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Build and nurture relationships with new lawmakers
As I wrote about in the previous PressLines, we learned during the newsprint tariff battle that we have considerable influence with Congress. That’s because as an industry, we play a vital role in the communities we serve. Now we must return our attention to the state level. We are going to see some new members of the Illinois Legislature next session. Build and nurture relationships with these new lawmakers. The tariff won’t be the last battle we fight, and we know a new legislative session will bring a new attack on requirements that public notices be SAM FISHER published in newspapers. It President & CEO happens every session. Josh Sharp, our executive vice president, does an outstanding job staying on top of these attacks. Further, when it comes to public notices, he does a great job of protecting the public’s right to know and the newspapers’ interests. But Josh is one person, and he needs to have the backing and support of every Illinois newspaper. That support comes from each of you having key
relationships with your state representatives and senators. Call them for their support when we call on you. We’ve just finished putting together a comprehensive Public Notice Resource Guide to help our newspapers. The guide addresses the importance of building relationships, promoting public notices both in print and online, and providing easy access to notices on newspaper websites. It also contains talking points about the value of public notices in newspapers. Use this when you have important discussions. Download this 28-page guide at https://bit.ly/2Oej3np or request print copies. Let us know how many you need, and we’ll get them to you. Our goal is to equip our newspapers with the tools to protect public notices. At the end of the day, the best thing our newspapers can do to help the industry is to build those relationships, especially when we are going to have quite a few new faces in Springfield. It’s a lesson we must continually learn.
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Charge by statutorily set rates for Delinquent Tax Lists and Assessment List Newspapers need to remember that the law is very different when it comes to what they should charge for delinquent tax lists and assessment lists. All statutes discussed below are statutorily set rates, meaning that newspapers should not charge any more or less than what the law allows.
Delinquent Tax Lists – All Counties Delinquent tax lists are billed at the set rate of $0.40 per column line for the entire legal notice; that price includes all JOSH SHARP tracts and lots plus the preamExecutive Vice ble, any descripPresident & COO tive headings, the affidavit, and any other matter accompanying the delinquent list. For full text of the statute, see below: (35 ILCS 200/21-117) Sec. 21-117. Costs of publishing delinquent list. A county shall pay for the printer for advertising delinquent lists the following fees: (1) in all counties, for tracts of land, $0.40 per column line; and (2) for town lots, (i) in counties of the first and second class, $0.40 per column line. The printer shall receive for printing the preamble, the descriptive headings, the affidavit, and any other matter accompanying the delinquent list, the sum of $0.40 per column line, to be paid by the county. No costs except printer's fee shall be charged on any lands or lots forfeited to the State. (Source: P.A. 93-963, eff. 8-20-04.)
Assessment Lists – Counties of less than 3,000,000 inhabitants For all newspapers outside of Cook County, assessment lists should be billed at $0.80 per parcel, while the preamble, headings, and any other explanatory matter should be charged according to the Legal Advertising Rate Act. Both statutes can be found below: (35 ILCS 200/12-15) Sec. 12-15. Publication fee - Counties of less than 3,000,000. The newspaper shall be paid a fee for publishing the assessment list according to the following schedule: (a) For a parcel listing including the name of the property owner, a property index number, property address, or both, and the total assessment, 80¢ per parcel; and (g) For the preamble, headings, and any other explanatory matter either required by law, or requested by the supervisor of assessments, to be published, the rate shall be set according to the Legal Advertising Rate Act. (Source: P.A. 97-146, eff. 7-14-11.) (715 ILCS 15/1) (from Ch. 100, par. 11) This Act may be cited as the Legal Advertising Rate Act. Sec. 1. For purposes of this Act, "required public notice" means any notice, advertisement, proclamation, statement, proposal, ordinance or proceedings of an official body or board or any other matter or material that is required by law or by the order or rule of any court to be published in any newspaper. The face of type of any required public notice shall be made shall be not smaller than the body type used in the classified advertising in the newspaper in which the required public notice is published. The minimum rate shall
be 20 cents per column line for each insertion of a required public notice. The maximum rate charged for each insertion of a required public notice shall not exceed the lowest classified rate paid by commercial users for comparable space in the newspapers in which the required public notice appears and shall include all cash discounts, multiple insertion discounts, and similar benefits extended to the newspaper's regular customers. For the purposes of this Act, "commercial user" means a customer submitting commercial advertising, and does not include a customer submitting a required public notice. (Source: P.A. 97-146, eff. 1-1-12.)
Assessment Lists – Counties of 3,000,000 or more inhabitants For newspapers located in Cook County, billing for the assessment is identical to the delinquent tax lists. Any newspaper publishing an assessment list in Cook County should charge $0.40 per column line for the entire legal notice. This rate includes all parcels, the preamble, headings, and any other explanatory matter. Again, text of the statute can be found below: (35 ILCS 200/12-20) Sec. 12-20. Publication of assessments; counties of 3,000,000 or more. In counties with 3,000,000 or more inhabitants, in each year of a general assessment, for each county or assessment district therein if the county is divided into assessment districts as provided in Section 9-220, the county assessor shall publish a complete assessment list as soon as the assessment is completed as required under this Section. If the county assessor revises the assessment after the complete assessment list is published, then the county as-
sessor must publish a subsequent list of all the revised assessments for that year. In years other than years of a general assessment or reassessment, the county assessor shall cause to be published, within the time and in the manner described here, a complete list of assessments in which changes are made together with the changes made in the valuation or assessment of property since the last preceding assessment. The publication shall contain a copy of the land value map for the township, if required by the Department. The publication of the assessments or the changes shall be printed in some newspaper or newspapers of general circulation published in the county except that, in every township or incorporated town which has superseded a civil township, in which there is published one or more newspapers of general circulation, the assessment list of each township shall be published in one of the newspapers. In cities of more than 2,000,000 inhabitants, the assessment list of the city shall be printed in one or more newspapers of general circulation published in the township assessment district within the city or, in the event a newspaper of general circulation is not published within the township assessment district, in one or more newspapers of general circulation published within the city. Any newspaper publishing an assessment list under this Section is entitled to a fee of 40¢ per column line for publishing the list. (Source: P.A. 93-759, eff. 1-1-05.) For further information about any of these statutes, please contact Josh Sharp at 217-241-1300 or email@example.com
'One of the most important activities' ever for IPF A number of editors and Illinois Press Foundation Board of Directors have emailed or called since I joined the IPF as director on Oct. 1. Most of those correspondences were regarding the announcement I made Oct. 14 that the IPF is launching a news service that will provide free coverage of state government to newspapers across the state. Yes, you read that right, free JEFF ROGERS content! More on that later. Director of Foundation One of our board members wrote in an email simply, "This should be one of the most important activities that IPF has ever started." Absolutely no pressure, right?! Seriously, I appreciate comments like those, and these are exciting times at the IPF as we embark on what is definitely an important and ambitious initiative. The feedback we’ve received from our board members, Illinois
newspaper editors, and people with interests in state government has only strengthened our conviction that the news service is a needed and worthy project. The IPF’s news service is the result of many months of discussion about what to do about the shrinking Illinois Statehouse press corps. With media companies closing their bureaus and reassigning or terminating reporters previously covering state government, the Illinois Statehouse press corps is a shell of its former self. This is a particularly bad time in the history of Illinois government to have fewer watchful eyes on the Statehouse. Readers deserve more coverage of what their state lawmakers are doing, not less. Meanwhile, several partisan "news services" and PAC-funded "newspapers" are stepping in to fill the void with agenda-driven reports presented as news. It’s important for Illinois’ newspapers to provide more credible coverage of state government. That’s what this news service will do. It will provide free coverage that’s objective, fair and nonpartisan. It will provide content
that news consumers can trust, and use to become more active in matters their elected state officials are deciding. How will it work? We are hiring a bureau chief, who will manage the day-to-day operations of the news service. The bureau chief and a full-time reporter will provide coverage of legislative sessions, hearings and issues, as well as state agencies and state issues. We also plan to have two interns from the Public Affairs Reporting program at the University of Illinois-Springfield during spring semesters. The coverage will include stories, photos, videos, audio clips and print graphics. Illinois Press Association member newspapers will have free access to downloadable content on a news service website. When new content is posted, an email will be sent to notify content editors in newsrooms across Illinois. We’re also aiming to, as soon as possible, feed content directly to newspapers’ editorial systems. How will you know what to expect from our news service? We’ll email daily news coverage budgets and post them to our website. Because we will
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be serving both daily and weekly newspapers statewide, we’ll work to tailor content that can be used by both types of operation, and other content that will be specific to weeklies and to dailies. How will we know what newspaper editors want us to be covering? That’s my job. I’ll be in constant communication with editors around the state to make sure we’re meeting their needs as best as we can. And I’ll count on editors to let me know when there is coverage they’d like us to provide. We’ll also work to localize as much content as possible. The service is being funded by the Illinois Press Foundation and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. Our aim is to be self-sufficient within 3 years. There’s a lot of work ahead, and there will be many more details to share as we get the news service started. My guess is I’ll have a lot more to tell you in the next edition of PressLines! (We hope to be up and running by then.) In the meantime, if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns about the news service, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 217-241-1300.
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Illinois Press Foundation news service to provide free coverage of state government The Illinois Press Foundation is launching a statehouse news service that will provide year-round coverage of the state Legislature, governor and state agencies. The service will include stories, photos, videos, live streams, audio and graphics that will be offered for free to daily and weekly newspapers and broadcasters throughout Illinois. “Having been a daily newspaper editor in Illinois for most of the past 20-plus years, I know the difficulties that resource-strapped newsrooms across the state face in trying to cover state government for their readers in addition to reporting on local news,” said Jeff Rogers, director of the Illinois Press Foun-
dation. “This capitol news bureau will provide all of our papers with high-quality, free and nonpartisan coverage of state government. “We aim to inject new life into the statehouse press corps, with more people covering more news. This will help newspapers, other media and the public who now are less engaged in following their state government to re-engage productively.” The news service is sup-
ported by the Illinois Press Foundation and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. The Illinois Press Foundation is beginning the process by searching for a bureau chief who will run the day-to-day operations of the news service. The bureau chief will also be a news service reporter, and will provide daily coverage budgets to Illinois Press Association members. You can access the job posting at
“This capitol news bureau will provide all of our papers with high-quality, free and nonpartisan coverage of state government." -Jeff Rogers
illinoispressfoundation.org. Soon after, reporters and University of Illinois at Springfield interns will be added to the news team. The Foundation plans to have the news service operating by the beginning of 2019. “One of our objectives will be to work with editors across the state to deliver coverage that fits their needs,” Rogers said. “Localization, to serve as the newspapers’ boots on the ground in Springfield, is an important part of this effort.” If you have any questions about the news service, please email Rogers at email@example.com, or call him at 217-241-1300.
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Contest & Convention Committees Dennis Anderson GateHouse Media Journal Star, Peoria Hillary Dickerson Galena Gazette Jay Dickerson Galena Gazette Jennifer Heintzelman Shaw Media Sauk Valley Media, Sterling Mary (Galer) Herschelman The Journal-News, Hillsboro Jim Holm GateHouse Media The Register-Mail, Galesburg John Lampinen Daily Herald Group, Arlington Heights Rinda Maddox The Sidell Reporter Jackie Martin The News-Gazette, Champaign Tom Martin GateHouse Media The Register-Mail, Galesburg Eric Olson The Daily Chronicle, DeKalb Michelle Pazar Lee Enterprises The Pantagraph, Bloomington Allison Petty Lee Enterprises The Herald & Review, Decatur
IPA annual contest is open! By Kate Richardson, director of communication The IPA Excellence in News and Advertising contests are open as of press time! The contest is open to Illinois Press Association dues-paying members. Both contests now allow entries published in print or online. Online-only newspaper members may compete in the contest in Division A, but will not be eligible for the sweepstakes awards. Under the direction of advertising and editorial committees, comprised of 15 member newspaper representatives, the IPA has added several new classes to both the advertising and editorial contest. New editorial classes include: • News Reporting – Series • Story-Series - Localized National Story • Freedom of Information Award • Obituary Tribute • Sports Feature • Feature Writing – Personality Profile • Feature Series • Best Review • Story/Series - Agricultural Story • Humorous Column • Sports Photo – Portrait/Personality • Online Photo Series/Gallery • Creative Use of Multimedia • Social Media Journalism • Video Journalism • Distinguished Coverage of Diversity • Public Notice Journalism Award Sponsored by the Cook County Suburban Publishers • Editorial Rookie of the Year • Knight Chair Award for Sustained
Investigative Journalism – Sponsored by the University of Illinois Department of Journalism/Knight Chair for Investigative-Enterprise Reporting Of those classes, three offer cash prizes to first-place winners. The advertising contest features mostly new classes. In doing research for the committee, contest manager Kate Richardson found that most state press associations now call for the type of advertiser, rather than the type/size of ad. For example, the IPA advertising contest previously called for best full page ad, an ad less than a full page, a leaderboard online ad, etc. Now newspapers may submit any size or format of ad to fit the following classes: • Real Estate Ad • Motor Vehicle Ad • Health Care Ad • Food Ad • Service/Institutional Ad • Home Furnishings & Appliances Ad • Apparel, Jewelry & Accessories Ad • Garden, Yard & Farm Ad • Religious / Nonprofit Ad • Lifestyle/Recreation Ad • Miscellaneous Ad • Political Ad • Events/Entertainment Ad • Best Social Media Online Ad • Wild Card: New Business Concept • Best Pro Bono/Public Service Ad • Best Event Organized By a Newspaper • Best Use of Real News Campaign There are some leftover classes from the previous prompt, like Best House Ad and Best Ad Designer. For a full list of classes and the entry criteria, see the contest prompts. Links
are at the end of this article. The committees also evaluated rules and made several key changes. As previously mentioned, entries may have been published in print or online. In previous years, only print content was eligible for the contest. Now online content is also eligible. This is a perk for members in more ways than one. More content is now eligible, plus users may submit URLs instead of tearsheets. Online advertising is now eligible, as well. In addition, advertising entries do not need to be designed inhouse; however, the idea for the design must have originated within the news organization. As long as the material is produced at the newspaper’s direction, the entries may be submitted in the appropriate contest. Winners (including placements) will be announced via email after judging is complete, excluding general excellence and sweepstakes. General excellence and sweepstakes winners will be announced during the IPA Awards Luncheons at the President Abraham Lincoln DoubleTree Hotel, Springfield, Illinois. The contest will remain open at https://bit.ly/2Pu9hSU through 5 p.m. Jan. 31, 2019. All entries must have been published within the calendar year Jan. 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018. If you need clarification of the rules, call Richardson at (217) 241-1300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Save the date for the 2019 Annual Convention & Trade Show, which will be held May 1-3 at the Abraham Lincoln Hotel, Springfield.
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Download the prompts for the full list of classes using the links below. Editorial: https://bit.ly/2zgKx6s Advertising: https://bit.ly/2DfKIn5
Need a refresher on using the contest system?
Using the IPA's contest system is as easy as sending an email. If you've ever used social media like Facebook or added an attachment to an email, you have the skills to use the electronic submission system. The rules have changed a lot since last year, so be sure to download and review the new contest prompts. URLs to download the prompts are available at the bottom of Page 6. The rules will also be available on the contest website, newspapercontest.com/contests/ipa. Some browsers, such as Safari, will view the rules in a new window. Other browsers will require that you save the files to your desktop and then open them in an application such as Acrobat or Preview. For your convenience, rules that are special to a contest class will appear when that class is selected. All required fields – boxes that must be filled in – will be marked with a red asterisk and the system will not allow you to continue without filling in those boxes. The contest website is open for submissions now. You can find it at newspapercontest.com/contests/
ipa. So, open a browser on your computer and let's begin. If you encounter problems, you may need to enable pop-up windows for your browser. Step 1 — The Association Code is IPA2018 (case sensitive). Register on the contest website using your email address. Passwords must be at least six characters, contain two unique characters, contain one digit or symbols, and contain uppercase and lowercase letters.
based on your circulation. Fill in your name under "preparer’s name."
Step 2 — Login to the contest by clicking "Newspaper Login" on the home page. Once you log in, you will see a page showing any entries you have already submitted.
Step 5 — Select the contest class. These are drop-down menus for your convenience. This field will clear each time you save an entry, so you must select a class for each new entry.
Step 3 — Click on the “Add New Entry” link.
You will receive a confirmation email, which you will need to complete registration. Click the link to confirm your registration.
Step 4 — On this page, select your newspaper name. A lot of information will autofill. If that information is incorrect, please call Kate Richardson at 217-241-1300. Your division will be selected for you
When you select your newspaper from the dropdown list, the address and circulation information will fill in automatically. If you cannot find your newspaper or group, or if the information that fills in is incorrect, please call the IPA right away at 217241-1300 so the database may be updated.
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CONTEST Continued from Page 7 When you select the class, special instructions will appear below it.
entry. If uploading full-page PDF files, it will be helpful if the entry name matches the headline on the page so the judges can find it easily. If the judges cannot tell what is to be judged, the entry will be discarded without refund. Step 8 — Include the name of the person or people who should be credited for any award. This is generally the writer, reporter, photographer, graphic artist, cartoonist, etc. It is not necessarily the name of the person submitting the entry nor the person picking up the award at the convention. Step 9 — Add your file or files. You can drag and drop files or use the “Add files” button to navigate your files. Generally, files should be in PDF format except photos, which should be in high-resolution JPG format. Other files and URLs may be acceptable as noted in the special instructions. Upload as many files as are necessary to complete your entry but refer to the special instructions for any limitations. We recommend combining multiple files into a single PDF. Complete issues may need to be compressed.
After selecting advertising or editorial for the contest, choose a class to enter from the drop-down list. When a class is selected, special rules for that class will appear in red. Boxes marked with a red asterisk are required fields. Step 6 — If necessary, provide an explanation of your entry. The explanation/cutline box is limited to 3,000 characters. It’s a good idea to write your explanation in another program, such as Word, and copy/ paste into the explanation box. If a URL is required, fill in the URL box; there is no need to type “http://.” Step 7 — Include the name of the
Step 10 — When you have completed your submission, click the “Save” button. If you click the “Back to list” button, you will lose the entry you just completed. After clicking “Save,” you will be directed back to the list of your entries. Step 11 — To submit another entry, click “Add New Entry.” As long as you have not logged out of the system, your newspaper name will still be in place and you can simply start at Step 6 again. You may log out and log back in later to continue adding entries. You will need to select your newspaper name each time you log in.
Step 12 — If you are done submitting entries, please review the list. You may not change an entry, but you may delete an entry and resubmit it. When done uploading all your entries, click the "Billing" button on the list page. This will take you to a page where the entry fee is automatically generated. You will have the option of paying through PayPal, phoning in a credit card payment or mailing in payment. You do not have to have a PayPal account to pay securely through PayPal. Simply, click "Pay with Debit or Credit Card."
Payment MUST be made prior to judging. Once payment is made, IPA staff will disable your access to the page. If you find out later that you need access, you will need to call the IPA office at 217-241-1300. If you were wanting to add an entry, you can either call the IPA to have the account enabled or you can register using a different email address to create a second account with its own billing.
Frequently Asked Questions We don't use PayPal. Can I pay for our entries another way? You don't have to have a PayPal account to pay securely through PayPal with a credit or debit card; however, you may phone in a credit card number (217-241-1300) or pay by check mailed to the IPA at 900 Community Drive, Springfield, IL 62703. I no longer work at the newspaper. May I still enter the contest? Only newspapers may enter the contest. Individuals must have permission from the publisher of the newspaper to enter on behalf of the newspaper. Any awards presented by IPA are to the newspapers. We don't have a full-time photographer. Can we submit work by freelance photographers or a photographer who works for our group? As long as the photo was created for your newspaper, you may enter it in the contest. Like other content, photos must be entered by the largest-circulation newspaper for which the work was created or by a group (with combined circulation).
County learns to rely on its newspaper, not a government website, for public notice
Editor's note: This article is reprinted with permission from the Public Notice Resource Center.
The proof that public notices published in newspapers are more effective than those that are posted on government websites doesn’t get any more direct and conclusive than this. Last year, the jail in Ford County, Illinois. needed a new generator. The sheriff put a bid-solicitation notice on the county website. It isn’t clear whether the notice got a response, but the sheriff later asked the county’s Public Building Commission to approve a $72,576 bid for a generator. The Commission initially approved the expenditure but rescinded the approval when it learned the sheriff hadn’t published a notice in a local newspaper, as state law requires. So the sheriff published a new notice in the Ford County Record, a weekly paper with a circulation of about 2,200. The county received four or five bids in response to the notice, according to County Commissioner Tom McQuinn. The bid the commission ultimately accepted was not only cheaper than the original but it paid for a larger generator that is now also being used to power part of the Ford County Courthouse next door to the jail. When the sheriff came back to the commission last week to request a new boiler for the jail, McQuinn suggested he first publish a notice in a local newspaper to solicit bids for the heating system. McQuinn also asked the commission to insist that a newspaper notice be published before it approves any future projects, regardless of the cost of the project. (Illinois law requires newspaper notice only for non-emergency county purchases that cost more than $30,000.) “The generator was a perfect example (of why we should advertise for bids),” McQuinn told the other commissioners, according to the Record. “When we put (the project) out for bids, we got a hell of a lot bigger generator (than the one in the original contract), and we got a
lot more project accomplished for less money. That’s why I feel it needs to be advertised.” It’s not an accident that McQuinn un-
derstands the power of newspaper notice. He worked at the local paper for 20 years, back when it was still called the Paxton Daily Record. After he left the
paper, his wife “conned him into running for the County Commission,” he jokes. The citizens of Ford County are lucky he did.
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Newspaper adds a sunset to searching police public records Editor’s note: This article is reprinted with permission from the Reynolds Journalism Institute. By Randy Picht, Reynolds Journalism Institute “Please take my story down.” If you’re an editor, you’ve gotten that plea, perhaps many times. The answer of the future may start in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The Southeast Missourian announced a policy to block search engines from court and police public records and subsequent articles after six years. “Our policy up until now has been we don’t take anything down,” said Jon Rust, publisher of the Southeast Missourian and co-president of Rust Communications. The volume of local requests and an international trend factored in to the change. Europe’s “Right to be forgotten,” the General Data Protection Regulation, went into effect in May 2018 and has helped focus a lot of attention on privacy rights for citizens in Europe and around the world. That regulation allows people to request that their personal information saved by corporations and governments be deleted. It also includes a process to ask Google and other search engines to stop displaying links to certain news articles that pop up in the results from an
online search. That aspect prompted Rust’s compromise regarding removing information from his website. The Southeast Missourian policy, which went into effect July 25, 2018, automatically “delists” the daily crime report from search engine accessibility after six years of being online. There
sions on a case-by-case basis. It gives the newsroom important oversight but, Rust said, specific guidelines have also been established to avoid potential conflicts of interest. Neither of these changes will affect the results saved in the semissourian.com archive — which is not the same thing as a general Google search. A direct search
was no specific rationale for the six-year timeframe, Rust said, noting that the staff discussed various typical scenarios and thought six years bridged the gap of people not having indiscretions follow them around but also a long enough period to establish a track record of staying out of trouble. Also, people can request that staff-written stories about misdemeanors also get delisted after six years, but the newsroom will make those deci-
of the archive will show the information in perpetuity, Rust said. “At our company, one of our mottos is: ‘Everything we do should be measured by the test of truth and grace,’” Rust said. “Something disproportionate happens with a person’s identity when a crime charge is the lead result on a search engine and a story about the charge being dismissed or reduced is not easy to find.” That’s really the heart of the matter, according to Bill Church, senior vice
president for news at Gatehouse Media, one of the largest publishers of locally-based media in the nation with operations in 37 states. As local and state governments continue to up their digital game and make public records like crime reports much more accessible than ever before, newsrooms have to evaluate whether it makes sense to post and print this information. “We talk about the importance of recognizing that if you decide to report on something or put it online that you are also willing to see it through to the end and update it when necessary,” Church said. “We want to be fair and sensitive and that’s why we want to make sure we’re updating and clarifying our content.” Church said Gatehouse newsrooms also get numerous requests to remove content and, partly as a result, recently convened a small group of editors to review the “straightforward” policy of saying no to requests to take down online information. The editors concluded there wasn’t a good alternative to the existing Gatehouse policy. “It’s tricky and definitely an ongoing challenge,” he said. Frank LoMonte, professor and director of The Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communi-
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Newspapers prove indispensable when disaster strikes Flow of information aids recovery, educates public
Editor's note: This article is available to members for reprint. Visit https:// bit.ly/2zgUGQl to download. QUINCY — When a windstorm causing millions of dollars in damage struck Quincy in July 2015, the first problem was getting information out. The night of the storm, Ameren Illinois reported that 19,250 Adams County customers — about 70 percent
of the local electric hookups — were without service. It took several days to cut through and remove downed trees, put electric lines and poles back in place and get power restored. Mike Jenkins, now property manager at the Quincy Mall, was the marketing director there at the time. Jenkins is well acquainted with social media and advertising mediums, but after the windstorm he realized a unique advan-
tage of newspapers. “Newspapers are solid. It’s a piece of something you can hold onto if you need information. Lots of people didn’t have access to power and so they couldn’t watch TV or listen to radio in their homes, but we had access to the newspaper,” Jenkins said. He remembers Herald-Whig stories that told people where they could go to cool down if their air conditioning was
out. The newspaper also gave daily updates on when power might be restored in different subdivisions and which streets had been cleared of debris after the storm. The Illinois Press Association Real News Campaign is reporting on the service done by newspapers and their importance in communities and people’s
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Sullivan News-Progress shares American Legion anniversary special section template By Kate Richardson, director of communication The American Legion, the nation’s largest veterans service organization, is celebrating 100 years of service this fall. Founded by WWI veterans, the American Legion was chartered by Congress Sept. 16, 1919. Membership now stands at more than 2 million, with more than 13,000 posts nationwide. The News-Progress in Sullivan partnered with its local American Legion post to create an anniversary special section, commemorating both the national organization’s anniversary and the local post’s 100-year anniversary. American Legion Post 68 turns 100 in July of next year. “They were starting to celebrate and start making plans for next year’s celebration in July,” News-Progress Advertising Director Barry Morgan said. Morgan then pitched the idea of a special section, and “our legion actually volunteered to sell the ads for us. They were very excited about participating, as well.” Despite their offer, Morgan designed all the ads for the section using creative from Metro Creative Graphics, and Managing Editor Mike Brothers contacted all local posts and wrote stories
on each. “And other than that, it was ready to go,” Morgan said. The 24-page section, boasting local advertisements and columns from state and national commanders, brought in $2,644, which the News-Progress donated to its local VA hospital. “We didn’t really try to make money, but we did,” Morgan said. “I actually did not go out and push this business to business. I knew I wanted to keep it in a 24-page section, so it just happened to work out perfectly. I could have easily doubled that, if not tripled the amount of money.” Morgan said the section came together quickly, and encourages other newspapers to produce an anniversary section. “At convention this year in Minneapolis, they kicked off a 15-month celebration for their 100 years of service. So we decided, why not just blow this up big? Get a template our there for other papers to use. Maybe we can get a lot of papers to do this and to really celebrate our veterans,” Morgan said. The template Morgan created can be downloaded at https://bit.ly/2SwC1ce. Email Morgan (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
SUNSET Continued from Page 10 cations, agrees on the ongoing challenge front. “The online archives of a news website are unlike any other creature we've dealt with before. They're not like a one-time broadcast that's viewed and then fades away,” he said. “For that reason, I think it's an entirely valid discussion to consider whether there's any real informational value in continuing to make decade-old articles about minor misconduct by named people accessible online.” LoMonte said the Southeast Missourian’s policy seemed like a “legitimate answer to the deluge of requests for infor-
mation to be erased from the historical record.” There are larger issues. For example, how many news organizations are reducing, either by choice or necessity, how much of this information they provide. Church mentioned its availability elsewhere. Rust noted that the content doesn’t help build stronger relationships with readers. And with plenty of companies offering to provide all kinds of information about citizens just by typing their name into a search box, maybe newspapers are the least of the problem for someone with
privacy concerns. Nonetheless, trying to draw the distinction between collecting and publishing a public record for readers versus publicizing a public record for the entire world is not for the faint of heart. One privacy attorney noted that the new policy in Cape Girardeau was akin “to having a library full of books but discontinuing the card catalogue system you use to find them.” It doesn’t get any easier either when Rust gazes over his online horizon. The next frontier will be engagements and wedding announcements. When some-
thing goes wrong, folks want the information removed, and the added twist is that for the Southeast Missourian and many other community newspapers, readers pay for that information to be posted. On Facebook, where more announcements are heading, people have more control. “They can post it there, have all the people they want see it and, if it doesn’t go through, delete it or know that it will be buried and hard to find.” More soul searching and number crunching will come. Stay tuned.
A strategy for organizing your advertisers’ information I was talking to Greg, a veteran sales manager. “Our sales team knows the importance of asking questions and gathering the right information,” he said. “But the key is to write it down accurately and keep it organized. When sales people review their notes later, they need to be able to move as quickly as possible to the next step in the process, whether that’s a proposal or the first ad in a new campaign. “To deal with the challenge, I put together a simple format for note-taking,” he explained. “It has evolved over time, and I’m sure it comes from a combination of ideas I’ve seen in JOHN FOUST training programs and books over Raleigh, N.C. the years. Our team likes this approach, because it saves time and gives them a track to follow.” Greg’s format can be used by anyone who takes notes in a meeting where several topics are covered. Although a sales person goes through a progression of questions, a conversation sometimes veers into other areas, and an important point can get lost in a sea of notes. “Simply use a legal pad and divide it into four sections,” he said. “Draw a line from top to bottom and another line from left to right. Label each quadrant with the titles you want – and you’re all set. On the next page, you can continue the same four categories or use four new ones. Here’s a look at Greg’s favorite quadrants: 1. Put audience information in the top left quadrant. “This is for notes about the advertiser’s target audience,” Greg said. “Their demographics, their interests, their age ranges, and
especially their buying motives. What about the similarities and differences between their existing customers and the customers they want to attract?” 2. Put information about products and services in the upper right quadrant. “This tightens their focus,” Greg explained. “Don’t let the advertiser get away with puffed up generalities like ‘fantastic’ or ‘incredible.’ Dig for specific features and benefits. When you review the notes, you’ll see some connections between audience motivators and product benefits.” 3. Write history notes in the bottom left quadrant. According to Greg, this is the place for the advertiser’s previous marketing experiences. What worked? What didn’t work? What media vehicles were used? What kind of budget did they allocate? In their opinion, what could they have done differently to generate better results?” 4. Put notes on ad plans in the bottom right quadrant. This is the spot to write ideas for new ads. Do some special tactics come to mind? What about testimonials? Or tie-ins between print and digital promotions? “The system works like a charm,” Greg said. “If the advertiser mentions a product fact while history is being discussed, there’s no problem. Just put that product note in the proper section. We use this format in other meetings, too. For example, in creative strategy conversations, we may label the sections Offer, Headline, Illustration, and Schedule.” It’s all about writing it down the right way. Worth a try, isn’t it? © 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.
Mighty Unusual Time
Have we ever experienced a time like this in the news business? I’ve been noticing a couple of patterns lately, and I wonder if you have been, too. More for fun than anything, and to keep up with as much as possible in the newspaper business, I created stateofnewspapers.com a few months back. A quick check at the unique visitor stats indicate many of you have been to the site. To keep relevant content on the site, I try to spend a few hours each week researching the latest happenings related to newspapers, then KEVIN SLIMP share what I think is most interestDirector, Institute of Newspaper Technology ing with visitors. I can’t include all the information I come across. I’d have to quit my “day job” to do that, but there is a lot going on in the newspaper world and sometimes it’s hard to understand why, as well as how, it is taking place simultaneously. For instance, over the past few months several community papers across the country closed their doors. But at the same time, new newspapers have been popping up, often in the same towns where previous papers had just closed. It seems that most of the shuttered papers are part of large groups, while most of the new papers are independently owned. Newspapers are closing and opening at the same time. To those uneducated in the history of newspapers, that would seem mighty unusual. Community papers aren’t the only ones on contrasting paths. College newspapers were making news over the past two or three years for shutting down their print editions, trimming staffs, and de-emphasizing their
roles on campus. Yet over the past few months, there seems to be a renaissance in the collegiate press, with campus papers re-emphasizing the importance of the printed word. As I research collegiate media, hardly a week goes by that I don’t find one or more editorials, sometimes even front page stories, in college newspapers about the importance of print journalism. Colleges and universities de-emphasizing print journalism and re-emphasizing it at the same time. That’s a head-scratcher, for sure. If that’s not enough confusion for one day, how about the latest trend at schools of journalism across the U.S. It seems record numbers of entering freshmen (and grad students as well) are declaring journalism as their majors. Reading a story on that subject just today in The Washington Post brought to mind all the students who have told me they were changing their majors to journalism over the past year or so. I ran into just such a student in downtown Knoxville just a few weeks ago. She was working behind the desk at the Knoxville Visitors Center and we began talking about her education. You guessed it. She had recently transferred to the University of Tennessee, where I sometimes teach, and had changed her major to journalism. Then, there is my son’s best friend, Camruin. I like Camruin. He’s a nice guy and a great board game player, who majors in computer engineering at the University. I suppose I should have written “majored.” Yes, you guessed it. Camruin showed up at my home for a game of Risk recently with big news to share. He had changed his major to journalism. Many might think Camruin’s game play isn’t the only risky move he is making, but his increased enthusiasm
about school has been apparent since beginning his first semester as a journalism student in September. At a time when many universities see journalism as archaic, students are flocking in record numbers to schools of journalism. It’s confusing to say the least. Then, there’s my work. Many of you know I had planned to reduce my workload in the newspaper industry this year to focus on publishing books, something that is taking up a lot of my time. One of the factors that induced me to make that decision was the decreasing number of attendees at conventions and conferences over the past few years. Other speakers were telling me they just weren’t getting invites like they used to, and I was seeing fewer conferences bringing in outside experts to speak. It just made sense to create a backup plan. Then a funny thing happened. My inbox began filling with requests to speak at conventions. In one sixday period in September, I accepted invitations to speak at five conventions. Apparently I just thought conventions were drifting away. It seems unusual to me. Just when I’m beginning to believe conventions are becoming unimportant to newspapers, I start hearing from them – a lot of them – again. I’ve also seen an upswing in the number of requests I receive from community papers to
provide on-site training and consulting. Again, it’s confusing. There is more going on in our industry than I remember at any time in my 25 years as an “expert.” Sure, papers are closing. But we all knew groups couldn’t keep buying papers forever, cutting content, and expect to magically stick around. At the same time, independent publishers are opening new papers. It’s too early to know how their fortunes will turn out, but I suppose that’s always been the case with newspapers. Almost 19 years ago, we lived through Y2k. This year, we survived the tariff scare. It’s always something. I suppose that’s why we need journalists ... and newspapers. Kevin Slimp is the CEO of newspaperacademy.com and director of The Newspaper Institute. Email Kevin at email@example.com.
DISASTER Continued from Page 10 lives. John Simon, director of the Adams County Emergency Management Agency, has seen how print media shines during floods, in the aftermath of storms or other things that disrupt lives. “Newspapers are specifically relevant in sharing information during disasters. With TV and radio it’s particularly difficult to share long lists of information. Maybe you need to get out locations of shelters or (phone) numbers to call for help. The print media handles that really well,” Simon said. Years before Simon began with the Emergency Management Agency, he recalls the response after Sept. 11, 2001. “I know (the Herald-Whig) issued a special edition. We were in a time when people wanted information because they didn’t know what was going on. That was a real indication of the newspaper’s value,” Simon said. During major floods, Simon believes newspapers shine. He was a teen helping the Red Cross during the flood of 1993 and recalls how the Herald-Whig was able to give an areawide view of the
flooding up and down the Mississippi River. Stories and pictures ran on several pages, so that readers could see which levee districts were safe and those that had failed or were in danger. Broadcast news was helpful, but TV news was limited on time and the radio “didn’t do visual justice” to the flood. By the flood of 2008, Simon was using some social media to help get out information, but still found his largest audience was through traditional news media. “If you’re without power, or in a place where you can’t recharge, eventually that cellphone will die,” Simon said.
Educating voters Brent Fischer, a former Adams County sheriff, said the Herald-Whig was indispensable when voters were preparing to cast ballots in 2015 on construction of a new jail. One of the jailers had been injured in an escape attempt and the jail itself was in poor condition. Photographs that appeared in print and a virtual tour through photos posted on the newspaper’s website helped
educate voters. “It was kind of bittersweet. Nobody likes showing how bad the conditions are, but in some cases you have to show the weaknesses and inefficiencies to justify stepping up to spend money on a new jail,” Fischer said. That did not mean the newspaper took it easy on proponents of a new jail. “Yes there were critics in those stories too. We had to respond to those questions and concerns. We had to tell why we needed it this big or answer the different challenges,” Fischer said. Even with the series of stories, Fischer remembers many people on the Adams County Board told him the $25 million jail issue could not pass. Quincy voters had approved an $89 million school construction issue only a few months before the jail vote. And Adams County voters had turned down two previous ballot issues to build a new jail. “We did open up the doors and let people tour the facility,” Fischer said. But the number of taking the tour was relatively small. Looking back on the election victory, Fischer believes
the Herald-Whig coverage and pictures of the jail helped convince more than 67 percent of voters that a new jail was needed.
It’s about community Jenkins considers the Herald-Whig a part of the community it serves. In the aftermath of the 2015 windstorm, Jenkins found that his home was without power. But there were people right across the street who didn’t lose electric service. “We had just bought a whole bunch of food” that would have gone bad if not for a kindly neighbor, Jenkins said. Wilma Raymond lived across the street and let Jenkins run a power cord across the street to run his refrigerator, a lamp and a fan. He saw similar power cords stretched across the street with neighbors helping neighbors. “There was a kind of unity that brought people together,” Jenkins said. He remembers the Herald-Whig was there to witness and to help with response after the storm.
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Tread carefully when requiring down payment for democracy My hometown newspaper instituted a new policy requiring that readers “pay” for the First Amendment right to express, and explain why, who or what they support or oppose at the voting booth. The newspaper is sadly not the first and won’t be the last to begin charging readers for election endorsement letters. As a former editor, I appreciate the arguments presented for enJIM PUMARLO acting the policy. Red Wing, Minn. It’s still disappointing, and I respectfully disagree. To be certain, orchestrated letter-writing campaigns are part and parcel to every candidate’s election strategy. I distinctly remember, during my tenure as editor, the newspaper’s strong editorial campaign to unseat a slate of incumbents in a city council election. It prompted a flurry of letters. One memorable letter came from a candidate’s daughter. She likely was assisted in crafting the letter. We published it in the interest of fair
play. Before implementing a blanket policy of charging for “endorsement” letters in election campaigns, consider other circumstances – issues facing a “public vote” by an elected body: • A school board decides whether to close an elementary school building, or eliminate an academic or extracurricular offering. • A city council faces any number of votes on issues at the center of community conversation. Should the city establish a skateboard park? Should a big-box developer receive tax incentives? Who should be appointed to fill a vacancy on the City Council or Port Authority? • A county board weighs in on a contentious feedlot ordinance. Supporters and opponents line up on all of these issues. In many cases, organized campaigns lobby the elected officials, often incorporating a stream of letters to the editor. Should these “endorsement letters” also be allowed only on a “pay for play” basis? Letters indeed carry repetitive themes during election season. It’s a time when editors and the public will become reacquainted with the Boy Scout Law. As an Eagle Scout myself, I still can recite the credo: “A scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly,
courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.” I exaggerate a bit. But show me a candidate for elective office, and I’ll produce letters from supporters that extol values befitting of an upstanding scout. On the other hand, the election season also generates some thought-provoking letters that generate worthwhile and beneficial dialogue. So how can newspapers handle the churn of letters that may be less substantive but still show the endorsement of an individual, a voter? It’s easy to criticize a new policy. It’s more challenging to offer solutions. Here are some ideas: • Limit the number of endorsement letters written by one individual. • Edit letters liberally, especially as election day nears. For starters, it’s a good bet that the introductory and concluding paragraphs can be eliminated from many letters. • To save space, group letters by candidate or issue and run them all under a banner headline. • Reserve space in the print edition for the more substantive letters. Publish the others, especially those that simply repeat themes, on your website where space is unlimited. I believe that community news-
papers can still play a vital role in today’s fractured media landscape. Community newspapers, at their best, are stewards of their communities. The news columns are a blend of stories that people like to read and stories they should read. The advertising columns promote and grow local commerce. The editorial pages are a marketplace of ideas. Letters are the lifeblood of a vibrant editorial page, especially during election season. Our democracy is invigorated by debating the strengths and weaknesses of candidates seeking elective office – the very individuals who will enact the myriad local, state and national laws that govern our everyday lives. Do we really want to limit this debate to “paid opinions” only? Jim Pumarlo writes, speaks and provides training on community newsroom success strategies. He is author of “Journalism Primer: A Guide to Community News Coverage,” “Votes and Quotes: A Guide to Outstanding Election Coverage” and “Bad News and Good Judgment: A Guide to Reporting on Sensitive Issues in Small-Town Newspapers.” He can be reached at www.pumarlo.com and welcomes comments and questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Robert Simmons Jr. and his kitten, Survivor, are rescued from floodwaters in New Bern, N.C., after Hurricane Florence dumped several inches of rain in the area overnight, Sept. 14, 2018. Hundreds were rescued from eastern North Carolina in the wake of the slow-moving storm.
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The search for truth, the encouragement to ask questions and the freedom to debate the answers are things that our communities hold dear. These things matter. And in many ways, they bind us. They are central to the future of media as we navigate today’s environment. It’s an environment that is fractured both in terms of multiple platforms for content and fractured, more figuratively, by the threat that comes from those who claim that not just the new business model but news itself is broken. Fixed. Fake. And those who dispense it are enemies of the people. Obviously, that’s not a position I or any of us at McClatchy subscribe to. I’ll return to that point, but first, I’d like to focus on the future of media as it relates to citizens like you and me — neighbors, family, and communities that consume our product. To those who use the service we provide. To what extent is the future of media in your hands, as well as in ours? Let’s start by looking at a few images. You may have seen this photo during Hurricane Florence recently.
It was taken in New Bern — a town 300 years old, once the capital of North Carolina and one of the communities hardest hit by the storm. The Neuse and Trent rivers rose 10 feet in a matter of hours, leaving many waiting to be saved. Like the man in the photo. The name of the man, wearing the anguish of someone who fears for his family and the house they’ve lived in for generations, is Robert Simmons, Jr. The journalist who took the photo and shared the story works for the News & Observer and the Charlotte Observer, both McClatchy newspapers. His name is Andrew Carter. And the cat? The resilient kitten, sitting on Mr. Simmons’ shoulder? His name is Survivor. True story. This disturbing photo (shown on Page 17) is of Andrew Holland. He suffered from schizophrenia and for years, he had been in and out of county jail, mostly on low-level offenses. In the image, captured by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office in California in January 2017, he was 36 years old. He died just moments later. County officials ruled the death as “natural,” resulting from a blood clot. But a team at The Tribune, another McClatchy newsroom, led by reporter Matt Fountain, discovered something else. Mr. Holland had been strapped to a restraint
chair, naked, for nearly two days. Think about that. Two days. Their reporting — and only because they were reporting — led to the county changing the way it treats the mentally ill. In the next image, you see that these people are not in line because they are waiting at the polls, but they are all waiting to vote. They were about to vote to oust the board of the Tri-County Electric Co-Op, a utility company in South Carolina. More than 1500 Tri-County customers showed up — on a Saturday. In August. The line stretched around the company headquarters. Why? Because The State newspaper revealed that the part-time board had paid itself more than three times the national average. They bought themselves health care and retirement plans, treated themselves to expensive steak dinners and signed off on their own Christmas bonuses. The board even fought successfully against a proposal to limit its own pay. Needless to say, when they found out about the corruption, customers were not happy. They found out because of Avery Wilks. He works for The State. And he’s the one who uncovered the massive corruption and continued to report on it. All of these stories have something important in common. And they also highlight some individual lessons pertinent to the future of media. Let’s start with the image of Robert Simmons, Jr. and his kitten. The lesson here for the future of media is just how we got to know him. The tools we used. Andrew Carter posted this picture and a video on Twitter, and it went viral. It was retweeted tens of thousands of times. And then it made its way to front pages of newspapers
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Andrew Holland died while in custody at San Luis Obispo County Jail in 2017, after being restrained for 46 hours. This is a look at the events that led to his death, the county’s response and the inmates who have died in custody since Holland.
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Voters line up to oust the board of the Tri-County Electric Co-Op, a utility company in South Carolina. across the country and to websites like CNN. Soon, Mr. Simmons was the “face of Florence.” News — or how we deliver it to the customer — is a lot different from when I started. And in many ways, news companies are still figuring out how to deal with that challenge and remain profitable and sustainable. I once heard someone joke about the news, at least the news as I knew it when I was in college and just getting started. They said, what did you expect? Your business model was literally throwing yesterday’s news at people’s houses. How long did you really think that would last? For me, that’s a fascinating challenge. I left journalism to become an entrepreneur and a technology executive. I came back, first to the board of McClatchy and then as its CEO, because I’m excited about bringing that technology expertise to the cause of independent journalism. And we’re hard at work doing that. What we call the Fourth Estate plays a role in our discourse and in our democracy that no branch of government can. That no other agency of our civic ecosystem can. That role has not changed. But the challenge is finding ways to use technology to reinvigorate it. The question is how to do that at McClatchy — a company whose story dates back to the Gold Rush before the Civil War. We were founded in 1857. In an America — like today — bursting with promise and opportunity and laden with challenge and oppression that would result in the devastating civil conflict then just over the horizon. Today, at McClatchy, we are driving technology transformation in a company that now operates a digital network that spans 30 local markets from California to Florida, from Washington state to Washington, D.C.
That is something I wanted to be a part of. And it’s why we talk about relentless innovation and about what we call “experimenting with purpose.” It means changing in smart ways that make our products even more essential. Maybe it’s Twitter. Or Instagram. Or podcasts. Or video content, whether in documentary form or streaming a live event. How do we connect with customers and advertisers? In this digital age, when technology really must be stamped into our DNA, as it is with our customers, it’s all of the above. The reality, of course, is that we often have to do that with smaller teams and less revenue. The golden age of family-owned newspapers is a thing of the past. But smaller or fewer doesn’t mean you can’t be better. In fact, you have to be better. I joked about the paper boy throwing yesterday’s news. Think about that in a different way, one that makes the news business unique. From a product standpoint, anyway. What other industry do you know where the customer doesn’t know what they’re going to get each day? With that being the case, you need to build a relationship. You need trust. You have to be close to the customer. And a big part of that is going to the customer. Even if it requires reinvention, you have to deliver the product in ways that are relevant to their lives. It’s not the only way, though. And reinventing doesn’t mean abandoning values. And that brings me to the picture of Andrew Holland, the mentally ill prisoner who died in a jail cell. Here is something we value: the idea that an independent press in the public interest is not just vital to our democracy, but is also unique to it. And I would
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For the next month, most community newspapers will be busy covering election campaigns, and most of those will limit their coverage to local races. But state and federal offices are also on the ballot, and nationally the mid-term elections are shaping up as a referendum on one of the most controversial presidents ever. That could have a spillover effect on state and even local races. Elections have always involved claims
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and counterclaims, and an essential part of political coverage is separating fact from fiction, and and letting voterknow when they are being misled. But things are different this time, because the whole idea of independent journalism in search of truth is under attack. It’s time for newspapers to reclaim their role as the main finders and arbiters of fact, and not just locally. Community newspapers exist for the
benefit of their communities, but too many papers forget that their readers are also citizens of a congressional district, a state that has two senators, and the nation. Who helps them decide how to vote in such races? Daily newspapers provide detailed coverage of state and federal races, but most of your readers probably don’t read a newspaper daily, or even a daily newspaper. They likely get most of their information about non-local races from television stations, which provide little in-depth coverage while they rake in millions for misleading ads that they rarely fact-check. We wrote about that on The Rural Bog at bit.ly/2xlfMwO. What your readers get from TV isn’t likely to be of much help in casting a vote, so your newspaper can be a valuable, trusted source of information. Television is actually a place to start, by picking apart those ads and giving voters the facts. Three national fact-checking services provide models, and if your state has a big Senate race, or even a hotly contested race for the House, they can provide analyses that you can use. The services are Fact Checker, by Glenn Kessler at The Washington Post; PolitiFact, the Pulitzer-winning service of the Tampa Bay Times; and Factcheck. org, from the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, which allows free republication of its analyses. Follow these services to keep current on issues, because federal races usually involve the same issues from state to state, and some of the same campaign spin. It’s important to keep current because these candidates may visit your locality only once, so you should be ready to do a first-class interview when they show up. This election season, The Rural Blog is running a special feature each Monday with some of the most relevant analyses from FactCheck.org, because you can use that service without paying a fee or asking permission, and its analyses are usually the most detailed. We started the series with a blog
item about two unsubstantiated claims by President Trump on hurricane deaths and wind energy, and two recent examples of former President Obama cher r y-pick ing AL CROSS information and downplaying how The Rural Blog his administration dealt with Fox News. Read it at bit.ly/2NQ2Rwh. Earlier, we did an item that factchecked the president on immigration, with help from The Associated Press and USA Today, and provided resources for local reporting on the issue. You can read that item at bit.ly/2QyLj6u. Around the same time, we did an item on The Fact Checker’s revelation that some campaigns have started “fact checking” sites that deal more in argument than fact. Read it at bit.ly/2QHgUDl. It’s another example of why it’s more important than ever for local and state news media to provide reliable fact checking. The Fact Checker cooperates with local news media to fact-check local and state leaders and members of Congress, especially those facing re-election. We did an item on that, with The Fact Checker’s contact information and a link to the form the Post uses to receive information on campaign claims. Read it at bit.ly/2MKe794. Check The Rural Blog every Monday until the election for the latest relevant fact checks. Al Cross (Twitter @ruralj) edited and managed weekly newspapers before spending 26 years at the Louisville Courier-Journal and serving as president of the Society of Professional Journalists. Since 2004 he has been director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, based at the University of Kentucky. See www.RuralJournalism.org.
LOCAL Continued from Page 17 go a step further and say it’s more than an independent press — it’s a fiercely independent press. That’s what it was when newspapers published the Declaration of Independence. That’s what it was in 1857, during the California Gold Rush, when James McClatchy’s newspaper, only days after he became editor, exposed the California state treasurer’s corrupt dealings. And that’s what it was in San Luis Obispo when reporters shined a light on what really happened in that prison. Did they shine that light in a pretty dark corner? Yes, of course. Did shining that light maybe make some of us uncomfortable? You bet it did. But sometimes, that’s exactly what’s required when your goal is to help people lead more informed and fulfilling lives. To help strengthen communities and make them better. To speak truth to power. To hold the powerful to account. That is what an independent press does. And what these reporters do matters. And it matters to our way of life and our democracy. Not everyone seems to agree. They hear something that makes them uncomfortable, or that they do not like, and say it must be fake. Let me suggest this. When you hear “fake,” what they really mean is political. And my hope is that term is little more than the pet rock or the Chia Pet — something that takes the nation by storm until consumers quickly see it for what it is: a gimmick. When you hear the term “fake,” I’d ask you to reframe the observation. Ask yourself instead: What is the news the person asserting the fakery is
actively trying to stop me from considering? And why? Put these assertions of fakery to the test. Incessantly. With intention. And judge for yourselves. That’s not to underestimate the threat of misinformation, or fake news, or the ease in which people buy into fear and the politics of demagoguery. Consider that a man read a conspiracy theory online, believed it was “real” news and showed up at a Washington, D.C., pizza shop with a gun before he was stopped. Even more tragically, when someone wasn’t stopped on time, he entered a newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland, and killed five journalists. No, we can’t ignore a climate where people might think an independent press is political, not patriotic. What then should we do? Marty Baron of The Washington Post put it well. He said journalists shouldn’t go to war, they should go to work. As a counter to the cries of fake news, I’ll offer this: When people in the Carolinas needed help during Florence, or in Florida during Irma, they didn’t read tweets from the News & Observer or the Miami Herald and think in partisan terms. Instead, they saw the source as a name they knew well because of a relationship built over time. Consciously or not, they made a snap decision: This isn’t fake news; it’s local news. Local news plays it down the middle. Readers think: They know me. And I trust them. If anything, perhaps there is a silver lining. Maybe, just maybe all the talk of fake news and enemy of the people has forced people to consider just how
much they value an independent press, their relationship with that independent press and the role that press plays in our plurality. Especially, when it holds the powerful to account, as it did in California, and as it did with the customers who showed up to oust the board of Tri-County Electric. Each of these stories offers something important about the future of media. Each of the journalists had in their hands stories that were all profoundly local. And in part because of that, they were are all transcendently human. Robert Simmons, Jr. and his kitten, Survivor. The appalling way Andrew Holland was treated and the reforms now in place because someone shined a light. Citizens coming together to show their collective power to right a wrong. These are specific to time and place. Yet, each speaks to all of us, our sense of compassion, fairness, humanity. I have a McClatchy bias, but these stories are indicative of the very best of local news. The very best of a fiercely independent and relentlessly innovative press. Finding ways to deeply connect with our customer — in both content and delivery. Being essential to our advertisers and our communities. Vigorously investigating and confidently reporting on the best knowable version of the truth. Doing it the right way and dealing with the consequences. That is an American tradition. It’s a patriotic pursuit. And more of that is the future of media. While it’s up to us to do our job and execute on the promise of an independent press, you’ll be the consumer of it.
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The job of holding the powerful to account is hardly the media’s responsibility alone. It’s yours, too. So, vote in a couple of weeks. That’s not a political ask; it’s a civic one. Speak up and be heard. If we’re not doing our job, if we drop the ball, if the institutions we depend on do not meet the standard we expect and deserve, tell us. The novelist, Toni Morrison, shared a parable in her speech accepting the Nobel Prize for Literature. It was about a young child who thought he could outsmart an old, blind woman known for her wisdom. He approached her, grasping a small bird in his hands, and asked: “Is this bird dead or alive?” His plan was, if she said, “It’s alive,” he would squeeze the life out of the bird. If she said it was dead, he would let the bird fly away. Either way, he would be right. “Old lady, is this bird dead or alive?” She stood there silent. The boy started to laugh. Then she spoke. “It is in your hands.” Media companies will have a lot to say about the future of media. But so too will those who pursue knowledge, seek justice and serve others. Create a space where people can debate, disagree but still “dwell together in unity.” Can you do that? The answer is in your hands. Craig Forman is president and chief executive officer of McClatchy. Forman’s column was adapted from a speech he delivered to students at the Babson Center for Global Commerce at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, on Oct. 15, 2018.
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Judge finds Sun-Times violated police officers' privacy The Chicago Sun-Times violated the privacy of five police officers who served as "fillers" in a lineup conducted in a politically charged criminal case, a federal judge held. In a written opinion, U.S. District Judge Harry D. Leinenweber affirmed his previous ruling that the Sun-Times ran afoul of the federal Driver's Privacy Protection Act when it published person-
al information about the officers. But Leinenweber reversed himself on another matter. He held the Sun-Times also violated the statute when it obtained the officers' personal information in the first place. The information the newspaper obtained from the Illinois Secretary of State's Office included the officers' height, weight, hair and eye color and the
month and year they were born. Leinenweber entered judgment in favor of the officers on both the obtainment and disclosure claims in the lawsuit they filed against the Sun-Times under the privacy act. The ruling clears the way for the officers to seek damages against the SunTimes. But such a move will have to wait until
Daily Herald hosts 'Facts Matter' series for community All media organizations have some level of bias, just as all consumers have biases that affect how they interpret the news. Identifying bias was the focus of the first of five "Facts Matter" presentations produced by the Daily Herald in conjunction with Northwest Suburban High School District 214. Hosted by Prospect High School journalism teacher Jason Block, the sessions aim to engage the audience in discussions centered around separating factual information from "fake
news." Daily Herald Editor John Lampinen and Jim Slusher, deputy managing editor for opinion, kicked off the series Sept. 26 by explaining how bias makes its way into the news and how most media outlets guard against it. They were joined by Senior Deputy Managing Editor Diane Dungey and Senior Staff Writer Madhu Krishnamurthy for a panel discussion that allowed members of the audience to ask questions. Reporters and editors have a check-
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Jim Slusher, the Daily Herald's deputy managing editor for opinion, shows slides about bias at the first "Facts Matter" session Wednesday at the Forest View Educational Center in Arlington Heights. Other sessions were held each of the next four Wednesday evenings.
list of safeguards to ensure fair and accurate reporting, Lampinen said, including eliminating loaded language, finding proper balance, choosing appropriate photos and being precise with word choice. Sometimes mistakes are made and bias unintentionally slips through, he said, but news organizations strive to seek and report factual, verified information. "The most vital value that we hold in any newsroom is the value of the truth and getting it right," he said. The Daily Herald takes extra precaution when covering particularly controversial or complex stories, Lampinen said, pointing to the newspaper's coverage of transgender issues at local high schools and the ouster of a community college president. Even in the Opinion section, Slusher said, the Daily Herald aims to include columns and editorials that represent a wide range of voices and beliefs. Still, some form of bias is inevitable in both those who report the news and those who consume it, Lampinen said. Bias is part of a person's DNA. It's learned from mentors and peers. It's developed from life experience. Just as members of the press strive [to] remain as objective as possible, he said, readers should aim to diversify their news sources and keep an open mind. The Daily Herald held presentations each Wednesday for five weeks at the Forest View Educational Center. Registration was required for the free presentations.
after the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals hears an appeal filed Sept. 28 by the Sun-Times. The lead attorney for the officers, Ronald C. Dahms III of Northfield, said he is pleased with the ruling. "The courts have consistently ruled in the plaintiffs' favor in this case," he said.
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Herald Publications has new home
Herald Publications, formerly located at 314 E. Church in Mascoutah, has a new home. Moto Mart recently purchased the property from Publisher Greg Hoskins with the intent to demolish the building and expand its facility. Hoskins purchased the building and business in 1991 from former owner Rube Yelvington. Herald Publications houses The Mascoutah Herald, Clinton County News, Scott Flier, and Fairview Heights Tribune. Effective Oct. 12, Herald Publications is located at 410 E. Main Street. "There are a lot of memories tied to this building. Although I'll be sad to see it go, we needed something more modern. The old building was just not fitting our needs any longer."
Illinois newspapers celebrate milestone anniversaries
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Paddock family selling 120-year stake in Daily Herald to newspaper employees After 120 years of family ownership, Paddock Publications is changing hands. The descendants of patriarch and founder Hosea C. Paddock are in the process of selling their interest in the parent company of the Daily Herald, which is expected to convert to full employee ownership before the end of the year. Executives Robert Y. Paddock Jr. and Stuart R. Paddock III said they plan to continue to work for the company. Calling it "one of the most important decisions we have ever made," Doug Ray, chairman, publisher and CEO of the company, announced Sept. 11 that Paddock Publications would switch entirely to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan, a move approved unanimously by the board of directors Sept. 9. The Arlington Heights-based publisher has been partially employee-owned since 1976 when the ESOP was established. Ray said the action had been under consideration "for some time" and would provide significant tax benefits for the company and allow employees to become greater financial participants in its future success. In addition to the Daily Herald, Paddock Publications operates the monthly Daily Herald Business Ledger, the weekly Reflejos Spanish-language publication, a group of small downstate newspapers throughout Illinois, a commercial publishing business and a growing list of niche publications. "We all know the dynamics of a changing newspaper landscape, one
Mahomet Citizen office moves Effective Nov. 1, the Mahomet Citizen will relocate to the News-Gazette Media's offices to strengthen and consolidate its media efforts. The Mahomet Citizen's office (303 E. Main St., Suite D) will close Oct. 31. Customers can continue to reach staff at News-Gazette Media's office, 15 E. Main St., Champaign.
newspaper sale after another, in some cases to investment firms, and in others to large public companies," Ray told employees. "All the while the Paddock board of directors has fostered independent newspapering and has supported a culture of community service best served by local control. This ESOP transaction is designed to continue our family-oriented legacy and importantly to build upon a successful and sustainable business model driven by employee owners." It marks the end of an era of Paddock family ownership of the company that began in 1898 when Hosea C. Paddock, an entrepreneurial editor, bought the Palatine Enterprise and soon added weekly newspapers in Arlington Heights, Bensenville, Itasca and elsewhere. Through four generations, the company has remained in the family â&#x20AC;&#x201C; until now. "I am nostalgic, proud of our company, and optimistic," said Robert Y. Paddock Jr., executive vice president and vice chairman. "I am happy we have an opportunity through the ESOP to continue Paddock Publications' commitment. We value journalism, community, and our employees. "Neither my cousin Stu [Stuart R. Paddock III, senior vice president of information technologies] nor I have family members working in the paper. In these days of industry change and consolidation, we think employee ownership can in effect become the fifth generation of Paddock Publications. We
The Daily Herald office center in Arlington Heights. think we and management will work to continue the good business and journalistic role we have in our communities, with us being two among many employee stockholders," he said. Stuart Paddock said in a statement: "As the communities we serve have grown and prospered, so has the family business. To Bob Paddock and myself, it is most important that the culture of family ownership, the thriving standard of excellence we reach for every day and our integrity is preserved through future generations. There is no better owner we can think of to accomplish this than the very employees responsible for our historic success. While we will still come to work every day, we are proud and satisfied knowing our traditions will continue well into the future." Ray said no changes were planned in
the way the company operates -- including its board of directors and management. "This is the plan for the future," he said in an interview. "Our readers value what we do and tell us that every day. We'll keep doing the same kind of work, and I'm confident we'll be one of the winners after this is all played out." Calling it "one of those win-win situations in our business," Ray said of the ownership change: "I suspect it will be the envy of the industry, and certainly the employees in our industry. This is a way to continue on in the same fashion that we've been operating the business for generations. "We are doing very well. We could not contemplate this kind of transaction if we were not doing well. I think it's a good day for Paddock Publications."
The Times launches paywall for website For many years, The (Ottawa) Times website, mywebtimes.com, has been free for readers. Every day, The Times brings you coverage of how your elected officials spend tax money, local sports, crime, event happenings, obituaries and much more. On Monday, Oct. 15, readers of my-
webtimes.com were asked to pay for a subscription to the website â&#x20AC;&#x201C; where they will find all the information mentioned above and more. Nonsubscribers will still continue to receive a limited number of free articles each month prior to being asked to subscribe. Current print subscribers will have
free access to the site; however, all subscribers must register at mywebtimes.com/register. Those who wish to subscribe only to mywebtimes.com can do so for as little as 99 cents their first month. As part of the online subscription, readers will also have access to our online newspaper, or e-edition.
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The Southern Illinoisan wins award for Cairo documentary
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Postage increase slated for January On Oct. 10, the United States Postal Service filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) regarding price changes to take effect Jan. 27, 2019. The proposed prices, approved by the Governors of the Postal Service, would raise Mailing Services product prices approximately 2.5 percent. Shipping Services price increases vary by product. For example, Priority Mail Express will increase 3.9 percent and Priority Mail will increase 5.9 percent. Although Mailing Services price increases are based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), Shipping Services prices are primarily adjusted according to market conditions.
The Governors believe these new rates will keep the Postal Service competitive while providing the agency with needed revenue. If favorably reviewed by the PRC, the new prices will include a 5-cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp, from 50 cents to 55 cents. The single-piece additional ounce price will be reduced to 15 cents, so a 2-ounce stamped letter, such as a typical wedding invitation, will cost less to mail, decreasing from 71 cents to 70 cents. First-Class Package Service, a lightweight expedited offering used primarily by businesses for fulfillment purposes, will move to zonebased pricing to better align with
the cost of service and improve value based on distance. Post Office representatives say, "The Postal Service has some of the lowest letter mail postage rates in the industrialized world and also continues to offer a great value in shipping. Unlike some other shippers, the Postal Service does not add surcharges for fuel, residential delivery, or regular Saturday or holiday season delivery." The PRC will review the prices before they are scheduled to take effect Jan. 27, 2019. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products, and services to fund its operations.
against the police or prosecutors. A Cook County special grand jury indicted Vanecko in December 2012 on a charge of involuntary manslaughter. In January 2014, Vanecko pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to 60 days in jail followed by 60 days of home confinement. Before Vanecko was indicted, the SunTimes published a series of articles about the investigation. An article that ran in November 2011 accused police of manipulating a lineup in order to prevent Vanecko from being identified by eyewitnesses. The article included personal information about the officers who acted as fillers in the lineup. In January 2012, the officers filed their suit against the Sun-Times. After Leinenweber denied a motion to dismiss the suit, the Sun-Times filed an interlocutory appeal with the 7th Circuit. In February 2015, the appeals court rejected the Sun-Times argument that the privacy act violates the First Amendment and sent the case back to Leinen-
weber. In September 2016, Leinenweber granted judgment on the pleadings in favor of the officers on their disclosure claim. But he declined to grant judgment in the officers' favor on their obtainment claim. Leinenweber in that opinion held balancing the invasion of the officers' privacy against the public significance of their personal information "could arguably come out in favor of the Sun-Times for the act of obtaining the personal information." Both the officers and the Sun-Times asked Leinenweber to reconsider his ruling. In his opinion Sept. 27, Leinenweber held he got it right in his ruling on the disclosure claim. But he concluded he had applied the wrong test in declining to grant judgment on the pleadings in favor of the officers on the obtainment claim.
ď ŹPRIVACY Continued from Page 20 "This case was about the violation of the plaintiffs' privacy rights in accordance with the DPPA and not about the violation of the Sun-Times' freedom of press rights." The lead attorney for the Sun-Times is Damon E. Dunn of Funkhouser Vegosen Liebman & Dunn Ltd. "The Chicago Sun-Times disagrees with this ruling and is gravely concerned it might have a chilling effect on newsgathering efforts industrywide," Dunn said in a written statement. In April 2004, David Koschman hit his head during an altercation with Richard Vanecko outside a North Side bar. He died several days later. Vanecko, a nephew of then-Mayor Richard M. Daley, initially was not charged in the incident. Later, a special prosecutor investigated whether the Chicago Police Department and the Cook County State's Attorney's Office impeded the inquiry into the matter. The special prosecutor ultimately concluded that no charges should be filed
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The Southern Illinoisan took home an award at the end of September at the Middle Coast Film Festival in Chicago. Reporter Isaac Smith and Steve Matzker, a former Southern Illinoisan photographer, won for best short documentary film for their work "People Still Live Here," which followed several families living in the McBride and Elmwood apartment complexes that were managed by Alexander County Housing Authority and later the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. Following years of neglect and mismanagement by the housing authority, the two complexes were vacated early September and were set to be demolished. Residents in the Elmwood and McBride complexes lived among roaches, rats, mold and despair. Smith's and Matzker's film shows the everyday living conditions residents faced, and follows them as they learned their homes would be torn down after HUD found it would have been too costly to repair them. This is the Middle Coast Film Festival's fifth year. The Southern's film was nominated for best short documentary along with four others. Smith also organized and spoke on a panel about telling in-depth stories through video and how the role of journalists continues to evolve.
Reporter is now online
The Sidell Reporter is now available to be read in its entirety online. Through the end of November, the newspaper will be accessible for free at thesidellreporter.com. Beginning Dec. 1, the online edition will be available for subscribers. Subscription rates will be announced soon, however, the printed newspaper will continue to be printed and mailed to subscribers. The online edition will be available as an addition to the printed subscription or will be able to be purchased as an online-only subscription.
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Tronc, the parent company of the Chicago Tribune, is changing its name back to Tribune Publishing Co. The Chicago-based company, which also owns the Baltimore Sun; Hartford Courant; Orlando Sentinel; South Florida's Sun Sentinel; the New York Daily News; the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland; The Morning Call in Allentown, Pennsylvania; the Daily Press in Newport News, Virginia; and The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Virginia, announced the decision Oct. 4. It ends a more than two-year run with the much-derided corporate moniker of Tronc. The name change took effect with the market closure Oct. 9. Beginning Oct. 10, the company’s stock trades on the NASDAQ under the new ticker symbol TPCO. The Tronc name was unveiled in June 2016, four months after technology entrepreneur Michael Ferro became nonexecutive chairman and the largest shareholder of the newspaper chain. The name, which stood for Tribune
Press launches new website
The Prairie Press (Paris) unveiled a new website at the end of September, powered by Creative Circle Media Solutions. Over the past few months, “I've been judging several newspaper contests,” said Nancy Zeman, publisher and editor. “In addition to news stories, sports and other coverage, one of the areas I've been judging is website. Thanks to that experience, I began to find what I liked and didn't like about websites in all sizes of newspaper markets.” While judging the various websites, Zeman “got an itch to make changes to our website.” After a few months of work with Creative Circle, the result is now online at prairiepress.net. “I believe [it] looks more professional and should be easier for our readers to find what they are looking for,” Zeman said.
Tronc changing name back to Tribune Publishing
Online Content and was intended to be written in all-lowercase letters, quickly was ridiculed. Tribune Publishing was the inaugural corporate name for the newspaper company, formed in August 2014 when the Tribune Co. publishing unit was spun off from its broadcast stations. The TV and radio stations took the Tribune Media name. Tronc’s board approved the name change back to Tribune Publishing, which required filing an amended certificate of incorporation with Delaware and a Form 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission. No regulatory approval is needed. “We are excited about the company rebranding to Tribune Publishing,” spokeswoman Marisa Kollias said in a statement. “It’s a nod to our roots, and a reinforcement of the journalistic foundation on which all of our news brands stand.”
The shedding of the Tronc name comes amid potential interest in the company’s acquisition. California-based newspaper chain McClatchy, a publicly traded company that owns more than 30 newspapers in 14 states, emerged as a potential buyer in September, according to sources familiar with negotiations. The Donerail Group, a nascent New York-based investment firm headed by former Starboard Value executive Will Wyatt, has been in negotiations to buy Tronc since early August. Sources familiar with negotiations say Donerail has offered between $19 and $20 per share for Tronc, valuing the newspaper company at upward of $700 million. McClatchy and Donerail have neither confirmed nor denied their interest in buying Tronc. Tronc spokeswoman Marisa Kollias declined to comment. Tronc completed its $500 million sale
of the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune to biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong in June, leaving it a smaller but virtually debt-free company. Soon-Shiong, who still owns 25 percent of Tronc, is in discussions with both McClatchy and Donerail to partner in their respective bids for the company as an owner, according to sources. McClatchy spokeswoman Jeanne Segal and Wyatt declined to comment. A Soon-Shiong spokeswoman did not return a request for comment. During a media conference Oct. 2 in Los Angeles, which was broadcast online, Soon-Shiong was asked whether he was in advanced negotiations with McClatchy to buy Tronc. “I see this as an opportunity if we can,” he said. He added, “I’m here to say if McClatchy needs my help, I’m here to support them.” Soon-Shiong also made it known which name he favored. “I don’t call it Tronc,” Soon-Shiong said. “I can’t stand that word.”
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Former newspaper GM charged with theft She allegedly owes nearly $274,000 to company The former general manager of the company that publishes the Belvidere Republican and 16 other publications in northern Illinois has been charged in a Wisconsin court with bilking more than $270,000 from the firm. Cynthia R. Jensen, 55, of Kingston, was charged Sept. 25 in Walworth County Circuit Court with seven counts of identity theft for financial gain and two counts of theft in a business setting of more than $10,000, all as a party to a crime. An initial appearance in the case was scheduled for Oct. 17 in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. According to the criminal complaint, Jensen, former general manager of Rock Valley Publishing, Southern Lakes Newspapers and Southern Lakes Publishing in
Delavan, Wisconsin, still owes the company$273,991 in unauthorized transactions made from the company to herself and her husband between May 2015 and early 2018. Company owners Peter Cruger and John Cruger notified police July 13 that a Town Bank employee made them aware of fraudulent signatures on seven company checks made out to Jensen and her husband Kim Jensen between Nov. 21, 2017, and Jan. 26, 2018, according to the complaint. The checks appeared to have been signed by John Cruger, but Cruger said the signature was not his, the complaint states. Six of the checks totaling $14,235 were made out to Cynthia Jensen, and a check for $4,000 was made out to Kim Jensen, the complaint contends. The Crugers hired an accountant who verified the company's finding that online payments from both companies were made into Jensen's
personal account dating back to May 2015, according to the complaint. The accountant also verified payments made from Jensen's slot machine gaming business to the company that appeared to be an attempt to pay back some of the funds she took, the complaint states. The Crugers met with Jensen in February, and she admitted to the transactions but said she had done nothing wrong, considered the transactions a loan and said she had paid it back with interest, according to the complaint. Another meeting was scheduled with Jensen in March, but that meeting did not occur. The Crugers found Jensen had left the company, leaving behind her keys and a computer file outlining the money she owed to each company, according to the complaint. However, the amounts in the file differed from the amounts Jensen admitted owing the company in
February, the complaint states. The file indicated Jensen owed Southern Lakes Publishing $99,982 and Rock Valley Publishing $16,504, according to the complaint. Jensen sent a message to John Cruger a short time later stating she would send a check for $99,982 if the Crugers would sign a document agreeing the money she took from the company was a loan. The Crugers did not respond to the message because the transactions were not authorized as a loan, however, Jensen sent a check for $99,982 to John Cruger's home address, according to the complaint. An internal audit of the companies showed Jensen still owes Southern Lakes Publishing $243,078 and Rock Valley Publishing$30,913, according to the complaint. Reached by telephone, John Cruger declined to comment on the charges.
ď ŹOPINION Continued from Page 22 No First Amendment issues were involved when it came to the Sun-Times obtaining the officers' personal information, Leinenweber wrote. Citing Pell v. Procunier, 417 U.S. 817 (1974), he wrote the First Amendment does not guarantee the media special access to information that is not available to the public. Under that circumstance, he should not have applied a heightened-scrutiny balancing test when considering the officers' obtainment claim, Leinenweber wrote. Instead, he wrote, he should have applied the rational basis test. That test requires him to determine whether barring private parties from obtaining personal information from motor vehicle records bears "a rational relation-
ship to a legitimate government interest," Leinenweber wrote, quoting Wisconsin Education Association v. Walker, 705 F.3d 640 (7th Cir. 2013). He wrote it does. The government has a legitimate interest in preventing stalkers and other criminals from using motor vehicle records to get information about their victims, Leinenweber wrote, citing cases that included Marachich v. Spears, 133 S. Ct. 2191 (2013). "In other words," he wrote, "the DPPA reflects the government's legitimate interest in public safety, and such interest is rationally related to the DPPA's prohibition on obtaining personal information from driving records." The case is Scott Dahlstrom, et al v. Sun-Times Media LLC, No. 12 C 658.
Tucker retires in 29th year
Bill Tucker, a mainstay of the Edwardsville Intelligencer for three decades, retired from his position of editor on Friday, Oct. 26. Tucker's career began in 1990 when he was hired as the sports editor. In 2001 he was hired to replace David Feld as editor. During his leadership at the Intelligencer, the paper received numerous awards from the Associated Press, the Illinois Press Association and the Southern Illinois Editorial Association. As an individual, he received Hearst's Eagle Award in 2000 and the Intelligencer's Co-Worker of the Year Award in 2012. Tucker said it has been an honor to serve the people of Edwardsville and Glen Carbon. "There are far too many people to thank individually, so thanks to everyone who helped me out along the way," Tucker said. "However, I do have to thank my wife, Kirsten, who has supported me and my crazy work schedule for so many years." Tucker graduated from Alton High School in 1981 and received his journalism degree from Eastern Illinois University in 1985. Prior to taking the job at the Intelligencer he worked at the Monmouth Daily Review-Atlas in northwestern Illinois. While the Intelligencer has been a part of his life for the past 29 years, there are going to be things he says he won't miss. "I'm looking forward to not waking up to a deadline every morning," he said. "I will miss the daily interaction with people in this community from funeral directors and Lions Club members to city and village officials and school administrators." As for retirement, Tucker said he plans to continue to teach journalism classes at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, but other than that has no concrete plans. "We're not going anywhere. Edwardsville is our home. It's where we raised our children," Tucker said. "I'll still be going to the Route 66 Festival, the Stephenson House auction and many other community events. I just won't have my camera." Brittany Johnson will replace Tucker.
Former Sun-Times editor to lead Crain's weekly in Chicago Jim Kirk, the veteran journalist and former publisher and editor-in-chief of the Chicago Sun-Times, has been named publisher and executive editor of Crain's Chicago Business. KC Crain, president and chief operating officer of Detroit-based Crain Communications, announced the appointment Oct. 22. "We're delighted to add Jim to the top of our Kirk masthead in Chicago," Crain said in a statement. "His experience both in journalism and in the rapidly changing media business will support growth for our flagship city business publication." The position of publisher has been vacant since David Snyder stepped down in November 2016 after 33 years with Crain's Chicago Business. Kirk will take on additional responsibility as executive editor, overseeing all editorial operations at the weekly publication and website. For the past
year, Mary Kramer, group publisher of Crain Communications business publications in Detroit and Cleveland, has overseen the company's weeklies in Chicago and New York. Kirk, 53, most recently has been senior vice president of strategic initiatives at Tribune Publishing. During his yearlong stint with the parent company of the Chicago Tribune, he was deployed as editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Times and interim editor-in-chief of the New York Daily News. The latest move marks a return to Crain Communications for Kirk, who previously worked as chief of editorial operations at Crain's Chicago Business. "I'm thrilled to rejoin Crain's Chicago Business at this moment," Kirk said. "There is tremendous opportunity ahead to build on the strong foundation of this amazing news organization. I can't wait to get started." Kirk is a native of south suburban Dolton and graduate of Illinois State University.
Quast pens his last laugh For 24 years, Bruce Quast scoured the latest goings-ons in and around Rockford for opportunities to make people laugh or think. The political cartoons he produced for the Register Star picked apart the news under four Rockford mayors and five Illinois governors. "My cartoons reflect the way the average Quast reader would react in a funny way," Quast said of the cartoons that started appearing on the newspaper's Opinion page in 1994. "I want to make the reader think and consider a different point of view, or maybe I am reflecting their point of view." Quast's last weekly cartoon appeared Oct. 7 on the Opinion page.
Quast, 61, produced 1,500 to 1,600 cartoons over the years, most of which he has saved in his home office. "I think I have said pretty much what I have to say," Quast said. "I want to quit while I am still funny, and I don't want to be repeating myself, either." Quast may occasionally produce a political cartoon for the newspaper, but his regular local Sunday cartoon won't be replaced, said Wally Haas, the Register Star's opinion editor. Quast, who is married and has two sons and a grandchild, works full time as exhibits director at the Discovery Center Museum. In his spare time, he draws caricatures of people at parties and festivals. He plans to try to get his cartoons syndicated for a national audience, and he expects to draw more frequently for his Faron Square comic strip.
Trainor to receive Ulyssean Award
The Senior Citizens Center of Oak Park-River Forest honored Wednesday Journal columnist Ken Trainor with its annual Ulyssean Award at its 15th annual dinner on Sept. 28 at the Brookdale Plaza. Trainor's long career as a community journalist includes 28 years with Wednesday Journal Inc. and approximately 1,600 columns penned in the Forest Park Review, Chicago Parent magazine, Trainor and Wednesday Journal, as well as newspapers in Ft. Collins, Colorado, and Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. In selecting Trainor for the award, the Senior Center cited his ability to "observe, record, analyze and educate" in a wide range of areas. He has authored the best â&#x20AC;&#x153;original column" in the Illinois Press Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual contest four times. An Oak Park native and graduate of Ascension Elementary School, his community involvement includes Project Unity, a group dedicated to increased interracial understanding and interaction, and Gun Responsibility Advocates, which works to reduce gun violence by supporting commonsense gun regulation and promoting greater responsibility among gun rights supporters. The award is named after Ulysses, legendary hero of Homer's "Odyssey," whose spirit was captured by the poet Tennyson, when he wrote, "'Tis not too late to seek a newer world."
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Leah Williams has been named the new editor of the Nashville News. Williams started with the paper on Sept. 24. She comes to the News after more than six years at the Centralia Morning
The Nashville News welcomes new editor Leah Williams
Sentinel. She earned her bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in journalism and her masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in professional media arts and media management from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Williams had worked at the Sentinel since December 2011, starting as a weekend photojournalist while she finished her degree. While at
SIU, she worked as a graduate assistant in online publishing and for the Gateway Journalism Review, among other assignments. Williams joined the newsroom as a full-time reporter in June 2016, covering Fayette County. She also helped out in the Mount Vernon office and most recently was covering Washington County for the
paper. Before the Sentinel, Williams was a general assignment and features reporter for the Mount Vernon Register News. She has also earned a regional journalism award for her work. Williams is joined in Nashville by her 10-year-old son, Matthias.
Sears named publisher of Omaha World-Herald
Todd Sears, The State Journal-Register's president and publisher, was named publisher of the Omaha (Nebraska) World-Herald on Oct. 24. Sears' last day in Springfield was Oct. 31. In addition to overseeing the SJ-R, he also oversaw the Lincoln Courier and Sears had recently begun supervision of GateHouse's southern Illinois papers. Paul Gaier, group publisher for GateHouse Illinois, the SJ-R's owner, said that he would begin a nationwide search for Sears' replacement. He will oversee the Springfield paper in the interim. Sears is a native of Nebraska who
came to the SJ-R in August 2016. He told the paper's managers that his decision was "bittersweet," but that the chance to lead the World-Herald was a convergence of professional and personal opportunities. His parents and grandparents were subscribers to the World-Herald, he said, and his grandfather helped him learn to read with the paper's Sunday comics. Gaier praised Sears' tenure at the SJR. "Todd has done a commendable job. He's embraced the community and has been an exceptional leader who was extremely respected by employees," Gaier said. "I'm sad to see him go, but it's always great to see someone achieve their dreams."
Mt. Zion Region News welcomes new editor
On Monday, Sept. 24, Eden Crothers began her role as editor for the Mt. Zion Region News. Crothers grew up in Mascoutah, a small farming community located east of St. Louis, Crothers Missouri. She attended Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville and graduat-
ed in 2015 with a degree in history and political science. After graduation, she worked at the Mascoutah Public Library and the Mascoutah Herald newspaper office. Crothers is moving to the area with her husband, Russell, who will begin working at Akorn, Inc. as a stability coordinator. They recently celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary.
Windy City Times' Baim named publisher of Chicago Reader
Tracy Baim, publisher of Windy City Times, has been named the new publisher of the Chicago Reader. Baim stepped away from her duties at the Times, which she cofounded in 1985, to take over at the Reader in October. A relaunch of the alternative
weekly's brand is expected to follow. The Chicago Sun-Times announced a partnership in June with a private investment group that includes Chicago Crusader newspaper Publisher Dorothy Leavell to ensure the famed alt-weekly's long-term survival.
Quinlan retires as only fourth sports editor in Daily Herald's history, Smith succeeds
Tom Quinlan, the Daily Herald's assistant managing editor for sports, retired recently after 40 years with the newspaper. Longtime news editor Mike Smith succeeded him. Quinlan headed the sports department for 22 years, overseeing its evolution into the 24/7 digital and social media environment and transforming the coverage into a personality-oriented approach that emphasizes analysis and enterprise rather than game coverage. During his tenure, the paper covered the last three Bulls championships, the resurgence of the Blackhawks and its three recent championships, the Fire's championship in its inaugural year, the White Sox historic championship in 2005 and the Cubs' epic championship in
2016. The Bears did not win a championship during Quinlan's years at the helm of the sports department, but they did make it to Super Bowl XLI in 2007. "For me, the memories revolve not around the games," Quinlan said, "but the special sections we put together, the work by the writers, columnists, photographers, editors, designers and graphic artists." A recipient of the company's Stuart R. Paddock Jr. Manager Excellence Award in 2015, Quinlan was only the fourth sports editor in the 146-year history of the newspaper, following in the footsteps of Robert Paddock Sr., Bob Frisk and Jim Cook. Mike Smith, a longtime news editor with the Daily Herald, has been named Quinlanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s successor and the
fifth sports editor of the publication. Smith will direct the newspaper's pro sports coverage and work with new High School Sports Editor John Radtke to oversee the prep report. An 18-year veteran of the newsroom, Smith joined the paper in 2000 as weekend editor and later took on roles as design editor, Tri-Cities editor and Fox Valley editor. While his focus at the Daily Herald has been on local news, Smith has an extensive background in sports journalism. He earned a Peter Lisagor Award for his front-page design, "The Champs," commemorating the White Sox World Series victory in 2005, and was the editor of the 2013 Lisagor Award-winning Title IX series. He began his journalism career
Gulledge resigns from Lee Enterprises Mike Gulledge, vice president of publishing and regional publisher for Billings Gazette Communications and the Missoulian, has announced his resignation from Lee Enterprises effective Sept. 30, according to a news release from the company. Gulledge, 58, is a Marion native, and, during his career with Lee, served as advertising manager at The Southern in Carbondale, advertising manager at the Herald & Review in Decatur, and Gulledge advertising manager at the Quad-City Times in Davenport, Iowa. He was also general manager, and later named publisher, of the Herald & Review. Gulledge began his career with Lee in 1982 as a college intern at The Southern while earning a degree in journalism and advertising at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. "Mike's ingenuity, enthusiasm and uplifting spirit have been an integral part of our success in moving the com-
pany forward," Executive Chairman Mary Junck said in the news release. "He has been a terrific colleague, and I'm grateful for his unflinching, can-do attitude and his service to Lee." Gulledge has served as publisher of Billings Gazette Communications since 2000 and was elected an operating vice president and an officer of the company in 2005, overseeing daily newspapers and digital operations in 10 states. On medical leave since early July, Gulledge said quadruple coronary bypass surgery was a life-altering event. "Although fully recovered, I have decided to take some time with my wife, Susan, to determine what opportunities are ahead for us," he said in the release. "My 36 years with Lee Enterprises have been extremely rewarding, and there's nothing else like the excitement of working in a daily newspaper and digital organization. It's been a pleasure working with talented peers and the many dedicated community members throughout my career." He and his wife reside in Billings, Montana.
as a high school sports stringer. After graduating from Northern Illinois University in 1981, he joined the sports department of the former Copley Newspaper group, where he worked Quinlan for 18 years. "Mike's a disciplined and enthusiastic editor with a great love of sports," Editor John Lampinen said. "With a talented staff, he's going to build on the Smith award-winning sports coverage that's been a recognized part of the Daily Herald's heritage for decades."
John Reynolds says goodbye to SJ-R
SJ-R reporter John Reynolds has been a familiar face during the past 20 years for many community groups and institutions. He started at the SJ-R in a part-time capacity back in December 1998, and was hired full time in April 2000.
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Reynolds has been the lead reporter on breaking news, police and fire coverage. His last story for the SJ-R was about an effort to find the last missing photos of all of Sangamon County's Vietnam War casualties. Reynolds decided that the time had come to seek other opportunities, and his last day was Sept. 7.
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George Schmidt Union activist, journalist and retired Chicago public school teacher George N. Schmidt died at home on Sept. 17. He died of lung cancer, diagnosed in August, complicated by a series of strokes. Schmidt was the editor of Substance, an independent newspaper in Chicago covering public education that he helped found in 1975. Schmidt was preceded in death by his parents, Neil and Mary Schmidt. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Sharon (nee Griffin); sons Dan (29), Sam (17) and Josh (13); brother Thomas; two sisters, a niece, and dozens of aunts, uncles and cousins. Schmidt was an exciting person, a dynamo in his youth, whose multifaceted career spanned five
decades. A University of Chicago alumnus, Schmidt was a brilliant English teacher, who worked inside his classroom and within the Chicago Teachers Union serving in various roles, including delegate, mentor, consultant and researcher for quality education for students and fairness for school workers. Much of his ongoing critique of the Chicago Board of Education was against racist policies. His fight against injustice began in the 1960s when he worked with soldiers in the GI Movement, organizing against the Vietnam War, in part through the production of underground newspapers. He loved his sons and wife passionately, enjoying and encouraging their gifts.
Richard P. Frisbie, a journalist, publicist and author of seven books and about 400 magazine articles, sat on the Arlington Heights Library Board for 44 years. "Dick had a zest and a love of life, and had an infectious enthusiasm," said author Richard Lindberg, who with Frisbie was on the board of the Society of Midland Authors. "Dick was a classic civic booster in that old-fashioned sense of the Frisbie word, and was a community-oriented person who had the spirit of volunteerism that we often see lacking today." Frisbie, 91, died of natural causes Aug. 28 at his home, said his daughter, Teresa. He had been an Arlington Heights resident since 1954. Born in Moline, Frisbie grew up in Chicago's South Shore neighborhood. As a youngster, Frisbie was in the first class of "Quiz Kids," appearing on the popular Chicago-based radio and TV series in 1940. After graduating from St. Ignatius High School, Frisbie attended the University of Chicago for a year before serv-
ing in the Navy during World War II. After the war, Frisbie earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona in 1948 and worked briefly as a reporter at the Douglas Dispatch in Douglas, Arizona. Frisbie then joined the staff of the Chicago Daily News, first as a reporter and then as assistant features editor. In 1955, Frisbie left the Daily News to enter the public relations field. He worked for various firms, and from 1963 until 1966 was the creative director at the Campbell Ewald agency. In 1966, Frisbie started Frisbie Communications. "I think that he was someone who was not fond of reporting to someone else," Teresa Frisbie recalled. "He used to say that he got migraine headaches, and after he started working for himself, he never got another one." Richard's magazine articles included one for the March 1967 Tribune magazine aimed at helping men understand women's fashions. He also wrote articles for a bimonthly city magazine published by the New Chicago Foundation and in 1971 was named the editor of the magazine, which ceased publication two years later. Richard's first book, "The Do-It-Your-
Susan K. Patterson, 75, of Polo, died Sept. 9 at KSB Hospital in Dixon, after a brief illness. She was born April 11, 1943, in Cedar Falls, Iowa, to Ray E. and Geraldine "Gerry" (Madsen) Nelson. Patterson graduated in 1961 from Price Lab School in Cedar Falls, and had a variety of Patterson jobs, including insurance sales for Mutual of Omaha Insurance, advertising sales for Sauk Valley Newspapers and The Freeport-Journal Standard, and her own painting business, Brush Inc. Patterson also was a devoted mother and an accomplished homemaker, seamstress, cook, baker and gardener.
self Parent," was coauthored with his wife, Margery. "(Writing) was … something that he found satisfaction in," said Richard's son, Tom, a member of the Chicago SunTimes' editorial board. "It was something that he was good at, and he often said that if you're a writer, you just have to write." In 2000, Richard told the Tribune that he felt destined to become a writer while an eighth-grader at St. Philip Neri School on the South Side. "I wrote something one day that really gave her a case of the giggles," Richard said. "On the strength of that, she made me editor of the school paper." Author and DePaul University School for New Learning instructor Craig Sautter served alongside Frisbie on the board of the Society of Midland Authors. "He had a combination of sort of an outdoorsman and yet also a sophisticated advertising and newspaper guy," Sautter said. In 1967, Richard was elected to the Arlington Heights Library Board. He remained on the board until retiring in 2011. "Richard had a way with words but
She loved strong coffee and rooting for the Chicago Cubs. Before her stroke 12 years ago, Patterson was an active member of Polo Church of the Brethren. She had put her faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Patterson is survived by her children from her marriage to Jerry Patterson, Kelly (Brian) Duncan of Polo, Jack (Crystal) Patterson of Bloomington, Adam (Winona) Patterson of Aurora, and Amy (Jason) Mallory of Largo, Florida. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, two great-granddaughters, three sisters and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Phillip Ray Nelson.
also a way with life, and he was a fierce defender of the First Amendment and of intellectual freedom, which I believe can probably be traced back to his early experiences as a journalist and as a writer," said former Arlington Heights Library Board member David Unumb. "As part of that, he placed a high value on not only freedom of thought but I'd say the ability to sort of pierce to the heart of a situation. Any time an issue came up that smacked legally of censorship, Dick was right up on the ramparts." Debbie Smart, the board's current president, called Frisbie "a champion of intellectual freedom … who truly wasn't a politician." "He was a civil servant, and he believed in serving his community," Smart said. "He wasn't in it for any power play or political aspirations. He was in it for his passion for reading and literature and culture." Richard also is survived by his wife of 68 years, Margery; four other daughters, Felicity, Anne Malone, Ellen and Margaret; and two other sons, Paul and Patrick; a sister, Peggy Thorpe; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Mary Jean (Dimler) Tull, 92, of Pekin, died Sept. 29 at Farmington Country Manor in Farmington. Born Feb. 22, 1926, in Pekin to Paul and Amaha (Dietrich) Dimler, she married Thomas B. Tull on May 18, 1947, in Pekin. He died Dec. 11, 2009. She was also preceded in death by her Tull parents, sister and brother. Surviving are daughter Claudia (George) Komer of Atlanta, Georgia; son Richard Tull of Florida; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and two nephews. Tull attended Pekin schools, graduating from Pekin Community High School in 1944, where she excelled in drama, speech, music and cheerleading, among others. She took the Individual First Place Illinois State win in verse reading. She was also a cast
member of the PCHS play that won first place. Just two days before her passing, she learned that she was the oldest living Illinois High School Association State Speech contest winner. Tull was quite the thespian and was proud to have been offered a full scholarship in drama to Northwestern University in Evanston as well as the opportunity to participate in summer stock productions. Unfortunately, her very strict father forbade her from accepting the scholarship. Had she attended Northwestern, her classmates would have included actors Charlton Heston and Patricia Neal. She eventually furthered her formal education through LaSalle Extension University and studied law. Tull was society editor for the Pekin Daily Times as well as a reporter for the Peoria Journal Star. While at the newspaper, her boss, Chuck Dancey, intro-
Kenneth Smikle was a writer and editor with several publications in New York before starting Chicago-based Target Market News, a trade magazine and research firm that focuses on providing data and news related to marketing and advertising aimed at African-Americans. “Ken was one of the most magnificent people I’ve ever known. He was so smart, bordering on genius,” said former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, a longtime friend. Smikle “And he gave more than he took.” Smikle, 66, died of congestive heart failure at University of Chicago Medicine on Sept. 12, said his son, Jason. He had been a resident of the South Side’s Kenwood neighborhood since 1987. Born in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood, Smikle grew up in Jamaica, Queens, and graduated in 1970 from Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in Queens, where he played
trombone in the band. He then attended York College of the City University of New York, where he studied radio and television production. In 1974, Smikle and his brother, David — who now goes by Dawoud Bey and is a Columbia College Chicago professor — teamed up with a friend, Gerald Gladney, to start a business that published two magazines, one of which covered the black arts community. Smikle subsequently joined Harlem’s Amsterdam News as its arts editor, and was a music editor at Record World magazine. He freelanced for Essence magazine and the National Leader magazine and briefly worked as editor of the National Leader before joining Black Enterprise magazine as a senior editor in 1984. In 1987, Smikle moved to Chicago and started Target Market News. Smikle soon found himself being frequently quoted in major news media. He started producing an annual report titled “The Buying Power of Black America.”
duced her to Tom Tull, a recent hire of the local radio station, whom she later married. Her further interests over the years centered on working with troubled youth as she counseled juvenile offenders and assisted Peoria County Law Enforcement as a decoy on several cases. Understandably, the decoy escapades drove her husband crazy. Over many years of volunteer service, Jean was a charter board member and president of Youth Farm Residential Treatment Center for Boys in Peoria as well a Founding Board Member with Tazwood Mental Health Center, now known as Tazwood Center for Wellness. In late 2016, Jean was honored by Tazwood for her 44 years of service and was thrilled to learn that the boardroom was named after her. She has served on the Central Illinois Criminal Justice Commission, State Criminal Justice Committee, Counseling &
“While an editor at Black Enterprise magazine, I could see millions of dollars flowing in and out of the marketing business in efforts targeted at black consumers, and no publication was writing about that,” Smikle told the Tribune in 1995. “I saw the possibility for a new publication devoted exclusively to this area.” Smikle never retired from Target Market News. In 2002, he submitted a bid to buy Sengstacke Enterprises Inc., the financially ailing owner of the Chicago Defender. The company wound up being sold to Real Times Inc. in 2003. Smikle’s wife of 34 years was former WMAQ-Ch. 5 reporter Renee Ferguson. “We balanced each other’s perceptions of the world and enjoyed doing so every day,” Ferguson said. Ferguson noted her husband’s love of jazz and the fact that he saw life as its own form of jazz, powered by imagination and improvisation. His favorite artist, Herbie Hancock, was a good friend.
Family Service Board, Comprehensive Mental Health Board, Youth Guidance Council, and acted as a Tazewell County Court Counselor. She was also president of Pekin YWCA and active in United Way. Prior to her retirement in 1989, she was sales manager for Pekin radio station WGLO. From 1990 to 2006, she volunteered two days a week at Pekin Manor in the activity department and later obtained weekly speakers for Pekin Estates until 2014. Although she seldom mentioned it, Jean was a breast cancer survivor since the age of 29. Jean wrote this obituary herself a few years ago. Her family has revised it to include additional information that she was too modest to share; however, these are her own closing words: "She would like family and friends to be happy for her as she will now be joining the 'love of her life,' Tom. “He taught me to love jazz, and I taught him to love pumpkin pie,” she said. “Clearly I got the better end of the deal.” Music producer Jun Mhoon, a friend for 40 years, called Smikle “a very strong, stubborn, persistent and brilliant journalist who was a loving father, husband and good friend.” Recalling his passion, Mhoon noted that “he argued about everything, … but even when he was right, he’d still have to argue about why he was right.” Ferguson said “we both loved people and taught each other to understand how one’s point of view was shaped by life’s experiences.” “We helped each other grow. Our love, our family, the uplift of people was the ground note of both of our lives,” said Ferguson, an Oklahoma native. “(We were) the New Yorker and the Okie.” Smikle also is survived by two sisters, Sandra Bernard and Georgianna Machicote.
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Ralph Johnson Ralph C. Johnson, 97, of East Peoria, formerly of Bradford, died Sept. 6 at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria. Johnson was born Aug. 18, 1921, in Corbin, Kentucky, to Newton and Rannie (Wilson) Johnson. He married Inez F. (Tuller) Johnson on April 14, 1948, in Corbin, Kentucky. She preceded him in death on March 29, 2012, in Peoria. Trained as a newspaper printer, Johnson worked Johnson at the Corbin Times in Corbin, Kentucky, after completing linotype school. After moving to Illinois, he worked for newspapers in LaSalle-Peru, Aurora, Springfield and Peoria. He retired from the Peoria Journal Star after working 30 years. Surviving Ralph are two daughters, one son, a nephew, six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, four sisters and two sons-in-law.
Paul Reagan Richard Laubhan
Richard Alden Laubhan, 89, Galena, died Sept. 7, 2018. Born Feb. 20, 1929, in Normal, the only child of Maurice A. and Gladys V. (Erickson) Laubhan, he grew up in Pontiac, where he lettered in basketball, played trumpet in the band and orchestra and Laubhan was newspaper editor. He received bachelor's and master's degrees from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and played first trumpet in the NU marching band at the 1949 Rose Bowl, where the Wildcats defeated the University of California 17-14. Laubhan served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1965. His long journalism, advertising and public relations career included posts at the Woodstock Community News; the Rock Island Argus;
Deere & Co.; A. O. Smith Company's Harvestore Division and Burson-Marsteller. He was a member of Zeta Psi fraternity, Sigma Delta Chi Society of Professional Journalists, the Chicago Headline Club, and the Public Relations Society of America. Johnson's first marriage ended in divorce. In 1980, he married Elizabeth Pryse “Liz” Mitchell. In 1994, they left Chicago's Sandburg Village for a new life in Galena. An accomplished golfer who experienced two witnessed holes in one, Dick for two decades played with the Northern Illinois Men's Amateur Golf Association, winning its first Seniors' Championship in 1982. He rangered and played at Eagle Ridge and had been a member of the Dubuque Golf & Country Club. Johnson is survived by his wife, Liz; their beloved dog, Cooper; four children and four grandchildren.
Paul Anthony Reagan, 52, of Quincy, died Sept. 9 at his home. Reagan was born June 12, 1966, in Quincy, a son of Eugene J. and Patricia A. Miller Reagan. Reagan was employed by The Quincy Herald-Whig for 28 years. He started out in the mailroom and was a pressman before becoming disabled in 2011. He graduated from St. Reagan Francis grade school in 1980 and Quincy Senior High in 1984. He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church. Reagan was very artistic. His favorite pastime was drawing for hours upon hours. He was a lifelong learner and loved reading about history. On good days, he also enjoyed taking his dog, Opie, to the dog park. Reagan leaves behind his parents, two sisters, two aunts, two uncles, one niece and six nephews, as well as his pets, Opie, Noodles and Samei.
Neil Braendle Neil F. Braendle, age 87, died Oct. 10 at his residence in Hastings, Michigan. Born May 26, 1931, in Freeport to Annabel (Friend) and Kenneth W. Braendle, he attended school in Freeport through the seventh grade, helping out in the family newspaper, Braendle The Freeport News, as a "printer's devil." Braendle moved at age 13 with his family to Havana in 1944, where he graduated from high school in 1949, and Mergenthaler Linotype School in Brooklyn, New York, in 1950. Braendle married his high school sweetheart, Joan Marie Ashurst, in 1951. He loved to tell how she passed up an opportunity for a free scholarship to study music in Europe to marry him. Braendle served three years in the U.S. Army in 1951-53, earning the rank of sergeant. He then became associated
with his family in the publication of The Mason County Democrat, completing his training in composition as a linotype operator on the GI Bill. He later became editor and publisher. During his time in Havana, Braendle recalled with pride spending an entire summer building a community swimming pool as a member of the Havana Optimist Club. Coming "home" to Michigan was always a heartfelt desire for Braendle. In 1969, he sold his interest in the newspaper and moved his family to Hastings, purchasing the Wibalda Dairy Queen which was operated as Braendle & Son Dairy Queen until 1975. The following year, Braendle returned to the printing business, starting a commercial print shop at 119 N. Church St. In 1981 the business moved to 123 W. State St. next to WBCH, and in June of 1984 it was again relocated to 133 E. State, operating as Advanced Commercial Printers in partnership
with his wife, Joan, and son, Victor. Braendle had a lifelong passion for baseball and while training at Camp Cook, California, was selected to the Division Artillary baseball team, playing nine games until shipping overseas in the fall of 1952. He was an avid fan of the Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals, privileged to attend the 1964 World Series won by the Cardinals over the Yankees. In later years he found another passion, becoming proud owner of a 1966 classic Ford Mustang which he enjoyed for 19 years. Braendle was a member of First United Methodist Church of Hastings since 1970, serving a term on the finance committee and donating the church newsletter for 33 years. He joined the Hastings Kiwanis Club in 1977, twice serving on the board of directors, was president in 1984 and for 31 years was editor of the club newsletter. Braendle was four times named Kiwanian of the Year, and he enjoyed the
privilege of representing his club at seven Kiwanis International Conventions. Braendle was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 45 of Hastings, serving as historian for three years, Post newsletter publisher and proud charter member of the honor guard which he helped organize. Braendle also was a volunteer for 13 years with the Barry County Red Cross. In 2000, the family business was sold to J-Ad Graphics. Braendle remained with the company for two years, retiring in 2002 to spend more time with his wife, Joan, enjoy his great-grandchildren, attend minor league baseball games in Battle Creek and enjoy car shows. Surviving are his daughter, Maria Diane Braendle (Tracy Lea Symonds) of Charlotte, Michigan; three grandsons, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, three brothers and his only son, Victor.
Grace Whitten Grace Marie (Faulkner) Whitten, a resident of Harbor Crest Nursing Home in Fulton, died Sept. 24 surrounded by family at the age of 81 years. Whitten’s 40-year career was spent as a journalist and columnist in area newspapers. She began her career as a reporter and staff writer for the Fulton Journal. She was an editor and Whitten columnist of "The World according to Grace" (Clinton Herald), "With Grace" (Quad City Times) and "Dash of Grace." She was also a radio personality (Sauk Valley Media). Whitten was an avid patron and seamstress for local community theater. She was a member of Morrison Methodist Church Bell Choir and performed with the Clinton area Felix Adler Clown community. Over the years, she was involved in several organizations supporting women in business and entrepreneurship. She also was a celebrity chef for
several years with the "Ladies Night Out" event. Her hobbies included writing, reading, camping, sewing, cooking and consuming ice cream. Whitten was well known to the public for her journalism, but she was known to family and friends for her strength, love and compassion. She was the proud mother of Roni (Daniel) Mitchell, Penny (Gary) Venhuizen, Robert (Christine) Whitten, Cindy (Pete) Petersen, and Glen (Tammie) Whitten. One of her proudest accomplishments was her 23 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great-grandchildren, with one more great-grandchild on the way. She is grieved by her sisters, Elaine Grigg and Quela Cummins; her brother, Tony Faulkner; and numerous nieces and nephews, along with many special friends. Grace was greeted in heaven by her mother, Maggie Marie (Gates) Yancy; her father, Vaughn Johnson Faulkner; her grandson, CliffordVaughn May; her brother, Virgil Vaughn "Butch" Faulkner; her daughter, Kathy Jewel Utley; and her son, Charles Spencer Whitten.
Barbara Strang Barbara Ann Strang, 90, of Urbana died Oct. 9. She was born June 3, 1928, in Hillsboro to William Burress and Ruth (Tiley) Seymour. Her only sibling, sister Betty (McDavid) Bailey, preceded her in death. She married Arthur Strang on Aug. 30, 1953, in Hillsboro. Her husband, who was secretary-manager of the Illinois Press Association Strang and an assistant professor in the Journalism Department at the University of Illinois, died Dec. 27, 1987. They are survived by their three children, Mike Strang of Chicago, Julie Hunt (Russ) of Atlanta, Georgia, and David Strang (Nancy) of Champaign; their grandchildren, Brian Strang of
Chicago, Ashley Strang of Phoenix, Arizona, Daniel Strang of Houston, Texas, Jeffrey Hunt (Meghan), Gregory Hunt (Julie), Alexander Hunt (Alison) and Steven Hunt (Amanda), all of Atlanta, Georgia, and Tucker Strang (Kelsey), Cameron Strang and Shelby Strang, all of Champaign; and eight great-grandchildren. Strang graduated from Hillsboro Community High School in 1946. She then attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she received a bachelor's degree in advertising in 1950. She was a member of Chi Omega sorority. Upon graduation from the University of Illinois, Strang was employed by the Illinois Press Association. She later worked for Parkhill Travel as a tour guide and traveled throughout the Unites States and Canada.
Lawrence Doherty Longtime Chicago journalist Lawrence E. Doherty worked for two stretches totaling 30 years at the weekly trade magazine Advertising Age, rising to become the publication's deputy editor. "Larry was a caring and upbeat guy with solid news judgment and an even and inspiring hand with our staff," said Rance Crain, former president of Crain Communications, which pubDoherty lishes Advertising Age. Doherty, 87, died of natural causes on Oct. 9 at the Radford Green Health Care and Rehabilitation Center at the Sedgebrook retirement community in Lincolnshire, said his daughter, Lauren Wilson. He had been a Lincolnshire resident since 2009, previously living in Mount Prospect. Born in Hillside, he was the son of Frank Doherty, a onetime Chicago Daily News and Chicago Sun reporter. Doherty moved with his family to Chicago in 1941 and graduated from St. Philip High School in Chicago in 1948. Doherty studied for one year at the University of Illinois' campus at Navy Pier and then transferred to Wright Junior College for a year before attending classes at the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign campus for a semester. He served in the Army in its public information office during the Korean War, posted first in Sendai, Japan, and then, in 1953, in Korea, his family said. After his military discharge, Doherty held a reporting job with the City News Bureau of Chicago before returning to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus, where he earned a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1957. Doherty joined Advertising Age in 1957 in Chicago as a reporter. He left the magazine in 1963 to serve as editor of Chicago-based Putnam Publishing's monthly Food Business magazine and as managing editor of Putnam's monthly Food Processing & Marketing publication. In 1967, Doherty moved his family to
Peekskill, New York, when he took a job as manager of creative and marketing services for the New York City-based monthly Progressive Grocer magazine. After the magazine folded in 1969, Doherty shifted to work as managing editor of a sister publication, Grocery Manufacturer. Doherty returned to Chicago in 1972 when he became Advertising Age's managing editor. "Larry was the finest managing editor I have known. His ability to sniff out news, plug the holes in stories and compose sharp headlines was legendary," said retired Advertising Age assistant managing editor Mike Ryan. "But most of all he was the steady rock in a chaotic deadline newsroom." Former Tribune business columnist Robert Reed, who earlier in his career was a reporter for Advertising Age, called Doherty "decent, kind and respectful." "Larry jumpstarted my journalism career by agreeing to hire me, but more important, he was also a managerial role model someone who got the work done but was always courteous to his staff and treated them as peers, even though he knew way more than any of us," Reed said. Reed also lauded Doherty's temperament, which enabled him to navigate pressure-filled situations with "humor and patience." “He was a deft editor and a cool head under pressure,” Reed said. “One of his favorite sayings, when he had too many stories and not enough space, was, ‘We've got 15 pounds of groceries and a 10-pound bag.’” In 1984, Doherty was named Advertising Age's deputy editor, under longtime editor Fred Danzig. After retiring from Advertising Age in 1996, Doherty spent time caring for his wife of 43 years, Barbara Jacqueline "Jackie" Doherty, who died in October 2000 after struggling with multiple sclerosis. Doherty also is survived by a son, Matthew; three other daughters, Julie, Sheila Roth and Lisa Zaroogian; a sister, Ellen Hadley; and seven grandchildren.
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