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June, 2018

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PAGE 2 THE INLANDER • INLANDPRESS.ORG • JUNE 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. JUNE 2018 • VOL. 33, NO. 6 701 Lee St., Suite 925, Des Plaines, IL 60016 (847) 795-0380 • Fax (847) 795-0385 inland@inlandpress.org • inlandpress.org BRIEFS GATEHOUSE ACQUIRING THE PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN G ateHouse Media is buying The Pueblo Chieftain, the oldest daily newspaper in Colorado, from the Rawlings family- owned The Star-Journal Publishing Corp. The sale was expected to close in mid-June. Terms of the transaction were not released. Dirks, Van Essen & Murray, the mergers and acqui- sition firm based in Santa Fe, N.M. represented the Rawlings family in the transaction. I n a n a n n o u n c e m e n t , J a n e Rawlings, president of the Star- Jo u r n a l Pu blish in g C o r p. a n d publisher of The Pueblo Chieftain, said she and her board of directors spent months studying prospective buyers to find the right owner for the 150-year-old Chieftain. Rawlings took control of The Chieftain in October 2016. Her father, Rober t Hoa g Rawlings, owner, publisher and editor of the news- paper for decades, died in March 2017. "It was my dad's wish that The Chieftain would be sold upon his death, with proceeds to be placed in the Rawlings Foundation and that those funds would be used for the betterment of Pueblo and Southern Colorado," Rawlings said. "My committee and I were excited to meet with GateHouse executives, wh o d e mo n strate d th e ir cle a r c o m m i t m e n t t o p r o d u c i n g a n outstanding local news report and to leave the opinion side of the news- paper—editorials, endorsements, etc.—under local control," Rawlings added. "We are honored that the Rawlings family has chosen us to continue the stewardship of this great community newspaper for years to come," Jason Taylor, president of Western U.S. Publishing Operations for Gate- House Media, said in announcing the sale to the newspaper's staff. "GateHouse looks forward to leveraging our national resources to support the community that will enhance quality of life and help create a stronger community," he added. In an article about the transaction, Chieftain managing editor Steve Henson traced the history of the newspaper this way: "The Chieftain roots go back to June 1, 1868, when Dr. Michael Beshoar established a weekly news- paper, The Colorado Chieftain. "A businessman hired by the Star- Journal by the name of Frank Hoag would change the newspaper — and Pueblo — forever. By 1918, Hoag had worked his way up in the newspaper ranks and purchased the paper. The Star-Journal Publishing Corp. was born. "Eventually, Hoag bought The Colorado Chieftain, and it became The Pueblo Chieftain. "Through the 20th century and beyond, Hoag, his son Frank Hoag Jr., Hoag Sr.'s grandson, Robert Hoa g Rawlings, and Rawlings' daughter, Jane Rawlings, would leave an indelible imprint on the Pueblo and Souther n Colorado communities." GOT NEWS INLAND MEMBERS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT? Send it along to inland@inlandpress.org COMINGS & GOINGS O'CONNOR, WARD PROMOTED AT BLACK PRESS' SOUND PUBLISHING Josh O'Connor has been named president and publisher of Sound Publishing. The appointment was announced by Rick O'Connor, pres- ident and CEO of Sound Publishing's parent, Black Press Group Ltd. At the same time, the company announced that Terry Ward has been promoted to vice president of Sound Publishing. He will continue to serve as publisher of the Peninsula Daily N e w s i n P o r t Angele, Wash., as well as the weeklies the Sequim G a z e t t e , F o r k s F o r u m , a n d community newspapers in Kitsap County and Aberdeen. Ward will also be responsible for overseeing newspapers Sound is acquiring in Juneau, Kenai and Homer, Alaska. "I'm honored and humbled by the trust placed in me to take on this new l e a d e r s h i p r o l e w i t h S o u n d Publishing," Ward said. The moves follow the departure of for mer Sound President Gloria Fletcher to become publisher of the Tulsa World in Oklahoma and vice president of the Southern News- paper Division for the BH Media Group. Josh O'Connor will continue to serve as publisher of the Daily Herald in Everett, Wash., a position he has held since 2013. He joined Black Press in 1998 in Surrey, British Columbia, as a sales executive and had management roles at its publica- tions in Sur rey, Richmond and Abbotsford. Ward joined Sound Publishing as g roup publisher overseeing the Olympic Peninsula News Group in September 2015 and was appointed regional publisher in April 2016. He was previously the CEO of KPC Media Group in Indiana. Prior to his time at KPC Media Group, Ward was the director of sales and digital for GateHouse Media's Community Newspaper Division O'Connor

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