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July, 2018

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PAGE 2 THE INLANDER • INLANDPRESS.ORG • JULY 2018 THE INLANDER TEAM MARK FITZGERALD, EDITOR CREATIVE CIRCLE MEDIA SOLUTIONS, DESIGN & PRODUCTION OUTSOURCING The Inlander is the official publication of the Inland Press Association and Foundation. It is published 12 times a year. The Inlander is printed by Shaw Community News Group, Sterling, Ill. Paper supplied by PAGE Cooperative, King of Prussia, Pa. DISCLAIMER: Columns and articles do not represent the opinions of Inland Press Association or its members or of the Inland Press Foundation. Submissions from law firms do not constitute legal advice or opinions. They are intended for general information purposes only THE INLAND PRESS ASSOCIATION The Inland Press Association is a not-for-profit organization owned by its members and operated by a volunteer board. Dues are among the lowest in the industry, about $32.20 per thousand circulation for dailies, $137.50 flat rate for weeklies. The Inland Press Foundation assists with continuing educa- tion programs for newspaper employees. TOM SLAUGHTER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PATRICIA SLUSHER, DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP & PROGRAMMING CARLEY LINTZ, PROGRAMMING AND MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR STEVE HOFFMAN, ACCOUNTING MANAGER INLAND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE TOM YUNT, ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT United Communications Corp. • Kenosha, Wis. DOUG HIEMSTRA, ASSOCIATION CHAIRMAN BH Media Group • Omaha, Neb. DOUG PHARES, ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT-ELECT Sandusky Newspapers Inc. • Sandusky, Ohio CORY BOLLINGER, ASSOCIATION VICE PRESIDENT Schurz Communications • Mishawaka, Ind. JEREMY HALBREICH, FOUNDATION PRESIDENT AIM Media Texas • McAllen, Texas AMY GLENNON, FOUNDATION VICE PRESIDENT Cox Media Group • Atlanta, Ga. TOM SLAUGHTER, SECRETARY-TREASURER Inland Executive Director • Des Plaines, Ill. The Inlander: (ISSN 1066-2146) is published monthly by the Inland Press Association, Inc. Subscription rate for non- members is $75. Periodical Postage Paid at Des Plaines, Ill., and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Inland Press Association, ATTN: The Inlander, 701 Lee St., Suite 925, Des Plaines, IL 60016 ©2017 The Inland Press Association, Inc. All Rights Reserved. JULY 2018 • VOL. 33, NO. 7 701 Lee St., Suite 925, Des Plaines, IL 60016 (847) 795-0380 • Fax (847) 795-0385 • WICK COMMUNICATIONS SELLS HALF MOON BAY REVIEW IN CALIFORNIA Wick Communications sold its Half Moon Bay Review weekly in San Mateo County, California, to a newly formed local company, Coastside News Group. Dirks, Van Essen, Murray & April, a media merger and acquisition firm based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, represented Wick Communications in the transaction. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The buyers, abbreviated as CNG, includes San Mateo County resi- dents Lenny Mendonca, Rich Klein, Roy Salume, Susy Castoria and Kelly Hoffman-Davis. "We are excited and honored to serve our Coastside neighbors by preserving and bringing new vitality to the Half Moon Bay Review, which will operate as a self-sustaining, independently owned, community newspaper," said Lenny Mendonca, C o a s t s i d e N e ws G r o u p ' s l e a d investor and managing partner. "We thank Wick Communications for their ongoing support of quality journalism, and we are committed to ensuring local journalism not only survives but thrives!" Wick Communications owns 27 newspapers in 18 markets and has owned the Half Moon Bay Review for more than 30 years. The Review was the only Cali- fornia property in the privately held, Arizona-based company's portfolio. "We are pleased to pass the baton of the Half Moon Bay Review to a local group of civic leaders," said Francis Wick, CEO of Wick Commu- nications. "We are confident they will continue to sustain this award- winning publication as a community asset for years to come." ADAMS PUBLISHING ACQUIRES SUN COAST MEDIA Adams Publishing Group announced June 18 that it is purchasing S u n C o a s t M e d i a Group, based in Venice, Fla., according to Gary G r e e n e a n d R a n dy Cope of Cribb, Greene & Cope, which represented Sun Coast Media Group in this trans- action. Included in the sale are The Venice Gondolier, The Arcadian, The West Villages Sun, The Englewood Sun, The North Port Sun, The Charlotte Sun and The Charlotte Sun Times. Sun Coast Media Group is a family- and employee-owned company founded by Derek Dunn-Rankin in 1976. C E O D a v i d D u n n - R a n k i n announced the sale to employees by saying, "After 42 years of family ownership, t h e D u n n - R a n k i n family has regretfully decided that the time has come to entrust Sun Coast Media Group to another family. "Since the loss of our dad two years ago, we have realized that several members of our family have financial needs that can only be met if the company is sold. So, it is with genuine sadness that we made that difficult decision." APG principal Stephen Adams stated, "We are extremely excited to have the Sun Coast Media Group and its Associates join the Adams Publishing Group family. The SCMG newspapers are located in one of the great newspaper markets in the United States, with a solid employee group we are eager to welcome aboard our team." In a related transaction, David Dunn-Rankin is purchasing the daily Highlands News Sun and Polk County newspapers from Sun Coast Media Group, along with the Florida- based concerts business SunEvents. com. This will be APG's first news- paper acquisition in Florida and will c o n t i n u e c o m m u n i t y - o r i e n t e d family ownership for the SCMG newspapers. The only other family- owned newspapers in Florida are the Key West Citizen and the Villages Daily Sun. Terms of the APG/Sun Coast Media Group transaction were not disclosed. BRIEFS CNHI, A COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER POWERHOUSE, IS UP FOR SALE C NHI LLC, the publisher of more than 100 community newspapers in 22 states, said it is exploring the sale of its newspaper properties. N e w s o f t h e possible sale of the Montgomery, Ala.- h e a d q u a r t e r e d n e w s p a p e r c o m p a n y c a m e after CNHI parent company Raycom Media Inc. said it had entered an agreement to be acquired by Gray Television group, a public company headquartered in Atlanta. CNHI President and CEO Donna Bar rett said the company has retained the Santa Fe, N.M.-based newspaper brokerage firm of Dirks, Van Essen, Murray and April to handle the sale of its newspapers. "We're excited to open the next chapter in our commitment to top- flight community journalism," said Barrett. "We are looking for a trans- action or transactions that will carry on CNHI's rich tradition of public service through award-winning jour- nalism." CNHI, founded 20 years ago as Community Newspaper Holdings I n c . , h a s g r o w n f r o m a f e w community newspapers at the outset to more than 100 papers located in states of the Midwest, Southwest, Southeast and Northeast. Parent Raycom Media Inc., which owns or operates television stations in 65 markets, acquired CNHI nine months ago. "As we undertake this exploration process, we cannot say that any particular transaction will or will not take place," said Barrett. "What we can say is that we will consider various options as we work to find a partner or partners that share our dedication to community news- papers and the vital journalism they produce to serve local audiences." Barrett

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