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Tariff takes its toll on Illinois newspapers 2 Illinois Press Foundation sponsors NNAF News Fellow 6 Workforce impacted by tariff 3 Illinois Press Association to honor exceptional service 14


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Tariff takes its toll on Illinois newspapers Unfortunately, I have learned a lot more about trade laws and tariffs than I had ever anticipated. As I wrote in a previous editorial, I understand that trade laws are in place for a reason – ultimately, to protect American jobs and interests – but this round of tariffs will devastate our industry and the communities we serve. We have every right to protect the best interests of our industry, but equally important is to convey the message that newspapers are a part of the fabric of the communities that we serve. When Representative Cheri Bustos agreed to take the lead on the Congressional letter to the International Trade Commission, her staff was interested in knowing the specific SAM FISHER impact on Illinois newspapers President & CEO and that’s why we put together the simple survey we conducted from May 2-11. The survey results speak to my point about this tariff not protecting American jobs or interests. When it comes to jobs, the survey results clearly illustrate that not only have our members reduced staff currently, but that number will grow if the tar-

iffs become permanent. Of the 250 newspapers that were represented in the survey, 42 percent have already made staff reductions or not filled open positions. If the tariffs become permanent, 60 percent said that there would be an impact on their workforce. And then when it comes to interests, we have to look at the communities we serve. That focus is reflected by the amount of newsprint we have to use to promote and report on all the good causes in our community, as we are the conduit for these local organizations. If the tariffs become permanent, 68 percent of respondents will reduce page count and 13 percent will look at reducing publishing days. As a long-time publisher, we would often donate space to the local United Way, so they could communicate their mission to raise the much-needed money to help fund services in our community. That type of arrangement is in jeopardy as newsprint prices continue to increase. We’ve included the results of the survey on the facing page and if anyone has any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. Our message has resonated with the elected officials we have met with, and the editorials written and published by our members have had a huge impact. This issue is not over and it’s no time to lose the momentum we’ve gained so far – keep spreading the message, writing the editorials that make the

case against tariffs and running the STOPP ads. We always encourage our members to build relationships with their elected officials, and the tariff issue has shown how beneficial those relationships are in protecting the interests of our newspapers and communities. I’ve seen how we’ve mobilized as an industry and that’s encouraging as we have more battles looming.

If you are interested in reading Illinois newspapers' editorials on the tariff, visit illinoispress.org to download tearsheets.

ON THE COVER: The bigger the group, the bigger the fun at the 6th annual Big Dawg Dare obstacle 5K run on Saturday, July 15, especially at the 30-foot water slide a third of the way into the course. Photo by Kyle Herschelman, The Journal-News, Hillsboro (From the collection, IPA Contest Images).

OFFICERS Don Bricker Shaw Media, Sterling

Todd Sears The State Journal-Register, Springfield

Chris Fusco Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago

Jim Slonoff The Hinsdalean, Hinsdale

Darrell Garth Chicago Citizen Newspaper Group

Scott Stone Daily Herald Media Group, Arlington Heights

Jim Shrader | Treasurer Hearst Newspapers, Alton

Margaret Holt Chicago Tribune Media Group, Chicago

Sue Walker Herald Newspapers, Inc., Chicago

Sandy Macfarland | Immediate Past Chair Law Bulletin Publishing, Chicago

John Reed The News-Gazette Group, Champaign

Wendy Martin | Chair Mason County Democrat, Havana 900 Community Drive Springfield, IL 62703 Ph. 217-241-1300, Fax 217-241-1301 www.illinoispress.org Illinois PressLines is printed and distributed courtesy of GateHouse Media, Inc. in Peoria and Springfield.

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IPA STAFF | PHONE 217-241-1300 Cindy Bedolli, Member Relations Ext. 226 - cbedolli@illinoispress.org Jeffrey Holman, Director of Advertising Ext. 248 — jholman@illinoispress.org

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With threat of tariffs looming, 42% of Illinois newspapers polled have already made staff reductions A survey was developed and emailed to Illinois Press Association members to complete. The survey period was from May 2-11. There were 72 responses representing 250 Illinois newspapers. To download full results, visit illinoispress.org.

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• Reduce quality journalism. • I'm not sure we have other cost-savings options. Our task will be to survive price hikes for printing that could be substantial and beyond our financial ability to remain in operation. After 155 years of continuous operation, I feel that would be a tragedy for small town, rural America. We remain the primary, perhaps only in many instances, source of local REAL news. • Raised single copy price for newsstands and subscription price. • We give away a lot of community ad-

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vertising to help civic organizations and boost a sense of community. We have cut way back on that as a direct result of increased costs due to tariffs. Reducing page count means being able to do less promotion for civic organizations and churches. • We are using lower grade paper for our special magazine style publications that we insert into our paper or drop at racks throughout town. • Reduced quality of print set up. • Tightened all departmental expense lines such as travel, freelance, supplies, etc. • Eliminated/reduced some vendor services. • Print fewer copies.

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Workforce impact: 60 percent (combined response for staff reductions and not filled open positions).

*Other comments received for permanent tariff: • Raise circulation and advertising rates. • Single copy and subscription costs will increase and potentially advertising rates as well. • We may simply have to shut down. With the economic conditions that exist in northwest rural Illinois, I'm not sure I can see an alternative. It's doubtful that we could sell or merge and remain profitable. • Same as above ... cut back on what we're able to do for civic groups and churches. Also, less room for feature stories, editorials, etc. Shorter

stories on city council, school board, etc. Our printing costs have already gone up 25 percent. • Probably increase subscription rates. • Sell the business. • Lower print runs • The tariffs if imposed would be one more financial punch. Already, we seem to be chasing our tail brainstorming revenue-producing strategies. I anticipate more of the same. • Most likely be forced to sell a family owned newspaper business since 1926. • Close some weekly publications or switch them from weekly to monthly.


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Department of Commerce to make final decision on countervailing and anti-dumping duties Aug. 2 The Department of Commerce on Jan. 8 made a preliminary determination of countervailing duties ranging from 6 percent to 10 percent on Canadian newsprint imports. The money is collected and held in escrow by Commerce until a final ruling is made. The Department of Commerce investigates the claims made by NORPAC to determine whether countervailing and anti-dumping duties are warranted.

A survey about the current impact of tariffs and what the impact would be if the tariffs become permanent was sent to IPA members. The survey period was from May 2 -11. There were 72 responses representing 250 member newspapers. On May 14, legislation was introduced by Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME). The PRINT Act, (Protecting Rational Incentives in Newsprint Trade Act of 2018) would suspend tariffs currently being imposed on newsprint. Additionally, the legislation would require the Department of Commerce to review the economic health of the printing and publishing industries.

March 2018

August 2017

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NORPAC, a single newsprint mill in the Pacific Northwest owned by a New York hedge fund, petitioned the Department of Commerce alleging unfair trade practices on the import of Canadian newsprint. The claim alleges that the Canadian government subsidizes (countervailing) the production of newsprint and Canadian mills are selling newsprint below the actual cost of production (anti-dumping).

April 2018

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The Department of Commerce will make a final determination on countervailing and anti-dumping duties on Aug. 2. They will take input from the ITC but it will be the DOC that makes the final decision.

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Sen. Dick Durbin wrote Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross about the harmful impact of duties on the industry if made permanent.

The International Trade Commission will hold a hearing on the merits of NORPAC’s claim. IT is the ITC’s responsibility to thoroughly investigate the case and make a recommendation to the Department of Commerce for final determination. Presently Rep. Danny Davis (Chicago) will personally testify on our behalf before the ITC.

The Department of Commerce made a preliminary determination concerning the anti-dumping allegation on March 12, 2018. It ordered anti-dumping duties of up to 22 percent, adding to the countervailing duties that were assessed in January. Dependent upon the mill, some newspapers are now paying in excess of 32 percent in duties. A delegation from Illinois consisting of Jerry Reppert, John Galer, Sue Walker, Scott Stone, IPA Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer Josh Sharp and IPA President & Chief Executive Officer Sam Fisher participated in the annual National Newspaper Association Community Newspaper Leadership Summit in D.C. During the Summit, the delegation visited with members of the Illinois Congressional delegation to gain support to oppose the tariffs. Representative Cheri Bustos (Moline), a former newspaper reporter, agreed to spearhead a joint letter from the Illinois members of the House to voice opposition to the permanent imposition of tariffs on newsprint. Currently, 15 of the 18 members of Congress from Illinois have agreed to sign the joint letter.

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Don’t miss it! "See a penny, pick it up. All the day you’ll have good luck. "See a penny, let it lay, bad luck you’ll have that day." The 2018 Illinois Press Association Convention will be held June 7 and 8, and I always think about that little rhyme when I think about attending the convention. I’ve never been to one in all these years that I didn’t bring back at least one exciting idea that, if implementWENDY ed, would make MARTIN back the investChair, IPA Board of ment of attending Directors and much more. More often, I bring back an armload of ideas for both advertising and editorial that help grow and improve the

quality of our publications. It’s a good bet that attending the opening session will provide that payoff this year. Our headliner is John Kimball, whose topic will be “Let’s make some money with political advertising.” If you’ve ever had the experience of receiving daily “news releases” from your local politicians while they place their advertising in other mediums, then I’m guessing you can already see the value of this year’s meet-up in Bloomington-Normal. Kimball will be telling us how to convey the message that “Readers Vote and Voters Read!” His presentation will be Thursday morning at 10 a.m. Political advertising is seasonal, but we all have papers to put out on a regular basis all year round. Good thing the Revenue Idea Exchange is scheduled for 2:15 Thursday afternoon for those looking for clever new ways to get their customers excited and experience the value of print advertising. Our financial well-being and bot-

tom-lines are determined only in part by what our advertising sales force is achieving. So we all have a financial interest in hearing the Legislative Update on the Newsprint Tariffs and Public Notices, as well as postal updates scheduled for 3:30 Thursday afternoon. The IPA’s annual convention is valuable in many other ways. Come Thursday and Friday, be prepared to make some new friends. There’s nothing like a good conversation with someone who knows what it’s like to do what we all do. I’ve made friends with folks from papers and companies of all sizes. Most are more than happy to share thoughts, ideas and solutions. Of course, we have the contests going on, with Advertising and Editorial awards luncheons. The highlight of the Advertising Luncheon, of course, is the Dessert Auction. That gives us all an opportunity to give back to our profession because all proceeds go to the Illinois Press Foundation. On Friday our opening speaker will

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be Adriana Gallarado of ProPublica who will be talking about how that organization and NPR worked together to collect nearly 5,000 stories that demonstrated that the U.S. has the highest rate of deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth in the developed world. Five thousand interviews may be more than most of us will ever do, but I hope it inspires all of us to do more when it comes to investigative journalism. There will also be a presentation Friday morning by Dennis Anderson of the Peoria Journal Star about how his organization has made a concerted effort to rebuild the position of their newspaper in neighborhood communities. It is about becoming relevant again with those who may have written newspapers off. That’s an important subject for all of us. I’m looking forward to the convention, and I hope to see you there. Please stop me and introduce yourself and say hi, and maybe we can share some good ideas, and some divine dessert (chocolate?)


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Illinois Press Foundation sponsors NNAF News Fellow The Daily Eastern News editor in chief represented Illinois By Kate Richardson, Director of Communication Each year, the Illinois Press Foundation sponsors a college or university student to participate in the National Newspaper Association Foundation's News Fellows Program. The Fellows program is held in conjunction with the NNA's Community Newspaper Leadership Summit in Washington D.C., held March 14-15, 2018. This opportunity for college journalists is in its sixth year. Journalism students travel to the Washington area to report on a topic of national importance. This year, the topic was " Red State, Blue State: What a State of Affairs!" The students were given the opportunity to meet with policymakers and policy influencers during their time in the city. The also met with their states' congressional representatives.

Cassandra Buchman, a senior journalism major at Eastern Illinois University, was selected as Illinois' news fellow for her work as The Daily Eastern News' editor in chief. Buchman joined six other college students from across the country. "This year's topic was all about the political divide. It was very relevant, especially in this day and age, and everyone we talked to was knowledgeable and had a lot to say about it. It was very valuable being able to see their perspectives, and actually going to Washington D.C. to see what it was like at the Capitol at such an interesting political time for the United States," she said. Following her meetings and interviews, Buchman produced an article on the state of affairs in D.C. This article is featured below and will also be featured in Publishers' Auxiliary.

Photo courtesy of Stanley Schwartz, NNA

The 2018 National Newspaper Association Foundation News Fellows and their mentors pause for a photo on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court Building during the National Newspaper Association's Community Newspaper Leadership Summit. From left to right are Liz Parker, with the News Jersey Hills Media Group; Merle Baranczyk, with Arkansas Valley Publishing in Salida, Colo.; Elissa Kedziorek, Western Michigan University; Cynthia Haynes with Haynes Publishing Co. in Oberlin, Kan.; Monica Diaz, Kansas State University; Lauryn Higgins, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Hunter Andes, Bismarck State College; Mady Johnston, Alvernia University; John Hammel, University of Georgia; Cassandra Buchman, Eastern Illinois University; Chris Eddings, retired publisher from Baltimore, Md.; and Steve Haynes with Haynes Publishing Co. in Oberlin, Kan.

Political divide inhibits progress at both the state and federal level Speaking to a group of fellows with the National Newspaper Association Foundation in Washington, D.C., Congressman David Trott, (R-Michigan) and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-Michigan) both said that there is a political divide between Republicans and Democrats, inhibiting progress at both the state CASSANDRA and federal level. BUCHMAN During a joint press briefing at NNAF News Fellow, Eastern Illinois the Capitol Hill University Club on the separation of the political parties, both members of Congress said there are a variety of

reasons for this divide, making it all the more challenging to solve. Trott said while everyone talks about the need for bipartisanship, there are a lot of reasons why it doesn’t happen. “We need to be more tolerant of each other in the way Republicans and Democrats deal with each other,” he said. In response to one fellow’s question on what needs to be done to solve this divide, Trott answered that in his opinion; politicians should have more “forbearance.” “The party in power can’t use all of its power; they have to forebear and give the other party an opportunity to have a seat at the table (and) be able to have input and solutions,” Trott said. Dingell, (R-Michigan), agreed with Trott, saying she tries to make sure that she’s hearing a diverse set of opinions, even maintaining a friend-

ship with her colleague over the years. One of the problems in Congress these days is that people do not often develop relationships like this, she said. “The minute the last vote happens, you race for the airport,” Dingell said. “You don’t just go to dinner with your colleagues. People’s kids used to go to school together; it’s really hard to demonize someone that you know, (but) people don’t get to know each other anymore.” One issue Dingell pointed out where compromise could be possible is immigration reform, as many people think it is needed, but opinions differ on how to accomplish it. “You can have different perspectives. You can respectfully disagree, (and) try to find where that common ground is,” Dingell said. Trott said some people seem to think compromise is a dirty word.

“The reality is that it’s not what our constitution contemplated,” he said. “I think we need compromise in the House. I know we need it in the Senate (with the 60-vote rule).” Trott pointed to the shape of districts due to gerrymandering and the constant need for politicians to raise money as a couple of the factors leading to politicians not being able to compromise. “(We) listen to what people say,” she said. “Our strength is really in advocacy.” To Trott, the most compelling reason people are pressured to be so partisan and not compromise is because people “know how (politicians) vote before we walk off the House floor.” “If you aren’t conservative enough, you’ll be primaried (on the right) and if you’re not progressive enough you’ll

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Legislation to remove school notices from newspapers dies on House floor House Bill 4232, sponsored by Rep. Dave Severin (R-Marion), which sought to eliminate the publication of the school statement of affairs in newspapers JOSH SHARP was soundly deExecutive Vice feated April 20 President & Chief by the Illinois Operating Officer House of Representatives. Severin’s bill received only 29 votes in favor of passage, less than half of the 60 votes the measure required to advance to the Senate. This is a huge win for Illinois’ newspaOWEN IRWIN pers and demonstrates that most Assistant Vice President, legislators still Government Relations believe in public notice – not just posting information to anonymous government websites. Representative’s Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago), Lou Lang (D-Skokie), La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago), Dave McSweeney (R-Barrington) and Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) all deserve a special thanks

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House Bill 4232 which sought to eliminate the publication of the school statement of affairs in newspapers was soundly defeated April 20 by the Illinois House of Representatives.

Please make sure to review the roll-call and to reach out to any legislators in your area who voted “no.” We must make an effort to say 'Thank You' to those legislators that supported the industry and keeping public notices in newspapers. for their vocal opposition and “no” votes on the bill today. Please make sure to review the roll-call above (or visit illinoispress.org to download a PDF version) and to reach out to any legislators in your area who voted “no.” We must make an effort to say “Thank You” to those legislators that supported the industry and keeping public notices in newspapers.


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One way to avoid the accidental sales jibe Selling and sailing have a lot in common. Consider the jibe. A sailboat cannot sail directly into the wind, but it can sail at angles to the wind. The closest point of sail is approximately 45 degrees to the left or right of the wind direction. Turning the bow (the front) of the boat to change direction from one side of the wind to the other is called a tack. That’s a common maneuver, which is fairly easy to execute. Things are more complicated when sailing downwind. With the wind directly behind the boat, the mainsail is positioned far to the left or right – sometimes extended to a perJOHN FOUST pendicular angle. The wind is pushRaleigh, N.C. ing the boat, the sail is full, and there is a lot of power at play. A jibe happens when the boat is heading downwind and the wind changes from one side to the other. When the skipper executes a jibe, the wind crosses the stern (the back) and the sail moves to the other side of the boat. That’s a long way for a heavy sail to travel. If it doesn’t happen gradually, the sail can swing violently and cause a lot of damage. If there is a sudden wind shift – or if the skipper isn’t in complete control – the result can be an accidental jibe. In heavy wind, an accidental jibe can cause serious injuries or break the mast. “Wind at your back” is a general phrase that means things are going well. It’s true that, when sailing downwind, a boat can move smoothly through the water. But experienced skippers know it’s important to be careful with turns.

There are times when a salesperson sails downwind. The sales conversation is positive and the prospect is showing genuine interest. Then all of a sudden, something puts the entire presentation at risk. At those times, the veteran salesperson knows to be on guard for an uncontrolled jibe. Of all the risky points in a presentation, it’s hard to find one riskier than the temptation to criticize the competition. The prospect might say, “I’m also considering radio advertising,” or “Our marketing department is pushing for a different media mix.” If the salesperson jumps in with critical comments, he or she can quickly lose control. Responding with criticism is like saying, “You’re wrong. I can’t believe you would even consider such a lousy advertising choice.” That’s a jibe that can do a lot of damage. One way to deal with this is to make a comparison. Instead of making a negative remark, say something like, “Let’s compare our paper to the radio stations in the market. Here’s a chart showing each station’s audience figures and our readership.” Just about every sales presentation has opportunities to criticize the competition. That’s why it’s a good idea to prepare comparisons in advance. We all know that criticism can kill sales and damage client relationships. Relevant comparisons can help advertising prospects make informed decisions. It all leads to smooth sailing. © Copyright 2018 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: john@johnfoust.com

Illinois Press Foundation announces $20,895 in mini-grants By Kate Richardson, Director of Communication The Illinois Press Foundation, the 501(c)3 arm of the Illinois Press Association, has announced the awarding of $20,895 in mini-grants to high school journalism programs across the state. The Illinois high schools receiving mini-grants include: Alton High School, Argo Community High School, Belvidere High School, Carlyle High School, Chester High School, Fulton High School, Jacksonville High School, Normal Community High School, Oswego High School, Okawville Junior/ Senior High School, Pearl City High School, Phoenix Military Academy,

Prospect High School, Red Bud High School District 132, Thornridge High School and UIC College Prep. The grants will allow the journalism advisers to purchase equipment to support the creation of their school’s newspaper, including computers, monitors and cameras, as well as Adobe Creative Suite licenses and paper for printing. The IPF is dedicated to promoting and protecting free expression through educational activities that foster the practice and respect of First Amendment principles and values, to enhance the quality of services provided by newspapers to their communities, and to support reading and literacy efforts.

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Not all attempts to eliminate newspaper ads are working Newspapers and shopper publications in Iowa and surrounding states are again carrying a major grocery chain insert that pulled out of all papers the end of December. I am purposely leaving out the name of the chain. The return of the insert is good news for us for the foreseeable future. Good for our papers because the weekly insert revenue is important to our company’s bottom line. Good for the grocery chain because local community families look to our local publications for PETER the weekly food WAGNER specials every Iowa Information Inc. week. The local and metro papers alike were dropped by the chain in response to many unknowns and explosive changes in modern marketing. Believing all papers are deluded by huge circulation losses, the company's top management decided to use just direct mail, social media blast emails and increased TV to promote shopping their stores. The emails would be sent to customers who had shared their email addresses as part of the chains gas discount program. But the direct mail program, with its much higher postal costs, was usually directed just to homes within five miles of the store or patrons who were known for high volume purchases. That might work well in major markets, but not in rural areas where the next community in any direction was at least seven to 10 miles down the road. Part of the food chain’s reasoning was the company would save money by controlling duplication of delivery where one paper overlaps another. Part of it was the hope the change would reach more younger buyers. Much of it, as we said earlier, was the food corporation was hearing that “newspapers' sub-

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Continued from Page 6 be primaried on the left,” he said. Some have pointed to the influence of lobbyists as a reason for the political divide. However, not every organization in Washington, D.C., has a particular political agenda. The Friends Committee on National Legislation is a Quaker lobby that tries to advocate peaceful solutions for a variety of issues such as immigration, economic justice, criminal justice and nuclear weapons. One thing that sets this organization apart from other lobbying entities is that it is nonpartisan. Diane Randall, executive secretary of the Friends Committee on National Legislation, said during a press briefing with NNAF fellows that the organization is “broad-based,” focusing on a wide set of issues. “If we are going to address problems, we need policy change,” Randall said. As a Quaker organization, one of the Friends Committee on National Legislation’s core beliefs is that God is in every person. This is something that is crucial to how it engages in advocacy, Randall said. Though a lot of people have been talking about the problems with partisanship and the political divide in Washington, D.C., these problems are more far-reaching than that. State and local governments also see the consequences of divided politicians. Illinois political candidates have seen the problems that stem from a partisan state government, just as they do at a federal level. In fact, this partisanship at the state level led to the two-year budget impasse, where Republican and Democratic legislators were not able to compromise and pass a balanced spending plan for the state. Shirley Bell, the only candidate running in the Democratic primary for state representative in the 110th district, said many people make de-

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Continued from Page 9 cisions based on their political affiliation, hindering progress. “You’re a Democrat, you’re a Republican, you’re a this or you’re a that, and they vote straight party line so we can’t get anything done,” Bell said. “And this I’m hearing from almost every person I’ve talked to. They are fed up with state government. We need state legislators willing to work across the aisle (and who will) negotiate and focus on problem solving, not partisan positioning. That’s what politics is supposed to be about.” Terry Davis, who owns a jewelry store in Charleston, ran in the Republican primary for state representative, eventually losing to Chris Miller of Oakland. It is destabilizing to hear that legislators are not able to solve budgetary problems together, Davis said. “The years we have been in budget crisis had an effect on the entire community and businesses felt that (it had) just gotten to the point where they think somebody has to do something,” Davis said. “The state as a whole has suffered tremendously.” It is not just politicians in Washington or the state of Illinois fighting over these issues in the General Assembly. Citizens across the country are battling them out in their communities as well. An example of this is how student activists at Eastern Illinois University and community members recently clashed over the topic of gun control, something dividing people— and politicians — for years now. On the same day that a “March for Our Lives” rally was held on Eastern Illinois University’s campus in Charleston, Ill., there was a pro-gun rally right across the street. While those in the former rally held signs advocating for gun reform and stricter gun legislation, the latter held signs in support of the Second Amendment and carried American flags. Supporters at the pro-gun rally expressed concern that more restric-

tions on guns would lead to a ban on all of them. “They’ll just turn around and say that ‘we need to take away semi-automatic guns from everybody because they’re dangerous,’” Bill Harrison, the regional director for Guns Save Life, said. Those at the March for Our Lives rally talked about their own experiences with gun violence and advocated for keeping “guns out of the wrong hands.” Charleston city council member Dennis Malak said the March for Our Lives movement has already created laws in other states and started bills across this country, but ralliers need to keep pushing. “These are all great first steps, but the fight is not over,” Malak said. “We need common sense nationwide gun laws that keep our communities safe.” Along with the issues themselves, the vitriol in Washington, D.C., with those on both party lines attacking each other, has not escaped those living in smaller communities. Just like politicians in Washington get “primaried” for not being partisan enough, people in Coles County, Ill., have found themselves being insulted for having different views than the conservative majority. Zoey White, a local high school student, and her mother, Jennifer White, both regularly attend marches and rallies, including the “March for Our Lives.” Zoey White says she has been targeted at school for speaking out about gun violence and going to the women’s March. “People have harassed me and called me out in class,” she said. Jennifer White said in this area, they are “kind of outnumbered” when it comes to their political views. This does not stop White from standing up for her beliefs, though. “How else are we going to get our voice out there and make a change?” she said.

the weekly printed page of specials out on the kitchen table to see what’s good to buy that week. So, we welcome back the weekly inserts with open arms. The revenue is important to us if we want to continue the size and depth of our printed products. But more important, the return of the inserts proves the importance of print advertising, especially here in N’West Iowa where individual beliefs in higher education, the community library and reading the local paper remains high. We hope we can continue to be a worthy conduit between Iowa’s two important food chains and our discerning readers for years to come. Peter W. Wagner is founder and publisher of the award winning N'West Iowa REVIEW and 13 additional publications. Wagner can be contacted by emailing pww@iowainformation.com or calling his cell at 712-348-3550.

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Illinois Press Association Annual Convention & Trade Show June 7-8, 2018: Marriott Bloomington-Normal Agenda Thursday, June 7 8 a.m. Registration desk opens 10-11:15 a.m. Let’s make some money with political advertising – John Kimball, The John Kimball Group “Readers Vote and Voters Read!” Research continues to show that newspaper consumers in print and online are the single most reliable voter bloc – a message beginning to resonate with candidates and campaigns. The 2018 mid-term election will set records for political spending. Newspapers are positioned to continue to capitalize on this opportunity IF they recognize it, go after it aggressively with the right message to the right people at the right time. This session will show you how to do just that. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Advertising Awards Luncheon and Dessert Auction 2:15-3:15 p.m. Revenue Idea Exchange 3:30-4:30 p.m. Legislative Update: Newsprint Tariffs, Postal, FOIA, and Public Notices 5-6:30 p.m. IPA/IPF/IAPME Chairman’s Reception featuring Distinguished Service Awards (see recipients on Page 14) 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dinner and IAPME Awards – Both IPA and IAPME members are invited to attend this special event! Keynote: “Maintaining Independence, a conversation with Chicago Sun-Times CEO Edwin Eisendrath presented by the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors.” Madeleine Doubek, director of Policy & Civic Engagement for the Better Government Association, will lead the conversation with Eisendrath • The IAPME annual awards announcements and Lincoln League Award presentation will follow dinner and keynote. 9-10 p.m. Trivia

Friday, June 8 7 a.m. Registration desk opens 7:30 a.m. Continental breakfast 8:30-9:45 a.m. How ProPublica & NPR Collected Nearly 5,000 Stories of Maternal Harm – Adriana Gallardo, ProPublica The U.S. has the highest rate of deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth in the developed world. Half of the deaths are preventable, victimizing women from a variety of races, backgrounds, educations and income levels. This session will cover different methods used to connect with sources and communities at the center of a complex investigative series. 10-11 a.m. You Need to Be There: Rebuilding Relevance through Engagement – Dennis Anderson, Peoria Journal Star You may have communities or neighborhoods in your coverage area that don’t trust or engage with your news organization, and you could be to blame. If that makes you uncomfortable, that’s good. Now it’s time to accept your role and decide what you can do to change the situation. At the Peoria Journal Star, we know that because we did it. Just a few years ago, many Peoria residents had all but written us off as irrelevant. In this session, we’ll talk about how we changed that and share what we’ve learned. Like any good beat reporter, editors also need to grow their sources, know whom to call about an issue, and encourage those sources to call you when they have news to share. That starts with engaging with people and following through by covering the news that makes the community unique. Learn how to reach out, build credibility and maintain the relationship. Dennis Anderson, executive editor of the Journal Star in Peoria, will share strategies on how a newsroom can once again become relevant to a neighborhood that feels ignored. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Editorial Awards Luncheon 2 p.m. Adjourn

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IPA to celebrate excellence in news and advertising

Last year, the IPA honored 2016 advertising (above left) and editorial excellence (above right) at the Annual Convention & Trade Show award luncheons. Join us for the award luncheons at convention to find out the 2017 contest winners. Photos from the awards luncheons and convention will be available to member newspapers on Friday evening following convention. They will be available on the IPA's website at: http://illinoispress.org/ Events/Convention.aspx.

Join us for Trivia Night after the IAPME Dinner & Awards! Do you have ample general knowledge after all your years in the newsroom? Join us for an hour trivia to win some fun prizes!

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Illinois Press Association to honor exceptional service The Illinois Press Association will honor two longtime IPA members at the IPA/IPF/IAPME Chairman’s Reception, held during the IPA's Annual Convention & Trade Show at the Marriott in Bloomington-Normal. 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.

Jim Slonoff

At the age of 13, Jim Slonoff’s father taught him how to develop film and print pictures, using a Speed Graphic. That year he took a picture of maple trees in the community that were infected with a disease and it was published in the Edison Park Review. For his efforts he received $10! He was hooked. Slonoff continued to shoot pictures for them and worked on his high school newspaper and yearbook at Taft High School in Chicago. Slonoff attended Northern Illinois University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism with an emphasis in photojournalism. He worked at the Northern Star in college; positions included photographer, photo editor and managing editor. He also met the love of his life, Ilene, there. She was copy editor, Slonoff was photo editor and their offices were across the hall. Their relationship developed and they were married in April 1981. Slonoff’s first job out of college came in January 1981. He was hired as a photographer at The Doings Newspa-

pers. He ‘retired’ there in July of 2006 as publisher. In September of 2006, he and Pam Lannom started The Hinsdalean. They deliver free to homes, businesses, school and churches and have a circulation of 6,250. Slonoff is a member of the Northern Star Hall of Fame and Northern Star alumni board, and treasurer of Northern Illinois Newspaper Association. He is a past president of the Illinois Press Association. He is currently a member of the IPA Board of Directors and vice president of the Illinois Press Foundation Board of Directors. Currently, he serves as an adviser to the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce and is a past president. A winner of numerous regional, state and national awards for photography, design, advertising and promotion Slonoff lives in Hinsdale with Ilene. They have two sons, Michael and Matthew. Michael is 30 and a vice president of training at Next College Student Athlete in Chicago. Matthew is 20 and a petty officer third class aboard the forward deployed aircraft carrier U.S.S. Ronald Reagan, stationed in Japan.

John Galer

John M. Galer’s great-grandfather, Michael Galer, was a newspaper publisher in Minnesota during the 1920s and 1930s (the Aitken's County Pilot in MacGregor, MN). His grandfather, Del Galer, came to Hillsboro in 1945, when Del partnered with Sam Little to operate The Hillsboro Journal. John's parents, Phillip and Nancy Galer, continued that endeavor over the years. John and his wife, Susie, now own Hillsboro Journal, Inc. (which publishes The Journal-News). John's daughter, Mary (Galer) Herschelman, is now the fourth generation in the family to work for the newspaper. John and Susie have two children: Mary (husband Kyle) Herschelman of Hillsboro and Major John (wife Emily) Galer of Alexandria, Va., and two granddaughters, Grace and Charlotte Herschelman of Hillsboro. Mary and Kyle both work at The Journal-News, where Mary is an editor and Kyle is the sports editor. John is a Major in the U.S. Air Force, currently serving as a legislative defense fellow on Capitol Hill. John graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1970, and went on to attend Eastern Illinois University. He was never able to finish his degree, as he was called home to help fill a vacancy when a pressman quit. In addition to publishing The Journal-News, the Galers own the Bunker Hill Gazette-News, Brighton

Southwestern Journal, Madison County Chronicle, Mt. Olive Herald, The Raymond News, M&M Journal and Macoupin County Journal. They also own Journal Printing Co., which prints more than 20 other area newspapers. Galer currently serves on the Illinois Press Foundation Board of Directors, as well as the board for the Southern Illinois Editorial Association. He is also a past president of the Illinois Press Association, and is currently a director for the National Newspaper Association in Region 4. In 2008, he was named a Master Editor by the Southern Illinois Editorial Association, joining both his father and grandfather on the Wall of Fame at SIUC. In 2015, he was named Distinguished Alumni for Hillsboro High School. Outside of newspaper life, Galer is an active member of the Hillsboro Sertoma Club, a local service organization, and is on the board of directors for the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation, where he has also served as past president. He is a past president of the Litchfield Chamber of Commerce and served on the Litchfield Veterans Memorial Garden Committee. He also volunteers with Imagine Hillsboro, a community service organization that works for the betterment of Hillsboro and its residents and helps to fundraise for INAD awareness (infantile neuroaxonal dystrophy), which affects his granddaughter, Grace.

Past Honorees 1989-2017 2017: Tom Oakley, Quincy Media, Quincy 2017: Tom Shaw, Shaw Media, Sterling 2017: Cheryl Wormley, Woodstock Independent 2017: Bill Garth (posthumous), Citizen Newspapers, Chicago 2016: Jeff Farren, Kendall County Record, Yorkville 2016: Kathy Farren, Kendall County Record, Yorkville 2016: John Foreman, News-Gazette Media, Champaign 2016: Carter Newton, The Galena Gazette.

2015: Sandy Macfarland, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin 2015: Patrick Coburn, State Journal-Register, Springfield 2015: Howard Hay, Chicago Tribune 2015: Doug Ray, Paddock Publications, Arlington Heights 2015: Clyde Wills, Metropolis Planet 2009:Bruce Sagan, Hyde Park Herald, Chicago 2005: Charles Richards, Regional Publishing Company, Palos Heights 2003: Wayne Woltman, Press-Republican Newspapers, St. Charles

1999: Jack R. Kubik, Sr., LIFE Newspapers, Berwyn 1996: Lanning Macfarland, Jr., Chicago Daily Law Bulletin 1995: Jerry Reppert, The Gazette Democrat, Anna 1994: Thomas (Tom) Phillips, Pana News-Palladium 1991: Robert (Bob) Best, The News Progress, Sullivan 1990: Joseph (Joe) Ferstl, Pulitzer/Lerner Newspaper, Morton Grove 1989: Charles Flynn, The News-Gazette, Champaign


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with convention speakers John Kimball

presenting Thursday at 10 a.m. in Redbird A Newspapers have been the passion for John Kimball for over 45 years and the reason behind the Kimball founding of The John Kimball Group in 2009. He started his career at The Detroit Free Press and ran the advertising department during the days when the local media competition was at its fiercest. He then went to The Denver Post to do it again in the Rocky Mountains before turning his eye back east to manage the sales and marketing departments of New Jersey’s second largest newspaper, The Record and its growing portfolio of newspapers. At each newspaper, he managed annual revenue budgets in excess of $200 million, ran sales staffs of over 300 and in the process helped make newspaper owners and advertisers millions of dollars. In 1998, John became the chief marketing officer of a national trade association, The Newspaper Association of America. In that capacity he was responsible for the marketing initiatives designed to drive revenue, build audience and deliver best practices to the entire newspaper business. His 11 years with NAA have given Kimball a unique industry-wide perspective while interacting with top-level newspaper executives and their senior management staffs. He has brought a dynamic approach to the ability of newspapers to generate more political advertising revenue and improve their entire go-to-market philosophy with the powerful ASK-CRM sales tool in the process. Convention photos will be available to member newspapers on the IPA's website (illinoispress.org/ Events/Convention.aspx.) Friday evening following convention.

Adriana Gallardo presenting Friday at 8:30 a.m. in Redbird A Adriana Gallardo is an engagement reporter at ProPublica, where she works to cultivate communities to inform investigative series. Last year, she led engagement and reported for the Lost Mothers series which illuminated a national disgrace: the U.S. has the worst rate of maternal deaths in the developed world, and up Gallardo to 60 percent of those deaths are preventable. This series was the 2018 winner of the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting and received the George Polk Award in the medical reporting category. Gallardo has long specialized in community journalism. Prior to ProPublica, she oversaw a reporting series at 15 public and NPR member stations. In 2014, she traveled the country with the StoryCorps mobile booth collecting over 400 stories archived at the Library of Congress. In her hometown Chicago, she spent over a decade working as a journalist and radio producer.

Dennis Anderson presenting Friday at 10 a.m. in Redbird A

Dennis Anderson joined the Journal Star in Peoria as executive editor in 2012. He's a member of The Associated Press Media Editors board and is president of Illinois Associated Press Media Editors. The Journal Star is in its fourth year working closely with PeoAnderson ria’s South Side (http://bit.ly/2sECjov) neighborhoods that struggle with poverty, crime and underemployment. The Journal Star has been named one of Editor & Publisher magazine’s 10 Newspapers That Do It Right, received the 2014 top award for General Excellence from IAPME and been named GateHouse Media’s Newspaper of the Year. Prior to joining the Journal Star, Anderson was top editor of the Journal-World in Lawrence, Kan. While at the Journal-World, the paper won APME’s top Digital Storytelling Award three years in a row. He previously worked at the Norwich Bulletin in Connecticut, the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin in New York and the Daily Herald in Arlington Heights. Anderson leads the IPA/IAPME Illinois Bicentennial series project.

Madeleine Doubek leading discussion Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in Redbird C Madeleine Doubek, the Better Government Association’s Director of Policy & Civic Engagement, is an award-winning journalist who spent 32 years covering local and state government and politics. She previously served as publisher of Reboot Illinois. Her work on Illinois’ historic budget impasse was honored by Voices for Illinois Children and Doubek with two Peter Lisagor Awards from the Chicago Headline Club. Doubek was the former assistant vice president/executive editor of the Daily Herald. While there, she led a team of reporters and editors who wrote an award-winning, five-part series, “44 Minutes in January,” that told in unprecedented detail the story of the Palatine Brown’s Chicken murders. Her work on series examining Homeland Security spending, foster care, chronic drunken driving and burgeoning suburban hard-core drug use also has been honored with regional and national awards. Doubek graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a journalism major and political science minor. A native of Chicago’s South Side, she now lives in Des Plaines.

Edwin Eisendrath presenting Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in Redbird C

A lifelong Chicagoan, Edwin Eisendrath is a creative leader who gets Eisendrath things done. He has successfully innovated across the public, private, and independent sectors to create value — social value as well as economic. He led the effort to save the Chicago Sun-Times from being purchased by the parent company of the Chicago Tribune and is now chief executive officer of SunTimes Media, which includes the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Reader and the online news site The Straight Dope. Eisendrath brings to that role a lifetime of civic engagement, a deep understanding of the city and a passion to deliver news that matters to the people of Chicago and Illinois. Prior to taking the helm at the SunTimes, Eisendrath was managing partner of StrateSphere LLC, a firm that specializes in design and implementation of complex and fit-for-purpose public private partnerships in the areas of education, innovation and economic transformation. He previously led international consulting engagements for Huron Consulting Group, focusing on the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). That practice took on transformational engagements in the Middle East using novel tools, such as offset credits from military contractors. Previously, Eisendrath was the federal administrative receiver who led the turnaround of several troubled public housing authorities, including the nation’s worst in Chicago. He has served as regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as a Chicago alderman and as a teacher in Chicago’s schools. Eisendrath also is a member of the Writers Guild of America. He lives in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood with his wife, Jennifer Schulze, where they raised their three children.


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Freedom of press issue gains national attention

A national organization that monitors Freedom of the Press issues published an online story at the end of April about how the city of Des Plaines and two local police officers, including Police Chief William Kushner, tried to force the Journal & Topics Media Group to reveal the name of a source of a 2015 story about police officers viewing porEffective April 24, the Morris Her- nography at the downtown police ald-News became a twice-a-week pa- station. The story is one of numerous arper, adding a Tuesday edition to comticles published by the foundation plement its weekly Thursday edition. about government attempts to compel reporters and media companies to provide information about how they obtained information. Many of the articles were embarrassing to the government as they uncovered May 5 will be the first day without a information that was not meant to Saturday paper under this new sched- become public. The Freedom of the Press Founule. Instead, the Sentinel's (Centralia) dation story is about an article and new weekend edition will be printed photograph the Journal & TopSaturday afternoon and available on ics published in 2015 in which it newsstands and racks later that day. showed two officers viewing porn Due to heavier evening traffic paton a police department computer in terns and in the interest of carrier downtown Des Plaines. The newssafety, delivery of the weekend edition will take place early Sunday for subscribers. Tronc announced May 6 that it has The Sunday and Tuesday editions agreed to recognize the Chicago Triwill feature more local content than bune Guild, the first newsroom union in in the past due to the absence of the the newspaper's 171-year history. Saturday paper. The company said there will be three bargaining units, one for Chicago Tribune and RedEye employees, one for its suburban and Hoy publications and one for its Design and Production Studio. Official certification is expected to come from the National Labor Relations Board in the coming week. About 85 Pike Press, Pittsfield percent of newsroom employees signed cards supporting union representation, with the organizing committee submitting a letter April 24 to Chicago Tribune executives asking for recognition. The company did not initially agree to the request, but on May 6, Bruce Dold, the Tribune's publisher and editor in chief, announced in an email to news-

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paper obtained the photo through an individual who asked to remain anonymous. After the Journal & Topics story was published, police Commander Michael Holdman was accused by some fellow officers of leaking the picture. Holdman was demoted to the rank of sergeant and in 2017 he filed a lawsuit against the city of Des Plaines, Kushner and fellow officer John Rice. In May 2017, the three defendants hired a law firm that has done business with the city to subpoena Journal & Topics Editor Todd Wessell seeking to uncover the identity of the source. Wessell, who for months rejected the idea, agreed with a court order to answer one question from the defendants. That question was, "Did I get the information, the picture from Holdman?" The answer was "no." That ended the case, which resulted in the source not being identified. Holdman's lawsuit against the city, Kushner and Rice is continuing.

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room employees that the union would be recognized. "As we move ahead, we need to be united as one organization with an important purpose – to help the company transform and thrive as a business, and to serve our readers world-class journalism," Dold said. Tronc spokeswoman Marisa Kollias did not immediately respond to a request for comment the evening of May 6. The union will not represent supervisors, managers and other non-newsroom employees, but there is some disagreement over whether certain editors and editorial board members should be included. "We will engage in further conversations concerning whether certain job classifications will be included in the bargaining unit," Dold said in his email.

The offices of Pantagraph Media opened the morning of Monday, April 9 at a new location – 205 N. Main St. on the old courthouse square – just a short walk away from their old home of more than 140 years. Pantagraph Media has a long-term lease for around 14,000 square feet, with offices on the first and second f loors. Heartland Bank is located at the south end of the first f loor, and other tenants are on the third f loor. The building is owned by 121 North Main LLC. The building is being renamed for the newspaper, whose leaders oversaw extensive renovations over the past several months. "We couldn't be more pleased with our new building. It was a long search but we know we found what we were looking for," said Pantagraph Publisher Julie Bechtel. "The support we've received has been so gratifying. I know our employees will be happy here and the public will be impressed with what has been accomplished."


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Kane County Chronicle, Elburn Herald and Sugar Grove Herald announced the creation of two new free email newsletters for what seem to be favorite topics in the TriCities and western Kane County: crime and entertainment. The newsletters are called the Kane County Crime Report and Kane County Events. Kane County Events is sent on Friday mornings to help readers better plan their weekend. The 10 listings are handpicked selections from Kane County Weekend Editor Renee Tomell on some of the best ways to spend your free time. Sign up for Kane County Events at shawurl.com/395g. People interested in receiving police reports and records of charges and arrests can sign up at shawurl. com/395e. Four stories are sent on Past Bureau County Republican Sunday mornings in an effort to keep you up to date on the crime and Editor Terri Simon is remembered through a donation from Voices From courts scene in Kane County. the Prairie to the Princeton Public Library. Voices from the Prairie is a grassroots citizens' movement committed to promoting open, ethical and fair The Marion Star has a new look, governance, and upholding the values starting with the May 3 issue. Swin- of tolerance, fairness and inclusion in ford-Reppert Publications has entered American society and political life. an agreement with Concord PublishSimon worked with members of ing in Cape Girardeau, Mo., to have the Voices From the Prairie to publish Star printed each week on Concord's their events, and served on their state-of-the-art press. press panel in 2017. Concord is the home of the SouthVoices From The Prairie donated east Missourian newspaper. The new books to the Princeton and Sheffield agreement replaces an outdated press libraries in memory of Simon, who that the newspaper had been using at had a long career in local communianother facility. ties with the Bureau County Repub"I think both our readers and adver- lican and was a strong advocate for tisers will be thrilled with the cleaner, sharper look of our products," said Swinford-Reppert General Manager After lengthy debate, The Riley Swinford. "Our color will be more true and in register than before News-Gazette eliminated the comand the fine work of our photogra- menting feature on its website. The change went into effect April 1. phers will be better showcased." “It takes a significant amount Swinford-Reppert Publications produces The Marion Star, the Herrin In- of manpower to sift through comdependent and the Carterville Courier ments, quickly deleting the most each week. egregious while considering the

Journal-Pilot to start daily broadcast April 2

Citizens' movement remembers Simon through book donation

New printing press gives Marion Star even better value

The Hancock County Journal-Pilot now broadcasts daily news, effective April 2. Keith Yex provides daily news updates on the Journal-Pilot website, www. journalpilot.com. Click on the SportsYex tab at the top of the home page to listen from 7 to 8 a.m. Monday through Friday, The broadcast will have updates on government news such as city councils and school boards, obituaries, agriculture news, upcoming events and sports highlights. "A year and four months ago, when we purchased the papers, we promised you change," said Co-Publisher Steve Helenthal. "With the absence of a radio station in Carthage, we are stepping up and filling an important void. We've been broadcasting Illini West and West Hancock boys and girls basketball, now we will give you a daily broadcast of news, sports and community events." This daily broadcast is sponsored by Bergmann Farm Supply, Fortress Bank, Printy Funeral Homes and more.

the First Amendment, a supporter of women in journalism, and held a strong commitment of community involvement. Voices wanted to honor her in a way that supported her convictions and her commitments. As an expression of thanks, the group has donated six books to the library in her memory. They are: "The Elements of Style" by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White; "The New Journalism" by Tom Wolf; "Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within" by Natalie Goldber; "Unbelievable: my front row seat to the craziest campaign in American history" by Katy Tur; "The Soul of the First The Marshall Advocate office will Amendment" by Floyd Abramsp; and be moving to 510 North Michigan "Bylines: a photobiography of Nellie later this year. Bly" by Sue Macy. The newspaper has been located at 610 Archer Ave., next to the Marshall Public Library, since 2001. "We have enjoyed being downmerits of the merely boorish. That town next to the library," said Advomanpower, I believe, is better used cate Publisher Gary Strohm. "Howin an editing or reporting capacity,” ever, the new location will give us even greater visibility and allow us News-Gazette Media Chief Executo have off-street parking. We will tive Officer and The News-Gazette be remodeling the new office over Publisher John Reed said in the an- the next few months and plan to be nouncement to readers. moved by September 1."

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Shaw Media buys Ottawa Times from Small Newspapers Shaw Media acquired The Times of Ottawa and its assets from Small Newspaper Group, company leaders announced March 22. The Times will be the latest addition to Sterling-based Shaw's portfolio of publications, which includes more than 150 titles in northern Illinois and Iowa. Small Newspapers President Len R. Small said his company sought a smaller and more manageable footprint in the Midwest. Kankakee-based Small owns two other daily newspapers and several magazines and digital services in Illinois and Minnesota. In September 2005, The Daily Times, based in Ottawa, merged with its sister paper, The Times-Press, based in Streator, to form The Times. The Times is published five days a week, Monday through Thursday and Saturday, and is online daily at MyWebTimes.com.

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The Daily Journal annouces three key promotions The Daily Journal (Kankakee) announced three key promotions May 5. Two are new hires and one is a recent hire with new responsibilities. The three recently received a total of 13 awards for excellence in journalism. This announcement came on the news that the Journal will receive a number of awards for excellence from the Illinois Press Association next month. Derrick Webb, the new managing digital editor, moved to Kankakee from Chillicothe, Ohio, where he was a five-year sports editor at his hometown newspaper, the Chillicothe Gazette, owned by the Gannett Co. During his time in the field, Webb has won eight Ohio Associated Press Media Editors awards and five Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association honors — those include the APME’s top sportswriter in 2017, as well as top honors for best sports columnist, best sports feature writer and best sports

enterprise piece. As a sports editor, he grew an audience of more than 1,000 on his professional Facebook page and earned more than 3,900 followers on his Twitter account. While with the Journal, Webb will have a hand in all things digital, will cover local sporting events and will frequently take photographs. In his free time, Webb likes spending time with his family, attending professional sporting events, listening to music and touring local breweries. Allison Shapiro is a recent hire who has been promoted to social media manager. She started at the Daily Journal in January 2017 after graduating from the Northwestern Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, where she specialized in magazine journalism. There, she won two Mark of Excellence Awards from the Society of Pro-

fessional Journalists, one for radio newscasts and one for online news reporting as a member of the Medill Justice Project team. Before joining the Journal, Shapiro interned at America Media and Pacific Standard magazine, where she helped manage social media growth. As a reporter, she focuses on county government and feature stories that highlight the exciting and inspirational things going on in the area. She looks forward to bringing that passion to the digital side of things. An army brat, Shapiro also enjoys visiting her parents as they travel across the world. New hire David Giuliani, who has specialized in investigative reporting, started in April as a reporter at the Daily Journal. Giuliani, who grew up in Rockford, comes most recently from The Times in Ottawa, where he focused on government watchdog reporting. The newspaper recently named him

Goebel named as News-Gazette's new managing editor, succeeds Corkery Mike Goebel has been named managing editor at The News-Gazette. At News-Gazette Media since 2003, Goebel previously served as sports editor and, most recently, design editor. He succeeds Dan Corkery, who retired after 38 years at the newspaper. "I'm excited for the opportunity," Goebel said. "This is a good place to work, with good people, and I'm just looking forward to carrying on what we do." Goebel, 37, frequently has been honored on the state and national level for his work with news, sports and features. "Since the day he walked into the newsroom, Mike's played a critical role in how our product looks and reads — in print and online," News-Gazette Media's Vice President of News Jim Rossow said. "He's ready to put his stamp on even more of what we do." While retaining his design role,

Goebel also will handle administrative duties and serve as audience liaison. "I'm still going to have input into the look of every day's newspaper, special sections, special projects, everything we do from that aspect," said Goebel, a Mount Zion native and Truman State graduate. In addition to Goebel, several other staff members have been promoted: George Dobrik has been promoted to deputy managing editor. News editor since 1999, Dobrik joined The News-Gazette in 1985 as a copy editor. He will take on new administrative duties, coordinate newsroom training and lead a production upgrade. Joel Leizer, at The News-Gazette since 1998, has been named news editor. Previously assistant news editor, Leizer will work hand-in-hand with Editor Jeff D'Alessio in a content preparation role. Longtime copy editor Dave Burleson

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employee of the year. At The Times, Giuliani put together an investigative package on the LaSalle County state’s attorney’s forfeiture program. He revealed how a special unit routinely seized money from suspected drug smugglers but let them continue down the road after they relinquished their cash. Giuliani also wrote about how the state’s attorney spent the forfeiture proceeds on things such as trips to conferences in Las Vegas. The state’s attorney, who lost re-election, has since been indicted in connection with the forfeiture spending.

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Lindsay Gloor is the new associate editor of The Herald-News. Gloor comes to Joliet from the DeKalb Daily Chronicle, where she worked as a reporter. Before that, Gloor was a digital reporter for Shaw Media, covering breaking news and creating innovative multimedia packages for the company's Chicago properties, including The Gloor Herald-News. Gloor is a graduate of the University of Missouri. Gloor was the president of her college sorority, Sigma Kappa (Epsilon Mu), and was the secretary of Center Stage, a student-run organization that provides free dance classes to children in Columbia, Mo.


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Ruthhart retires as editor of The Dispatch-Argus The Dispatch-Argus Editor Roger Ruthhart announced his retirement April 8. Ruthhart served the newspaper industry for 50 years, all in Illinois. In 1968, Ruthhart began his career by covering sports in high school for his hometown paper in Barrington. Ruthhart was then a Ruthhart reporter in the Chicago suburbs, and then became a political writer and editor of Lakeland Newspapers based in Grayslake. From there, he went to Streator as editor and covered the former mayor's trial on racketeering charges and pushed for a change in the city’s corrupt form of local government. Ruthhart has served on the boards of the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association and the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors for more than 30 years. He can be reached at roger.ruthhart@gmail.com.

Long joins FPN news staff Shawn Long, of Wilmington, has joined the Free Press Newspapers to help cover high school sports. He is a graduate of Illinois State University where he majored in broadcast journalism and was a TV sports reporter on the campus news station, TV10 News. Long graduated from Wilmington High School in 2011, and Long went on to attend Joliet Junior College, where he originally wanted to be an architect. He took a couple of journalism classes and it was a fit. He transferred to Illinois State University in the fall of 2013 and found a home in sports reporting.

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Paddock, Stone named to Herald's Board of Directors The board of directors of Paddock Publications, publishers of the Daily Herald, has named Senior Vice President/Information Technologies Stuart R. Paddock III and President/ Chief Operating Officer Scott Stone to the board. "I know ownership has a great deal of confidence in Scott and Stu, knowing that Scott's operational responsibilities and Stu's digital background will add value to the Paddock board," said Douglas K. Ray, chairman, publisher and chief executive officer. "At this time of digital convergence, they will help guide key initiatives and provide direction for senior management in developing others. The board's direction is clear: grow the business in new and different ways." Paddock, 60, has been involved in every department of the company since he was hired in 1982. He currently is senior vice president for Digital Technology and Information Systems. His great grandfather, Hosea Pad-

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dock, bought the Palatine Enterprise in 1898, and started a company that would evolve into the Daily Herald Media Group. The company remains family owned. Stone, 57, began his career with Paddock Publications in 1997 after having spent almost 13 years working as a reporter and editor for the Copley Newspaper Group in the Fox Valley. Once at the Daily Herald, Stone served as the editor and manager of the Fox Valley bureau, led efforts in interactive media and business development and led the sales department as a vice president. He was named president and chief operating officer 2010.

Illinois editors named to E&P’s 25 Under 35 Herald & Review (Decatur) Managing Editor of Digital Allison Petty, Belleville News-Democrat Breaking News Editor Dana Rieck and Reppert Publications (Marion Star, Herrin Independent and Carterville Courier) General Manager Riley Swinford have all been selected as part of Editor & Publishers 25 Under 35 2018. The list annually recognizes the "future generation of newspaper leaders" from across the nation. Petty, 30, was recognized for leading the transition to digital in 2017 and growing pageviews by 87 percent over 2016. According to Herald & Review Executive Editor Chris Coates, this is the biggest increase parent company Lee Enterprises has seen. Rieck, 26, recently covered two major breaking news events on lo-

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cation. She coordinated coverage in Washington, D.C., of a man from Belleville shooting a U.S. congressman, and in St. Louis when a police officer was found not guilty of the death of a black man. Swinford, now 26, was 22 in 2014 when he brought the idea to found the Marion Star to Jerry Reppert. “In a time where newspapers are shuttering their doors, Riley had the foresight and guts to go against the tide and start his own publication,” Reppert was quoted as saying in the Editor & Publisher article. “He came to me with his idea and I provided the network, funding and structure to help him execute it.” In 2016, Reppert promoted Swinford to general manager of the Marion Star, Herrin Independent and Carterville Courier.

Paul Gaier, a newspaper veteran with Illinois roots, is the new president and publisher of the Peoria Journal Star and PJStar.com, Bradley M. Harmon, central U.S. president for GateHouse Media, announced May 2. Gaier replaces Ken Mauser, who resigned May 1 after 32 years of service to the Peoria community. Gaier will report to Harmon and assumes his new role immediately. Gaier Under Mauser’s leadership, the Journal Star won several national and state journalism honors, including the Associated Press Media Editors First Amendment Award in 2017 for successfully taking the city of Peoria Mauser to court to gain access to sealed records detailing police misuse of time on the clock. Previously, Gaier served as publisher of the Rockford Register Star, which he will continue to oversee in his new role as president of GateHouse's Illinois operation. GateHouse Media has 33 publications in Illinois, including 14 daily newspapers. Gaier led the Rockford market for the past several years of growth. Under his leadership, the Register Star was named one of 10 newspapers that "Do It Right" by Editor & Publisher magazine in 2017. He has been with GateHouse Media since 2012, when he joined the Peoria Journal Star as director of advertising.

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Daily Herald photojournalist John Starks took first place in the National Press Photographers Association's annual Best of Photography contest. Starks' photo of a jockey jumping from his horse as the horse broke its leg in August at the finish line of the Secretariat Stakes at Arlington International Racecourse in August rose to the top over hundreds of other photos from around the country. Starks and several other Daily Herald photojournalists also were recognized recently in the NPPA's monthly regional contests. Steve Lundy placed first in January in the General News category for a photo of a man dashing out of the frigid waters of Lake Michigan after the

Polar Bear Plunge. In the February contest, four Daily Herald photojournalists placed. John Starks took second place in the General News category for a photo of a girl at Elgin's Black History Family Fest. Brian Hill took third place in the Portrait category for a photo of a woman who was shot and nearly killed in the 2008 shooting at Northern Illinois University. Joe Lewnard took third place in the Sports Action category for a photo of players grappling over a loose basketball. Dan White took third place in the Sports Feature category for a coach celebrating a win with a basketball net on his head.

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Metheny has joined the Iroquois County's Times-Republic (Watseka) team as its sport editor. Originally from Brook, Metheny is a 2006 graduate of South Newton High School, where he played foot-

ball and baseball. Baseball got him, a centerfielder, scouted to the University of Indianapolis. His passion for sports led him to be a sports writer – starting as a correspondent and eventually being a staff reporter – for the Newton County Enterprise. And he spent a few months writing previously with the Times-Republic.

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Despite her longevity, she quietly retired from the Daily Herald. She let only President/ Chief Operating Officer Scott Stone and a small circle of work friends know of her planned exit and requested they keep it confidential so she could finish her job without distractions. She wrote a letter to her colleagues on why she wanted to leave without fanfare. In 2002, Koenig was honored with the newspaper's Margie Paddock Flanders Advertising Award.


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Kevin Moore

Kevin M. Moore, a former Chicago newspaper reporter and entertainment editor, who spent a decade of his preteen and teenage summers as an apprentice lion tamer and cotton candy vendor for a family-owned circus, died April 11 in Evanston Hospital from complications following brain surgery. He was 71. Moore Moore was born Feb. 10, 1947 in Cleveland, Ohio. He and his wife, Constance, moved to Wilmette in 1976. From August 1986 to his August 2008 retirement, Moore was deputy entertainment editor supervising and editing critics and review schedules for the Chicago Tribune. As editor of the Tribune's Tempo section, Moore was responsible for producing the daily general features section. He also served as deputy editor of the Sunday Arts section and reviewed mysteries for the newspaper's Books section. From 1974 to 1986, Moore was employed by the Chicago Sun-Times,

where he was editor of Weekend Plus, an entertainment section. During the early 1970s Moore was a copy editor at the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. Prior to that he was a general assignment and political reporter for Florida TODAY, in Cocoa, Fla., and was part of the Gannett team that covered the 1972 Democratic Convention. Moore earned a bachelor's degree in 1968 and a master's of science degree in journalism in 1971 from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. He was a member of journalism's Phi Beta Kappa Society. He attended Forman Preparatory School in Litchfield, Conn. Moore enlisted in the U. S. Army in August 1968 and fought in active ground combat. He was severely wounded in Vietnam and honorably discharged two years later. He was awarded the Combat Infantryman's Badge, Purple Heart and a valor citation for his bravery. Moore is survived by his wife, Constance.

Andes 'Jack' Best

Andes "Jack" Best of Princeton, who went on to have a lengthy career in leadership at a local electric cooperative, died April 2. He was 78. During his employment at the Bureau County Republican, Best served first as comptroller and business manager, and later as general manager at a time when Mary Bailey Best was owner and publisher. The paper jettisoned its old threeunit Fairchild printing press in 1972 in favor of a four unit Goss Community press, which was more versatile in the number of pages that could be printed and the use of color ink. As years went by, more units were added to the press that Best purchased, and it printed the BCR for more than 45 years until it was discontinued in January of this year. With the arrival of the new offset press, the newspaper switched from letterpress typesetting and hot type to phototypesetting. Best researched the equipment available and pur-

chased Compugraphic equipment to set stories, headlines and advertising copy in cold type. That equipment was used until the advent of desktop publishing in the later 1980s. Other Best initiatives included expanding the BCR's news coverage, publishing the Bureau County Advertiser, a free-circulation publication, and expanding commercial printing. With the purchase of the Republican in 1977 by B.F. Shaw Printing Co., now known as Shaw Media, Best left to take a leadership role with the Illinois Valley Electric Cooperative, based in Princeton, and later with Corn Belt Energy. He retired after 36 years of service. Surviving relatives are his wife Penny Best of Princeton, two sons; Jack (Theresa) Von Ruden of Streator, Bill Darm of Princeton, one brother Fred (Melody) Best of Princeton, one sister, Rebecca Best of Princeton, seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Michael McGuire Michael McGuire, 80, died April 13 of pancreatic cancer in Naples, Fla., said his wife, Liliana. McGuire had been a longtime Glencoe resident until moving to Naples about eight years ago. He also had a home in Rome, Italy. Michael McGuire was a Chicago Tribune reporter and foreign correspondent who later helped manage the paper's national and foreign coverage and was part of the Tribune's historic effort to McGuire open a bureau in Havana in 2001. In 1965, McGuire joined the Tri-

bune, covering neighborhood news on the South Side before shifting to report on northwest Indiana communities. In early 1966, McGuire began covering northern Lake County suburbs, with a special emphasis on writing about armed forces members who had been wounded in Vietnam. He soon transitioned to covering military affairs, starting in 1967. McGuire served as the Tribune's Rome correspondent starting in late 1969, also covering the Middle East and the Mediterranean. In late 1972, he was named the Tribune's correspondent in Moscow, where he worked until the end of 1974.

At the start of 1975, McGuire became the paper's foreign editor, overseeing the paper's foreign correspondents and bureaus. One of McGuire's first crises as foreign editor came when Tribune Middle East correspondent Philip Caputo was shot and wounded in Beirut in October 1975. McGuire worked the phones with the State Department to evacuate Caputo. From 1984 to 1986, McGuire wrote editorials for the Tribune. In 1986, he returned to the paper's national and foreign desk, as deputy associate managing editor for foreign and national news. In 2001, McGuire helped Tribune Co. open a bureau in Havana.

McGuire also was active in the Inter American Press Association, serving as a judge for the organization's Awards for Excellence in Journalism. After retiring from the Tribune in 2002, McGuire divided his time between Florida and Rome. He also developed a keen interest in photography, and occasionally wrote articles for the Tribune from Rome as a special correspondent. He also helped with the Tribune's coverage of Hurricane Wilma in Florida in 2005. McGuire also is survived by his wife, two sons and four grandchildren.


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