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Illinois

September 2014

Official publication of the Illinois Press Association www.illinoispress.org

• Illinois State Police: Anything but transparent / Page 3 • 3526 form to include e-subs, e-requests / Page 4 • Journalism education good investments for everyone / Page 8 • Gene Callahan: Political writer, lobbyist, one-of-a-kind / Page 18


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Preparation key to covering major news events 2014 BOARD OF DIRECTORS - OFFICERS Karen Flax, President Tribune Company, Chicago Sam Fisher, Vice President Bureau County Republican, Princeton Sandy Macfarland, Treasurer Chicago Daily Law Bulletin John Galer, Immediate Past President The Journal-News, Hillsboro

DIRECTORS Todd Eschman Belleville News-Democrat Community Newspapers Kathy Farren Kendall County Record, Yorkville Beverly Joyce Danville Commercial-News Jim Kirk Sun-Times Media Wendy Martin Mason County Democrat, Havana Tony Scott Galesburg Register-Mail Caroll Stacklin GateHouse Media, Inc. L. Nicole Trottie West Suburban Journal, Maywood Dennis DeRossett, Executive Director 900 Community Drive, Springfield, IL 62703 Ph. 217-241-1300, Fax 217-241-1301 www.illinoispress.org

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It should come as no surprise to any of us that news, BIG news, can happen anywhere at any time. Many times that news is related to accidents or weather anomalies. But, when it does occur the local newspaper staff must jump into action. BIG news happened unexpectedly on August 9th in Ferguson, MO, with the fatal shooting of a young black man by a white police officer. We’ve all read the stories, seen the news footage and realize there will be much more news in the aftermath of this tragic incident for a long, long time to come. From a news perspective, this incident should be the impetus for every newspaper daily, weekly, large or small — to look internally and to determine how prepared they would be for such an unexpected, instantaneous BIG news event in their coverage area. The discussion and planning should go beyond having each individual’s contact information and knowing who would cover or photograph what. In Ferguson, the city streets quickly became hostile and dangerous. Would your news staff be prepared to function — safely — and report from amid crowds of hostile protestors and SWAT-like police behind lines of armored vehicles? In short order, like in Ferguson, our quiet streets can quickly turn hostile

EXECUTIVE REPORT Dennis DeRossett Executive Director

and dangerous. News staffs must be prepared to do their jobs. It would also make sense for the newspaper publisher, editor and staff to have such discussions with local law enforcement officials. First, relationship building is always beneficial to both sides. Secondly, having concerns and ideas discussed and resolutions in place beforehand puts everyone on the same page and would, hopefully, enable both to be able to do their jobs cooperatively and safely. Don’t expect agreement on all issues but, nonetheless, having the conversation ahead of time will be greatly beneficial. Make sure you have the cell phone numbers of the mayor and chief of police for readily-accessible contact. In Ferguson, several reporters were injured while covering the events. I would even venture to say

some may have been intentionally targeted because they were the “press.” Being a journalist has always come with some component of danger due to the varied and unexpected events we cover. We go to where the new happens; we experience first-hand what the general public only gets to read about or see on news clips. Also, some journalists were arrested in Ferguson while doing their jobs. Journalists being arrested just for being journalists covering news events simply cannot happen. For most aspects, let’s hope that what happened in Ferguson is an anomaly. But it’s inevitable that BIG news will come soon, in some form, to an Illinois community. Dust off the disaster plan folder and re-familiarize yourself and your staff with the contents. And, pray that the big news in your community is the fun kind, like a big lottery winner. NOTE: My counterpart from the Ohio Newspaper Association, Dennis Hetzel, recently wrote a column that I thought would resonate with Presslines readers. The topic is the value of print as demonstrated through a variety of research. Despite what competing media claims, newspapers are far from dead, and his column is a reminder of that. You can find his article on page 6 and 7 of this publication.

About the cover: Art Grube, a veteran of the Army Air Corps during World War II, flew B-24 bombers on 35 missions over Europe. Grube, of El Paso, took a flight on a Boeing B-17 from Springfield’s Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport. It was his first time on the B-17, but he said there were plenty of similarities to the B-24. Photo by Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register, Springfield. IPA STAFF — PHONE 217-241-1300 FAX 217-241-1301 900 COMMUNITY DR., SPRINGFIELD, IL Dennis DeRossett, Executive Director Ext. 222 — dderossett@illinoispress.org

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Illinois State Police: Anything but transparent Do public officials have a right to remain anonymous when performing public duties in public places? Most of you might answer “no.” And you’d be right. But the Illinois State Police (ISP) has taken a different tack. In recent months, newspapers seeking public records as innocuous as arrest, accident and police reports from Illinois’ chief law enforcement agency were stunned to learn that the ISP refuses—as a matter of policy—to release the names of police officers involved in public incidents. To be sure, the ISP does not reserve its secrecy for under-cover operations, but, sweepingly, asserts anonymity for officers’ routine, onthe-clock undertakings on public streets. The ISP defends it redaction of officer names by asserting that releasing these public servants identities “would endanger the life or

Newfound insistence on redacting officer names from routine police records physical safety of law enforcement personnel.” The ISP’s form noticeof-denial, which accompanies the now-common withholding of officer names, recites the following parade of imaginary horribles: “Police officers, as well as the valuable and dedicated support personnel who work with them, face unknown and unpredictable dangers every day. To place the identities of dedicated civil servants into the public recklessly endangers the lives and safety of those individuals.” You’d think that

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these often-uniformed and name-tag wearEsther ing public serSeitz, vants were a Craven bunch of covert Law international Office spies, as the ISP describes it. The ISP’s form letter then lists examples of violence towards law enforcement personnel and their families from around the country and Canada. In particular, the ISP contends that these attacks on officers happened “simply because they represent law and order.” Some of the examples the ISP provides include the following: “In early 2013, in Kaufman County Texas, District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife Cynthia, and Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse were murdered by former Justice of the Peace Eric Williams in purported retaliation for prosecution of Williams for theft, which resulted in Williams losing his position as Justice of the Peace,” and “[o]n June 4, 2014, Justin Borque killed three officers from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and wounded two others in an armed confrontation apparently manufactured by Borque because he was unhappy about gun control laws in Canada.” These, indeed, are tragic events. But none have any relationship whatsoever with releasing the identity of public officers in response to FOIA requests. Not even the ISP, which apparently scoured officerretaliation statistics continent-wide, came up with a single example where a criminal used the FOIA

process to identify his victim. Quite the contrary, the examples the ISP provides reveal that the perpetrators had closely interacted with their victims. That is, the criminals were already well aware of the officials’ identities. The ISP’s insistence on redacting officer identities does little to protect these public servants: ISP officers generally wear name tags pinned to their uniforms, and ISP personnel’s name and salary information is publicly available through the Illinois Comptroller’s Office. Moreover, the ISP’s invocation of officer anonymity in the most routine of circumstances offends the notion, firmly rooted in the First Amendment, that public officials are accountable to the public for their official actions. The ISP’s position also interferes with the press’ right to gather and disseminate information about government officials performing public duties, the significance of which at least two federal appeals courts only recently confirmed. E.g., Gericke v. Begin, 753 F.3d 1 (1st Cir. 2014); American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois v. Alvarez, 678 F.3d 583 (7th Cir. 2012). Illinois courts have consistently held that, absent extreme circumstances, public officials have no expectation of privacy in performing their public duties. The FOIA echoes that sentiment. 5 ILCS 140/7(1)(c). And “[a]ll records relating to the obligation, receipt, and use of public funds of the State, units of local government . . . are public records subject to inspection and copying by the public.” 5 ILCS 140/2.5. Because police officers work on the taxpayers’ dime and their efficacy hinges on the community’s trust in the police force, ISP should reconsider its ill-conceived and illegal policy of redacting officer names from routine police documents.


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3526 form to include e-subs, e-requests for Oct. 1 f iling date By Max Heath National Newspaper Association The National Newspaper Association has confirmed that the unified reporting of electronic subscriptions on one form with print subscribers, PS Form 3526, Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation, is scheduled for release in hard copy and in the PostalOne! postage payment system computers for use in September for the October 1 filing date. Newspapers that use the 3526 to show circulations to advertisers will now have one complete form available. Although this was the way NNA envisioned it when asking for this rule change back in the last decade, bureaucratic snafus, release schedules, and personnel retirements at the U.S. Postal Service all

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combined to thwart our efforts even after the approval three years ago. And, in other news, NNA is working on a new proposal to eliminate the “marked copy” for periodicals. Instead, publishers would be able to keep their marked copies on file for later audit. This streamlined compliance rule will aid publishers in timely filing of their mailing

statements. The August PostalOne! “Release 38” contains the change that is scheduled for use on Sept. 7, 2014, according to MTAC representative Brad Hill, president of Interlink Software. Other USPS headquarters personnel had given reassurances, but this was the first tangible evidence of that. This means that the 3526-X form that was required in 2012 and 2013 to report electronic subscriptions as an addendum will now be a third page of the previous 3526 form. The 3526-X will cease to exist. For paid newspapers, there will be one unified 3526 with print and e-sub reporting. Likewise, for requester periodicals, there will be a unified 3526-R for print and erequesters. Both hard copy forms are already posted on Postal Explorer website. Scroll down the

left blue toolbar to “Postage Statements,” then “Periodicals forms” and you will see the updated 3526 and 3526-R dated 7-2014. The new form allows combining the total paid print and electronic copies for both “Issue closest to filing date” and “Average copies for previous 12 months,” achieving NNA’s goal to get recognition for electronically-fulfilled subscriptions or requester copies added for those newspapers for whom the Statement of Ownership is their legal proof of circulation for advertisers, advertising agencies, and public notices. This change will include accessibility of a single automated online form that can be completed electronically via PostalOne!. Many NNA members prefer to file the document electronically rather than hard copy.

Display pages keep art in joy of reading the paper By Jim Slusher Reprinted from the Daily Herald, Arlington Heights What caught my attention was the headline for Wednesday’s Food section: SIPPING AWAY ... SUMMER DAYS ... and the pleasant, break a few rules design. The words sipping and summer in a soft peach color to match the tall pitchers of lemonade cocktails dominating the page. A long, vertical straw screened behind the text linking the main story and sidebar below. It was, if you'll pardon the word play, sweet. And it reminded me of a characteristic of newspapers feature page design that's lost in the translation to online delivery (unless you read our e-edition; more about that in a moment.) Page design is an important aspect of the newspaper experience

every day and on every page. On our front page, design plays a particularly important and diverse role striving both to attract your attention and indicate the relative weight and seriousness of each story on the page. On feature pages, presentation can focus on a single theme, so the page designer faces a more expansive and visual challenge. The result is a display that both acknowledges your willingness to settle in and relax with a given story on a large printed page and encourages you to that end. Webpage design is also critical, of course, but it serves avery different, more frenetic function, generally reflecting the way most of us surf, scroll or simply dash through webpages on a computer monitor or a screen that fits in the palm of a hand. As the Web transforms the way people interact with news sources and financial pressures

strain the availability of newsprint, the opportunities for more expansive feature design are declining. But they still abound in such sections as Food, Time Out! and Home & Garden. Our Food sections this summer have been particularly appealing. Among these, feast your eyes again, apologies for the word play - on the June 6 project headlined "Off center." Or, look back at Home &Garden in June and July (see especially the colorful Adirondack chairs gracing "What homeowners want" on June 1 or the creative crafts commanding "Show your spirit" on July 1). Our Friday Time Out! entertainment sections explode with creativity on nearly every title page and certainly in the weekly doubletruck centerspread. (Take special note of such projects over the past few weeks as "Summer beat," "Testing the waters" and "All the world's a stage.")

In these and so many more examples, our designers use a creative blend of typography, photography and graphic artistry to tell a story that goes beyond the mere words of the pieces on display. It's a particularly pleasant experience. Which brings me back to the e-edition. Here, we blend the interactivity and flexibility of the Web experience with the visual appeal and expanse of the original print edition to create truly the perfect newspaper. If you read us online but haven't tried the eedition yet, you should give it a try. It's available free to seven-day subscribers at our website, dailyherald.com. Click the "Activate" button at the top right of the page if you haven't activated already. It could make a true newspaper reader of you again. If nothing else, for the peculiar pleasure of reading a newspaper, it will keep fresh the waning art of art.


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Research, assumptions short-change value of print advertising I’ve had this column noodling around in my brain for several months. I propose that we need to get more aggressive as an industry about the value of print advertising in the wake of the growing perception among ad agencies, media buyers and even the general public that “print is dead.” We run into this every day at our for-profit affiliate, AdOhio, in our efforts to generate revenue for newspapers. Overcoming the growing, negative perception about the value of print is our biggest obstacle to getting meetings with key advertising decision-makers. We believe that whenever we can get in the door, we have a compelling story. I can assure you that no one prepares harder for a client meeting than our AdOhio leaders, Frank Beeson and Walt Dozier. Getting the door to open is the hard part. I know many of you face the same issues. I see it in the Legislature in which even those lawmakers who really appreciate newspapers wonder and worry what will become of us. For all the typical griping about coverage I hear, they know that, beyond a few exceptions in the broadcast ranks, print journalists are the ones with the time, depth of knowledge and ongoing interest to do the best job of reporting publicpolicy issues. Members sometimes ask us why we don’t get more political advertising in print. The main reason is that most political consultants tell candidates it’s free media, and that print advertising wastes money. I would not suggest that television political advertising isn’t necessary, but candidates should question the ridiculously high percentage of spending on television. The consultants usually don’t say

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much about the mark-ups and profits they realize from producing television commercials or the waste involved in buying television for legislative districts that serve only a slice of a market. Perhaps the candidates and parties that aren’t winning these days should try something different. The recent announcement that Cincinnati-based E.W. Scripps Co. is spinning off their newspapers into a new company in a complicated deal with Journal Communications in Milwaukee motivated me to finally write what I’ve been thinking. Then came Tuesday’s announcement that the Gannett Co. plans the same sort of split into broadcast and print parts. Much of the coverage of the Scripps-Journal transaction omits a key point: The new Journal Media Group will start life debt-free. (Gannett executives say this also will be true of the new Gannett newspaper company.) This is huge. Businesses with heavy debt loads must factor that into every decision. I know that we have ONA members who are doing the best they can to serve their communities and move forward under these challenging circumstances. The “newspapers are dead” crowd forgets that most newspa-

The ‘newspapers are dead’ crowd forgets that most newspapers have operating profits and will continue to operate profitably for the foreseeable future. pers have operating profits and will continue to operate profitably for the foreseeable future. The “newspapers are dead” crowd also forgets that most newspapers do not have an audience problem. If you aggregate the print and digital audiences of most local newspapers, even subtracting duplication, you find that audiences for that content are as big as or bigger than ever. Newspapers led the way among traditional media in embracing the Internet. We’re still innovating. Should we have done more? Could newspapers have invented Craigslist, LinkedIn and other services that have ripped revenue streams to shreds? Absolutely, but the “dinosaur” stereotype isn’t fair and doesn’t fit. However, newspapers have revenue challenges. We’re not alone in that club, and there is no sugar-coating that. Advertisers have many more options. Consider the local car dealer, who feels he has to have his own social media manager, a website that is mobile-optimized and some presence on sites such as AutoTrader.com and Cars.com. His pie of marketing dollars isn’t growing nearly as fast as the demands on it. Then he keeps reading stories

about declining circulation and struggling newspapers. All the signals he receives, except from his newspaper sales rep, are that he should reconsider what he spends in print. And, of course, reps for other media are happy to talk to him about shifting dollars their way without mentioning massive audience fragmentation or other issues they’re facing. But guess what? His customers still want and expect him to be in the newspaper. Despite all the negativity he absorbs about our medium, he knows that the newspaper helps him sell cars. Isn’t that the bottom line? Still, those three or four full-page ads from past years might be down to one now. Here’s an example of what hurts us: I see stories almost every day, and so do our advertisers, about market research arguing that print gets a disproportionate share of advertising dollars relative to time spent while mobile in particular deserves a greater share. These studies need strong responses. Rarely does this research discuss items that should be far more important to an advertiser: The desirability of the medium for advertising and engagement with advertising. Print is, by far, the medium in which advertising is most wanted and invited. Print has two qualities that are not possible to accomplish nearly as well, if at all, in other media: Our advertising is obvious but not intrusive. Think about that; then say it again. Print advertising is obvious but not intrusive. For advertising to be obvious in most other media, it must be intrusive, forcing you to consume it involuntarily or take a specific action such as setting your

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Hetzel continued from page 6 DVR to skip commercials. The latter action, of course, has no value for the advertiser. This is a big problem with traditional radio: Listening to long commercial blocks while you are trapped in your car is annoying. Most of us change the station. Billboards intrude on our driving concentration. Studies show consumers make a “trash or keep” decision on direct mail in less than a few seconds. In the case of many digital products, advertising isn’t obvious enough. For digital advertising to become obvious, it often must be highly intrusive, such as forcing you to watch commercials before you can read a story or taking over a newspaper’s home page with animated ads that cover up the con-

tent. Digital marketing is getting better and more sophisticated, but it still must overcome engagement obstacles that print simply doesn’t have. With a newspaper, you can’t miss the advertising. Indeed, many readers spend an hour or more thumbing through the Sunday inserts, which smart advertisers such as Macy’s and many others know continue to get results. Or, you can choose to ignore the ads. You don’t resent the presence of the ads if you aren’t interested, and you really appreciate them if you do. We also are a medium in which advertising is highly credible and trusted. And, by the way, newspapers offered targeting solutions based on geography and demographics – not to mention deep, rich local coverage — long before these became hot-button topics. Research often gives short-shrift as

Page 7 well to the quality of time spent. You aren’t multi-tasking when you read the paper — whether it is the physical paper or the digital edition. You are engaged with the product. You are paying attention. You are looking at everything on that page. This is why I was so glad to see a recent article from the International Newspaper Marketing Association on “Six reasons to reconsider time spent with media when considering ad placement.” Some key points from this great article, which I am quoting directly: • What we spend most of our time doing does not necessarily represent a good opportunity for advertising. • The time-spent argument does not peel away the content and get at time spent with ads — this is what advertisers really want to know. • Do users want ads? In

many cases — NO! • Engagement must be a factor. The article notes that “lean-in media are those that users give their full attention to … lean-back media allow the user to do other things at the same time.” I don’t have to tell this audience what type of medium newspapers represent. I think our industry must become clearer and more aggressive to tout our inherent, unusual advantages. We must undercut these shallow arguments based on time spent or shifting media usage habits that don’t tell the whole story. We can proudly defend our products – and our ad rates. Hands down, newspapers are where advertising is wanted and invited the most. We still have great stories to tell.

‘Tuning in’ to the competition Herald & Review employees assist in collecting ad info Reprinted from The Louisiana Press Employees of the Herald & Review in Decatur (39,765, Monday– Saturday; 41,249, Sunday) were paid to listen to the radio - and they helped their paper snare some important advertising from the competition at the same time. As part of the internal “Listen and Win!” radio contest, the paper asked employees to listen to the radio and write down any ads they heard. The employees and their family members could fill out a form that included information on the advertiser, what station the ad ran

on, what time the ad ran and what offer was made. Once the employee had 10 ads on the form, he or she submitted the form to the publisher’s secretary. Once a week, the paper randomly drew a winner and gave that person $100. Each form filled out gave employees an additional shot at winning the cash prize. In the most productive week, the paper collected 100 forms from staffers. “We got participation from everyone - the newsroom, circulation, you name it - and some people went crazy, putting in four, five, six sheets a week,” says Kristi Grooms, advertising director. “We had a lot of people put in one or two forms a week. We even had the graphics staff sitting there while they were working, listening to the radio and writing ads down!”

Held last year, the contest was promoted in the paper’s internal employee newsletter. “Watch for your winning name in the paper to collect your prize and watch for our progress!” the newsletter urged its staff. The paper also got word out about its contest through the building’s voice mail phone system. The contest ran for a couple of months. “It was explained that radio stations can just look at your paper every day and have a prospect list, but we don’t have a tangible thing to see what they’re doing,” Grooms says. “We explained to employees that we want customers to spend money right away - that we could make a difference with these advertisers, rather than have them waste money (on radio advertising).” Using the employee-collected data, the paper’s advertising staff compiled a list of prospective

advertisers and went out to pitch sales to them. At the same time, the paper held workshops for sales reps on selling against the competition. A month-long blitz brought in $100,000 in new advertising. A significant number of the new clients came from the radio contest. “We targeted radio because that’s where a lot of our local dollars are,” Grooms says. “Not all of the new ads were from our prospect list, but quite a few were.” The employee newsletter kept people posted on how much new advertising revenue was sold as a result of the employees’ hard work. “We had feedback so people knew they were helping,” Grooms says. The ads turned in came from a healthy cross-section of different radio stations, Grooms says. “That’s another little thing we shared with the salespeople – that this represents just a snippet of the market.”


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Journalism education a good investment for everyone It's crunch time – not only for journalism, but for journalism education. Just as news organizations are faced with declining revenues, reduced or consolidated staff and other changes that affect how they do what they do, so are the schools that provide that initial spark for students to learn journalism, and that train them to practice it. So, more than ever before, professional journalists and student journalists – and the programs that educate and support them – need each other. That's the premise behind a new initiative of the Illinois Journalism Education Association, the statewide organization representing scholastic journalism teachers and advisers. The Professional Liaison Committee's original mission was set out as “working to identify where and how professional journalists are partnering with scholastic journalism programs in their communities across the state, and to encourage, support and help expand those efforts.” But over the past several months of actually talking and corresponding with professionals, it's clear that we need to add to that mission an imperative to help get the word out to schools that, as one editor put it, “the industry is not dead, it is just changing.”

More than ever before, professional journalists and students need each other Just reading the headlines about our business – as many school board members and administrators probably do – might lead them to believe that journalism would be an easy place to make cuts in a tight budget. But as schools lose journalism programs, the industry loses young people who might never discover their interests and talents in journalism – losing a skilled, passionate, creative pool of talent at a time when it is needed more than ever. It's not that educators aren't aware of the value of journalism education. A recent article by Jim Streisel in Education Week, called “Journalism Class and the Value of Project-Based Learning,” describes how the process of putting together a student publication plugs directly in to the “21st century skills” that are on education's cutting edge: collaboration, communication, critical thinking – “an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem or challenge.” If that sounds like what you do on deadline every day or week, it is – and that's why students who are trained as journalists are also equipped to succeed in any other field they may choose to pursue.

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While we want them for our own profession, of course, this means that the students who don't go into journalism will certainly not have wasted their time studying it.

So one of the first things IJEA wants to do is to help get your message out – not just to its member teachers and advisers, but to the school boards, administrators and curriculum committees that make decisions about whether to offer journalism, and how it's offered. Toward that end, we're asking professional journalists to share with us – say, in 100 words or less – why it's important to you that school journalism programs be retained, and even expanded. Not just why it's important in general – why it's important to YOU, in your community, at your publication, as you face the challenges you face. We need responses from communities and publications of all sizes and frequencies; it's encouraging that some of the first feedback we've received is from smaller newspapers, whose concerns reflect – but aren't identical to – the “headline” issues those decision-makers read about.

Your feedback will not just be “good PR” for scholastic journalism; it will be ammunition that can be used with school boards and administrators when programs are threatened. The more of your comments and stories we get, the more likely it is that they will make a difference. Incidentally, if you support the Illinois Press Foundation, you're already supporting scholastic journalism. The IPF sponsors the All-State Journalism Team Luncheon held annually at the Governor’s Mansion, and also supports Southern Illinois Scholastic Press Association and the Eastern Illinois University and the Southern Illinois UniversityCarbondale summer journalism camps for high-school students. So please take a few minutes to share your thoughts on why it's still important to you that schools continue to offer journalism and provide student-media experiences. You can email your responses to the IJEA Professional Liaison Initiative at ijea.pli@gmail.com. Thanks!

Greg Bilbrey is editor of the Daily News in Robinson and a member of the Illinois Journalism Education Association board, chairing the Professional Liaison Committee. He also serves as co-adviser of the Warrior at Casey-Westfield High School.


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IPF partners with McCormick Foundation on summer journalism camps With help from McCormick Foundation grant funding and contributions from participants in the Illinois Press Foundation’s ACORN program, the IPF once again sup-

Students from around Illinois took

ported high school journalism camps at Eastern Illinois University and Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Approximately 30 students from all over the state took part in the camps. At EIU, where the camp is a two-week, residential program, professional journalists contribute their time to help with layout and design instruction, writing, editing, interviewing and part in the camps. photography.

Students also spend time at area newspapers serving “mini internships.” IPA member newspapers that graciously accommodated students included the ChampaignUrbana News-Gazette, Mattoon Journal Gazette-Times-Courier, Decatur Herald and Review, Robinson Daily News and Taylorville Breeze-Courier. “I loved my internship because the people at Decatur were amazing,” student Tara Schumal said. “They treat you like you’re one of them and they taught me a lot. Before this camp I wanted to be a journalist, and even after the internship, I now want to be a journalist even more.” At SIUC, where the camp is one week, students attend lectures on a variety of topics, including the

future of journalism, freedom of the press and journalism and the law. They also learn the basics of writing a story, practice interviewing skills, what is news and how to find stories. In addition, campers do actual field work in producing photography and video for online use. Students also visit television station WSIL in Carterville to observe an evening newscast. A major component of both camps is introducing students to the concepts of news literacy, which is designed to teach them to be better consumers of news. News literacy is the ability to use critical thinking skills to judge the reliability and credibility of news reports, whether they come via print, television or the Internet.


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Illinois newspapers’ support asked in locating missing Vietnam vet photos The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation project, “Faces Never Forgotten,” needs help locating missing photos of Vietnam veterans from Illinois. While IPA member newspapers have already helped locate approximately 50 missing photographs of military members killed in action, many more remain to be found. Please consider publishing this information once again in your publications. The photos will help complete an electronic “Wall of Faces” in the new education center at the Vietnam Memorial Wall. (View the gallery in progress at http://www.vvmf. org/Wall-of-Faces/.) Newspapers and newspaper associations across the country are being asked to help locate missing photos. If there is a missing photo of a soldier from your area you may have a photo in your archive. Another idea would be to publish ads or editorial content seeking help from readers in reaching anyone who may have a photo of the soldier. (A story about this project could be a perfect Veteran’s Day news or feature story.) If there are many soldiers in your area, perhaps the effort could be part of an advertising page or special section. Once images are located, the Illinois Press Association will collect the photos from member newspapers. Please send images as jpegs or PDF’s to Barry Locher at blocher@illinoispress.org. To determine if there are soldiers from your community: 1. Go to: http://www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/ 2. Click Advanced Search, to the right of the search box. 3. Input a city or county and “Illinois.” 4. Scroll to the last box and check: Does not have a default photo 5. Hit submit.


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Journalist lovingly keeps track of her hometown By Dawn Schabbing Reprinted from the Mattoon Journal Gazette & Times-Courier

than a job – to me, it’s another way to give back to my hometown. A town can’t truly thrive without a newspaper keeping people informed. I am fortunate that I am able to make a living doing something that is so very appreciated by people near and far. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to do what

Janice Hunt appreciates good memories and believes in keeping those memories alive for generations to come. For her many efforts in recent years in the community of Oakland, she has been selected as a 20 Under 40 recipient this year. In a nomination by the Oakland Chamber of Commerce, it was mentioned the energy she put into the 2012 event, “OHS: 90 Years of Memories,” plus using social media and creating websites to keep people abreast of events in the community. The chamber also added that she helped save Oakland’s Lions Water Fountain. “All of the things we like about our communities are the result of people’s efforts. Now it’s our turn to give back a little to make things a little better than we found them. There are opportunities all around us, big and small, every day, and even the smallest contriJanice Hunt, 38, publishes her hometown butions are very rewarding. People appreciate it so much,” Photo by Ken Trevarthan. said Hunt, 38. In addition, she’s made publish- I’ve always wanted to do in my hometown,” she said. ing her hometown newspaper her Apparently perfectly suited for career, spending many hours each the new career, Hunt said her fasciweek keeping the public informed nation with newspapers stems deep of happenings about town for her subscribers. She considers the news- into her childhood. “My grandparents gave me a blue plastic typepaper to be just as much of a comwriter when I was about six, and I munity service as it is her job. used it to type up a family newspa“It’s not something a person would per. I looked forward to reading the do without a genuine love of the Oakland newspaper each week, and community,” Hunt said. from at least junior high on, I read “It’s very time- consuming and the Times-Courier each morning a lot of work. But I consider it more

before school,” she said. Later, while still a college student, she began working for the Journal Gazette/Times-Courier, where she had duties such as reporting, copy editing and page designing until 2004. Following that she took a position in public relations at EIU. “Last June, I purchased my

newspaper, the Oakland Independent. hometown newspaper, realizing a lifelong dream and getting back to my journalism roots. I quit my EIU job to concentrate on my new endeavor. The newspaper was named the Country Crossroads; I changed it to Oakland Independent, a nod to Oakland’s original name, Independence,” she said. Hunt said people are very appreciative that a hometown girl has taken on the task of publishing the local newspaper. In addition to

writing and taking photos, Hunt also designs the entire newspaper each week, along with handling the advertising, circulation and business end of the newspaper. Aside from a few trusty helpers, she mostly does it all. “My dad (Harold Hunt), along with some helpers, renovated the front part of the newspaper office, which was built on the square in 1887. My mom (Bev Hunt) is my proofreader. Jesse Jones of Kansas volunteers coverage of TriCounty sports. Don Douglas, a 90-year-old Hindsboro resident, delights readers with his humorous weekly column,” Hunt said. “People might think there’s not much to cover in a small town, but each issue is packed as full as I can get it. I work hard to keep people informed of what’s going on the community. Each issue is a good mix of important local news, interesting features and quirky small-town items. And as for the Lion water fountain, she said it was a popular thing for children of the community. But, when she noticed her niece and nephew weren’t able to enjoy the fountain, she helped raise some funds to get it repaired and running again. The local Lions Club didn’t have the funds to correct the issues, so Hunt created a Facebook page for this cause. “Donations came from several cities and even other states. The plumbing and a hole in the fiberglass Lion were repaired with donated labor, and the lion was repainted,” she said.


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The technology that will stimulate journalism’s future is now here To say technology has changed the newspaper media industry is understating the obvious. While much discussion focuses on how we read the news, technology is changing the way we report the news. The image of a reporter showing up to a scene with a pen and a pad is iconic but lost to the vestiges of time. I am asked frequently about the future of newspapers and, in particular, what does a successful future look like. For journalists, to be successful is to command multiple technologies and share news with readers in new and exciting ways. One example of what the future may hold for journalists lies with Google Glass and the likely explosion of wearable tech. Experts such as Robert Hernandez, Journalism Professor at the University of Southern California, suggest that technology is advancing so quickly it is only a matter of time before mobile is outdated and replaced by wearable. Think about the unlimited potential that wearable technology would provide for journalists. Hernandez is preparing to teach a class at USC this fall, entitled Glass Journalism, which will focus solely on this potential. By focusing on wearable technology today and developing strategies for its use, newspapers are in the position to be trend-setters in using Glass to record interviews, take photos and publish content using a device that could become as ubiquitous as a cell phone. We use technology in our daily lives to keep up with our social circles. Newspapers are using technology to ensure we can stay connected to the news, and thus, our communi-

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ty—whether local, national or global. In Missouri, The Columbia Daily Tribune is literally mapping out what happens every day thanks to data-mapping technology. On its Neighborhoods site, the newspaper aggregates data from public and private sources to map it. The hyper-local website features arrest reports, coupons, event listings, information on activities of fire and police departments, news stories and restaurant inspections on a map. Thanks to its responsive design, the site is easy to navigate on laptops, smartphones and tablets. It is an example of a newspaper using technology to move its journalism forward for readers. So will humans always be doing the writing or simply programming robots to do so? That once-preposterous question is not so preposterous now. Automation technology has led to articles being created by machines instead of people. This issue first came to the forefront in March when the Los Angeles Times used a program to generate a story in seconds on an earthquake based on U.S. Geological Survey data. In June, the Associated Press announced it would be using automation technology to produce

corporate earnings stories based on financial data. With this new technology in place, Associated Press reporters are able to focus more on in-depth reporting while the “robots” deliver the story on numbers. Not all of this technology will be immediately greeted with fanfare, such as the Federal Aviation Association’s recent ban on commercial drones. While the future of drone journalism remains up in the air, it speaks to the importance of newspapers and journalists to stay ahead of technology and develop strategies to implement those new technologies. As I meet with newspaper executives from around the world, the word that continually pops up is innovation. What can we do that’s different? How can we use technology to further our industry? We are starting to see more and more newspaper companies adopting new forms of technology and the early results have been impressive. I expect these advancements to increase dramatically as our journalism students – those most likely to embrace new technologies – become our newspaper reporters and editors. Technology will continue to develop and change how we operate – bringing with it new challenges and learning curves. What will not change is the public’s demand for news and information, the kind that helps them manage their personal lives and make decisions as educated citizens in the public realm. Newspaper media will continue to satisfy this public demand using the tools of technological innovation. We will expand our audiences and engage them in novel and exciting ways.

Old Sun-Times printing plant sold; will host data centers Reprinted from the Chicago SunTimes One of the country’s fastestgrowing data center operators has bought the shuttered Chicago SunTimes printing plant and will pour more than $200 million into developing and expanding it to house multiple companies’ computers. QTS Realty Trust Inc., a real estate investment trust based in Overland Park, Kansas, paid $18 million for the empty plant and its surrounding 30 acres. The building closed in 2011. QTS closed on the purchase of the 317,000 square-foot building in early July, and it foresees the site eventually hosting more than 200 companies' computer needs, said Chad Williams, company founder, CEO and chairman. The expanded 400,000 squarefoot data center — a cavernous, temperature-controlled, fortresssecured building that houses Web servers, network services and storage equipment — is expected to open in early 2016, Williams said QTS could further expand the data center in the future. The data center will employ about 80 fulltime and 30 contract employees. The 80 employees will include security, operations and technology services personnel, Williams said. The company will invest more than $200 million on the initial build-out, which will create 200 to 300 construction jobs. Williams said QTS also will donate to local nonprofit groups and that the company encourages its employees to get involved in the community. QTS has applied for a lower property-tax assessment valued at $7 million over 12 years, which the City Council would have to approve.


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AROUND THE STATE — Publisher 22nd Century Media LLC is launching two new newspapers in the Chicago suburbs. The first is a Glencoe paper that will hit the stands this month, and the second is a weekly serving the Lake Forest and Lake Bluff suburbs that will come out in February. These suburbs represent an ideal market, with 90 percent of people owning their homes and earning a household income of $90,000 a year, according to Jack Ryan, owner of 22nd Century Media. “The people in those markets care about their biggest financial investment, their homes, and about their biggest emotional investment, their kids,” Ryan said. To that end, coverage will include local happenings such as kids’ sports and changes in real

Two new papers launch in Chicago suburbs estate values. Ryan said that while Web advertising is weak, subscriber and advertiser demand for the printed product remains strong. With the addition of the two new papers, 22nd Century Media will have a collective print and digital circulation of 175,000 in suburban Chicago.

Collinsville and Granite City newspapers combine The Collinsville Herald and the Granite City Press-Record have been combined into a single Wednesday publication under one flag now known as the Madison County Journal. The Madison County Journal will reach the same communities the other two papers did, including Collinsville, Granite City,

Edwardsville, Pontoon Beach, Glen Carbon, Madison, Maryville, Venice, Troy, Mitchell and Caseyville.

Gazette earns national honors The Galena Gazette was honored by the National Newspaper Association (NNA) for its coverage of the Honor Flight of Greater Dubuque, as well as for its special section honoring Jo Daviess County firefighters. After veterans traveled on the Honor Flight in September, 2013, Editor Hillary Dickerson and reporter Paul Gothard contacted the local veterans and interviewed each one. The resulting feature stories and photos were collected in a special publication that was published in October. The Gazette earned an honorable mention for the publication in

the Community Service category. “This category included newspapers from weekly as well as daily newspapers. I’m pleased the NNA saw the value in Hillary and Paul's hard work,” said Publisher P. Carter Newton. The fire department special section – which also ran in October – was honored as well. The project spotlighted fire departments in each community of Jo Daviess County, and earned second-place honors in the Best Multiple Advertiser Special Section category.

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State continued from page 16 The Jacksonville Journal-Courier and The Alton Telegraph, both owned by Civitas Media, have unveiled upgrades of the papers’ websites, making the sites easier to navigate, faster to load and more effective for advertisers. The new websites are largely the result of feedback from both readers and advertisers during the past several months. Among improved and upgraded features are: Easier to read headlines with one-click accessibility to stories. Faster loading and navigation for increased convenience and speedier response. Better organization of top stories, sports, opinion,

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features, entertainment and other specific news and information categories. Better connectivity and oneclick integration with popular social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Pinterest and more. A rotating display of the top stories of the day, and more multimedia pre-sentations including videos and photo albums. A home page calendar featuring the latest upcoming events and happenings. More options for advertisers to reach the broadest possible audience, and to better interact with consumers.

Mason County Democrat adds new content An “Area Nature Network” fea-

ture column is being written by Katie Bradshaw, who has extensive experience in the areas of science and nature-related subjects. Bradshaw graduated from Bradley University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science Biology. In addition, she has experience working for The Nature Conservancy at the Emiquon Preserve as a land steward intern. “It was a perfect way for me to start out after college because I was able to experience a lot of different aspects of maintaining a nature preserve,” Bradshaw said. She was also able to work with the Illinois Natural History Survey to do fish community and aquatic vegetation surveys. Assisting with those surveys led to her current position as a

field technician at the Illinois River Biological Station.

Tribune Publishing begins new era Reprinted in part from the Chicago Tribune On August 4, Tribune Publishing spun off from Tribune Co. and began a new chapter as a standalone company. Its stock began regular trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TPUB on August 5, which is also when its board of directors met for the first time in Chicago. The board’s job will be to represent shareholders in the publicly traded company and

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PRESS PEOPLE Thompson joins Quincy Herald-Whig Alyse Thompson has joined the Quincy Herald-Whig as a news reporter with primary responsibilities of covering Northeast Missouri. Originally from West Chicago, Thompson graduated from Western Illinois University in Macomb, where she served as managing editor of the Western Thompson Courier, the institution’s student newspaper. She graduated in December, 2012. After graduation, Thompson became editor of the Canton Daily Ledger. She covered Canton City Council and police and courts, in addition to managing a three-person staff.

Beacom named general manager in southern Illinois Jamie Beacom of Ashtabula, Ohio, has been named general manager of the McLeansboro TimesLeader and the Mt. Vernon RegisterNews. Beacom comes to Southern Illinois from the Ashtabula Star Beacon, where he has been serving as its advertising director. Beacom is a 1991 graduate of Kent State University in Ohio, and has a bachelor’s degree in business management.

Ben Shaw leaving family company Reprinted from Sauk Valley Media Ben Shaw, chief technology officer at Shaw Media, will leave his family’s company for a job opportunity abroad. Shaw, 38, has accepted a position as senior digital consultant with the World Association of

Newspapers, and will be based in Frankfurt, Germany. Shaw joined the family business in 2004, starting as a systems technician at the Kane County Chronicle. Three years later, he moved to Shaw Corporate, and was named IT director. In 2010, Shaw was Shaw promoted to chief digital officer, before assuming his current leadership post in November 2013. Shaw has worked abroad before, teaching at Namseoul University in South Korea in 2002 and 2003. He also has participated in several technology expos world-wide, which is how he found this job opportunity. “I really wasn’t looking, but when I saw this job and the travel opportunities, it was just too good to not give it a shot,” Shaw said. “It’s a very good fit for my skill set.” Shaw’s new employer also has offices in Paris and Singapore. He will help develop media strategies for larger media companies, most of which are members of WAN-IFRA. Both Ben and his father, Shaw Media CEO Tom Shaw, called the move bittersweet. “It was a tough decision,” Ben Shaw said. “There’s such a great staff and culture here, and I appreciated the opportunity to work with my father and brother.” “It’s a wonderful opportunity for him, and as a father, I’m very excited for him,” Tom Shaw said. “But he was so valuable to the company, and he leaves big shoes to fill.” Tom Shaw said his son provided great insight and leadership during a time of rapid technology changes within the newspaper industry. “Not

only did he help navigate through it all, he made us innovative enough to do some amazing things for a company our size,” he said. “But we have built a great team, and the process will continue.” Ben’s last day with Shaw Media was August 22. He and his wife, Joon, planned to be in Germany by September 1.

Durreman named publisher Beth Durreman is the new publisher for the Paris Beacon-News. She brings a diverse background of newspaper and media experience to the position. “I’m a community oriented person,” she said, noting that while living in Durreman Lebanon, Mo., she was a member of the Optimist Club, Business and Professional Women and started a community theater group. Her career began in 1988 at the Lebanon Daily Record, where she worked in various positions.

Lawenceville Daily Record hires new staffer Jennifer May has rejoined the Lawrenceville Daily Record as the lifestyles editor. She will also assist with production and special sections. She had previously worked in sales at the newspaper. She is a graduate of Lawrenceville High School and Lincoln Trail College, where she studied to be a pharmacy technician.

Kamp takes over as sports editor; Meyers joins staff Matt Kamp is the Edwardsville

Intelligencer’s new sports editor. He was formerly a sports reporter for the paper. He takes over for Bill Roseberry. Kamp, who was hired as a sports reporter in August 2010, had also been a freelance writer for the newspaper since 2002. “I am honored to take over as sports editor for the Intelligencer,” Kamp said. “The focus will continue to be on covering the local sports scene, including junior varsity and freshmen, in a timely manner. “Being a graduate of EHS, I know how important the high school sports scene is to the community.” Also, Evan Meyers will be added to the sports staff as a reporter. He was an intern for the sports department during the summer and recently graduated from SIUE. “I am excited to actually get to do what I went to school for right out of school,” he said.

New hire for Review Atlas in Monmouth The Review Atlas in Monmouth has welcomed Matt Dutton, a Monmouth native, Dutton as a staff reporter. Dutton graduated from United High School and later from Monmouth College. He also interned at the Review Atlas in 2012 and worked as a weekend reporter at the Galesburg RegisterMail. “We’re all excited to have Matt on board," said Review Atlas editor Jake Bolitho. “Given his past experience and strong ties to the Monmouth area, I think he’ll be an excellent addition to the paper's staff.” Dutton will serve as a general


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PRESS PEOPLE assignment reporter, covering various subjects and parts of Warren County.

Paris Beacon-News welcomes new reporters Thomas Hardesty has joined the Paris Beacon-News as a sports reporter, and Denise Cravens as a general assignment reporter. Hardesty worked as an English teacher at McLean High Hardesty School in Terre Haute, Ind. for the past two years. He is a graduate of Indiana State University where he worked for the student newspaper. Cravens served as an intern at the Beacon-News while Cravens in high school and has written for the paper periodically for the past 11 years.

David joins Journal-Pilot staff Travis David has been selected as sports editor and staff writer of the Hancock County Journal-Pilot. David, who resides in Quincy, will take over the local sports beat as well as handling various local news and feature stories. In previous stops, David has been a sports reporter for daily papers at the Greene County Daily David World (Linton, Ind.), Pekin Daily Times, Peoria Journal Star and the Daily Herald (Northwest Chicago Suburbs). The 2007 Indiana State University grad is originally from

southern Indiana, where he attended Sullivan High School and lettered in football, wrestling, baseball and track. David started his college career at Eastern Illinois University on a wrestling scholarship before transferring to Indiana State and receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Print Journalism and communications.

Vaughn joins staff in Anna Lindsey Rae Vaughn of Olive Branch has joined the staff of The Gazette-Democrat in Anna. Vaughn is a 2014 graduate of Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo., where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Vaughn worked as an intern at The Gazette Democrat during the summer of 2013. She will be working as Vaughn a full-time reporter and photographer while also maintaining the newspaper’s website and social media presence.

Veteran finance exec at Chicago Tribune retiring Longtime Chicago Tribune financial executive Phil Doherty, who helped navigate the newspaper company through some of the most challenging times in its history, has announced his retirement. The 29-year veteran held key financial positions with Tribune Co. and the Chicago Tribune. He most recently served as chief financial officer and Doherty general manager of Chicago Tribune Media Group.

Tribune Co., now known as Tribune Media, spun off the Chicago Tribune and nine other daily newspapers into a stand-alone company in early August. Doherty joined Chicago-based Tribune Co. in 1985 as manager of financial reporting, rising to assistant controller. In 1994, he moved to overseeing the newspaper group, first as director of finance, then as chief financial officer. He played an important role in the 2000 acquisition of Times Mirror Co. for $8.3 billion, which brought the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, the Baltimore Sun and other newspapers

into the Tribune Co. fold. “While I was involved a little bit in the acquisition process, my main role was the integration of all those newspapers financially into our company,” said Doherty, 58. In 2001, Doherty became chief financial officer of Chicago Tribune Media Group, adding the role of general manager last year. Before joining the Chicago Tribune, Doherty was an audit manager at Arthur Andersen, the former Chicago-based accounting firm.


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Industry Deaths Stan Buckles Stan Buckles, a writer and columnist for the Rockford Register Star, died June 17. He was 89. Buckles wrote for the Rockford Morning Star and Rockford Register Star from the 1950’s until his retirement in 1990. “He was a fine writer. He took Buckles his watchdog role very seriously,” said Judy Emerson, a former Register Star

columnist who joined Buckles on the editorial page in 1985. “I think he really understood the plight of the working person and the struggling family. He could relate to them. He called it like he saw it. People appreciated that.”

Earl Calloway Reprinted in part from the Chicago Tribune Earl Calloway, a talented singer who performed in operas across the country, reported on fine arts for the Chicago Defender newspaper for nearly 50 years, died Aug. 20 in Chicago. He was 87. “He was a great

promoter of the arts, and he was a brilliant writer and interpreter of cultural events with a particular passion for music and culture,” said the Rev. Calloway Jesse Jackson. “He was a critical observer of the full spectrum of music, including many of the operatic singers who did not get their popular due.” Born in Birmingham, Ala., Mr. Calloway earned a degree from Roosevelt University’s Chicago

Musical College and later took courses at Chicago State University and Governors State University. Early in his journalism career, Mr. Calloway worked for the Associated Negro Press, the Chicago Courier and the Negro Press International. In September 1963, he joined the staff of the Defender and quickly made a mark. “When Mr. Calloway was at his peak, he caused readers to look at the black newspaper differently,” said former Defender Managing Editor Glenn Reedus. “Coverage of the fine arts had been so erratic. It hadn’t been a staple,

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Honest, candid, loyal: Callahan recalled for advice, integrity By Bernard Schoenburg Reprinted from The State Journal-Register Political Writer Gene Callahan was a Democrat, but both sides of the political aisle remember the positive influence of the former chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Alan Dixon and director of government relations for Major League Baseball. Callahan, father of U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, died Aug. 4 at his Springfield home of an apparent heart attack, family members said. He was 80. “On his last day on earth, he was doing exactly what he would have wanted,” Bustos said. She said her father attended a fundraiser for her campaign at Norb Andy’s in Springfield on Sunday, and shared time there with close friends and family members. At home that night, she added, her father watched baseball and told her mother, Ann, twice before going to sleep, that he loved her. “He loved his family,” Bustos said. “He loved his friends and baseball and Democratic politics and the state of Illinois. He just had a passion for all of those to his core.” U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, a Springfield Democrat, called Callahan

a trusted friend. “I never made an important decision in my political life without calling Gene,” Durbin said in a statement. “He was totally honest, painfully candid and completely loyal. You knew that if the world turned on you, Gene would be the last Callahan person standing by your side. Callahan, a native of Milford whose father, Joe Callahan, served in the Illinois House from 1965 to 1967, was a graduate of Illinois College in Jacksonville, where he played baseball and met his wife. After a stint in the Army, he became a reporter and columnist for the Illinois State Register, which merged in 1974 with the Illinois State Journal to become The State Journal-Register. After his time there, he worked for Democratic office holders including Govs. Sam Shapiro and Otto Kerner, and became chief of staff to then Lt. Gov. Paul Simon. He worked for

Dixon for more than 19 years, including time when Dixon was state treasurer and secretary of state. He was Dixon’s chief of staff during the Senate years in Washington, D.C. After Dixon was defeated for reelection in 1992, Callahan represented professional baseball on Capitol Hill before he returned to Springfield. Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, daughter of Paul Simon, said Callahan was one of her late father’s true friends, and she went to Callahan for advice as well. “He was someone who I turned to for the most prickly decisions where there wasn't an easy answer,” Simon said. “I always trusted Gene’s advice. We’ve lost someone who focused more on the big picture of the future of the state than short-term partisan games.” State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, a Republican, issued a statement calling Callahan “a true statesman” who was “passionate about public service.” “Although he worked in government and politics for decades, he was able to rise above partisanship and work with anyone for the good of the order,” Topinka said. “He was truly one of the good ones.”


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Obits continued from page 18 and he made it a staple. He elevated those entertainment pages, and other papers followed suit or tried to follow suit.” Colleagues recalled Mr. Calloway’s impeccable dress. “He always wore a three-piece suit,” Chaney said. Former Defender Executive Editor Roland S. Martin remembered Mr. Calloway's extensive body of work. “Earl interviewed everybody,” Martin said. “It was amazing. If you were a black celebrity and you came to Chicago, Earl Calloway interviewed you.

Mark A. Hubbard Mark A. Hubbard, 67, of Chatham, formerly of Springfield and Franklin, died June 25. Mr. Hubbard graduated from University High School in Normal, Beloit College and later received his masters of social work degree from Washington University. He worked for the Illinois Hubbard Department of Children and Family Services for 31 years, the last 23 as a supervisor with the statewide Child abuse Hotline. Additionally, he was an active outdoor writer for more than 30 years having served as outdoor columnist for the Pantagraph in Bloomington and The State Journal Register, Springfield, as well as writing freelance articles. He was a member of the Great Lakes Outdoor Writers Association of America and Missouri Outdoor Communicators.

Albert Lee ‘Pee Wee’ Johnson Albert Lee Johnson died June 30. He was 86. Mr. Johnson picked up

the nickname “Pee Wee” while working as a printer for the Chicago Defender. “The employees at the Defender gave him the name of Pee Wee because they had never known anybody from Texas that was that small,” Johnson said Pearl 0. Johnson, his wife of 52 years. He came to Chicago from Beaumont, Texas, in 1943 after attending Wiley College. At a friend’s suggestion, he went looking for a job at the Defender, where, for 25 years, as a production manager and Linotype operator, he helped get the influential black-owned and oriented newspaper printed the old fashioned way, with hot-type printing. Mr. Johnson was a “tremendous type setter” who could operate a machine by hand faster than the automatic, tape-fed machines, said Herman Videau, 84, a longtime friend and former colleague. “I got gallons of type (set by Mr. Johnson) where there wasn’t a mistake, not even a period,” Videau said. “He was just so accurate.”

Beverly Johnson Reprinted from the Lawrenceville Lawrence County News The Daily Record has lost a treasured family member. After a twoyear battle, Beverly Johnson succumbed to cancer on July 28, one day shy of her 67th Johnson birthday. During her 50-year career with the newspaper, Bev saw the Daily

Page 19 Record go from typewriters to computers, from glue pots to pagination and from darkroom to digital. She went through ownership changes, numerous editors, and extensive restructuring. Through it all she was the one constant at the Daily Record. “She was very dedicated to the newspaper, someone you could always count on,” said Daily Record Publisher and owner Kathy Lewis. “She went through a lot of changes over the years and was always willing to learn new things. She will be missed.” Sports Editor Bill Richardson put it best when he referred to his friend and co-worker as “our MVP.”

Charles B. Sweningsen Charles B. Sweningsen died on July 8. He was 88. He was born in Minneapolis and graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism, where he was Sweningsen editor of The Minnesota Daily in his senior year. He took graduate courses at the university and then at the University of Chicago. His career in newspaper work began as a copy boy at the Minneapolis Star and Journal. He wrote sports one summer for the paper and then worked summers as a news copy editor. His employment on publications took him to the Watertown (S.D.) Public Opinion, Down Beat magazine as assistant editor, Toledo Blade, St. Paul Pioneer Press and Chicago SunTimes. He retired from the Sun-Times after 35 years. In his work he was a copy editor, telegraph editor, slotman and news editor.

State continued from page 15 oversee Tribune Publishing CEO Jack Griffin as he seeks to harness the content of the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and the company's six other daily newspapers to grow and diversify digital revenue. Eddy Hartenstein will step down as publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Times to become nonexecutive chairman of the Tribune Publishing board. Griffin and Hartenstein will serve on the board along with four outside directors. “The primary task of the board is to supervise management hire the CEO, compensate the CEO, plan for the succession of the CEO and if need be, fire the CEO,” said Thomas Lys, an accounting professor and corporate governance expert at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. Lys said having a nonexecutive chairman is an increasingly common way of “counteracting the CEO's influence.” He also said boards tend to have more outside directors in the wake of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, which restricts the roles of inside directors for financial oversight. The outside directors will each receive a retainer of $150,000 per year in cash and Tribune Publishing stock, according to Securities and Exchange Commission filings. As nonexecutive chairman, Hartenstein will receive an additional $50,000 in stock, for a total of $200,000 annually.


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Illinois PressLines September 2014  
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