The Inlander

December 2017

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PAGE 2 THE INLANDER • INLANDPRESS.ORG • DECEMBER 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 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. DECEMBER 2017 • VOL. 31, NO. 12 701 Lee St., Suite 925, Des Plaines, IL 60016 (847) 795-0380 • Fax (847) 795-0385 • BRIEFS BOONE EXPANDS NORTH CAROLINA HOLDINGS WITH STANLY NEWS & PRESS BUY FROM CNHI A newly formed affiliate of Boone Newspapers has acquired the Stanly News & Press in Albemarle, N.C. from Montgomery, Ala.- based Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. Dirks, Van Essen & Murray, a media merger and acqui- sition firm based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, represented CNHI in the transaction. The Stanly News & Press is published three days a week with circulation of approximately 5,000 on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 6,100 on Sunday. The acquiring company was Albemarle Newsmedia, LLC, a new North Carolina entity owned by Boone News- papers, Inc. (BNI) and Carpenter Newsmedia, LLC (CNL). BNI and CNL have offices in Natchez, Mississippi and Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Todd Carpenter, of Natchez, is BNI's president and chief executive officer. James B. Boone Jr., of Tuscaloosa, is BNI's chairman. "We are pleased and honored to assume ownership of and responsibility for the Stanly News & Press and look forward to working w i t h e a c h s t a f f m e m b e r a n d t h e community. We will work hard to meet every obligation to the c o m m u n i t y a n d t o produce a newspaper and website of which the community can be proud," Carpenter said. Sandy Selvy-Mullis will remain as Stanly News & Press publisher. Selvy-Mullis began her career in newspapers with the Ottumwa (Iowa) Courier In 2007, she became publisher of the Stanly News & Press. BNI and CNL also own and BNI manages 80 news- papers in similar-sized communities around the country. Other North Carolina affiliates of BNI and CNL are in Salisbury, Tryon, Washington, Ahoskie, Gatesville, Mocksville and Clemmons. DIRKS, VAN ESSEN BROKERS SALE OF R.I. DAILY OWNED BY FOUR GENERATIONS OF SHERMAN FAMILY Albert K. Sherman Jr. and family agreed to sell substantially all of the assets of the Edward A. Sherman Publishing Company, which publishes the Newport (R.I.) Daily News and other publications in a transaction in which they were represented by Dirks, Van Essen & Murray, a media merger and acquisition firm based in Santa Fe, N.M. The buyer was New Media Investment Group Inc., the parent of GateHouse Media. S h e r m a n P u bl i s h i n g C o m p a ny p u bl i s h e s t h e 171-year-old Newport Daily News as well as two weekly newspapers—The Independent and the Mercury—and several magazines. Albert K. "Buck" Sherman, Jr., the retired publisher, said, "The Daily News has been a family calling for four generations, but the time has come for a change. New Media and its affiliates have resources that will help our papers and staff transition into the future, and I am sure they will be good stewards of all we have built here." DOES YOUR NEWSPAPER HAVE ONE OF THE 18 TO WATCH IN '18? Inland is looking to identify the industry's rising stars. We'll feature them in the January 2018 issue as "18 To Watch In '18." These innovators, problem-solvers, diggers or preci- sionists can come from any department, from the newsroom to sales to the pressroom to your circulation front lines. Send your nominee to Mark Fitzgerald, Inland's publi- cations editor, at Please enclose a description of why he or she should be among the 18, plus contact information and, if possible, a photo of that person in the environment in which she or he is excelling. Deadline for submitting nominees is Dec. 11. Questions? Email Mark Fitzgerald or call him at 773.792.9553.

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