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September, 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 & PRO- GRAMMING 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 Regional Vice President SHDM Media/ Publisher Hoosier- Times at GateHouse Media • Danvers, MA ALAN FISCO, ASSOCIATION VICE PRESIDENT President, The Seattle Times • Seattle, Wash JEREMY HALBREICH, FOUNDATION PRESIDENT , CEO AIM Media Management • Dallas, Texas CAMERON NUTTING WILLIAMS, FOUNDATION VICE PRESIDENT Regional Publisher., 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 ©2019 The Inland Press Association, Inc. All Rights Reserved. SEPTEMBER 2019 • VOL. 34, NO. 9 701 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 • SEPTEMBER 2019 BRIEFS NUTTING FAMILY'S OGDEN NEWS- PAPER BRINGS THE VINDICATOR BACK IN YOUNGSTOWN O gden Newspapers' Tribune Chronicle, which publishes in nearby Warren, Ohio, has b o u g h t T h e V i n d i c a t o r ' s m a s t h e a d , subscription list and Vindy.com domain name— saving Youngstown from being the largest city in Ohio, and among the largest in the nation, without a daily newspaper. With a scheduled launch date of September 1, the Tribune Chronicle will produce an edition under the name of The Vindicator. The Ogden newspaper also agreed to deliver a newspaper for the remainder of the unexpired term of all subscribers of The Vindicator. The Brown family owners of The Vindicator announced on June 28 the newspaper, which recently celebrated its 150th anniversary, would cease publi- cation on Aug. 31 citing unprofitability for several years. Soon after the announcement, the Tribune Chronicle said it would publish a Mahoning County edition beginning Sept. 1. "We have always felt strongly about the need to have a local newspaper," The owners of The Vindicator announced on June 28 the newspaper would cease publication on Aug. 31 citing unprofitability for several years. The Tribune Chronicle announced on July 2 that it would attempt to fill the void left by the closure of The Vindicator by publishing a Mahoning County edition beginning Sept. 1. "We have always felt strongly about the need to have a local newspaper," Vindicator General Manager Mark Brown said in the newspaper's report on the sale. "The agreement announced today provides The Vindica- tor's subscribers with continued delivery of a daily print newspaper focused on their communities, Mahoning County and the Valley." He added, "We are very happy to be able to provide our readers with a daily print newspaper from a family-owned company. The Nutting family and Ogden Newspapers have been in the publishing business since 1890." "We are extremely happy and honored to be able to preserve the long-respected name of the newspaper that has served this region for a century-and-a- half," said Charles Jarvis, publisher of the Tribune Chronicle said in a statement. "We look forward to delivering approximately 30,000 of the new The Vindicator editions to the people who have supported The Vindi- cator through the years and have developed a printed newspaper reading habit." John Cribb, Cribb, Greene & Cope, the media brokerage and appraisal firm with offices in Montana, California, Arkansas and Virginia, represented the Mark Brown family and The Vindicator in the transaction. FORUM SELLS MINNESOTA WEEKLY TO ANFINSONS Forum Communications Company has sold its weekly Stevens County Times in the western Minnesota town of Morris to Reed and Shelly Anfinson, publishers of four nearby community papers. The purchase was expected to close by September 1. "We look forward to getting to know the people of the community better in the months ahead," Reed Anfinson told the Times. "We are passionate about community newspapers." The couple are owners of the Swift County Moni- tor-News in Benson and the Grant County Herald, Herman Review and Hoffman Tribune, all of which are published from Elbow Lake, Minnesota. Reed Anfinson said the couple believe newspapers are vital to providing a sense of belonging, connection and purpose in healthy communities. "We believe these are the characteristics at the heart of what a good community newspaper must provide its readers," Reed Anfinson said. "We have appreciated the opportunity to serve the greater Stevens County community through The Stevens County Times and are pleased to transfer ownership of the paper to Reed and Shelly Anfinson," Aaron Becher, Forum's vice pres- ident of newspaper operations said. "They will continue to build on the legacy of the newspaper and its service to the community." In addition to being publisher of community papers, Reed Anfinson is a partner in Quinco Press, a facility in Lowry, Minnesota, that prints 35 newspapers as well as other publications. He is currently the president of the National Newspaper Association Foundation. Shelly Anfinson, a dental hygienist by profession, has been actively involved in the newspaper business not only as an owner, but a sales and graphic designer for the newspapers as well as an occasional columnist.

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