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IL Supreme Court endorses EMC 3 N-G named one of 10 newspapers 'That Do It Right' 7 A newspaperman who tried to be a good neighbor 4 The storied history of the Chicago Defender 10-11
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Name changes a tricky business for newspapers
While it may seem easy, changing the name of a newspaper can have severe consequences regarding that newspaper’s ability to accept public notices if not handled correctly. One of the many elements newspapers must meet in order to be eligible to accept legal or public notice advertising is the statute below (715 ILCS 10/1): “(e) which has JOSH SHARP been continuousVice President, ly published at Government Relations regular intervals of at least once each week with a minimum of 50 issues per year, for at least one year prior to the first publication of the notice; or which is a successor to a newspaper as herein defined with no interruption of publication of more than 30 days; or which is a merged or consolidated newspaper formed by the merger or
consolidation of two or more newspapers, one of which has been continuously published at regular intervals of at least once each week with a minimum of 50 issues per year for at least one year prior to the first publication of the notice.” Giving an existing newspaper a new name (without designating it as a successor publication), effectively creates a new publication as far as Illinois law is concerned. This “new” publication must now be published “at least once each week with a minimum of 50 issues per year” before it can again accept legal advertising. This doesn’t mean publishers can’t ever change the name of a newspaper – it’s possible, but members should contact the IPA before doing so. We will provide specific successor language to run in your newspaper so that it can continue to accept legal advertising during and after the name change takes place. We will also provide your newspaper with guidance on updating certificates of publication and uploading notices to PublicNoticeIllinois; two things often overlooked in the name
Giving an existing newspaper a new name (without designating it as a successor publication), effectively creates a new publication as far as Illinois law is concerned. change process. At the IPA we realize that public notice requirements present thorny, complex issues for our members. Before changing the name of any of your newspapers, please call us first. We’ll help walk you through the process and most importantly, make sure your newspaper remains eligible to accept public notice ad-
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ON THE COVER: John Badman of the Telegraph captured lightning striking behind the Clark Bridge in Alton as an Aug. 21 storm rolled over the Mississippi River. (From the collection, IPA Contest Images)
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Illinois’ high court endorses Electronic Media Coverage in state trial courts On Feb. 22, the Illinois Supreme Court replaced a four-year pilot program exploring camera access to courtrooms with a permanent Policy for Extended Media Coverage in Illinois circuit courts. That Policy is published on the Supreme Court’s website: http://w w w.illinoiscour ts.gov/ SupremeC our t/ Policies/Pdf/Extended_Media_ Coverage.pdf. Electronic Media Coverage (or EMC) is about ESTHER SEITZ more than tradiDonald M. Craven, P.C., tional cameras; Springfield, IL it describes coverage of courtroom proceedings by broadcast, television, audio and video recording and photography when done by members of the media. Before 2012, when the EMC pilot project commenced, cameras were strictly prohibited in Illinois trial courts. And even now, EMC is far from the default. To take advantage of this newfound newsgathering opportunity, the news media should take the following steps to petition courts for permission to cover judicial proceedings with the use of audio-visual recording devices.
http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/med ia/ex tended _ med ia/ex tended _ media.asp.
2. Ask yourself “Does the proceeding I hope to cover qualify for EMC?” EMC is off limits for the following types of cases: juvenile, dissolution, adoption, child custody, evidence suppression, trade secret cases and any other proceeding which Illinois law requires be held in private.
3. Identify the “media coordinator” responsible for the courthouse you’d like to cover. The media coordinator is a member of the news media whom the judge designates to arrange EMC requests.
4. Contact the media coordinator as
soon as possible, but no later than 14 days before the proceeding you wish to cover, and ask him or her to file a written request for EMC. The media coordinator can initiate a request for EMC even if the proceeding has not yet been scheduled.
5.Ask the media coordinator to carbon copy you on his or her EMC request. The request must be in writing and comply with the requirements set out in Section 1.3(b)(2) of the Policy. Make sure the EMC request complies with those requirements.
1. Ask yourself “Does the court I hope to 6. If a litigant or a witness objects to your cover even permit EMC?” EMC petition (which they must do no Not all judicial circuits allow EMC, and some of the multi-circuit counties that do, don’t permit EMC in all counties. For example, Illinois’ Third Judicial Circuit allows EMC in Madison County but not in Bond County. The Illinois Supreme Court maintains a list of circuit and counties that currently allow EMC:
later than three days before the proceeding starts), consider a written response rebutting the objections and explaining to the court why EMC of that particular case is good public policy. The court may hold a hearing to decide whether, and what type of, EMC will be allowed.
If the court grants your EMC request, be sure to carefully comply with all rules concerning equipment type, use and placement. Those rules appear in Section 1.4 of the Policy and circuit courts may have additional rules which you should review in advance. Judges, too, may impose case-specific restrictions designed to ensure that EMC does not disrupt judicial proceedings. Also, the following are off-limits: (1) audio recording of conferences involving the judge, lawyers or their clients, (2) recording during recesses and (3) recording of the jury or individual jurors. Even when a judge has permitted EMC, he or she may choose to terminate it anytime or disallow it with respect to specific witnesses or portions of the proceeding. Judges have plenty of discretion when it comes to EMC; therefore, journalists should strictly follow judicial instructions and refrain from disrupting court proceedings. Many judges and lawyers remain uncomfortable with the concept of cameras in the courtroom. By making the EMC process as smooth and non-distracting as possible for court participants, journalists can ensure the continued acceptance of cameras in Illinois trial courts. The Policy also directs the circuit court to provide feedback to the Supreme Court concerning EMC usage and, specifically, the number of EMC requests filed. Critics of EMC argue that the media has no interest in recording courtroom proceedings. To dispel that criticism, reporters should exercise their new right to pursue EMC petitions. Esther Seitz may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following are off-limits: (1) audio recording of conferences involving the judge, lawyers or their clients, (2) recording during recesses and (3) recording of the jury or individual jurors.
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Kadner: A newspaperman who tried to be a good neighbor Editor's Note: This article is reprinted from the Daily Southtown This is my last column for the Daily Southtown, and it begins with an apology to my wife. You see, for nearly our entire married life she has been startled from a sound sleep by my grumblings, ramblings and screams. Midnight terrors is what some newspaper people call them. Haunting thoughts that perhaps a name in a story was misspelled, numbers transposed, or a date is wrong. There were many times I wondered if I should quit, questioning whether I had the right mental composition for the job, but two things kept me coming back. First, I nevPHIL KADNER er really thought I could do anything else for a living. Former Columnist, Second, I didn't Daily Southtown think anyone should be doing the job who didn't care as much as I did. You see, I always felt a responsibility to the people I wrote about, even the ones who I disagreed with, especially them. I felt an obligation to the people who bought this newspaper and to my co-workers, who were on the front lines of breaking news stories and often got the blame for my personal opinions and mistakes. There may be some people who can rest easy at night knowing something they write could send a person to prison, destroy the reputation of a public official or place a private person in the glaring spotlight of public opinion, but I was not one of them. It mattered to me. And not once, not a single time, did I rest easy at the end of the day â€“ even when I got it right. And so, when the parent company of the Daily Southtown, the Chicago
Tribune, offered employees a buyout, I felt it was time to step back and maybe sleep through an entire night without fear that I had failed to make one last phone call that would have changed my opinion, or misunderstood something a source had told me. Let me make one thing clear here. I am not alone in caring deeply about the people I wrote about. Most of my colleagues are the same way. I hope there are doctors, lawyers, elected officials, police officers, nurses and judges who
when I look at your face on Page 2 it makes me want to puke." "Me, too," I replied. Writing for a community newspaper like the Southtown, where I have spent 37 years, is a lot different from working for a big city newspaper. One of my first assignments was to write a caption for a front page photograph of a woman proudly holding a giant vegetable she had grown in her garden. "What sort of idiot are you?" she shouted on the phone the next day. "Can't you tell the
"I never took a phone call from a critic or read an angry e-mail that didn't bother me. I could get pats on the back from colleagues, receive awards, even get a 'thank you' from someone I wrote about, but any rebuke would stay with me for days, weeks, the rest of my life." -Phil Kadner care as much about doing the right thing, helping people, doing the job the right way. I never took a phone call from a critic or read an angry e-mail that didn't bother me. I could get pats on the back from colleagues, receive awards, even get a "thank you" from someone I wrote about, but any rebuke would stay with me for days, weeks, the rest of my life. "Why do you spend so much time on the phone with people who scream at you?" a co-worker once asked me. Because that's how you learn. That's how you learn how other people think, but most importantly that's how you learn when you make mistakes. You listen. And you think long and hard about what people have to say before you dismiss them. If someone walked into our office off the street and wanted to talk to me, I talked to them. I got some of my best stories that way over the years. "I enjoy the way you write," a woman once told me, "but I've never been able to finish one of your columns because
difference between a cucumber and a zucchini?" Well, it looked like a cucumber to me. I wrote about a woman who had a wooden cow stolen from her front lawn, another who reported the theft of a Baby Jesus from a nativity scene and others angered by neighbors with barking dogs. I covered murder trials, kidnappings and race riots in Marquette Park. During a Republican political convention in New Orleans, I stood toe-to-toe with former Gov. Jim Thompson and asked him why the only black members of the Illinois delegation were seated in the last row all by themselves each day. Thompson, I can tell you, is a very large man. I wrote columns about a homeless woman who slept in an open field during the winter and many others about an elderly lady named Frances who never held a job, but demanded that people treat her with respect. A mayor once took out a full page ad-
vertisement in this newspaper asking people not to read my column. Years later, his secretary called me, at his suggestion, asking if I could help her son. "I thought you hated my guts," I would tell the mayor later. "I do," he said. "But I never said you weren't a great newspaper reporter. I just hated what you wrote about me." I covered the Ashburn, Wrightwood and Scottsdale civic associations in Chicago when I began at the Southtown. These were homeowners organizations, not government entities. Back then their concerns often centered on things like redlining, white flight and the forced integration of local public schools. Those meetings were some of the most heated I ever attended because they involved the value of a person's home, the future of their neighborhoods and the safety of their families. I also covered a neo-Nazi organization in Marquette Park, frequently interviewing its leader, Frank Collin, who would later gain national notoriety by organizing a march through Skokie. I covered the death of Malcolm Connor, a child prodigy, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver. I was sent to interview his parents, certain they would scream at me to get off their porch and let them mourn in peace. Instead, they invited me into their home, gave me coffee and told me they wanted to talk about their son. They wanted people to know who he was, what kind of life he had led in his short time on earth and for people to understand what joy he had brought them. "You're only trying to sell newspapers," people have often said. I have never, not once, sat down at a typewriter, or computer keyboard, and thought, "This story, this column, is going to sell newspapers." However, I have known, many times, that my columns would cost this newspaper readers. The letters and e-mails canceling subscriptions piled up over the years, and I always thought tomorrow would be my last day. I never understood why the people who owned the newspaper and
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the editors who worked for them put up with me. But they did. I have pounded away on certain topics over the years, championing the cause of the homeless, the mentally ill, developmentally disabled, abused women and school children. Bob Calvert was responsible for that. Bob was a childhood classmate of mine who suffered from a developmental disability. We were friends for a time. But in high school, when other children picked on him,
knocked the books out of his hands and laughed, I walked the other way. It was a cowardly thing to do, and it changed my life because later, when I got older, I said I would never walk away again when bullies were picking on people who were weaker. "You're a bleeding heart liberal," critics have said. My heart does bleed for those who are less fortunate than myself. I don't understand why everyone wouldn't feel the same way. For most of my career I championed a true underdog, the south suburbs. A person could learn an awful lot about the world, and life, by splitting his time between Robbins and Orland Park, Ford Heights and Tinley Park, Harvey and Homer Glen, Dixmoor and Frankfort. I spent most of my career doing that. I advocated for a south suburban airport mainly because the people on the other side, wealthy businessmen and powerful politicians, were so adamantly opposed to investing in the Southland. I shouted about property taxes skyrocketing before anyone else seemed to notice, was the first to report that lottery funds weren't really being used to increase education funding, and chastised local elected officials for failing to stand up for their communities. "When I look back on my career, I don't regret a single battle I ever fought," a former school superinten-
dent once told me, "but I regret all the battles I never chose to fight." I understand what he meant now. The biggest fight I avoided was the one over the future of newspapers. I believe a good newspaper is like a good neighbor. It tells you when something important is happening in the community. It looks out for your family when you're not around. Sometimes, it tells you the awful truth, when you don't want to hear it. In a perfect world, that good neighbor would also be intelligent, be able to tell a joke and have the knack for telling an entertaining story. For some reason, people no longer look at their newspapers as good neighbors. I take that personally. Sometimes, you don't realize how much you miss that neighbor who kept a watch on your home and your family until they're gone. A good friend who became a newspaper columnist once asked me for advice. "Do good," I told him. "Have fun. Kick ass." I have done my best to do all of that. For those of you who have spent time with me each day, thank you. You are responsible for every bit of good I have done. You are the reason I have been able to keep this job. I did my best. No matter what life may bring in the future, I will always be a newspaperman.
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Ready for a new challenge? IPF grants support summer Public Affairs Reporting program at UIS journalism camps for high seeks applicants for one-year MA program school students
Young reporters: Ready for a new challenge? Want to take your reporting and news writing skills to the next level? Think you can handle the pressure-packed environment of the Illinois Statehouse? All while you're earning a master's degree? Then the Public Affairs Reporting program at the University of Illinois Springfield wants you. Our one-year MA program is a unique blend of classroom study and real-life work experience featuring a six-month internship during which you'll earn academic credit working as a full-time reporter in the Statehouse pressroom for a major metro, regional chain, wire service or online public affairs magazine.
During the internship, you'll receive a $3,510 stipend and a tuition waiver, but more importantly, you'll be garnering scores of bylines on significant stories about key public policy decisions. With those kind of credentials, the placement record for our graduates is excellent. In fact, PAR alums account for about half of the Illinois Capitol press corps, including four bureau chiefs. Sound intriguing? For more information, contact Charles Wheeler at 217-206-7494 or e-mail wheeler. firstname.lastname@example.org. Or check out the PAR Website, www.uis.edu/publicaffairsreporting. Applications for fall, 2016 are due April 1. EOE.
High school students can learn journalism hands-on from award-winning reporters, editors and photographers at two summer camps supported by grants from the Illinois Press Foundation.
The Southern Illinois University School of Journalism will host the High School Journalism Camp June 20 - 24 at the SIUC campus. This will be the sixth consecutive year for the camp, and it will be open to 16 students. Students will get a sampling of traditional journalism including interviewing, story structure, finding reliable news sources, ethics, press freedom, news writing and news literacy. The cost is $50. Applications and more details are available online at http://mcma.siu.edu/journalism/ about/journalism-summer-camp. php#
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The workshop introduces students to the complete process of publishing news: gathering and validating information, substantiating and using multiple sources, writing news, editing, designing, and production. In addition, students are exposed to the concepts of news literacy. The first week is devoted to instruction and related exercises, including news-gathering field trips. Professional journalists provide most of the instruction. Dozens of reporters, editors, publishers, photographers and other journalists have taught in the program since 1991, representing more than 50 newspapers and news organizations throughout Illinois and across the country. Students then practice what they have learned. For two days, students are driven to newspapers, where they work with reporters and other journalists on assignments. The remainder of the second week is devoted to producing a news website. Students will also travel to Springfield where they will interview newsmakers and journalists at the State Capitol. Applications will be accepted through May 18. Applications are available online at EIUâ€™s department of journalism website: www.eiu.edu/~journal. For further information, contact director Joe Gisondi at email@example.com.
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News-Gazette named one of 10 newspapers ‘That Do It Right 2016’ Two Illinois newspapers receive honorable mentions By: Nu Yang and Adreana Young Editor's Note: This article is a partial reprint from Editor & Publisher In 2016, Editor & Publisher focused on finding success with audience, digital and new revenue ideas. They asked newspapers to send their best ideas; in particular, “What was your most notable idea/project that helped the company find success?” Editor & Publisher magazine’s annual feature “10 Newspapers That Do It Right” recognized the News-Gazette (Champaign) team’s innovative reader engagement project along with nine other newspapers across the country. The News-Gazette has singer Paul Simon to thank for the inspiration behind their “50 Ways to Engage Our Readers” project. Created as a play off Simon’s, “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,” editor Jim Rossow said their spin on the song’s title reconnects the paper with its customers. The idea began in 2013 when Ros-
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sow became editor. With the assistance of his new managing editor Jeff D’Alessio, the two of them sat down to figure out how they could do things differently in the newsroom. Their conclusion: It all came down to the audience. “Gone are the days where the audience is coming to us,” Rossow said. “We had to find ways to them.” And they originally found 200 of them. Their condensed list of 50 displays the creative thinking found in their newsroom. Columnist Tom Kacich, who has been with the paper for 40 years, pitched an idea called “Tom’s Mailbag,” where he answered a week’s worth of reader-submitted questions every Friday online. Photo editor John Dixon came up with the idea to use a drone to produce video stories and photography. Rossow’s office was converted into a studio, where in-house videos and podcasts are produced and as a way to connect to the company’s three radio stations. In the future, Rossow wants to experiment with livestreaming. A complete newsroom reorganization was also on the list. According to Rossow, to promote a team concept, an open floor newsroom was created. Three 60-inch TV screens were erected on the main wall to reveal real-time analytics and social media activity. Rossow said they found having the live data right there was an “inspiration” to some of the employees. “It spurred them into action when they could walk by and see what stories or videos were more popular.” As a result, online growth has grown tremendously. Rossow reported there was a 30 percent increase in page views from 2014 to 2015. The News-Gazette also created a video (bit.ly/1hhGRq4) outlining the project’s success, which they show to community members whenever possi-
The News-Gazette staff ble. But Rossow admits not everything on the list was a hit (for example, a video letter to the editor didn’t take off after letter writers visited their studio and saw themselves on camera for the first time). “(This project) taught us we have an unlimited audience in all shapes and sizes,” he said. “And the more we offer, the more they pay attention.” So, what’s next for the paper? “50 Ways to Engage Our Advertisers,” said Rossow. The other newspapers recognized by Editor & Publisher were the Baltimore Sun, C-VILLE Weekly (Charlottesville, Va.), the Denver Post, the Hutchinson News (Hutchinson, Kan.), the Inlander (Spokane, Wash.), the Orlando Sentinel (Fla.), the Record-Journal (Meriden, Conn.), the StarNews (Wilmington, N.C.), and the Wisconsin State Journal (Madison).
Honorable Mentions Two Illinois papers also ranked among the honorable mentions, the Journal Star (Peoria) and The State Journal-Register (Springfield). As violence grew in the city’s south end, Robin Berry, the housing devel-
opment director for Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity and an active member of the Journal Star’s reader advisory group, contacted executive editor Dennis Anderson, the leader of the readership group, to say a neighborhood cleanup project was going to take place. The Journal Star wrote a story published the day of the event addressing the concerns about violence and safety. In the end, Berry reported full participation and a successful community cleanup. The State Journal-Register created deep connections with its readers in several key areas: hosting forums and debates; reaching out to a younger audience through its teen section; bettering the community and recognizing good works; amplifying community voices through a reader advisory board and other partnerships; engaging with audiences through radio and TV stations and online chats; and Impressions, a rental and events arm of the company, where more than 3,000 people have attended events at the paper’s three venues.
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Andy was telling me about his dealings with media sales people. “Since I run a local business, I hear from a lot of people,” he said. “One particular meeting really stands out, because he talked himself out of a sale. As soon as he said ‘hello,’ he jumped right into his sales pitch. As he talked, everyJOHN FOUST thing was a blur of facts and figRaleigh, N.C. ures. It was obvious that he was he so was proud of his presentation that he didn’t want anything to throw him off track. He showed no interest in my business or what we needed to accomplish with our marketing. Finally, when he pulled up a spreadsheet on his laptop, I cut him short and sent him on his way.” It reminded me of somebody my wife and I used to know. Every time he called, he talked non-stop, without giving us a chance to say anything. We joked that we could put down the phone, make a sandwich, eat lunch, pick up the phone again to say, “Uh huh” – and he wouldn’t know we’d been away. There’s a lot of truth in the old cliché, “Lord, fill my mouth with worthwhile stuff, and shut it when I’ve said enough.” Here are some points to keep in mind:
1. This is probably not your prospect’s first advertising appointment. The longer he or she has been in business, the greater the likelihood that it has all been heard before. If they think “been there, done that,” they’ll tune you out. They are giving you the gift of their time. Show respect for that generosity
by making the conversation meaningful for them. 2. It’s good to know worthwhile stuff. But resist the temptation to tell them everything you know. When you prepare, don’t limit yourself to refreshing your knowledge of your sales points and your rate card. Research the prospect’s business. Study their past advertising. Learn marketing trends and challenges in their industry. That will give you a greater depth of understanding, so you can quickly get in step with the person on the other side of the desk. 3. A dialogue is better than a monologue. The best way to encourage engagement is to ask questions – and listen carefully to the answers. Ask questions to get details about their marketing. Ask questions to find out what has worked for them in the past. Ask questions to discover needs. There’s nothing wrong with asking, “Is this the kind of information you need?” That kind of feedback will help you. They may want a lot of factoids. Or they may be like the person who says, “Don’t give me the history of the watch. Just tell me what time it is.” It’s your job to adapt to them, not expect them to adapt to you. “When I meet with a media sales person, it’s to help me make good marketing decisions,” Andy said. “I don’t need a long-winded sales speech.” © Copyright 2016 by John Foust. All rights reserved. - John Foust has conducted training programs for thousands of newspaper advertising professionals. Many ad departments are using his training videos to save time and get quick results from in-house training. E-mail for information: john@ johnfoust.com
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Facing a tough call? Talk it out They have all had their share of difficult decisions and are usually more than willing to be a sounding board. Know your legal rights: State and federal laws dictate what information you can access, which can be a key ingredient in your decision. Many state press associations have a legal hotline; you should have the number memorized. Setting policies for tackling the tough and challenging stories involves three steps: Develop the policy. Implement the policy. Explain the policy. The more effort you put in the process, the more dividends you’ll reap for your newspaper and your readers. Talk with staff. Talk with community members. They may not all tell you what you want to hear, or even agree with your final decision, but you'll earn their respect for seeking their opinions. We also must be realistic. Many decisions must be made on the spur of the moment and on deadline. Editors don’t always have the time or luxury to seek the feedback of others. That said, newsrooms should regularly set aside time to brainstorm how to approach those challenging decisions that inevitably will come your way. Do you report suicides? What’s your approach to coverage of sexual abuse charges and the subsequent trial? Do you identify high school athletes missing a contest due to violations of high school league or school district rules? Do you publish photos of fatal accident scenes? Do you accept ads that many readers may view as offensive? Do you publish all letters to the editor? In the end, the editor makes the final call. There rarely is an absolute “yes” or ‘no” on what to do. As is frequently the case when facing ethical decisions, there often is more gray than black or white. That’s all the more reason that editors should take the final step in setting policies: Explain your decision in a column. Most important, your column should not try to convince readers that you made the “right” call. Rather, you should outline what went into the decision – assuring them that you put serious thought and time into how to approach the sen-
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Defender and Advocate
Ethan Michaeli chronicles the storied history of Chicago’s African-American newspaper and its life-altering influence By Kevin Nance Editor’s Note: This article is reprinted from the Chicago Tribune In 1990, when a friend told Ethan Michaeli, a recent University of Chicago graduate, about the Chicago Defender, he’d never heard of it. “My friend had probably mentioned that it was an African-American newspaper, but that didn’t register for me as something significant,” he says in a recent interview. “I just thought, ‘Oh, some newspapers have black owners, some have white owners. What’s the big deal?’” Later that fall, when he reported to the Defender’s offices at 24th Street and Michigan Avenue for a job interview, Michaeli, white and Jewish, noticed that almost everyone in the newsroom was African-American. “But even then, I didn’t think of it as something historic,” he says. “I just thought it was cool.” Kevin Nance/for the Tribune In the years that followed During the early 1990s, author including five and a half as Ethan Michaeli worked as a copy a copy editor and investigaeditor and investigative reporter tive reporter at the newsfor the Chicago Defender. paper, Michaeli realized that the Defender was so much more than cool. In fact, it was a storied institution that had played a significant role in several major chapters of African-American history, including the Great Migration, the realignment of black voters from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party, the integration of the Armed Services, and the careers of presidents from Roosevelt and Truman to Kennedy and Obama. Michaeli tells that sweeping story in “The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America.” Printers Row recently interviewed the author, now 48, at his Bucktown loft, where he and his wife, who is of Japanese descent, maintain her culture’s practice of not wearing shoes, and where a large photograph of Pablo Picasso - shot by Michaeli’s greataunt, Rogi, who was friends with the artist - looks on.
Here’s an edited transcript of our chat. Q: You talk a lot in the book about how the Defender influenced public policy and, frankly, electoral politics. A: Well, the journalists in the newsroom took the rule and goals of American journalism very seriously. They reported things accurately and relied on readers to make up their own minds. The editorial page, especially as a mouthpiece for the owner of the Defender, was very much aligned with the African-American political leadership of the times. Especially in the teens and ‘20s, the publisher, Robert Abbott, was one of the leading Republican figures in the county. The movement of African-Americans from the South to Northern cities created a new voter base that was really important to moving certain states back and forth from one party to another. Abbott and those who were super-close to him had what they considered a responsibility to be a part of the political process, but they understood the difference between that and the journalistic side of what the paper was doing. In 1940, after Abbott died and was succeeded by John Sengstacke, the paper was a very important part of the shift in the African-American community from an alignment with the Republican Party to an alignment with the Democratic Party. It was slower in Chicago, because the African-American community here was so organized. Carl Sandburg in 1919 called Chicago’s African-American community the strongest political body in the United States. They were 50,000 votes that could be delivered here or there, depending on the interests of the community and the direction of its leadership. Q: In that sense at least, the Defender was an actor, not just an observer or chronicler. You say in the book, in fact, that the Defender played a significant role in sparking the Great Migration, as it came to be called. A: Sure. That’s been well-documented academically. What I added to the conversation is the actual close reading of the newspaper in 1915, 1916, 1917 - I read every weekly issue from those years. The news pages reported on Southern atrocities and on life in Chicago, including efforts to segregate Chicago public schools which there were, at various periods and on the 1919 race riots. On the other hand, you had the
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Top: Defender publisher John Sengstacke with Eleanor Roosevelt in 1951; Sengstacke worked closely with Roosevelt and others to get the first African-American reporter assigned to the White House Press Corps. Above: Publisher Eugene Scott and reporter Beverly Reed meet in 2000 with then-Illinois State Sen. Barack Obama, during Obama’s failed Congressional bid. editorial page telling people a couple of things. Up to about 1916, the paper was saying, “Don’t bother coming here. There are no jobs. The unions discriminate. If you come, you’ll just freeze to death.” Robert Abbott had experienced that himself. He was a trained printer and was not accepted by the printers’ union in Chicago; he saw immigrants get jobs ahead of him. He wasn’t opposed to unions per se, but he understood that that was the reality. Then, with the onset of World War I, the flow of European immigrants stopped - in fact, some European immigrants returned to Europe to join the armies of their home countries - and the demand for American goods surged. So the factories, the slaughterhouses, all of the employers in Chicago suddenly needed a lot of labor. The South was industrializing as well, so there were jobs in the South too, but what Abbott saw was that when black workers left
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I was at the Defender, I was never told to write a story a particular way, with a particular slant or whatever. We were given a style sheet that said to use AP style but capitalize the word Black, capitalize Civil Rights. That was it.
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Longtime Defender reporter Enoch Waters sits at a typewriter in the 1940s. the South for jobs in the North, it severely damaged the South, because there was no one to do the work. And that’s when the Defender started saying, “Now is a good time to come to the North.” Not just because there were economic opportunities here, but because it was damaging the Jim Crow South. I don’t think the Defender saw it as being an actor, per se, but more as being a counter-propaganda vehicle, because the white-owned papers and leaders of the South were, from the Defender’s point of view, putting out misinformation to the rest of the country. The Defender was the antidote for that. Q: In the ‘30s and ‘40s, Franklin D. Roosevelt shut out the black press, including the Defender, from his press conferences, because he didn’t want to be asked about the policy of racial segregation of the armed forces. The Defender put pressure on Roosevelt to change the policy by reporting on problems associated with it - clashes between blacks and whites on military bases, black soldiers going hungry because whites wouldn’t serve them, and so on. A: Well, the Defender acted like any newspaper would. It had more leverage, perhaps, because it cast
itself in the mission of doing something different than the rest of the American media. It saw the rest of the American media as perpetuating a trajectory of where things were going. Think about how newspapers were named (in the late 19th and early 20th centuries). In the Jewish community, they called the newspaper the Forward. It was a Yiddish-speaking, forward-looking community, looking to the future. People who are already established here, where they feel they’re a part of the system, they have a Tribune - a people’s representative to the elites. That’s what a tribune is, historically. On the other hand, African-Americans were having their constitutional rights taken away by whites in the South. And the people therefore need a Defender, somebody who’s going to stop those rights from being taken away. So from the beginning, the Defender sees the truth as the antidote to the propaganda being used for that purpose. In the South, whites are saying that African-Americans are not very good at participating in government. So it’s the Defender that’s reporting on the lives and careers of African-American legislators passing laws that are important, whether it’s the only African-American congressman at that time, Oscar DePriest, or 70 years later, Barack Obama - people the Defender sees as being ignored or misrepresented by the rest of the media. But it’s worth noting that when
Q: The newspaper has had relationships, of one kind or another, with every president since Roosevelt, including the current one. A: Yeah. Mr. Sengstacke was the repository of the clout, you could say. He had relationships with a variety of powerful people, nationally and locally. I was assigned to cover the second Mayor Daley’s visit to the Defender office on Michigan and 24th Street once. He came into the lobby with his bodyguard, and Mr. Sengstacke descended the staircase. He was in his 80s, a small, thin, wiry, tough-looking man - he had a presence. And without saying a word, he just walked up to Mayor Daley, pinched him by the elbow and led him outside. The bodyguard started to move, but Daley just said, “No, no, it’s OK.” We were all standing around outside, and after a while I went back to my desk. From the window I could see Mr. Sengstacke, and he’s still holding Mayor Daley by the elbow - hard, pinching him - and is pointing to the sidewalk on 24th Street, which was broken. The next day, when I got to work at 8:30 a.m., the street crews were already there, repairing the sidewalk. Q: Your subtitle is “How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America.” Could you tick off the key ways that occurred? A: Well, the Defender instigated the Great Migration. It was indirectly responsible for the first 50,000 people to come to Chicago. More directly, it was responsible for changing the Great Migration from an act of questionable motives to one that had a revolutionary motive. The Defender was instrumental in shifting the African-American electorate from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party. The Defender was essential in prompting - forcing, maybe - the integration of the Armed Forces. The Defender helped solidify the role of African-Americans in the Democratic Party as decisive voter blocs in presidential elections, all the way back to Truman and certainly to Kennedy, who would not have become presi dent without African-American votes in Chicago. If African-Americans had come out for Kennedy in the same way they had for Adlai Stevenson four years earlier, Kennedy would have lost. And finally I’d point to the Defender’s role in helping launch the candidacy of Barack Obama. In all those ways, the Defender has been significant.
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Continued from Page 11 Q: The Defender, while still around, is now sadly reduced from its heyday. You suggest in the book that the very thing the Defender was fighting for all those years - integration, assimilation - ended up making it irrelevant, or at least less relevant. A: Yeah. It’s something I had to think about a lot to end the book. Will the Defender continue, or will it die off with the changes in society and the media landscape? Twitter, for example, has become a very active space for African-Americans to have many of the same conver s at ion s that they used to have in the Defender. And yet it persists. It still is there, and at certain moments has a surge of attention and interest. As an institution, its relevance, as you put it very well, will be a good measurement of how we look at society, how we’re doing on issues of race. We’re having a moment now where race is a real topic of conversation, but it would be difficult to argue that things aren’t different, that the kind of sanctioned violence against African-Americans in the first half of the 20th century is anything but totally horrible and unacceptable to people today. So things have changed. Whether things have gotten better or not is almost a generational question; it depends on who you are and where you were born and what your life is like. Kevin Nance is a Chicago-based freelance reporter and photographer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Poets & Writers Magazine and other publications. Follow him on Twitter @KevinNance1.
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You might be losing more than pages with lower page counts There is a rule of thumb which almost always proves to be true at newspaper conventions: attendance drops drastically on Saturday morning. There are plenty of theories on the subject from “too much fun on Friday night” to “heading home to be with the kids.” Whatever the cause, you can imagine my surprise when I walked into a room in Des Moines, Iowa, and realized it would be necessary to add chairs. Honestly, I didn’t expect many folks to show up for a Saturday morning session where we would primarily be looking at numbers, but show up they did. The topic was “What’s Really Going on in the Newspaper Industry.” My plan was to discuss results from my most recent KEVIN SLIMP survey, completed only days before the Des Moines Director, Institute of conference. It was Newspaper Technology obvious the attendees really wanted to know my thoughts on that topic. After completing a major survey, I attempt to discuss one or two findings in each of my subsequent columns for newspaper industry readers until we have covered the most relevant findings. As with previous studies, there is enough information to write books about the state of the industry, but I will stick to the most interesting discoveries. Perhaps the most thought-provoking discussion in Des Moines revolved around newspaper ownership. Before sharing survey results, I gave the group a little quiz. Their mission was to guess how North American newspaper publishers responded to the survey. Not to answer the questions in the survey as they related to their own newspapers. When asked to guess the percentage of newspapers that are independent, not related to any group or other newspapers, most of the attendees guessed the
Newspapers that reduced page count over the past three years reported significantly lower overall health than other newspapers. number would be pretty low. They were surprised to learn that 53 percent of newspapers in the U.S. and Canada are independent, without any relationship to even a small group. I found that most interesting because most of the folks in the room were from independent publications, not part of a larger group. Yet they assume that most of their brethren are from large newspa-
interesting correlation: page count vs. newspaper health. Most newspapers, 53 percent, responded their page count was relatively unchanged from three years ago. That is 20 percent higher than the number which reduced the number of pages over the past three years. While 33 percent reported fewer pages, 12 percent answered that they have increased the number of pages.
"...decreasing the number of pages has a high chance of leading to diminished health, rather than increased profits." -Kevin Slimp per groups. And as I discussed in a previous column (available at: http://illinoispress.org/Portals/1/Slimp_Feb16PDF. pdf), independent papers reported better health and more growth than those that are part of a group. There were several other questions where most publishers guessed their papers were different from most others. When the numbers are broken down, however, we find that ownership plays a bigger role than anything else in determining how newspapers respond. Most independent papers respond very similarly to most questions, as do most small, mid-sized and large group newspapers. Today, I would like to focus on one
We could argue all day whether newspapers are healthier as a result of having more pages, or whether healthier papers produce more pages because they are in better shape. I would guess that, as in most topics of disagreement, the truth is somewhere in the middle. There is, however, no doubt newspapers that report a higher page count than three years ago also report significantly increased health over those same years. An astounding 81 percent of newspapers that increased the number of pages report better overall health than three years ago. That figure is even more amazing when compared to newspapers with
decreased page counts over those same years. Of those, only 17 percent report improved health over the same period. Among the largest group, made up of papers which report the same number of pages as three years ago, 38 percent indicate improved health since 2013. This discussion could easily turn into a “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” conversation. I would suggest there are enough responses to persuade me that one of the indicators of newspaper health is page count as compared to previous years. For some newspapers, decreasing the number of pages and staff members is a sure way to improve the bottom line. But if these 859 publishers and other newspaper executives can be believed, decreasing the number of pages has a high chance of leading to diminished health, rather than increased profits. I’ll stop there. If you’re fortunate, or perhaps unfortunate, enough to be in one of my audiences in Rochester, N.Y.; Amarillo, Texas; Pittsburgh, Pa.; or Mitchell, S.D., over the next few weeks, I’m sure we’ll find plenty of time to discuss these surveys in more detail. Kevin Slimp is director of the Institute of Newspaper Technology. To read his past columns, go to www.kevinslimp. com. To learn about the institute, go to www.newspaperinstitute.com.
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Fisher View ceases publication
For the first time in 100 years, Fisher is without a community newspaper. Fisher View owner-publisher Julie Thomas told her readers at the end of January that the weekly newspaper was ceasing publication. Thomas, the one-person newspaper staff, said it was time to move on to another phase in her life. It was not an easy decision, she said. "I hate the fact they've had a paper for 100 years and now they don't," Thomas said. The decision had nothing to do with finances — the paper was still making money, she said — and everything to do with family.
Paddock buys events guide
Paddock Publications Inc. has purchased Buffalo Grove-based Oaklee's Guide LLC with plans to launch a quarterly print magazine this spring to accompany Oaklee's suburban family-events website. Oaklee's will become one of a growing number of Daily Herald Media Group products operated by Arlington Heights-based Paddock Publications, which also publishes the Daily Herald. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition closed Feb. 1. Oaklee's publishes a website that focuses on family events in the Chicago suburbs. It began as a pocket-size print magazine called Oaklee's Family Guide in 1999. Last year, it converted into an e-edition, website, social media product and electronic newsletter.
Morris Herald-News goes to weekly print product Morris Herald-News Publisher Robert Wall announced at the start of the year that while the newspaper would still be a daily source of news online, the print product would become a weekly occurrence. Their last daily print edition was Jan. 29, and weekly editions began Feb. 4.
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Ferro firm buys $44.4 million stake in Tribune Publishing At the beginning of February, Michael W. Ferro Jr., the majority owner of the Chicago Sun-Times' parent company, significantly expanded his media holdings without straying far from home. A company led by Ferro bought a 16.6 percent stake in Sun-Times' rival Tribune Publishing for $44.4 million, a move that will make his firm Tribune's single-largest shareholder Ferro and shift his office out of the Sun-Times building. Ferro, 49, will become non-executive chairman of Tribune, the publicly traded company whose publications include the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and nine other daily newspapers. Ferro bought 5.22 million shares of newly issued Tribune stock in a private placement transaction through Merrick Media LLC, a private-equity firm he controls, according to a Tribune statement. Under the terms of the agreement, Ferro's company can't own more than 25 percent of Tribune stock nor can it sell any stock for three years. Ferro will retain his majority investment stake in Wrapports, the Sun-Times' parent company. But he will step down as Wrapports' chairman and cede all control of the SunTimes and affiliated companies, including the Chicago Reader and Aggrego, a national network of online-only publications. The Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times will continue to operate independently. At the beginning of March, the Tribune said that Ferro would donate the Sun-Times stake to a charitable trust to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest. In a subsequent announcement, Ferro replaced the
company's CEO and eliminated the separate roles of publisher and editor. Tribune’s editors will be publishers, too. The Chicago Tribune's new editor, Bruce Dold, who most recently served as the paper's editorial page editor, said that shift has already been under way for some time. Other editors taking on dual publishing roles are Davan Maharaj at the Los Angeles Times, Howard Saltz at the Sun Sentinel in Florida, Jeff Light at The San Diego Union-Tribune, Avido Khahaifa at the Orlando Sentinel, Trif Alatzas at the Baltimore Sun, Andrew Julien at the Hartford Courant, Dave Erdman at The Morning Call in Allentown, Pennsylvania; and Marisa Porto at the Daily Press in Newport News, Virginia. Tribune Publishing will also begin offering print subscribers free unlimited access to digital content by April, and announced the departure of Denise Warren, who headed Tribune's digital operations. In the wake of Ferro's departure from Sun-Times operations, Bruce Sagan, who founded the Daily Southtown and now is publisher of the Hyde Park Herald, will chair the board of the company overseeing the newspaper. Joining Sagan on the board will be Sun-Times publisher and editor-in-chief Jim Kirk, Sun-Times general manager Paul Pham, Erik Hammer, an executive with Wrapports, and Richard Krieberg, Wrapports' chief financial officer. John A. Canning Jr., chairman and co-founder of Madison-Dearborn Partners LLC, will assume the role of chairman of the board of Wrapports. While Ferro will become non-executive chairman of Tribune, Eddy W. Hartenstein, who had served in that capacity, will remain on the board.
BND wins John Jay Award
Three staff members at the Belleville News-Democrat have been awarded one of the nation's most prestigious journalism awards. Reporters Beth Hundsdorfer and George Pawlaczyk and photographer Zia Nizami won the 2016 John Jay College/H.F. Guggenheim Excellence in Criminal Reporting Award for their multi-part series "Violation of Trust." The series focused on the fact that, of 6,744 felony rape cases in Southern Illinois investigated between 2005 and 2013, 70 percent of them never made it to a courtroom, and only 10 percent of them resulted in the suspect being imprisoned. The series "stood out as an impressive example of the power of dogged reporting and insightful writing to hold institutions accountable and precipitate change," said Glenn Smith, a former award winner and member of the jury that chose this year's winner. This marks the second time the BND has won the award that will be presented Feb. 26 during a ceremony at John Jay College in New York City. Hundsdorfer and Pawlaczyk also won in 2010 for their stories about the treatment of prisoners at the former Tamms supermax prison.
Southern Illinoisan discontinues Monday edition
March 28 will be the last Monday edition of the Southern Illinoisan. “Our Monday edition has not been an advertiser favorite for some time now, and the volume of local news and sports that transpires on Sunday and is reported in our Monday paper is far less than on any other day,” Publisher John Pfeifer said. He continued, “This change will allow us to keep our largest paper—the Sunday edition—in stores and on racks for an extra day. It will also better allow us to marshal our resources to provide the most comprehensive collection of local news and advertising information the remaining six days of the week.”
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Find content from 14 local newspapers at mysinews.com
Jerry Reppert and affiliates own 14 different publications throughout Southern Illinois. Until now, those publications each stood alone as local newspapers. Now, one can find the content from all of them in one place at mysinews.com. Mysinews.com is a new regional website, featuring news from the Pinckneyville Press, Du Quoin Weekly, Vienna Times, Goreville Gazette, Marion Star, Carterville Courier, Herrin Independent, Gazette-Democrat (Anna), Buyers-Gazette (West Frankfort), The Navigator (Albion), Prairie Post (Mt. Carmel), Cairo Citizen, West Frankfort Gazette, and Monday's Pub (Ulin). With all Reppert publications involved, the circulation is more than 80,000. The website features news and sports coverage from each of the mentioned publications at no charge, as well as access to obituaries from all the papers, and an 'Events' page, where a community calendar will give users access to anything happening in the region. Additionally, for $35 a year, users can subscribe to the website, which opens up access to all of the Reppert affiliate publications' full e-editions.
Illinois newspapers honored in annual APSE contest Several Illinois newspapers were selected as Top 10 winners in the Associated Press Sports Editors’ annual contest. The ranking of the top 10 in the writing categories will be announced late March, and winners will receive their awards in June at the APSE summer conference in Charlotte, N.C. The Daily Herald (Arlington Heights) was named a Top 10 Sunday Sports Section for newspapers under 175,000 circulation. The Chicago Tribune earned Top 10 recognition for Daily Sports and Special Sections for newspapers over 175,000 circulation. The Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake) earned Top 10 Daily and Sunday honors for papers under 30,000 circulation. The News-Gazette (Champaign) received a Top 10 recognition for its Sunday sports section in the 30,000-
75,000 circulation category. Three N-G reporters also took home national honors. Matt Daniels, who has been with The News-Gazette since 2013, won in feature writing for his in-depth story looking back on the 20015 classic NCAA tournament game between Illinois and Arizona. Veteran sports writer Bob Asmussen, who has been at The N-G since 1989, collected a Top 10 accolade in the project writing category for his comprehensive look at Big Ten basketball's best radio moments. Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis, who started at The N-G in July 2015, received a Top 10 game story honor in the under 30,000 circulation contest for a story, about Ames (Iowa) High School's 3,200-meter relay team winning a state title and breaking a state record. He wrote the story at his previous stop, the Ames Tribune.
NINA names 2016 officers
The Northern Illinois Newspaper Association Board has named its 2016 officers. Roger Ruthhart, managing editor of The Dispatch/Rock Island Argus, is president. Kathy Balcazar, editor of the Kane County Chronicle, is first vice president. Wally Haas, opinion editor for the Rockford Register Star, is second vice president. Jim Slonoff, publisher and co-owner of The Hinsdalean, is treasurer. Penny Wiegert, editor and communication director for The Observer, is past president and member at-large. Jason Akst, a journalism instructor at Northern Illinois University, is executive secretary. In addition, Shelley Hendricks, adviser of the Northern Star at NIU, is communications coordinator for the board. Throughout the year, NINA hosts journalism training events, an annual contest, a scholarship program for high school students and more.
AFK Media buys Reboot Illinois, plans expansion
Winnecke, Fleck exit Tribune
Changes that swept through Tribune Publishing at the beginning of March included the leadership of Tribune Content Agency, the company’s syndication and licensing unit, as well as Chicago Tribune Suburban Media. Veteran Chicago journalist and prominent media executive, Joyce Winnecke, and publisher and general manager of Chicago Tribune Suburban Media, Bob Fleck departed. Winnecke joined the Tribune as associate managing editor for national Winnecke news in 2002 after serving as managing editor of the Sun-Times. At Tribune Content Agency, she was instrumental in the company’s acquisition of McClatchy-Tribune Information Service, which was Fleck rebranded Tribune News Service. Earlier at the Tribune, Winnecke oversaw the launch of Blue Sky Innovation, Printers Row Journal, Chicago Live and other initiatives. In 2014 she was named among the most powerful women in Chicago journalism. Fleck, whose career in sales at the Tribune spanned 24 years, previously was senior vice president of advertising for Chicago Tribune Media Group. In 2014 he oversaw the transition of six daily and 32 weekly suburban papers from SunTimes parent company Wrapports LLC to Tribune ownership.
AFK Media Group has purchased Reboot Illinois, a political journalism website based in Chicago and Springfield, and promises to expand its content, technological capabilities and writing staff. Madeleine Doubek and Matt Dietrich, journalists who launched Reboot in 2012, will remain with the platform. In three years, Reboot Illinois has become a digital hub for political news, infographics and opinions, with content online, via email newsletters and In January, GateHouse Media ansocial media, and through newspaper nounced Scott Carr as publisher of the and website affiliates. Western Illinois publishReboot also sponsors debates and ing group. other political events. The website Carr replaces Tony averages nearly 600,000 page views Scott, who had been pubper month, while the "Daily TipOff" lisher since 2007. Scott newsletter and other newsletters reach announced Dec. 8, that more than 20,000 subscribers. he would be leaving Gate-
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House on Jan. 4. He is now vice president of business development for the Illinois Press Association and associate director of the National Newspaper Association. Carr grew up in Cincinnati and has been working in the sales and marketing side of the newspaper business for over 10 years. He began working in sales in 2004 for American Community Newspapers in Eden Prairie, Minn. He then transferred to Dallas, and in 2010, he began working for the The McClatchy Company in Ft. Worth, Texas. In 2012, he became regional sales director of American Consolidated Media, and in 2013, became an advertising director for Gannett in Lafayette, La. Most recently, Carr has been the group publisher for GateHouse Media in Southern Illinois for the last nine months. Carr will be relocating to Western Illinois with his wife and three children, and plans to work out of the Galesburg office.
Daniels new face of sports
The Du Quoin Weekly and the Pinckneyville Press have announced that Doug Daniels will serve as the new sports editor for both publications. Daniels began his journalism career at Rend Lake College in 1999 as part of the staff of the RLC Times where he was the photo and graphics editor. Following his time there, Daniels he was hired at the Du Quoin Evening Call in August of 2001. He covered sports in Pinckneyville until August 2010 when Sports Editor Jeff Profitt fell ill and had to leave the position, at which point Daniels became the sports editor. In the five and a half years as editor, the Call’s sports section placed in the top four of the Illinois Press Association’s editorial contest twice in the category “Sports Section.”
EDN Publisher Semple to retire
Paul Semple, who began his newspaper career nearly four decades ago as business manager of the Effingham Daily News, has announced he will retire as publisher of the paper and the Shelbyville Daily Union on March 31. Semple twice held the publisher's role
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is a former adjunct instructor of journalism at Western Kentucky University and was a fellow at the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism in 2007. is now covering the Missouri legislature He most recently was an assistant for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. metro editor at the Florida Times-Union A Lombard native, Pe- in Jacksonville, Fla., before joining the trella has bachelor's and Journal-Courier. master's degrees in journalism and a bachelor's degree in creative writing Mississippi Valley Media presented from the University of Ilits new publisher, Chuck Vandenberg of linois at Urbana-ChamFort Madison, Iowa, to the organization paign. He has also been Petrella Feb. 1. a reporter for Suburban Vandenberg will overLife Publications and CU-CitizenAccess. see and be responsible org. His freelance work has appeared in for the Hancock County Chicago, St. Anthony Messenger and Journal-Pilot of Carthage; Louisiana Life magazines, among other the Daily Gate City and publications. Bonny Buyer South in Keokuk, Iowa; and the Daily Democrat and Bonny Vandenberg Buyer North in Fort Madison. Two Jacksonville Journal-Courier Vandenberg holds a bachelor of arts staff members have been promoted to degree in journalism from Western new positions within the publication. Illinois University, and held various Vicki Selby has been named advertisjournalism roles, such as a reporter, ing director. She has served in that caphotographer and editor, and served a pacity on an interim basis since January. three-year stint as managing editor of a David C.L. Bauer, who has been edigroup of papers for News Media Corpotor of the Journal-Courier ration in northern Illinois. since May 2009, has been named publisher of the newspaper. In that capacity, he will oversee the dayto-day operations of all Susan Frick Carlman, Naperville Sun facets of the publication. columnist, accepted a separation packThe announcements Bauer age offer from corporate owners, The were made Feb. 16 by Tribune Co. James Shrader, regional Carlman began her publisher for Civitas Mejournalism career 33 dia, which owns the Jouryears ago at her local nal-Courier. newspaper office, the Selby, 33, is a MenHinsdale Doings. She don native and moved to was a reporter for over 16 Jacksonville in 2003. She years at the Hinsdale DoSelby started working in the ings, and equally as long Journal-Courier's classiCarlman at the Naperville Sun. fied advertising department in March 2008 and became an advertising sales representative in August 2009. Bauer, 53, will retain the responsibili- Editor’s note: Read Kadner’s final ties of editor. He has more than 30 years' column on Page 4. Phil Kadner wrote columns for the experience in journalism as a reporter and editor. The Cincinnati native has Daily Southtown for 37 years. Kadner accepted a buyout from corworked for radio stations and newspapers in Ohio, Kentucky and Florida. He porate owners, The Tribune Co. Since
PRESS PEOPLE at the Daily News, initially from 1992 to 1999, and then again from 2012 to present. He's been publisher of the Shelbyville paper since 2008. Semple has also served as the Midwest Division Manager for Park Newspapers, former owner of the Daily News; a traveling business executive for Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc., current Semple owner of the Daily News, and chief financial officer for CNHI's Midwest Division. He was one of a handful of managers who helped launch CNHI in February of 1997, when it bought 13 newspapers, including Effingham, from the Media General group, for whom he worked at the time.
Pedelty named Tavegia's successor as sports editor
The Times has named J.T. Pedelty as its next sports editor, succeeding Andy Tavegia who stepped down Feb. 13, to pursue new opportunities outside the journalism field. Pedelty, of Streator, has been with the Small Newspaper Group since being hired as a part-timer in the fall of 1999. He served as Pedelty a sports reporter/columnist for The Streator Times-Press until its merger with the Ottawa Daily Times in 2005 and since then has served in that same capacity for The Times.
Petrella named Herald & Review Springfield bureau chief
Dan Petrella is the new Springfield bureau chief for the Herald & Review and Lee Enterprises newspapers. Petrella was previously the assistant metro editor and projects coordinator at The State Journal-Register in Springfield. Before becoming an editor, he had been the SJ-R's city hall and suburban reporter. He replaces Kurt Erickson who
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Journal-Courier names new publisher and ad director
Carlman: ‘This time I’ve come to say so long’
Kadner pens last column
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Kadner’s departure, former public relations specialist and Tribune new-hire Ted Slowik has taken over as voice for the Southtown residents. Slowik has worked for The Naperville Sun, The Kadner Herald News (Joliet), Metal Center News and the LaGrange Sun.
Cravens named editor
Denise Cravens will be new editor of the Paris Beacon-News effective March 14. Cravens started her newspaper career with the Beacon as a high school intern and returned to the Beacon in August of 2014 as lead reporter.
Crain's adds Djeljosevic and Skews to copy desk
Crain's Chicago Business announced the addition of Valentina Djeljosevic and Richard Skews to its copy desk. Djeljosevic worked at the Chicago Tribune from 1999 until January. Her roles included national-foreign copy chief, deputy editor of Editing & Presentation and finally digital editor, where she mastered SEO and web headlines. Before that she was Djeljosevic a copy editor and copy chief at the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Her first news job was at the Miami Herald, where she worked while studying journalism and political science at the University of Miami. Skews Skews was most recently an associate editor at Advertising Age's Custom Content Studio in Chicago. He began what would be a 35-year career at Ad Age, also owned by Crain Communications, in 1980 as a proofreader and moved up into proContinued on Page 18
Chicago Tribune names Bruce Dold as new editor; Gerould Kern retires By Robert Channick Editor's Note: This article is a partial reprint from the Chicago Tribune Gerould Kern, who led the Chicago Tribune through bankruptcy and into the digital age, announced his retirement and stepped down as editor, effective Feb. 17. Kern will be succeeded by Bruce Dold, the Tribune's editorial page editor, who ascends to the top of the masthead after nearly four decades with the newspaper. "We're thrilled that Gerry gets to retire, which has been a long-standing discussion, and as happy that we have someone of Bruce's caliber to become the editor of the Kern Chicago Tribune," said Tony Hunter, publisher of the Tribune. Kern, 66, was named editor in July 2008. Under his leadership the Tribune expanded its print edition — bucking industry Dold trends — while accelerating its transition to digital, despite navigating a protracted four-year Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The Tribune won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2012, and was named a finalist nine times during his tenure. He oversaw the successful integration of 38 suburban newspapers acquired from the Chicago Sun-Times in 2014, and extensive downsizing of the Tribune's newsroom in face of secular industry declines, including a company-wide buyout in the fall. An Indianapolis native and a 1971 graduate of Indiana University, Kern served as executive editor of the Arlington Heights-based Daily Herald before joining the Tribune in 1991,
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Chicago Tribune Editor Gerould Kern, center, who led the news organization through bankruptcy and into the digital age, announced his retirement in the Tribune fourth-floor newsroom and stepped down as editor, effective Feb. 17. Kern will be succeeded by Bruce Dold, left, the Tribune's editorial page editor. where he held a number of senior editing roles. Kern strengthened content while navigating the Chicago Tribune through bankruptcy, and faced new challenges under Tribune Publishing, the spun-off newspaper company that emerged in 2014, cutting costs and newsroom staff while accelerating the transition to a digital-first operation. Other initiatives included launching content verticals such as Blue Sky Innovation and Printers Row, expanding opinion and commentary offerings and increasing emphasis on investigative reporting. Kern said that after working for 45 years "without a real break," he was looking forward to hitting the pause button. "My wife retired three years ago," Kern said. "She spends a lot of time waiting around for me. I want to have some free time." Dold, 60, started at the Chicago Tribune as a reporter in 1978 and was appointed to the editorial board in 1990. He earned the Pulitzer
Prize for editorial writing in 1994 and was named editorial page editor in 2000. A graduate of Northwestern University, Dold said he "grew up" in the Chicago Tribune newsroom he will now oversee, covering the suburbs, City Hall and Springfield. He cited the Council Wars power struggle in the wake of Chicago Mayor Harold Washington's November 1987 death as among his reporting highlights. "While the city was in grief, all the aldermen were scurrying around and trying to pick a puppet who was going to run the city for them," Dold said. "It was the richest story I've ever seen in my life, and I got an opportunity to do that because I worked for the Chicago Tribune." Dold won the Pulitzer for his series on the murder of a 3-year-old boy by his abusive mother and the failure of the Illinois child welfare system to save him. He said the connection between the editorial page and the frontline reporters will serve him well in his new role.
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PRESS PEOPLE duction and editing. After earning a bachelor's degree in English from Ohio State University, he received a master's in English from the University of Chicago. His first job was as a descriptive bibliographer at Library Resources, an Encyclopaedia Britannica company.
Journal Star Assistant Managing Editor-Digital Adam Gerik honored by Editor & Publisher
Journal Star Assistant Managing Editor-Digital Adam Gerik was named one of Editor & Publisher magazine's 25 under 35, recognizing him as "a forward-thinking professional who will take newspapers to the next level." Under Gerik's direction, PJStar.com has seen a 20 percent growth in online traffic as well as mobile traffic growth from 40 percent of digital users in 2014 to more than 60 percent today. Gerik Gerik, 33, of Peoria, also plays a significant role in the digital future of GateHouse Media, the Journal Star's parent company. He is on GateHouse's Digital Transformation Council steering committee and serves on the company's website redesign group working with industry design leader Mario Garcia.
Swinford-Reppert welcomes seasoned journalism veteran as director of marketing
Longtime newspaper and journalism veteran Larry Henry started Feb. 29 as the new Director of Marketing for Swinford-Reppert Publications, publisher of The Courier (Carterville). Henry oversees the growing newspaper group's advertising department and he will also work to continue to grow the newspaper's circulation and readership base. Melissa Lazenby continues as the group's advertising manager and will work alongside Henry to service the
advertising and marketing needs of the local business community. Relentless pancreatic cancer claimed In addition to Henry's duties with Gerry Alger's life at 56 years old on Jan. The Courier, he will oversee the mar15. keting of its sister publications, The Alger, a 30-year emHerrin Independent and The Marion ployee of Paddock PubliStar. The newspapers are part of the cations, the parent comReppert Publications family which inpany of the Daily Herald, cludes more than a dozen newspapers had worked her way up throughout Southern Illinois with a from typist at the Daily total circulation of more than 40,000. Herald to manager of content and production for a Alger new company enterprise known as Town Square Publications. Ron Wallace, general manager of Alger, winner of the 2014 Stuart R. The Herald-Whig and vice presiPaddock, Jr. Manager Award of Exceldent of newspapers for lence, made countless friends at the Quincy Media Inc., has Daily Herald and through her volunbeen appointed as an teer work at Willow Creek Community at-large member of the Church in South Barrington. executive committee of the Illinois Press Association. The executive committee is comprised Wallace Former Journal Star editor, Hobart of the four officers H. Bucher, of Peoria, passed away on and one at-large member from the Feb. 13 at his residence. He was 95. 13-member IPA Board of Directors, Bucher served in the U.S. Army which determines the legislative and during World War II, building radar business practices carried out by the stations to guide aircrafts into China, organization's full-time staff of 15 Burma and India. He was employees. awarded three Bronze Stars for his service in the CBI offensive. Bucher The Daily Journal announced the earned a good conduct promotion of Rhonda Olechowski to medal in July of 1945. He went on to study director of business development for journalism at the Unithe daily newspaper. Bucher versity of Illinois-ChamOlechowski has worked in sales for the Daily Journal for four years, paign. In Farmington, Hobart was edand she has solely handled the itor and owner of the Farmington Bugle Home Finder real es- and volunteered as a fireman. His other tate magazine for the endeavors include real estate broker past three years and and owner of Abbe Lanes Bowling Althe Friday real estate ley in Abingdon, before settling into a section Home Guide. 25-year career as an editor at the Peoria She will continue to Journal Star. handle Home Finder and Home Guide as Olechowski part of her duties. Former Evanston Review managing Olechowski will help develop and editor Bruce Clorfene died Dec. 5, folsell the Daily Journal's digital prodlowing a stroke. He was 90. ucts and services within the sales A lawyer, writer, book editor, department.
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award-winning feature writer and columnist, he gained his greatest attention as managing editor of the Evanston Review from 1981 to 1984. The Review touched the greatest community nerve during that period in its coverage of an emerging gang problem. West side leaders had warned that Evanston needed to get a handle on an emerging gang probClorfene lem, but city leaders and police refused to acknowledge one existed publicly. Essentially, "the city was in denial," recalled Michael Gresham, the city's lead gang crimes investigator, with partner Carlos Mitchum, at the time. When the violence escalated, Gresham said, the paper presented factual information "in spite of the pressure to downplay gang involvement." Following his career at Pioneer, Clorfene opened up a bookstore in downtown Evanston, Something Wicked Books & More, which specialized in mysteries. Clorfene also edited a number of books about Chicago for Lake Claremont Press, including "Literary Chicago: A Book Lover's Tour of the Windy City."
Helen D. Cox, 93, of Hillsboro, died Jan. 26. Cox lived in Springfield and Danville before moving to Hillsboro in 1965. She graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in Springfield and was branch manager at American Savings when it first Cox moved to Hillsboro. In addition, she worked as a writer for The Hillsboro Journal, and later as a proofreader for The Journal-News, up into her 80s.
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Roger Lyle Hagel, 79, of Washington,
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formerly of Bartonville, passed away on Feb. 1 at Reflections in Washington surrounded by his family. Roger graduated from the first class at Limestone High School. He went on to receive a business degree from Bradley University in Peoria and was in the ROTC program there. He entered the Hagel United States Air Force upon graduating. He retired as a Major in the Air Force/Air National Guard in 1980 after 20 years of service as a fighter pilot and air rescue helicopter pilot. He owned and operated the Washington Courier, Morton Courier and Woodford Courier in Tazewell and Woodford counties, bringing his daughters into the family business as well. He took great pride in providing family-owned community “good news” newspapers.
Longtime journalist and Chicago Defender society columnist Theresa "TeeSee" Fambro Hooks died Jan. 31 in her South Shore home. She was 80. Hooks began her career at the Defender in 1961. She became an avid photographer and for a time ran her own public relations firm, Theresa Fambro Hooks and Associates. She had refused to Hooks retire, writing her column until April 2015. Her many awards include the Black Women's Expo Phenomenal Woman Award; the Black Public Relations Society's Lifetime Achievement Award; the Russ Ewing Legacy Award of Excellence; and NABJ's Outstanding Journalist Award.
Eric R. Lund
Eric R. Lund was a strong, unflappable editor of the Chicago Daily News, whether engaging in some arm-twisting to get reporters to turn in stories before deadline or getting out as many as five or six editions of the paper on busy news days.
in Pittsfield. Joan oversaw the management of both publications until her death, but over the last year had turned over much of the management to Robin umns, stories and anecdotes from his Oitker. Coulson Publications co-foundcareer with The Register-Mail. er and former general manager WarMorrissey took an early retirement at ren Coulson named Oitker publisher of age 55 after battling a non-correctable both publications Feb. 22. vision problem in the final years of his career.
Lund, 90, who rose to be assistant managing editor of the Daily News, died of congestive heart failure on Jan. 16 at Evanston Hospital. After serving in the Army in the Philippines Lund and occupied Japan Rosa Lee Stambaugh, 91, of Beardduring WWII, Lund settled in Evanstown died Feb. 2 at Culbertson Memoston. From 1946 to 1977, he worked for rial Hospital in Rushville. the Evanston Review and then the Daily She was the Browning News. Village Clerk for 24 years, After stints at Northwestern and an assistant to ChiropracNorth Park College, he retired in 1994 tor Gordon Stevens in from Columbia College, where he helped Beardstown, corresponbuild the journalism graduate program. dent for the Astoria South Fulton Argus and the Stambaugh Rushville Times and was a volunteer at the BrownIllinois Times food columnist, Juliing Senior Citizens Center. anne G. Glatz, 62, of Springfield, passed away on Feb. 4 at her residence. Glatz received her bachCoulson Publications' co-founder elor's degree of fine arts Joan Coulson died Feb. 19. Coulson from the University of Il- Publications owns The Brown County linois. She taught cuisine Democrat-Message and the Pike Councooking classes and for ty Express. the last 10 years she was In November, 1991, Glatz a food columnist with the Joan and her husband Illinois Times. Glatz was a lover of life; Tom Coulson, who died she enjoyed the outdoors, birds, flowtwo months ago, creaters, and her bird feeders. ed the first few months of their paper, the Pike County Express, from their living room, laying The man who wrote about Galesburg Coulson out the paper with a sinSilver Streaks basketball for The Reggle computer and printer ister-Mail during the highly successful and basic design supplies. days of coach John Thiel and was wellWhile Tom guided the Express creknown for his lifelong atively over the next 20 years despite devotion to the Chicago the advancement of Parkinson's disCubs has died. ease, Joan handled the administrative, Joe Morrissey, 89, accounting and financial side of the passed away Jan. 14. Morrissey, who began business, as well as working in adverworking for the newspa- tising design and newspaper layout per in 1948, served 20 and production. She especially enjoyed Morrissey years as sports editor working with photos. In March 1994, Tom, Joan and Waruntil his retirement in 1981. Morrissey was the author of three books — "On the ren Coulson formed Coulson PublicaRebound," "Sports Memories" and "The tions, Inc. and purchased The Brown Silver Streaks Years" — all reprising col- County Democrat-Message in Mt, Sterling. The operation's headquarters are
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Doris Elizabeth Christner Phillips, 82, of Pana died Feb. 20 in St. John’s Hospital Hospice, Springfield. Phillips and her husband, Thomas J. Phillips, Jr., are the owners and co-publishers of the Pana News-Palladium, Nokomis Free Press-Progress, Morrisonville Times and the Assumption Golden Prairie News newspapers in Central IlPhillips linois. Doris and Thomas were the sole owners of Pana News, Inc. having bought the interests of the late C. E. "Ted" and Miriam Schumacher and the late Leonard and Mildred "Millie" Klein. They purchased the Nokomis Free Press-Progress in 1984; the Morrisonville Times in 1996; and the Assumption Golden Prairie News in 2011. She was active in the Illinois Press Association and the Southern Illinois Editorial Association.
Veteran journalist Dan Waitt, who had served as the Record Newspapers' news editor since last July, died Feb. 26 at an Aurora hospital. A non-smoker, Waitt, 55, had been diagnosed in October with lung cancer. Prior to coming to Record Newspapers, Waitt worked for more than three decades as a reportWaitt er and editor at the Aurora Beacon-News. During his years at the Beacon-News, Waitt served stints as a reporter, special sections, business and entertainment editor. Waitt is survived by his wife, Carolyn, and a daughter, Lauren, a senior at West Aurora High School.
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