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Bill Church named Senior Vice President News for GateHouse Media

Bill Church

Bill Church

GateHouse Media recently announced that Bill Church, a nationally-regarded newsroom executive, has been named Senior Vice President of News for GateHouse Media.

Most recently, Church has served as Executive Editor of the award-winning Sarasota Herald-Tribune where he has elevated the quality of both print and digital editions of the newspaper. In recognition of his talent and contributions, Church was given the additional responsibility of Southeast Regional Editor for GateHouse Media in June 2015.

“Bill has thoughtfully balanced the preservation of our traditional mission and values while fostering a culture of entrepreneurial journalism at newspapers large and small,” said Kirk Davis, CEO of GateHouse Media. “Digital storytelling, creative content partnerships and community engagement are all found in his toolbox.”

Church will guide GateHouse’s news strategy and lead its Austin, Texas-based Center for News & Design, which provides editing and design services for more than 216 GateHouse newspapers. In addition, the center is headquarters for GateHouse Media’s digital products team and More Content Now, its niche content creation service. In his new role, Church will ensure that the work and creativity at the center serve as a companion to GateHouse’s local market journalism.

“I’m humbled by the opportunity to serve as an advocate for GateHouse Media’s news employees,” Church said. “I look forward to partnering with our news leaders as we evolve our journalism and our news organization.”

Church joined the Herald-Tribune in January 2013, after spending almost 23 years in editorial positions at Gannett newspapers in Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, New York and Oregon. This included six-plus years as Executive Editor of the Statesman Journal in Salem, Oregon, prior to coming to Sarasota. Both the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and Salem Statesman Journal won numerous national awards during his tenure. This year, a collaboration between the Herald-Tribune and Tampa Bay Times earned a 2016 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. In 2015, the Herald-Tribune was named to Editor and Publisher’s list of 10 Newspapers That Do It Right.

Church is the current President of Associated Press Media Editors, a 2016 Knight Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard and a two-time Pulitzer jurist. He has been a longtime member of the Asian American Journalists Association and received the national Robert G. McGruder Diversity Leadership award in 2010. Church was named a McCormick Fellow in 2006.

Journal-Standard earns APME community journalism grant

22.08.2016 John Crouch Awards


Congratulations to the Journal-Standard of Freeport, Illinois, for earning its second Community Journalism Public Service Initiative grant from the Associated Press Media Editors.

The $2,500 grants are awarded to media companies that have websites and serve a metropolitan area of less than 100,000 people.

The Journal-Standard’s submitted project, modeled after television’s “Shark Tank,” looks to help revitalize Freeport’s downtown core.

Freeport Fishtank

Projects can use print and/or digital platforms and include social media and/or a mobile strategy and should be considered entrepreneurial in nature with the potential for use in other areas.

“The Journal-Standard is ambitiously looking at community engagement in a new way,” wrote judge Summer Moore of The Times of Northwest Indiana. “By inserting themselves in a community project such as this, they are letting Freeport know they will be more than observers in the redevelopment of their downtown.

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Herald-Tribune named Online News Association award finalist

22.08.2016 John Crouch Awards

Insane. Invisible. In Danger,” the Herald-Tribune’s Pulitzer Prize-winning joint investigation with the Tampa Bay Times is a finalist for Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Journalism Award, which will be presented at the Online News Association’s 2016 conference in Denver.

The multi-part piece was written after the state of Florida made a $100 million cut to mental health hospital funding.

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Hannibal Courier-Post editor Eric Dundon honored by Missouri Press Association

20.07.2016 John Crouch Awards

Eric DundonCongratulations to the Hannibal Courier-Post’s managing editor Eric Dundon, who was recently slated to receive the 2016 William E. James/Missouri Outstanding Young Journalist awards from the Missouri Press Association in October.

Dundon has worked for the Hannibal Courier-Post since February 2015, and has helped completely rejuvenate the paper and reintroduce social media philosophy, in addition to covering news, features and writing editorials.

“The Courier-Post saw a great change in 2015 under Eric’s leadership. This award has typically been awarded to a nominee who excels in one area of journalism. Eric excels in many, and it’s evident by the success the Hannibal Courier-Post experienced in 2015,” publisher Mike Murphy said.

Dundon graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

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Herald-Tribune journalists honored by the Society of Professional Journalists

Herald-Tribune logo

Congratulations to Herald-Tribune in Sarasota, Florida, which was recently honored at the Society of Professional Journalists Florida Pro Chapter’s annual Sunshine State Awards.

The Herald-Tribune, along with the Tampa Bay Times, won the Gene Miller Award for Investigative Reporting for “Insane. Invisible. In Danger,” their Pulitzer Prize-winning joint series about budget cuts in Florida’s mental hospitals.

Investigative reporter Josh Salman, who recently investigated the federal government’s EB-5 visa program in “Shortcut to the American Dream,” was named Journalist of the Year. Reporter Billy Cox placed third in the Journalist of the Year category.

Other individual award winners included Elizabeth Johnson, who earned first place for Non-deadline News Reporting; Rachel S. O’Hara, who earned first place in the Photography Story category and second in the Feature Photography category; Emily Le Coz, who earned second place in the Best Reporting — Hardship Issues category; Ron Borresen, who earned second place in the Art of Photo Illustration category; Barbara Peters-Smith; who earned third place in the Commentary & Criticism category; and Carrie Seidman, who earned third place in the Special Publication or Section category.

Billy Cox, Jennifer Borresen and Dak Le earned third place in the online Package category.

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Channel Sales Manager — Quincy, Massachusetts

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 digital 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.

We are expanding and need a Digital Sales pro who will have direct accountability for growing revenue from our partners and GHM properties and driving results for customers. You will be digital marketing solutions expert who will coach these third-party reps while driving sales in the field together, showing them how it’s done. This opportunity balances sales strategy and support, partner management, and sales training across partners’ field teams, with the focus of growing the sales funnel.

What You Have:

  • 5 or more years of channel sales, professional services and/or partner marketing experience in a B2B organization. Even better if it is in SaaS or digital
  • Affinity for traveling as this role requires you to be on the road at least 60% of the time. No weekends!
  • Entrepreneurial mindset and know how to stay motivated in a home office environment
  • Bachelor’s degree

What Propel Offers:

  • Very competitive salary with uncapped commissions!
  • 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 corporate
  • 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.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Driving your assigned region’s total Propel sales
  • Drive consistent and predictable bookings through strong pipeline management
  • Provide weekly reporting pipeline management for your region
  • Develop market strategies and sales plans across your territory
  • Communicate new products, best practices and features/benefits across all Propel offerings
  • Review local market partners sales systems and procedures to streamline sales productivity
  • Continually learn new products, industry trends and personally accountable to supply solution-based selling skills and high value market engagement
  • Help reps identify to targets and schedule teaming programs for Propel direct reps across local markets
  • Travel within assigned territory to drive Propel sales
  • Work closely with local sales leadership to maximize sales
  • Help develop packaging and bundle programs with traditional media solutions

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Designer Level 2 — Austin, Texas

GateHouse Media’s Center for News & Design

Position: Page designer/copy editor (Level 2)
Experience: 3-10+ years

GateHouse Media has established a new Center for News & Design 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.

This position requires at least 3 years of professional experience. Design clips or links to online portfolios are required from all applicants.

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
  • Providing a final read of all copy submitted for a variety of publications produced by the desks
  • 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

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Sales Manager — Columbus, Ohio

Are you a highly motivated Sales Manager? Do you have a passion for leading and motivating those around you? Come join the Dispatch Media Group’s advertising department!

The Dispatch Media Group has an immediate opening for a driven Sales Manager. The Sales Manager will lead, motivate and coach Multimedia Sales Executives overseeing key local and regional accounts. Responsibilities include growing revenue and market share by providing creative solutions and marketing expertise to existing and new accounts to fuel growth.

This individual must be a leader in change management, with the flexibility to adapt as the industry changes, empowering and mentoring account executives through these transformations.

To be a successful candidate for this position you must possess a Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of media management experience.

If you enjoy a fast paced, fun work environment apply online today:

Register-Mail honored by Illinois press associations

17.06.2016 John Crouch Awards


Congratulations to The Register-Mail of Galesburg, Illinois, which was recently honored by both the Illinois Press Association and the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors at two separate ceremonies in Springfield.

The Register-Mail was named the second best small daily newspaper in Illinois by the Illinois Press Association in addition to the 23 other awards it received.

First-place awards included General Excellence, News Reporting, Government beat, Single page design, Sports Feature, Original Column and Sports Photo.

Second-place awards included Sports Column, Right to Know, Feature Photo, Sports Section and Newspaper Design.

Third-place awards included Lifestyles section, Single page design and Headline Writing.

Honorable mentions included Feature Photo, two Informational Graphic mentions, General News Photo, Website, Government beat and Business/Economic Reporting.

The Register-Mail earned nine awards at the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors contest.

First-place award winners included Tom Loewy for Features and Steve Davis for Features Photo and Mobile Visual.

Second-place award winners included Tom Loewy for Features and Columns or Blog, Tom Martin for Editorial Writing and Steve Davis for Mobile Visual.

Third-place award winners included Tom Loewy for Business Story and Lewis Marien for Sports Feature Photo.

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Dispatch Magazines publications receive industry recognition

15.06.2016 John Crouch Awards

columbusmagazineCongratulations to the Dispatch Magazines publications Columbus CEO, Columbus Alive and Columbus Monthly, which all received honors at The Press Club of Cleveland’s 2016 All-Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards on June 3.

Columbus CEO received a first-place award for the second year in a row in the Best Business Publication in Ohio category and a second-place award in the Best Magazine Website category. Columbus Alive received a first-place award in the Best Non-Daily Newspaper category for alternatives.

Individual first-place award winners included Columbus Alive’s Andy Downing for Criticism and Arts & Entertainment, Brad Keefe for Sports, Alyse Kordenbrock for Single-Page Magazine Design and Joel Oliphint for Best Freelance Writer in Ohio; Columbus CEO’s Yogesh Chaudhary for Infographics and AABP Gold for Feature Layout; and Columbus Monthly’s Beth Stallings for Food Writing.

Individual second-place award winners included Columbus Alive’s Andy Downing for Personality Profile and Alyse Kordenbrock for Covers and Page Design; Columbus CEO’s Yogesh Chaudhary for Cover Design – AABP Silver, Tim Johnson for Pictorial and Photojournalism and Kitty McConnell for Technology Writing; and Columbus Monthly’s Betsy Becker for Single-Page Design, Tessa Berg for Portrait/Personality Photography and Beth Stallings for Food Writing.

Individual third-place awards included Columbus Alive’s Andy Downing for Arts & Entertainment, Brad Keefe for General Features and Criticism and Jill Moorhead for Public Service; Columbus CEO’s Mary Yost for Features (General); and Columbus Monthly’s Joel Oliphint for Features (Personality Profile) and Will Shilling for Photojournalism.

Columbus CEO also won gold and silver awards at the Alliance of Area Business Publishers Awards in Des Moines, Iowa.

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