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Official Publication of the Illinois Press Association
Newspapers join together to say 'ENOUGH' 4 Sweepstakes winners claim their trophies 12-15 Longtime IPA members honored 11 Shaw Media launches content-sharing program 17
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Keeping a financially-strong publishing industry is my No. 1 priority It is my honor to serve as chairman of the Illinois Press Association for the next 18 months. Following in the footsteps of Sam Fisher is no easy task, but I have confidence Dennis DeRossett and his IPA staff will lead me through a smooth transition. Special thanks to Fisher for the outstanding job he SANDY has done these MACFARLAND last 18 months. His guidance Chairman, IPA Board and leadership of Directors during his term in office has been outstanding, and I will continue to lean on his experience as he serves out his term on the IPA board. For those of you who don’t know
me, I am the owner/operator of The Law Bulletin Publishing Co., a fourth-generation, family business. I purchased the business from my family 10 years ago and am proud to follow in the footsteps of my father, Lanning Macfarland Jr., who was IPA president in 1983. So many of you have similar backgrounds with multiple generations of editors and publishers. This tradition is special with the newspaper industry being among the oldest businesses in each Illinois community. Keeping a financially-strong publishing industry is my No. 1 priority, and I will need the help of its membership to keep it that way. As I begin my term, my goals will be as follows: 1. FOIA. Support IPA's efforts as an independent watchdog by strengthening and enforcing the Freedom of Information Act. 2. Public Notices. Continuing IPA’s work defending public notices
in newspapers so they will not be replaced by government websites. 3. Public Notice Illinois. Being that Pubicnoticeillinois.com has been a crucial website component of IPA’s defense in preserving public notices in newspapers, IPA needs to continue expanding its website services (PNI) to other state associations, helping them support and strengthen their public notice positions as well. 4. Industry Tax Incentives. IPA must continue to defend against the elimination of tax incentives for the graphic arts and printing industries. 5. Legislative Involvement. Each of us needs to know our legislators, giving us the ability to reach out to them when called upon by Josh Sharp, our vice president of government relations. This grassroots lobbying effort is critical in keeping our industry free of unfriendly legislation.
Perhaps the most important service the IPA provides to our members is a strong representation in the Illinois legislature. During the past several years, Sharp has helped us navigate some rough legislative waters, and he continues to keep us safe from efforts to tax us and take away our rights and privileges as the Fourth Estate. I have served on the Legislative Committee for many years, and currently serve as its chairman. I would like to give special thanks to all of our members who are actively involved in making calls to your legislators when needed. This is the kind of effort it takes to keep our industry healthy. A strong IPA leadership along with an active association membership have been our greatest strengths in the past and will be critical in moving into the future. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you for the next 18 months.
ON THE COVER: Photographer Kevin Kilhoffer of the Journal Gazette & Times-Courier, Mattoon, took home first place in the feature photo category for this shot of the fireworks lighting up the night sky at the Coles County Memorial Airport. (From the collection, IPA Contest Images)
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DIRECTORS Matt Bute Chicago Tribune Media Group
Gary Sawyer Herald & Review, Decatur
Wendy Martin | Vice-Chairman Mason County Democrat, Havana
Tim Evans News-Gazette Community Newspapers, Rantoul
Jim Shrader Civitas Media, Alton
Ron Wallace | Treasurer Quincy Herald-Whig
Jim Kirk Sun-Times Media, Chicago
Caroll Stacklin GateHouse Media, Inc., Downers Grove
Karen Pletsch Daily Chronicle / Shaw Media, DeKalb
Scott Stone Daily Herald Media Group, Arlington Heights
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Weed out questionable gun advertisers The IPA has received numerous inquiries lately related to the advertising, sale and transfer of firearms. The IPA recommends that newspapers consider adopting safeguard policies that not only help to keep guns out of the hands of criminals but, also, help to mitJOSH SHARP igate any liability Vice President, members might Government Relations have should a gun bought via newspaper advertising end up being used in some sort of criminal activity. Unfortunately, the question of
whether there is any liability for a themselves; most firearms are legal newspaper that accepts a gun adver- products in the U.S. and Illinois. The tisement in Illinois is not clear. Re- real problem lies with the transfer quests by the IPA or sale of those to the Illinois atguns. For the torney general’s most part, adoffice for clarivertising for firefication shed no arms comprises a For Sale: C-Mag 100rd Drum additional light minimal portion on the issue. The C-mag 100 round double drum magof a newspaper’s attorney general’s azine, .223/.556 Nato, Clear. New overall advertisstaff was unable in box never used. Any questions ing revenue and to assure the IPA please let me know. many publishers that the potential would surmise for liability did that the revenue $150 not exist. The AG is not worth the also confirmed risk of potential what the IPA had liability. Howevalready surmised, that Illinois law er, for those newspapers that do take is silent on the issue of private sale private-party classified ads for fireof firearms via newspaper or other arms, please remember that in order forms of advertising. to sell a gun in Illinois an individual At issue is not necessarily the guns must have a valid Firearms Owners
Identification Card. The IPA recommends that newspapers ask for proof of the FOID card. Whether a newspaper retains records of FOID cards is up to the individual newspapers, but requiring FOID verification is simply a way to weed out questionable, and clearly illegal, gun advertisers and transactions. The IPA stands by its long held position that the safest forms of gun and firearms advertising are contained in ads from licensed firearm dealers, auctions by licensed auctioneers, licensed gun shows or advertised antique gun collectibles. For more information about this topic, please contact Josh Sharp, IPA vice-president of government relations, or Don Craven, IPA general counsel.
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Illinois newspapers' group effort inspires readers to say 'ENOUGH' The "power of the press" is an often-used expression, but on June 29, Illinois newspapers demonstrated that it still rings true. The state was already reeling from the effects of a full year without a state budget. As lawmakers prepared to reconvene June 29 in Springfield, still without a budget for the coming year, it appeared that an agreement ANGIE MUHS was far from certain. If lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Executive Editor, State Journal-Register, Rauner didn't Springfield come up with even a stopgap budget, the potential consequences were even more dire. For the past year, the State Journal-Register had reported on the effects of the budget standoff crisis, and our editorial
board had weighed in repeatedly â€” with increasing alarm â€” about the impacts we saw the crisis wreaking on real people. As we pondered how to editorialize yet again on the impasse as the deadline for action neared, SJ-R interim Publisher Rosanne Cheeseman and I discussed what we were hearing from readers, business owners and social service providers. They felt that the state's leaders weren't listening to them. We decided first that we would use our entire front page for the editorial, a highly rare step that we hoped might draw more attention to its message. We reached out to our fellow GateHouse Media papers, to see if they were interested in joining us, and immediately found that their editorial boards shared the same frustration and the same feeling that we had already settled on for our one-word headline: "Enough." Buoyed by their enthusiasm, we reached out to the Illinois Press Association to spread the word to other Illinois newspapers, to see if they were interested
Over 100 Illinois newspapers ran editorials on the budget crisis June 29 through July 1. To view all the tearsheets from that date range, visit http://ow.ly/IlGT302aHlP
in participating in the effort. We expected interest, but I have to confess that I did not think we'd end up with more than 100 Illinois newspapers joining the chorus. But that's what happened. Reaction from SJ-R readers was swift and overwhelmingly positive. One man left a voicemail for me at 6 a.m. "I want to thank you," he said, and then repeated it. "Thank you." The SJ-R may have gotten it started, but the willingness of so many other papers to join in amplified the message. Editorial boards might disagree on how the mess happened or how to solve it. But the state's newspapers spoke the hard truth: something had to happen, for Illinois' good. The effort was covered by NPR news, and its "Here and Now" and "Illinois Edition" programs. The Associated Press, Wall Street Journal and Poynter Institute also wrote about the project. On Thursday, the day after the editorial first appeared, the General Assembly and
Gov. Rauner agreed on a stopgap budget measure that will keep state government running for another six months. It doesn't solve the crisis, but it averted some of the possible effects, like schools not opening in August. More importantly, lawmakers talked about the public pressure they felt to reach a deal. Several mentioned the concerted editorial push. When that many newspapers joined together to say "enough," it proved that people pay attention to what newspapers say. It showed that readers still trust us and still rely on us to be an advocate for them. We're very happy that the SJ-R and other Illinois newspapers were able to make a difference. After all, that's why most of us became journalists.
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IPF supports summer programs for high school students
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(Above left) EIU alum and Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire offers tips on interviewing during the first day of the Illinois Press / Eastern Illinois University journalism workshop for high school students. The camp hosted 16 students June 22 to July 1. (Above right) IJEA State Director Brenda Field speaks about the 2016 Illinois Journalist of the Year Hannah Boufford along with IJEA President Brad Bennewitz. Hosted by the IPF and held for the second time at the State Journal-Register in Springfield, 19 students were honored June 4 as additions to the All-State Journalism Team for their work in scholastic media.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ILLINOIS PRESS ASSOCIATION ON OVER 150 YEARS OF PROMOTING LITERACY, FREE SPEECH AND SUPPORTING THE NEWSPAPERS OF ILLINOIS
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Congratulations Sandy Macfarland CEO, Law Bulletin Publishing Company Incoming Chairman, Illinois Press Association (IPA)
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Sept. 22 conference to focus on best practices in public notice
Efforts by government officials to move public notices from local newspapers to government websites pick up steam every year. State press associations are battling on several fronts to preserve newspaper notice and to protect the public’s right to know. Are the newspapers that publish legal notices upholding their end of the bargain? Are they treating the notices with care and taking steps to promote their visibility and readership? Are they following best practices to ensure that publishing notices in newspapers remains the best way to inform the public about official actions? The Public Notice Resource Center (PNRC) will identify those best practices and share tips on how to improve the industry’s position at its first-ever symposium on Best Practices in Public Notice on Sept. 22, held in conjunction with the National Newspaper Association’s 130th annual convention at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs in Franklin, Tenn. The half-day conference will begin at 11:30 a.m. and conclude by 4:30 p.m., immediately before the welcome reception that opens the NNA convention. The symposium will feature a se-
ries of presentations and panel discussions based on the official Best Practices in Public Notices recently adopted by the PNRC board of Directors. The program will help newspapers understand how to increase readership of public notices and to provide the kind of customer service to their clients that will support industry efforts to keep them in print. The symposium will also focus on ad design -- Ed Henninger will present ideas on how to make public notices visible and readable -- legislative strategies and the role of digital notices in furthering the public interest. Illinois Press Association and Tecnavia are both sponsoring the symposium. The early-bird registration fee, which includes lunch, is only $25. The deadline for early registration fee, available on the NNA convention website, is Aug. 26. PNRC is an educational non-profit organization jointly supported by American Court and Commercial Newspapers, NNA and state press associations, including the Illinois Press Association. Its mission is to educate the industry, the public and policymakers on the public’s right to know.
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Setting realistic goals Derek placed more ads in the paper than anyone else on the sales team. Low volume clients suddenly increased their expenditures. And large clients started running even bigger ads. Revenue was rolling in. Then it all fell apart. First one advertiser, then another, complained about invoicing. Quickly it became evident that Derek had been placing ads in the paper without permisJOHN FOUST sion. His scheme worked for a while, Raleigh, N.C. because some of his clients didn’t check records carefully. At first, the paper rationalized that refunds were a cost of having a high-energy salesperson with a poor eye for details. Then they realized that the problem was deeper than that, and eventually had to let him go. Justice prevailed, but that wasn’t the end of the story. The accounting department worked overtime to clean up the mess. And the ad department hired a replacement. But in an inexplicable act of greed and stupidity, the ad manager gave the new person a goal that was 10 percent higher than the pre-refund amount generated by Derek. In other words, the new person would have to produce more revenue than a crook. Although this is an extreme example, it illustrates the fact that some managers need a better understanding of what it takes to set realistic goals. If you are involved in the goal-setting process, here are some points to keep in mind: 1. Fairness is in the eye of the beholder. If a salesperson feels a goal is unfair, it is either (1) truly unfair or (2) you need to do a better job of explaining how you arrived at the goal.
2. Goals impact morale. When a person makes progress toward a goal, morale soars and she can be self-motivated to work even harder. On the other hand, when a person finds himself falling short week after week, he can get discouraged and say, “What’s the use?” 3. Morale is contagious. Although salespeople spend a big part of each day working independently, they are part of a team. When there are problems, they are often more likely to talk to each other than to the boss. 4. Consider multiple factors when setting goals. Across-the-board increases are common, but inherently out of touch with reality. Let’s use the 10 percent figure at Derek’s paper to illustrate. If you’re looking for an overall 10 percent increase, see that figure as an average. Some accounts could project a 5 percent increase and others could project 15. It’s like the old management saying, “If you’re treating everyone the same way, you’re treating most of them the wrong way.” 5. Use the S.M.A.R.T. formula. This technique has been around for a long time – and it has helped a lot of ad managers set meaningful goals. It represents goals that are (1) Specific, (2) Measurable, (3) Achievable, (4) Relevant, and (5) Time-sensitive. Wise managers get each salesperson’s input in each area for each account. Derek’s replacement lasted less than a year. With realistic goals, the story could have had a different ending. © Copyright 2016 by John Foust. All rights reserved. - John Foust has conducted training programs for thousands of newspaper advertising professionals. Many ad departments are using his training videos to save time and get quick results from in-house training. E-mail for information: email@example.com.
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IPA presents Bradley with Legislative Service Award
IPA members honored with Distinguished Service Awards
Photo by Stan Schwartz, IPA
Photo by Megan Gillmore, UIS student
Photo by Stan Schwartz, IPA
Rep. John Bradley, D-Marion, addresses attendees at the Illinois Press Association annual convention. On June 9 at the Gala Dinner, the Illinois Press Association named Bradley as the recipient of its 2016 Legislative Service Award. The distinctive and rare honor, last given by the IPA in 2013, recognizes Bradley for his outstanding work on legislation to create a statewide transparency website and for his efforts in helping solidify opposition to a tax on advertising. Pictured with him are (left) Sandy Macfarland, chairman of the IPA Government Relations Committee and CEO of Law Bulletin Publishing, and (right) Josh Sharp, vice president of government relations for IPA.
Piper shares story of survival WWII veteran Morley Piper shares his experience as a 19-year-old second lieutenant storming Omaha Beach during one of the deadliest battles ever â€” the Normandy Invasion on D-Day. Piper, 92, is a native of Canton now living in Boston. After serving in the military, he had a lifelong career in the newspaper industry, including 30-plus years as executive director of the New England Newspaper Association. Today, he still serves as clerk for the National Newspaper Association Managers, the association for state press association executives.
Photo by Stan Schwartz, IPA
The IPA honored four longtime IPA members during the Gala Dinner, held in conjunction with the annual convention. The Distinguished Service Award recognizes IPA members for their exceptional service, involvement and support of the IPA, the Illinois Press Foundation and the Illinois First Amendment Center. Recipients of Distinguished Service Awards were: (top left) John Foreman, president of News-Gazette Media Group (Champaign), pictured center with IPA Board Chairman Sam Fisher (left) and former editor of the News-Gazette John Beck (right); (top right) Carter Newton, publisher of The Galena Gazette, pictured center with Fisher (left) and IPA legal counsel Don Craven (right); and, (above) Jeff and Kathy Farren, former owners and publishers of newspapers in Yorkville and Oswego, pictured with Fisher. Photo by Stan Schwartz, IPA
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Excellence in advertising award winners
Photo by Jeffrey Holman, IPA
Photos by Stan Schwartz, IPA
Photo by Megan Gillmore, UIS student
IPA Vice President of Business Development Tony Scott awards (top left) Marc Stopeck, Wednesday Journal, Inc., and (top right) Victor Garman, State Journal-Register, with 2015 Advertising Sales Representative of the Year Decatur Herald & Review Digital Sales Specialist Cayla Hittmeier, Recas exhibitor Tammy Ramp, and Journal Gaawards. Scott awards (above left) Melissa Clements, Beardstown Cass County Star-Gazette, and (above right) zette & Times-Courier Advertising Director Tammy Jordan enjoy their dessert at the annual dessert auction prior to the advertising awards ceremony. Teresa Buelt, Belleville News-Democrat, with 2015 Advertising Sales Manager of the Year awards.
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(Opposite page) First place and sweepstakes winners claimed their plaques and trophies on June 9 at the advertising awards luncheon. (Left) Advertising luncheon attendees plan their bidding strategy for the dessert auction sponsored by the Quincy Herald-Whig. The annual dessert auction raised $2,900 for the Illinois Press Foundation projects.
Photo by Stan Schwartz, IPA
Missy Bryant of the Mason County Democrat, Havana, accepts the Division G trophy for excellence in advertising from IPA Board member Matt Bute.
Carter Newton and Jay Dickerson of the Galena Ga- Lyle Turro of The Daily Journal, Kankakee, accepts zette are awarded the Sam Zito Award of Excellence the Division I trophy for excellence in advertising for a non-daily newspaper by IPA Board member Kar- from IPA Board member Ron Wallace. en Pletsch. The Galena Gazette also won the sweepstakes award for Division H.
Photos by Megan Gillmore, UIS student
IPA Board member Ron Wallace awards Kelly Johannes, Val Yazbak and Kenda Weber of The Dispatch & The Rock Island Argus, Moline, the James S. Copley trophy for a daily newspaper. The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus also won the Division J trophy for excellence in advertising.
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Excellence in editorial award winners
Photo courtesy of Alan Dooley, Republic-Times, Waterloo
(Top) First place and sweepstakes winners claimed their plaques and trophies on June 10 at the editorial awards luncheon. (Above left) Jerry Nowicki, editor of the LeRoy Farmer City Press, accepts the David B. Kramer Memorial Trophy as the sweepstakes winner of Division A newspapers. The award was presented by IPA board member Ron Wallace of the Quincy Herald-Whig. (Above right) Carter Newton, Hillary Dickerson and Jay Dickerson of The Galena Gazette accept the Harold and Eva White Trophy as the sweepstakes winner of Division B newspapers. The award was presented by IPA Board member Gary Sawyer of the Decatur Herald & Review.
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(Above left) Editor Dave Lemery and Production Editor Jes Spivak of the Downers Grove Suburban Life accept the Will Loomis Memorial Trophy for Division C weekly newspapers. (Above) Eric Olson, editor of the Daily Chronicle of DeKalb, and Karen Pletsch, publisher, accept the Patrick Coburn Award of Excellence. The award is given to the sweepstakes winner of the Division D daily newspapers. (Left) Jeff D'Alessio, managing editor of the Champaign News-Gazette accepts the Mabel S. Shaw Memorial Trophy from IPA board member Ron Wallace. The award is given to the sweepstakes winner of Division E daily newspapers.
Photos by Stan Schwartz, IPA
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Centralia Press Ltd. overhauls editorial system The newspaper company will soon conduct a complete overhaul of the editorial system for its major publications Centralia Press Ltd. has begun the next chapter in its proud and storied history of more than 150 years when it completes a complete upgrade of its editorial system. All four major publications under the company's umbrella — Centralia Sentinel, Mt. Vernon Sentinel, Carlyle Union Banner, and Salem Times-Commoner — will all begin to use a system called BLOX CMS, which was created by TownNews. According to General Manger Dan Nichols, TownNews is a well-known companion to many newspapers around the country because of their web presence. "They had recently introduced a new front end system which seemed to do everything we were looking for at the time and left the door open to easily transition the printed version of the paper onto a web presence with little additional effort," Nichols said about the new system. Publisher John Perrine stated that the system is a better way of communicating, storing, and organizing news stories and photographs.
Journal innovates to meet changing times
The Daily Journal in Kankakee has replaced the Friday print edition with a digital-only copy, effective May 27. Len (Rob) Small, publisher of the Daily Journal, pointed to the Journal's recent yearlong redesign as evidence that the paper was committed to print for the long haul. “The Friday change has three parts: dropping the print edition to generate savings; offering an e-edition version on Friday for single copy and other occasional readers; and reinvesting part of the savings into more local news," Small said. Small characterized this move as part of an ongoing tradition of innovation at the Journal and its parent company, The Small Newspaper Group.
Prairie Press, Beacon merge AROUND THE STATE
Shaw Media’s Pro Football Weekly launches content-sharing program
By Andrea Young Editor’s Note: This article is reprinted from Editor & Publisher Football season is fast approaching, and if you want to provide readers with news and highlights from their favorite teams, but you don’t have the resources to do so, Pro Football Weekly is offering newspaper publishers unique NFL content for free. Pro Football Weekly is published by Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, Ill.), a Shaw Media company. This football season is a big return for the name Pro Football Weekly. Even though the brand has been around since 1967, Pro Football Weekly folded in 2013. Last year, Shaw Media re-launched the brand as Chicago Football, but once it acquired the rights to Pro Football Weekly in March, the media company re-branded itself again to its original name and now offers national football content. The website (profootballweekly. com) is updated daily with content from beat writers. Each week, Pro Football Weekly takes the best of the website’s content and prepackages it for publishers to print in their Thursday or Friday papers. Partners can choose from a variety of content options from Fantasy Football to opinions, analysis and previews for the next week. “With the content we distribute to our partners, we pre-populate ad spaces that they can sell to their local audience, so that they can make some money off the content. And then from our perspective by having more distribution partners, we can get the word out about the website,” said Kate Weber, executive director of sales and content. “So the publisher wins by gaining revenue and extra content at no expense and we gain through essentially marketing through their papers.”
Last year, Shaw Media tested this content sharing program in the Chicago market and found great success. They partnered with 12 Shaw Media dailies in Illinois to distribute a 16-page insert to nearly 400,000 homes every week during the NFL season. For Paul Gaier, president and publisher of the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star, the content proved to be a money-maker. “Our sales team was able to sell 90 percent of the local spots available to us and we’re happy to sell a new product that contained really good content,” he said. “Additionally, it was nice to add a new content piece to our Thursday package for our readers. We are planning to continue this in 2016 and beyond.” Since re-launching Pro Football Weekly, Shaw Media has already partnered with three other media companies, with nine newspapers running their content.
After almost two years of competition, two newspapers are now working together The Prairie Press and the Paris Beacon-News merged operations beginning June 16, according to Tay Smith, who will serve as publisher for both papers. The merger was made possible through the work of the Paris Reinvestment Group, Tay Smith said, under the umbrella of a new company, the Prairie Beacon LLC. The Prairie Beacon is not only the combined names of the two current newspapers but historically, the Prairie Beacon was the first newspaper established in the county. The reinvestment company composed of Scot Ingrum, Drew Griffin, Don Bartos and Ben Lueken plans to continue to invest in the Paris and Edgar County community. The mission statement of the Paris Reinvestment Group is to identify existing businesses that are not owned locally and facilitate bringing local ownership to those businesses. The group also plans to promote local business and aid in any expansion that might be needed. The group intends to be proactive in assuring that businesses remain local. In addition to the Paris Reinvestment Group ownership, Tay Smith and Nancy Roberts Zeman will also own stock in the operation. The merger ensures that each newspaper will remain a viable, vital part of the Paris and Edgar County community, Tay Smith noted. The combined operations will be located at The Prairie Press office. The Paris Beacon-News has become a twice-weekly newspaper, publishing on Tuesday and Thursdays. The Prairie Press now publishes on Saturdays, but continues free delivery to every home in Edgar County. Zeman will serve as managing editor of both papers while Gary Henry will serve as senior staff reporter. Other present editorial, advertising and office staff at the Beacon-News and Prairie Press are being interviewed for positions with the new company.
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Tribune Publishing renames itself Tronc At the start of June, Tribune Publishing Co. announced that the company will change its name to Tronc, Inc., a content curation and monetization company focused on creating and distributing premium, verified content across all channels. Tronc, or tribune online content, captures the essence of the company’s mission. Tronc pools the company’s leading media brands and leverages innovative technology to deliver personalized and interactive experiences to its 60 million monthly users. The name change went into effect June 20. The company also announced that it
transferred its stock exchange listing from the New York Stock Exchange to The Nasdaq Global Select Market. Tronc's common stock to began trading as a Nasdaq-listed security under the new ticker symbol “TRNC” on June 20. The company also launched www.tronc. com, a visual content portal that curates Tronc’s premium content across all of its award-winning brands in one convenient place. The company’s corporate website and investor relations pages now live within that platform post-transfer to Nasdaq.
Knoxville Bulletin begins publication
For the first time since 2001, Knoxville has its own local, weekly paper. The Knoxville Bulletin delivered its first issue at the beginning of May to all Knoxville school district residents as part of a free trial that ended June 9. Knoxville used to have a newspaper called the Knoxville Journal, which dated back to 1849, Manager Ange Lee wrote in the first issue. This was revived in the 1990s through 2001. The Knoxville Bulletin was created with the help of investors Lynne Campbell and Tony Scott, both recent employees of GateHouse Media. Scott had been publisher of The Register-Mail (Galesburg) and left Jan. 4 to become vice president of business development for the Illinois Press Association and associate director of the National Newspaper Association. Campbell had been regional advertising director for the Western Illinois division and left GateHouse April 18. Scott said he invested in Campbell's company, which invested in The Knoxville Bulletin, but doesn't have any day-to-day responsibility. For the time being, The Knoxville Bulletin will be print-only, Campbell said, but it will have a website eventually. The paper is printed by Stevens Publishing in Astoria. The Knoxville Bulletin will cost $45 per year for Illinois residents and $48 per year for out-of-state residents, with a $5 per year discount for senior citizens.
Lombardian and Villa Park Review newspapers sold
Bonnie MacKay, publisher of the Lombardian and Villa Park Review newspapers, recently announced her retirement and the sale of the weekly newspapers to Rock Valley Publishing, located in Elmhurst. Rock Valley publishes The Independent Newspapers serving Elmhurst, Addison, Bensenville and Villa Park. The company also publishes 30 other newspapers serving northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. The Lombardian and the Villa Park Review have been serving local readers for more than 58 years. Ed and Lois MacKay founded the Lombardian newspaper from their home on West Madison Street in Lombard on April 1, 1959. Ed wanted to provide a Lombard newspaper just for Lombard people and that serves as the paper's motto to this day. MacKay family members including son Scott have been operating the newspaper since Ed died in 1980. Pete Cruger and Jack Cruger, owners of Rock Valley Publishing, will publish the newspapers out of the same location on Main Street in Lombard. "We look forward to continuing the tradition of the MacKay family in publishing local, hometown newspapers for Lombard and Villa Park," said publisher Pete Cruger. Rock Valley will continue to publish both the Villa Park Review and The Villa Park Independent.
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MVM announces changes to Bonny Buyer
As part of the continuing transition of the Mississippi Valley Media Publishing group, an exciting change in distribution of one of the company's products will take place in July. MVM Publisher Chuck Vandenberg announced May 18, that the Bonny Buyer South and Bonny Buyer North publications will now be direct mailed to more than 30,000 homes. "As part of our ongoing efforts to keep our focus on our customers, we've decided to put that heritage-rich publication in the mail," Vandenberg said. "The Bonny Buyer is highly valued by its customer base and we saw an opportunity to better serve the people that rely on that publication." Changes took effect July 5. The product has been traditionally distributed via carriers and put in racks and on counters at retailers in the Tri-State Area. The Buyer will now be mailed through the U.S. Postal Service. The Bonny Buyer also has undergone a design restructure to streamline paid and display advertisements as well as the high-demand classified ads. MVM also is pulling most of the editorial copy from the publications to create a richer focus on the group's news publications the Hancock County Journal-Pilot, the Daily Gate City (Keokuk, Iowa) and the Daily Democrat (Fort Madison, Iowa).
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Darrell Lewis named publisher, advertising director
Darrell K. Lewis, an accomplished newspaper marketing executive, has been appointed publisher and advertising director of the Effingham Daily News. Lewis will also oversee the Shelbyville Daily Union, a sister publication. Lewis succeeds Paul Semple, who retired in May, as publisher after a newspaper career that spanned four decades. Lewis Lewis comes to Effingham from Gannett Co., where he was regional director of client relations and business-to-business marketing for The Greenville (S.C.) News and The Citizen-Times in Ashville, N.C. He previously served as the director of marketing for the Gannett-owned News-Leader in Springfield, Mo., vice president of sales and marketing' for Standard Publishing of Cincinnati, Ohio, and senior marketing director for Kroger Co. Lewis has been honored for his marketing skills by the International News Media Association, and Gannett Co. He holds a master's degree in business administration, with a concentration in marketing, from Northern Kentucky University.
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Plunkett named publisher in Hillsboro
Mike Plunkett has been named publisher of Journal Publications succeeding John and Susie Galer in a role they have enjoyed since the 1990s. The Galers will remain the owners of the company. Mary Herschelman, who has shared editor responsibilities with Plunkett, will now take on the sole responsibilities of that position. The Journal Publications family of newspapers includes The Journal-News, The Raymond News, M&M Journal, Macoupin County Journal, and for many years, The Sorento News (ceased as of July 7). Plunkett has worked at the newspaper for 26 years, including Plunkett the last 18 as editor. He graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1983, earned an associate degree in business administration from Lincoln Land Community College in 1985, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication specializing in mass media and public relations from Millikin University in Decatur in 1989 before joining the newspaper staff in 1990. Herschelman, who now assumes the sole role of editor, graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1998 and earned a bachelor's degree in photo journalism from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 2002. She worked for the Princeton Daily Clarion in Princeton, Ind., for two years before returning to Hillsboro to join the staff of The Journal-News in 2004.
Rogers expands publisher duty in Carbondale
Craig Rogers is the new publisher of The Southern Illinoisan. On July 6, Rogers was named to the post by Lee Enterprises. He succeeds John Pfeifer, who was publisher and editor of the newspaper. Pfeifer has left the company. Rogers has a 20-year publishing career with stops at The Indianapolis Star as business development director, The Peoria Journal Star as director of advertising, and The Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C. He was most recently named the publisher of the Journal Ga zette & Times-Courier in Mattoon in November 2014. He will Rogers still be publisher in Mattoon in addition to being publisher at The Southern. Before the newspaper business, Rogers grew up in Northbrook. He received a Melissa Crockett Meske will serve sports marketing degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He worked as the new regional editor for Camp- for 10 years in the sporting goods industry in marketing capacities. bell Publications, overseeing the Jersey County Journal, Calhoun News-Herald and Greene Prairie Press. She will also provide support to Herald & Review Business Editor Scott Perry has been promoted to managing editor, Editor and General Manager Gary Sawyer announced at the three papers of the the end of June. northern district: the Perry, a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Pike Press, Scott County has worked at the Herald & Review for 24 years after starting his Times, and The Weekly Meske professional career at the Effingham Daily News. He has served Messenger. the Herald & Review as Effingham bureau chief, night editor, Meske has been a regular contributing business editor and editor of the Business Journal. columnist for the Jersey County Journal Perry is a native of Decatur and graduated from Niantic-Harrisfor the past 10 years. She has also pubPerry town High School. He and his wife, Rita, live in Mount Zion and lished a poetry book, and is currently have two children, Megan and Mason. working on two additional books.
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Joy receives title of Master Editor
It is quite extraordinary to receive the title of Master Editor in one's lifetime and according to the Illinois House of Representatives, there are none more deserving of the title than Judith Joy of the Centralia Morning Sentinel. According to a resolution issued by the Illinois House of Representatives last week, Joy has received the title of Master Editor 2015 from the Southern Illinois Editorial Association. Speaking on Joy's nomination and selection as a Master Editor recipient, Illinois Representative Charlie Meier indicated he was quite happy to hear the news of her recent success. "I was very happy to hear she was selected," said Meier. "Judith has always taken the time to go out and report on the stories herself and really put herself out there. I know people always look forward to seeing her come out when she reports on events. Judith has done some incredible things. She has traveled the world, and she continues to write fantastic stories about our environment as well as the area we live in." Meier continued, stating, "It's an incredible honor to be recognized as Master Editor, and she has definitely put in her time. She deserves it. Again, I was extremely happy to hear the resolution honoring her and announcing that she was named. There are people who work their entire career without obtaining that honor. So it's pretty incredible to think about what she has accomplished." The resolution offered by the House of Representatives also commended Joy for her nearly 50 years with the Centralia Morning Sentinel, as well as the lasting impression she continues to make on the publication. "Judith Joy has been a tremendous asset to the Sentinel and has inspired readers and helped to pave the way for women in her field," the document reads. "She could not be more deserving in her being named Master Editor." Joy herself was extremely gracious when asked about her most recent milestone achievement, stating, "This is truly an unexpected honor. I am grateful to Rep. Meier for nominating me."
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Sheraden retiring from Press after 22 years as society editor
Schouppe heads west to join News Report staff
Pam Sheraden is retiring from her position as society editor at the Wayne County Press on Friday, June 3 after 22 years with the newspaper. Sheraden worked at WFIW Radio in Fairfield for more than five years as a secretary and receptionist before joining the Press in April of 1994 folSheraden lowing the retirement of longtime society editor Marge Brock. During her time at the Press, Sheraden has kept the area informed on weddings, parties, vacations, reunions, anniversaries, community events and all other types of social functions and happenings. In retirement, Sheraden said she plans on spending time with her family and friends. She is also looking forward to working in her yard, camping and going on trips.
The staff of the Effingham & Teutopolis News Report welcomed new reporter-photographer Jenny Schouppe from Beaver, Pa., last month. She fills the position vacated by Alyssa Long. She graduated in May from Waynesburg University in the southwest corner of the Keystone Schouppe State with a degree in journalism and electronic media. Schouppe began her journalism career as a photographer in high school. She photographed Beaver High School Bobcats games, and she also covered the JROTC program while serving as a cadet. She attained the rank of command sergeant major her senior year. She also covered public affairs for the JROTC newsletter at her high school.
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Ellen Soeteber Ellen Soeteber was editor of the Post-Dispatch from 2001 to 2005, part of a 33-year newspaper career. She died June 21 of an infection at a hospital near her home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She was 66. Raised in the Metro East and schooled in newspapering in Chicago, Soeteber returned to St. Louis to lead the Post-Dispatch in 2001 after a period of experimentation and staff turmoil. She refocused the daily report on hard news. Everyone knew who was in charge. Soeteber Adam Goodman, now the paper’s deputy managing editor, remembers her working election nights “with calculator in hand, digging through election results, tracking which precincts were still out, making projections and calling political races.” Soeteber grew up in East St. Louis and French Village, and graduated from East St. Louis High School in 1968 and from Northwestern University in 1972. She was hired that year as a reporter for the old Chicago Today, then moved two years later to the Chicago Tribune, where her duties included reporter, metropolitan editor and, in 1991, deputy editor of the editorial board. She married Richard Martins, formerly of New York, in Chicago in 1974. In 1994, she became managing editor of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, where she worked until joining the Post-Dispatch in January 2001. She was the sixth editor of the Post-Dispatch, beginning with the original Joseph Pulitzer in 1878, and the first and only woman to hold that position. After leaving the St. Louis newspaper in November 2005, she returned to live in Fort Lauderdale. She was a visiting professor at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism in 2008 and active with the Alfred Friendly Press Partners, based at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, which provides working fellowships in American newsrooms for reporters from third-world countries.
Ron Janecke, former Rock Island resident and sportswriter and editor, died June 4, 2016, two days before his 77th birthday in St. Louis, Mo. Ron received his first byline as a sportswriter covering Rock Island High School sports when he was 15 years old. After Ron graduated from Rock Island High School, he attended Augustana College, where he was the sports information director. After college, he became the assistant sports editor for the Moline Dispatch for several years. He moved to St. Louis to take the position of sports editor at the Globe Democrat, where he remained until the paper ceased publication. Ron then became an editor and columnist for the St. Louis Business Journal. He continued writing columns and interviewing prominent small business owners until his retirement.
Grace (Pat) Mahoney Grace (Pat) Mahoney, age 81, former publisher of The Flash in Warren passed away surrounded by her family on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at FHN Memorial Hospital. Mahoney was the publisher of The Flash from 1991-2003 with her husband, Jim. Their tenure as publishers marked the transformation of The Flash from a weekly shopper, with a splash of news, to a fullf ledged weekly newspaper. During this time The Flash expanded its Mahoney coverage from a weekly circulation of 2,200 to more than 8,000. This expansion laid the groundwork for The Flash to expand to its current weekly circulation of more than 12,000. Grace enjoyed working and publishing The Flash and being able to work with her husband, Jim.
Jack Fuller, who was a Justice Department lawyer, a novelist and a musician but who was best known as a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a top executive with the Chicago Tribune and a key architect of one of the largest newspaper acquisitions in history, died June 21, 2016, at his home in Chicago. He was 69. The cause was cancer, according to the Tribune, which first reported his death. Fuller began his career as a 16-year-old copy boy in Chicago, where his father was a longtime Tribune business reporter and editor. After serving as a war correspondent in Vietnam and working as a Justice Department lawyer during the adminisFuller tration of President Gerald R. Ford, Fuller returned to the Tribune as a reporter and editorial page editor. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1986 for his editorials examining a variety of constitutional issues. Later, as the Tribune's top editor and publisher, Fuller was considered a national leader in adapting news coverage to the changes brought about by the internet and other technological changes. In 1997, Fuller was named president of Tribune Publishing. Within three years, he helped engineer the company's purchase of the larger Times Mirror Co., which owned the Los Angeles Times, the Baltimore Sun, Newsday and other newspapers. The $8 billion deal was the largest in the newspaper industry at the time. Traveling to newsrooms across the country, Fuller assured journalists at the newly acquired papers that they would not be micromanaged from Chicago. In part, he was following the principles he outlined in his 1996 book "News Values: Ideas for an Information Age." Not long after Tribune's monumental purchase, however, a prolonged advertising slump began, and the internet brought profound changes to how news was consumed. As the Tribune's stock price plummeted, Fuller retired in 2004. (The company was sold in 2007 to real estate mogul Sam Zell and the next year went into bankruptcy.) Survivors include his wife of 11 years, Debra Moskovits of Chicago; and two children from his first marriage.
The staff of the Belleville News-Democrat is mourning the loss of a respected colleague and friend who died of an apparent heart attack in early June during a run in Centennial Park in Swansea. Steve Mainer, 56, of Belleville, was an employee of the News-Democrat for 32 years. He was an editor on the continuous news desk, producing the newspaper and website late into the evening hours. Mainer, an avid runner who competed in marathons, was found
along the running trail at Centennial Park. The St. Clair County coroner believes the cause was a heart attack. Mainer graduated from Alton Senior High School and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, with a degree in mass communication. He started his newspaper career early as a paper boy for the Alton Telegraph, where he also did his internship. After college, he worked as a reporter and copy editor for papers in Corpus Christi, Orange and Beaumont, Texas.
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John Rooney, a longtime Chicago reporter who won accolades for his coverage of legal affairs and the 1982 Tylenol killings, and then led his family and friends with grace, humor and acceptance when he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, died June 30, 2016, of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Rooney, 56, a Beverly resident whose mother and aunt also died of the incurable disease, suspected he had it when he interviewed former Illinois state Comptroller Dawn Clark Netsch in 2013, just days before her death from ALS, though he didn't tell her that. The 27-year reporter for the Chicago Rooney Daily Law Bulletin — and, before that, the old City News Bureau of Chicago — continued to work even as the disease weakened his body and affected his speech. To get to work at the Law Bulletin, Rooney sometimes arranged to ride on a public bus for people with disabilities, said Pat Milhizer, then his editor. Its schedule was unpredictable. Some days, it would drop him off early. Other times, he'd arrive a little late. Still, "he would walk in with his walker and he had the biggest smile on his face," Milhizer said. "I'd talk to myself — 'If John can start every day with a smile on his
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face with what he's going through, we all can.' " Rooney came to journalism naturally. His father, Edmund (Ed) Rooney, was a respected reporter for the old Chicago Daily News from the mid-1950s to 1978, and later taught at Loyola University in Chicago. He was said to be the first reporter on the scene of the Richard Speck slaying of eight student nurses in 1966. After graduating from Marist High School, John studied communications at Loyola, spending his junior year at its Rome center. Later, he completed a master's in public affairs reporting at the University of Illinois at Springfield. He went to work for City News, where, in 1982, at 23, he broke the first story about deaths from cyanide-tainted Tylenol. He won a Lisagor award and the Chicago Bar Association's Herman Kogan Award for his work, which made for proud moments at City News, with its reputation as a small-but-scrappy news service. John pushed to spread the word about ALS through the Les Turner ALS Foundation and through what became known as the "Ice Bucket Challenge." He died in his childhood home in St. John Fisher's parish, where he and his wife, Meg, raised their family. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, three brothers and two sisters.
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Margaret R. "Marge" Sommers, 84, of Prophetstown, died Friday, June 24, 2016, at her home. She was a graduate of Erie High School. She attended Marycrest College in Davenport, Iowa, and the Chicago Conservatory of Music. For many years she worked for the Sterling Gazette, Quad City Times, Moline Dispatch, and Kewanee Star Courier newspapers. She was emSommers ployed at Farmer's National Bank in Prophetstown and Prophetstown School District. Sommers is survived by three daughters, three sons, 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
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