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June 2017

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PAGE 2 THE INLANDER • INLANDPRESS.ORG • JUNE 2017 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 PATRICIA SLUSHER, DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP & PROGRAMMING KARLA ZANDER, MANAGER OF RESEARCH AND MEMBER SERVICES STEVE HOFFMAN, ACCOUNTING MANAGER INLAND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE DOUG HIEMSTRA, ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT BH Media Group • Omaha, Neb. MIKE GUGLIOTTO, ASSOCIATION CHAIRMAN Pioneer News Group Co. • Seattle, Wash. TOM YUNT, ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT-ELECT United Communications Corp. • Kenosha, Wis. DOUG PHARES, ASSOCIATION VICE PRESIDENT Sandusky Newspapers Inc. • Sandusky, Ohio JEREMY HALBREICH, FOUNDATION PRESIDENT AIM Media Texas • McAllen, Texas CORY BOLLINGER, FOUNDATION VICE PRESIDENT Schurz Communications • Mishawaka, Ind. 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 2017 • VOL. 31, NO. 6 701 Lee St., Suite 925, Des Plaines, IL 60016 (847) 795-0380 • Fax (847) 795-0385 • EAU CLAIRE PRESS COMPANY SOLD TO ADAMS PUBLISHING GROUP A f t e r f o u r g e n e r a t i o n s o f ownership by the Atkinson and Graaskamp families, The Eau Claire Press Company has been sold to family-owned Adams Publishing Group. Included in the sale were the daily The Leader-Telegram of Eau Claire, Wis.; The Country Today, an agri- cultural weekly based in Eau Claire; Leader Printing, a commercial printing operation; and associated digital products. Cribb, Greene & Cope represented The Eau Claire Press Company in the sale, which closed June 1. No financial terms were disclosed. " A f t e r 1 3 0 ye a r s o f f a m i l y ownership, selling The Eau Claire Press Company was not an easy decision for the Graaskamp and Atkinson families," President and CEO Pieter Graaskamp said in a statement. "However, at a board strate gic planning session, we discussed the long-term viability of an independently owned family media company. We came to the difficult decision nearly a year ago that selling was the best option for our employees and the communities we serve." Graaskamp said there were a number of suitors for the company, "but when we met the members of the Adams family, we felt from the beginning that they would be an excellent choice to succeed our families." "We're very excited to welcome The Eau Claire Press Company to our family of companies," Adams Publishing Chair man Ste phen Adams said. "Through generations of stewardship, The Eau Claire Press Company has sought to be considered one of the most respected news- papers and digital companies in the country." M i n n e a p o l i s - b a s e d A d a m s Publishing Group owns and operates newspapers and printing plants in 11 states and is a division of the Adams Of f ice, which owns and operates a number of other busi- nesses, including Adams Outdoor, Fairway Outdoor, Adams Radio Group, Good Sam/Camping World, and wineries and vineyards in the United States and Europe. All of The Eau Claire Press Company's employees will be offered employment and benefits with the A d a m s P u bl i s h i n g G ro u p, t h e companies said. Pieter Graaskamp will continue as president and CEO of The Eau Claire Press Company, a role he has held for more than 14 years. Dan Graaskamp will continue as vice president of Sales. Mike Carlson will continue director of circulation and marketing. BRIEFS AIM MEDIA UNIT BUYS CIVITAS MEDIA'S OHIO NEWSPAPERS AIM Media Midwest LLC has acquired all of Civitas Media's Ohio newspapers and other assets in a t r a n s a c t i o n t h a t i n c l u d e s 1 7 d a i l y newspapers including its Ohio flagship Lima News. C i v i t a s M e d i a , h e a d q u a r t e r e d i n D a v i d s o n , N o r t h Carolina, is a portfolio company of Philadelphia-based private equity investment firm Versa Capital Management LLC and has been shedding its newspaper- related assets across the country. Dirks, Van Essen & Murray, a media merger and acquisition firm based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, represented Civitas Media in the transaction. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. The sale of the 17 Civitas dailies includes one in West Virginia. Also included in the sale were 15 weekly publications and a number of shoppers and niche magazines and a commercial printing operation. W h e n t h e d e a l cl o s e d , A I M announced that all Ohio employees working directly for any of the indi- vidual newspaper publications will be hired immediately and continue in their respective positions with the new company. In addition, AIM said it was hiring "a select group of employees" who worked in corporate or centralized functions in Ohio. "Civitas is one of the most respected a n d a d m i r e d publishing companies principally serving l o c a l c o m m u n i t y markets in the United States," Jeremy L. Halbreich, chairman and CEO of AIM, said in a statement. Halbreeich is president of the Inland Press Foundation and the former chairman and CEO of Sun-Times Media LLC in Chicago. He is also the former founder, chairman, president and CEO of American Consolidated Media in Dallas, and former pres- ident and general manager of The Dallas Morning News. Halbriech said he and AIM Pres- ident and COO Rick Starks, the former CEO of Ohio Community Media LLC, had "become well acquainted with the senior lead- ership at Civitas and at Versa and we s a l u t e t h e i r d e m o n s t r a t e d commitment and support to these local communities throughout their years of ownership." Halbreich added: "We are gratified by Civitas' and Versa's confidence in us as publishers of local, community newspapers to build on their recent history and allow us to enhance the focus on community service. We look forward to providing the guidance and direction necessary for these publications and our new employees to engage their local audiences and set the civic agenda and discourse both online and in print for the communities they serve." "I am pleased to have AIM, a first- rate organization, run by such high- quality and respected media industry leaders as Jeremy Halbreich and Rick Starks, acquire Civitas' Ohio a n d W e s t V i r g i n i a p r o p - erties," Civitas CEO Lior Yahalomi said in a statement. "I also want to express my thanks to all of our Civitas Ohio and West Virginia employees for their long-term, loyal and conscientious service. I wish them all the best as they transition to be an integral part of the AIM organization and culture." AIM Media Midwest is an affiliate of AIM Media companies in Texas and Indiana, all of which are managed by AIM Media Management of Dallas, Texas, where Halbreich serves as chairman and CEO and Starks serves as president and COO. Both are 40-plus year veterans of the newspaper publishing industry. In addition, Halbreich is an Ohio native, born in Cleveland. GOT NEWS INLAND MEMBERS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT? Send it along to

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