Author archives: John Crouch

Diane Turbyfill promoted to Shelby Star managing editor

Diane TurbyfillDiane Turbyfill was recently promoted to managing editor of the Shelby Star in Shelby, North Carolina.

Turbyfill will replace Gabe Whisnant, who has been promoted to head the digital news team at the Spartanburg Herald-Journal in South Carolina.

She began working as a reporter for the Gaston Gazette in 2008, and also previously served as the editor of the Belmont Banner and as a reporter and editor at the Lincoln Times-News.

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Spartanburg Herald-Journal honored by South Carolina Press Association

24.03.2017 John Crouch Awards


The Spartanburg Herald-Journal was recently honored with 44 press awards, including the President’s Cup for receiving the most awards out of any mid-sized publication in South Carolina for the seventh time in nine years, at the South Carolina Press Association’s annual meeting.

The Herald-Journal won 17 first-place awards, including in the General Excellence and Newspaper Website categories, and was named the top newspaper website in South Carolina, winning a Best of the Best designation against other publications of all sizes.

The inaugural Nourish cookbook won top honors in the Feature Special Section category.

Reporters Daniel J. Gross and Zach Fox won first place for Reporting In-Depth for “Face of Fear,” their profile of accused serial killer Todd Kohlhepp. The companion “Face of Fear” webpage by GateHouse Media’s Nick Dumont was crowned Best Digital News Project.

Reporter Bob Montgomery took home first in Enterprise Reporting for an article about shortfalls in the South Carolina pension system. And Executive Editor Michael Smith won top honors for Editorial Writing.

Other awards include:

First place:
Pam Stone, humor column writing
Daniel J. Gross, beat reporting (crime)
Alyssa Mulliger, food writing
Todd Shanesy, spot sports story
Alex Hicks Jr., general news photo
Alex Hicks Jr., sports feature photo
Alex Hicks Jr., humorous photo
Tom Priddy, pictorial
Dyhanna Sansoucie, page one design portfolio
Zakerij Dennis, illustration.

Second place:
Unsung Heroes,” sports special section
Big Ben” (Fall 2016 Spartanburg Magazine), feature magazine
Alyssa Mulliger, government beat reporting
Alyssa Mulliger, food writing
Dan Armonaitis, arts and entertainment writing
Eric Boynton, sports enterprise reporting
Dhyanna Sansoucie, single page one design
Alex Hicks Jr., sports action photo
Alex Hicks Jr., personality photograph or portrait
Zakerij Dennis, illustration
Bob Montgomery, Tom Priddy and Alex Hicks Jr., integration of print and web coverage.

Third place:
Larry Seil, illustration
Staff, opinion page section
Alyssa Mulliger, health beat reporting
Making the Grade, news special section
2016 Marching Madness, feature special section
Alyssa Mulliger, beat reporting (housing)
Wil Shelton, lifestyle feature writing
Jose Franco, food writing
Alex Hicks Jr., spot news photo
Zach Fox, arts and entertainment writing
Alex Hicks Jr., general news photo
Alex Hicks Jr., sports feature photo
John Byrum, personality photo or portrait
Alyssa Mulliger, feature video
Super Bowl 50 preview, sports special section.

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StarNews Editor Pam Sander promoted to regional editor

Pam Sander

Pam Sander

StarNews Executive Editor Pam Sander was recently promoted to regional editor of GateHouse Media’s Costal Carolina Group of publications.

Sander, who has served as executive editor since September 2012, will continue to oversee the StarNews and will expand her duties to include the Jacksonville Daily News, Kinston Free Press, New Bern Sun Journal and several weekly publications.

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GateHouse Media’s 2017 national internship program participants selected


We’re building an empire of design in Austin, Texas. We’re reimagining digital storytelling in hundreds of newsrooms across America. We’re picking up a Pulitzer here or there, too.

GateHouse Media is a rapidly-evolving heavyweight in America’s media industry, and we’re intensely focused on recruiting, identifying and nurturing top talent throughout our organization.

Meet the two newest stars we’re jazzed about: Lucille Sherman and Mara Corbett. After an intensely competitive selection process, Lucille and Mara have been selected for GateHouse Media’s 2017 national internship program.

Lucille, a University of Missouri student, has a repertoire that packs punches. Nationally-recognized writing – check. Breaking news coverage – check. State government watchdog reporting – check.

As this year’s investigative intern, she’ll spend her summer making noise with the way-smart staff at the industry-leading Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Mara, a Syracuse University student, is also dominating the collegiate media landscape. The former editor-in-chief of The Daily Orange Newspaper has done it all — magazine covers, website rebuilds, managing dozens of student journalists without breaking a sweat.

As this year’s total design intern, she’ll spend her summer sampling the best barbecue, music and funky art Austin can offer up. When she’s not exploring Austin, she’ll be using her explosive creativity to challenge the award-winning staff of GateHouse’s Center for News & Design.

“Mara and Lucille are talented journalists who have impressed us with their poise, intellect and mad, mad skills,” said Bill Church, senior vice president for news at GateHouse Media. “We are excited to learn from them during their internships.” (That’s Bill’s diplomatic way of saying he’s giddy and jazzed.)

This insanely competitive selection process resulted in a multitude of talented candidates, and further strengthened GateHouse’s dedication to recruit the industry’s best and brightest. These internships, and the dynamic projects that will result, reflect our top priorities: #DoJournalismWithImpact #EmbraceOurFuture.

Vince Bodiford named new Monroe News publisher


Vince Bodiford was recently named as the new president and publisher of the Monroe News in Michigan.

Bodiford has more than 34 years in the newspaper, media and marketing business. He started his career as an advertising executive for the Needles Desert Star in California. His ambitions led him to acquire and operate several newspapers in Texas, Colorado and Nebraska.

He spent five years working for Cabela’s, helping them with marketing and branding before accepting a position at The Arizona Republic, where he was the strategic advertising sales manager. Most recently, Bodiford served as the group publisher for the Orange County Neighborhood Newspapers in Orange County, California.

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Fayetteville Observer honored with press association awards

13.03.2017 John Crouch Awards

Fayetteville NC observer logoThe Fayetteville Observer was recently honored with a number of editorial and advertising awards by the North Carolina Press Association.

In addition to the NCPA awards, public safety reporter Monica Vendituoli was given the Walter Spearman Award For Outstanding Writing by a reporter with two years or less experience by the Associated Press.

First place editorial awards included:
Greg Barnes, General News Reporting, “Beyond the Boulevard”
Staff, Online Breaking News Coverage, Sept. 28 flooding
Greg Barnes, Investigative Reporting, “Why did Rylan die?”
Andrew Craft, Feature Photography, “Clarkzilla”
Staff, Newspaper Only Sports Coverage, “Super Pirate”
Drew Brooks, Beat News Reporting, 440th Airlift Wing

Second place editorial awards included:
Chick Jacobs, Dailies Only Deadline News Reporting, “Haymount Grill Gutted By Fire”
Amanda Dolasinski, Feature Writing, “Becoming American”
Chick Jacobs, Profile Feature, “I Kew I Would Get Home Paul Dallas”
Andrew Craft, Sports Photography, “Diving Touchdown”
Myron Pitts, Lighter Columns, “Baby girl changes the game; steals hearts”
Bret Strelow, Sports Columns, “Westover graduate savors ‘frozen moment’ with Ali”
Staff, General Excellence for Newspaper Websites,
Andrew Craft, Spot Photography, “Waters Rise”

Third place editorial awards included:
Greg Barnes, Profile Feature, “It Takes a Village”
Stephen Schramm, Sports Feature Writing, “Dreams Die Hard Here”
Mariano Santillan, Illustration/Photo Illustration, “Battle In Full Swing”
Andrew Craft, Amanda Dolasinski and Hrisanthi Kroi, Best Multimedia Project, “Becoming American”
Bill Kirby, Lighter Columns, “‘Uncle Frank looks good, don’t he?'”
Myron Pitts, Serious Columns, “Racist message on VanStory Hills door”

First place advertising awards included:
Andrew Bradley, Best Retail Ad, Pet Starz
Eddie Harris, Best Use of Color, Evolution Ink
Jennifer Fisher, Best Innovative Concept/Wild Card, Tri-State Wine Festival Invitations
Jennifer Fisher, Best Newspaper Promotion, Readers’ Choice Awards Voting
Jason Beck and Jennifer Fisher, Best Special Section, Thrive
Jennifer Fisher and Mariano Santillan, Best Community Service Signature Page or Best Shared Page, Readers’ Choice Awards Ballot
Jennifer Fisher, Best Small Ad, Das Bavarian Haus
Jennifer Fisher and Eddie Harris, Best Advertising Campaign, Ladies Night Out
Andrew Bradley, Best Real Estate Ad in a Niche Publication, Addison Ridge
Jennifer Fisher, Best Shared Page in a Niche Publication, Westwood Shopping Center

Second place advertising awards included:
Jennifer Fisher, Best Food Ad, Carlie C’s $1500 Grocery Giveaway
Andrew Bradley, Best Apparel, Jewelry & Accessories Ad, John Allen Shoes
Andrew Bradley, Best Color Institutional Ad, Fayetteville State University
Jennifer Fisher, Best Community Service Signature Page or Best Shared Page, Home Sweet Home Contest
Jennifer Fisher, Best Advertising Campaign, Thrive
Staff, Best Niche Publication, Paraglide

Third place advertising awards included:
Andrew Bradley, Best Food Ad, Edible Arrangements
Andrew Bradley, Best Color Restaurant/Entertainment Ad, El Burrito
Andrew Bradley, Best Color Institutional Ad, Fayetteville Technical Community College
Andrew Bradley, Best Use of Color, Mountaire Farms Better Carolina Award
Jason Beck and Jennifer Fisher, Best Niche Publication, Retail Therapy Holiday Gift Guide

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Hannibal Courier-Post honored at Missouri Associated Press Media Editors contest

10.03.2017 John Crouch Awards

mo-hannibal_logoThe Hannibal Courier-Post was recently recognized with a number of awards at the yearly Missouri Associated Press Media Editors contest and was one of only five newspapers in the state to earn a General Excellence award.

In addition to General Excellence, the Courier-Post took home five first place awards, three second place awards and six third place awards — more than any other newspaper in its division.

First place awards included:

  • Danny Henley, Investigative Reporting
  • Beverly Darr and Eric Dundon, Spot News
  • Eric Dundon, Feature news photo
  • Eric Dundon, Explanatory graphic
  •, Best website

Second place awards included:

  • Trevor McDonald, Investigative reporting
  • Eric Dundon, Feature writing
  • Kelly Goodhart, Photo story

Third place awards included:

  • Eric Dundon and Danny Henley, Investigative reporting
  • Eric Dundon, Opinion writing
  • Kevin Graeler, Sports feature writing
  • Danny Henley, Spot news photo
  • Eric Dundon, Photo story
  • Janet Blair, graphics

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Rich Jackson named Times-News executive editor

Burlington Times-News

Veteran journalist and editor Rich Jackson has been named executive editor of the Times-News in Burlington, North Carolina.

Jackson began his newspaper career 25 years ago as the crime reporter for the Beaver Dam Daily Citizen in Wisconsin. He has since served as an editor at six different newspapers, most recently at The Derrick and The News-Herald in Oil City, Pennsylvania.

Jackson has seen more than 200 awards go to reporters and other news staff under his leadership, and in 2009, the Hoosier State Press Association named him Indiana’s Best Newspaper Columnist.

“Rich is a very community oriented editor who I believe he will help lead our news team into an ever-changing news and media environment,” Paul Mauney, publisher of the Times-News, said. “Based on his experience, I believe that Rich will help us become even more engaged in and reflective of the communities we serve every day.”

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BridgeTower Media acquires Color Magazine

BridgeTower Media, a leading provider of local and regional business information, events and marketing services, today announced the acquisition of Color Magazine, a premier publication focused on publishing and events for diverse business professionals. Based in Boston, Color Magazine was founded in 2007 by Josefina Bonilla.

As part of the transaction, Bonilla was named chief diversity officer for BridgeTower Media, in addition to continuing her role as Color Magazine’s president. Her responsibilities include growing and expanding Color Magazine’s content and programs. Bonilla will also identify new opportunities to highlight diversity across the publishing and event platforms at BridgeTower and GateHouse Media, BridgeTower’s parent company.

“Corporations are increasingly seeing the value of a diverse workforce and are looking for ways to reach, retain and recruit employees that better reflects today’s broader population,” said Bonilla. “By joining BridgeTower Media, we will have additional resources and capabilities to deliver even more diverse content and leadership development opportunities. We are excited to leverage BridgeTower’s publishing and event platforms to bring bigger, bolder and more diverse offerings to our readers, advertisers and sponsors.”

“Josefina is a visionary leader who saw a critical need in the marketplace to advance diversity, and over the course of 10 years, she has successfully elevated the conversation across the business landscape,” said Adam Reinebach, President and CEO, BridgeTower Media. “As a member of our executive team, Josefina will have additional resources and capabilities to grow Color Magazine and expand its mission across our properties. We’re excited to have her join our team, and we look forward to expanding Color Magazine and its diversity programs.”

Over the course of its nearly 10-year history, Color Magazine has featured topics and themes important to professionals of color and has highlighted hundreds of leading diverse business professionals in its content and at their events. Color Magazine hosts three signature events each year: The Women of Color Leadership and Empowerment Conference, the Men of Color Leadership and Empowerment Conference and the All-Inclusive Awards, an evening to honor those who are dedicated to diversity and inclusion within their careers.

About BridgeTower Media
BridgeTower Media is a leading provider of business information, events and marketing services for the legal, financial, construction and government sectors in more than 20 local and regional markets across the United States. In addition to providing subscribers with content relevant to their daily professional activities, BridgeTower has a research unit focused on employee satisfaction, lead generation services and live events centered on awards and education.

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Rockford Register Star, Journal-Standard named to ‘10 Newspapers That Do It Right’ list

2.03.2017 John Crouch Awards
Rockford Register Star executive editor Mark Baldwin leads panelists in a discussion on race.

Rockford Register Star executive editor Mark Baldwin leads panelists in a discussion on race.

The Rockford Register Star and The Journal-Standard of Freeport were recently named to Editor & Publisher’s list of “10 Newspapers That Do It Right” for 2017.

The newspapers were recognized for initiatives designed to engage their communities around important issues, create relationships with diverse segments of the population and build civic capacity for discussion of community challenges.

“This recognition is a nice affirmation of the hard work done by all Register Star employees,” said Paul Gaier, president and publisher of Register Star Media, which operates both newspapers.

Among the Register Star’s engagement initiatives are “road shows” in which the newspaper’s Editorial Board holds public meetings with neighborhood associations and other groups of residents and community conversations around tough issues like affordable housing and race.

Meanwhile, The Journal-Standard created the “Shark Tank” style Freeport Fish Tank competition for aspiring entrepreneurs, which earned the paper its second $2,500 community journalism public service grant from the Associated Press Media Editors.

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