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Former Snohomish Tribune publisher remembered

May 2018

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Journal of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association

Better Newspaper Contest wraps up

Dialing for a ride near Sunnyside

Site to remain open through the weekend for stragglers

The deadline for WNPA’s 2018 Better Newspaper Contest is today, May 4, but the site will remain open through the weekend for people who still want to enter. The contest site, provided once again by Small Town Papers, opened for entries on April 2. Some rules were updated this year and some categories were added, so pay close attention as you make your entries. In the General Excellence category, you still must provide two issues during two specific weeks, but this year you can add another edition of your choice from any time in the contest period. We’d love to see every member enter General Excellence. There is no entry fee for that category. We’ve also upped the ante in the community service categories. Your entries now must describe the impact your project had in the community. A few new categories are added this year: There’s an arts and entertainment review category, and a new category for election coverage leading up to and including election results. A complete list of contest rules are available at wnpa.com by clicking on the BNC tile on the home page.

John Fannin of the Daily Sun News took a first place in the Breaking News category for this accident photo in the 2017 Better Newspaper Contest.

Nominations sought for WNPA’s Turnbull/Bradley awards Nominations are being sought for two of WNPA’s top awards, the Dixie Lee Bradley award and the Miles Turnbull Master Editor/ Publisher award. Bradley tirelessly served the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association and its members for 45 years and Turnbull was an active publisher and ultimately Executive Director of the organization. The Bradley award recognizes newspaper staff members who work long and hard, often behind the scenes, to see that the best

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possible community newspaper is produced and distributed each week. The selection criteria includes a demonstrated record over a considerable time period of consistent quality work in any

facet of the community newspaper industry including production, circulation, or front office support. Positions in news and advertising are not included due to ample opportunities for these professionals to be recognized through WNPA’s annual Better Newspaper Contest. There is no entry fee at the time of nomination. However, should its nominee win, the sponsoring newspaper must agree to pay the winning employee a $250 bonus which will be matched by WNPA for a total cash prize of $500 for the winner. The winner

also receives an engraved clock. The first WNPA Master Editor/ Publisher award was presented at WNPA’s 1994 annual convention. This award may be given to any person who is actively engaged in editing, managing and/or publishing a newspaper which is a member in good standing of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association. The recipient must have worked hard and unselfishly and made a significant contribution to his/her newspaper, community, state, as well as the Washington

Newspaper Publishers Association. Selection criteria also includes service to a free press or freedom of information, and service to the cause of community newspapers. To nominate someone for either award, send a short essay describing why your nominee should win to Fred Obee at fredobee@wnpa.com or mail to Washington Newspaper Publishers Association, PO Box 839, Port Townsend, WA 98368. Deadline for submission is July 1, 2018.


Board approves four WNPA memberships At its spring board meeting in April, the WNPA Board of Directors welcomed four new members to WNPA. Rejoining as a regular member is the Wilbur Register. The Register is a 1,000 circulation weekly. Publisher and Editor is Frank Stedman The Deer Park Tribune was also admitted as a regular member. Publisher is Jesse Mullen and the General Manager is Julie Hughes. Added to the rolls as an Associate Member (less than weekly) was the Key Peninsula News, published by the Key Peninsula Civic Center Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Added as an Affiliate Member was Mark Funk of Mark Funk Public Affairs, a long-time supporter of WNPA. Mark’s father Wallie was publisher of the Whidbey News-Times, South Whidbey Record and the Anacortes American, a past president of WNPA and a major contributor to the WNPA Foundation. An internship at the WNPA Founation’s Olympia Bureau bears Wallie’s name.

Officers: Sandy Stokes, President; Michael Wagar, First Vice President; Donna Etchey, Second Vice President, Don Nelson, Past President. Trustees: Tom Mullen, Patrick Grubb, Colette Weeks, Eric LaFontaine, Caralyn Bess, Roger Harnack and Scott Hunter. THE WASHINGTON NEWSPAPER is the offical publication of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association. It is published monthly by WNPA, PO Box 389, Port Townsend, WA 98368. Staff Fred Obee: Executive Director: 360-344-2938. Email: fredobee@wnpa.com Janay Collins, Member Services Director: 360-344-2938. Email: ads@wnpa.com 2 The Washington Newspaper May 2018

FROM THE PRESIDENT

Helping talented young journalists an important mission for WNPA By Sandy Stokes We hear a lot about environmental changes as some people predict drowning cities and mass extinctions while others say there’s nothing to worry about ‘cause it’s just the weather. But when it comes to our industry, the Stokes science is pretty convincing. News outlets have morphed into something we couldn’t have anticipated several decades ago. Some of us started our careers in the era of Watergate and the assassination of investigative reporter Don Bolles. Back in those newspaper glory days, the competition for relevance was fledgling. Sure, everyone with a TV antenna on their roof got an hour of news in the morning and again at bedtime and could hear in 60-second news bursts over the car radio every hour. Even so, the real news came on the front porch when the newspaper thwacked against the screen door. Boy have things changed – Cable TV has programming they call news 24-7. Crazy bloggers, partisan think tanks and conspiracy web sites all try to wrap themselves in the mantle of credibility. Some people actually believe the stories on Facebook, and trust Google as an authority. With all the chatter out there, our President even jumps into the maelstrom with near daily “Tweetstorms.” It’s said that only old people read newspapers these days. Sadly, some of our member papers are watching their subscribers die off. To survive we’re online, we’re on Twitter and Facebook and we

try to embrace every mass communication gadget our brainy millennial employees can teach us. With fewer publications still in print – your Washington Newspaper Publishers Association must evolve, too. At last month’s meeting, your WNPA board members talked about our future and how we can stay most relevant in the turbulent media climate. Like with climate science, ideas were percolating all over the place. One thing your board members agree on is that our association and our members are crucial to the survival of real journalism. All of us play a role in producing reporters committed to accuracy. One of our main WNPA missions is to grow good journalists. To help our members develop their news teams, former publisher and WNPA board member Mike Dillon has arranged another free brain-feeding session coming up next month. On June 7 the “brown bag” lunchtime call-in will feature two-time Pulitzer nominee Les Zaitz, who will share investigative reporting techniques. In this age of fact-distorting social media, we need new tools to dig down to the truth. To sign up for a call-in number send an email to fredobee@ wnpa.com by June 5. As an organizational mission, WNPA through its foundation, also allows us to symbolically pass our journalist DNA on to the truth tellers of the future. For years, the WNPA Foundation has provided internship scholarships for young reporters – including the high-powered Olympia News Bureau positions reserved for very skilled applicants. With the efforts of experienced and very busy member editors who donate their time, our programs have churned out strong journalists.

One of our 2018 WNPA Olympia reporters, Josh Kelety, covers King County government for Sound Publishing right now and will complete his degree in journalism and political science at the University of Washington in a few weeks. Reporters Taylor McAvoy and Alex Visser, also on track to graduate from UW soon, also have big careers in their futures. Taylor, who works magic behind a camera, has a gig at KING 5 TV, and will study in Thailand. Alex, who recently became an “award winning journalist” for his work in Olympia, has lined up a summer stint in India. Two Western grads who interned in my former La Conner newsroom have journalism jobs now. Reporter Maria Matson returned from doing disaster relief in the gulf states and went to work for Sound’s Whidbey papers. And Nicole Jennings, who contributed mightily to La Conner Weekly News as well as several Sound publications works for KIRO Radio now. This past year, the WNPA Foundation paid our three Olympia reporters $3,000 each to cover the Legislature for us. Collectively, they gave us 92 news stories and dozens of photos – talk about a member benefit! In addition, the WNPA Foundation this year placed four summer interns in the newsrooms of four member newspapers. WNPA pays the summer reporters $2,000 each. The Foundation runs on donations – auction items we donate and then buy back at the yearly convention and the generosity of those who share our commitment to the public’s right to have the real news. And WNPA members can righteously feel proud as we follow the careers of the journalists we help launch.


News Media Alliance staging Fly-in to lobby against paper tariffs Publishers and other newspaper executives know more than anyone about the impact of newsprint tariffs on your newspaper’s ability to provide news and information to your local community. You are in the best position to explain the impact on your business, employees, advertisers and readers. That is why the News Media Alliance is asking you to participate in a Washington “Fly-In” on June 13-14 to meet with Members of Congress and explain the unintended consequences of newsprint tariffs on newspaper operations, news coverage and jobs in your local community. The objective is to encourage policymakers to support efforts to reverse these unwarranted and damaging tariffs. The “Fly-in” event will begin with a briefing in the late after-

noon on June 13, followed by a full day of congressional meetings on June 14. RSVPs and questions should be sent to Paul Boyle at paul@ newsmediaalliance.org.  A block of hotel rooms has been set aside at the Hyatt House Washington DC / The Wharf. The website is washingtondcthewharf. house.hyatt.com/wasxsgnmaf2018. html. Attendees will also have the option to book their rooms by calling the Hotel’s Reservation Line, 202-554-1234. For individuals to receive the established group rate, they must identify themselves as members of the 2018 Fly-In Group initially when making the reservation. Hotel cutoff for reservations is May 22.

WCOG accepting nominations for open government awards Nominations are now open for The Washington Coalition for Open Government’s 2018 top annual recognition awards to be presented later this year to individuals or groups who have made outstanding contributions to the cause of open government in Washington. Named for one of the primary authors of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, The James Madison Award honors an individual or organization whose longterm commitment to the First Amendment and to open government has been demonstrated through exemplary words or deeds. It is one of the highest honors WCOG bestows to honor transparency advocates.

The James Andersen Award honors an individual or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the work of the Washington Coalition for Open Government. It is named after James Andersen, retired chief justice of the Washington Supreme Court and a founding member of the coalition. The Kenneth F. Bunting Award is given to honor journalistic work that uses, discusses, informs, or exposes violations of the state’s transparency laws. It is designed to honor journalism that promotes transparency and openness at all levels of government. The deadline for nominations for the 2018 Madison, Andersen, and Bunting

Awards is May 31. Full criteria, nomination forms, and lists of past recipients are available online at www. washingtoncog.org.   The Madison, Andersen, and Bunting Awards will be presented at WCOG’s annual Madison Andersen Awards Breakfast on Friday, September 21 at the Washington Athletic Club. The Washington Coalition for Open Government is a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that advocates for the people’s right to access government information. For more information, contact WCOG, 6351 Seaview Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98107-2664. Web: washingtoncog.org or call (206) 782-0393. 

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PASSINGS

William Bates, publisher, 1967 WNPA president William Bates, longthe birth of their first son time editor and publisher and six years later, along of the Snohomish Triwith Willis Tucker and bune, died Don Berry, April 24, he bought the 2018. Tribune. Bates During the wrote next 15 years eloquently Bill won nuand humormerous awards ously about for his writing Snohomish, and photogthe town raphy and in he loved, 1967 served and as a as president of member of the Washingthe several ton Newspaboards and per Publishers William Bates foundations, Association. he served the In 1969 town he loved. Bates and Ed Wise founded He was a writer, book the Snohomish Publishing publisher, mountaineer, Company, and after selling gardener, marathoner, fly it in 1983, he started Alfisherman, occasional bee penbooks, an outdoor book keeper, poet, mentor to distribution company, along many, forever curious and with CloudCap Press. kind. In retirement Bill Bates Born in Sioux Falls, was never idle, serving South Dakota on May 23, on the Snohomish School 1922, Bates’ family moved Board, the planning comto Seattle when he was 6. mission and numerous He attended Garfield committees. High School and had the He was an avid biker, honor of being struck out taking numerous trips by Fred Hutchinson on around Europe, and at age three straight fastballs. 85 he rode the mountain World War II interbike leg of his son’s Skirupted his studies at the To-Sea relay team. University of Washington; Bates also loved the he served in the Army Air mountains, climbing over Corps as a bombardier. He 100 peaks in the North graduated in 1946 with a Cascades, including the degree in journalism. five volcanos. After graduation, Bill and Barbara Bates’ Bates’ first job was sports home was a welcoming writing for the Tri-City place for people of all Herald. He shared a desk generations, from all parts with a society writer, of the world. To sit around Barbara Smith, and within the Bates’ dining room or a year they were married. kitchen tables was to be Theirs was a 70-year love treated to great stories, affair. sublime puns and always Hired by the Snohom- laughter. In a quiet way ish County Tribune, Bill Bill Bates left an indelible and Barbara moved to mark on the town of SnoSnohomish shortly after homish, and in the hearts

of so many people. Bill is preceded in death by his parents Chester and Anne Bates and his sister, Betty Compton. Bill is survived by his wife of 69 years, Barbara, their four children Malcolm (Carol), Stuart (Barbara), Andrew (David), Lizabeth Farrell (Mark); nine grandchildren, Rosalie Bates, Isabella Bates, Evan Bates (Amy), Sara Bates, Hannah Farrell, Katie Farrell, Joseph Farrell, Emmy Farrell, Kristen Farrell and one great-grandchild, Redford Bates. Bill is survived by his sister, Peggy Crosgrove, and numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of his life will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 913 2nd St., Snohomish on Saturday, May 5 at 1 p.m., with a reception immediately following. Donations can be made in his name to St. John’s and the Snohomish Education Foundation.

An accidental history By Fred Bird I’m 72 today and looking back, way back, I can’t escape the obvious, critical role that providential accidents played in my life. Bill Bates was the best accident that ever befell me.  Several friends and I moved to Snohomish from Seattle in 1971 to escape the sad demise of our short-lived “underground” newspaper Sabot – a successor to Helix, Seattle’s original alternative paper. We chose Snohomish because we were familiar with it and how to get to it. Every week we would deliver the Sabot paste-up sheets to the Tribune to be printed, hauling the finished product back to Seattle to sell on the streets for 25 cents apiece. For about six months that was my only income! In Snohomish I naturally hung out at the Tribune because I didn’t know anybody else. That’s when I met Bill Bates, the publisher.  Bill encouraged me to submit articles – a bird-watching column

for example, as well as many photographs taken with a neighbor’s borrowed camera. He liked the pictures. He never ceased to encourage me, as he would for many others. He also allowed me to stuff inserts into the Trib at $1.60 an hour. Big money back then. Over time, part-time turned into full-time that lasted nine years. Bill Bates was a dear friend and mentor. Until I showed up on his doorstep I really didn’t know what I was going to do with my life.  He gave me my first full-time job and a career.  And a friendship that lasted for 46 years.  I am so grateful. I am what I am because of him. Fred Bird, a former Snohomish Tribune writer, also worked with State Rep. Sim Wilson in Olympia. In addition to his legislative work, Wilson was the publisher of the Marysville Globe and Arlington Times.

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States chip away at requirements for printed legal ads A bill that would allow mortgage trustees in Missouri to publish foreclosure notices on websites rather than newspapers picked up momentum recently when it received a favorable vote in the House Legislative Oversight Committee. SB 909 is widely believed to be an effort by trustees in this nonjudicial foreclosure state to profit off the notices they are required to publish before auctioning delinquent properties to the highest bidders. Two of the largest trustee law firms in Missouri have been the primary proponents of the legislation. The public notice provisions of SB 909 are identical to HB 1651 and SB 877, companion bills that had been stuck in committee despite “do pass” votes earlier this year. Last month, HB 1651 sponsor Rep. Robert Cornejo added his public notice language to SB 909, which modifies rules pertaining to trusts and allows fiduciaries to access the electronic records of their account holders. Rep. Cornejo then held a vote on the amended bill in the House General Laws Committee, which he chairs. The committee passed the bill on April 17 by a vote of 8-3. The margin yesterday in the Oversight Committee was 8-1. The Missouri Press Association remains optimistic that the bill can be stopped in the Senate if it is approved by the House. Missouri’s session is scheduled to adjourn in three weeks. As if public notice advocates needed any other reminders never to rest when lawmakers are in session, the Kentucky legislature eliminated a number of different types

of newspaper notice at the last possible moment before it adjourned last month. The new law allows school districts in the state to publish annual financial statements and report cards on their websites instead of newspapers. It also authorizes counties and cities over 90,000 in population to bypass newspapers by publishing audits, ordinances and bid solicitations on their own websites. The provisions were originally added to the state budget bill earlier this year by their primary sponsor, State Sen. Chris McDaniel. In late March, Sen. McDaniel began amending and shuttling the language eliminating newspaper-notice requirements between the budget bill and another revenue measure like so many games of gut-and-go and three-card monte. The public notice language finally ended up in HB 366, a former sewer bill which by then had morphed into legislation revising the state’s tax code and raising almost $400 million in new revenue. The 296-page bill passed both the House and Senate by relatively slim margins on April 2, even though legislators had less than five hours to read it. All Democrats opposed the measure but GOP majorities in both chambers voted for it. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin said the bill would violate his no-new-taxes pledge so he vetoed it the following week. It only takes a simple majority to override a governor’s veto in Kentucky, and both chambers nullified Bevin’s action a few days later. According to Kentucky Press Association Executive

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Director David Thompson, McDaniel said he was frustrated that local government units in his home district of Kenton County were required by state law to publish their notices in the highest-circulation, most expensive newspaper in the county, regardless of its circulation patterns. The

90,000-population threshold for cities and counties was designed to address that issue while limiting opposition among legislators in smaller towns that support newspaper notice. As a result of the threshold, only newspapers in eight of 120 counties in the state are likely to lose audit, or-

dinance and bid solicitation notices under the new law. By contrast, the provision allowing school districts to publish financial statements and report cards on their websites affects the entire state. But it returns newspapers to a status quo they lived with for over a decade after sim-

ilar language had first been included in the state budget in 2002. The Public Notice Research Center is a public charity that provides research and education in support of public notices in newspapers and on their websites. Learn more at pnrc.net.


2018 WNPA Better Newspaper Contest

TIMELINE April 2 May 4 June 1 June 11-July 9 Oct.12

Begin submitting entries on BetterBNC.com Deadline for regular entries and general excellence Deadline for tourism special section & cover entries Judging period (including open website) Winners announced at the WNPA Convention in Yakima

RULES: Download category list & rules at wnpa.com. ENTRIES: Upload entries at www.BetterBNC.com produced by SmallTownPapers LOGIN & PASSWORDS

Contestant Managers who submitted entries last year can use the same email and password as last year; use the Forgot Password link on www.BetterBNC.com if needed. Contestant Managers submit entries and also control which staff members at a newspaper are authorized to submit their own entries. Contestant Managers can see and edit all the newspaper’s entries and account information. If your Contestant Manager from last year is no longer at your newspaper and you need the account email changed to a new person, contact WNPA (see below). If no Contestant Manager was active at your newspaper last year, create a Contestant Manager account by first logging in as a Contestant using use the temporary password P@ssword1. Authorized Entrants who submitted entries in 2017 can use the same email and password information as last year; use the Forgot Password link on www.BetterBNC.com if needed. New Authorized Entrants receive an email from BetterBNC.com asking them to validate their email address. Once they have done so, Authorized Entrants can log in and begin submitting entries. Authorized Entrants can see and edit only the entries they submit themselves.

ENTRY FORMATS

Upload all entries as PDF, JPG or via URL to www.BetterBNC.com. The maximum file size is 5 MB. Don’t include URLs for entire publications when entering news stories or ads. Make separate PDFs or JPGs of the pages containing your entry. For General Excellence, submit a single PDF of each issue. For all files larger than 5MB, upload the files to a third-party site such as Issuu.com, Google Drive, etc. Enter the URL into the appropriate field when submitting your entry on BetterBNC.com. Please don’t submit both URL and PDF of the same entry. It confuses judges. For photo entries, provide a JPG or PDF.

TECHNICAL SUPPORT

For technical help getting logged in, making entries and general use of the BetterBNC platform, please use the “Contact BetterBNC” button at www.BetterBNC.com to initiate a trouble ticket. For help with rules, eligibility and entry fees please contact WNPA (see below).

GENERAL EXCELLENCE -- New rules this year!

General Excellence participation is a member benefit. There is no fee. Submit one issue published in each of the weeks Aug. 14 & 21, 2017. Also, submit one issue of your choice from the eligibility time period. Include special sections and the classifieds. You may wish to create separate PDFs of special sections distributed with these newspapers.

CONTEST ELIGIBILITY PERIODS

Regular Entries: April 1, 2017 - March 31, 2018 Tourism Special Sections & Section Covers: June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018

ENTRY FEES:

$7 entry fee for Group 1; $9 for Groups 2 & 3; & $9.50 for Group 4. Web entries are half price. General Excellence is free. WNPA • PO Box 389 • Port Townsend, WA • www.wnpa.com • 360-344-2938 • Contact: Janay Collins • ads@wnpa.com

WNPA paying big dollars

For statewide and regional Impact Ads sold between April 16 and June 1, WNPA will pay a 20 percent commission directly to the person who sells the ad. For a statewide 2x4, that’s $625 in your pocket. A statewide 2x2 nets you $315. WNPA Impact ads are small black and white ads. You can sell to the whole state, or to Coastal, Metro or Eastern Washington regions. These ads are effective in promoting festivals, fairs, car shows, wine tours and other community events. In many cases, city and county tourism funds can be used to pay for these ads. To learn more, see the ad on page 4, go to wnpa. com or call WNPA at 360344-2938.

AG offers public records help

The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) is offering free public records consultations to local governments throughout the state. This service is available to any public agency from large counties to schools and special purpose districts. For additional information see the AGO’s Consultation Program webpage at atg.wa.gov/ pra-consulting-program. For assistance call (360) 570-3418 or email praconsultation@atg. wa.gov.


WNPA JOB BOARD This job listing includes the most recent additions to WNPA’s job board. For complete listings, visit wnpa.com and click on the job board navigation link.

ers with newspaper experience are preferred. Fluency with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Apple computers is a must. Send a resume, references and design samples to Editor Natalie Johnson at njohnson@chronline.com to be considered. 

– Attn: Teresa Myers, P.O. Box 553, Omak, WA, 98841. No phone calls please. REPORTER The Chinook Observer, current Washington state General Excellence ADVERTISING SALES winner, is the 118-year-old news REPRESENTATIVE source for an island-like seashore Capital Press, a weekly agripeninsula on Washington state’s wild culture newspaper and website, CIRCULATION MANAGER outer coast, where the Columbia River covering our Eastern Washington East Oregonian has a rare openmeets the Pacific. We are a small sales territory, is looking for an ing for the right person to join our paper that does big journalism in print Advertising Sales Representaleadership team in Pendleton.  If you and online. tive. Solid sales and marketing have solid marketing and manageYour primary beat will be governskills, demonstrated ability to ment skills, plus a hands-on leadership ment, including two city councils, build business while maintaining approach and believe in the need to a county commission, public utility existing customers and general provide our community with relevant boards, and county, state and federal computer skills (PowerPoint, Ex- and credible news and information, agencies. cel, Microsoft Word) are crucial.  we want to talk to you. You will be expected to publish This position is field-based (home This position works to ensure three to six bylines each week, help office) and requires daily terridelivery of our products and grow with production, and perform some tory travel, and some overnight circulation of our print and online light office duties. travel.  Wage plus commission publications in Pendleton and HermisOur dedicated family-owned and benefits including Paid Time ton, plus Grant and Wallowa counties. company provides benefits Off (PTO), 401(k)/Roth 401(k) Benefits include paid time off including Paid Time Off (PTO), retirement plan, company car (PTO), insurances and a 401(k)/Roth insurances and a 401(k)/Roth and insurances. Capital Press is 401(k) retirement plan. Send resume 401(k) retirement plan.  Send owned by EO Media Group, a and letter of interest stating salary clips, resume and letter of interfamily-owned and run company requirements to EO Media Group, PO est to EO Media Group, PO Box for over 100 years.  Send resume Box 2048, Salem, OR  97308-2048 or 2048, Salem, OR 97308-2048, or and letter of interest to EO Media e-mail hr@eomediagroup.com. e-mail hr@eomediagroup.com. Group, PO Box 2048, Salem, OR  97308-2048 or e-mail hr@eomeJOURNALIST/PHOTOGRAPHER REPORTER (WHIDBEY ISLAND) diagroup.com. Seeking newspaper journalist for The Whidbey News-Times, weekly award-winning newspaper in a division of Sound Publishing, GRAPHIC DESIGNER Omak, located in the beautiful Okano- Inc. is seeking a Reporter with InThe Chronicle in Centralia and par- gan County. Diverse beat includes Design, Photoshop experience to ent company Lafromboise Communi- school sports, local and regional cover community news and guide cations, Inc., have an opening for an government coverage and general award-winning special publicaexperienced graphic designer.  features. tions, including our annual visiThe Chronicle publishes three Duties will also include producing tors guide, The Islander. Ideal for editions per week and periodic special daily written content and video clips someone with a knack for design sections. We pride ourselves on the suitable for social media and website and interest in niche publications. quality and quantity of the news we engagement. Strong photography Requires strong journalistic skills, produce. This job calls for a hardskills and familiarity with AP style knowledge of AP Style, photogworking designer with attention to guide required, plus the ability to be raphy experience, and an ability detail and a desire to tell the stories of organized and meet deadlines. This to work both collaboratively and our county of 75,000 people and suropportunity affords 30 hours a week independently. rounding communities. with generous benefits after a 60-day We offer a competitive hourly The Chronicle is a 90-minute drive new hire period. Benefits include wage and benefits package from Seattle, Portland, two volcanoes health care, dental, life insurance, paid including health insurance, paid and the Washington coast and offers holidays, sick, vacation and personal time off (vacation, sick, and some of the best outdoors opportunidays, as well as 401 (k) and Flexible holidays), and 401K with an emties in the region. Medical, dental Spending (FSA). ployer match.    and 401k are offered for full-time EOE. Must have a valid driver’s Send us a cover letter explainemployees.  license, proof of insurability and pass ing your interest in our newsResponsibilities include pagination a pre-employment drug screening and paper, a resume, and up to five of The Chronicle’s Main, Life and motor vehicle driving record check. reporting samples to: careers@ Sports sections, design work for tabs Send resume, cover letter, writing and soundpublishing.com.  Be sure to and other specialty publications and photo samples to: tmyers@omakinclude ATTN: WNTREP in the other assignments as needed.Designchronicle.com or to: The Chronicle subject line.  8 The Washington Newspaper May 2018

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