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August 2018

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PAGE 2 THE INLANDER • INLANDPRESS.ORG • AUGUST 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 tslaughter@inlandpress.org PATRICIA SLUSHER, DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP & PROGRAMMING pslusher@inlandpress.org CARLEY LINTZ, PROGRAMMING AND MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR clintz@inlandpress.org STEVE HOFFMAN, ACCOUNTING MANAGER shoffman@inlandpress.org 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. AUGUST 2018 • VOL. 33, NO. 8 701 Lee St., Suite 925, Des Plaines, IL 60016 (847) 795-0380 • Fax (847) 795-0385 inland@inlandpress.org • inlandpress.org AMERICAN HOMETOWN PUBLISHING BUYS OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE American Hometown Publishing has bought the Osceola News-Gazette o f K i s s i m m e e, F l o r i d a , f r o m Lakeway Publishers. Randy Cope and Gary Greene of Cribb, Greene & Cope, the merger and acquisitions firm, represented Lakeway Publishers in the trans- action. Terms were not disclosed. "We're ecstatic to be joining American Hometown Publishing," Osceola News-Gazette Publisher Tom Overton said in a statement. "It's a company that specializes in oper- ating free print and digital content products in fast-growing markets, and our readers and advertisers are in for exciting new twists." Kissimmee is located just minutes from Disney World and serves a county that has exploded in popu- lation from about 25,000 residents in 1970 to more than 325,000 today. The News-Gazette publishes twice weekly and is carrier-delivered to about 40,000 households. "We continue to focus on acquiring free-distribution hyperlocal news products in growing destination markets and the Osceola News- Gazette is an ideal addition to our portfolio," said AHP CEO Brad Dennison. "We see a wonderful opportunity to build engaging print and digital products, and a large audience in central Florida." BRIEFS OGDEN NEWSPAPERS EXPANDS IN VIRGINIA WITH PURCHASE OF THE LOUDON TIMES-MIRROR N utting family-owned The Ogden Newspapers is buying the publishing assets of the Arundel family's The Virginia News Group LLC, including its flagship Loudoun Times-Mirror and Loudner magazine. The sale was announced by Ogden family owner and Regional Publisher Cameron Nutting Williams. Terms were not disclosed. "We could not be happier to be the new publisher of the Times-Mirror," Williams said in an article in the newly acquired newspaper. "While the newspaper industry continues to be systemically challenged, we believe that there is a future for the Times-Mirror as the dominant local newspaper serving Loudoun County readers and advertisers." In print and online, the Times- Mirror serves more than 50,000 readers. The newspaper will continue to employ its local staff at its Leesburg location, including Peter Arundel, its publisher and former owner. Peter Arundel's father, Arthur "Nick" Arundel, purchased the news- paper in 1963. Peter Arundel purchased the Times-Mirror from his family in 2015 after the death of his father. "We're thrilled to join a company that understands the lasting impact of newspapers today," Peter Arundel said in the announcement of the transaction. "The Times-Mirror is in good hands, and we now have the resources to build the future of print and digital media right here in Loudoun." "Ogden is very committed to local media in the region," he added. "Their recent purchases of neigh- boring le gacy newspapers—The Winchester Star and F rederick (Maryland) News Post—makes the Times-Mirror a strategic fit for adver- tisers seeking to expand their reach." In addition to the Winchester and Frederick newspapers, Ogden has a substantial presence in the region, owning The Journal in Martinsburg, West Virginia; the Northern Virginia Daily of Strasburg, and the recently acquired former Byrd newspapers in Winchester, Harrisonburg, Front Royal, Woodstock and Luray. After the purchase, the Times- Mirror is now printed at Ogden's state-of-the-art printing facility in Frederick. Wheeling, West Virginia-based Ogden also publishes newspapers in F lorida, Hawaii, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Utah. The company has been a recent aggressive acquirer of newspaper properties. "We still believe very strongly in the power of printed newspapers and our family continues to be willing to invest in newspapers that provide a vital service to their readers and advertisers," Ogden Newspapers CEO Bob Nutting told the Times- Mirror. "Loudoun County is a thriving area with important news and readers that deserve a dedicated local newspaper. We are happy to be able to play a part in ensuring the future of the Loudoun Times-Mirror." GATEHOUSE BUYS DIGITAL PUBLICATION FROM COX MEDIA GROUP GateHouse Media, which earlier this year purchased three dailies from Cox Media Group, has made another deal with company, buying Southern Kitchen, the Atlanta-based Southern food and lifestyle brand. Cox Media launched Southern Kitchen in 2017 as a destination for the stories, recipes and heritage of food in the modern-day South. "The site celebrates cooking and enter- taining with a Southern flair and features an e-commerce store with curated products from national and niche brands and local artisans across the region," Cox said. In a statement, Cox Media Group President Kim Guthrie said Gate- House is "a great fit" for Southern Kitchen. " We ' re p l e a s e d t o a n n o u n c e another acquisition with Cox Media Group," said Kirk Davis, CEO of G a t e H o u s e M e d i a . " S o u t h e r n Kitchen is a natural addition to our portfolio. It enhances the outstanding food and entertainment coverage featured in our local properties and will contribute to our growing food eve n t s b u s i n e s s. We a l s o s e e Southern Kitchen as a great platform for further developing our ecom- merce capabilities." GateHouse Media purchased The Palm Beach Post, Palm Beach Daily News and Austin (Texas) American- Statesman newspapers from Cox earlier this year.

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