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February 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 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 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. FEBRURARY 2019 • VOL. 34, NO. 2 701 Lee St., Suite 925, Des Plaines, IL 60016 (847) 795-0380 • Fax (847) 795-0385 inland@inlandpress.org • inlandpress.org PAGE 2 THE INLANDER • INLANDPRESS.ORG • FEBRURARY 2019 BRIEFS WITH SALE TO GATEHOUSE MEDIA, SCHURZ EXITS THE NEWSPAPER BUSINESS AFTER 147 YEARS S churz Communications sold its publishing division— comprising 20 newspapers including the South Bend (Indiana) Tribune whose founding began the company 147 years ago— to GateHouse Media. In a press release, Schurz said it "will continue investing in the areas of cloud and managed IT services and broadband operations." Terms of the sale, which was scheduled to close Feb. 1, were not immediately announced. Moorgate Securities, LLC acted as exclusive financial advisor to Schurz Commu- nications in connection with this transaction. In a column to readers January 29, Schurz CEO Todd Schurz said adver- tising revenue at the newspapers had fallen by half over the past dozen years. "Given the challenges to the industry and our size, we could not be the publisher nor the employer that we aspire to be, so we deter- mined it was time for our family to exit and find the next owner and steward of these businesses," he wrote. "These newspapers will be better and stronger with GateHouse, which brings the skills, expertise and scale to better manage this changing landscape and thrive in the future." Schurz was founded in 1872 by brothers-in-law Alfred Miller and Elmer Crockett, who published the first edition of The Tribune on March 9 of that year. Among the larger newspapers included in the sale to GateHouse are the Herald-Times in Bloomington, Indiana; The Petoskey (Michigan) News-Review; The American News in Aberdeen, South Dakota; and The H e r a l d - M a i l i n H a g e r s t o w n , Maryland. The sale increases the footprint of GateHouse, which before the acqui- sition owned 145 dailies and operated in 550 markets across 37 states. The purchase represents GateHouse's first publications in Indiana and South Dakota. Schurz executives and board members agreed to the sale after deciding GateHouse would offer a scale of operations that can make the newspapers more competitive and successful long term, employees were told in a Monday morning meeting. "Our leadership team, board of directors and ownership group are dedicated to helping the company stay true to its roots of fostering communication and connections while charting a successful course for the future, CEO Schurz said in a statement. "T his is a natural next ste p forward in our evolution as a company given our mission to help solve challenges by linking people, businesses and communities," he added. "We will continue to explore the types of investments that support our commitment to technology and anticipate adding new employees to our team and new companies to our portfolio in the near future." In the release, Schurz Communi- cations noted its "technology focus began with the purchase of four broadband companies" and that it is "currently poised to complete the purchase of a fifth." In 2015, Schurz sold its television and radio broadcast stations. AFTER 57 YEARS, BROWN FAMILY SELLS THE KENOSHA NEWS, ITS LAST DAILY, TO LEE ENTERPRISES The Brown family-owned United Communications Corporation sold the last two remaining publications in its newspaper division to Lee Enterprises on January 28. Terms of the sale of the flagship 20,000-circulation daily Kenosha (Wisconsin) News and the weekly Lake Geneva Regional News were not immediately disclosed. "When my father, Howard Brown, purchased the Kenosha Evening News 57 years ago, my parents' love affair with Kenosha and the paper began," UCC President and CEO Lucy Brown said in a statement. "It was their honor to serve the people of Kenosha and Lake Geneva with a mission of community service supported by a strong local news- paper. The Brown Family is very grateful for the hard work and dedi- cation of all Kenosha News and Lake Geneva Regional News employees past and present and wish them all good fortune. As my father was fond of saying, the future lies ahead. Making the decision to sell is extraordinarily difficult, but we welcome Lee Enterprises and know the future looks bright under their leadership." "These two markets fit very nicely into our already strong footprint in Wisconsin," said Lee President and Chief Executive Of f icer Kevin Mowbray. "Their proximity to existing Lee properties creates opportunity for synergies while greatly strengthening our audiences in southeast Wisconsin." Lee announced that Mark Lewis, publisher of the Racine Journal T i m e s, w i l l b e p re s i d e n t a n d publisher of a new regional group of its Wisconsin papers. D ave n p o r t , I o w a - b a s e d L e e publishes 46 daily newspapers in 21 states, and more than 300 weekly, classified, and specialty publica- tions.

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