November-December 2016 Month 2015
Official Publication of the Illinois Press Association
Illinois newspapers document long-awaited Cubs' World Series win on front pages Page 5
Covering the manufacturing crisis in Illinois 3 Humanizing tragedies 9 Loss in court may change newsroom collaborations 7 Goode/Jones family celebrates 100 years of ownership 12
Consider tax-deductible, year-end gift to IPF “Paying it forward” is a simple act and concept that can have tremendous impact. I was the recipient of such a kind act recently when someone in line ahead of me picked up the tab for my morning coffee and bagel. I was both surprised and appreciative; almost instinctively, I paid it forward by picking up the tab for the order for the person behind me. In the coming weeks, we’ll DENNIS DEROSSETT likely see more of “paying it forPresident & CEO ward” as people get into the spirit of the holiday season. With the end of 2016 approaching, we would ask members to consider paying it forward for future journalists through gifts to the Illinois Press Foundation. Two ways to do this include year-end gifts to the foundation and/or participation in the ACORN program. The foundation’s main pro-
grams are aimed at encouraging and teaching young journalists at both the high school and college level. These programs include: 1) $25,000 in mini-grants, where high schools can receive up to $1,500 for items such as software, cameras and computers to assist with publishing their high school newspaper; 2) a two-week, residential summer journalism camp at Eastern Illinois University where students receive hands-on training, get to intern at a community newspaper and produce an actual newspaper; 3) scholarships for students in the master’s-level Public Affairs Reporting program at University of Illinois-Springfield. The foundation would like to be able to help out more high school journalism programs, send more students to summer journalism camp and award more scholarships. We can do that through your support. Currently there are 65 member newspapers participating in the ACORN program; these newspapers are listed on Page 4. Through ACORN, they gift an amount equal to 1 inch of advertising per week for 52 weeks. The funds are deducted
from their IPA advertising checks and network pool checks, or from a direct gift of an equivalent amount. Information will soon be mailed out to all publishers. We hope you will review the material and then help future journalists by “paying it forward” through a tax-deductible, year-end gift to IPF, or through participation in ACORN. Thank you!
Welcome to two newest board members IPA board Chairman Sandy Macfarland has appointed two publishers to fill vacancies on the IPA board of directors. They will be seated at the upcoming board meeting in December. Those appointed are: Todd Sears, publisher of the Springfield State Journal-Register. He recently joined GateHouse Media and was formerly vice president of advertising and revenue at The Richmond-Times Dispatch in Richmond, Va. He is a native Nebraskan and attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln; he started his career at his hometown newspaper, the Lincoln Journal Star. He held management positions with Lee Enterprises at newspapers in Racine and Madison, Wis.; and in Beatrice
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Illinois' manufacturing crisis There’s a saying that newspapers are only as healthy as the communities they serve; unfortunately in Illinois many of our communities are suffering due to the state’s inability to maintain and increase its manufacturing sector. Just how bad is the situation? In late August, Greg Baise, president and chief executive officer of the Illinois Ma nu fac t u rer s’ Association stood in front of the City Club of ChiJOSH SHARP cago and delivered some cold Vice President, hard truths about Government Relations Illinois’ manufacturing economy. In the last seven years, he detailed how Illinois has fared at creating manufacturing jobs compared to our neighboring states: • Michigan created 171,300 manufacturing jobs. • Wisconsin created 44,100 manufacturing jobs • Ohio created 75,900 manufacturing jobs • Indiana created 83,700 manufacturing jobs • Illinois created 4,600 manufacturing jobs. You’re reading the numbers above correctly, that number (unfortunately) is not a typo. Illinois has created just 4,600 manufacturing jobs during the last seven years. As Baise pointed out, even Idaho, a state better known for its potato farms, created 9,100 manufacturing jobs over the same period of time. The numbers since 2000 are even worse: 300,000 jobs gone from
Illinois’ economy. Jobs that likely had high pay, stability, benefits, pensions or a 401k – jobs that won’t be coming back in the new “service” economy where advocates continue to cheerlead for $15 an hour as if that’s the answer. Looking at the numbers above, there should be concern and there should be outrage; but somehow the continued decimation of Illinois’ manufacturing base seems to have largely escaped coverage when compared to other happenings in this state. Illinois’ newspapers need to tell this story. Newspapers provide the public with the necessary information to make informed decisions about economic policies and their financial impact. We should be vigorously covering the fact Illinois policy makers have let manufacturing tax credits expire four times in the past 13 years. As anyone who runs a business can attest, there is a craving, a real need for predictability. Letting tax credits expire every two to three years is the antithesis of what Illinois’ manufacturing community needs to recover. We should be writing about Illinois' disappearing middle-class. In stories and editorials we love to talk about how the middle class is in trouble. And, it is. But we need to do a better a job of explaining why. For years, manufacturers have been the best producers of middle-class jobs
in the nation and in Illinois. As was mentioned previously, these jobs have good wages, health insurance and usually, some kind of retirement plan. The loss of these jobs is one of the primary reasons for Illinois’ stagnation and vanishing middle class. Lastly, we need to better cover policy makers in Springfield and their failure to act to stem this crisis. Indiana has taken to putting up billboards making fun of us. Wisconsin is running ads on TV inviting our manufacturers to relocate to their state. What economic incentives has Illinois put in place to make our state more competitive, to support manufacturing or to support the middle-class? None. So far this legislative session has given Illinois’ employers an official state pie – pumpkin – and three new unfunded mandates concerning employee leave. Despite being primarily engaged in the news and information business newspapers are manufacturers too. At last count IPA members manufacture more than 12 million newspapers, EVERY WEEK. Since 2014, our industry has gone without the Graphic Arts Machinery and Equipment incentive; it’s one of the many manufacturing incentives that Illinois has yet to renew amid gridlock in Springfield. But the graphic arts tax incentive goes beyond just newspapers. One of the main suppliers of boxes for Frango Mints, Colbert Packaging, recently
announced it is shifting a portion of its operations from Illinois to Wisconsin. The company cited the expiration of Illinois’s graphic arts tax credit that applied to the purchase of printing presses as part of the reason for the move. "Wisconsin rolled out the welcome mat," said President Jim Hamilton. What a concept. Even with these current challenges, manufacturing remains a powerful industry in Illinois. It’s actually the single largest contributor – 12.4 percent – of the Gross State Product, and employs more than 570,000 workers. Manufacturing generated $101 billion in manufacturing output and exported more than $64 billion worth of goods in 2014. Regrettably though, our state remains mired in an outdated tax structure that continues to harm manufacturers and our state’s leaders have shown little to no interest in solving the problem. Newspapers know the long-term effects of neglecting the state’s manufacturing industry on the businesses and citizens in our communities. The job losses will continue, our tax bases will dwindle and Illinois will slide further into the financial abyss. Newspapers remain as the premier voices in our communities and are in a unique position to explore this story better than anyone – we owe it to our readers to do just that.
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Continued from Page 2 vice president of the Illinois Press Foundation and board member of the Northern Star Alumni association. He is a past president of the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce. He graduated from Northern Illinois University in December 1980 with a bachelor of science in journalism. He is a multi-award winner in the NINA, IPA and NNA contests in various categories. He and his wife, Ilene, reside in Hinsdale. His son, Michael, is a vice president at the National Collegiate Scouting Association Athletic Recruiting and son Matthew is in the U.S. Navy in basic training at Naval Station Great Lakes. Jim is coming onto the IPA board for a second time; he previously served as IPA president in 2003.
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A daily’s loss in court may cause journalists to rethink how they communicate Editor's Note: This article is reprinted with permission from Columbia Journalism Review. By Corey Hutchins Journalists across the country are assessing the fallout a week after a North Carolina jury awarded nearly $6 million in libel verdicts against The Raleigh News & Observer and one of its reporters. The case seems to provide more evidence that the growing unpopularity of media may translate into less-sympathetic jury pools when news organizations face lawsuits. Adding to worries among newsroom leaders are the ways outsiders, including jurors on the N&O case, interpret internal communications among reporters, sources, and editors. The N&O is also the latest to find out how willing juries can be to award large damages when they believe a journalist has done someone wrong—in this case concluding the paper and reporter Mandy Locke libeled a state firearms investigator who was the subject of a story for an award-winning 2010 N&O investigation called “Agents’ Secrets.” In North Carolina, the paper’s troubles didn’t end last Wednesday on the final day of a three-week trial, in which the jury awarded the plaintiff $1.5 million. The following day, the jury came back with a second verdict against Locke and her McClatchy-owned employer: A jaw-dropping $7.5 million in punitive damages—a figure so high it exceeded North Carolina’s cap on such punishments. Because of state limits, the total hit to the paper will be nearly $6 million if the verdict stands up on appeal. The dual verdicts had those involved in First Amendment issues and investigative journalism watching closely, but the news hasn’t received much coverage outside Raleigh. The multi-million dollar judgments come at a time of cut-
backs for the N&O, but also as the newspaper’s commitment to accountability journalism is featured prominently in a new book on investigative reporting by a Stanford professor. Related: What a professor learned after interviewing a ‘lost generation’ of journalists What’s more, some of the courtroom action has journalists thinking twice about how they correspond with sources and editors before a story is published. First the background: An agent with the State Bureau of Investigation named Beth Desmond, 51, sued the paper in 2012, claiming it libeled her in a 2010 front-page story that was part of an investigative series about questionable practices at the SBI. The paper has stood by its reporting. Here’s the nut of the plaintiff’s argument, as reported by the N&O, which carried the most comprehensive coverage of the three-week trial: At issue in the case are six statements the N&O published in 2010, among them that independent firearms experts questioned whether Desmond knew anything about her field, and also that some suspected she falsified evidence in a 2006 criminal trial to help Pitt County prosecutors win a murder conviction. Desmond is suing the N&O and Locke, and says the Aug. 14, 2010 article triggered events that led to her developing post-traumatic stress disorder. During the trial, the reporter’s sources testified they were misquoted or taken out of context. Locke testified that her sources, under pressure from the firearms analyst community, are now “distancing themselves” from what they told her for the story. To bolster their case, the plaintiff’s lawyer used notes and electronic correspondence among journalists at the paper, uncovered during the discovery process, and
grilled them on the stand about their internal discussions about the story. From the N&O’s trial coverage: Assistant features editor Brooke Cain, who was a news researcher in 2010, was asked about her emails with Locke in preparation for the story about Desmond. In a June 2010 email asking Cain to make a public records search, Locke wrote that she had narrowed her focus to a few SBI agents and firearms analysts “that we’re bearing down on.” Also in June, Locke had learned that Desmond had once been a ballet dancer with the Juilliard Dance Ensemble. “Bingo!” Locke wrote to Cain. The researcher responded: “Sounds like an excellent main character for a crime novel.” Locke wrote: “How in the world this woman went from ballet to firearms identification work is beyond me.” The lawyer also found emails from a then-photographer who had emailed Locke at one point, saying, “Concentrate on writing the best damn piece you’ve ever done … I want you to compel our readers to gather pitchforks and torches.” (The photographer said at trial that he wasn’t talking about the story in question.) After the verdicts came down, the N&O reported Desmond’s attorney, James Johnson, said he believed internal emails and memos from the newsroom had an impact on the jury, which in the end agreed with the plaintiff, concluding statements published by the N&O were false. That’s an aspect of the case that has some journalists re-thinking the way they go about their own work prior to publication. “My very clever boss has a saying,” though perhaps not original, says Trevor Hughes, a Denver-based correspon-
dent for USA Today. “Dance like nobody is watching, but email like it may one day be subpoenaed and read aloud in a deposition.” Trials like the one in Raleigh, he says, show the danger in quoting things out of context, or trying to understand someone’s thought process as they develop their approach to a story. “Technology has made it incredibly easy for me to stay in touch with my bosses around the country, but it also leaves an electronic trail,” he says. “As a reporter, I certainly wouldn’t want internal discussions with my editors about how to approach a story laid bare to the public. But at the same time, it’s hard to have those tools available and instead remember to pick up the phone.” Mark Binker, a political reporter for WRAL in Raleigh, gets his hackles up just seeing an email he wrote to a public official appear somewhere, uncovered through an open records request by another journalist. “I am more than certain there are emails that I’ve written that have been less than thoughtful,” he told me. But just as much as a trial that featured analysis of internal newsroom discussions on the witness stand, a barrage of leaks such as those from Wikileaks showing just how often elec-
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Humanizing tragedies Editor's Note: This article is reprinted with permission from the News Media Alliance. By Kaitlin Jansen Mass shootings, other gun violence and international bombings – in an era of repetitive news cycles and seemingly constant tragedies – it’s sometimes easy for readers to feel distanced from the impact of each incident. Casualty numbers and foreign countries become difficult concepts to grasp as readers consume one negative story after another. In an interview with the New York Times this summer, psychologist Anita Gadhia-Smith said that there is “heightened alarm, but there can also be some desensitization that’s happening.” The state of news can be encapsulated in a USA Today headline from last year: “Fatal mass shooting rocks U.S. – again.” Much bad news has happened since that headline was written – including the worst mass shooting in U.S. history at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla. When faced with these stories, journalists must decide how to present information in a way that is meaningful to readers. John Cutter, managing editor of the Orlando Sentinel, said that while readers knew how tragic the Pulse shooting was, the Sentinel staff had to determine how to cover the facts while also helping their community grieve. “We wanted to keep the victims and the community face-forward in this,” Cutter said. They ended up with a simple front page the next day – a single photo of people grieving with the headline “Our community will heal.” “People call it an editorial,” Cutter said. “I call it a statement.” He added that the third page looked more like a traditional front
page, reporting facts such as casualties. “That just didn’t seem like the right tone to strike the first day,” Cutter said. But in instances outside breaking news, stories may not draw international attention – so how do journalists make readers care? Through visualization, says Reuben Fischer-Baum, a visual journalist at FiveThirtyEight. Fischer-Baum said that visuals such as charts can help readers grasp comparisons and can hold a lot more information than text can. It’s also a matter of catering to the way people consume news, he said. “I think, unfortunately, that people don’t always have the best attention spans, and being able to break your article apart with something visual and compelling — be it a chart or a photo or video — keeps readers moving through articles,” Fischer-Baum said. Kevin Uhrmacher, a graphics editor at The Wa s h i n g t o n Post, agrees that visuals are necessary for important stories. “As journalists, one of the valuable services
we provide for readers is contextualizing major news events and the statistics surrounding them,” Uhrmacher said. “With visuals, we can help people really feel the power of those numbers more than they might just reading them in text.” Fischer-Baum, along with a team at FiveThirtyEight, created a project to illuminate the facts behind gun deaths in America. Their interactive graphic appears simple at first glance — dots in uniform lines. But as the user clicks through, (s)he is informed that each dot represents one person that is fatally shot each year — and there are 33,000 dots. With each click, the user learns more about gun death statistics — and sees the facts visualized. “We knew pretty early on that we wanted to display a square or dot for all 33,000 deaths — we felt it would help convey the scope of the
“With visuals, we can help people really feel the power of those numbers more than they might just reading them in text.” -Kevin Uhrmacher, graphics editor, The Washington Post
problem, not just the percentage breakdowns of different causes and demographics,” Fischer-Baum said. Steven Rich, a database editor at The Washington Post’s investigations unit, said visuals and interactivity were also important components of a project he helped build that displays data on officer-involved shootings in the U.S. “We wanted, from the very beginning, for our readers to be able to not only be able to read about every fatal police shooting we’d documented, but to be able to see where they are and filter for factors like race, gender and whether those who were killed were armed,” he said. Uhrmacher contributed to a project focusing on mass shootings. The graphic displays the victims as human silhouettes, which Uhrmacher said function as “clear reminders for the reader that there is a human behind each data point.” “Unfortunately, we can all become numb to those sorts of news events, especially when they happen in quick succession,” he said. “We wanted some way to show people the scale of the entire problem, but also to capture the individual lives lost.”
Continued from Page 7 tronic communication can surface— however it surfaces—has Binker putting as few words as possible in emails these days. After reading about the N&O trial, Barry Yeoman, a North Carolina journalist who does plenty of investigative work, started looking through old emails among editors about certain stories he covered. Investigative journalism is a collaborative process, he tells me. It’s messy, with a lot of rough edges rubbing up against each other. You sharpen ideas, and some of those ideas end up getting scrapped. “So if somebody looked at my emails out of context, they may see a point in my thinking where either I have proposed something beyond where the facts may go, or I’ve proposed something that is too timid,” he says. “It is in the honest conversation that I can push the boundaries and an editor can push me back. Or I can arrive short of the line, and an editor can beckon me forward. And it is a dance that happens backstage so that the final product is absolutely true.” Yeoman says he does worry one email or another he wrote to an editor could be misinterpreted if it ever got in front of a jury. But in many cases, he says he will still write it. “You need to put your thoughts out there if you’re going to get the feedback and the dynamic back and forth that story development needs,” he says. As for The News & Observer, the paper has vowed to appeal, and it stands by its coverage as accurate and valuable to the community. “Our 2010 stories about the SBI raised important questions about how that agency investigates and how agents testify at trial,” N&O Editor John Drescher said in a statement. “After the stories were published, numerous changes were made in how the SBI and the state crime lab work.” “The N&O has not and will not shy away from reporting on tough issues important to North Carolina,” he added. “We will appeal the jury’s decision and look forward to discussing these stories with the appellate courts.”
The verdict against this local newspaper is the latest against a publication in a year that has seen news organizations in the crosshairs of litigators. In January, I wrote about how journalists across the border in South Carolina were paying close attention to a libel ruling in that state. Judges for an appeals court there examined a reporter’s emails and correspondence with sources to assess his state of mind as he approached his story. In March, a jury awarded $115 million to Hulk Hogan after Gawker published a sex tape involving the pro wrestler. Journalists joking around on internal work chat software came out in discovery, depositions, and at trial. For the past week, jurors in Charlottesville, Va., have been hearing testimony in a defamation trial brought by a university administrator against Rolling Stone magazine for the story “A Rape on Campus.” Presidential candidate Donald Trump has continually threatened media outlets with lawsuits. It is rare anywhere in the U.S. for a libel suit to end up in front of a jury— many are dismissed by judges—but as North Carolina Public Radio pointed out this week, when they do go before juries, judgments against publications are high, and jurors like to “smack down the media” when given the chance. “Any time a newspaper is taking a case to a jury it’s risky,” says Jonathan Jones, director of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition, who teaches media law at Elon University. “And especially in sort of the current climate of public distrust in the media— and in some cases even public disgust in the media—I think it’s a particularly risky time to be going to court with these.”
The verdicts come at a tough time particularly for the N&O, which got a new publisher this year. Like many papers its size, it has been laying off staff including, most recently, the last of its graphic design team and an assistant opinion editor who had been there for nearly three decades. Like other papers, it has been forced to scale back days the opinion page runs. A business editor who left within the past six months has not yet been replaced. In 2004, the newspaper had around 250 full-time newsroom staffers.* Now that number is in the low 80s. Like other papers, the N&O is selling its building to save on operating costs. “There are people there who are doing the best work that they can but the newspaper cannot do the best work that it can with fewer and fewer resources,” says Andy Curliss, a journalist at the N&O for nearly 20 years who recently left for the private sector as a communications specialist. “We have reached the moment where the cuts upon cuts upon cuts are apparent in the context of coverage—with multiple political campaigns, with a serious hurricane—and these are the things the N&O would have covered in tremendous depth in the past, and it would shine.” That said, the N&O is a paper that has put a premium on accountability journalism and has protected its investigative team from cutbacks. It is one of the few American newspapers of its size with a dedicated investigative unit. The team of three investigative reporters, plus a data journalist, is overseen by an investigative editor. And that unit has actually expanded in the past decade despite the economic crunch. “This type of reporting has been a
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core strength of the News & Observer for a long time,” Drescher tells me, adding, “even in a time of cuts, we wanted to continue to do the kind of important journalism that our readers expect of us.” Outside Raleigh, others have taken notice. The N&O’s commitment to watchdog work makes consistent cameos in Democracy’s Detectives: The Economics of Investigative Journalism, published this month by James T. Hamilton of Stanford University. Big projects like “Agents’ Secrets,” which got the paper sued, take time and resources the newspaper is not likely to recoup in operating costs, but have a measurable benefit to society, Hamilton says. In one chapter of his book, he calculates an N&O series on the state’s probation system cost the paper $200,000 in salary and expenses. And the series, he believes, saved lives. Hamilton’s concern: Big libel verdicts like the one leveled against the paper are another economic burden to producing such work. The paper does carry libel insurance but still had to shell out for legal bills. “I think if you look at the language that the plaintiff’s lawyer used, it’s populism: Send the paper a message about what impact it has on people’s lives,” Hamilton says. But what gets lost in that is how the series the N&O reported changed policies at the SBI. In Democracy’s Detectives, Hamilton lays out why he believes fewer people were murdered in the state because of the newspaper’s investigative work on the probation system. “But no one rolls out of bed in the morning and says ‘Thank you, News and Observer for lowering the probability I’ll be murdered today by a probationer,’” he says. “It’s the things that don’t happen that we neglect, but really the preventative actions that are generated by holding an institution accountable that’s really important, and I didn’t hear people really talking about that— because that’s something that you don’t often put a dollar value on.”
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Goode/Jones family celebrates 100 years of family ownership, announces sale of newspapers By Tara McClellan McAndrew During the sesquicentennial celebration of the Virden Recorder’s history, its longtime owners announced they are selling the newspaper group to Paddock Publications, Inc. of Arlington Heights. The weekly has been owned by the Goode/Jones family for 100 years and has been publishing for 150 years, dating back to 1866. Nathan Jones, general manager of his family’s company, Gold Nugget Publications, Inc., announced the newspaper’s sale during a program about the Recorder’s history that was held at the Virden First Christian Church. It followed an open house with food and drinks at the paper’s office down the street. Both were held to thank the newspaper’s customers and the community, according to Nathan. He said the family is selling the newspaper because its fourth generation have chosen different career paths. Scott Stone, chief operating officer, and Doug Ray, publisher and chief executive officer of Paddock Publications, Inc., attended the event. Ray said his company expects to close the deal with Gold Nugget early this December and assume control of the newspapers “toward the end of the year.” In addition to the Virden Recorder, the transaction includes the Northwestern News in Palmyra, the Girard Gazette, the Panhandle Press in Raymond and a shopper. The purchase also includes Five Star Printing, located in the Virden office, which prints Gold Nugget’s publications and other area weekly newspapers. Ray said, “I went to college with Nathan and Norris Jones and I know the papers quite well. They’re doing an outstanding job. Our plan, essentially, is to operate them as they have been operated, focusing on community service and local news and information. If we can add something along the way, then that will be positive for us and the community.”
Paddock recently purchased 12 weekly papers in southern Illinois and Ray said the company expects to print them on the Virden press, also. Nathan said his family is “very happy that Paddock Publications agreed to the acquisition.” They chose Paddock because “it’s a family owned newspaper, like us. They are in their fourth generation.” Nathan’s family became owners of the Virden newspaper in 1916. After an unsatisfying stint in farming, his grandfather, Norris Goode, bought two Virden newspapers that year, consolidated them, and combined their names to create the Virden Recorder. Goode’s daughter and son-in-law, Dorothy and Charles Jones, became sole owners in 1959 and purchased the group's other newspapers. All five of Dorothy and Charles’ children worked at the company and three –Nathan, Martin and Julie – still run it today. Members of three generations of the Jones family have been leaders in the Illinois Press Association; his father, Charles Jones, served as IPA president in 1983-84 and Nathan served as IPA president in 1998. He currently serves as vice president of the Illinois Press Foundation. Four members of the Jones family—Charles, Dorothy, Norris and Nathan – have been honored as a Master Editor by the Southern Illinois Editorial Association. The Jones family company derived its name from an idea that Charles Jones had in the early 1970s to promote the classified ads. To highlight the section and symbolize the “treasures” within, he printed the ads on yellow (gold) paper. A theme was born – a pirate and parrot became the mascots of the section and the company, which incorporated as “Gold Nugget” Publications. Charles got a real parrot and had a pirate, with a parrot, specially sculpted from wood which still greets visitors inside the Virden office today.
Photos by Tara McClellan McAndrew
Top: The outside of the building where the Virden Recorder weekly is printed and its owner, Gold Nugget Publications, Inc. is headquartered. Above: The third generation of the Goode/Jones family poses by their company's mascot in the entry of the Virden Recorder's office in Virden. This pirate has greeted customers in the Virden office since the 1970s. From left to right: Nathan Jones, general manager; Norris Jones, retired; Marty Jones, production manager; JoD Jones Apitz, offsite; and Julie Jones Westerhausen, business manager.
Bunker Hill Gazette-News celebrates 150 years
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Above: Nathan Jones (left) general manager of his family’s company, Gold Nugget Publications, Inc., announced the newspaper’s sale to Paddock Publications Inc. during a program about the Recorder’s history that was held at the Virden First Christian Church. Doug Ray (right), publisher and chief executive officer of Paddock Publications addresses celebration attendees, "Our plan, essentially, is to operate them as they have been operated, focusing on community service and local news and information." Left: Gold Nugget Publications staff celebrates the 100th anniversary inside the Virden Recorder and Gold Nugget Publications, Inc.'s offices in Virden. Photo by Tara McClellan McAndrew
The office is the town’s old, red brick, two-story former school building, complete with a working bell, which employees ring on special occasions. The Jones family bought the property in 1965. For a while, they lived there, too. JoD Jones Apitz, who now lives in California, recalled “playing school” in the building’s old classrooms that still had chalkboards and playing “newspaper” by typing stories in the newspaper offices. After Paddock buys the Gold Nugget publications, Nathan says his sister Julie will continue to work at the company until next summer and then move near family in Wisconsin; brother Martin will continue working in production/
press with Paddock in Virden. Norris moved to Thailand several years ago. As for Nathan, he smiles and says he will retire. Tara McClellan McAndrew is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Springfield Public Affairs Reporting program and an award-winning Springfield writer and book author. She writes a monthly history column for Springfield's State Journal-Register. Her works have been heard on Illinois Public Radio and National Public Radio, as well as read in 35 newspapers and magazines. www.taramcandrew.com
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Laura Dabbs, editor of the Bunker Hill Gazette-News, and owners John and Sue Galer, celebrate the 150th anniversary of the newspaper on Friday, Oct. 21. A reception was open to the public with a good attendance from the community. State Sena. Andy Manar, whose hometown is Bunker Hill, presented a special plaque from the Illinois Senate to the newspaper staff in honor of the event.
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Don’t gild the lily The cliché “gild the lily” is a misquotation of a line from Shakespeare: “To gild refined gold, to paint the lily…is wasteful and ridiculous excess.” Correctly quoted or not, this common phrase refers to the unnecessary practice of embellishing something which doesn’t need embellishing. JOHN FOUST Un f o r t u n a t e ly, there’s a lot of Raleigh, N.C. lily gilding in the world of advertising. I remember talking to Isaac about an idea he had developed for one of his accounts, a construction company which was celebrating its 25th anniversary. His idea was a good one. It connected the company’s rich history to the growth of the
community and their commitment to their customer base. It featured three sections: (1) their history, (2) their services, and (3) testimonial quotes. It was designed as a full-color, two-page spread – which would represent the largest ad buy in that account’s history. Isaac’s ad manager liked the idea so much that she wanted to join the fun. She said, “Let’s put a long horizontal photo across the bottom of both pages, showing people standing in line to give testimonial quotes. That will say the company is so popular that there isn’t room in the ad for all of the quotes.” That was the beginning of the end of a good idea. The ad manager insisted on accompanying Isaac when he presented the ad to the construction company’s marketing director. The original elements in the ad conveyed information in an honest, straightforward style. But the standing-in-line photo came across as an irrelevant gimmick. According to Isaac, the cli-
ent laughed at the idea, and his boss felt the need to defend it. As a result, the idea was rejected outright and the account decided not to run anything at all in the paper to announce their anniversary. What went wrong? This was a classic case of gilding the lily – subtraction by addition – fueled by the ad manager’s ego. The ad was fine until she insisted on adding something that didn’t belong. She didn’t know when enough was enough. A graphic designer once shared a valuable lesson she learned early in her career. “I had been asked to design a logo for a new client. As I worked, I gained a lot of creative momentum, and ended up with 15 or 16 ideas. A few were obviously better than others, but I felt a need to present them all. That was a bad move. It overwhelmed him to see all those logos, and he couldn’t make a decision. After that, I limited logo presentations to three choices.”
There are plenty of other examples: The ad campaign with copy points that stray away from the main theme. The layout with too many elements, because the advertiser doesn’t understand that an ad needs breathing room (white space). The extra word that adds nothing to the message. (The word “very” comes to mind.) Sometimes the most creative step is to know when to stop. Just like a good car has good brakes, so should a good idea. © Copyright 2016 by John Foust. All rights reserved. John Foust has conducted training programs for thousands of newspaper advertising professionals. Many ad departments are using his training videos to save time and get quick results from in-house training. E-mail for information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Know when to fold them When does holding on to older software and hardware become detrimental?
KEVIN SLIMP Director, Institute of Newspaper Technology
While in Minnesota last week, I had an assignment similar to assignments I’ve had many times during the past 20 years: to spend a day with a small community newspaper group, meet with the management and staff individually, then propose two optional plans with the same goal in mind. The goal was to
improve the editorial and production workflow, thereby improving the quality of the publication and efficiency of the operation. Sounds simple enough, and having completed similar assignments hundreds of times before, I felt up to the task. Every newspaper is different, so I keep their par ticular needs in mind when offering advice. This group is in a process that many of us find ourselves in: determining whether to tweak the current workflow using the tools available, or to upgrade hardware and software throughout the organization to achieve monumental jumps in efficiency.
I understand the dilemma. Having owned several publications in the past, plus a couple of companies right now, I know what it’s like to make upfront expenditures in order to see longterm gains. Perhaps you are in the same dilemma. Should I purchase new hardware and upgrade sof t ware at the same time, or will everything be OK if we upgrade software on our current machines? Would my staff be more efficient with training or is it a waste of time? If I train them too much, will they run off and find a higher paying job somewhere else?
The questions go on. What about camera raw? Will it improve my product or just slow down my workflow? Am I spending enough time on my digital products or am I possibly spending too much time on them? Speaking of staff, do I have too many or too few? Are they organized in the most efficient manner? Should we create our website in-house or use an outside vendor? The questions could go on forever. It’s enough to bring on a panic attack. Don’t panic. Let me suggest a few things to think about when faced with similar questions. Let us consider hardware and software today and I will discuss other issues in upcoming columns. Q. Is my hardware too old? Is it all going to come crashing down? A. Hardware is a delicate issue. One of the quickest ways to improve efficiency is to improve the tools we use. Why do
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Into the Issues At The Rural Blog we watch events and issues, but also trends and ideas in rural America – especially those that offer opportunities for localizing stories. We’ve had several examples lately. The Wall Street Journal reported on a trend you also may have noticed, but didn’t see as a story: a rural boom in electronic commerce, which makes it easier for your readers to buy goods that may not be available locally. The downside is freight charges, which are often higher for more AL CROSS remote areas, and the damage that The Rural Blog e-commerce does to local retailers. We excerpted the story at http://bit.ly/2ci7X15. Stateline, the wonderful news service of The Pew Charitable Trusts, had an interesting story about the difficulties farmers and independent repair shops face because manufacturers aren’t required to make parts and repair information available to customers and independent repair people. I’ll bet you can find some such people among your own readers. Read the story at http://bit.ly/2d46Tzr. Maps and data: Some of the easiest stories to localize are national stories with local data. The Washington Post wrapped up its five-part series on rising death rates among middle-aged whites with an interactive, county-by-county map. A link to it is at http://bit.ly/2cCz5oK; one of the stories, focusing on one rural county, is at http://bit.ly/2cseRU5. Rural residents have usually had fewer insurers to choose from on Obamacare exchanges, where tax-credit subsidies are available. In the open enrollment period that begins Nov. 1, they’re likely to have
even fewer. An estimated 31 percent of U.S. counties, most of them rural, will have only one exchange insurer for 2017. That’s a big jump from this year. A starting place for your story is the pair of Kaiser Family Foundation maps we ran, at http://bit.ly/2cSs5oN. Health matters: Also on the health-care front, we picked up a
ried employees of hospitals or health companies. It’s probably happening in your area. Read the story at http://bit. ly/2cN4xFz. Rural areas have long had challenges recruiting and retaining physicians, especially those who deliver babies. Nearly half of our counties, mostly rural, lack obstetrician-gynecologists, and 56 percent don’t even
reported. Read about the problem at http://bit.ly/2cStxHA. The challenges of rural hospitals, which have forced dozens to close, include difficulty with electronic health records. Many can’t afford to invest in them, and some have over-invested, The Deseret News in Salt Lake City reported. We picked up the story at http://bit.ly/2cZ9cEV. If your state didn’t expand Medicaid under federal health reform, that was more likely to hurt rural hospitals, a study found. Read about it at http:// bit.ly/2cdQbxv. Running elections: This is the most important election year of the four-year cycle. How well does your state run elections? The Pew Trusts ranked the states on 17 performance indicators and concluded that North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin did best. The worst were Alabama (by far) and California. See your state and the story at http://bit.ly/2cNmrp6. There has been much controversy about voter-identification laws, ostensibly designed to prevent vote fraud, though studies have found that fraud – defined as multiple votes being cast by a single person, or an ineligible person casting a ballot – is very rare. Still, a lot of voters think it’s a real threat, a Post-ABC poll found. We reported it at http://bit.ly/2cB4TxE. Most Americans also think the country has a lot more immigrants and Muslims than it really does, an Ipsos poll found. See http://bit. ly/2d2hZlH.
The Washington Post wrapped up its five-part series on rising death rates among middle-aged whites with an interactive, county-by-county map. A link to it is at http://bit.ly/2cCz5oK; one of the stories, focusing on one rural county, is at http://bit.ly/2cseRU5. Kaiser Health News story about rural doctors saying that changes to the Medicare payment system are forcing many small, independent, family-practice physicians to relocate, join larger groups, or become sala-
have a midwife. The numbers are only expected to get worse, Stateline reported. The problem is particularly bad in states that are large in size, but small in population, such as New Mexico, the Santa Fe New Mexican
Punishment and crime: Schools still use corporal punishment in 21 states, and it’s a largely rural phenomenon. Among all the school districts that paddle, just over half the enrollment is in rural schools where at least one student was physically punished in 2013-14, Education Week reported. We excerpted the story at http://bit. ly/2cSw6JD.
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Continued from Page 15 If you’re convicted of a drug crime in a non-metropolitan county, you’re 50 percent more likely to go to prison, and for longer, The New York Times found. That’s a change from a decade ago, when people in rural, suburban and urban counties were about equally likely to go to prison. Now, there is a "growing disagreement about how harshly crime should be punished," especially when it comes to drugs, the Times reported. Its story has a clearly illustrative chart and an interactive, county-by-county map. Link to it at http://bit.ly/2czOojs. Safety issues: Many rural residents have persuaded state legislatures to raise rural speed limits, but that appears to be backfiring as highway deaths have increased and the National Safety Council blames higher speed limits. Distracted driving is also blamed. We picked up a Post story and linked to several previous blog items about states increasing speed limits, at http://bit.ly/2cNmEZv. Youth soccer is becoming an increasingly popular but dangerous sport, with emergency-room cases rising 78 percent from 1990 to 2014, a study found. During the same period, annual rates for all soccer injuries rose 111 percent. Get the details at http://bit.ly/2cN8Ssr.
Continued from Page 14 Good groceries: That noun can mean a store, or food, and we’ve had blog items about both lately. A pair of rural Colorado towns have created models for success that could serve similar areas facing a “food desert,” High Country News reported. We picked up the story at http://bit. ly/2czTjB2. Community-supported agriculture is a system in which subscribers pay up front, or a monthly fee, for fresh produce from local growers. A pilot program in Kentucky found that if employers gave employees money to spend on fresh, local produce, that boosted their health and local agriculture. Sounds like a great idea! Read about it at http://bit.ly/2cSAlFl. If you do or see stories that are relevant across rural areas, please send them to me at email@example.com. Al Cross 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.
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you think Amazon is always investing in new robots and distribution methods? However, hardware isn’t cheap and no one wants to waste money. I would suggest newspapers look over their current hardware and ask a few questions. How old are my computers? If you are working on machines more than six years old, chances are they are getting pretty slow and produce all kinds of delays. I’ve noticed six years is kind of a magic point for computers. Yes, Macs can last forever, but like anything else they slow down in time. And Windows-based machines slow down more quickly than Macs. It’s just a fact of life. I have four computers I primarily use in my work. One is an eight-year-old iMac. It still works and is fine for word processing and less intensive processes. But, I notice lately that it even slows down during simple tasks like checking email. I wouldn’t dare waste my time trying to crank out pages on that computer. Sure I could do it, but it would take three times as long as creating the same pages on my two-year old iMac. Q. What can I do to get the most of my current hardware? A. If hardware is slowing down your workflow but new computers aren’t in the budget, one of the easiest ways to get more from your machine is to maximize its RAM memory. RAM isn’t expensive these days and I’ve seen machines double or even triple in speed by upgrading their current RAM to higher levels. Most computers can hold 8 to 16 gb of RAM. Check to see how much your machines currently have and how much they can hold, and make an investment (usually under $100) to maximize the memory in each machine. Q. Is my software too old? Do I really need to pay a monthly fee to keep from falling too far behind? A. Maybe, maybe not. Approximately one-third of the newspapers I visit are using the most recent design software. If you’re an Adobe user, that means the Creative Cloud version, which requires a monthly subscription. Does this mean you’re behind the
curve if you have older software? Again, maybe or maybe not. I don’t work for Adobe or Quark, so I have no reason to mislead you. You don’t have to have the latest version of InDesign or Quark to be efficient. I have three versions of Adobe’s software on the machine I’m using right now: CS5, CS6 and CC. I’ve noticed no big difference in speed between CS6 and CC. That’s also the case on other machines I use. So if your staff is using CS6 software, speed probably isn’t an issue. If it is, you should check the RAM memory, as mentioned earlier. You may want to upgrade to Creative Cloud for other reasons but speed probably isn’t one of them. You might even be OK with Adobe CS5 or 5.5. If things seem to be moving along nicely and you are getting your ads and pages out in a timely manner, you might be safe for now. I wouldn’t plan to use CS5 for several more years, but your operation won’t come crashing down in the near future due to software issues. However, if you are using really old software like CS or CS2 (even CS3), your days are numbered. One day in the not-to-distant future you might walk in to learn no one can get their pages out. Even if that weren’t a possibility - and it is - it’s taking at least twice as long as it should to get your product out the door using old software. CS3 was released just under ten years ago. Not many of us are driving the same cars we were in 2007. And if we are (I’ve had mine five years), we’re probably thinking about upgrading to a newer model. It’s interesting we often update our cars before updating the things that provide our financial security. We forget that time is money. If it takes twice as long to get an issue designed due to old software and computers, the amount of time it would take to recoup the cost of new equipment is minimal. As I tell my clients, I’ll be home in a couple of days. So do what you think is best. But if it were my decision, I wouldn’t wait too long before upgrading any older software and hardware.
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St. Elmo Devonian News ceases publication
Prairie Press, Paris Beacon-News come together
On Oct. 19, St. Elmo Devonian Publisher Connie Barnes announced the newspaper would be ceasing publication at the end of the month. The St. Elmo Devonian was established in 2006. Anyone interested in running the paper can contact her at 618-554-4604.
The Prairie Press and Paris Beacon-News have combined into one newspaper, effective with the Oct. 15 issue of The Prairie Press, according to Publisher Tay Smith. Under the new schedule, The Prairie Press publishes on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The Beacon-News will cease publication as a separate newspaper. The Prairie Press' readers will be determined by those who request the publication or pay for it, said Smith. "This will enable The Prairie Press to mail its issues at a lower postal rate," Smith said. "The publication will still be free to those that want it, but they will have to request the publication be sent to them."
Effingham Daily News launces weekend edition Effingham Daily News publisher Darrell Lewis announced late September the launch of a weekend edition, including more space dedicated to features and a four-page comics section.
Reflejos wins 7 Hispanic publication awards Reflejos Publications, the Daily Herald's bilingual weekly publication, won seven National Association of Hispanic Publications awards at the group's 34th annual convention in McAllen, Texas. Reflejos competed with publications from all over the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, all of which offer news and information to the growing Latino community. Reflejos' annual Reflecting Excellence event was again recognized for its positive impact within the suburban Latino community. The National Association of Hispanic Publications awards won by Reflejos are: • Entertainment section Mango won a Gold Award for Outstanding Entertainment Section. • "Generations at Risk," a three-part se-
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Community Media buys Brehm properties San Diego-based Brehm Communications Inc. has sold the assets of its Mississippi Valley Media Division based in Fort Madison and Keokuk, Iowa; and Carthage, Ill., to Community Media Group of West Frankfort, Ill. The publications include the Daily Democrat, Fort Madison; the Daily Gate City, Keokuk; the Bonny Buyer and the Hancock County Journal, Carthage, Ill. The sale also includes websites and niche publications. The Brehm family had owned and operated these publications for many years dating back to 1919. Montana-based Cribb Greene & Cope represented the seller in the transaction. In Illinois, Community Media also owns the Times-Republic in Watseka and The Chronicle in Hoopeston. They also own 34 newspapers in Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania and New York.
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Complaint filed on GOP paper One of several startup newspapers tied to a conservative Illinois activist has been challenged in a federal complaint as a Republican mouthpiece, meaning it should count as a campaign contribution. Kim Savage, a Democrat from the Chicago suburb of Darien, argues in a Federal Election Commission filing that the DuPage Policy Journal is not an independent newspaper, but controlled by businessman and radio talkshow host Dan Proft through his political action committee, Liberty Principles PAC, which got a $2.5 million contribution last June from Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. The paper is one of 14 co-owned by Proft that appeared last spring before the state's primary elections. The complaint, filed last week in Washington, maintains the DuPage Policy Journal is illegally coordinating with GOP congressional candidate Tonia Khouri and that its publication costs should be reported as political contributions in her race to unseat incumbent Democratic Rep. Bill Foster. The PAC, Proft, Khouri for Congress and the Khouri campaign treasurer are named in the FEC document. It contends the DuPage paper is not entitled to a press exemption from campaign finance laws because it's run by a political organization, is not published regularly, is sent to doorsteps or left in
high traffic areas for free and includes "coordinated communications" with a candidate that the law bars for socalled independent expenditure committees. "I'm really concerned about all the dark money from special interest groups and their influence on elections," said Savage, a former College of DuPage board member. She said she thought the newspaper "was a local, grassroots thing and I was kind of appalled when I found out it was a special interest group that publishes it." Proft called the FEC complaint "factually incorrect in every possible way," primarily because the papers are now owned by a private company called Local Government Information Services. According to records filed with the secretary of state's office, Local Government Information Services incorporated on Aug. 15. "It's a legitimate newspaper just like any other newspaper," Proft told The Associated Press. "I'll put the stories we do on politics and policy up against any other newspaper in the state." The FEC must seek a response from the targets of the complaints within 15 days, then review those and decide whether to investigate further. There's no expedited process despite the Nov. 8 election. Proft, a drive-time AM radio talk show host in Chicago who ran for the
Republican nomination for governor in 2010, began publishing the newspapers last spring. According to the complaint, they are distributed in 14 areas, including DuPage County; Springfield; Chicago's north, northwest, and south suburbs; the Quad Cities and the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis. Liberty Principles PAC, which Proft says is not participating in any federal races, was named in complaints about three of the newspapers — two in Chicago's northern suburbs and one in downstate Cumberland County — filed during the primary election with the Illinois State Board of Elections. The papers were alleged to have improperly engaged in coordinating messages with legislative candidates and had not attributed their funding source. Documents indicate the board found the "coordinated communications" complaints were filed on "justifiable grounds" but took no action. In two cases, it ordered Liberty Principles PAC to include a "paid for by" disclaimer in future issues. Khouri campaign manager John Cooney issued a statement calling the federal complaint "a desperate attempt by Bill Foster and his cronies to divert attention" from issues such as protecting Social Security and Medicare and creating good-paying jobs. Foster, running for his fourth nonconsecutive term, declined comment.
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In early October, The Regional News, celebrated its 75th birthday. The Palos Regional was born Oct. 7, 1941. They marked the occasion with a commemorative 75th anniversary special section inserted into the regal issue. By way of introduction, founding Publisher Harwell E. West stated his belief that a community the size of Palos Heights, "and one that has
grown so steadily, has the need for a publication that will keep its subscribers fully informed of the passing events related to their home surroundings." Today the newspaper also covers Orland Park and Palos Park. West remained the publisher of The Regional until he sold it to Carl and Virginia Richards, who published the first issue of The Palos Regional in February 1947. Their son, Charles,
would succeed to the role of publisher in 1970, as would his daughter Amy in 2005. The Richards family sold its ownership of the paper and printing plant in Palos Heights in 2014 to Southwest Regional Publishing. Southwest Regional Publishing also owns community newspapers covering the southwest suburbs and Chicago's southwest side.
Editor & Publisher names Julie Bechtel, Lee Enterprises, 2016 Publisher of the Year Lee Enterprises' Julie Bechtel was named 2016 Publisher of the Year by Editor and Publisher on Nov 1. Bechtel serves as president and publisher of The Pantagraph (Bloomington) and the Herald & Review (Decatur). Additionally, she is the group publisher of all Lee Enterprise newspapers in Illinois and Nebraska. Editor and Publisher wrote in their feature of Bechtel, "Our 2016 Publisher of the Year Julie Bechtel has nearly 600 employees working under her, but as we read over the nominations that recognized her passion, dedication and drive, it felt like each person was being individually noticed and appreciated by the 54-yearold publisher. It’s no surprise coming from Bechtel, who rose to her position today because she had a supportive team standing behind her." Bechtel joined Lee Enterprises in 1998 as a circulation manager for the Lincoln Journal Star in Nebraska. In 2000, she was promoted to operations manager. Her first publishing role came in 2002 at the Bismarck Tribune in North Dakota. In 2005, she joined the Quad City Times as publisher, and was then promoted to her current position of group publisher in 2014.
Paxton Media acquires the Mount Carmel Register and 2 sister papers in Indiana Paxton Media Group announced it has purchased three newspapers in Indiana and Illinois – Mount Carmel Register, Princeton Daily Clarion and The Standard – from Brehm Communications. Paxton Media, a family-owned company headquartered in Paducah, Ky., owns more than 30 daily newspapers and numerous weekly publications across Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee. The Register, established in 1839, was the oldest newspaper Brehm Communications owned. The 177
year-old paper publishes three days a week. The Daily Clarion in Princeton, Ind. was founded in 1846 and is Gibson County's oldest continuous business institution. It publishes five days a week. The Standard in Boonville, Ind., is a weekly serving all of Warrick County, Ind. The papers will join other surrounding Paxton publications in a group managed by Group Publisher Bob Morris. That group includes three other dailies – the Messenger-Inquirer in Owensboro, Ky., The Messenger in Madisonville, Ky., and the Vincennes Sun-Commercial in Vin-
cennes, Ind. – and three weekly publications. Paxton said the new acquisitions will be in a better position to serve readers and advertisers by combining their strengths with the other nearby Paxton papers. "This business combination provides the financial security needed to assure these newspapers will continue to serve their communities long into the future," said David Paxton, president and chief executive officer of Paxton Media Group. The Paxton family's 100 years of newspaper experience spans five generations.
Gannett drops bid for Trib parent company USA Today publisher had already been rejected twice by tronc
America's biggest newspaper publisher has dropped its bid to buy the publisher of the Chicago Tribune, marking an abrupt end to a chaotic corporate pursuit and casting further doubt on the country's struggling print-news industry. Gannett, the publisher of USA Today and dozens of other media outlets, said Nov. 1 it had after six months "determined not to pursue an acquisition" of tronc, the publishing giant that changed its name in June from Tribune Publishing. tronc, which had previously rejected two Gannett bids, said in a statement that Gannett "has decided to abruptly terminate discussions," and reiterated that tronc shareholders had previously voiced "serious doubts about Gannett's ability to finance a transaction." Banks that had agreed to back the deal balked in recent days after new data emerged showing deep struggles in the print-advertising business of Gannett, which has sought to survive the industry's stumbles by buying up papers in America's major markets. But a Gannett spokesperson said Photo by Jim Bowling, Decatur Herald & Review the company "had a number of fi-
nancing options available" and chose to terminate discussions after considering its value to "shareholders and whether the terms make sense for the company." "While we believed that the acquisition would have provided an attractive opportunity to expand the USA Today network quickly, in the end the terms were not acceptable," the spokesperson said in a
statement. The financing tumult highlights growing worries over the future of the American newspaper business. Newspaper advertising spending is expected to hit $12 billion this year, having fallen 75 percent since the industry's $49 billion peak in 2005, data from industry researcher Magna Global show. That revenue is expected to plunge even further, to $6 billion, by 2020. Publishers have increasingly sought to offset their weak business in print advertising by focusing
more on digital subscriptions and circulation. tronc, though, started late, and has struggled to catch up. It doubled its digital base over the last year, to more than 116,000 digital subscribers, but still counts less than 10 percent of the 1.3 million digital subscribers for The New York Times. tronc's internal turmoil has included bankruptcy, big leadership moves and a division of its print and broadcast operations. Gannett papers see 12 percent of the country's daily newspaper circulation, and tronc papers are about 5 percent, data from the Alliance for Audited Media show. But a broad shift to digital is underway: Roughly 65 percent of USA Today's revenues now come from digital advertising. The deal's dissolution will likely not change publishers' strategy to survive through gobbling up big peers, analysts said. "Gannett has been viewed as the consolidator in the industry ... and if there is an opportunity to get back to look at them again, I think they will," said Michael Kupinski, an analyst with Noble Financial Capital Markets.
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Register Star editor named to APME board
Mark Baldwin, executive editor of the Rockford Register Star and The Journal-Standard, was elected to the board of The Associated Press Media Editors early September. New board members were elected during the group's joint conference with the American Society of News Editors in Philadelphia. Baldwin returns to the APME board after servBaldwin ing six years previously. He spent the past year working with the board on news literacy initiatives and campus outreach and is a member of the ASNE news literacy committee. He was also appointed co-chairman of the 2017 ASNE-APME conference, which will be held in Washington, D.C.
Carbondale Times hires editor
Former Southern Illinoisan reporter Dustin Duncan has taken over as editor of the Carbondale Times and Weekend Times. Duncan began at the Southern Illinoisan in July 2013. He is a 2012 Duncan graduate of University of Illinois at Springfield with a bachelor's degree in communication. He succeeds Geoff Ritter, who left in October to take over as editor of the Benton Evening News.
Styf named editor of The Herald-News; Schott joins SJ-R Shaw Media announced that Jon Styf will be the new editor of The Herald-News, Morris Herald-News and Herald Life effective Oct. 18. Styf replaces Kate Schott, who has accepted the editorial engagement editor position at the State Journal-RegisStyf ter in Springfield. Styf has been with Shaw Media about seven years, including as sports editor at the Daily Chronicle in DeKalb and sports editor at the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake since August 2012. He also has worked at newspapers in Florida, Texas and Wisconsin, including time as assistant managing
Chris Fusco promoted to managing editor as Chicago Sun-Times expands leadership ranks
The Chicago Sun-Times is expanding its editing ranks in a restructuring that emphasizes its focus on strong local news reporting and digital delivery of its content. Chris Fusco, currently an award-winning investigative reporter on the newspaper's "Watchdogs" team, was named managing editor overseeing daily print and online news coverage, Sun-Times Publisher Fusco and Editor In Chief Jim Kirk announced Sept. 21. In addition, Steve Warmbir, currently assistant managing editor for A writer with a lifelong love of metro news, was promoted to direcsports has come to the pages of the tor of digital and editorial innovation Du Quoin Evening Call. Adam Iwans overseeing the media company's digstarted with the paper early Septem- ital news and social media strategy. Fusco, Warmbir and Chris De Luca, ber as a sports writer. Iwans comes to the paper after deputy managing editor for sports, working in the sports department of news and presentation, will be tasked the Vandalia Leader-Union. He is a to drive new innovative storytelling graduate of Illinois State University. and product ideas that build on the His hiring follows the August pur- Sun-Times' strong relationship with chase of the Du Quoin Evening Call readers in Chicago. by Paddock Publications. Fusco, 43, joined the Sun-Times in
Evening Call welcomes Adam Iwans to sports staff
editor at The Beaumont Enterprise in Texas. Styf and his family, which includes his wife and three children, intend to move to the Joliet area in the next few months. Schott, a graduate of the Public Affairs ReSchott porting program at the University of Illinois at Springfield, has worked as an editor at various publications with Shaw Media in the Chicago suburbs, and has experience as a news editor and investigative reporting/projects editor. She began her post at the SJ-R Oct. 31.
2000, working as a state-government reporter. He began focusing exclusively on investigations in 2009. He is the recipient of more than a dozen local and several national journalism honors, including the George Polk Award for local reporting for 2014, which he shared with colleagues Tim Novak and Carol Marin for their years-long series of stories on the killing of David Koschman Warmbir, 48, is an award-winning investigative reporter who worked on the newspaper's editorial board before becoming the top editor on the city desk. He, too, is a George Polk Award recipient. De Luca, 53, a California native, worked for Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times and several other media organizations before joining the SunTimes in 1996. He was the newspaper's Major League Baseball columnist before becoming sports editor in 2009. Under his direction, the SunTimes daily and Sunday sports sections were recognized as among the top 20 in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors in 2012.
Homan takes over reins as editor
After spending the last seven years as the media coordinator at John A. Logan Community College, John Homan has returned to his newspaper roots and accepted the editor position at The Eldorado Daily Journal. Homan is a lifelong resident of Southern Illinois. He graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1984. He has since worked more than 25 years in print journalism, serving as Homan both reporters and editors in Christopher, Benton, Carbondale, Herrin and West Frankfort. Additionally, he served eight years as the Williamson County reporter and Southern Business Journal editor with The Southern Illinoisan.
Kankakee Daily Journal hires new circulation director
The Daily Journal has a new leader of its circulation department. Rebecca Meyer started Oct. 5 in her position as circulation and audience director and joins the Daily Journal from the Chicago Sun-Times where she worked as a senior manager in circulation. Meyer, who grew up in Carol Stream, will oversee the circulation of the Daily Journal print and digital platforms. Meyer spent 12 years at Meyer the Sun-Times, beginning as an intern. She holds bachelor of arts in media management, entertainment and arts from Columbia College in Chicago. She earned a master of business administration from the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Benton hires new reporter The Benton Evening News welcomed a new reporter at the end of October. Holly Kee formerly owned the Johnston City Journal and Quad City Journal in Southern Illinois from 1989-90. She recently worked as a local high school English and social studies teacher from 2000 to 2015.
Petty promoted to digital/special projects editor at H&R Allison Petty has been promoted to the position of digital/special projects editor for the Herald & Review. Petty joined the Herald & Review as a staff writer in 2010. An award-winning writer, her recent responsibilities included coverage of Decatur city government, the Decatur Park District and local polPetty itics. In her new role, Petty will oversee the Herald & Review's online presentation. Her responsibilities will include managing daily web updates, coordinating breaking news efforts, working with reporters to develop online companion pieces to their stories and creating other web-specific content. Petty holds a bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She earned a master's degree in public affairs reporting at the University of Illinois at Springfield, followed by an internship at the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. She was recently recognized among the "Top 30 Under 30" people in the newspaper industry by the News Media Alliance (formerly Newspaper Association of America).
Moline Dispatch Publishing Co. welcomes new reporters to ranks Moline Dispatch Publishing Co. introduced two new reporters early October. Dennis Moran is now covering Rock Island County and the politics beat. Allie Arnell was hired as the courts and police reporter. Moran is a 1981 Southern Illinois University graduate with a major in English and minor in Moran journalism. Moran's first exposure to readers was as a news correspondent covering Carbon Cliff, Barstow and Green Rock, and as a sports reporter. He was then a member of the fulltime reporting Arnell staff for the papers from 1988 to July 1995. Moran took a brief break to study Gaelic at the University College Galway, Ireland. After leaving the Quad-Cities he traveled and worked for the English language Prague Post newspaper in Prague, Czech Republic, before returning to the U.S. and working at newspapers in Cal-
ifornia. He recently returned to the Quad-Cities and has been working on the layout and copy editing HUB for the papers since September 2015. Arnell is a recent graduate of Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, where she earned a bachelor's degree in journalism. In college she served as a senior reporter and copy editor for The Daily Universe, the student newspaper. She was also advertising coordinator for Stowaway Magazine, an award-winning travel magazine read in 168 countries. As a reporter, she won Utah Press Association awards for Best Feature Story and Best Breaking News Story as well as a Society of Professional Journalists award for Best Breaking News Story. She has also served as online content manager for BYU Eleven News and is familiar with a wide variety of multimedia formats. She is fluent in Spanish and spent 18 months doing humanitarian work in Lima, Peru, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints. Most recently she was an editorial intern for Ensign, a faith and family magazine with over 1 million readers.
Ruppert and Dettro depart SJ-R State Journal-Register sports editor Jim Ruppert and news reporter Chris Dettro have served Springfield readers for more than four decades and are now departing from the newspaper. Ruppert, 62, marked his 40th year at the SJ-R in June. He started in 1976 as a reporter, with his first beat being coverage of high school cross-country and track and field. In 1991, despite Ruppert some trepidation about largely giving up writing, Ruppert became sports editor, a job he's held since then. Dettro, 68, started in 1972 at the Register, the afternoon paper, before it merged with the State Dettro Journal. He started as a general assignment/investigative reporter and covered City Hall, before moving to the copy desk, where he laid out pages and worked as a copy desk "slot" overseeing page production. He then became business editor for a while, but went back to reporting. He's covered courts, GA, higher education, historic preservation issues.
Inland Press Association awards Tom Shaw, Shaw Media CEO, lifetime achievement award Dixon native and community leader, Tom Shaw, is being recognized for a lifetime of professional achievement, small-business advocacy and civic responsibility. Shaw, 68, chief executive officer of the family-owned Shaw Media and a fifth-generation newspaperman, is this year's recipient of the University of Minnesota Shaw School of Journalism and Mass Communications' Ralph D. Casey Award for public service and leadership in the newspaper industry. It is presented each year by the Inland Press Association "to honor someone who is an agenda-setter, bringing about change while exemplifying the finest in journalism and community service,"
the Inlander's Mark Fitzgerald said in announcing the award, which was presented Oct. 25 at the association's 131st annual meeting in Chicago. Albert Tims, director of the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communications, presented the award. Shaw is "an innovative and visionary leader who is unafraid of taking risks. Your contributions to the media industry are matched only by your unfailing commitment to the community." It truly has been a life time of commitment for the tall, gentle, silver-haired Shaw, who's known and respected throughout the industry for his thoughtful demeanor and forward-looking ideals. B.F. Shaw took ownership of the Dixon Telegraph more than 165 years ago, in 1851, and Tom Shaw began his newspa-
per career there in 1970. He worked in all departments of the paper, and was promoted to publisher and general manager in 1975. In 1986, he was named chief operating officer and corporate general manager for Shaw Newspapers. In 1993, he was named president and CEO of the renamed Shaw Media, and today serves as CEO. Under his leadership, the company more than doubled its holdings, and now owns more than 100 print and digital publications in Illinois and Iowa. Everything Shaw Media does has three goals, Shaw told Fitzgerald. "In all we do, we're pursuing our threelegged stool of providing relevant information, offering marketing solutions to business partners, and advocating for our communities." That commitment to company and
community is a family tradition nurtured and sustained by Generation Six, his three sons: J. Tom Shaw, general manager of Shaw Media's Suburban Group, who has held several management positions, including publisher of its Suburban Life Media and the Kane County ChronicleÍž Ben Shaw, formerly Shaw Media's chief technology officer, who in 2014 became director of global advisory for the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, with about 80 member publisher association representing 18,000 publications in 120 countriesÍž and Peter Shaw, who, since 2009, has been trustee of the trust that owns Shaw Media, is its corporate strategy coordinator, and also serves on the editorial board of Sauk Valley Media, which consists of the Telegraph and the Daily Gazette of Sterling.
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So. Illinois LOCAL Media Group announces several additions Lifelong southern Illinois newsman and former managing editor of the Marion Daily Republican, Bill Swinford, began late September as the director of business development for the Southern Illinois Local Media Group, a group of daily and weekly newspapers including the Republican, Benton Evening News, Harrisburg Daily Register, Du Quoin Evening Call, Eldorado Swinford Daily Journal and Randolph County Herald Tribune. He's a veteran of the local media scene who will be looking for new business opportunities for the newspapers. Swinford said his new McCune role of looking toward the future of the papers away from the daily grind of the newsroom will be a new and interesting opportunity. In addition, Sheila McCune hopes to bring Layton her longtime knowledge of Southern Illinois to her newest newspaper role. The Christopher native has been named the circulation manager for the media group McCune has worked in newspapers before and is a veteran of the Benton Evening News. She'll be based in Marion but will be traveling the region helping the newspapers' staff help their customers. Mary Layton, a Carbondale native, also joined media group mid-September as a community news coordinator. Layton is a newspaper veteran, working in the business in Southern Illinois since 1999, and elsewhere before that.
James H. Mueller James H. “Blackie” Mueller, 86, of Anna, died Sept. 17 in his daughter’s home. Mueller worked for The Gazette-Democrat and the Reppert family for nearly 71 years until recently when his health failed. He is the longest serving employee of the newsMueller paper since it first was published in 1849. Mueller began his long career by sweeping f loors and doing general assistance in the production of the newspaper. He was trained to be a Linotype operator and did so for many years. After the days of Linotype, he became a pressman and commercial printer. Mueller is survived by his daughter, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Gene A. Armstrong Gene A. Armstrong, 83, of Champaign, formerly of Quincy, died Oct. 19 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. Armstrong served his country in the Army from 1953 to 1955, specializing in demolitions. He spent the majority of his life working in the newspaper industry. Gene began his profesArm strong sional life as a carrier for the Champaign-Urbana Courier and was advertising manager when the paper ceased publication in 1979. He then went to work at both The Quincy Herald-Whig and the Lawrence Journal-World in Kansas, where he was the advertising director. Survivors include one son, one daughter, three grandchildren and one sister.
Mona Brehm Mona Brehm, matriarch of Brehm Communications Inc., former parent company of the Mount Carmel Register, Princeton Daily Clarion and The Standard in Warrick County, died Oct. 4 at age 92. The daughter of McGiffin Newspapers founder W.J. McGiffin, Mona grew up in the news business. She was born in Iowa City, Iowa, and lived in Fort Madison, Iowa, and Kansas City, Mo., before moving with her family to Beverly Hills when she was 11 years old. Brehm She attended Pomona College and, following graduation in 1946, went to work for her father at the Industrial Post in Bell. She worked as a bookkeeper for $18.75 a week. She met Bill Brehm, a Navy Air Corps veteran, who was laboring as a "printer's devil" in the pressroom. Mona and Bill were married in 1947, and Mona began her life as a homemaker, mother and volunteer. Bill died exactly one
year beefore Mona. By 1950, Bill became a publisher with McGiffin Newspaper Co., taking on a corporate role. In 1960, he became president of the company, which had been owned by his father-in-law, Bill McGiffin, who died in 1955. The company was renamed Brehm Communications, Inc. in 1981. Brehm Communications had newspapers in seven states with over 50 publications, 40 websites and five printing facilities. At the height of the company, which was founded in 1919, more than 700 employees worked for BCI. Bill and Mona believed local newspapers were the heart and soul of a community, and over their many years they were involved in ownership of more than 100 publications. Mona is survived by her son, BCI President Bill Brehm Jr., of Poway; daughters Tina McDonald, of Poway, Barbara Schuyler, of Fallbrook, and Cindy Melland, of Yucca Valley; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Roy L. Barron Roy L. Barron, a former managing editor and executive editor of the Daily Journal in Kankakee, died Oct. 16 in Petaluma, Calif. He was 88. Barron worked for the Daily Journal from 1963 to November 1975. He left to become managing editor of the Independent Journal in Marin, Calif. In 1985, he became opinion page editor for the San Francisco Examiner. Barron also worked at newspapers in North Carolina, New York and California. In 1997, Barron published the book "God's Looking Glass," a collection of stories, some from his personal experiences. He attended Chipola Baptist College, the University of Miami, Cumberland University in Tennessee and Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Barron served as interim pastor of the Wall Street Baptist Church while in Kankakee. Barron is survived by his wife of 65 years and two daughters.
Pete Creighton Peter "Pete" Creighton, 91, Galesburg, died peacefully surrounded by his children Oct. 21 at Seminary Manor, Galesburg. Creighton was born Feb. 17, 1925, in Galesburg, the son of Walter B. and Mary Allensworth Creighton. He married Marie Therese Padilla in 1960 in Guadalajara. She Creighton died June 21, 2010. Creighton attended Knox College and graduated from Colorado College in 1949. At the age of 9, Pete started working for the Galesburg Evening Post. He worked his way through the ranks of the newspaper, eventually becoming editor/publisher in 1959 and remained in that position until he retired in 1997. Pete was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving in World War II. He was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church. Creighton is survived by two sons, two daughters, a sister and seven grandchildren.
Judith Cheetham Judith “Judy” Cheetham of Elgin died Sept. 16 in her home. Cheetham was born on May 13, 1938, and raised in Oak Park. She married Tom Cheetham in 1965 and together lived in Annapolis, Md. and Morristown, N.J. In 1969, they moved to Elgin to be nearer to friends and family after the birth of their first daughter. Cheetham started her career in the media departments at Grant Advertising and Clinton E. Frank, Inc. Later she worked with young children at the YWCA of Elgin as a teacher in the 'Tiny Tot's' program, followed by a position in the human resources department at CR Industries. She retired from the Courier Newspaper in their classified department in 2003. Cheetham was a long term member of Fox Valley Beaux Arts Women's Club, diligent local Election Judge, and enjoyed volunteering for the Elgin House Walk (since inception), Elgin's Gail Borden Public Library and many other special events and places. Surviving are her husband of 51 years, two daughters, two grandchildren, a brother, mother in law, brother in law, two sisters-in-laws and two nephews.
Harry William Schaudt
Harry William Schaudt, 89, passed away from heart failure and complications from Alzheimer's disease Sept 22. Schaudt joined the Army after high school and proudly served in World War II. He spent the first part of his service attending several universities to learn Japanese. Schaudt then spent time in occupied Japan as an interpreter Schaudt for the military. Upon his return from Japan, he took advantage of the G.I. Bill to attend Northwestern University in Evanston. In 1950, he graduated with a bachelor's and master's degree in journalism. Schaudt's professional career in the newspaper business began with a re-
porter's job at the South Bend Tribune in South Bend, Ind. Schaudt's next career move took him to San Diego, Calif., to work as a writer on the copy desk for the San Diego Union. After a few years, Schaudt was able to move back to Illinois when he was hired by the Chicago Daily News to work on the copy desk. Schaudt and his family moved to Villa Park in 1957, where they would live until 2008. Schaudt remained an employee with the Chicago Daily News and the Chicago Sun-Times until his retirement in the late 1980s. He was a copywriter and editor during his tenure. Schaudt is survived by two sons, Eric and James, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
John A. Halpin
John A. Halpin, 53, of Eureka, passed away July 31 in Chillicothe. Born July 6, 1963 in Philadelphia, Penn., Halpin worked at Chronicle
Media, LLC in Eureka as an office manager for the last five years. Surviving are two daughters, his father, two grandchildren, an aunt and uncle, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Chicagoan George Kufrin, 89, died peacefully at his home in Chicago on Sept. 13. By age 17, Kufrin was already living his dream as a professional photographer for the West Side News but made the “big time” when his photograph of a raging coal yard fire ran full page in the Chicago Herald American on Oct. 13, 1944. In January 1945, upon graduation from Farragut Kufrin High School, Kufrin was immediately drafted into active duty and served in the Merchant Marines during World War II. He would later serve again in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. His photographs have been published in Fortune, Parade, Look Magazine, New York Magazine, The New York Times, Finance, The Chicago Tribune, DownBeat, Science, Chicago Sun Times and countless Fortune 500 annual reports. He photographed U.S. presidents John Kennedy and Jimmy Carter, both Republican and Democratic conventions in 1944 and the 1956 Democratic Convention. Kufrin is survived by his wife, two sons and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son and daughter.
William Darrell Garth Sr. William Darrell Garth Sr., the longtime owner and publisher of the Citizen community newspaper chain covering African-American communities throughout the city and suburbs, and a business leader who mentored young Chicagoans of color to invest in their communities, has died. Garth died Sept. 23 Garth at RML Specialty Hospital in Chicago from complications of diabetes, according to his son William Darrell Garth Jr. He was 78. For more than 30 years, Garth was the chief executive and publisher of the Citizen newspaper chain, which included the Hyde Park and Chatham Citizen papers and the Chica-
go Weekend paper, the largest chain of black-owned newspapers in the Midwest. As owner and publisher, he was dedicated to telling stories affecting black residents overlooked by the city's mainstream papers. The Alabama-born businessman started as an advertising sales representative at the Citizen Newspapers in 1969 when the company was run by future Rep. Gus Savage. When Savage won a seat in the U.S. House in 1980, he sold his stake in the chain to Garth, who took over control of the paper and extended its reach from the West Side to the south suburbs of Chicago, communities with large black populations. "He was a very savvy newspaperman and publisher," said Garth Jr., who goes by his middle name. "He cared about, as he would always say,
being the eyes and ears of the community as he reported what is right, what is just and what was important to the community." Over his long career, Garth was active in numerous organizations, including the Illinois Press Association, the National Newspaper Publishers Association and the Midwest Black Publishers Association. In a statement released Sept. 24, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Garth "was more than the successful publisher of the Chicago Citizen and other respected publications. He was a philanthropist and community leader whose legacy will live on in the countless lives he has touched." Friends and family said Garth's background as a salesman and his vantage point as a newspaper owner in underserved communities made
him recognize the importance of small business and leadership coming from within the neighborhoods. As a founding member of the Chatham Business Association, most recently serving as its chairman, Garth was instrumental in recent revitalization efforts in Chatham, including the opening of a Target store and several other chain businesses. In 1995, six years after his youngest son, Quentis, was killed in a domestic stabbing at his South Side home, Garth started a foundation in his name that has provided more than $1 million in scholarships since its creation, his family said. In addition to his son, Garth is survived by his daughter-in-law, Janice, three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
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