Author archives: John Crouch

The (Stockton) Record receives 25 Better Newspaper Contest awards

2.05.2016 John Crouch Awards
Clifford Oto's award-winning photo in the CNPA contest

Clifford Oto’s award-winning photo in the CNPA contest

Congratulations to the team at The (Stockton) Record, which recently received a total of 25 awards at the California Newspaper Publishers Association’s 2015 Better Newspaper Contest.

Alex Breitler received five honors, including first place in Business Reporting category and second in the Writing category and earned honorable mentions in Sports Game Story, Environmental Reporting and Agriculture Reporting.

Mike Klocke received two awards, including first place in Column Writing and second place in Editorial Writing.

Lori Gilbert won first place in Profile Feature Story and an honorable mention in Writing.

The Record’s sports department received three second-place awards, including Special Section, Thomas Lawrence’s Sports Game Story award and Kelly Jones’ Sports Feature Story award. The team received honorable mentions in Best Overall Sports Section, for Bob Highfill’s Sports Feature and for Lawrence for Sports Game Story.

Michael Fitzgerald earned second place in Column Writing and Clifford Oto earned second place in Artistic Photo.

The Record earned honorable mention in General Excellence, and other honorable mentions went to Reed Fujii for Agricultural Reporting, Joe Goldeen for Enterprise Reporting, Kevin Hecteman in Video Journalism and Elizabeth Roberts for Profile Feature Story.

Other honorable mention awards included Arts and Entertainment coverage for TimeOut sections, Special Section and Best Front Page and Layout and Design.

The Tracy Press earned first place for Sports Action Photo and second place for Special Section. The Lodi News-Sentinel received second place in News Photo.

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GateHouse Media’s Lucy Talley recognized by Mid-Atlantic Newspaper Advertising and Marketing Executives

Lucy Talley

Lucy Talley

Congratulations to South Atlantic Regional Vice President Lucy Talley, who recently received the Honorary Life Membership award from the Mid-Atlantic Newspaper Advertising and Marketing Executives.

Talley oversees operations of newspapers in Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.

“Lucy is, without question, one of the best people I’ve ever worked for. She is equally full of ideas and willing to listen to her people,” Said Konrad La Prade, advertising director of The (Gaston) Gazette and The (Shelby) Star. “She constantly moves obstacles out of the way of her team while inspiring her people to excel.”

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GateHouse Media’s Propel Marketing named Google AdWords business partner

propel_logoGateHouse Media’s Propel Marketing was one of only 34 U.S. businesses to be recently named a Google AdWords Premier Small & Medium Sized Business Partner. Propel’s selection into the elite business community is a direct outcome of its commitment to delivering best-in-class search engine marketing solutions to customers and the GateHouse Media field organization’s success selling these solutions.

Premier partners meet Google’s highest standards and criteria for qualification, transparency, customer service and retention and have completed Google product and account management training.

The program helps connect Google’s AdWords partners with businesses that want help creating, managing and optimizing online advertising campaigns. Partners also provide campaign management, detailed reporting, one-on-one customer support and broad marketing guidance.

“We are extremely excited to expand our relationship with Google by becoming one of their Premier SMB Partners,” said Pete Cannone, Chief Executive Officer of Propel Marketing. “This distinction underscores our commitment to small and medium-sized businesses. It will provide us with insights, training, and support all designed to help us better serve our valued clients, and continue delivering quality results.”

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GateHouse Media’s Jason Taylor announced as Media Finance Focus keynote speaker

taylorJason Taylor, president of GateHouse Media’s Western U.S. Publishing Operations and GateHouse Live, recently was announced as a keynote speaker at Media Finance Focus 2016, Media Finance Management’s 2016 conference, which will be held May 23-25 in Denver.

Taylor will address how a media organization can jumpstart its sales culture and how culture change is influenced by the finance function.

The conference serves as a primary source of professional education for business and credit management executives in the media industry and will feature presentations from more than 150 industry experts.

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GateHouse staffers represented on Editor & Publisher’s ‘25 Under 35’ list

Editor & Publisher recently released its 2016 “25 Under 35” list, which featured three GateHouse Media staffers.

The list recognizes young professionals from all facets of the newspaper industry, from newsrooms to production to beyond.

Congratulations to all of the honorees.

Jessica Bennett
Vice president, magazine division, The Repository/GateHouse Ohio Media
Canton, Ohio

Adam Gerik
Assistant managing editor/digital, Journal Star
Peoria, Illinois

Anthony McFarlane
Advertising director, Times Herald-Record
Middletown, New York

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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

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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

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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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