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Journal of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association

Maxim leaves Sound for job in Southeast


Nelson assumes presidency of WNPA in wake of departure Lori Maxim, vice president of Sound Publishing and publisher of the company’s newspapers in Kitsap County, is leaving the company to become director of revenue for Morris Multimedia. Maxim will be based in Gainesville, Georgia. Maxim made the announcement Maxim to Sound employees on Feb. 22. Her last day with Sound Publishing will be March 18. She will join Morris on April 4, but will make regular visits home to Poulsbo. Maxim will leave her position as president of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association. WNPA’s first vice president Don Nelson of the Methow Valley News will assume the president’s position as Maxim departs. As director of revenue, Maxim will lead print and online marketing and sales for Morris, which publishes daily

newspapers, non-daily newspapers, arts and entertainment publications, and shoppers in several states. “While I am thrilled at this new career opportunity and exciting adventure of seeing a different part of the country, I am very sad to leave my family, staff, friends and business associates behind,” Maxim said. “We plan to maintain our residence in Poulsbo and my husband Glen and son Sean will remain in the area. I will be making regular trips home to visit family.” When Maxim joined Sound Publishing, the company had three newspapers on Whidbey Island. Today, the company has 49 publications in Washington, among them the (Everett) Daily Herald, the Peninsula Daily News and the (Aberdeen) Daily World. Sound Publishing is the largest community media organization in Washington with a combined print circulation of 661,072 and 2.3 million unique visitors online. Sound employs more than 600 people in 36 locations around See MAXIM, Page 3

WNPA legislative reporting interns Izumi Hansen and LaVendrick Smith meet Gov. Jay Inslee at the Governor’s Mansion following a day of briefings and meetings with legislators. See their essays on their experiences on Page 3.

Members hear Olympia update By Paul Archipley The Washington State Legislature is nearing the end of the second session of its two-year cycle – a 60-day term informally called the “short session.” But it is long on issues of importance to the newspaper industry, ranging from bills that could limit access to public records, to newspapers’ use of drones, to an increase in penalties for violating the Open Public Meetings Act. Those issues and more were discussed at the 2016 Legislative Day on Feb. 11 in Olympia. Hosted by Allied Daily Newspapers and the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association, the annual session for publishers and other

newspaper representatives featured a parade of public officials who discussed this year’s legislative efforts. Coincidentally, the action inside committee hearings and on the floor of the House and Senate was enlivened by outside events, including the Senate’s rejection days earlier of Gov. Jay Inslee’s 2013 appointment of Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson, and the resignations of Washington Corrections Secretary Dan Pacholke in the wake of the early-release scandal, and of GOP Rep. Graham Hunt of Orting following charges that he exaggerated his military service. Rowland Thompson, Allied’s executive direc-

See OLYMPIA, Page 4

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The Washington Newspaper, March 2016

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