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Official Publication of the Illinois Press Association

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Witnessing the evolution of the newspaper industry By Caroline Little, president and CEO, NAA

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our years ago, most of us wouldn’t have predicted award-winning TV series would debut via online streaming on websites such as Netflix and Hulu and would never be aired on cable or network television. Likewise, just four years ago most of us wouldn’t have imagined we would get our news updates on our watches. During my four years as the CEO of the Newspaper Association of America, I have watched nearly every media industry shift dramatically in response to the ever-changing technology and consumption habits of our audiences. The same holds true for newspapers. This industry has been around far longer than radio, television or telecommunications, and some critics have questioned how we will continue to remain relevant in today’s digital world. But today’s numbers speak for themselves: In the United States, the newspaper digital audience is skyrocketing, reaching 176 million unique visitors across all platforms in March (comScore, 2015). Circulation revenue is also rising, both in the United States and around the world. According to the 2015 World Press Trends Survey, global newspaper circulation revenue exceeded advertising revenue for the first time ever. The reason? Newspapers are leveraging

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technology and audience data more than ever to create new content, products and services that attract audiences and advertisers. The appetite for quality content and information is insatiable, and over the last few years, we have transformed into an industry that adopts and utilizes the latest developments in social, mobile, print and video to better reach consumers with interesting and engaging content. Let’s look at a few of the ways the news industry has evolved: ■ Social media. Newspapers are successfully tapping into our desire to remain “plugged in” and up-to-date on the latest happenings. USA Today, for example, uses Snapchat to cover live sporting events through instantly-delivered photos and captions. Periscope, Twitter’s livestreaming service that debuted in the spring, is being leveraged by reporters and media outlets as a way to give viewers the inside look at breaking news, sports events, and even political press conferences. The New York Times even used WhatsApp, a messaging app that is incredibly popular outside the United States, to broadcast information about the Pope’s visit to South America to its international audience. ■ Apps. Newspapers have developed niche apps with customized content, such as the New York Times Cooking App and the Denver Post’s

Colorado Ski Guide, to build on popular features and further engage specific audiences looking to more deeply explore their areas of interest. ■ Print special features. In response to readers’ desires for quality leisure-reading, newspapers have begun offering expanded Sunday sections, such as the Philadelphia Inquirer’s new lifestyle section, “Live, Life, Love.” Similarly, the Chicago Tribune has doubled its opinion pages, following the growing reader interest in local commentary. ■ New revenue streams. Advertisers are still taking notice of the growing audience and continued demand for newsworthy, useful content. This has inspired the recent interest in native advertising, or sponsored content, as a way to provide advertisements that don’t disrupt the reader experience and still provide valuable information. And today, advertising is just one part of a fully-diversified revenue stream, which includes event marketing, digital marketing services and increasing circulation content. Much has changed in four years, and I can say with confidence that the newspaper industry is poised to continue evolving with new technologies and engaging content in the years to come. It’s been an honor to serve as CEO of NAA during the last four years and I look forward to cheering the industry’s continued success.

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ON THE COVER: Photographer Danielle Guerra of the Dekalb Chronicle captured this moment between Nikki and Adam Burton as they played with their son, Liam, 18 months, after the three were reunited in Sycamore. Nikki and Adam are both senior airmen in the Air Force and were deployed for 167 days to Southeast Asia. (From the collection, IPA Contest Images)


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LEFT: Photographer Doug Larson of The Times, Ottawa, captured this classic summertime image of 10-year-old pitcher Dane Winterrowd of the Streator All-Stars giving it his big-league best during the team’s opening game of the season. (From the collection, IPA Contest Images)

Rauner vetoes SIU paper proposal Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation designed to cut the cost of printing Southern Illinois University’s student newspaper, saying SIU’s special deal should be available to all universities. The measure, which was approved by wide margins in the House and Senate during the spring legislative session, would have waived the

standard bidding process used to secure a printing contract for the Daily Egyptian. The change would have been in place for a year. Rauner expressed support for student-run media in his veto message. “Student newspapers are a vital part of vibrant and engaged student populations at all universities,” he said, but added the

changes made by the proposed law should apply to all public universities. SIU governmental affairs liaison John Charles said the university had hoped the legislation would help save money. “It is a cost-savings measure for the newspaper. It also would allow for us to print the paper in Carbondale, or at

Student newspapers are a vital part of vibrant and engaged student populations at all universities.”

least in Illinois,” Charles said. The paper currently is printed in Cape Girardeau, Mo. It is the second time in two years that SIU supporters in the capital have rallied to the aid of the Daily Egyptian. In 2014, the state budget called for using $70,000 in taxpayer funds to help keep the paper afloat.

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IPA advertising group develops new product By Melissa Calloway IPA Digital Advertising Manager The newspaper industry has been evolving for over a decade, and the Illinois Press Advertising Services (IPAS) is evolving as well. IPAS has been helping customers and newspapers for over 65 years, and by rebranding its service – including with a new name – the press association can continue to provide cutting-edge options to its clients. The new platform has been designed to engage new customers and help a broader spectrum of advertisers. The updated services and products will increase support for advertisers and help drive more business to Illinois’ newspapers. So here it is – AMP! AMP stands for Advanced Media Placement and includes the slogan, “Power Your Results.” AMP replaces IPAS, which has been used since the advertising service’s inception. The new AMP moniker was presented to the Illinois Press Association board of directors in August and received enthusiastic approval. The rollout will include new marketing materials, a new logo and a responsive website, AMPIllinois.com, which is now active. The added exposure and sales effort will put more money in IPA members’ pockets through advertising checks. AMP gives the advertising department a fresh start and allows the sales team to introduce some new products while at the same time updating some existing options. The new name and re-branding phase follows a pattern of success that other state press associations across the country have experienced. Some ad service teams have experimented with new and different approaches and are expanding their reach outside state borders. The results have been encouraging, and AMP positions the IPA to continue providing great results for Illinois newspapers.

Power Your Results print and digital marketing solutions

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Retail ad spending is speeding to mobile Editor’s Note: The following article is reprinted from Reflections of a Newsosaur. There are few industries where mobile is having as big an impact as the disruption it is bringing to retailing. This should make publishers nervous. Very nervous. Though the rising popularity of mobile commerce may be great for consumers and could be pretty good for merchants, the phenomenon poses a sharp challenge to newspaper publishers, who rely on retailers to generate half of the roughly $20 billion in print and digital advertising they are likely to sell this year. Here’s why millions in newspaper advertising could be at risk: Now that three-quarters of Americans have smartphones, more than two-thirds of those consumers use their phones at some point in the shopping process. The Deloitte consulting group says that nearly a third of the $3.4 trillion in U.S. retail sales in 2014 were either influenced by, or actually took place on, a small screen – a six-fold increase from smartphoneshopping activity in 2012. In the interests of intercepting mobileized shoppers as they search for products, read reviews, compare prices and eventually click to buy, retailers this year are expected to spend nearly twice as much on mobile advertising as will be spent in any other digital ad category, according to eMarketer, an independent research

service. eMarketer reckons that merchants will buy nearly $6.7 billion of mobile advertising, or about a third of the sum they’ll spend on retail ads in newspapers. Given the growing reliance of consumers and retailers on mCommerce, it seems fair to conclude that a certain number of the ad dollars formerly spent at newspapers will be diverted to the mobile channel as retailers embrace digital marketing. Retailing no longer is a matter of stocking shelves with cool stuff, buying some ads, throwing open the doors and hoping for customers. In the mobile era, retailing is becoming a subtle, sustained and increasingly sophisticated process of psyching-out customers through a relentless blend of cyber-sleuthing, cyber-seduction and cyber-salesmanship. It works like this:

for a long time, Apple, Google, Facebook and other tech companies recently have launched aggressive programs to honeycomb retail locations with beacons. Business Insider predicts that more than 3.5 million beacons will be in place in American shops by the end of 2018.

for every purchase someone makes. Even American Express has gotten into the act with its Plenti program, which gives points for purchases from partners as diverse as AT&T, Exxon, Macy’s and Hulu. The points can be exchanged for cash or credit.

Attracting

Data captured from cookies, beacons, interactive displays, payment systems, product searches, purchase histories and loyalty programs can be combined with inferred and volunteered customer data to produce rich individual profiles and, thus, personalized offers tuned to a customer’s income, demographics, location, lifestyle and more.

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Apple, Google, PayPal, Square and a host of other companies are jockeying for dominance in mobile payments. In addition to offering convenient smartphone apps, they and other digital platforms like Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter are adding buy buttons to their websites to capture transactions faster than you can say “shopping cart.” In addition to making it easier for consumers to part with their money, many of the payment systems are seeking to capture detailed information about customers by establishing loyalty programs that give points

The process starts when the consumer starts browsing, regardless of whether it is online or in a store. Merchants use cookies to track consumers who visit their sites, visit social networks and visit other digital venues to research products before heading to a store. Once in the store, customers can be tracked with the loyalty apps developed by most big merchants or with low-power devices called beacons that communicate automatically with a shopper’s smartphone. Although cookies have been around

To catch the attention of mediasaturated customers, merchants will quadruple their investments on instore digital signage to $27.5 billion by 2018, according to International Data Corp. Many of the flat-panels heading into stores will have touch screens enabling consumers to change the program by themselves, while others will have cameras that can detect a shopper’s age and gender to tune the content to her predicted preferences.

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The more retailers interact with customers, the more they will know about them. This will enable merchants to efficiently build the long-term individual relationships that they hope will lead to future low-friction, high-yield transactions. Unfortunately, print ads and much of the digital advertising sold by most newspapers do not capture the granular data that is the essential ingredient in the smart marketing programs that retailers are cooking up for smartphone owners. The more merchants require actionable data, the more they will put their marketing dollars into the digital media that deliver it. The shift in priorities could come at the expense of newspapers.


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An editor’s tale of BECOMING A VICTIM By Ann Gill


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Editor’s note: For 22 years, Coal City Courant editor Ann Gill has been writing about the misfortunes of other people. That all changed June 22 at 9:58 p.m. when a tornado wreaked havoc on her community. Monday started as a typical day of gathering news. I stopped at the police station then went to Carbon Hill to get the latest information on homecoming and to meet the owner of the new carnival. After a meeting in Morris I drove back to Coal City at 7:00 p.m. to attend a village board meeting. When I left village hall it was windy and hot, but no indications of severe weather. I hustled home to settle in for a long night of writing. As I sat down at the kitchen counter to begin writing, my thoughts were interrupted by a flash of lightning, followed by thunder. I knew our theater company was rehearsing at the high school, so I sent a message that the weather was starting to look bad towards the north. I checked the National Weather Service website and their radar looked as though the worst of the storm was going to hit northwest Grundy County and move east. By 9:15 p.m., my brother, Bill, called to predict that the storm would come closer and suggested that I come to their house in Diamond. Normally, I would have declined, but for some reason I decided to leave the company computer on the counter, hop in my car and drive there. I thought I would soon return to finish my work. By the time I arrived at Bill’s house, about 9:25 p.m., the town’s tornado siren had sounded. Bill urged his wife, Alison, and their sons, Hunter and Ryder, and I into the crawl space. From inside the cramped space it sounded like any typical thunderstorm. We were monitoring the scanner and of course I had a fire pager. The first report of damage we heard came from the Higgins Road area close to Morris. A house in the Route 47/113 area had been hit. At 10:00 p.m., the Coal City Fire District was being dispatched to 725 Pheasant Lane for a “building collapse, house hit by tornado and a person trapped in the basement.” My heart nearly stopped... that was my street, the street with the caring neighbors and fun-loving kids. I

OPPOSITE PAGE: Coal City Courant Editor Ann Gill’s home took a direct hit from an EF-3 tornado that ripped a path of destruction through the community on June 22. Over 1,300 structures were in the path of the storm, close to 900 were impacted and roughly 100 have been or will be demolished. Coal City officials expect the rebuilding process to take 24 to 32 months. ABOVE: The Underwood Typewriter in Ann Gill’s home office was blown roughly 200 feet landing in the street. Although a bit banged up, the typewriter, a gift from her father, was saved and will be on display in her new home.

wanted to cry, but stayed positive for the sake of my nephews. My worst fears came true when we heard the assistant fire chief, Jim Seerup, come over the scanner to say that his neighborhood had been hit. He lives at the opposite end of the street from me. After a long wait we crawled out, got in the car and drove towards Pheasant Lane. We were stopped short at DiPaolo and Trotter due to the debris and downed trees in the roadway. Alison and I exited into the darkness to walk towards my house. We left Bill and the boys behind. We found the house on the corner destroyed and as we turned west, the best we could see was the two story structure that belonged to my neighbor. In the spot where my house once stood there was a gap. I stood in the street, my feet flooded in water, crying. My house had been split in two. Alison, by my side, cried too, not so much for my misfortune but from the fact that our community, just getting back on our

feet from a Nov. 17, 2013, tornado, had been hit again. The first neighbors I encountered were Jerry and Jody Nugent. We hugged. In times of common tragedy that’s often the first thing humans do, embrace to rid the heartache. I spotted the police walking around my house. As I approached there was little that could be said. I noticed the flannel snowmen sheets on the bed in the extra bedroom. I could see them because the west wall of the house was gone. Also gone was the rock solid patio, yet my lightweight couch was untouched, a plate still hung on the wall and my beloved Kitchen Aid Mix Master hadn’t moved an inch. My laptop and the day’s notes were gone. My wine cabinet was still in its place with wine inside, but all of my glasses were gone and that was in the spot where I had my grandparents’ wedding photo and a wine menu from the restaurant my grandparents owned in Missouri. The first thing I grabbed was a frame with a photo of the Gill boys.

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At that time and place, with the roof missing overhead, that photo of my brother and his sons seemed to be the most important thing to me. The south wall, the wall to my bedroom, was gone. The closets were relatively untouched. I wished I had put clothes away because most of the good stuff was on a chair by the wall. I didn’t see until morning that the air conditioning unit and the brick on the front of the house had been ripped off. The garage door was mangled, but the contents inside looked okay. The neighbors across the street were outside, a bit banged-up, but okay. They were hiding under their house when the beast lifted their home off its foundation. The house to the south was still standing and the owners were inside and okay. It didn’t look bad compared to others. The house to the south of them was completely gone. The homeowner, Kenny Berger, was trapped inside. I was thankful someone got him out. I didn’t know his condition. The house across the street from him was badly damaged and I saw the owners of that house as they were leaving the neighborhood. Again, hugs and that’s about all that was exchanged. To the east of me houses were damaged, but not as severe compared to the rest of us on that block. I didn’t get a look at Dr. Kent Bugg’s house, but I had a friend who got in touch with them and they said the second story was destroyed, but they were safe. As we walked away, back to the truck, people were busy removing debris so emergency vehicles could drive down the street. The very first responders, heroes in my book, had gotten to the destruction by using the bike path behind my house. At the end of the street there was a van turned upside down. The high school baseball field was gone and the Rink house on Coaler Drive was destroyed. Two news cameras were already trying to get down my street. Those news people drive me crazy, I thought, before remembering I am in the news biz too, only this time I was among the victims. I can’t imagine what tomorrow will bring, but we’ll move forward. We’ve been tested before, we prevailed, and we will again.


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New graduate Jason Williams, right, has some “selfie fun” with Principia College President Jonathon Palmer during the annual commencement ceremony in this photograph by Michael Weaver of the Jersey County Journal. (From the collection, IPA Contest Images)

Pantagraph moving to new site The Bloomington Pantagraph is moving, but it is not leaving downtown Bloomington. And the newspaper’s longtime headquarters at 301W. Washington St. will remain standing for future business development. Developer David Bentley is buying The Pantagraph building and is renovating another downtown property he owns as the future home of The Pantagraph. The Pantagraph will

move into its newly renovated offices by June 1, 2016. “We have been here for 80 years, and our business model has changed significantly in that time frame,” Publisher Julie Bechtel said. “We need a facility that is the right size for us. Currently, we are split over two floors and we have greater department interaction than we did in the past. The building isn’t big enough to put all

our employees on one floor. “With the focus on digital, there is constant communication between departments and a far greater overlap of responsibilities,” she said. Bechtel noted it was also important for The Pantagraph to remain downtown. “We were looking for a new home and also wanted to find someone who would take care of this beautiful, historical building.

I looked at the work David has done downtown and I am very impressed with the buildings he has renovated,” she said. Bentley said there already is interest in The Pantagraph building. “I have had two interested parties in office space and discussions about apartments and offices, but right now, it is just feeling the market and seeing what is out there,” he said.


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Newspapers expected to get faster mail service through new postal hub Community newspapers using the mail received the good-news announcement recently when the U.S. Postal Service announced it expected to have 187 service hubs open by fall to provide direct transportation for newspaper mail in locations where mail processing plants have closed. The announcement followed passage of a bill in a key Senate committee calling for a study of timely rural mail delivery. David E. Williams, chief operating officer of the Postal Service, credited the National Newspaper Association with working to establish the hubs. NNA requested study of the hub operation in testimony to the Postal Regulatory Commission in 2012, and has met with the USPS continuously since then on the opening of the hubs as mail plants have closed. A service hub permits publishers to prepare mail destined for nearby post offices in “direct” containers that can be handed off directly at a hub to ride postal transportation to the destination post office, so that 5-digit, carrier-route, or mixed 5-digit containers combining both, can be dock-transferred between one post office and another in the hub territory, usually that of the old sectional center facility (SCF). The preparation of mail in 5-digit and carrier-route containers for hub handling avoids long and unnecessary trips to mail processing centers and helps publishers to reach subscribers more quickly. Publishers wanting to enter mail at the hub, possibly because the newspaper is printed nearby, can get the old SCF price for entering these containers there. The establishment of hubs has become a pressing necessity for community newspapers that rely on the mail for circulation because nearly 100 mail processing centers have been shuttered by the USPS in recent years and another 82 closings are planned. Williams said the USPS had set up the hubs to help serve the customers of USPS and NNA newspapers.

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NNA President John Edgecombe Jr., thanked his predecessors, Merle Baranczyk, publisher of the Mountain-Mail in Salida, Colo., and Robert M. Williams Jr., publisher of The Blackshear (Ga.) Times, for beginning NNA’s initiative to seek hubs. “This process has been gradually coming into shape since NNA first met with the USPS in 2013,” Edgecombe said. “Some of our members have been using the hubs while others have been waiting for their hubs to open. We think this development is going to help us improve service to readers who are in satellite towns that depend upon our publications and

our markets. We appreciate the Postal Service’s decision to establish them,” he said. NNA Postal Committee Chair Max Heath said the complexity of the Postal Service requires patience and determination to achieve long-term projects. “The USPS is nearly a $70 billion corporation with a half-million workers and more than 150 billion pieces of mail. It is not easy to make large changes like the plant realignment, nor to plug in the patches we asked for. Setting up hubs involved changing mailing lists, communicating with software providers, reprogramming

USPS’ core information structure, PostalOne, and hundreds of other details. The hub solution seemed like a long time coming, but given the environment we are operating in and the tight financial condition of the USPS, it is not surprising that it took a lot of patience and effort to get this new plan to come into being,” Heath noted. “I believe newspapers should check the hub list and make sure via that office or their post office that dock transfers are occurring, and with software vendors to assure SCF prices being granted for direct containers dropped at hubs,” Heath said.


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Don’t jump into the pause By John Foust Raleigh, NC Brian has been selling advertising for his paper for many years. “One of the most important lessons I’ve learned was from my wife,” he told me. “One evening, when she was telling me about her day at work, she said, ‘Stop jumping into my pauses.’ She said it with a JOHN smile and a pat on my arm, but she FOUST was right. Every time she paused, I finished her sentence. “Like a lot of sales people,” Brian explained, “I get revved up when I’m in a conversation. When there’s a lull, I have a tendency to fill up the silence.

She taught me the importance of allowing the other person to finish their thought on their own.” That lesson has helped Brian in his business relationships. His advertisers stay more engaged in conversations, and he learns more about what’s really on their minds. Here are some ways to deal with pauses: 1. Bite your tongue. When the other person pauses, the first thing to do is to resist the temptation to take over the conversation. Simply tell yourself, “This may not be easy, but stay quiet and give them a chance to collect their thoughts.” 2. Watch your facial expression. Body language is more powerful than words. Even if you’re silent, you’ll communicate a negative message if you frown or show impatience. Keep a pleasant expression and maintain comfortable, low intensity eye contact. 3. Nod slowly. If you’re listening carefully, it will be easy to nod your head. There’s no need to stay in

constant motion like a bobblehead doll. Simply show the other person that you’re paying close attention. Think of it as patient eagerness. You’re looking forward to hearing what they’re going to say next – and you’re willing to give them the time they need. It will be natural to add a subtle “Uh hum.” This is a verbal nod, which means, “I’m with you. I’m paying attention. I care about your ideas.” 4. Lean forward. The best leaders are known to instinctively lean forward in their chairs when listening. It’s as if they want to cut the distance the other’s person’s words have to travel before reaching their ears. Again, this will come naturally if you’re in step with the other person. By leaning forward during a pause, you send another silent, non-interruptive signal that you are eager to hear what’s next. 5. Repeat the speaker’s last phrase as a question. If the other person seems to be genuinely stuck in finding

the right words, you can help them verbalize their thought with a simple questioning technique. Let’s say the other person expresses doubt by saying, “I’m concerned about (pause)…” If you jump in and ask, “What exactly are your concerned about?” that may be too abrupt. But if you repeat, “You’re concerned?” as a question, you can help them think it through. So the next time someone pauses in a conversation, put your high-energy sales personality aside. It’s better to ease into the pause than to jump into the pause. (c) Copyright 2015 by John Foust. All rights reserved. John Foust has conducted training programs for thousands of newspaper advertising professionals. Many ad departments are using his training videos to save time and get quick results from in-house training. E-mail for information: john@johnfoust.com

Fulton Democrat turns 160 The Fulton Democrat, Fulton County’s oldest partnership, W.T. bought his brother’s interest established business, observed its 160th anniout and became sole proprietor. versary in July. The newspaper has been owned Under W.T., the Democrat was a leading force in by the same family. fending off attempts to remove In July, 1855, James Davidthe county seat to Cuba and In several different son published the first issue Canton. The newspaper was also ways, the history of a major proponent of the Narrow of the Fulton Democrat. He sent out 700 papers to Gauge Railway which ran from residents of the county with the Democrat is entwined Galesburg to the Illinois River a notice that said those who with the history of Spoon across from Havana. did not wish to subscribe to Other causes undertaken by River’s poet laureate.” the paper should return it Davidson were temperance and marked with an X. Davidwomen’s rights. Wendy Martin son reported in the second After nearly 40 years at the edition that only six were returned, and there Democrat, Davidson turned it over to his son had been requests for copies by others so that Harry, but he continued to contribute to the he didn’t even have a copy left for his files, and paper until his death in 1915. he had to “trust to providence” that a file paper Various of his children ran the paper, but the would materialize. one that led it the longest was his youngest son, James enlisted the help of his younger brother, William Gilman Davidson, who came to the William Tyler Davidson, and after three years paper after World War I and stayed until 1964

when he sold the paper to his nephew Robert Martin, Sr. Ten years later, when he was killed in an automobile accident, his son, Robert Martin, Jr., became publisher, a post he has held since 1973. “This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the publishing of the Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters,” noted Wendy Martin, who started her career in journalism at the Fulton Democrat in 1974. “In several different ways, the history of the Democrat is entwined with the history of Spoon River’s poet laureate,” she said. In honor of the anniversary, the Martins will be publishing some new stories about the Fulton Democrat and about their relationship with Masters. They will also be reproducing the two-volume History of Fulton County as Seen Through the Pages of the Fulton Democrat, which was created for the newspaper’s sesquicentennial in 2005. Copies of both volumes may be pre-ordered on CD.


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THE FUTURE

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The nation was devastated when terrorists attacked the U.S. on September 11, 2001. In response, America began long wars in the Middle East. A few years later, a global economic downturn triggered a deep recession which left the country – and the newspaper industry – suffering. The recession, the Internet and the introduction of cell phones and other mobile technology reshaped journalism – and newspaper audiences.

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(PAR) program, Bill Miller. “Bill asked Dad if he could make himself available to answer libel, Open Meetings Act, and Freedom of Information Act questions for current and former PAR students. In 1989, the IPA formalized the project, making that advice generally available to all IPA members.” Aftershocks of the Alton lawsuit and other libel actions continued into the 1990s. The Telegraph’s fight had shaken the industry and led to what experts called a “libel chilling,” making some newspapers wary of printing possibly controversial material, according to an August 1989 paper (“Chilling the Messenger: The Impact of Libel on Community Newspapers”) presented to the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Media. To assist members, the IPA created the Illinois Newspaper Legal Defense Fund in 1993 with a $100,000 endowment. Contributions to the LDF are voluntary and assist with legal expenses for members in cases where the outcome will affect all newspapers in the state. The early Nineties saw, again, a new competitor to all media through the evolution of technology. This new competitor—the Internet— began providing information on anything to anyone who could access it. “The newspaper industry has probably changed more in the last 25 years than any 25 year period since the IPA has been around, because newspaper publishing has undergone such a revolution as a result of the (World Wide) Web,” says John Foreman, president

To commemorate the IPA’s 150th anniversary, we’re publishing articles about its history. This is the last in the series. Previous articles were published in the March, May, and July PressLines.

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hile the 1980s ended on a high note for the IPA, the newspaper industry was analyzing fall-out from a high dollar libel case. The Alton Telegraph lost a $9.2 million libel suit initiated by a local contractor. The most troubling aspect of the case was that it wasn’t based on an article the paper printed. It was based on a memo two Telegraph reporters wrote a Federal investigator sharing information they received that the contractor had mob ties. The paper lost and settled for $1.4 million. Few papers, especially small ones, could afford to fight, much less lose, such a case. The Telegraph lawsuit was a “wakeup call” to everyone, says Don Craven, libel attorney and media law specialist in Springfield, who serves as legal counsel to the IPA. Partly in response, the IPA created a Legal Hotline in 1989 for its members and for students in the Public Affairs Reporting program at Sangamon State University, now University of Illinois Springfield. Callers to the Legal Hotline received consultation from Don Craven and from his father, James C. Craven. Don says the hotline resulted from conversations between his father, former newsman and Congressman Paul Simon, and former head of the now University of Illinois Springfield’s Public Affairs Reporting

of the Champaign News-Gazette and IPA president from 1997 to 1998. Simultaneously a new issue arose. Cheryl Wormley, owner and publisher of the Woodstock Independent and IPA president in 2000, explained: “Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, many, many independently owned newspapers were sold by their owners to large companies, creating chains with dozens and dozens of newspapers. So, the membership of the IPA changed. Gone were some of the strong, independent voices, replaced by corporate representatives who often were moved from one newspaper to another and from one state to another.” The loss of local ownership and local management, in many instances, had an adverse impact on some newspapers, she said. Also in the 1990s, the IPA developed the Copley First Amendment Center, with money given by the Copley family, of Copley Newspapers, Inc. Now known as the Illinois First Amendment Center and under the auspices of the Illinois Press Foundation, the Center provides free, educational materials for children from kindergarten through high school about the importance of the First Amendment and news literacy, and gives grants for high school journalism programs. “That’s an example of a problem of the time, when we looked at national public opinion polls and 85 percent of the people said the First Amendment should be modified or eliminated,” says Foreman. “At one point we were distributing curriculum material to every state, at the request of schools.” The Illinois First

Amendment Center continues to send thousands of educational materials – all at no charge – to educators throughout Illinois and across the country. It was a big project, but it didn’t compare with what the IPA did next. On June 3, 1999, it bought and broke land to build a place of its own.

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME In April of that year, the IPA announced plans for a $1.5 million capital campaign to build a permanent new headquarters in Springfield. The project would be a 10,500 square-foot facility to be located on property along I-55 just south of Springfield at 900 Community Drive. The campaign was successful from the start with six major contributions from long-time Illinois newspaper families – Shaw, Small, Copley, Stevick-Chinigo and Macfarland, as well as the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. This allowed for construction to begin earlier than planned and on June 3, 1999 a groundbreaking ceremony was held on the new building site. Ten months later, in April 2000, a dedication ceremony was held and the IPA staff moved into its new home. “We had looked around for several years to try to find a building that we could buy, but we couldn’t find one at the right price,” says Sandy Macfarland, CEO of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, “So we bought property to build our own. Our own building got us a lot more recognition from politicians and other associations.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Tara McClellan McAndrew is a graduate of the University of Illinois Springfield’s Public Affairs Reporting program and an award-winning Springfield writer and author. She writes a monthly history column for Springfield’s State Journal-Register. Her work has been heard on Illinois Public Radio and National Public Radio, and read in 35 newspapers and magazines. taramcandrew.com

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replaced on an interim basis by IPA legal counsel Don Craven while a search to replace Bennett was conducted. In February 2010, Illinois publisher and IPA board member Dennis DeRossett was hired as the executive director of the IPA. Legislatively, the years 2010, 2011 and 2012 were active for the IPA. In 2010, the IPA helped rewrite the state’s Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA. In 2011 and 2012, the IPA backed legislation to make uploading public notices to PNI mandatory under state statutes and, also, new public notice rate language.

Continued from Page 13 The effort unified members, says Jerry Reppert, publisher of Reppert Publications in Anna. “We had fundraisers and it threw people together. I think it really consolidated small papers as well as big papers, making them think, ‘We got some skin in the game now, we own part of that nice building.’ It helped give a professional image to the IPA.” He and others are proud of the fact that every fundraising pledge was fulfilled, which Reppert says stunned the Association’s hired fundraising service. That success enabled the IPA to burn its mortgage in November of 2003. Despite these positives, the 2000s was a tough decade. The country and industry were suffering. The nation was devastated when terrorists attacked the U.S. on September 11, 2001. In response, America began long wars in the Middle East. A few years later a global economic downturn triggered a recession which shook the country. The recession, the Internet and the introduction of cell phones and other mobile technology reshaped journalism—and newspaper audiences. Print subscriptions declined for many newspapers but overall audience grew with the addition of newspaper websites. Newspapers now had to provide news and advertising to their audiences on multiple platforms, and on a 24/7 news cycle. This rapidly changing technology was not all good for the newspaper industry. Perhaps the “cruelest cut” to newspapers was the loss of classified advertising, says Foreman. “Classified advertising, as a practical matter, disappeared out of newspapers and shifted 80 to 85 percent to the Web. For most papers, that was about one third of our revenue.” There were other losses. “As the Web grew as a source of information for people, we have been perpetually threatened with the loss of legal advertising -public notices,” Foreman adds. “This is more than just a revenue issue, it’s about government trying to be less transparent. In our democracy, that cannot be allowed to happen. There has to be an independent, third party in the process.” In 2008, the IPA took action. It established Public Notice Illinois (www. publicnoticeillinois.com), an online, fully-searchable website that is free

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FROM TOP: On June 3, 1999, the IPA began construction of its new office building at 900 Community Drive in Springfield. The 10,500 square-foot building was completed in April, 2000. A $1.5 million capital campaign had helped pay for the project, with major contributions from six, long-time Illinois newspaper families – Copley, Macfarland, Shaw, Small, Stevick-Chinigo and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. ■ In 2008, the IPA established Public Notice Illinois (www.publicnoticeillinois. com), an online, fully-searchable Web site that is free to the public. All member newspapers are required to upload their public notices to PNI after they appear in the print edition of the newspaper. Funded by the newspapers, there is no cost to local governments. Bruce Sagan, publisher of the Hyde Park Herald, calls the Web site “an enormously significant action by the Association…”

to the public. IPA required all members to upload their public notices to PNI after they appear in the print edition of the newspaper. Foreman said, “Public notices are all online, they’re all in one place and they’re very easily accessible. And, this is being paid for by Illinois newspapers, there is no cost

to local governments for this website.” Bruce Sagan, publisher of the Hyde Park Herald, calls the web site “an enormously significant action by the Association that demonstrated its ability to recognize when it can be useful for members.” In May 2009, Executive Director David Bennett left the IPA and was

In 2015, as the IPA marks its 150th anniversary, many challenges remain. The Internet is still a ferocious competitor, but many papers have evolved and adapted well. “We had a fairly significant breaking story yesterday, and we did things (on our Web site) like live audio broadcasting of a courtroom hearing,” says Foreman, of Champaign’s News-Gazette. “We did videos inside the courtroom, we did Twitter feeds, and it was fully across every medium, in combination with the radio stations we own. We were simply expected to do it, and we did. Those expectations didn’t exist, nor the skills to execute them 25 years ago.” Wormley, of The Woodstock Independent, said she welcomes the technological changes. “Social media and the Internet are the new frontiers to profitability,” she says. The IPA has evolved, too. “It’s more of a professional organization now,” says Reppert. Sandy Mcfarland adds, “The IPA has become quite effective with its legislative and lobbying efforts.” Some of the biggest changes in the IPA have been on the board itself, says Kathy Farren, former editor of the Kendall County Record and president of the IPA in 2009. “What was once ‘male and stale’ now includes several female members,” she says. Farren was one of three female presidents the IPA has had in the last 25 years, as well as Cheryl Wormley, who calls the more diverse makeup of the board a “significant change from the first 125 years.” The IPA will continue to adapt to a constantly evolving industry and its challenges. P. Carter Newton, publisher of The Galena Gazette says. “I’ve always considered the IPA like an insurance policy. When I’ve needed help, it’s always been there.”


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Journalism attracts psychopaths? Really? By Lonnie Cain, retired managing editor The Times of Ottawa There are certain headlines I cannot dodge. They suck me in, which is what they are supposed to do. This particular headline was threatening, and I had a gut feeling what I would find. And I did. The headline read: “10 Careers With the Most Psychopaths,” LONNIE an article by Kali Holloway online CAIN at alternet.org. And (no surprise) there it was ... Number 6: “Journalist.” Relax. Your children and pets are safe. From me, anyway. There’s more to the story. The list of careers with “psychopaths” covers a huge section of the population. The list points to CEOs, lawyers, media (radio and television), salespersons, surgeons, police officers, clergy, chefs, and civil servants. Again, don’t panic. The trick here is to delve a bit more into what is meant by “psychopath.” I don’t think I’m a dangerous person, but let me set my chain saw and hockey mask aside for a moment and share more from this article. “Contrary to popular notions, lots of psychopaths aren’t raging lunatics or violent criminals; in fact, most of them get along perfectly well in society,” says author Holloway, who is an associate editor covering media and culture for the AlterNet website. She quotes this closer look at a psychopath from Scientific American

magazine: “Superficially charming, psychopaths tend to make a good first impression on others and often strike observers as remarkably normal. Yet they are self-centered, dishonest and undependable, and at times they engage in irresponsible behavior for no apparent reason other than the sheer fun of it. “Largely devoid of guilt, empathy and love, they have casual and callous interpersonal and romantic relationships. Psychopaths routinely offer excuses for their reckless and often outrageous actions, placing blame on others instead. They rarely learn from their mistakes or benefit from negative feedback, and they have difficulty inhibiting their impulses.” OK, I do not see any reference to wielding axes in that description. But hey, I am still not thrilled with the branding characteristics. Holloway points to Kevin Dutton, an Oxford psychologist, and his book “The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success.” It was Dutton who put together the career list that Holloway massages with some scathing comment and real examples. Of course, my focus turned to the journalism item, which is a bit lower on the ladder from the media (television and radio) category, which Holloway referred to as a “no-brainer.” A key word that comes into play here appears to be “narcissism.” That’s a fancy word for people who are in love with themselves, are extremely selfish and view themselves as “God’s gift” to whatever they do. She quotes Jeff Cash, a freelance writer: “Seeing your name in a national newspaper on a daily basis is enough to turn even the most humble being into a fountain of narcissism. And if you think that’s bad, just imagine how much appearing on

Seeing your name in a national newspaper on a daily basis is enough to turn even the most humble being into a fountain of narcissism. And if you think that’s bad, just imagine how much appearing on national television would contribute to one’s superiority complex.” Freelance writer Jeff Cash

national television would contribute to one’s superiority complex.” And Holloway, a writer herself, admits: “So yeah. Maybe there’s something to this.” “A musician friend once said to me that you have to be a complete narcissist, totally delusional, or both to get up on a stage and essentially expect a room (to say nothing of a stadium or an arena) full of people to listen to you,” she writes. My writing career has been on smaller stages, but I will admit I liked being on that stage. There is an ego thing that drives journalists. Not sure that is a bad thing. Seeing your name on top of a story feels good. Truly does. Feels even

better when someone sends you a note or calls to say thanks. We love to be stroked. If reporters could purr, we would. But “narcissism”... can’t say I have seen that as a dominate trait ... with small-town journalism. I have been a bit selfish and selfcentered with this piece, however. I forced the focus on journalism instead of those other careers Holloway wrote about. Her comments were pointed. Comments you will either applaud or choke on. But hey, her article is mostly opinions. Take them or leave them. Plus she’s just a writer. And, as you have learned by now, we writers have lots of opinions. Opinions you better pay attention to ... or else.

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Daily Herald and Sun-Times create new content sharing agreement By Robert Feder The Chicago area’s No. 2 and No. 3 daily newspapers are teaming up to share content covering the city and suburbs. The suburban Daily Herald, owned by Paddock Publications, and the Sun-Times, owned by Wrapports LLC, announced the editorial alliance Aug. 28 in a newsroom memo. The move was prompted in part by the sale of SunTimes Media Group’s six suburban dailies and 32 Pioneer Press suburban weeklies to Chicago Tribune Media Group last fall.

Merged newsrooms now in Pekin

To provide enhanced coverage to the readers of Tazewell County, the Pekin Daily Times and TimesNewspapers news operations have merged. TimesNewspapers, formerly located in the Journal Star building in Peoria, consists of five weeklies. The news team for those weeklies is now located in Pekin. The merged news staff will continue to produce the Pekin Daily Times, the Washington Times Reporter, the East Peoria Times-Courier, the Morton Times-News and Woodford Times. Jeanette Kendall of Peoria has been named executive editor of the newsroom. Kendall has been in the newspaper business for 23 years. For the past 15 years she has covered the city of East Peoria and for the last five years has served as the executive editor of the weekly newspapers at TimesNewspapers. Robert Downen will take over as managing editor of publications. Downen, of Peoria, worked previously as city editor and county reporter for the Pekin Daily Times, during which time he covered courts and other is-

Noting the Sun-Times’ reputation for city coverage and the Daily Herald’s dominance in the suburbs, Daily Herald Senior Vice President and Editor John Lampinen and Senior Vice President/Director of Content and Strategic Planning Colin O’Donnell wrote: “Both of us are committed to aggressive watchdog reporting, enterprising sports coverage and spirited entertainment advice. There clearly are opportunities where we can supplement each other’s work without detracting from those individual characteristics that makes each publication unique.” Jim Kirk, publisher and editor-in-chief of

sues across Tazewell County. Drew Veskauf will take over as city editor. Veskauf, of Morton, was the editor of the weekly newspaper Morton Times-News. Bryan Veginski has been named the sports editor. Veginski, of Tremont, was the sports editor of the weekly East Peoria Times-Courier, Morton TimesNews and Washington Times-Reporter for the last 15 years. He continues to hold those titles as well. Sharon Woods Harris of South Pekin, a 26-year journalist with the Daily Times, will cover education in Tazewell County. She previously covered the education beat from 1996 to 2000. The Times News Group will work closely with the Journal Star, which, along with the Tazewell Countybased news operations, is owned by GateHouse Media. ■■■

Jail’s newspaper ban violates 1st Amendment

A federal judge in Chicago has ruled a long-standing ban on all newspapers at one of the nation’s largest jails violates inmates’ right to free speech.

Sun-Times Media, said: “We think this is a great first step in a partnership that will make both publications stronger.” Saturday’s print edition of the Sun-Times will include The Daily Herald Suburban Game of the Week, a weekly prep football feature. In exchange for the content, the Sun-Times is expected to direct readers for more to dailyherald. com. “We expect several other content-sharing initiatives to follow,” Lampinen and O’Donnell wrote. “And we’re excited about this new relationship with the Sun-Times and all the alliance has to offer.”

Judge Matthew Kennelly said the Cook County Jail has some legitimate concerns that newspapers pose security risks, including that they could be fashioned into weapons or contain stories that might incite gang violence. But he concluded the no exceptions prohibition goes too far. Kennelly wrote that the total ban, which the jail adopted 31 year ago, was an “extreme response” and “extinguishes an inmate’s ability to exercise his First Amendment right to read newspapers.” He noted in the ruling that federal and Illinois state prisons don’t have such bans. ■■■

Ledger-Sentinel, Record offices consolidated

Shaw Media, publishers of the Ledger-Sentinel, is consolidating the Ledger-Sentinel office in downtown Oswego with the office of the Kendall County Record in downtown Yorkville. The Ledger-Sentinel, Kendall County Record, Plano Record and Sandwich Record will be headquartered out of the downtown Yorkville office on an interim basis.

Arcola Record-Herald to have new owners

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Continued from Page 18 are selling the newspaper to David Porter and his wife, Jennie. The sale is expected to be finalized in October. The Slacks entered into a lease-purchase agreement on July 1, 2002, with the newspaper’s previous owners, Don and Linda Rankin, and have published 52 issues a year for the past 13 years. The Slacks tenure as publishers is the second longest in the last 60 years of the Record-Herald’s 150-plus year history. The Rankins published the Record-Herald for 25 years. The Slacks moved to Arcola in December 1997 from Rantoul. Chris Slack served nearly five years as editor of the Record-Herald and trade publications owned by Rankin Publishing before he and his wife became the newspaper’s publishers. Porter is a Tuscola native and along with Jennie, is co-publisher of the Lebanon Advertiser, as well as former communications director for the Illinois Press Association. He has 30 years of experience in the newspaper business and syndicates a weekly humor column, Ramblin’ Man, to about a dozen Illinois newspapers. Jennie Porter is a kindergarten teacher in Tuscola and has lived in Douglas County since 1968. She lived five years in Arcola and student taught there. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in guidance counseling from Eastern Illinois University.

the total number of Reppert Publications newspapers and its affiliates to 13 in Southern Illinois. Total weekly circulation is more than 60,000 for the family owned products. Reppert publications started the new publication after The Daily American, a five-times-a-week newspaper owned by GateHouse Media, ceased publication in May. ■■■

Chronicle Media, LLC buys FreeShopper, FreeShopper.com

Chronicle Media, LLC, publisher of the Cook County Chronicle, Suburban Chronicle, and 11 other newspapers in Illinois, has acquired FreeShopper Publications. The FreeShopper and its ancillary healthcare publication, the Vital Times, have been continuously published since 1980, and serve the Chicago area to the Wisconsin border. FreeShopper prints and distributes 20,000 copies per issue. FreeShopper Publications, which is headquartered in Lincolnwood, Ill., has been owned and operated by Publisher Rick Schwartz since 1990. Chronicle Media, LLC, a new media start-up, is owned by Brandon Bressner. Since the merger, the company has hired former Pioneer Press Editor Rick Hibbert as editor-in-chief, and former Sun-Times Media local managing and digital editor Judy Harvey as content editor, as well as other reporters.

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New publication in West Frankfort

The first issue of the West Frankfort Gazette debuted Aug. 13. It will bring

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Shrader returns to Telegraph as publisher Jim Shrader rejoined The Alton Telegraph as publisher Aug. 19. Shrader comes from a background in advertising and publishing, having worked for multiple publications since his start in advertising sales in 1979 at the Granite City Journal, now known as the Granite City Press-Record. He served as advertising director at The Telegraph from 1989 to 1992, and returned as publisher in June 1998, a position he held until April 2013. For the past 20 months, Shrader served as vice president of sales for Alton radio station WBGZ. Shrader will also oversee the Jacksonville Journal-Courier. Shrader says his stint in radio will serve him well in his transition back to print, especially in an age where lines between mediums are blurred. “Newspapers and radio are in the same business,” Shrader said. “We’re in the news and information business. They’re delivering to ears instead of eyes, but their website delivers to eyes just like ours does. Whether it’s hard news, lifestyles, sports, obituaries or advertising, it’s all news and information,” Shrader said. He was born and raised in Madison County and attended Madison County public schools and SIUE. Former publisher Joseph Craig left The Telegraph and The Jacksonville Journal-Courier to pursue a position as regional publisher of the Morning News in Florence, S.C., and the Carolina Publishing Group.

Gerik named Journal Star assistant managing editor - digital Adam Gerik has been named assistant managing editor -digital at the Journal Star in Peoria. Gerik, who joined the newspaper in 2005, will lead the Journal Star’s digital strategy as well as continue to lead photog-

raphy, video and graphics work. As digital editor, Gerik oversaw a 45 percent increase in mobile traffic from 2014 to 2015. Assistant managing editor- digital is a new position at the Journal Star. Gerik will be work ing with each staff member to continue to grow digital traffic, lead news projects and computer -asssisted reporting and refine day to day expectations for all staff members regarding digital. Gerik, a native of Wichita, Kan., attended Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan. Since joining the Journal Star as a photo intern, he has served as staff photographer, web producer and digital editor.

Hagene Appointed Graphic Designer Chrissy Hagene has joined the Pinckneyville Press and Du Quoin Advantage. The 23-year-old Perry County native is a graphic artist for both publications, while focusing on ad sales in Du Quoin. She earned her degree in Associate of Arts and Sciences at Rend Lake College.

Phillips named editor at Herald Daschell M. Phillips has been named editor of Chicago’s Hyde Park Herald. She has worked at the Herald for almost a decade and created and covered the schools beat. Phillips has a master’s degree in journalism from Medill at Northwestern University, and has previously written for numerous publications including the Oakland Tribune, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Pensions & Investments and N’DIGO. See PEOPLE on Page 20


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Landis joins Telegraph newsroom as reporter Kelsey Landis has joined the Alton Telegraph as a reporter. Landis comes to the Telegraph with a bachelor’s degree in English and French from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, as well as a master’s degree in new media studies from DePaul University in Chicago. She has previously reported for the Murphysboro American, the Benton Evening News and the Daily Register in Harrisburg. Landis will cover various beats for the Telegraph, including government, business and education. She is the daughter of Tim Landis, business editor at The State Journal-Register, Springfield, and Debra Landis, publications advisor at the University of Illinois Springfield.

Shelton named Production Director of The News-Gazette, Inc. Bob Shelton has been promoted to the position of production director of The NewsGazette, Inc., in Champaign. As production director, Shelton is responsible for all phases of the newspaper production and commercial printing processes of The News-Gazette, Inc. Shelton will oversee pressroom, distribution, composing and maintenance departments at all locations. Shelton has been with the company for ten years as production director of the News-Gazette Community Newspaper division and has prior experience in high-volume commercial printing. He began his career at Cole Printing (Greenfield, IL) and worked 25 years for Stevens Publish-

ers (Astoria, IL). The News-Gazette, Inc. publishes The News-Gazette and eight weekly newspapers in Central Illinois.

Changes made to newsroom leadership team The Daily Journal of Kankakee has announced changes in the managerial structure of its newsroom. Mike Frey, who has served as managing editor since February 2012, will assume the duties as the newspaper’s editor at large. The longtime Kankakeean, who has worked for The Daily Journal full time since 1988, will be responsible for the editorial pages and localizing the Think section. Dimitrios Kalantzis, who has served as metro editor since May 2014, will fill Frey’s former position as the newspaper’s managing editor. The Brooklyn native came to The Daily Journal five years ago from Columbia College Chicago.

Shoemaker joins Hancock County Journal-Pilot Dan Shoemaker has joined the Hancock County Journal- Pilot as sports editor and staff writer. He will report on local high school sports and cover various community events. He replaces Travis David, who took a sports editor position at the Greene County Daily World in Linton, Ind. Shoemaker previously worked at Tri-States Audio Information Services of Macomb as a broadcast assistant. He was a co-host and writer of a weekly sports talk show at Western Illinois University, where he studied sports broadcasting.

Wes Smith named publisher of GateHouse properties Wes Smith has been named publisher of GateHouse Media properties in Henry County and the Pontiac area. Smith is in charge of a group of newspapers and publications that also includes the Galva News, Geneseo Republic, Cambridge Chronicle, Orion Gazette, Henry County Advertiser, Aledo Times Record, Pontiac Daily Leader and The Blade in Livingston County. He comes to GateHouse from a position of director of sales for PennySaver USA in the Los Angeles area. There, he was responsible for six regional managers, 68 sales representatives and $40 million in revenue. He has extensive sales, digital, marketing and operations management experience. At PennySaver, products for which he was responsible included search engine marketing, online business listings and websites, as well as print products and coupon books. Smith has a master’s degree in Internet strategy management from Marlboro College in Marlboro, VT.

Nick McMillion named Times-Bulletin editor Nick McMillion has been named editor of the Chillicothe Times-Bulletin. A native of Hopedale in Central Illinois, he is a graduate of Stanford Olympia High School, Illinois Central College and Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Rust joins Journal Gazette & Times-Courier as sports writer Justin Rust has joined the Mattoon Journal Gazette & Times-Courier as a sports writer. Rust most recently comes from the Muscatine, Iowa, Journal, a newspaper also owned by Lee Enterprises,

the JG TC’s parent com pany. He has experience as sports reporter there, as a sports editor for the Bremer County Independent and Waverly Democrat in Waverly, Iowa, and as a sports reporter for newspapers in Arkansas and South Dakota. Rust is a 2010 graduate of the University of South Dakota in Vermillion with a degree in contemporary media and journalism.

Huelsmann named sports editor

of Nashville News

Brent Huelsmann has been named sports editor of The Nashville News. Huelsmann, who lives in Aviston, is a life-long Clinton

County resident. He has a bachelor’s degree in mass communications with a minor in history from SIU Edwardsville. He was employed at 88.8 FM WSIE during his time at SIUE, where he covered the Cardinals, the Blues and hosted the Clubhouse Sports show. Huelsmann replaces Travis Volz, who is now The Nashville News’ advertising director.

McNeill named managing editor of Journal-Pilot Megan McNeill has been named managing editor of the Hancock County JournalPilot. A 5 1/2 year veteran of the Daily Gate City in Keokuk, Iowa, McNeill moved to the Journal-Pilot a few days after Zach Short announced that he was stepping down to pursue a teaching career in Missouri. While at the Daily Gate City, McNeill covered education, community events, breaking news, and wrote features, crime and courts stories. McNeill was born and raised in Keokuk, and graduated in 2009 from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., with a Bachelor of Science de-


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A NEWSMAN’S LIFE By Mark Tupper Executive Sports Editor Decatur Herald & Review hen a life stretches from Babe Ruth’s prime to Tiger Woods’ decline, you get to wondering: Who plots the path that connects the start of that life to the end of it? Complicated question, to be sure, a topic spiritual minds and intellectual types arm wrestle over. I’m not smart enough to enter that debate, so I’m going to take Bob Fallstrom’s explanation at face value, because seven days before his July 9 death at age 88, Bob and I sat down for two-and-a half hours in what turned out to be his final interview. The idea was to write a story that would serve as a tribute to Bob, who on June 24 had wound up a stellar career of more than 66 years at the Herald & Review, most of it as sports editor, lifestyle editor and community news editor, telling the stories of Central Illinois one name at a time. I believe I was picked to do the story because Bob hired me around Labor Day 1974, and I spent the first two years of my career as a Herald & Review sportswriter, hiding under my desk. Bob subjected most young reporters to a reign of terror, but I soon came to realize his iron-handed rule was designed to make me a better writer and reporter. Over time, it became clear I would owe Bob a debt of gratitude. During our final conversation, Bob was at his best. He was sharp with details, exact with memory, filled with wit and humor. His eyes twinkled and he laughed until his thin body shook. I listened to his stories, some of which were classics I’d already heard, such as being chased from the Decatur Civic Center by 7-foot-4, 520 pound professional wrestler Andre the Giant. He talked with pride about his column, “Once Over Lightly,” which he pounded out from his home on North

Bob Fallstrom is shown in this photograph by Jim Bowling of the Decatur Herald & Review. It was taken less than two weeks before Bob passed away on July 9. “The only thing I ever wanted to do was write,” Bob said. “I can’t change a tire or a light bulb. I don’t fish or play golf. Writing is all I ever wanted to do.”

Main Street, five or six days a week. Bob worked nights during his time in sports, but he wrote from home at midday, playing loud jazz music and using his Smith Corona typewriter as a percussion instrument, then switching to the business of recording the words that readers would devour the next day. “It was a loud house,” son Jerrold said. Despite the fact that it became an increasingly difficult chore to meet the daily challenge of a fulltime job, retirement was something he resisted. When people would ask why he would remain on the job, Bob’s answer was the simple truth. “I love what I do,” he said. “It just feels right when I’m at the office.” Fallstrom’s legacy is not going to

be the meeting room at the Herald & Review, the one with the metal plaque that proclaims it to be the “Bob Fallstrom Conference Room.” No, it’s the thousands of stories, the countless names, the willingness to listen to any caller or reader and find a way to bring their unique narrative to life. Writing, traveling, music, family and an unquenchable thirst to tell the stories of his community. But always writing. “The only thing I ever wanted to do was write,” Bob said days before his death. “I can’t change a tire or a light bulb. I don’t fish or play golf. Writing is all I ever wanted to do.” Bob’s funeral service Tuesday at the Riverside Baptist Church was a

terrific sendoff. The Dixie Daredevils traditional jazz quintet blasted out a series of Bob’s favorite songs. Sure enough, as the Dixie Daredevils made “When the Saints Go Marching In” their finale, the jazz aficionados in the sanctuary jumped up, popped open colorful New Orleans-style parasols and tucked in behind the brass players to form a celebratory parade that snaked past the pews and up and down the aisles. All the while, the rest of the attendees stood, clapped and stomped their feet. By gosh, we were dancing! And with happy music filling the air, it was the perfect send off for a man who didn’t want to leave, but who never backed away from the next adventure.


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Ronald Gene Berquist Ronald Gene Berquist died June 19. He was born on March 29, 1930 in Chicago. He was a corporal with the U.S. Army, stationed in West Germany, 1952-1954. While there, he wrote for Stars and Stripes. Ron graduated from the University of Illinois and obtained an international journalism fellowship from Columbia University, New York City. He worked as a reporter, re-write man, and night editor for Chicago Today, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago City News Bureau. He also freelanced as a writer for Time, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times and Financial Times of London.

Barbara S. Sullivan Barbara S. Sullivan, 79, died June 25. She was a retired Tribune reporter who spent more than 20 years covering everything from the arts to zoning laws for the paper, earning a Peter Lisogar Award for excellence in education reporting. She was also an award-winning tennis and bridge player, a voracious reader and a traveler who spent time in Turkey, Greece, Italy, Nepal, Peru, Costa Rica, China, Mexico and France, often writing about her adventures for the Tribune. Barbara grew up in Georgia, earned a degree in journalism from Northwestern and went to work right after college as a reporter for the Atlanta Journal Constitution. She also wrote for local newspapers in Contra Costa County, California and Ridgewood New Jersey before moving to Wheaton in 1974 and beginning work at the Tribune.

Ruth Cook Stewart Ruth Cook Stewart died July 8. She was 102. She had been associate editor and author of the Sunday food page at The Chicago Tribune for 10 years, also testing recipes and fielding questions from readers. She later served as a home advisor for the University of Illinois Extension service in DuPage County, and was a realtorbroker. She was a 1936 graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in technical journalism. She also served three consecutive terms on the Wheaton Elementary School District 36 Board.

Leo George “Jerry” Piper Leo George “Jerry” Piper, 84, died July 12, in DeKalb. Mr. Piper began his life-long journalism career in Northern Illinois at the Byron Tribune. From then until his retirement in 1993, Jerry worked in all facets of the newspaper business, from editor to owner/publisher, typesetter (California Case) to ad manager, for newspapers in Durand, Orland Park and Barrington. He was very active in the Illinois Press Association, serving as president in 1986,

Marianne Scott Marianne Scott, a charismatic and creative force in the community journalism of the Northwest suburbs from the 1950s through the early ‘80s, died July 19. She was 95. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Scott led Paddock Publications to numerous first-place awards for “Best Women’s Pages” in the then annual JC Penney-University of Missouri national awards. Scott’s strong contributions to the company as the Daily Herald evolved from a weekly to a daily publication were remembered by those in a position to know. “She was an outstanding journalist and advocate for women’s issues, at a time when newspapers had special women’s sections,” said Douglas K. Ray, chairman, publisher and CEO of Paddock Publications Inc. “Refined and proper, she exuded professionalism in a newsroom, which was often chaotic and a whirlwind of activity in quest of news.” Robert Y. Paddock Jr., vice chairman and executive vice president of Paddock Publications, remembered Scott as “a special part of our office family life.” “The team of which she was a member was a family of its own, and she was viewed as the classy, fun ‘relative,’” Paddock said. “On occasion at Christmastime, she put up her hair and

and in the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association, of which he was a founder. At the University of Missouri-Columbia, Jerry was an active member of Phi Kappa Psi and the track and cross-country teams. He was named to the NCAA All-American team. After graduating in 1953 with a journalism degree, he was hired as a reporter for a newspaper in Moulton, AL. Second Lt. Piper then served in the Air Force at Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, as Public Information Officer from 1954–56. Jerry was also a life-long Rotarian with perfect attendance for most of his career. He and his wife, Ellen, retired to DeKalb in 2001.

wore lights not only there but also on her dress.” “We were the faces of the newspaper,” Scott told the Daily Herald in 2007. “Every one knew us. “We had to rewrite everything because in those days, it all came in handwritten. We heard from 92 clubs a week. I know because one time I counted all of them.”

Linda Brooks Linda Brooks, long-time co-owner of the Walnut Leader newspaper, died Aug. 14 in Sterling. She was 62. Linda, along with her husband, Gary, owned and operated the Walnut Leader for 40 years. Throughout the years, she was a constant at many area meetings, which she covered for the newspaper. She was also involved in many civic organizations including the Walnut Woman’s Club, Rotary Club and Walnut Chamber of Commerce. “She was a very caring person. I don’t think she ever met a stranger,” said her friend, Betty Anderson.

Dorothy D. Storck Dorothy Storck died Aug. 2. She was 88. Dorothy covered major stories for two Chicago newspapers in the 1960s and ‘70s before becoming a reporter and columnist for 17 years at the Continued on Page 23


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of coverage was lighter fare. An August 1965 article examined what she felt was wrong with local children’s TV programming. She was soon assigned to harder-hitting stories. She covered the trial of Sirhan Sirhan, who was convicted of assassinating Sen. Robert Kennedy, as well as the 1968 and 1972 presidential campaigns and the voyages of NASA’s Apollo 10, 11 and 13. Her coverage of the riots in Detroit in 1967 made her a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. After Chicago Today folded in 1974, Storck joined the staff of the Philadelphia Inquirer. She wrote a lifestyles column for 11 years that was syndicated to 250 newspapers across the country. Storck’s 1976 series on Americans imprisoned in Mexican jails won an Overseas Press Club of America award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for foreign reporting. She later shared a Pulitzer Prize for public service reporting with her paper’s staff for the coverage of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant disaster in 1979. She retired in 1991 and moved back to Chicago. For several years, she wrote syndicated travel articles that were distributed by Copley News Service.

Justin Fishbein Justin Fishbein, 88, died Aug. 19. Mr. Fishbein worked as a police reporter, Springfield reporter and rewrite man from 1949 to 1960 at the Chicago Sun-Times. “He loved to tell stories,” daughter Amy Fishbein said. Roy Wiley, a longtime Sun-Times reporter and assistant financial editor, said Mr. Fishbein “was a good reporter and a great, gracious person.” “He got his facts correct.” Mr. Fishbein also worked on three books with his nationally known father, Morris Fishbein, who edited the Journal of the American Medical Association from 1924 to 1950 and was the founding editor in 1961 of Medical World News, a magazine for doctors. Mr. Fishbein grew up in Hyde Park, attended Phillips Exeter Academy and graduated from Harvard in 1949. After working at the Sun-Times, he was editor and editorial manager at Science Research Associates in Chicago.

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