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March 2018

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PAGE 2 THE INLANDER • INLANDPRESS.ORG • MARCH 2018 THE INLANDER TEAM MARK FITZGERALD, EDITOR KARLA ZANDER, ADVERTISING DIRECTOR 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 KARLA ZANDER, MANAGER OF RESEARCH AND MEMBER SERVICES kzander@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. MARCH 2018 • VOL. 33, NO. 3 701 Lee St., Suite 925, Des Plaines, IL 60016 (847) 795-0380 • Fax (847) 795-0385 inland@inlandpress.org • inlandpress.org CHAMPION MEDIA EXPANDS CLUSTER WITH PURCHASE OF LEE ENTERPRISES' MAYSVILLE KENTUCKY DAILY Lee Enterprises has sold its newspaper and digital media oper- ations in Maysville, Kentucky to Champion Media LLC, including The Ledger Independent and maysville-online.com. Randy Cope of Cribb, Greene & Cope, the merger and acquisitions firm with offices in Virginia, Missouri, and Montana, repre- sented Lee Enterprises in the sale. The Ledger Independent is published six days a week with a print circulation of 3,654 daily, and maysville-online.com reaches more than 6,300 unique visitors each month. Lee acquired the news- paper in 2002 as part of the purchase of Howard Publications. "We're confident The Ledger Independent will continue its commitment to local news and dedicated service to the Maysville community under new ownership," said Kevin Mowbray, President and Chief Executive Officer. Champion Media owns four daily newspapers and 18 weeklies in North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio and Minnesota. "Champion Media is honored that Lee Enterprises has given us the opportunity to acquire the Maysville Ledger Independent," said Champion Media CEO Scott Champion. "We are excited to add Maysville to our cluster of news- papers across the river in Ripley, West Union, Georgetown, and Batavia, Ohio." BRIEFS PAXTON MEDIA ADDS TO NORTH CAROLINA PORTFOLIO WITH PURCHASE OF ROANOKE RAPIDS PAPER P axton Media Group has bought The Daily Herald of Roanoke Rapids, N.C., from Wick Communications. Dirks, Van Essen & Murray, 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. Paxton Media, a family-owned company headquartered in Paducah, Kentucky, owns more than 35 daily newspapers, a tele- vision station and numerous weekly publications across Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee. Fourth- and fifth-generation family members manage Paxton Media. "We are gratified for the oppor- tunity to assume stewardship of The Daily Herald," said David Paxton, president and chief exec- utive officer of Paxton Media Group. "It is an award-winning newspaper with a proud history of serving Halifax County." The Daily Herald will join other Paxton publications in the North Carolina/Tennessee/Georgia division of Paxton Media Group, managed by Group Publisher Rick Bean. That group includes 10 other dailies, six of which are in North Carolina. The North Carolina dailies include The Daily Dispatch in Henderson; The Sanford Herald; The Enquirer-Journal in Monroe; News-Topic in Lenoir; The Daily Courier in Forest City; and The High Point Enterprise. There also are several weekly newspapers in the division. The Daily Herald will be in a better position to serve readers and advertisers by combining its strengths with those of other Paxton newspapers in the area, said Jamie Paxton, vice president of Paxton Media Group. "Residents of Halifax County deserve quality local journalism, and this business combination provides the financial security needed to assure the newspaper will continue to serve the community long into the future," Paxton said. "We embrace this new member of the Paxton North Carolina family," said Group Publisher Rick Bean. "While newspapers have taken on a different look in the past decade, the goal of meeting the advertising and informational needs of each market remains our core mission." GOT NEWS INLAND MEMBERS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT? Send it along to inland@inlandpress.org

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