Author archives: John Crouch

Herald-Tribune’s Patrick Dorsey named SNPA president

Patrick Dorsey

Patrick Dorsey, regional vice president of GateHouse Media’s Coastal Group and publisher of the Herald-Tribune Media Group in Sarasota, Florida, was recently named president of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association.

Dorsey, who previously served as SNPA’s treasurer, was appointed by the SNPA Executive Committee to succeed Les Simpson and will serve as president until the annual SNPA News Industry Summit in October.

SNPA President-Elect PJ Browning, president and publisher of The Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina, will remain president-elect and will be nominated to succeed Dorsey at the 2018 annual meeting in Nashville.

For more information, visit the Herald-Tribune.

Columbus Dispatch’s Tim May honored by National Sports Media Association

30.01.2018 John Crouch Awards


A full moon rises over the Columbus Dispatch neon sign in downtown Columbus on July 9, 2017. [Adam Cairns/Dispatch]

Veteran Columbus Dispatch sports reporter Tim May was recently named the Ohio Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sports Media Association.

May and all of the other honorees will be recognized at the 59th annual NSMA Awards Weekend, June 23-25, 2018, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

For the complete list of winners, visit NSMA.

GateHouse Media launches co-branded content, commerce initiative with Houzz

GateHouse Media recently announced an alliance with Houzz, the biggest platform for home renovation and design, to provide the full, authentic Houzz content, shopping and pro-finder experience across all GateHouse newspaper websites. This is the first time Houzz has partnered with any U.S. publisher to provide readers with a fully co-branded experience that includes the ability to purchase products directly from the publisher’s co-branded websites.

The integration with Houzz is part of GateHouse Media’s strategy to create local home and real estate destination channels within newspapers’ websites. The collaboration, which launched in mid-November 2017 across an initial group of 20 newspaper websites, will bring Houzz’s inspirational home design content and robust shopping experience to GateHouse’s approximately 39 million monthly readers. The full roll-out to all newspaper websites will be complete in early 2018. The Homes channels within each website will also feature local real estate content, homes for sale and recent transaction information, and tools to help prospective buyers and sellers. For realtors and brokers, GateHouse offers a full suite of digital marketing tools through its small business services business, ThriveHive, as well as print and digital advertising opportunities.

“We’re thrilled to provide our readers with the full Houzz content experience,” said Kirk Davis, CEO of GateHouse Media. “And we are truly excited to be the first publisher to deliver a co-branded commerce experience that offers all the great products from the Houzz Shop within the trusted, local environment of our New Media news sites.”

For GateHouse Media, this unique, first-of-its-kind digital partnership adds tremendous value for both consumers and business-to-business customers. To promote the partnership, GateHouse will launch a month-long sweepstakes nationwide Jan.15, with prize offerings that include a $5000 Houzz shopping spree, daily cash prizes and Houzz discount coupons.

For more information, check out The Ledger’s new Homes section.

GateHouse Media investigation: Living in the shadow of wind farms

Wind farms generate clean energy, but living in their shadow has its costs, according to a six-month GateHouse Media investigation.

The report uncovered a litany of complaints and lawsuits from coast to coast. Wind farm developers from some of the biggest energy companies in the world have divided communities and angered residents, some of whom say the giant turbines have ruined their lives.

The turbines create relentless noises, vibrations and shadow flickers, according to some of those living nearby. Developers are accused of operating in secret and using aggressive tactics to obtain land leases. Energy officials call the complaints exaggerated.

The data-rich project was reported by National Data Projects Editor Emily Le Coz and investigative reporting intern Lucille Sherman (a senior journalism student at the University of Missouri). These investigative journalists compiled a list of over 450 families nationwide who spoke before state commissions and in legislative hearings. The reporters also spoke with 70 families and 10 lawmakers, reviewed lawsuits and lease agreements.

What is it like to live near a wind farm? Our project takes you on a journey to understand the lives of those in the shadow. For example, you can experience the flicker created by the turning turbines with our simulation.

See for yourself. Hear from the farmers. Check out the project.

Providence Journal reporter recognized at 2017 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards

16.11.2017 John Crouch Awards

Providence Journal staff writer Alex Kuffner recently received a Silver Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his coverage of the risks facing Rhode Island communities from either a once-in-a-century hurricane or sea-level rise.

Kuffner’s series of stories — including “Rising seas, rising stakes” from Nov. 20, 2016; “Losing Ground” from March 19, 2017; and “On the Brink” from July 9, 2017 — won second place for newspapers with circulations of 150,000 or less in the organization’s Kavli Science Journalism Awards, which honor distinguished reporting for a general audience. There were entries from publications in more than 40 countries.

Paul Raeburn, a freelance science writer who served as one of the judges, said Kuffner’s series was “a close look at a local issue, informed by a broader perspective.”

Another judge, Nancy Shute of National Public Radio, said the stories helped Rhode Islanders “understand the real risks they face from sea level rise and wetlands loss.”

Kuffner has worked for The Providence Journal since 2000.

For more information, visit bit.ly/2ASJAB6.

Home Town Cook’n Thanksgiving recipe contest winners announced

GateHouse Media has awarded more than $5,000 in cash and prizes to the winners of its first Home Town Cook’n Thanksgiving recipe contest:

Soups category winner: Ellen Verdugo, Gloucester, Massachusetts, for Mushroom-Chestnut ‘Tres Leches’ Soup with Espresso and Thyme
Vegetable dishes category winner: Jaemuk Jeong, Athens, Georgia, for Kabocha Casserole
Non-turkey entrees category winner: Dianna M. Wara, Washington, Illinois, for Twisted Lime & Cranberry Pork Roast
Cakes and cobblers category winner: Patricia A. Harmon, Baden, Pennsylvania, for Blackberry Apple Cobbler with Cinnamon Chip Ice Cream Scone Topping
Grand prize winner: Loanne Chiu, Fort Worth, Texas, for Thanksgiving Aromatic Pumpkin Beef Ribs

Each category winner received a $500 American Express gift card, and the grand prize winner received a culinary experience trip for two to their choice of New Orleans, New York City or Napa Valley.

Twelve finalist recipes – out of more than 1,100 submissions – were prepared and judged Oct. 27 at Columbus State Community College in Ohio. Four members of the school’s culinary program assessed the recipes on taste, visual appeal and creativity, and chose the winners. Winning recipes will be posted at hometowncookn.com after Nov. 20 and a collection of recipes from the contest will be published in GateHouse Media newspapers and on their websites Nov. 22 and 23, Thanksgiving Day.

The contest entry program was provided by Cook’n, a digital recipe organization and sharing tool. Cook’n lets users snag recipes from anywhere online and access them on any device through the Cook’n app. Users can also compile and print cookbooks, get the nutritional value of recipes, create shopping lists and weekly meal plans and more.

GateHouse Media launches national scholarship competition

GateHouse Media recently launched a scholarship contest for college-bound students across the nation.

Students are asked to select either the word “impact,” “trusted,” “community” or “local” and submit an essay of up to 500 words explaining what the word means to them.

The competition will award five $1,000 scholarships and one $3,000 grand prize scholarship.

For more information, visit GateHouseScholarship.com.

GateHouse Media papers honored by Florida Press Club

7.11.2017 John Crouch Awards

Several GateHouse Media newspapers were recently recognized in the Florida Press Club’s 2017 Excellence in Journalism Competition, which honors the best in digital and print journalism from across the state.

GateHouse Media winners include:

Photography – Breaking News, Class A-B
First-place: Nigel Cook, Daytona Beach News-Journal
Third-place: David Tucker, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Photography – Breaking News, Class C
First-place: Patti Blake, Panama City News Herald

Photography – Feature Photo Essay, A-D
First-place: Lola Gomez, Daytona Beach News-Journal
Third-place: Bruce Ackerman, Ocala StarBanner

Photography – Features, Class B
First-place: David Tucker, Daytona Beach News-Journal
Second-place: Jim Tiller, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Photography – Features, Class C
First-place: Patti Blake, Panama City News Herald
Third-place: Patti Blake, Panama City News Herald

Photography – General News, Class C
First-place: Patti Blake, Panama City News Herald
Second-place: Patti Blake, Panama City News Herald
Third-place: Patti Blake, Panama City News Herald

Photography – Portrait/Personality, Class C-D
Second-place: Patti Blake, Panama City News Herald

Photography – Sports Action, Class B
First-place: Bruce Ackerman, Ocala StarBanner
Second-place: Lola Gomez, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Special Awards – Frances DeVore Award for Public Service, Class A-D
Second-place: Eileen Zaffiro-Kean, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Special Awards – Lucy Morgan Award for In-Depth Reporting, Class B
First-place: Eileen Zaffiro-Kean, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Special Awards – Lucy Morgan Award for In-Depth Reporting, Class C-D
Second-place: Eryn Dion, Katie Landeck, Panama City News Herald

Special Awards – That is so… Florida, Class C
First-place: Zack McDonald, Panama City News Herald

Special Sections, Class A-B
Second-place: Staff, Daytona Beach News-Journal
Third-place: Staff, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Writing – Breaking News, Class B
First-place: Dinah Voyles Pulver, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Writing – Breaking News, Class C
First-place: Eryn Dion, Panama City News Herald
Second-place: Eryn Dion, Panama City News Herald
Third-place: Zack McDonald, Panama City News Herald

Writing – Business Reporting, Class C
First-place: Katie Landeck, Panama City News Herald
Second-place: John Henderson, Panama City News Herald

Writing – Commentary Writing, Class B
First-place: Mark Lane, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Writing – Education Writing, Class B
Second-place: Erica Breunlin, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Writing – Education Writing, Class C-D
First-place: Eryn Dion, Panama City News Herald

Writing – Environmental News, Class B
First-place: Dinah Voyles Pulver, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Writing – Environmental News, Class C
First-place: Katie Landeck, Panama City News Herald

Writing – General News, Class B
First-place: Seth Robbins, Daytona Beach News-Journal
Third-place: Eileen Zaffiro-Kean, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Writing – Health Writing, Class C
First-place: Katie Landeck, Panama City Herald

Writing – Light Feature Reporting, Class C
First-place: Zack McDonald, Panama City News Herald
Second-place: Katie Landeck, Panama City News Herald

Writing – Minority Reporting, Class B-D
First-place: Suzanne Hirt, Daytona Beach News-Journal
Third-place: Katie Landeck, Panama City News Herald

Writing – Opinion Writing, Class A-B
Third-place: Mark Lane, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Writing – Public Safety Reporting, Class B
First-place: Frank Fernandez, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Writing – Public Safety Reporting, Class C
First-place: Zack McDonald, Panama City News Herald
Third-place: Zack McDonald, Panama City News Herald

Writing – Religion Writing, Class A-D
Third-place: Eryn Dion, Panama City News Herald

Writing – Serious Feature Writing, Class B
Second-place: Suzanne Hirt, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Writing – Serious Feature Writing, Class C
Third-place: Cindy Swirko, Gainesville Sun

Writing – Sports Column, Class B
First-place: Ken Willis, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Writing – Sports Column, Class C
First-place: Pat McCann, Panama City News Herald

Writing – Sports Feature Writing, Class B
Second-place: Zach Dean, Daytona Beach News-Journal
Third-place: Ken Willis, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Writing – Sports Feature Writing, Class C
Second-place: Pat McCann, Panama City News Herald

Writing – Sports Writing, Class B
First-place: Ken Willis, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Writing – Sports Writing, Class C
Second-place: Pat McCann, Panama City News Herald

Writing – Travel and Tourism, Class A-B
Second-place: Jim Abbott, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Writing – Travel and Tourism, Class C
First-place: John Henderson, Panama City News Herald
Second-place: Katie Landeck, Panama City News Herald

For more information and the complete list of winners, visit the Florida Press Club.

GateHouse Media honored at NENPA awards

17.10.2017 John Crouch Awards

Several GateHouse Media publications were recently honored by the New England Newspaper and Press Association at the 2017 New England Newspaper Conference for honors including Newspaper of the Year and for outstanding journalism.

The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Massachusetts, was awarded the 2017 New England Newspaper of the Year in the weekday newspaper category for a paper with a circulation of 25,000-35,000. The Provincetown (Massachusetts) Banner was given the same award in the weekly community newspaper category for a paper with a circulation of 4,500-8,000.

Several papers were honored with the “Distinguished Newspaper” award.

In the weekday newspaper category:
The Milford (Massachusetts) Daily News – less than 8,000 circulation
The Herald News in Fall River, Massachusetts – 8,000-15,000
The MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Massachusetts – 8,000-15,000
Cape Cod Times in Hyannis, Massachusetts – 25,000-35,000
The Providence (Rhode Island) Journal – 35,000+

In the Sunday newspaper category:
The MetroWest Daily News – less than 18,000 circulation
The Sunday Enterprise in Brockton, Massachusetts  – 18,000-30,000
The Patriot Ledger – 30,000-45,000
Providence Journal – 45,000+

In the weekly community newspaper category:
The Inquirer and Mirror in Nantucket, Massachusetts – 4,500-8,000

Several papers were also honored with “Publick Occurrences” awards, in recognition of New England’s most outstanding journalism.

The Patriot Ledger won for its project “Danger Zone: Pedestrian safety in Quincy.”

The Providence Journal won for its project “Pot & Profit.”

For more information, visit NENPA.

Sarasota Herald-Tribune recognized in Florida Bar’s Media Awards competition

10.10.2017 John Crouch Awards

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s “Bias on the Bench” series was recently announced as the first-place winner in the print category of The Florida Bar’s 62nd Annual Media Awards competition, which recognizes outstanding legal journalism that highlights how the law and justice system affects Floridians.

Josh Salman, Emily Le Coz and Elizabeth Johnson’s series focused on criminal sentencing and found that judges throughout Florida sentence African-American defendants more harshly than white defendants charged with the same crime. Since its release, legislation has been proposed that would require the Florida Legislature’s Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability to use data from the state’s court system and correctional agency to check for patterns that might show similar prejudice.

The series was also recognized by the Florida Public Defender Association’s L. Clayton Nance Award, which recognizes people who have “made significant improvement to the furtherance of justice in the state of Florida” who are not public defenders.

Bias on the Bench” has also earned awards from journalism organizations including the Florida Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Associated Press Media Editors and the American Society of News Editors.

For more information, visit the Herald-Tribune.

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