The Inlander

January 2019

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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 DOUG PHARES, ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT President and COO, Sandusky Newspapers. • Sandusky Ohio TOM YUNT, ASSOCIATION CHAIRMAN COO, United Communications Corp. • Kenosha, Wis. CORY BOLLINGER, ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT-ELECT VP, Publishing, Schurz Communications • Mishawaka, Ind ALAN FISCO, ASSOCIATION VICE PRESIDENT President, The Seattle Times • Seattle, Wash JEREMY HALBREICH, FOUNDATION PRESIDENT AIM Media Management • Dallas, Texas CAMERON NUTTING WILLIAMS, FOUNDATION VICE PRESIDENT Dir., The Nutting Co. • Wheeling, W. Va. TOM SLAUGHTER, FOUNDATION 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-mem- bers 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 ©2018 The Inland Press Association, Inc. All Rights Reserved. JANUARY 2019 • VOL. 34, NO. 1 701 Lee St., Suite 925, Des Plaines, IL 60016 (847) 795-0380 • Fax (847) 795-0385 • PAGE 2 THE INLANDER • INLANDPRESS.ORG • JANUARY 2019 BRIEFS ADAMS PUBLISHING GROUP EXPANDS AGAIN WITH ACQUISITIONS IN WISCONSIN Family-owned Adams Publishing Group—which in the past few years has grown to operate 30 daily newspapers, more than 100 non-dailies, and other media enterprises located in 20 states— expanded its industry footprint again as 2018 drew to a close. On Dec. 3, Adams bought the news- paper division of family-owned W. D. Hoard & Sons Company. The division includes the Daily Jefferson County Union and the Hometown News Limited Partnership, which publishes 1 3 c o m m u n i t y n e ws p a p e r s a n d shoppers in parts of six counties in south central Wisconsin. The Daily Jefferson County Union was founded in 1870 by William Dempster Hoard. The Knox family even- tually acquired the company from the Hoard family. Brian Knox, the second generation of the Knox family and current publisher, has been with the newspaper for the past 41 years. Hometown News publishes the Sun Prairie Star, a twice-weekly newspaper, plus eight weekly newspapers: Milton Courier, Cambridge News/Deerfield Inde- pendent, Lake Mills Leader, Herald-Independent/ McFarland Thistle, Waterloo/Marshall Courier, Waunakee Tribune, DeForest Times-Tribune and the Lodi Enterprise/Poynette Press. Knox said in a statement that his family's interests are refocusing on other sectors of the company: "When I became publisher, almost all of the 37 daily papers in the state were independently owned, either as single papers or in small groups. Now there are fewer dailies and just a handful of independents left. One of the reasons for this is that in the 41 years I have been publisher, the industry has had to technologically re-invent the way we do business every three or four years to continue on. We have done this successfully and even our circulation numbers have fought the industry trend and grown the last few years. But the reality is that we've reached the point where we need to be much bigger to spread those costs and to take advantage of rapidly changing technol- ogies." The day after the Wisconsin acqui- sition, on Dec. 3, James M. Clifford announced his family sold the five-day Watertown (Wisconsin) Daily Times and the weekly Dodge County Inde- pendent News to Adams Publishing Group. Members of the Clifford family have owned the Watertown Daily Times since 1919. James Clifford, chairman of the company said that this was a difficult day for the family but felt the Times would be in a stronger position to compete in a challenging and fast changing competitive environment if it were part of a larger group. Stephen Adams, Adams Publishing Group principal, said the newspapers in both acquisitions served "exactly the types of communities that we look for as we build our company." Adams Publishing Group describes itself as "first and foremost a family-owned community newspaper company, which is driven to provide high quality products and services that make a positive difference in the lives of its constituents, which are, in prioritized order: its readers, customers/adver tisers, communities, associates (employees) and its shareholders." Other Adams family enterprises include outdoor adver- tising, radio, wine, and Camping World/Good Sam. Dirks, Van Essen & Murray, a media merger and acqui- sition firm based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, represented the Knox family in the W.D. Hoard & Sons Company trans- action and the Clifford family in the separate Watertown Daily Times transaction. Terms of the transactions were not disclosed. As Bob Woodward, president and CEO of Woodward Communications in Dubuque, Iowa, noted, "Participants spoke candidly and there were a number of 'to-do's' (or, at least, 'to-try's') coming out of the sessions." Another such opportunity is coming up next month in Las Vegas. You can see the complete program of the Key Executives Mega-Conference beginning on page 11. As you'll see, the agenda alone will provide a bounty of actionable information to grow your organization in all the ways you want—in revenue, audience, engagement and innovation. Add to that the unparalleled networking opportunities that come from a conference co-sponsored by Inland, the Local Media Association, News Media Alliance and Southern Newspaper Publishers Associ- ation—and you have a truly must-attend industry event. I'm looking forward to seeing you at the Paris Las Vegas February 25 to 27. I know I'll find the Mega-Con- ference another great investment on the road to a pros- perous 2019. PHARES, CONTINUED FROM PAGE ONE FORMS FOR NICS, THE POWERFUL COMPENSATION PLANNING TOOL, WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON Forms for the 2019 Newspaper Industry Compensation Survey are coming soon. Start 2019 by putting the power of NICS on your side. With its extensive data on pay and compensation for dozens of newspaper-specific positions, NICS allows you to know exactly how your pay and benefits compare to your peers. There's no better or more cost-effective way to make compensation and benefits decisions than NICS. Watch for the forms and the 2019 early bird and final deadlines. And for more infor- mation, contact Carley Lintz, Inland's programming and membership coordinator, at or 847.795.0380.

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