Author archives: John Crouch

Mike Murphy named Missouri VP of operations

Mike Murphy was recently named as GateHouse Media’s vice president of operations for the state of Missouri.

Murphy has served as senior group publisher in north central Missouri since 2014, where he has been responsible for newspapers in Boonville, Brookfield, Chillicothe, Hannibal, Kirksville, Mexico and Moberly.

As VP of operations, Murphy will retain the responsibilities of his former position and take on the day-to-day operations of several other publications in Missouri, including the Columbia Daily Tribune, and oversee Tribune Publishing Co. operations.

For more information, visit the Hannibal-Courier-Post.

Ellis Smith named general manager of The Hawk Eye

Ellis Smith was recently named as the new general manager of The Hawk Eye in Burlington, Iowa.

He most recently served as digital editor of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, where his work garnered several industry awards and he was also part of the paper’s “The Poverty Puzzle” reporting project, which earned the Free Press a finalist position for the Pulitzer Prize.

He is a graduate of the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Georgia, where he was editor-in-chief of the college’s newspaper, the West Georgian, and also produced a daily live newscast UTV-13.

For more information, visit The Hawk Eye.

Tuscaloosa News honored by APA, APME

17.07.2017 John Crouch Awards

 

The Tuscaloosa News was recently recognized with awards in both the Alabama Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest and the Alabama Associated Press Media Editors’ newspaper contest for work done in 2016.

In each contest, the paper competed in the division that includes the state’s largest newspapers.

It earned 11 first-place, nine second-place and 10 third-place awards in the Alabama Press Association contest, including second place in the General Excellence category and first place in the Freedom of Information-First Amendment category.

In the Associated Press Media Editors contest, it received 13 first-place awards, including the Freedom of Information award, in addition winning seven second-place and five third-place awards and the Sports Sweepstakes award.

Alabama Press Association awards included:

First place
• Best Newspaper Website
• Best Local Education Coverage
• Best Sports Coverage
• Freedom of Information-First Amendment – Drew Taylor
• Best Sports Single Event Story – Tommy Deas
• Best Use of Graphics or Illustrations
• Best Special Section – Newsprint
• Best Niche Publication
• Best Periodical
• Best Production and Printing
• Best Advertising Campaign

Second place
• General Excellence
• Best Layout and Design
• Best Spot News Story – Mark Hughes Cobb
• Best Sports News In-depth Coverage – Aaron Suttles
• Best Headline – Tommy Deas
• Best Editorial
• Best Special Section – Newsprint
• Best Niche Publication
• Best In-paper Promotion of Newspaper

Third place
• Best Editorial Page or Section
• Best In-depth News Coverage – Mark Hughes Cobb, Jason Morton, Stephen Dethrage, Drew Taylor, Cecil Hurt and Gary Cosby Jr.
• Best News Feature Story Coverage – Stephanie Taylor
• Best Human Interest Column – Lydia Seabol Avant
• Best Sports Single Event Story – Joey Chandler
• Best Sports Feature Story – Aaron Suttles
• Best Sports Photo – Gary Cosby Jr.
• Best Use of Graphics or Illustrations
• Advertising Sweepstakes
• Best Classified Display Ad

Associated Press Media Editors awards included:

First place
• Freedom of Information – Drew Taylor
• Sports Action Photo – Gary Cosby Jr.
• Portrait – Gary Cosby Jr.
• Photo Illustration – Gary Cosby Jr.
• Sports Non-deadline Reporting – Aaron Suttles
• Sports Feature Story – Aaron Suttles
• Education Story – Drew Taylor
• Sports Column Writing – Cecil Hurt
• Non-deadline Reporting – Mark Hughes Cobb, Jason Morton, Stephen Dethrage, Drew Taylor, Cecil Hurt and Gary Cosby Jr.
• Deadline Reporting – Angel Coker
• Sports Deadline Reporting – staff
• Non-deadline Page Design
• Headlines

Second-place
• Public Service – Stephanie Taylor, Gary Cosby Jr. and Michael James
• Sports Deadline Reporting – staff
• Sports Non-deadline Reporting – Joey Chandler
• Photo Illustration – Gary Cosby Jr.
• Photo Compilation – Michelle Lepianka Carter
• Individual Portfolio – Gary Cosby Jr.
• Deadline Page Design

Third place
• Sports Deadline Reporting – Aaron Suttles and Tommy Deas
• Photo Compilation – Gary Cosby Jr.
• Spot News Photo – Erin Nelson
• Humorous Photo – Erin Nelson
• Lifestyle Feature – Mark Hughes Cobb

For more information, visit The Tuscaloosa News.

Denise Robbins named new Senior Vice President of Consumer Marketing

Denise Robbins was recently named as GateHouse Media’s new Senior Vice President of Consumer Marketing.

Robbins brings 20 years of success in developing multichannel marketing, strategic partnership and innovative consumer revenue programs to the role, and will be responsible for GateHouse Media’s consumer marketing strategy and revenue growth. This includes both print and digital subscriptions and the development of new consumer-driven revenue streams. In addition to working closely with corporate and field circulation leaders, she will partner with GateHouse’s content, product and strategy teams on the development of new products and services.

“As we continue our effort to achieve year-over-year revenue growth, it is essential that we both optimize our traditional newspaper circulation revenue and develop new consumer revenue streams,” said Kirk Davis, CEO of GateHouse Media. “Denise’s experience, using consumer insights and data to drive business strategy, will be a significant asset for us.”

Most recently, Robbins served as Executive Director/Consumer Revenue for The New York Times, where she led acquisition marketing and customer experience for the newspaper’s print subscription business. She previously served as VP and Corporate Director for New Bay Media, an NYC-based private equity portfolio of more than 60 music and consumer electronics publications. In this role, reporting to the CEO, she had responsibility for consumer revenue across the enterprise. Robbins launched her career in a variety of marketing positions with specialty publishers, beginning in circulation marketing at Dow Jones/IDD enterprises.

Matt Leclercq named new Fayetteville Observer executive editor

Matt Leclercq was recently named as the new executive editor of The Fayetteville Observer in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Leclercq began at the Observer in 1999 as a community news intern and has since held multiple positions at the newspaper, most recently as the managing editor, a position he has held since 2014.

“Matt is the perfect fit in leading the Observer newsroom moving forward,” Publisher Bob Gruber said. “The time he has spent in Fayetteville gives him a unique understanding of the market from day one. He has a great understanding of both our platforms of print and digital. I am excited to have Matt join the executive team at the Observer.”

Leclercq holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a native of New Orleans and grew up in Arkansas and western North Carolina.

For more information, visit the Observer.

Fayetteville Observer’s Monica Vendituoli selected for Journalism and Women Symposium

Monica Vendituoli

The Fayetteville Observer‘s Monica Vendituoli was recently offered one of 10 Emerging Journalist Fellowships from the Journalism and Women Symposium, an organization dedicated to supporting women in journalism.

The fellowships are offered to newer journalists and include attendance at the organization’s three-day Conference and Mentoring Project in Arkansas in October, where fellows focus on strengthening core skills, building personal brands and careers, developing strategies for success in the evolving media industry and empowering female journalists.

Vendituoli, who has been a crime and public safety reporter at the Observer since December 2015, has proven herself to be a talented journalist. She recently produced a series covering the growing local trends of opioid abuse and human trafficking that lead to her being a co-moderator of a community forum involving local law enforcement, district attorneys and victim advocates, and most recently has reported on a loophole in North Carolina sexual consent laws that gained national attention.

She was awarded a 2017 Walter Spearman Award for Outstanding Writing from the North Carolina Press Association.

For more information, visit the Journalism and Women Symposium.

 

GateHouse Media papers recognized by Oklahoma Press Association

23.06.2017 John Crouch Awards

Six GateHouse Media newspapers were recently honored with Better Newspaper Contest awards at the Oklahoma Press Association’s convention in Oklahoma City.

Division 2, for daily newspapers with a 3,500-7,000 circulation, awards included:

News Content
Second-place: The Shawnee News-Star
Third-place: The Ardmoreite

Layout & Design
First-place: The Ardmoreite
Second-place: The Shawnee News-Star
Fourth-place: Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise

Advertising
First-place: Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise

Sales Promotion
Fourth-place: The Shawnee News-Star

Advertising Series
Second-place: The Shawnee News-Star
Third-place: Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise

In-Depth Enterprise
Fourth-place: The Shawnee News-Star

Editorial Comment
Third-place: Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise
Fourth-place: The Shawnee News-Star

Personal Columns
First-place: The Shawnee News-Star
Second-place: Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise

News Writing
Fourth-place: Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise

Feature Writing
Fourth-place: Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise

Sports Coverage
First-place: Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise

Photography
Second-place: Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise

Community Leadership
Second-place: The Shawnee News-Star
Third-place: Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise

Division 3, for daily newspapers with a circulation less than 3,500, awards included:

News Content
First-place: Miami News-Record

Layout & Design
Second-place: Miami News-Record

Advertising
Fourth-place: Miami News-Record

Sales Promotion
Second-place: Miami News-Record

In-Depth Enterprise
Third-place: Miami News-Record

Editorial Comment
Fourth-place: Miami News-Record

Feature Writing
Fourth-place: Miami News-Record

Sports Coverage
Second-place: Miami News-Record

Photography
Third-place: Miami News-Record

Division 5, for weekly newspapers with a 1,400 – 2,100 circulation, awards included:

News Content
First-place: Delaware County Journal

In-Depth Enterprise
Second-place: Delaware County Journal

Division 8, for Semi-, Twin or Tri-Weekly newspapers, awards included:

News Content
Fourth-place: The Grove Sun

Layout & Design
Fourth-place: The Grove Sun

Advertising
First-place: The Grove Sun

Advertising Series
Fourth-place: The Grove Sun

In-Depth Enterprise
Second-place: The Grove Sun

Editorial Comment
Third-place: The Grove Sun

Personal Columns
First-place: The Grove Sun

News Writing
First-place: The Grove Sun

Sports Coverage
Fourth-place: The Grove Sun

Community Leadership
First-place: The Grove Sun

For more information and a complete list of winners, visit the Oklahoma Press Association.

Times Herald-Record earns 14 New York State Associated Press Association awards

6.06.2017 John Crouch Awards

The Times Herald-Record in Middletown, New York, recently won 14 awards in the 2016 New York State Associated Press Association contest.

The newspaper received eight first-place awards, which is the most of any other newspaper in the 45,000-125,000 circulation class.

“What a strong showing for our newsroom — reflecting not only the depth of talent on staff, but the team spirit and commitment to community that makes the new staff special,” said Barry Lewis, executive editor. “I’m especially proud that for the second consecutive year we won the top award for Public Service. That really is our mission as a community newspaper.”

Awards include:

Public service: First place, reporters Leonard Sparks, James Nani and regional editor Paul Brooks, “Water Woes.” Third place, reporter Chris McKenna, “Albany Corruption.”

Headline writing: First place, assistant metro editor Doug Mohart, “Money Does Grow on Trees.” Second place, metro editor Michael Levensohn, “Golden Tickets.”

Column: Third place, executive editor Barry Lewis.

Feature writing: Third place, reporter Amanda Loviza-Vickery, “Teen Firefighters.”

Business writing: First place, reporter James Walsh, “Medical Marijuana.” Third place, reporters Hema Easley and James Walsh, “Construction Boom.”

Sports column: First place, sports editor Kevin Gleason.

Digital presence: First place, Times Herald-Record staff.

Multimedia storytelling: First place, Times Herald-Record staff, “Sam’s Point Wildfire.”

Illustration or graphic: First place, Times Herald-Record staff, “A Butcher’s Guide to Legislative Pork.”

Feature photo: First place, photographer Kelly Marsh, “Funeral for Slain Firefighter.”

Photo story: Third place, photographer, Allyse Pulliam, “Newburgh Raids.”

Judges for the Digital Presence category noted:

Record on Line offers a clean layout and clearly lets its audience know which are the top stories of the moment. The site is easy to navigate; ads are embedded in an intuitive way. The content — photography, videos, articles — and social media presence give a true sense of community. And a sense of place. Well done.

For more information, visit the Times Herald-Record.

GateHouse Media newspapers recognized by Associated Press Media Editors

31.05.2017 John Crouch Awards

Four GateHouse Media newspapers were recently recognized at the Associated Press Media Editors‘ annual contest, which honors excellence and innovation in journalism.

The Sarasota, Florida, Herald-Tribune won the Public Service Award for newspapers with a 40,000 to 149,000 circulation for “Bias on the Bench.”

Judges said:

For its outstanding work documenting significant racial inequities across Florida in sentencing, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune is the winner in a strong category of entries. “Bias on the Bench” analyzed sentencing patterns of trial judges, revealing that blacks frequently received far longer sentences than whites convicted of similar crimes. Sarasota dug into data, documenting discrepancies across the state and looking at some individual judges whose sentencing was fraught with racial injustice.

The Springfield, Illinois, State Journal-Register won the Public Service Award for newspapers with up to a 39,000 circulation for “Enough.”

Judges said:

Illinois lawmakers’ inability to agree on a state budget has become a national example of political inertia. The State Journal-Register led a collaborative statewide effort to show the impact of the budget stalemate. Newspapers across Illinois decried the legislative inaction through stories, editorials and columns, prompting tens of thousands citizens to respond. The State Journal-Register’s leadership was particularly impressive and unique since editorials drove their call for action. This was a strong example of leadership, determination and ingenuity.

The Peoria, Illinois, Journal Star won the First Amendment Award for newspapers with up to a 39,999 circulation for “Police Report Unmasked.”

Judges said:

By waging a 2 ½-year battle with the city of Peoria to obtain a police officer’s report about her colleagues’ and supervisors’ misuse of on-the-clock time, the Journal Star proved it had the moxie — and was willing to commit to resources — to fight hard for records that properly belong to the public. The Journal Star litigated the case to the appellate level, winning at every turn, and produced an investigative report — “Police Report Unmasked” — that revealed how officers went home or did other personal activities while they were on the taxpayer-funded clock. The police chief and many other department leaders ultimately left the city or were reassigned.

The Peoria, Illinois, Journal Star won the Community Engagement Award for newspapers with up to a 74,999 circulation for “City of Disparity.”

Judges said:

The City of Disparity project shows what can be accomplished by a small local staff with deep commitment to community engagement. An impressive turnaround for the paper’s image and meaning to the local community. The most meaningful part is the engagement is ongoing with agencies, city officials and the community. The project’s success rests in the community learning troubling facts about itself. This project was sure to spark conversation.

The Sarasota, Florida, Herald-Tribune earned an honorable mention for the Al Neuharth Award for Investigative Reporting for newspapers with a circulation up to 74,999 for “Bias on the Bench.”

Judges said:

At the heart of this entry was impressive analysis of tens of millions of records. That analysis and the study and reporting that surrounded it were presented in a sophisticated package that was as effective on digital platforms as it was in print. It’s no wonder it went viral, and no wonder state lawmakers were quick to act.

Corina Curry of the Rockford, Illinois, Register Star earned an honorable mention for the News Reporting Award for newspapers with a circulation up to 39,999 for “Sub Nation.”

Judges said:

Education reporter Corina Curry identified a potentially problematic trend and decided to find out the impact, not only on the region she covers but in other communities across the country. The breadth of her reporting on this important issue, which included filing dozens of records requests in myriad states, was impressive, especially coming from a smaller media outlet. That broader context was essential to giving Curry’s readers a full understanding of the increasing use of substitute teachers. The database is an added bonus. The graphics were attractive and informative.

For more information, visit the Associated Press Media Editors.

 

 

Norwich Bulletin honored by Society of Professional Journalists

26.05.2017 John Crouch Awards

The Bulletin of Norwich, Connecticut, was recently recognized with a number of awards by the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists’ at the organization’s annual awards dinner.

Top honors went to reporter Ryan Blessing, who earned the prestigious Stephen A. Collins Public Service Award, which is awarded for a story or stories having a significant impact on the public interest. His Derbygate reporting on a group of public officials who attended the Kentucky Derby broke in October 2016, and Blessing has kept up with the story with additional coverage since.

Other awards included:

Business

Honorable mention: “With high-tech firms investing in state, skilled workers are in big demand;” Francesca Kefalas

Diversity coverage

Third place: “‘I’ve had a good journey’;” Ryan Blessing

In-Depth

First place: “Hinchey, Bilda went on $340,000 trip;” Ryan Blessing

Leisure

First place: “Senior exercise class gains devout following;” Lauren Flaum

Local reporting

Third place: “Taxes are taking a big bite in smaller towns;” Ryan Blessing

Single editorial

Second place: “‘Fake news’ swindles the gullible, hurts real thing;” Brendan Cox

Sports feature

Third place: “Norwich trainer fights to get back in the ring;” Brett Poirier

Second place: “Coaches emerge from NFA;” Owen Poole

Sports photo

Third place: “Fitch walks off with title in another 1-run thriller;” John Shishmanian

For more information, visit The Bulletin.

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