Author archives: John Crouch

Brian Burns named new Ledger Media Group publisher

Brian BurnsBrian Burns was recently named as the new publisher of the Ledger Media Group in Lakeland, Florida, which publishes The Ledger and the News Chief.

Burns previously served as the publisher of the Tampa Tribune, and has also worked as a vice president of digital publisher relations at and as the director of interactive media and vice president of digital operations in New Jersey. He began his career in publishing as digital manager and director of business development for the Post-Gazette in Pittsburgh after earning a degree in computer science from Penn State.

He also has a degree in fire science from Oakland University in Michigan and worked as a firefighter before an injury and desire for a career change led him to the media industry.

Burns plans to move to Polk County with his wife, Shawna, and their three children after the end of the school year.

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Rustan Burton named new Columbia Daily Tribune publisher

Rustan BurtonRustan Burton was recently named publisher of the Columbia Daily Tribune in Columbia, Missouri.

Burton has over eight years of experience in the newspaper industry and most recently served as the publisher of the Juneau Empire in Juneau, Alaska.

Burton grew up in Idaho and lived in Utah, Colorado and South Dakota before moving to Alaska. He, his wife Anna, and their four children will make the 3,100-mile move to Columbia at the end of the school year.

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Mike Distelhorst named Coastal North Carolina group publisher

Mike DistelhorstMike 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 named new publisher of central Illinois papers

David Adams

David Adams

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 named new publisher of The Daily Telegram in Adrian, MI

John ElchertJohn 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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More Content Now partners with King Features Syndicate

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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 named new editor of The Dispatch in Lexington, NC

Scott Jenkins

Scott Jenkins

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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Herald-Tribune wins 2016 Editor & Publisher EPPY award

28.10.2016 John Crouch Awards

shortcutCongratulations 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.

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GateHouse Media papers awarded at NENPA luncheon

7.10.2016 John Crouch Awards

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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Michael Smith promoted to Western Carolina Media Group regional editor

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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