PressLines September/October 2018

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September-October 2018

Important questions to ask during candidate interviews 3 How a culture of listening strengthens reporting 7 IPA launches Real News campaign 4 Shed light on the epidemic of suicides 11




Valuable lessons learned

The first time I heard about newsprint tariffs was in early December of last year when Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer Josh Sharp and I were in Washington for a meeting of Newspaper Association Managers. We came back to Illinois thinking, “How can we influence or weigh in on a federal issue that would have a devastating effect on our member newspapers?” Granted, we’re no stranger to the legislative dealings in Springfield and are effective at marshaling our members to the cause; but Washington, that’s a whole new ballgame. We spent most of the month of December trying to understand trade laws and how the tariff process would play out. It’s a complicated issue that involved two separate entities – SAM FISHER the Department of Commerce President & CEO and the International Trade Commission. It was Commerce’s responsibility to determine if tariffs were warranted and to establish tariff rates. Then it was the ITC’s singular task to determine if harm was done to U.S. newsprint producers. Both government entities had to

agree on tariffs for them to become permanent. In January, Commerce imposed countervailing duties, acknowledging that the government does subsidize the production of Canadian newsprint. Then in March, Commerce imposed anti-dumping duties, citing that Canadian newsprint is sold below its fair value. In March, IPF Board of Directors President Jerry Reppert (The Gazette-Democrat, Anna), John Galer (The Journal-News, Hillsboro), Scott Stone (Daily Herald, Arlington Heights), Sue Walker (Hyde Park Herald, Chicago), Josh and I headed to the Hill to explain our position to legislators and their staffs. We were met with tremendous support. In early April, I was able to meet with the editorial board at Sauk Valley Media along with Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., to enlist her support. Bustos, a longtime reporter with the Quad-City Times, agreed to lead the effort to get all members of the House to sign a joint letter to the ITC opposing tariffs. It was ideal, as her legislative director has considerable experience in trade issues, specifically with the ITC process. Admittedly, this was a tall order to get all 18 members from both sides of the aisle of the House to sign. Many of our members met, called and emailed their House members urging them to sign. In June a joint letter signed by all 18 members of

the Illinois delegation was sent to the International Trade Commission. Prior to the joint letter, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., sent a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross opposing the tariffs. Thanks to Sue, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., authored her own letter to the ITC in opposition of tariffs. Additionally, Sue, with the help of Dan Haley (Wednesday Journal, Oak Park), was able to get Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill., to personally testify before the ITC in July. During the course of this battle, our newspapers responded with literally hundreds of editorials about the harmful impact of tariffs. Simultaneously, legislation was introduced both in the Senate and House that would have called for a suspension of tariffs until Commerce could study the impact, not only on newsprint producers, but newspapers as well. Typically trade laws don’t look at the downstream impact of tariffs, only the impact on producers. I have to admit that I was not overly optimistic the ITC would rule in our favor, and was ecstatic when I received an email that simply said – “we won.” All five ITC commissioners voted in our favor citing that there was no harm done to U.S. newsprint producers.

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David C.L Bauer Hearst Newspapers, Jacksonville

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Jim Slonoff The Hinsdalean, Hinsdale

Jim Shrader | Treasurer Hearst Newspapers, Alton

Darrell Garth Chicago Citizen Newspaper Group

Scott Stone Daily Herald Media Group, Arlington Heights

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Important questions to ask during candidate interviews Our ongoing fight to strengthen and protect Illinois’ access laws, including public notices, could get a shot in the arm with this year’s election, but the IPA needs your help to ensure that will happen. The battleground is this year’s election, and every IPA member holds two key weapons in the fight: candidate interviews and editorial endorsements. Illinois’ Open JOSH SHARP Meetings Act (OMA) currently Executive Vice President & COO has 35 exceptions that allow public officials to go into closed session to discuss the public’s business, among the most of any state in the country. The state’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) doesn’t fare much better as it contains 41 exceptions (NOT counting statutory exemptions) that allow public officials to deny access to public records, again putting Illinois near the top of the list for excuses not to give out public information. Unfortunately, these laws have led to rampant violations statewide where public officials routinely discuss sub-

jects in secret, closed meetings. This has created numerous instances where citizens and members of the news media were prevented from having access to some of the most basic public information. As you continue to interview candidates for offices of the governor, attorney general and the legislature, please include serious questions on where they stand on these issues, along with all the other issues you pursue. Extract a commitment from them to work for change. Ask them what they are prepared to do, specifically, to help bring about that change. Here are some general questions to get you started: • What are the biggest weaknesses currently facing Illinois’ access laws? • Media and citizens have long complained that there are no real teeth in these laws, and that only the taxpayers are penalized when the court finds a violation. The public body pays attorney’s fees for itself and the public officials. If the court orders the payment of plaintiff attorneys fees and a civil penalty, that is paid by the taxpayers, as well. The people who violate the law feel no pain. As a candidate for public office, would you push for penalties to be imposed on individuals who cause these laws to be violated? • It sometimes takes the Public Ac-

cess Counselor (PAC) more than a year to issue opinions on OMA and FOIA issues presented to it. Will you support legislation to “guarantee” shortening that timeline? Will you work for additional funding to beef up the personnel assigned to these issues? • Would you support laws allowing for enhanced enforcement of these laws by bringing actions against violators in the name of the people of the state of Illinois?

Another area of law important to newspapers relates to the publication of public notices in newspapers. These laws routinely come under attack in Springfield as many lawmakers attempt to move public notices to government-run websites or even abolish certain notices altogether. When interviewing candidates for legislative or statewide office, the IPA urges you to ask tough, policy-oriented questions about the candidate’s feelings toward keeping notices in newspapers. Again, here are some sample questions to get you started: • Should the state of Illinois continue to require that public notices relating to government action be printed in the newspaper? • Would you support the current law that requires all newspapers to up-

load their public notices to a centralized website for public viewing? • For incumbents that were elected to the House of Representatives last year: legislation that would have eliminated the requirement that school districts publish their annual statement of affairs in the newspaper (HB 4232), made it all the way to the House floor. The legislation was soundly defeated by a vote of 29 – 65. How did you vote? Would you still vote the same way in the future? (Visit to see how your state representative voted on this bill.) Finally, if you have qualms about incorporating these issues into your interview process, consider this: Access to information and to the government’s discussion of the public’s business IS a vital public policy issue. I would argue that all other issues – whether they are balancing the state’s budget, improving education, resolving labor issues, notification about expanding an airport, among other concerns – are dependent, at least tangentially, to having access to the government’s business. Thank you for your consideration. I urge you to ask the tough questions and extract firm commitments from all the candidates you encounter. Please call me or send me an email to give any feedback you have.

bates, but it’s best to take up that topic with your newsprint supplier or printer. This could present some confusion in the short term, but realistically, it’s a nice problem to have. This has been an exhaustive process that has proven invaluable as there were many lessons learned: Our brand is still valuable, as witnessed by the support of every member of our Congressional delegation. They understand the vital role news-

papers play in the communities we serve. We’ve learned how to connect with our federally elected officials. We need to make sure we maintain those relationships, much like we encourage our newspapers to do with their locally elected officials. Be thankful – give credit to those members of our Illinois Congressional delegation. They need to know that we appreciate their support. There were

150 members of Congress that officially opposed the tariffs, 20 of them from Illinois. Illinois led the way with the support of our entire Congressional delegation – Colorado was another state that had the complete support of its much smaller delegation. We won’t know the ITC’s reasoning behind the ruling until the final report is released later this month, but I have to believe the support from Congress played a huge role.

Public Notice

ITC Continued from Page 2 What happens next is a little unclear, but we know that tariffs will still be collected until the ITC sends its final report to the Department of Commerce on Sept. 24. At that time, Commerce will instruct Customs to cease the collection of duties. How long it will take for Customs to refund the collected duties to the mills is unclear, and equally unclear is what that means for us. It’s uncertain if there will be any re-




IPA launches Real News campaign

Take a look at your paper’s most recent edition. What do you see? I’m guessing there are stories about: • Events going on in your readership area. • Issues under discussion by the powers that be. • S t o r i e s about the special people who make WENDY up your commuMARTIN nity. Real news. Chair, IPA Board of Real news that Directors readers aren’t likely to find anywhere else, especially with the depth of coverage that we typically provide in our

publications. Somewhere between the news that "newspapers are dead" and that we are the "enemy of the people" we have lost our identity. It’s time to remind our readers old and new, young and old, that we are not a tweet or Facebook post, but their most reliable source about the world they care about. The Illinois Press Association, in collaboration with one of our members, has designed a Real News campaign, unlike any other campaign you’ve received from us before. First of all, there are two ad sizes. We will all go big if we have the space to spare, but if we don’t, there’s a 2 column by 5-inch option most of us can squeeze in. There are three themes: Real People. Real Events. Real Issues.

The ads created with the help of the staff at the Quincy Herald-Whig are modular. You can change the headline; change the photo; change the ad copy; and of course, insert your logo. Web versions are also available. I especially wanted us to be able to change the photos so that we could take photos from our own files that our readers would recognize instantly. That’s an excellent way to boost readership on these ads for maximum effect. We are all unique publications with our own individual philosophies driving us. That’s why it was also important to design these so that publishers and editors can insert their own words, if they choose. We also have a sample editorial (read on facing page) and sample news story to inspire further con-

versation, if you are so inclined. The ads and editorial content can be downloaded from the Illinois Press Association website at aspx. Unlike Sunshine Week and National Newspaper Week, this campaign is designed to be long running. It is time for us to beat the drum and repeat as often as necessary to remind our readers we are their most comprehensive, reliable and trusted news source. I hope you will take advantage of this campaign to help promote the value of newspapers in general and your newspaper in particular. Please take a look at the ads and let us know what you think. You can email me at or Sam Fisher at



We act as the public’s eyes and ears

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News organizations across the country, large and small, rural and metropolitan, are under attack. A sharp political divide along ideological lines on the national stage is fostering a troubling environment where the legitimacy of many news stories is routinely being questioned and journalists, in turn, have been labeled as enemy of the people. It is a mistake to paint any institution with such broad, unflattering brush strokes. To the contrary, far from the glare of the bright lights of Washington, D.C., local newspapers like The Herald-Whig remain a vital — and, we trust, respected — part of the communities they serve. While we report on national and regional issues that affect the lives of our readers, local newspapers primarily fo-

cus on providing exclusive content not offered anywhere else. From birth announcements to death notices, we chronicle high school and college achievements, weddings and anniversaries, and personal and professional accomplishments of those living among us. We introduce you to new businesses and to people with interesting stories to tell. We provide information on fairs and festivals, theater productions and athletic events. We celebrate successes and share in failures. Local newspapers help frame conversation, serve as the public record and write about everyday life in your hometown. We help build awareness of significant issues, present facts to allow you to form your own opinions, foster community involvement, and act as a champion for individuals and causes. Moreover, local newspapers play an important watchdog role. We act as the public’s eyes and ears, holding public officials accountable to ensure that their actions serve the best interests of their

constituents. Most important, rather than merely placing blame, we are prepared to offer solutions when problems arise. Not all news is happy news, of course, but it is our job to report the bad with the good so you know what is happening in your community. And when catastrophes occur — the historic Mississippi River floods, the paralyzing blizzard in 2011, the devastating windstorm in 2015, to name but a few— we are there to tell readers what is happening, provide vital information and convey the human spirit of neighbor helping neighbor in a time of need. This has been our mission for nearly two centuries. The Herald-Whig’s roots date to 1835, the year renowned author Mark Twain was born and five years before Quincy was incorporated as a city. Notably, in the years and decades since, we have documented the growth of a city and region, the uniqueness of its people, the ups and downs, the triumphs and tragedies — all in an effort to continue to provide a written history

that cannot be found anywhere else. In a report to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders in 2013, Warren Buffett wrote: “If you want to know what’s going on in your town — whether the news is about the mayor or taxes or high school football — there’s no substitute for a local newspaper that is doing its job.” Enemy of the people? Hardly. Those who produce a local newspaper like The Herald-Whig are your friends and neighbors. We worship in the same churches, shop at the same grocery stores, send our kids to the same schools and share the same concerns that everyday life brings. We are, and will continue to be, as much a part of the community as those we strive daily to inform. While we make mistakes, as all human beings do, we do our best to correct them because our goal is to remain your trusted and respected news source. The Herald-Whig has a long history of supporting the people of West-Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri. Please continue supporting us.

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Rogers joins IPA staff as Sisti's tablecloth awarded Foundation director Grand Champion

On Aug. 27, IPA President & CEO Sam Fisher announced that Jeff Rogers has been named director of the Illinois Press Foundation. Rogers comes to the Foundation from Sauk Rogers Valley Media, where he was editor. He has over 30 years of

newsroom experience at both dailies and weeklies, and will begin his new role Oct. 1. He will work closely with the Foundation board on its many initiatives and will oversee the launch of the Foundation’s newest initiative – the Illinois Capitol News Bureau. Rogers and his wife, Sarah, will be relocating to Springfield this fall.

Martin appoints Bauer to IPA Board of Directors

IPA Board of Directors Chair Wendy Martin announced the appointment of David C.L. Bauer to the IPA Board of Directors. Bauer has been publisher of the Journal-Courier in Jacksonville since February 2016. Prior to being named publisher, he was editor since May 2009. He has retained Bauer the editor role. He joined the staff after eight years as an assistant metro editor for the Times-Union in Jacksonville, Florida. The Cincinnati native is a graduate of Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky. He has worked as an editor and managing editor for

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newspapers in Ohio and Kentucky. He is a former adjunct instructor of journalism at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and has worked at several radio stations in Ohio as both a news director and a disc jockey. He has won a number of awards for his reporting and editing, including a national Southern Newspaper Publishers Association award for investigative reporting as part of a team of reporters. He is a graduate of the Bowling Green (Ky.) Citizens Police Academy and of the FBI Citizens Academy, is a Kentucky Colonel and is among those listed on the Wall of Tolerance at the Civil Rights Memorial Center. He and his wife, Angela, live in Jacksonville with their two children.

IPA clip department supervisor Lisa Sisti annually competes at the Illinois State Fair in August. This year she took home eight awards for her textiles. Awards include: • 1st Place – Knitted garment (other than sweater) • 1st Place – Weaving, hooking and tatting: any tatted item • 1st Place – Weaving, hooking and tatting: item edged in tatted lace • 1st Place & Grand Champion – Best knitted or crocheted miscellaneous item (tablecloth pictured above) • 2nd Place – Holiday craft tree ornament or topper • 2nd Place – Knitted or crocheted items: doily under 17" • 3rd Place – Knitted garment (other than sweater) Sisti has been knitting for 50 years and tatting for 35 years.




How a culture of listening strengthens reporting and relationships Editor's Note: This article is reprinted with permission from the American Press Institute By Cole Goins American Press Institute When Journal Star Executive Editor Dennis Anderson created a reader advisory board with residents of Peoria’s predominately AfricanAmerican South Side in 2014, he knew the paper had some work to do. Regard for the Journal Star wasn’t particularly high among these residents of the central Illinois town; some said that the only time they saw a reporter show up was to cover crime or local charity efforts. And the neighborhood faces dramatic inequality, with higher rates of poverty than the rest of Peoria, which is more white and affluent. So Anderson and his staff started listening. Taking the lead and acting like a beat reporter, Anderson talked with people across the South Side, asking each to recommend five more people he should connect with. He formed an advisory board of representatives from the community, who began contributing their perspectives and ideas for the Journal Star’s coverage. The Journal Star also began hosting monthly meetings throughout the neighborhood, welcoming locals to come and share their ideas and insights for stories that the newspaper should tell about their community. Fast forward to 2018. Anderson says he now gets regular calls from people in the neighborhood who never would have dialed up the newspaper before, sharing tips and feedback on the newspaper’s coverage. His newsroom still hosts monthly meetings on the South Side, and sends an email to about 150 people in the neighborhood twice a month to up-

date them on stories and remind them about the gatherings. “We have gone from a neighborhood that didn’t trust us or think the newspaper cared about them to a very engaged group that keeps coming back, offers story ideas and has become fans of the Journal Star,” Anderson said. News organizations large and small are sharing similar stories demonstrating the power of listening: The Ohio County Monitor in Kentucky launched a listening campaign at gathering spots in its rural community, as well as a “Community Contributors” initiative; dozens of newsrooms in Ohio are teaming up to explore the opioid crisis and the state’s economy with guidance from people across the state; and ProPublica report-

cently convened a group of these community-minded journalists, editors and nonprofit leaders who are pioneering strategies to use deep listening and dialogue. Our goal for this gathering, held at The Tennessean in Nashville, was to tap the collective expertise of these innovators and discuss how journalists and supporting organizations can promote a greater culture of listening in newsrooms. We identified practical opportunities for journalists to build trust, form new relationships, spark impact with their reporting and leverage these approaches for their own sustainability. This report recaps lessons we learned.

What do we mean by a ‘culture of listening’? Journalists listen all the time; it’s a core

When newsrooms start valuing relationships with their communities over the quantity of content they produce, it shapes journalism for the better. ers are getting stories and feedback from hundreds of women to inform their Lost Mothers series. Across the country, journalists are using deep and focused listening to build relationships with and between communities that had either lost trust in their reporting, or never had it to begin with. The American Press Institute re-

part of the job. They regularly listen through interviews with sources — from experts to officials to community members — to get the facts and tell a balanced, accurate story. But the listening-oriented practices we’re talking about are different from what journalists normally do. When API says “listening,” we mean the process of seeking out

the information needs, feedback and perspectives of the people in our areas of coverage. In particular, this emphasis on listening is meant to expand our attention to people and Anderson communities who feel alienated or have traditionally been marginalized by news coverage. This approach is about treating citizens as “constituents, not consumers,” as summit participant Fiona Morgan of Branchhead Consulting has framed it. She has written about the idea in her work with News Voices, an initiative by Free Press to help communities have a stronger voice in local journalism. One of the primary themes that drove our discussions in Nashville was prioritizing deep, mutually beneficial relationships with the public over creating content for our respective publications and broadcasts. An emphasis on listening can help newsrooms understand the information needs of people across their coverage areas first, and then orient their reporting with the goals and interests of these communities in mind. By promoting a “culture of listening” in the news industry, we want to help more newsrooms thread these relationship-centric practices into the fabric of their organizations. While community engagement is often viewed as an extra practice that journalists have to make time for, our goal is to demonstrate how newsrooms can make it a core part of their jobs and their business.

What newsrooms gain from an emphasis on listening When newsrooms start valuing

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Common Traits

What do successful newspapers have in common?

I really didn’t expect to do much traveling this summer but plans don’t always work out as expected and that certainly has been the case for me. The truth is I really love working with newspapers and when I get a call from a paper within a few hours asking for help it’s hard for me to say “no.” Thus was the case when I left my lonely writer’s nook and made the 70-mile drive to Cleveland, Tennessee five days ago. The assignment was simple: The daily newspaper KEVIN SLIMP in Cleveland was upgrading all its Director, Institute of Newspaper Technology hardware, software and editorial systems for shiny new, albeit unfamiliar, toys. My two-day charge turned into a three-day mission when I was asked to return on Monday to help oversee the first day producing a paper with the new system. Fortunately, I wasn’t on my own. Don Foy, technology specialist at Walls Newspapers, was on hand to make sure the paper went out as close to deadline as possible. In two of my previous columns, I’ve mentioned other newspapers I’ve visited recently, and I can’t help but notice a trend. Every paper I’ve visited over the past few months seems to be doing well. It’s not because of me. They were all doing well before I came along. Some of these papers were weeklies, some dailies, and a couple of others were somewhere in-between. I took a few extra days to write this column because I wanted to finish the job in Cleveland and share some observations I’ve gleaned during my recent newspaper visits.

The $64,000 question is this: Why are some papers successful, while others seem destined for eventual failure? Why are some papers profitable, with healthy readership and growing ad revenue, while others seem to base their future revenue on reduced expenses and personnel reductions? I’ve made the decision to focus on the positive today. The following are some of the common practices I’ve noticed during my recent visits to successful newspaper operations: 1. Successful newspapers have publishers who are engaged. Someone asked me last week what a newspaper publisher does. My answer was simple, “Anything from nothing to everything.” Two months ago, I received a message from a young, new publisher. Her question, “What does a publisher actually do?” made me chuckle. I jokingly answered, “Work on your golf game.” True enough, I’ve seen more than my share of publishers who seem to spend more time away from their newspapers than on-site. Not lately, though. In my recent trips, I’ve found publishers who are engaged with their staffs, working side-by-side with their writers, editors, ad reps and production staffs to improve every aspect of their newspapers. 2. Successful newspapers have staffs that are happy. In every paper I’ve visited over the past few months, it was obvious the staffs loved their work. In Cleveland, I listened as staff members cheerfully explained how much they appreciate working at the newspaper. Some had worked at other papers who weren’t as appreciative of their efforts. It’s been my experience that happy workers are harder workers. Let’s face it, I put in long hours because I love what I do. You may do the same, or you may do as little as possible because you hate your job. Successful newspapers

have staffs who are happy. 3. Successful newspapers plan for growth. None of the papers I’ve visited this year have been cutting staff, reducing print cycles or moaning about impending death. They expect to be healthy because they are used to being healthy, and plan accordingly. 4. Successful newspapers don’t believe all the hype. When I visit dying papers (whether they realize they are dying or not), there always seems to be a lot of talk about what others are saying about the eventual death of newspapers. They’ve read it all, from metro CEOs to digital experts, concerning the death of print. Maybe successful papers are just too ignorant to know better, but they don’t believe they are dying and they act as if they are going to be around for a long time. As a young college student, I remember studying a popular theory in sociology called “the looking glass-self

theory.” Basically, the theory states that people become what they think they will become. Therefore, happiness and success are largely based on the perceptions we have about ourselves. I was recently “cornered” at a newspaper convention by a group of managers from a national newspaper group. Their basic premise was, “You have no idea what you’re talking about. Print is dead. Newspapers are dying.” As I walked away from the group, I was convinced their papers will achieve just what they are predicting, and from what I see, that is the case. Successful newspapers believe they are, and will continue to be, successful. They don’t believe all the hype. I know that some will read this column and say, “What an idiot. He’s dreaming.” That’s their prerogative. I’ve been hearing that for at least 10 years. But I’ll leave you with this. I’ve visit-

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Increase total dollars with multi-week sections

There was a time when almost every newspaper in America published some kind of an annual Progress Edition. But doing so could be more trouble than it was worth. The newspaper’s regular weekly content often suffered while the editorial and sales staff spent most of their work hours preparing and selling the progress edition. Even worse, PETER many smaller WAGNER communities found themselves Iowa Information Inc. with little real community progress to report. At The N’West Iowa REVIEW, we’ve overcome those time, workload and lack of progress issues by replacing the traditional once-a-year progress section with numerous multi-week themed sections highlighting various common changes taking place in area communities. These smaller feature sections, which are much easier to do while maintaining our traditional regular editorial pages, produce as many or more dollars than the once-a-year section.

The “changes” series usually kicks off sometime in April and continues through late October. Most of the sections are produced every week. Occasionally, because of other special section commitments, we’ll skip one or even two weeks. The titles of the sections change annually. One year the theme was “A Day in the Life of (town).” Another year the working title was “All-American City.” That year we included stories about famous secular and religious leaders born in the community and locally produced products with world-distribution among other things. This year the “changes” program is built around the theme “Growing Community in a Changing World.” The title was selected, in part, because of our strong belief all communities need a newspaper to maintain their sense of consensus. The theme of the stories, however, centers on how technology is not only changing but also improving the community featured. Here is a breakdown of some of the stories printed in the September 1, 2018, section on Rock Valley, Iowa: • Hegg Health Center adds digital mobile radiology machines. • New local consulting business provides community internet technical



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ed a lot of newspapers, probably thousands, over 25 years. And it only takes a few minutes after entering a newspaper office to get a good idea of what the future holds for that paper. I’m sincerely thankful these papers asked me to visit them this summer. This writer’s nook can get a little lonely sometimes.

their relationships with the communities they serve over the quantity of content they can produce, it shapes journalism for the better. And that focus on relationships is helping newsrooms have an impact and develop new opportunities for revenue and sustainability. Earlier this year, API published four essays detailing examples of how listening can help newsrooms connect with audiences they don’t have, produced a report about how empathy can help newsrooms cover neglected communities, and hosted a Thought Leader Summit on news-

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support. • City of Rock Valley looks at developing ways to get information out quickly to residents. The city administrator was quoted in that section as saying “We know we can depend on the paper to promote more organized events, but social media is a good way to get a breaking message out. Social media covers a lot of different formats that can be helpful to the public.” • And a non-technical piece about a new local restaurant that recently opened serving wonderful, unique pizzas and more. Fifteen four to five Accent road pages @ 2,728 (average) each = $40,920. Peter W. Wagner is founder and publisher of the award winning N'West Iowa REVIEW and 13 additional publications. You can receive his free monthly GET REAL newsletter, written exclusively for State Press Associations, by contacting your association manager. To get his free PAPER DOLLARS email newsletter for publishers, editors and sales managers email him at pww@iowainformation. com. The two monthly email newsletters contain information completely different than the monthly Publisher's Auxiliary column and are avail-

room strategies to grow revenue from readers. Our summit in Nashville built on that foundation and explored how an emphasis on listening can help your newsroom forge new connections, get guidance on stories, and understand how people may feel misrepresented by your coverage. Over time, supporting a culture of listening in your newsroom can help you form mutually beneficial relationships with people in the communities you serve and carve pathways for more human-centered reporting and support in the process.

able without charge or obligation. Wagner can be contacted by emailing or calling his cell at 712-348-3550.

However, listening alone is not enough. Newsrooms must demonstrate how what they hear changes their behavior, guides their coverage in responsive ways and opens up new routines that can make journalism more inclusive, participatory and, ideally, sustainable. This report draws from ideas that emerged at our summit to provide a roadmap of how journalists can better use listening practices to strengthen their reporting and develop stronger, more valuable connections to the public.




One way to handle advertisers who resist change Colleen is a veteran ad manager who has worked with just about every type of advertiser. “One of the most challenging prospects was a second-generation owner of a building supply company,” she told me. “He had a loyal base of longtime customers, but his market share was declining. “Every advertiser wants to attract new customers,” she said, “but his case was more complicated. Although they had state - of-t he -ar t products and services, the company’s public persona was stuck in the past. His logo and ad layouts JOHN FOUST looked ancient, and the copy was Raleigh, N.C. stilted. He adamantly resisted changes and told us, ‘My father started this company and he had special ad formats. If those things were good enough for him, they are good enough for me.’” Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar and others have told the story of the bride who suggested cutting off the ends of a ham before putting it in the oven. When her husband asked why, she said her mother did it that way. Being a curious sort, he called his motherin-law, who told him that her mother did it that way. Then he called grandma, who explained that she cut off the ends so it would fit into her small oven. The original reason for cutting the ham had disappeared when the family got larger ovens, but the practice remained. The point: it’s not a good idea to do things a certain way, because they’ve always been done that way. All those years ago, Colleen’s advertiser’s father had sensible reasons for

his advertising approach. But a generation later, those reasons weren’t quite so relevant. “We handled it by putting together a special presentation,” Colleen said. “The first step was to help him understand that it was OK to change. We showed him a few examples of wellknown brands that have updated their advertising. To make it as objective as possible, we used one old ad and one new ad from industries that weren’t related to his business – automotive, electronics and a department store. The ads were easy to find online. “We told him, ‘When your father started this business, he must have shown a lot of creativity in adapting to the marketplace. That’s why the business grew so much over the years. I think he would have continued that approach today.’ Then we got his permission to put together some ideas – with the promise that the ads would honor his company’s history. “He agreed on a new logo and updated ad designs. And we ended up with a campaign with a ‘what has and hasn’t changed’ theme. One ad featured sideby-side photographs of the original and current stores. One had photos of their old and new delivery trucks. And one ad featured a picture of father and son at work. Of course, the ‘what hasn’t changed’ element was their commitment to customer service.” Colleen’s advertiser was happy with the results. “He liked the ads,” she said. “And they worked.” © Copyright 2018 by John Foust. All rights reserved. John Foust has conducted training programs for thousands of newspaper advertising professionals. Many ad departments are using his training videos to save time and get quick results from in-house training. E-mail for information: john@johnfoust.




Shed light on the epidemic of suicides High-profile deaths always grab headlines. Suicides especially draw attention as witnessed by the deaths of renowned fashion designer Kate Spade and chef Anthony Bourdain. The news was carried in big and small newspapers alike. Yet, when suicide strikes in our own communities, many newspapers ignore the news. It’s time that all newsrooms have a thoughtful conversation on how to report suicide JIM PUMARLO in a sensitive and forthright manRed Wing, Minn. ner. Even newspapers that reject the idea of reporting suicides accept that some circumstances demand an exception. Many newspapers adopt a policy to report suicides only if they involve public officials or if they occur in public settings. The rising incidence of suicides, unfortunately, demands a broader approach. Suicide is in no uncertain terms an epidemic. A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that suicide rates have increased in all but one state during the past two decades with half of the states showing increases of more than 30 percent. Nearly 45,000 Americans age 10 or older died by suicide in 2016 – more than twice the number of homicides – making it the 10th-leading cause of death and one of three that is increasing. Among people ages 15 to 34, suicide was the second-leading cause of death in 2016. The rise in suicides in the U.S. crosses lines of age, gender, race and ethnicity. There is no single approach, no right or wrong way to report suicides. Here are some things to consider when establishing guidelines: • When do suicides warrant frontpage coverage?

• How much detail should be included? Should the cause of death be identified? • Should suicide ever be reported as the cause of death in an obituary versus in a separate story? • What steps can be taken to ensure timely reporting? • Should certain words or phrases be avoided in the reports?

teams. Ask to speak at a meeting of grief support groups. Many communities have formal grief response teams that go into schools when a classmate has died. Connect with them, too. And don’t forget that your co-workers may be among the best resources. They and their families are community members, too. Newsrooms often become preoccu-

matter how well intentioned, will put a family back in the spotlight. Responsive and responsible newspapers can do a great deal to help communities work through tragedies, but coverage must be done with sensitivity. Don’t automatically reject the idea of approaching families of the deceased. During my tenure at Red Wing, we connected with one family whose son took his life four years after losing his brother in a car accident, never recovering from his loss. It resulted in a front-page story and a remarkable series of events that resulted in the insertion of curriculum in eighth-grade health class addressing depression and the signs of suicide. The sensitivity of suicide almost makes the subject taboo in general conversation, and it brings a feeling of guilt or embarrassment to mention in an obituary. That is unfortunate, because suicide truly is an epidemic as the statistics underscore. A first step to addressing suicide is to acknowledge and talk about suicide in our communities. Newspapers are in the perfect position to start and guide that conversation. Suicides are the kind of news that should be reported if community newspapers truly are to be the recorder of local events – a living history of our home towns. They are necessary if community newspapers are to remain relevant and represent themselves as the source of local information.

• Should suicide reports be accompanied with hotlines where others can turn for help? As with the development of any news policy, it’s important to broaden the conversation beyond the newsroom. Identify and talk with those individuals who may have valuable perspectives. Health care professionals should be near the top of your list. Talk as well with school counselors, mental health advocates, clergy, law enforcement personnel and medical response

pied with reporting a news event, then fall short on attention to follow-up stories. Suicides can present an excellent opportunity for stories that address the causes of suicide, namely depression. These can be worthwhile and educational stories. But newspapers must consider the impact on victims’ families and friends. No matter how the stories are pursued and presented, personal tragedy is the springboard for the coverage. Follow-up stories, no

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Prairie Shopper merged with Stark County News The Prairie Shopper and The Stark County News were combined into a single, larger, free newspaper/ shopper — The Prairie News — effective Aug. 24. The Prairie News will go into 7,000 household mailboxes, free and guaranteed each week, from Princeville through Stark County and up to Bishop Hill. The Prairie News will have more pages than either previous publication. Features, social news and sports that used to appear in The Stark County News will now reach six times more households via The Prairie News. The Prairie News will be mailed free to all households that receive the Prairie Shopper at present, as well as to the hundreds of subscribers to The Stark County News who live outside the area. The Prairie News will be in mailboxes each Friday. According to Stark County Com-

munications President Rich St. John, "The concept of a combined free newspaper and shopper is based upon the highly successful model of The Weekly Post, published in Elmwood. In just five years, The Weekly Post has grown from 12 to 24 pages and has been very well received by both readers and advertisers." St. John stated that he is in talks with Jeff Lampe, owner of The Weekly Post, to offer advertisers the opportunity to place one advertisement and have it appear in both publications, reaching more than 16,000 households from Kewanee to Galesburg to Peoria. The Stark County News began publication in 1856. The paper ceased publication in the 1980s and was restarted by Jim Nowlan and Stark County Communications in 2002. The company bought the Prairie Shopper from Lowell (Bud) and Becky McKirgan in April of 2012.

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Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser walks away after changing the highway department's marquee Aug. 17. Although a message decrying the Northwest Herald posted on the Algonquin Township Highway Department marquee was removed over the August weekend, Supervisor Charles Lutzow said he received feedback the following Monday from annoyed area residents. "People didn't think it was proper use," Lutzow said. "Some people are defining it as political speech, and they don't think it's a good use of taxpayer dollars." On the afternoon of Friday, Aug. 17, Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser used the department's marquee at 3702 Route 14 to share a message assailing the Northwest Herald: "THE NORTHWORST HERALD IS FAKE NEWS," the sign read. "I put it on there because you're fake news," Gasser told a Northwest Herald reporter who tracked him down. "I just don't want to talk to fake news." A lawyer who co-wrote the handbook for township officials in Illinois said the statement was improp-

er use of government property. "That appears to me to be political speech," said Keri-Lyn Krafthefer, an Ancel Glink attorney who co-authored the "Township Officials of Illinois Laws and Duties Handbook." The message was removed Saturday after local elected officials and area residents criticized Gasser's move. "Nothing surprises me anymore," Lutzow said, adding that he spoke with Gasser after the message was posted but wouldn't disclose what was said. Lutzow, who's "been in politics since I was thin and had hair," said he's never seen anything like this. Lutzow said he respects the newspaper and doesn't believe it's "fake news." "[The reporter] doesn't always put what I want in there, but that's fair," he said. "I respect the rights of the [media]." Still, the incident sparked headlines in Chicago and the nation's capital. Gasser could not be reached for comment.





State takes over drone regulation New law wipes out local ordinances Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a law that puts the state in charge of regulating drones, overriding municipal regulations in towns that had them. Rauner signed Senate Bill 3291 Aug. 10, making the state the regulator of drones, also known as unmanned aircraft. The law, effective immediately, says "the regulation of an unmanned aircraft system is an exclusive power and function of the state. "No unit of local government, including home rule unit, may enact an ordinance or resolution to regulate unmanned aircraft systems," the law states. The measure carves out Chicago, preserving local authority in the state's most populous city. Drone enthusiast Zach Carlson, who manages Falcon Hobby Supply in Springfield, said the real regulation comes from the federal government when it concerns airspace. "When we have all these other governments putting regulations on top of that, they're actually violat-

ing the federal laws that are put in place," Carlson said. The state measure says the Illinois Department of Transportation can adopt rules it finds appropriate to address the safe and legal operation of unmanned aircraft systems "so that those engaged in the operation of unmanned aircraft systems may so engage with the least possible restriction, consistent with their safety and with the safety and the rights of others, and in compliance with federal rules and regulations." Federal law differs for commercial drone pilots and hobbyists. Details on federal regulations can be found at "No final decisions have been made, but the department intends to start the rules-making process shortly, likely seeking various stakeholder input as appropriate," IDOT spokesman Guy Tridgell said in an email statement. "The department believes this new law will help create a consistent oversight framework throughout the state and elim-

Blue Mound Leader under new ownership Pana News Group, owners of the Pana News-Palladium, the Nokomis Free Press-Progress and the Assumption-based Golden Prairie News, has purchased the Blue Mound Leader from longtime Publisher Cindy Ervin. "Pana News Group is honored to bring Blue Mound Leader into our family of central Illinois publications," said Stefanie Anderson, general manager of the news group. "We will strive to carry on Cindy's legacy of serving the communities of Blue Mound and the surrounding area with news of local happenings." Pana News Group, and its sister newspaper group, Gold Nugget Me-

dia, were acquired during the last two years by Paddock Publications, which has been publishing local newspapers in the Chicago suburbs since 1872. It remains in the Paddock family today. Ervin has been looking to retire after having published the Blue Mound Leader for 32 years. "I am overjoyed and anxious to see what lies ahead for the Leader. I know Paddock Publications will bring continued enjoyment for our community. I wish Paddock Publications the best of luck and continued success!" The first Leader under new ownership rolled off the press in Virden in time for delivery Sept. 12.

inate the potential for a patchwork of varying local restrictions and ordinances on drone use." "Drone technology is innovative and a growing part of today's economy," Illinois Manufacturers' Association Vice President Mark Denzler said in a statement. "The IMA is pleased that Gov. Rauner and lawmakers enacted legislation preventing overregulation of this growing high-tech sector. "While federal regulations govern the use of drones for both commercial and personal use, individual states have the ability to impose

some additional requirements such as bans on f lying over certain types of facilities or recording and surveillance," Denzler said. Illinois lawmakers have so far failed to pass a measure regulating police using drones for surveillance of large crowds. Other ideas including banning police from attaching facial recognition software and weapons to drones also has stalled. "With the signing of SB 3291, regulations will be done at the state level as opposed to a patchwork of local regulations that is currently found across Illinois," Denzler said.

Two weekly newspapers finish their last route Two News-Gazette Media weekly newspapers shut down at the end of August due to declining revenue and increased costs. The St. Joseph Leader and The County Star in southern Champaign County published their last issues Aug. 30. Publisher John Reed said continuing production of the papers wouldn't

be profitable, citing declining advertising and subscription revenue and increased delivery costs. News-Gazette Media will continue to operate its other weekly editions, including the Mahomet Citizen, Piatt County Journal-Republican (Monticello), Ford County Record (Paxton), Rantoul Press and The Independent News in Vermilion County.

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News-Democrat documentary nominated for Mid-America Emmy A Belleville News-Democrat documentary titled "Then I Knew" was nominated Aug. 16 for a Mid-America Emmy in the short format program category. This is the first Emmy nomination the newsroom has received in its 160-year history. "Then I Knew" was produced by BND reporter Cara Anthony and former BND photojournalist Julian Lim. The online series tackles the issues of race and identity by asking African-Americans about the first time they realized that the color of their skin could affect the way they are treated by others. "‘Then I Knew’ was born out of the need for a long-form story about the state of black America," Anthony said in July. "Daily stories about tragedy and triumph in my community only share a very small part of the big picture. 'Then I Knew' explores the silence between joy and pain. It's about everyday life as a black American." On Aug. 16, Lim said he was proud of the work he and Anthony had done. "The nomination proves that we're doing what we're supposed to do, which is shed more light on this subject," he said. "This particular piece takes a more subtle approach than what most people see on TV, or read or hear on the news." The Emmy nomination comes after "Then I Knew" won the top award in the audio/visual category at the second annual Excellence in Poverty Journalism Awards sponsored by St. Louis-based ArchCity Defenders. The award recognizes journalists for in-depth reporting on poverty, race and class. It beat out entries in that category from other St. Louis media. Emmy winners will be announced Sept. 22 at the Mid-America Emmy Gala in Kansas City.



Northwest suburban leaders share how media can help to bridge the racial divide News media can play a meaningful role in closing a widening racial divide in suburban life, participants at a Sept. 6 forum said, and here's how: • By publishing more positive stories about minority groups. • By hiring more minorities for their newsrooms. • By encouraging election of qualified minority candidates for local school and municipal offices. About 80 civic leaders and residents of the Northwest suburbs discussed the impact of media coverage of minorities at a program titled "Narrowing the Black/White Divide" hosted by the Daily Herald in partnership with the civic group Bridge the Black/ White Divide. Participants met in small groups to discuss specific questions about news coverage of minorities. Some speakers noted that media outlets could better understand and provide a more nuanced portrayal of people from minority communities if newsrooms had more reporters and editors of color. Others said news media could improve the public's understanding of diverse cultures and religions by covering more festivals and events hosted by minority communities. In introductory remarks, the Rev. Clyde Brooks, chair of the Illinois Commission on Diversity and Human Relations (ICDHR), told the gathering that diversity among civic and government leaders and in public sector jobs has gotten worse in the Northwest suburbs in the years since a 2005 study first examined the subject. "In 2005, there were more African-Americans on police departments than today," Brooks said, and he noted that as some corporations have moved their headquarters to the city, more white people are returning to Chicago neighborhoods, while the suburbs continue to diversify. "Things are changing and the com-

munities in the Northwest area today are not the communities of tomorrow," he said. "We need to be very much aware of what is going on ... who we elect to office." Brooks said a more recent study by ICDHR into the suburban racial divide emphasized that racism is not always overt, can be implicit as well as deliberate and often stems from "exclusion" or the failure of communities and agencies to actively recruit and hire minorities. Participants said the media could help combat racism by publishing editorials supporting candidates running for office who value inclusiveness and diversity, by reaching out to minorities to include their perspectives and by better representing them in all types of stories. "Semantics matter with media," said Heidi Graham, president of the League of Women Voters serving several Cook County communities. "The language used makes a huge difference in how we read (stories). We as a community also have some culpability here. We have to hold the paper accountable." Daily Herald Editor John Lampinen agreed the newspaper must do more to connect with minority communities and depict their full experience in the suburbs. "We are not in touch with the minority communities in the suburbs as much as we'd like," Lampinen said. "The paper is not resonating in minority communities as much as it should." Participants in the sessions called for building mutual understanding and respect among diverse groups. The ICDHR spearheaded the forum as part of a series of workshops to promote conversations about race. Previous workshops have focused on schools, religious bodies, police departments and local government. More than 1,000 residents and leaders have participated, Brooks said.

Nightlife absorbed by Carbondale Times After nearly 30 years as the city's leading entertainment guide, a big change went into effect for Carbondale's Nightlife. The paper announced it is "getting even better next week" in the July 20 edition of the Carbondale Times. The Carbondale Times absorbed the stalwart entertainment alt-weekly as part of the Times' weekly publication. The article also announced the paper’s shift in publication day to Fridays. "The Times is being reinvigorated as a complete package that will add Nightlife entertainment and the Weekend Times," the article said. The Times was sold by Thomas Publishing to Southern Illinois LOCAL Media Group, a part of Paddock Publications, in April 2017. Since August 2017, Nightlife has had three editors.

ESL Monitor for sale The East St. Louis Monitor has served as a portal to report the news and be a valued community source for 45 years. The owners announced Aug. 9 that it has come time “to pass those reins of responsibility to someone else by formally and publicly putting the paper on the market.” The newspaper is a member of the Illinois Press Association, National Newspapers Association and the National Newspaper Publishers Association. The paper has a circulation of 6,250. Layout is created in house with Adobe InDesign and then printed off-site by Missourian Publishing. The selling price, which will only be discussed with serious buyers, includes the building and all information related to the business. Serious buyers may call 618-271-0468.




Hancock County Journal-Pilot launches 22nd year of Newspapers in Education program For the 22nd year, the Hancock County Journal-Pilot is offering the Newspapers in Education program to county schools. The program costs schools nothing. Sponsors pay for bundles of newspapers that are delivered to classrooms each week, as they are requested by the teachers. The program started Sept. 12, and runs for 30 weeks through the end of April. Andrew Orton, who teaches seventh and eighth grade at Hamilton Junior-Senior High School, said "We have a weekly assignment where students write a summary about a current event with their opinions on the issue. Then we discuss the issues on Fridays. I allow students to use online accredited sources, but am going to provide them these newspapers as a written source." Karen Nolte teaches third grade at Nauvoo Colusa Elementary School. She has used NIE in her classroom for about 10 years. "Most often I have students look for what we are learning in grammar. Find 10 nouns, verbs, proper nouns, adjectives, things like that," Nolte said. "I like free materials for the classroom, but also that the materials are about real things going on in their communities." This is the first year for Lori Peuster, who teaches kindergarten at Carthage Primary School. "I read some things about using newspapers to find letters or numbers," she said. "We will look for our high frequency words, cut out pictures that go with letters. We are very excited about this." Some teachers use the grocery ads for a math lesson, pick out adjectives in a sentence or cut out words that describe themselves to make a poster. Other teachers use the Journal-Pilot as a supplement to reading and to help show the difference between fictional

NIE Director LaRae Roth, standing, talks about a newspaper story with students at the Royal Academy, an alternative school in Carthage. Students from left are Hunter Conover of Plymouth, Braden Vass of Carthage and Jamie Macomber of Plymouth. and nonfictional text. The newspapers often go to the classroom library for free reading time. They finish off as a lesson on recycling, or some papers go to the art department. LaRae Roth is a former LaHarpe English teacher who now directs the Royale Academy, an alternative high school on the square in Carthage. "I leave them out for reading before and after school," Roth said. "I like that it is a county paper. These kids come from all over the county. They like to catch up on sports from their home school. "They love to see themselves or people they know in pictures, like at a parade. So much is packed into the newspaper. It is a way of getting kids engaged, a conversation starter." She points out the letters to the editor as a way to express concern if there is a problem, and shows students information about jobs or sales. "I use the newspapers to make the

kids informed about things that happen in the community, kind of let them know what the area has to offer," said Brenda Adkisson, a fifth-grade teacher at Nauvoo-Colusa. "I have also used it to teach kids about looking for a job, researching what that job would average in pay, and then planning a budget. I use NIE for newspaper scavenger hunts." "I like that the students learn about events happening around them," she added. "I think they spend a lot of time on computers and personal devices. They don't necessarily know what's going on at their own back door. The NIE gives them that information." Sponsors can provide newspapers to classrooms in several different ways. Bobbi Cleesen at the Journal-Pilot coordinates sponsors for the program. Each week a thank-you ad runs in the Journal-Pilot, usually on the education page, naming the Newspapers in Education sponsors.


'Case for Christ' wins Best Picture at Christian visual media awards “The Case for Christ” – the 2017 film about Arlington Heights native and former Daily Herald and Chicago Tribune journalist Lee Strobel – has won Best Picture at the International Christian Visual Media Gold Crown Awards. The film, which grossed nearly $15 million at the box office, tells of the one-time atheist's effort to use his investigative skills to disprove Christianity only to become conStrobel vinced of its truth. "The Case for Christ" was adapted from Strobel's book of the same name that has sold more than 5 million copies. The Gold Crown Awards recognize excellence in faith films and are run by International Christian Visual Media, the association for Christian film and television. Focusing on the theme of "Difference," the July 11-14 conference brought top Christian media professionals in communications and the arts to Nashville for four days of networking, training, mutual encouragement and fellowship. The annual conference attracts producers, writers, actors, marketers, social media experts and distributors of Christian and family content for film and television. This year's awards drew in nearly 70 entries in a wide variety of film, video and TV formats.





Weissman named publisher of the Hyde Park Herald The Hyde Park Herald (Chicago) is getting a new publisher. Herald Management Committee Chair Bruce Sagan and current Publisher Susan Walker have turned the reins over to Randall Weissman, a veteran journalist who spent more than 40 years at the Chicago Tribune. “Weissman is eminently qualified to lead the Herald, having served in numerous roles at the Tribune, from reporter to associate managing editor to administration editor. Weissman He left the paper in 2011 during one of the Tribune’s staff reductions,” Walker said. Sagan said that Walker, who has been with the Herald for 24 years, said that she would be retiring within the year. “We decided to find someone as soon as we could allow for a beneficial transition,” Sagan said. Weissman has been teaching at Governors State University in Chicago since his departure from the Tribune. Sagan has been connected to the Herald since 1953, and served as publisher for many years. Walker came to the Herald as advertising director and has served as general manager, vice president and publisher. She plans to continue her newspaper efforts with Cook County Publishers Inc and the Illinois Press Association.

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Five named to Chicago Women's Journalism Hall of Fame Five notable Chicago women including a mother and her daughter have been named the first honorees in the new Chicago Women's Journalism Hall of Fame. All five were inducted Aug. 15 by the Association for Women Journalists Chicago, founder of the online tribute to "individuals who have made outstanding career contributions to Chicago journalism in areas which uplift and support women." The five inaugural inductees are: • Tracy Baim, editor and publisher of Windy City Times, which she co-founded in 1985. Baim also was managing editor of Gay Life Newspaper and executive director of Chicago Gay History Project. • Joy Darrow, writer, teacher, photojournalist, reporter for the Chicago Tribune and managing editor of the Chicago Defender, as well as human rights and racial justice activist. Darrow, who died in 1996, was Tracy Baim's mother. • Ellen Warren, columnist for the Chicago Tribune whose career at three Chicago newspapers stretched from City Hall to the White House and from the presidential campaign trail to the Middle East. • Laura Washington, columnist for the Sun-Times, political analyst for ABC 7, former editor and publisher of the Chicago Reporter and former Ida B. Well Barnett Professor at DePaul University. Washington also served as deputy press secretary to the late Mayor Harold Washington

(no relation). • Ida B. Wells, investigative journalist famed as a civil rights activist, anti-lynching crusader, suffragist and urban reformer. Wells, who died in 1931, recently was memorialized by the Chicago City Council, which voted to rename a portion of Congress Parkway for her. The Chicago Women's Journalism Hall of Fame, billed as an "online museum and monument," was conceived and developed through a crowdfunding initiative. The Hall of Fame also will present a Distinguished Achievement Award to honor journalists who "demonstrate extraordinary work in furthering the recognition of female journalists, shows outstanding skill in a specific project, and is a stellar example of professional integrity within the Chicago journalism community." Amy Guth, president of the Association for Women Journalists Chicago, said in a statement: "In an era when the work done by journalists is more important than ever in our country, and when women are suddenly making space to have public conversations that we've had to have behind closed doors for too long, it's important to recognize and honor the outstanding work women have been doing in the field of journalism all along that has made a significant impact on the industry and the city." The inaugural class of honorees was inducted at the Association for Women Journalists Chicago's annual picnic Aug. 15.

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Anna native joins Vienna Times/Goreville Gazette staff The Vienna Times/Goreville Gazette welcomed a new reporter to its staff mid-August. Jessica Wettig is originally from Anna. Wettig attended high school there and went on to study journalism at Shawnee Community College and Southern Illinois University. Wettig has worked for a variety of newspapers, Wettig including the Murphysboro American, which closed in 2015, and The Marion Daily Republican.

Wilkinson joins Breese staff The Breese Journal & Publishing Company is proud to announce that Melissa Wilkinson of St. Louis has joined their team as a news and features reporter. Wilkinson earned her bachelor's degree from Cornell University and also holds degrees from the Culinary Institute of America and St. Louis Community College— Meramec, where she served as editor-in-chief of The Montage newspaper. She also formerWilkinson ly worked for the Webster-Kirkwood Times in St. Louis. She plans to relocate to the Clinton County area in the near future.





The Paper in Dwight welcomes new editor, Rachael Reynolds-Soucie

Rachael Reynolds-Soucie, an award-winning journalist with more than 22 years of experience, has joined the staff of The Paper (Dwight). Reynolds-Soucie graduated from DePaul University in Chicago with a bachelor's degree in communication and journalism. She was hired within a month at the Daily Journal in Reynolds-Soucie Kankakee. She continued her career there for more than two decades, holding nearly every position in the newsroom. She served as features editor, leading a team of seven full-time writers and winning several national awards; metro editor, charged with putting out the front page of the daily newspaper; and most recently, niche publications editor, in which she oversaw the development of new and award-winning, revenue-generating specialty publications. They included, among many others, YES, a monthly women's publication, and the business/industry-driven THRIVE in conjunction with the Economic Alliance of Kankakee County. "A former colleague knew how dedicated and passionate I was with my work at The Daily Journal and introduced me to the owners of The Paper," Reynolds-Soucie said. "The Paper was looking for a great editor and writer and I was excited to join them." She spent several semesters as an adjunct professor of journalism at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais. She loves teaching the craft of journalism and has mentored many students pursuing a career in journalism. Her creative pursuits are never ending. She enjoys sewing, quilting, gardening, decorating, fine cooking and traveling, all of which led this "Mini Martha" to start her own business. In 2015, she launched a small business named after her daughter, Gracie Pie Apothecary, a goat’s milk-based skin

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Bissell named classified ad manager of Herald-Whig Shelly Bissell has been named classified advertising manager of The Herald-Whig. Herald-Whig Publisher Ron Wallace announced the appointment, effective June 26. As classified advertising manager, Bissell will oversee The Herald-Whig's classified department and ensure that its classified section is the premier place to buy and sell products and services, and announce job openings, leBissell gal information and other community news. Wallace said Bissell will help readers across West-Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri use The Herald-Whig's classified section to its fullest potential. "Shelly has a long career of developing classified sections at newspapers throughout the county," Wallace said. "I'm excited that she has chosen to join us at The Herald-Whig and help us grow." Bissell has worked in newspapers for more than 20 years. Before joining The Herald-Whig, Bissell was a key account representative for Promoversity in Crystal Lake. She also oversaw classified departments for 28 newspapers owned by Shaw Media and managed classified departments for newspapers in Iowa and Kansas.

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Kyle Ellis, 22, of Fairfield, has been hired by the Wayne County Press as the new court reporter. Ellis will succeed Jeff Vaughan who will be moving on to WFIW/WOKZ radio. Ellis is a 2014 graduate of Fairfield Community High School with a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern Indiana in creative writing. Before graduating, Ellis was the assistant editor Ellis of USI's art and literature magazine, FishHook. Ellis began training July 19, shadowing Vaughan for several days. Vaughan ended his duties with the Press July 31.



Lee publisher joins BH Media Group Bechtel named executive VP of newspaper division Julie Bechtel, publisher of The Pantagraph and Central Illinois Group publisher for Lee Enterprises Inc., has been named executive vice president of Berkshire Hathaway's newspaper division, it was announced Aug. 17. She will be moving to the company's corporate headquarters in Omaha after five years in Central Illinois. "I've had such a great experience in these Bechtel communities. It was a hard decision, but it's such a good opportunity," she said. Regional Advertising Director Michelle Pazar has been named interim publisher. In June, Berkshire Hathaway hired Lee to manage its portfolio of 30 newspapers operated through BH Media Group. Properties include the Omaha World-Herald, the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and the Winston-Salem Journal in North Carolina. Bechtel will continue reporting to Kevin Mowbray, president of Davenport, Iowa-based Lee, in her new role. "Like Lee, BH Media properties are leaders in their communities, have large and growing audiences, and are highly innovative in serving readers and advertisers," Bechtel said. "I'm eager to help build on those strengths as we chart a course for long-term success." Said Mowbray: "Julie is a highly experienced executive with a record of producing top-tier results in the markets she has led. I'm confident she'll do the same in her new role. She's a great fit for BH Media Group." Bechtel joined Lee in 1998 as circulation manager of the Lincoln Journal Star and became operations manager in 2000 before being named publisher of the Bismark

Tribune in North Dakota two years later. She became publisher of the QuadCity Times in Davenport, Iowa in 2005, as well as group leader for newspapers in Muscatine, IowaÍž Maysville, KentuckyÍž and Orangeburg, South Carolina. She became publisher and regional executive in Lincoln in 2011. Five years later, she was named Publisher of the Year by the trade magazine Editor & Publisher. As Central Illinois Group publisher, Bechtel oversaw The Pantagraph (Bloomington), Decatur Herald & Review, Journal Gazette & Times-Courier in Mattoon/Charleston and the Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale. She also was on the executive team for Lee that operates 49 properties, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Wisconsin State Journal in Madison and Times of Northwest Indiana in Munster. Other newspapers in the BH Media Group portfolio include Waco Tribune-Herald in Texas, the Press of Atlantic City in Bechtel, New Jersey, and the Tulsa World in Oklahoma. In announcing the five-year management agreement, Warren Buffett, chair and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, in June said the company "can benefit by joining efforts. Lee Enterprises' growth in digital market share and revenue has outpaced the industry." A Marengo, Iowa, native, Bechtel began her career as a customer service representative at the Des Moines Register in 1987. She and her husband, Rick, have two adult sons. "I'm looking forward to this new role and bringing our successes from Lee," Bechtel said. "I also know my colleagues will continue doing great work."

Longtime Pekin Daily Times reporter retires After nearly 30 years as a reporter for the Pekin Daily Times, Sharon Woods Harris retired July 13. Harris began her career with the Pekin Daily Times in 1989 as a parttime newsroom clerk. It did not take long for her to receive her first story assignment. She remembers the resulting article Harris on "Operation Snowball" at East Peoria Community High School with a mixture of amusement and chagrin. Harris worked initially as a correspondent before becoming a full-time reporter in 1996. Beginning with the education beat, Harris has covered every beat on the Pekin Daily Times apart from sports. She particularly enjoyed the education beat because she was consistently amazed by local school district efforts to ensure that students had experiences that would give them direction. She also enjoyed writing features, because they were often good for a laugh and brought in readers. Harris' professional accolades include approximately 35 various journalism awards from the Illinois Press Association and the Associated Press. She was named Feature Writer of the Year in the 2012 Best of GateHouse Media contest, a nationwide competition, and placed third in this year's Best of GateHouse News Writer of the Year competition. Harris is moving to Laramie, Wyoming, where she looks forward to spending time with her daughters and her grandchildren. She will also operate a small business selling doTERRA Essential Oils and plans to work as a correspondent for area newspapers. "The one thing I want to leave to my readers," Harris said, "is this, and I hope they will never forget it: The news you read on the internet doesn't magically appear. Somewhere there is a hardworking journalist like me digging into the facts of the matter to inform you, to make you laugh, make your heart ache for others, and, in tragic times, to help you mourn."


Jamison joins The Source

A Jacksonville native with years of experience in the fields of communication and development has recently joined the staff of The Source newspaper. Kristin Van Aken Jamison will join Kayla Hurt as a sales executive for the weekly publication. Jamison graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa Jamison cum laude from Illinois College with a degree in communication and theater before earning a Master of Arts degree in communication from University of Illinois at Springfield. As a graduate student, she participated in the Graduate Public Service Internship program, interning for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. She also worked for then Illinois state legislator Dan Rutherford as a legislative aide in his Springfield and Pontiac offices. For more than a dozen years, Jamison worked on the development team at her alma mater, honing skills related to communication, marketing and fundraising while overseeing the Illinois College Development Office’s communication with their stewardship of alumni, parents and friends. She and her husband, Adam, opened Jamison’s Future Swings on June 1, and have since welcomed more than 250 baseball and softball athletes to their facility to improve offensive and defensive skills and form travel teams. Active in the Jacksonville community, Jamison is secretary of the Jacksonville Area Conventions & Visitors Bureau, serves on Jacksonville Main Street’s promotion committee and is co-chairing the Passavant Area Hospital Auxiliary Bazaar’s “Friday Night Fling” this November. She is a member of The Art Association of Jacksonville, having co-chaired the 2017 Beaux Arts Ball. The Jacksonville Kiwanis Club recognized Jamison with the A. Wadsworth Applebee Community Service Award, she was named to Jacksonville Journal-Courier’s inaugural class of “20 under Forty,” and the Illinois College Alumni Association recognized her with the Young Alumna Award.



Middendorf named business development manager at Herald-Whig News Media Corp. announces new president, financial officer Joe Quincy Middendorf has been named PRESS PEOPLE

News Media Corp. has hired Nickolas Monico to serve as its new company president, and promoted Trena Thompson to chief financial officer. Monico, who has a long history of multimedia leadership experience, began in his new position on Monday, Aug. 6 at NMC's headquarters in Rochelle. "I've known Nick for many years and I am very pleased to have him Monico join NMC," said John Tompkins, founder and chair of News Media Corp. Monico has an extensive background in media management, working with more than 300 daily, weekly and Thompson shopper publications in 25 states. He has held senior management positions in several organizations, and prior to joining NMC he was chief operations officer of Wick Communications. Monico has also served as vice president of Community Publishing for GateHouse/ New Media. He also served as vice president/ chief operating officer and chief strategic officer of Trib Total Media in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was president of Gannett Media Network of Central Ohio, and was chief operating officer of the Thomson Newspapers Chicago and Kansas City divisions.

"I am excited about the opportunity to work with News Media Corporation," Monico said. "I look forward to meeting the dedicated professionals who work in our media operations, covering important and relevant community news, along with providing print and digital advertising solutions to our advertisers." Monico has also served on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Press Association, Ohio News Media Association and Inland Press Association. He and his wife, Marcia, have two grown children, Benjamin and Cara. Thompson, who is a certified public accountant, has worked in the NMC accounting office for the past 17 years, previously reporting to the chief financial officer. A graduate of Northern Illinois University, Thompson previously worked for Coopers and Lybrand accounting firm before coming to NMC. "Trena Thompson is one of the most remarkable public accountants I've had the pleasure to work with," said Tompkins. Thompson and her husband, Paul, live in Rochelle and have two children, Justin and Kelsey. NMC operates 75 media titles in nine states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Nebraska, Oregon, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wyoming. The company has 10 production facilities and a digital/ website agency.

business development manager of The Herald-Whig. Herald-Whig Publisher Ron Wallace announced the appointment, effective June 26. As business development manager, Middendorf will assist new and existing businesses create and expand their Middendorf marketing strategies. Wallace said Middendorf will help businesses across West-Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri use The Herald-Whig, The Herald-Whig Review, Q Magazine and Hannibal Magazine to grow and develop their brands and customers. "I'm excited that Joe is taking on this role," Wallace said. "Joe has a long history at The Herald-Whig and in Quincy, and his extensive knowledge of ways to meet businesses' needs will serve him well." Middendorf has worked for The Herald-Whig for 23 years in a variety of positions, most recently as classified advertising manager. During his time with the newspaper, he has been active with the Quincy Association of Realtors, the Mark Twain Association of Realtors, the HomeBuilders Association of Quincy and other service organizations. Middendorf lives in Quincy with his wife, Julie, and daughter, Crystal.

Veteran newsman joins Carmi Chronicle

A 10-year news veteran joined the Carmi Chronicle staff on Aug 1. Jeff Skaggs accepted a position with the Chronicle news organization. Skaggs began his news career in high school with the Norris City Banner, writing the NCOE Cardinal Chatter. Skaggs Skaggs moved on to be

the sports director WSEI/EVLN in Olney, where he provided play-by-play action for East Richland High School and Olney Central College. Shortly after his Olney radio stint, Skaggs moved over to the Olney Daily Mail as a sports reporter. In August of 2000, Skaggs was named the assistant director of broadcasting at Wabash Valley College in Mount Carmel, and worked under Jim Cox and

with Kyle Peach. After the WVC position, Skaggs worked in other businesses, including a few years as an assistant coach for SIC's Forensic Falcons. He then became the editor of The Villager's Voice in Norris City in 2012 and then accepted the position of news director for WRUL in March of 2014. He was responsible for daily newscast at WRUL and maintained the company's website and social media accounts.





Len Wells joins the staff of The Navigator As Len Wells joins the Navigator Journal (Albion) and its affiliated publications, he brings 50 years of news gathering and writing experience with him. Wells began his news career with the former Grayville Mercury-Independent Newspaper, learning from newspaper legends Nolan Seil, William S. "Bill" Seil and later, Patrick "Swamp" Seil. Wells On and off, Len worked about nine years for the Mercury-Independent. He also worked for two years at the Mount Carmel Republican Register. He later accepted a position with WFIE TV in Evansville, Indiana.

At WFIE, Wells worked first as a feature reporter and later as farm director and eventually became the NBC affiliate's news director. After a 13-year stint in TV, Wells left broadcasting and worked briefly as a blood donor resources representative for the American Red Cross. Not content to be out of the news business, Wells landed a job at WFIW Radio in Fairfield as the station's news director. Wells produced daily newscasts and later maintained the station's website. Before joining the radio station and during his time at WFIW, Wells also wrote for the Evansville Courier-Press both as a columnist and contributing reporter for Southern Illinois news. During his time at WFIW, Wells

created a popular comedy routine featuring "Murvis and Woody." The show lasted several years and featured a number of characters, including Lester "Road Hog" Moran, LeeRon Sharkskin and "Baby." The cast often flew around in a fictional helicopter named "Red Thunder." The chopper was later grounded after it was taken to Kincaid's Hardware in Fairfield to have its blades sharpened. Wells will be producing a column for the Navigator Journal and its other publications. Wells lives on a farm east of Mill Shoals with his wife Nancy, two dogs, (Yeller and Copper) several cats and nine chickens. (There had been 10 but Yeller ate one.)

Herald & Review's Joel Fletcher joins staff at St. Mary's Hospital Joel Fletcher, general manager and advertising director of the Herald & Review, has been named philanthropy specialist at HSITS St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur. "I've enjoyed my nearly 13 years at the Herald & Review, and it's been a pleasure working with so many talented co-workers and good friends. I'm really looking forward to starting Fletcher my new career with St.

Mary's, and extremely thankful for the opportunity," he said. Fletcher and his wife Stacey moved to Decatur with daughters Amanda and Lindsey in 1987. He was station manager at radio station WDZ, general manager of the Cromwell Radio Group, and vice president/general manager of NextMedia Group, now Neuhoff Media, before coming to the Herald & Review in 2006. "In the seven years I have worked with Joel, I have always been impressed with this professionalism, his

George F. Lamboley III

George F. Lamboley III, 29, of Seneca, died July 21. Lamboley was born on June 11, 1989, in Peru to George F. and Kim (Lipka) Lamboley Jr. He was a graduate of Seneca High School. Lamboley earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from SIU Lamboley in Carbondale and then worked as the editor of the Cairo Citizen. At the time of his death, he was employed by Costco Meat Packing in Morris. Lamboley enjoyed photography and music. He is survived by his parents, George and Kim Lamboley Jr. of SenecaÍž one sister and one brother, and a grandmother. Lamboley was preceded in death by his grandparents.

enthusiasm and his passion for the Herald & Review," said Michelle Pazar, interim publisher. "While he will Carol L. "Smith" Vielhak, 74, be deeply missed at the newspaper, I am so grateful he will be sharing his formerly of Eureka, died July 15 talents with another community cor- at Westfield Nursing Center in Sikeston, Missouri. nerstone." Vielhak was born Fletcher also has been chairman of Nov. 19, 1943, in Blythe Greater Decatur Chamber of Comtheville, Arkansas, to merce and past president of the Baby James Douglas and Talk board of directors. He currently Flossie Lucille (Geserves on the St. Mary's Foundation string) White. On Jan. board. 27, 1995, she married He starts at St. Mary's on Oct. 8. Larry Lee Vielhak in Vielhak Bloomington, and he preceded her in death June 4, 2002. She had sold advertising and rePromote the value of newspapers tired from the Woodford County with IPA’s Real News campaign! Journal in Eureka before moving to Sikeston about 13 years ago. Vielhak is survived by two daughDownload print and web ads, and a sample editorial ters, one sister, four grandchildren and news article at: and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother. Vielhak was a former member of St. Luke's Catholic Church in Eureka.

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Lawren D. Mueller Lawren D. Mueller, 92, of Saint Jacob, died July 14 at Rosewood Care Center in Alton. He was born June 8, 1926, in Highland, the son of William and Sedelia (nee Weder) Mueller. On Aug. 20, 1949, he married Margaret R.E. "Micky" Ratchford in Highland, Mueller and she passed away on Aug. 17, 2006. Mueller was born in Highland on June 8, 1926. Known as Rene as a boy and Larry as an adult, he grew up in Highland and graduated from Highland High School in 1944. Born to be an author, Mueller launched his writing career at the age of 11, publishing a newsletter that featured neighborhood news and national events like the Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling boxing bout. Mueller was a well-known outdoor writer and author of more than a dozen books. As the hunting dog editor for Outdoor Life magazine from 1982 through 2006, he published a monthly dog column and numerous articles on extreme hunting and outdoor adventures. He also wrote articles for the major national outdoor magazines Field & Stream and Sports Afield, and Gun Digest, and for Outdoor Illinois and smaller hunting publications. Mueller and his wife Micky traveled the country, visiting nearly every state to interview experts for his articles. Mueller's most recent books include "Extreme Outdoor Adventures: Who Survives And Why" and "Bear Attacks of the Century," both published by Lyons Press. The latter was featured in an episode of the ABC-TV series "In An Instant" about a man who survived a grizzly bear attack using surviv-

al tips he recalled from Mueller's book. Other publications by Mueller include books on bird dog and retriever training, pet homes, and electrical wiring. His first book, "The Calculating Fisherman," included a unique slide calculator to predict the best fishing conditions based on temperature, barometric pressure, oxygen, weather, light and other variables. His weekly newspaper column "Hunting & Fishing by Larry Mueller" ran in the Highland News Leader and the Belleville News-Democrat for 24 years, beginning in 1958. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Mueller enlisted during World War II just weeks after high school graduation and a day before his 18th birthday. He served as an electrician's mate in the Pacific, with assignments in Sasebo and Nagasaki, Japan, and Leyte in the Philippines. He loved ocean sailing and served two years in the Navy Reserves, spending "vacation" time crossing the Panama Canal. After his Navy service, Mueller earned an associate degree in electronics/ electrical engineering and taught at Rankin Technical College. He owned and operated the TV repair shop TeleTronics in the 1950s and 1960s. Mueller enjoyed studying the history of his 150-year-old home in St. Jacob, and tracing his family ancestry back to Michael Deck (Dyche), who established Deck's Prairie well before settlers came to the Highland area. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, wife and a daughter, Michele M. Mueller, who died Sept. 21, 1969. Surviving are three daughters, a son, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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Mary 'Marge' Brock Well-known Fairfield woman, Mary "Marge" Brock, 91, died July 25 at Wabash Christian Village in Carmi. Brock had worked at the Wayne County Press in Fairfield for over 50 years as the society editor. Brock was born to Earl and Mozella (Venters) Wilson on Nov. 23, 1926, Brock in Fairfield. She married Carlson Brock on Oct. 4, 1953, in Decatur. The couple had two sons, Jerry and Jim. Carlson passed away on Jan. 8, 2011. Brock was a member of the Bethel United Methodist Church. She was known for her quick wit and love for crossword puzzles, writing, and the St. Louis Cardinals. Survivors are two sons, one brother, and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Rev. Donald G. Rudd Rev. Donald G. Rudd died Aug. 14. Rudd was born on Feb. 18, 1930, to Clarence and Sylvia (Termansen) Rudd in St. Charles. He was a 1948 graduate of St. Charles High School. In 1957 he married Eunice Pals. They had three sons. Rudd was a master printer by trade working at The (Aurora) Beacon-News. After changing careers and working Rudd for Service Master, he felt Jesus Christ calling him to the ministry. Rudd enrolled in Rhema Bible College and became an ordained minister. He pastored several area churches, retiring from St. John United Church of Christ in Aurora. Rudd had a special love for his family and loved spending time with them especially during the holidays. He was preceded in death by his parents and only sister. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Eunice, and their three sons.



Robert J. Danzig Robert J. Danzig, who overcame difficult beginnings as a foster child during the Great Depression to become the head of Hearst Newspapers, has died, the company said. He was 85. Danzig led the newspaper division at Hearst from 1977 to 1997, overseeing its growth to become the seventh-largest newspaper company in the U.S., the company said. He died Aug. 8 in Danzig Cape Cod, Massachusetts, after a long illness. Under Danzig's leadership, Hearst acquired the Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News and several community newspapers. It gained a daily circulation of more than 1.3 million and a Sunday circulation of more than 2.5 million, the company said. "Bob Danzig played a pivotal role in the dramatic growth of Hearst's newspaper operations in a career that spanned more than 50 years," Hearst President and CEO Steven R. Swartz said. "He was the rarest of executive talent, with equal measures of pragmatism and warmth, and his leadership lessons are part of Hearst's DNA." Danzig was also a member of the company's board of directors. After his retirement from the company in 1998, he wrote several books about foster children, inspired by his own childhood. Danzig's parents divorced during the Great Depression and abandoned him in Albany, New York, at the age of 2, Swartz said. He spent the next 14 years in various foster homes. Danzig wrote in a personal reflection

that "foster care children often drift through life because there is no force to offer encouragement or guidance." But he credited several adults for encouraging him to succeed, including a social worker named Mae Morse who told him at the age of 12, "You are worthwhile." Danzig first joined Hearst as an office boy for the Times Union in Albany after graduating high school in 1950. After serving in the Navy during the Korean War, he returned to the newspaper as an ad salesman and attended Sienna College at night, graduating with honors in 1962. He often told the story of the Times Union office manager, Margaret Mahoney, who hired him as an office boy. She admonished him for wearing a hat during the interview. He explained to her that he had never had a hat before and didn't know he was supposed to take it off. She hired him anyway and told him, "I believe you are full of promise," words he never forgot. Danzig rose through the ranks to become publisher of the Times Union and Knickerbocker News and eventually general manager of Hearst's 6,000-employee news division. His books on foster children included "Every Child Deserves a Champion" and "There is Only One You." He donated the proceeds from the books to the Child Welfare League of America, a national charity serving neglected children, Hearst said. Danzig is survived by his wife, Dianne, five children and 10 grandchildren. He is also survived by his wife's three daughters and their children and grandchildren.

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Warren Dempsey Former Carlyle Union Banner Publisher Warren Dempsey died Aug. 3. Dempsey was born with ink in his blood. His father, Casey, was a publisher of the Banner and a Southern Illinois Associated Press reporter. Dempsey was born in Harrisburg in 1935. He Dempsey married Darlene Ruth Eikhoff in Ferrin in 1963. She died in 2016. Dempsey was a reporter and publisher at the Union Banner all his life. “He was a mentor to me when I was young and just starting out,” Trenton Sun Publisher Mike Conley said. “If something came up or I needed advice on how to handle something, I would ask Warren first.” When he wasn’t busy writing, editing, laying out pages, or writing headlines, he liked to spend time in his garden or take fishing trips with family and friends.

Vera E. Eckhardt

Vera Ellen Eckhardt, 76, of Worden, died Aug. 26 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Born April 1, 1942, in Carpenter, she was a daughter of the late Louis and Dorothy M. (Holzschuh) Hollandsworth. Eckhardt was a 1960 graduate of Worden High School. She worked for Eckhardt Lincoln National Life Insurance Co. in St. Louis for 27 years. She also worked for the Madison County Chronicle as an editor for 28 years. While working for the Madison County Chronicle, she was very active in the Worden community and served on many committees. She loved to read, enjoyed cooking, and spending time with her family and grandchildren. She and her husband, Frank, enjoyed camping for many years. In addition to her husband, Frank, surviving are two daughters, two sons, six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, a sister, and many nieces and nephews.


Henry Kramer Former owner and editor of the Fulton Journal, Henry Kramer, passed away Aug. 6 at Genesis Medical Center East in Davenport, Iowa. Kramer was born Jan. 10, 1932, in Fulton to Henry and Tena (Housenga) Kramer Sr. He was educated in the Fulton schools and graduated from Fulton High School. He married Doris Mae Cross on Jan. 16, 1952, in Garden Plain. Following four years of service in the U.S. Navy, Kramer, along with his wife, Doris, began 35 years of owning and publishing the Fulton Journal. Henry was a longtime member of the Fulton Country Club and the Fulton Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed supporting the community and businesses of Fulton, promoting Fulton’s riverfront windmill and cultural center, gardening, bird watching, and spending time with his friends and family. Survivors include two sons, six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, one sister and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Doris; one daughter, Debra E. Kness; one daughter-in-law, Barbara Kramer; two sisters, Alberta VanderEide and Loretta VanderVinne.

Paul Sassone

Paul Sassone died July 16 at age 76. Born March 21, 1942, Sassone attended Proviso East High School, where he was a member of the Pirate Mermen boys swim team. He also attended DePaul University and Roosevelt University. Sassone worked at Pioneer Press for nearly 50 years, including nine years Sassone as executive editor. During his time at Pioneer Press, he won the prestigious Roy W. Howard Award for Public Service. His columns earned awards from the Illinois Press Association and Northern Illinois Newspaper Association. He also worked as a freelance columnist with Pioneer Press and Chronicle Media, LLC. Sassone is survived by his wife, Sharon A. (nee Moeller). He loved reading, movies, opera, classical music and the Cubs.



Richard Patrick Frisbie As the father of eight, Richard Patrick Frisbie, an author, journalist, sailor and outdoorsman, took inspiration from Teddy Roosevelt by making "Everything's bully!" the motto for family outings. In his 1969 book, "It's A Wise Woodsman Who Knows What's Biting Him," he built on that idea, creating the concept of "red blood density points," which are accrued by weathering the inevitable adversities of outdoor adventures. "He was always a lot of fun, and really enjoyed his children and grandchildren," daughter Felicity Frisbie recalled. "He took us on expeditions every weekend — camping, hiking, to the beach, or, if it was too cold, to the museums." Born in Moline in 1926, Frisbie, who grew up in Chicago's South Shore neighborhood, died in his sleep at his Arlington Heights home on Aug. 28. He was 91. With his wife of 68 years, Margery Frisbie, he was the co-author of "The Do-It-Yourself Parent." His book "Basic Boat Building," was based on a sailboat he built himself in his basement and garage and sailed for decades on Lake Michigan. His other books were: "How to Peel A Sour Grape"; "Who Put the Bomb in Father Murphy's Chowder?"; "Family Fun and Recreation," and "Daily Meditations for Busy Grandpas." Frisbie was a 44-year member of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library board, including serving four terms as its president, where he was a strong advocate for intellectual freedom. He also served a term as president of the Illinois Center for the Book and as president of the Society of Midland Authors, for which he also was a longtime board member. The Illinois Library Association in 2004 named him trustee of the year and gave him the ILA Intellectual Freedom Award. He also served a term as president of the North Subur-

ban Library System. "Dick's energy, enthusiasm, and creativity speaks to the warm regard everyone in the profession of journalism and the literary arts held for him," author Richard Lindberg said. "He will be deeply missed by all whose lives he touched." Frisbie was one of the Quiz Kids on the popular 1940s and 1950s radio and TV show of the same name. He attended St. Ignatius High School in Chicago, where he lettered in football. He attended the University of Chicago until he was drafted into the Navy in World War II. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona after the war. After graduating, he got a job as a news reporter and then assistant features editor for the Chicago Daily News. He met his wife while covering a story for the Daily News about a wellknown defected Soviet spy, Elizabeth Bentley, at Chicago's Mundelein College, which had hired Bentley as a social studies teacher. Margery Frisbie handled public relations for Mundelein, and the couple married in 1950. After leaving the Daily News, Dick moved into the world of advertising, eventually becoming creative director of Campbell Ewald's Chicago office. In 1966, he opened Richard Frisbie Communications, where he worked until he retired in his 80s. He also was editor of Chicago Magazine from 1971 to 1973 and was a frequent contributor to a wide array of magazines. Both Dick and Margery were longtime activists in the Catholic Church, promoting social justice issues. In addition to his wife, Margery and two daughters, he is also survived by daughters Anne Malone, Ellen Frisbie and Margaret Frisbie and sons Paul, Patrick and Thomas, who is a member of the Sun-Times editorial board; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


William 'PeeWee' Horning According to his family, William Ralph "PeeWee" Horning died July 14 at the age of 82. Horning will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 59 years, Judith Hicks-Horning, and his two daughters and two grandsons. Horning was born in Harrisburg on Aug. 22, Horning 1935, where he lived almost his entire life. He is a Harrisburg High School graduate and obtained his associate degree from SIU-Carbondale. He worked in advertising sales for the Daily Register for many years and ended his career as a vault keeper for Harrisburg National Bank, where he took pride in keeping customers happy with fresh popcorn. His passion for the HHS Bulldogs inspired him to run the clocks and scoreboards for football, baseball and basketball games for nearly two decades. He also found the time to run the clock/scoreboard for Malan Junior High School and Southeastern Illinois College basketball games. His community contributions include volunteer firefighter, swim team coach, Scoutmaster and girls' softball coach. He was an avid Cubs fan all his life and was overjoyed that he lived to see them finally win the World Series. One of his biggest joys was riding around town on his array of scooters, for which he was considered by his friends to be a "Harrisburg legend."

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