Author archives: John Crouch

GateHouse Trio Named Among Newspaper Association of America’s ‘Top 30 Under 30’ Award Winners

20.04.2016 John Crouch Awards

GateHouse Media had strong representation on the Newspaper Association of America’s list of “Top 30 Under 30” Award winners with three staffers receiving the prestigious honor.

The award honors young newspaper industry leaders from all aspects of the business.

Winners include:


Elizabeth Jespersen
Content Initiatives Coordinator, GateHouse Media Center for News & Design
Austin, Texas


Clifford Parody
Reporter, The Ledger
Lakeland, Florida


Chris Segal
Managing Editor, The Daily News
Jacksonville, North Carolina

For a complete list of winners, visit

Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s Michael Braga Wins Pulitzer Prize

18.04.2016 John Crouch Awards

Congratulations to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s Michael Braga, who won a Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting for his investigative piece “Insane. Invisible. In Danger,” a multi-part investigation of the consequences of the state of Florida’s budget cuts on mental hospitals.

Braga was honored alongside Tampa Bay Times reporters Anthony Cormier, formerly of the Herald-Tribune, and Leonora LaPeter Anton.

“I’ve thrashed around my whole career trying to get to bigger papers in bigger cities, but it turns out I was in the right place all along,” said Braga. “I’ve been able to work on fascinating and far-reaching stories, and I’ve been surrounded by extraordinarily talented and driven journalists and patient editors who tolerated my eccentricities and were willing to dole out dozens of second chances.”

This marks the second Pulitzer Prize for the Herald-Tribune and the second time Braga has been a finalist for the honor.

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Gatehouse Media’s Daily Messenger Wins Six Awards from New York Press Association

18.04.2016 John Crouch Awards

Congratulations to the Daily Messenger in Canandaigua, New York, which recently took home six awards at the New York Press Association’s 2015 Better Newspaper Contest.

Awards included:

Aaron Curtis
First Place in Division 2
Coverage of Crime/Police/Courts

Aaron Curtis
Second Place in Division 3
In-Depth Reporting

Jack Haley
Third Place in Division 3
Sports Feature Photo(s)

Julie Sherwood
First Place in all divisions
Coverage of Elections/Politics

Julie Sherwood
Second Place in all divisions
Coverage of Health, Health Care & Science

Julie Sherwood
Second Place in Division 3
Coverage of Local Government

For complete list of winners, visit:

Gatehouse Media Offers Ready-to-use Content for SNPA Member Newspapers in New Partnership

A new strategic partnership with GateHouse Media offers SNPA member newspapers access to quality editorial and content services – at a 15 percent discount.

The GateHouse Center for News & Design creates original content, including special sections, theme and feature pages, info-graphics, cartoons and illustrations.  The Center’s Community Content division offers efficient re-writes of user-submitted content, including press releases, letters to the editor and calendar event listings.

SNPA members can now get a 15 percent discount on the following GateHouse services:

More Content Now, GateHouse Media’s niche solution that features daily pages, special sections and original content. Content offerings include:

Weekly regional college sports pages. SEC, Big 10 and Big 12 football, Big 10, ACC and Big 12 basketball pages are available.

Daily nation and world, business and sports pages (a dozen pages all together daily) in different shapes and sizes to fit your daily wire report. Agate, NFL and Major League Baseball pages also are available.

Community Content, a GateHouse Media service that assists news teams by writing news briefs and turning press releases into newsroom-style stories.

“The Center for News & Design is offering SNPA members content that readers want to see in their newspapers, and having such a reliable source of quality national and feature content gives newsrooms more time to expand their local coverage,” says SNPA Executive Director Edward VanHorn. “This new partnership with GateHouse has made ready-to-use content even more affordable.”

“GateHouse newspapers have taken advantage of this content for years and we continue to add to the lineup and evolve our offerings and services,” said David Arkin, GateHouse Media senior vice president of content & product development. “A growing number of clients have begun to use this content, especially our sports pages, and are getting great response from both readers and advertisers.”

You can find more information about More Content Now at and the Center for News & Design at

For more information, contact Center for News & Design, Director of Business Development, John Reetz at 404-316-4759 or email at


Sarasota Herald-Tribune Awarded National Press Foundation’s first Carolyn C. Mattingly Award for Mental Health Reporting

GateHouse Media would like to extend a congratulations to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, which was recently awarded the National Press Foundation’s first Carolyn C. Mattingly Award for Mental Health Reporting for its joint investigation with the Tampa Bay Times of Florida’s mental health hospitals.

The five-part “Insane. Invisible. In Danger” series was reported by the Herald-Tribune’s Michael Braga and the Tampa Bay Times’ Leonora LaPeter Anton and Anthony Cormier, and focused on conditions at Florida’s institutions for the mentally ill after $100 million in budget cuts.

The judges noted the collaboration between the two competing Florida papers and said the piece was “revealing, thorough, comprehensive and deep. Every element was compelling, from surveillance videos, graphics, data, strong multimedia and top-drawing writing. The project was extraordinarily strong from start to finish.”

“Insane. Invisible. In Danger” also was a finalist in the Investigative Reporters and Editors’ recent competition.

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GateHouse Media Names Tom Clifford as Vice President of Center for News & Design

GateHouse Media recently named Tom Clifford as vice president of its Center for News & Design in Austin, Texas.

Clifford, who most recently served as the executive editor of the Montgomery Advertiser, will lead the center’s general operations.

“Through a several-month search process, Tom emerged as the clear leader because of his strong journalistic credentials, newsroom management style and exposure to design centers,” said David Arkin, GateHouse Media’s senior vice president of content and product development. “He will be an enormous asset, driving the Center’s goals of creating best-in-class news products and operational efficiencies.”

As the executive editor of Montgomery Advertiser, Clifford’s work resulted in winning Best in State news operation and Most Improved News Operation two years running, and being recognized by Gannett for in-depth public service reporting, video/multimedia work and innovative use of digital platforms.

Clifford also has previously served as executive news director at the Post & Courier in Charleston, South Carolina, and led digital news operations at Florida Today, in addition to working as a reporter and editor in Baltimore, Mississippi, North Carolina, New York City and Virginia.

For more information, visit

Page designer/copy editor – Center for News & Design – Austin, Texas

Position: Page designer/copy editor (Level 1)
Experience: Up to 3 years

GateHouse Media’s Center for News & Design is established in the growing and vibrant community of Austin, Texas. The center is part of a long-term effort to offer a range of content services to GateHouse newspapers and market those services to other media entities. The plan incorporates both print and digital components, in addition to new platforms we plan to develop.

We are building a team of quality journalists who not only can design attractive and compelling pages but also clean up stories and sharpen headlines. The center opened in May of 2014 and we’ve been building our Design team as we grow.

A variety of shifts, both full-time and part-time, are available for qualified candidates to join desks that will produce daily and weekly pages for dozens of GateHouse publications throughout the country.

Recent college graduates are encouraged to apply, as well as those with limited professional experience. Design clips or links to online portfolios are required from all applicants, as is a skills assessment.

The designer/copy editor’s duties include:

• Using page-design software and centralized front-end system to lay out a steady stream of pages from beginning to end
• Offering and executing creative solutions to content presentation
• Publishing final stories to appropriate websites, following GateHouse Media’s content strategy
• Designing and editing special sections
• Working with local editors across the country to continually improve our publications

The designer/copy editor must:

• Have a dual skill set in both newspaper design and copy editing
• Be a true multitasker, able to handle curveballs on hard deadlines
• Be a true team player, able to interact proactively and productively with dozens of colleagues while helping to build team morale
• Be able to generate and implement creative ideas swiftly
• Have proven line-editing skills and be versed in AP style
• Have experience with layout software, preferably Adobe InDesign
• Have experience with digital publishing

Apply online here.

Outside Sales – Major Division – Quincy, Massachusetts

Outside Sales – Majors Division, Boston & Providence

Propel Marketing is a full-service digital marketing agency and we have been growing steadily since opening our doors in 2011. Our core focus is in helping clients better manage their online presence and online marketing strategy. From display advertising, social media management, SEO and SEM, our services assure that our client’s marketing dollars are working for them.

Our Major Accounts team is expanding and we need an outside sales professionals in San Francisco, Miami, Charlotte and NYC who can hunt and win new business, targeting mid-size to larger businesses across all categories. You’ll use your consultative selling skills and charm when making in-person calls to prospect for clients, conduct needs assessments, demo our best-in-class products, negotiate and close contracts in person. Because you are part of a regional team, there are team selling opportunities to help you reach goal and earn more money.

What You Have:

• 3 to 5 years of experience as a B2B outside sales rep, proposing internet marketing solutions to help businesses reach more customers
• A book of business that you will tap to shorten your ramp up time and increase your chance for success in this new role
• Experience as a road warrior and can demonstrate how you organize your days in order to maximize selling opportunities with little supervision
• An understanding of the importance of using CRM, like, to track and manage a growing and qualified pipeline
• High expectations of yourself and so, you have a track record of exceeding your business development and account management sales targets
• Desire to work for a company that recognizes your value and has real growth opportunities
• High school diploma, associate or bachelor’s degree preferred

What Propel Offers:

• Competitive base salary plus commissions and commission are uncapped!
• Propel product specific training as part of your on-boarding
• Realistic and attainable monthly goals
• Expense reimbursement
• Programs that keep you engaged while you work remotely, including contests, sales summits and monthly meetings at the corporate office
• Health and retirement benefits
• Paid time off

Our company culture is that of a true start up; we work hard, reward well, encourage new ideas and provide opportunities for growth. Send us your resume!

Multimedia Sales Executive – Middletown, New York

The primary role of the Multimedia Sales Executive (MMSE) is to increase print and digital advertising revenues by achieving or exceeding the revenue goal in their assigned territory. The MMSE will develop and present audience based, multimedia sales campaigns to meet the diversified needs of our customers and maximize customer ROI.

Key Responsibilities
• Consistently meets/exceeds all print and digital revenue targets
• Develops and demonstrates expert knowledge and understanding of all GateHouse Media sales and marketing assets, including all newspaper products, digital products and digital marketing services
• Represent and embrace new non-traditional products and services that the company may introduce as we look to diversify new revenue streams that capitalize on our customer base and scale
• Follows GateHouse prescribed best practices on Pipeline Management and Gap Analysis and completes all required sales process activities
• Regularly and customarily engaged in person with customers
• Drives customer retention through excellent customer service
• Develops new business by understanding customer needs and selling products and services that provide value to the customer
• Effectively communicates with management to provide accurate revenue forecasts and market intelligence that may impact revenue (+/-)
• Maintains the highest levels of personal and professional behavior in the workplace and in the market

Position Requirements

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
• Knowledge of competitive media landscape; use for new business development and sales analysis
• Ability to prospect new business via cold calling and other prospecting techniques including social media where applicable
• Highly motivated, self-starting individual with initiative and drive to succeed
• Ability to close new business and exceed sales targets
• Successful track record of pushing past rejection and achieving results
• Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to build and deliver effective presentations
• Strong networking and community involvement skills
• Eagerness to learn, continually seeking to improve sales skills
• Strong time management and follow up skills
• Organized with an attention for detail
• Computer and software experience with MS Office programs including Excel, Powerpoint, and Word
• Must possess a valid state driver’s license and reliable transportation

Education & Experience:
• Bachelor’s Degree in Sales, Marketing or Business preferred; or equivalent work experience in media related business
• Minimum of one year sales experience, preferably in outside sales
• Prior experience in digital marketing sales highly desirable

GateHouse Media and all subsidiaries are Equal Opportunity Employers and value diversity in our workplace.

Apply here:

Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s Executive Editor Bill Church selected as a Knight Visiting Nieman Fellow

billchurchBill Church, executive editor of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and southeast regional editor of GateHouse Media, was recently selected as one of eight 2016 Knight Visiting Nieman Fellows to spend time at Harvard University working on projects designed to advance the field of journalism.

Church’s project will explore organizational behavior in community-size newsrooms and explore new models for adaptability and innovation. A major component will be trying to understand the mindset of optimistic, digital natives and start-ups in an attempt build a model newsroom structure that is more horizontally integrated and fluid in adapting to business climate changes.

His research will include four weeks on-site at Harvard and MIT, spending time in the Nieman Lab and with Harvard’s organizational behavior and innovation faculty.

The fellowship program was established in 2012 to invite individuals with promising journalism research proposals to take advantage of the resources at Harvard University and the Nieman Foundation.

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