Mike Distelhorst was recently named as GateHouse Media’s Coastal North Carolina group publisher.
In this new role, Distelhorst, who already served as the publisher of three GateHouse papers in eastern North Carolina — the Jacksonville Daily News, the New Bern Sun Journal and the Kinston Free Press — will take on the role of publisher of the StarNews in Wilmington.
Distelhorst grew up in southeast Iowa and graduated from Iowa’s Central College with a bachelor’s degree in communications.
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David Adams was recently named as the new publisher of GateHouse Media newspapers in central Illinois.
He will oversee nine daily papers, including The Register-Mail in Galesburg, the Canton Daily Ledger and the Pontiac Daily Leader and the Star Courier in Kewanee, in addition to 20 weeklies and 10 shoppers.
Adams has 14 years of media advertising sales experience with a strong background in digital sales, including leadership roles in direct mail, online directory business, radio and most recently newspapers.
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John Elchert was recently named the new publisher of The Daily Telegram in Adrian, Michigan.
Elchert most recently served as publisher of the Mankato, Minnesota, Free Press.
He began his career in the journalism industry in 1982 when he served as the circulation director of his hometown newspaper, the Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune, in Tiffin, Ohio. He is a graduate of the University of Toledo.
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King Features Syndicate and More Content Now recently announced a collaboration that will make MCN special sections available via KFS.
KFS clients will have the ability to purchase special sections on bridal, health, home and garden, family, boomer issues and more at a special rate.
“GateHouse Media shares our commitment to editorial excellence,” said John Killian, vice president of syndication sales for King Features. “We are pleased to be able to add More Content Now’s sections to our content catalog.”
“Based on the success of producing sections like these for our own publications, MCN launched in 2012 with the goal of providing high-quality content at affordable rates for publications outside of GateHouse Media,” said More Content Now Director Lisa Glowinski. “This partnership furthers that mission.”
More Content Now’s lineup of more than three-dozen special sections for 2017 is available to KFS clients to preview and purchase immediately. Sections include an inauguration preview, a NASCAR season preview, monthly Family tabs, quarterly Healthy Living sections and several Auto tabs, including one timed to Presidents Day and a 2018 model-year preview.
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Scott Jenkins was recently named the new editor of The Dispatch in Lexington, North Carolina.
Jenkins previously served as the editor of The Salisbury Post, where he began working as a reporter in 1999.
He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and began his journalism career at The Daily Independent — now the Independent Tribune — in Kannapolis.
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Congratulations to the Herald-Tribune in Sarasota, Florida, which was recently honored at Editor & Publisher’s 2016 EPPY Awards.
The newspaper’s “Shortcut to the American Dream,” which focuses on a little-known immigration program, won for Best Business Reporting on a Website in the Under 1 million unique monthly visitors category.
For more information and the complete list of winners, visit editorandpublisher.com/eppy-winners-2016.
Congratulations to all the GateHouse Media papers recently honored at the 2016 New England Newspaper & Press Association luncheon in Natick, Massachusetts.
Daily Newspaper of the Year winners included The Providence Journal of Providence, Rhode Island, in the 35,000-plus circulation group; The Patriot Ledger of Quincy, Massachusetts, in the 20,000-35,000 circulation group; The Standard-Times of New Bedford in the 15,000-20,000 circulation group; The MetroWest Daily News of Framingham in the 10,000-15,000 circulation group; and the Taunton Daily Gazette was named a distinguished newspaper in the less than 10,000 circulation group.
Weekly Newspaper of the Year winners included the Sunday Telegram of Worcester in the 45,000-plus circulation group; the Cape Cod Times of Hyannis was named a distinguished newspaper in the 30,000-45,000 circulation group; and The MetroWest Daily News was named a distinguished newspaper in the less than 20,000 circulation group.
The Inquirer and Mirror of Nantucket was named a distinguished newspaper in the Weekly Community Newspaper of the Year category in the 3,500-8,000 circulation group.
Publick Occurrences Award winners included The Providence Journal for “Race in Rhode Island” and The Herald News for “Future of Fall River.”
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Herald-Journal Executive Editor Michael Smith was recently promoted to regional editor of the Western Carolina Media Group.
Smith will remain in his editor position at the Herald-Journal in Spartanburg, South Carolina, but will now also oversee the Gaston Gazette, the Hendersonville Times-News and the Shelby Star in North Carolina.
“Mike will add a seasoned element of guidance to our newsrooms across the region. He is highly skilled at problem-solving and is a transformational leader who understands the importance of delivering quality content our readers want and need,” said GateHouse Media Regional Vice President Lucy Talley.
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GateHouse Media recently announced that Bill Church, a nationally-regarded newsroom executive, has been named Senior Vice President of News for GateHouse Media.
Most recently, Church has served as Executive Editor of the award-winning Sarasota Herald-Tribune where he has elevated the quality of both print and digital editions of the newspaper. In recognition of his talent and contributions, Church was given the additional responsibility of Southeast Regional Editor for GateHouse Media in June 2015.
“Bill has thoughtfully balanced the preservation of our traditional mission and values while fostering a culture of entrepreneurial journalism at newspapers large and small,” said Kirk Davis, CEO of GateHouse Media. “Digital storytelling, creative content partnerships and community engagement are all found in his toolbox.”
Church will guide GateHouse’s news strategy and lead its Austin, Texas-based Center for News & Design, which provides editing and design services for more than 216 GateHouse newspapers. In addition, the center is headquarters for GateHouse Media’s digital products team and More Content Now, its niche content creation service. In his new role, Church will ensure that the work and creativity at the center serve as a companion to GateHouse’s local market journalism.
“I’m humbled by the opportunity to serve as an advocate for GateHouse Media’s news employees,” Church said. “I look forward to partnering with our news leaders as we evolve our journalism and our news organization.”
Church joined the Herald-Tribune in January 2013, after spending almost 23 years in editorial positions at Gannett newspapers in Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, New York and Oregon. This included six-plus years as Executive Editor of the Statesman Journal in Salem, Oregon, prior to coming to Sarasota. Both the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and Salem Statesman Journal won numerous national awards during his tenure. This year, a collaboration between the Herald-Tribune and Tampa Bay Times earned a 2016 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. In 2015, the Herald-Tribune was named to Editor and Publisher’s list of 10 Newspapers That Do It Right.
Church is the current President of Associated Press Media Editors, a 2016 Knight Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard and a two-time Pulitzer jurist. He has been a longtime member of the Asian American Journalists Association and received the national Robert G. McGruder Diversity Leadership award in 2010. Church was named a McCormick Fellow in 2006.
Congratulations to the Journal-Standard of Freeport, Illinois, for earning its second Community Journalism Public Service Initiative grant from the Associated Press Media Editors.
The $2,500 grants are awarded to media companies that have websites and serve a metropolitan area of less than 100,000 people.
The Journal-Standard’s submitted project, modeled after television’s “Shark Tank,” looks to help revitalize Freeport’s downtown core.
Projects can use print and/or digital platforms and include social media and/or a mobile strategy and should be considered entrepreneurial in nature with the potential for use in other areas.
“The Journal-Standard is ambitiously looking at community engagement in a new way,” wrote judge Summer Moore of The Times of Northwest Indiana. “By inserting themselves in a community project such as this, they are letting Freeport know they will be more than observers in the redevelopment of their downtown.
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