have been thinking. By being creative. By acquiring new skills in your chosen profession. By taking risks for the rewards that are available to you. You are what you think you are.

2) Create interest 3) Create a preference 4) Ask for the sale 5) Close the sale 6) Keep the sale closed •The four keys to success 1) Application 2) Attitude 3) Enthusiasm 4) Goals

•The four enhancers 1) Conviction 2) Confidence 3) Creativity 4) Care •The four marketing pillars in order of importance 1) Quality 2) Style and/or design 3) Selling and advertising

4) Price •The four reasons people buy 1) Pride 2) Pleasure 3) Profit 4) Protection •Four sales appeals 1) To gain something 2) To save something 3) To do something 4) To be something •Four powerful words in sales 1) Money 2) Save 3) You 4) New •Four attention grabbers 1) Money 2) Recognition 3) Romance 4) Self-preservation •Trade on your integrity •Never lie, steal, cheat or deceive

Saal seeks to preserve photos When newspapers first began publishing local pictures on their pages in the early 20th century, it immediately allowed readers to make a personal connection to their community. They could recognize neighbors and places they were familiar with and the close proximity of these images to the paper’s Saal subscribers makes them fantastic historical documents. We see what they saw, and yet, because of a picture’s ability to freeze a moment, we can see so much more. Rich Saal, photographer and picture editor at the State JournalRegister in Springfield for 27 years, has been researching his newspaper’s photo archives for the past several years. A recent exhibition in

Springfield, Springfield Photographs: Images from The Illinois State Journal Glass Plates, 1929 – 1936, is a result of Saal digitizing more than 1,300 glass plate negatives that were taken for the Journal, one of the State JournalRegister’s predecessors. The exhibit is online at springfieldphotographs.com Saal says it is fortunate that the Journal negatives were saved but he has heard the stories about how many of these historical records have been discarded by some newspapers. “I realize that newspaper publishers do not have the resources now to contract out the digitization of their photo archives,” he says. “It’s expensive and time consuming.” Which is why Saal thinks there is a sense of urgency to locating any newspaper photography collections from that period that are still out there.

President Hoover in Springfield, 1931 “These are an incredibly rich source of historical information. Collectively, there is no greater body of work covering American history during that era than the visual legacy created by newspapers. They are interesting to the communities they serve, important to researchers and historians, and they are irreplaceable.” Saal is interested in identifying collections of photographs at Illinois

newspapers from the early to mid part of the 20th century and is offering to help digitize them. “I’d like to help on a small scale to scan your collection. In return, you’ll get a copy of the digitized files for you to use on your website, perhaps selling reprints to your readers. I feel so strongly in the importance of this that it’s worth the effort.” You can reach Saal at rich.saal@sjr.com


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Traversing the magnif icent miles Sampling Illinois cuisine and planting ACORNs The Illinois Office of Tourism’s “Mile After Magnificent Mile” slogan took on real meaning for me during August and September as I logged more than 3,000 of those magnificent miles visiting IPA member newspapers. And I did it without striking even one of Illinois’ estimated 800,000 white-tailed deer as I navigated scenic back roads, interstate highways and rural shortcuts. As Julie Boren, publisher of the Pike Press and other Campbell Publications knows, I prefer to secure my venison from a tree stand in her beautiful county of Pike. Quite unfortunately, however, a rogue skunk did wander into my path, the resulting, uh, smell, clinging to the vehicle for a good 24 hours. In or out of a vehicle, it’s no fun to encounter one of the cute little creatures. Such are the hardships of the traveling man. It was a grueling and difficult assignment (At least that’s what I told the executive director) but I was up for the challenge. Enjoying the spectacular beauty of the Mississippi River from Carter Newton’s pontoon boat was delightful. As most of you know, Carter is the owner and publisher, along with his wife, Sarah, of The Galena Gazette. Sarah told me privately that “he looks for every opportunity to take that boat out,” so I figure he started plotting our trip as soon as he heard I’d be in town. Carter even shared some river piloting information with me, such as which vessels have priority in the lock and dam process. For those of you wondering, vessels carrying mail have first priority through the locks; barges come next and pleasure craft are last in the sequence. The next time you’re on a trivia night team you’ll have that one nailed. As I wrote in the August edition of

fine local barbeque PressLines, my trip sold from a trailer on specifically targeted the east side of town. IPA newspapers that A diced pork-type participate in the sandwich, I dined in Illinois Press style in the parking lot Foundation’s most of the local IGA food important funding store, nary a drop of mechanism, the the succulent sauce ACORN program. My finding its way to my mission was simple in shirt. that I just wanted to And of course, it say “thank you” for FOUNDATION REPORT would be sacrilege to participating and to be in southern Illinois ask for continuing Barry Locher and not enjoy a rack of support. Just for fun, I Director 17th Street baby-back called the journey my blocher@illinoispress.org ribs, which I forced “Tour de ACORN down in Marion. The 2012.” While I made it to a great deal of newspapers, I didn’t Travel Channel’s Adam Richman, star make it to all, and my goal is to keep of “Man v. Food,” has nothing on me. As I headed up the western part of working on it until I’ve connected in the state along Route 84 and through person to as many as I possibly can. From Vienna to Galena and all Thomson, I had a nice visit with Jon points between, it was a great pleas- Whitney and wife Nancy, owners and ure for me to meet new friends, say publishers of the Carroll County hello to some old friends, tour many Review. Thomson is also home to the Thomson Correction historic newspaper facilities and “talk infamous the business” with so many of you. Center, and as I headed out of town I Your welcoming hospitality – some- decided to take a first-hand look at times on days when you were really the place, a for-all-intents-and-purbusy putting out a newspaper – was poses unused facility completed in gracious and very much appreciated. 2001 that cost taxpayers in Illinois Back to the grueling part of the more than $170 million. As I pulled assignment: I can honestly say I don’t up and looked at its stark image of remember the last time I enjoyed a grayness, razor ribbon and gates, the drink at a local Moose Lodge, but only thought that came to mind was many thanks to Pat Seil and his wife, “How in the world could this hapJoEllen, at the Grayville/Albion pen?” Government bureaucracy at its Navigator Journal-Register, for the finest. My visit to the shuttered facility experience. A fourth-generation newsman in his hometown, you can proved prophetic, however, as on count on Pat for great stories, great October 2 the Obama Administration laughs and a robust approach to the announced that the prison would be business of community journalism purchased by the Federal Bureau of Prisons for $165 million, an obvious and life in general. Lonnie Hinton and staff at the boon to Thomson, its 600 residents, Vienna Times directed me to some and others in this picturesque north-

west corner of the state. But I digress, and I apologize. It’s just my newsroom background wanting to raise hell about such a wasteful government boondoggle. Makes me crazy. Let’s get back to the food of Illinois. As I was on my way to visit Cheryl Wormley, owner and publisher of the Woodstock Independent, I had calculated in advance that my route would take me right through the heart of Hampshire, home to a locally (and regionally) famous butcher shop, Dreymiller and Kray. In business since 1929 on the town’s main street, the place looks the same as it did 80 years ago and features some of the best smoked meats in America. Never leaving town without my trusty cooler, I was obliged to fill it with hickory smoked bacon, some specialty sausages and a beautiful ham, not one of those water-filled holiday specials from the local grocery store but a real smoked ham, hand-trimmed and cold-smoked for 20 days in the Dreymiller and Kray smokehouse. Keeping my primary care physician and cardiologist in mind, I tossed in some specialty cheeses for good measure. But for as much fun as I had on these little side trips, the business of the Tour de ACORN 2012 couldn’t have been more serious. The Illinois Press Association consists of just over 460 member newspapers. Of those, roughly 81 participate in ACORN, an acronym that stands for “Advertising Contributions Reward Newspapers.” To be blunt, we need more of you to enroll in this program. It’s simple, easy to understand, and allows the Illinois Press

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What would you say to your younger self? Mistakes test courage, teach lessons By Lonny Cain The question immediately pushed my brain into ponder mode. I could not resist. I started typing out a response. It was hard to stop. The query came in with my morning mass of email. It had been pushed into the Cain Internet world as part of the Society of Professional Journalists chat board by Michelle Hoffman. Michelle is a freelance writer and adjunct journalism instructor at Los Angeles Pierce Community College. This was her question: “If you could go back in time and speak to your younger self at the start of your journalism career, what advice would you give?” Oh, where to begin? Actually, that was not the problem. I had to tell myself when to stop. I stopped at 15. Below was my list with a few adjustments: 1. Write, write, write. Read, read, read. That’s a given. 2. Never pass up an opportunity to

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Foundation to continue to operate at a high level with programming initiatives, scholarships, scholastic journalism and more. Here’s how it works: your newspaper pledges one inch of advertising revenue to the foundation per week. That’s 52 weeks per year. Or, if you’d like, you may pledge two inches of ad revenue per week. Please consider enrolling. We need your help, and it’s

teach. You will learn more than your students. 3. Everyone has an agenda. Everyone. That is not necessarily a bad thing. But it drives how people think and act. Just know that going in. 4. Learn to listen so you know what people mean vs. what they say. And be patient. They do not always know what they mean. 5. Write and read poetry. Good writing — even a hard news story — has cadence and rhythm. 6. Know your audience before you speak. 7. Know your mistakes will be benchmarks later in life. And you likely would not go back and redo your life if you could. In fact, you might wish you had made more mistakes. Those moments often are moments of courage. 8. Don’t assume you will ever find an opportunity for you to provide support for the future of the industry that has sustained you, your families, and your communities. All it takes to sign-up is a phone call to me at 217241-1300, ext. 223. I’d sure like to hear from you. Barry Locher is the Foundation Director

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the complete truth. (See No. 3.) In some backyards a rose can be a weed. 9. Be brave. Writing takes courage. If you do not ask the important questions, who will? 10. Learn-learn-learn. Whatever new skill set walks into your workplace, you should hug it, embrace it and master it. 11. “The reader” is not the enemy — and that includes your sources. 12. Embrace the First Amendment but never ever forget the impact a single word can have on a human life. What you write — and say — always interrupts lives. Try to make that a good thing. 13. Make time to listen to people “who have been there.” History harbors pride and achievement but also chronicles change that begs the question why. Study history for the warnings it offers. Know the history of those you talk to. Remember what you write instantly becomes recorded history. 14. Don’t mow the grass the same way every time. There is discovery in change. This also means somewhere you should have your own patch of grass. 15. Find a mentor. Eventually become a mentor. The online chat on this question went back and forth mostly between writers and journalists. Of course, someone had to say: “Find another career.” But then another said, “Follow that dream.”

Generally there was good advice. I liked: “Major in curiosity, and go from there,” from Janie Rosman, a “professional communicator” living in greater New York City. And Dennis Byrne, freelancer and historical novelist from the Chicago area, said: “You won’t make a million, but you’ll have a great time, meet some smart people (both in journalism and the people you report on) and feel rewarded for contributing to the nation’s welfare.” And Jonathan Austin, publisher and editor of the Yancey County News in North Carolina, shared this nugget: “As you become more proficient, the stories ‘for some reason’ get easier to write. But don’t relax your guard. Always assume you got something wrong, tear it apart and put it back again before turning it in.” It would be interesting to take the question outside our circle. We should hear from the many audiences we report on and pull information from them. After all, these are the people directly affected by what we write and report. What advice would they give to make each of us better journalists? What advice would you give? I suspect the answers would all be different. And just as relevant … if not more so. Lonny Cain is managing editor of The Times in Ottawa where this colum first appeared. He may be reached at lonnyc@mywebtimes.com


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USPS raises rates but adds rate category From the Newspaper Association of America It has been a long time since we received good news from the U.S. Postal Service. That came on Oct. 11 when the USPS filed its annual rate changes with the Postal Regulatory Commission. The filing contains a new rate category, high density plus, for standard mail flats such as newspapers’ total market coverage products. For the last three years, NAA has met with USPS management to discuss the rate disparity between standard high density enhanced carrier route mail (used for newspapers’ TMC products) and standard saturation enhanced carrier route mail (used

by our direct-mail competitors and some newspapers in areas where circulation is low). NAA recommended a new rate category to the Postal Service between high density and saturation, recognizing that newspapers mail TMC pieces at volumes well above the high-density threshold (150 pieces per carrier route) but below the saturation threshold (90 percent of residential households). Under current rules, newspapers are mailing more pieces but can’t qualify for deeper discounts. The Postal Service listened to NAA and developed the new high density plus category for mailings of at least 300 pieces per carrier route. Newspapers’ TMC mail qualifying

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Industry Deaths Clifford W. Boback

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Clifford W. Boback, 82, Chicago, died Sept. 24. Clifford was a typographer, retired from the Chicago Sun-Times.

Arthur Diaz, 86, Mt. Carmel, died Sept. 5.While working his way through graduate school at Penn State; he began a 50-year career in the newspaper business. She served in management roles at newspapers around the country including the St. Louis Dispatch and the Daily Herald, Arlington Heights.

Ronald M. “Ron” Briggs Ronald M. “Ron” Briggs, 83, Springfield, died July 27. He once worked as a printer for The Carlinville Democrat. He then joined the staff of the State JournalRegister as a printer, retiring in 1991.

Gary Childs Gary Childs, 58, Peoria, died Sept. 7. Childs worked as a journalist at the Suburban Tribune in Chicago and for 30 years at the Peoria Journal Star, where he became the assistant sports editor in 2003.

Virginia “Ginny” Claypool Virginia Lee “Ginny” Claypool, 71, Fairmont, died Aug. 20. She delivered newspapers and wrote the “Fairmount News” column for the Sidell Reporter.

Arlette V. Contento Arlette V. Contento, Chicago, died Sept. 29. She served as a columnist for several regional newspapers and worked many years at the Chicago Sun-Times.

Lowell Dean Cutsinger Lowell Dean Cutsinger, 76, Sullivan, died Aug. 15. Lowell and his wife, Pat, joined Allen and Freeda Mann as owners and publishers of the local weekly, The Graphic-Clarion, Arthur. The Cutsingers became sole owners and publishers in 1994. They sold the newspaper to current owner and publisher Greg Hoskins of Mascoutah in 2000.

Daniel Pembroke Dighton Daniel Pembroke Dighton, 53, Monticello, died Aug. 23. Dan earned a master’s degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, Chicago. His career included a stint as a reporter for the Pantagraph, Bloomington.

Phyllis L. Harrison Phyllis L. Harrison, 81, Virginia, died Sept. 20. She was once employed as a computer operator and supervisor for the State Journal-Register and Copley Computer Services of Springfield.

Ronald J. Isbell

journalist whose enthusiastic manner encompassed newspapers, radio and television. He spent 50 years as a sportswriter and retired from the Chicago Tribune in 2007.

Hildegarde Elizabeth Kerns Hildegarde Elizabeth Kerns, 94, Mendota, died Sept. 18. She was a reporter-photographer for 10 years with the News-Tribune, LaSalle, retiring in 1958.

Ralph Douglas Lawhead Ralph Douglas Lawhead, 59, Ashmore, died Aug. 23. Lawhead worked as an award-winning photojournalist for 23 years. His first journalism position was at the Robinson Daily News as a photographer and reporter. In 1992, he became a photographer for the Journal Gazette & Times-Courier, Mattoon. “”He was what we call a true photojournalist,” said former Daily News reporter Herb Meeker, remembering that Lawhead was an accomplished writer as well as shooter.

Ronald J. Isbell, 63, Kings Mountain, NC, died on Sept. 7. Ronald began is journalism career as a correspondent Isbell for The Robinson Daily News while still in high school. He served as editor of two newspapers before buying his first newspaper, The Casey Daily Reporter. His company grew to include newspapers in Marshall, Oakland, Neoga, Greenup, Knightstown, New Castle, Edinburgh, and Bicknell.

Drusilla Ruth Linnell

Bill Jauss

Allen Fox Mead

Bill Jauss, 81, Chicago, died Oct. 10. Bill was a pioneering sports

Allen Fox Mead, 95, Geneva, died Sept. 30. He started his jour-

Drusilla Ruth Linnell, 86, Orangeville, died Aug. 24. Drusilla was a successful writer, serving as reporter, editor and columnist for regional newspapers in Cook County and Ogle County, where her writing earned her a number of Mate E. Palmer Awards.

Marguerite Shuck McIlwain Marguerite Shuck McIlwain, 89, Bethany, died August 15. She and her husband Bill once produced the Bethany Echo and Findlay Enterprise.

nalism career at the Geneva Republican, where his uncle was then publisher. Allen reported at the Republican and later became editor and publisher of the paper.

Joe Mooshil Joe Mooshil, 85, Chicago, died Sept. 7. He was a fixture on the Chicago sports scene over the course of four decades covering the city’s teams for the Associated Press. “Going to cover a baseball game in Chicago with Joe was like going to Mass with the pope. Everyone knew him and everyone treated him with the utmost respect,” said John Dowling, a rookie reporter in 1982 who is now AP’s director of news training.

Robert L. Moyer Robert L. Moyer, 81, Kankakee, died Sept. 9. With 15 years’ experience in the industry, Moyer joined The Daily Journal, Kankakee, and Small Newspaper Group in 1973 as director of production. The next year he was named general manager of the newspaper. In 1977, he became vice president of operations for the newspaper group. “Bob Moyer was a passionate and enthusiastic man who loved life, his family, golf, newspapers and Kankakee generally,” Jennifer Small, SNG corporate board member, said.

John Mulkin John Mulkin, 86, Carterville, died Sept. 17. He was the editor at the Chester Herald Tribune and then the Metropolis News. In 1957, he moved to Herrin to start the Herrin Spokesman, selling it in 1968.

Bill O’Connell Bill O’Connell, 83, Kewanee, died Sept. 23. He was a long-time Peoria Journal Star political reporter. The paper wrote of him,


October 2012 / Illinois PressLines “William J. O’Connell Jr., the journalist’s journalists who didn’t just thoroughly report and clearly explain the news out of the state capital and City Hall for the O’Connell Journal Star for more than 42 years, he often helped make it.” He was credited with the ability to bring together lawmakers from downstate and the Chicago area to the benefit of both.

Robert “Bob” L. Ouellette Robert “Bob” L. Ouellette, 77, Princeton, died Sept. 9. He worked as a route carrier for the News-Tribune, LaSalle, for several years.

William R. Peak William R. Peak, 69, Canton, died Aug. 8. He was the city night editor for the Peoria Journal Star for 34 years.

Phoebe C. Petrie Phoebe C. Petrie, 88, Quincy, died July 22. Phoebe worked for many years at the Freeport JournalStandard.

Marie C. Pike Marie C. Pike, 73, Effingham, died Aug. 17. She once worked for the Effingham Daily News.

John Miller Rowley John Miller Rowley, 92, Lombard, died Oct. 6. He was a long-time advisor of the Willowbrook Skyline newspaper.

John E. “Jack” Schultz, Jr. John E. “Jack” Schultz, Jr., 58, Aurora, died Sept. 16. Jack was a Common Sense columnist for the Beacon-News, Aurora in the 90s.

Warren Jay Thomas Warren Jay Thomas, 63, Chrisman, died Sept. 20. He was an advertising sales rep for the Chrisman Leader.

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