Author archives: John Crouch

Best Of GateHouse 2016 Editors, Newspapers of the Year announced

26.04.2017 John Crouch Awards

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The evidence that GateHouse Media newsrooms #DoJournalismWithImpact was on full display at our 2016 Best of GateHouse contest, and we could not be more proud to announce our Newspapers of the Year and Editors of the Year.

Challenges in the industry have only emboldened these leaders and their newsrooms to deliver enterprising work that reveals systemic injustice and demands change. The expanding horizon of digital storytelling has provided new avenues of creativity and interaction with readers — and our top editors and newsrooms are leading the way.

A huge thank you goes out to our judges from Ball State University’s College of Communication, Coordinator of Unified Media Juli Metzger and Ball State Daily News adviser John Strauss, for making incredibly difficult decisions amid our largest-ever number of phenomenal submissions.

Also of note, Mark Baldwin, executive editor of the Rockford Register Star, has been awarded the first GateHouse Media #DoJournalismWithImpact Leadership Award.

“Mark is a national advocate and expert for news literacy, and his engagement efforts in the Rockford community have been courageous and thoughtful,” said Bill Church, senior vice president of news. “He exemplifies an editor who understands the importance of high-touch journalism.”

Please join us in congratulating these talented individuals and tenacious newsrooms.

WINNER: Dennis Anderson, Journal Star, Peoria, Illinois, for demonstrating high-level community engagement by nurturing relationships with his readers and doing important journalism, including uncovering how local law enforcement were doing personal business on the taxpayer’s clock.
RUNNER-UP: Mike Smith, Herald-Journal, Spartanburg, South Carolina

WINNER: Angie Muhs, State Journal-Register, Springfield, Illinois, for leading a wide range of reader engagement programs and directing bold coverage, concentrated on state and government accountability, including a front page editorial calling for resolution to the state budget impasse.
RUNNER-UP: Lynne Sullivan, Herald News, Fall River, Massachusetts

WINNER: Eric Dundon, Courier-Post, Hannibal, Missouri, for demonstrating sophisticated reader engagement using social media, events and public service journalism. This may be a small newsroom but it shows focus and grit, executing on impactful journalism and using analytics to increase its reach across platforms.
RUNNER-UP: Jason Hunsicker, Daily Express, Kirksville, Missouri

WINNER: Herald-Tribune, Sarasota, Florida
This newspaper sets the gold standard for community journalism. It has powerful design, smart reader engagement and killer enterprise. Their investigatory journalism goes beyond the ordinary. In fact, there is nothing ordinary about the Herald-Tribune.
RUNNER-UP: Register Star, Rockford, Illinois

WINNER: Herald News, Fall River, Massachusetts
In a very competitive field of smaller newspapers, the Herald News stands out with its big ambitions, local community leadership, excellent print presentation and creative digital storytelling. The newspaper made an impressive demonstration of not only setting a news agenda, but fostering solutions-based community engagement.
RUNNER-UP: Gainesville Sun, Gainesville, Florida

WINNER: Courier-Post, Hannibal, Missouri
This newspaper developed new ways to engage readers including a monthly health and wellness insert celebrating New Year’s resolutions and thoughtful reporting in several multi-day series throughout the year. This scrappy newspaper also dived into social media, and made smart use of Google Analytics to decide how and when to play stories, demonstrating an understanding for the technology, which in concert with strong journalism grows digital traffic.

WINNER: Wareham Courier, Wareham, Massachusetts
This newspaper has a strong local, local presence. Photos are included with nearly every story and headlines are engaging. This paper also interacts with readers in print and online. The digital presence is equally strong, with videos and photos. The Facebook page is an intimate snapshot of life in Wareham.

Columbus Dispatch, Herald-Tribune recognized at National Headliner Awards

18.04.2017 John Crouch Awards

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The Columbus Dispatch and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune were recently announced as winners at the 83rd National Headliner Awards, which recognizes journalistic merit in the communications industry.

Dan Gearino of The Columbus Dispatch in Columbus, Ohio, won first place in the business news coverage by an individual or team category.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s “Bias on the Bench” investigative report, by writers Emily Le Coz, Elizabeth Johnson and Josh Salman, won second place in the public service performed by publishing material in a daily newspaper category.

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State Journal-Register honored with Associated Press awards

7.04.2017 John Crouch Awards





The State Journal-Register of Springfield, Illinois, recently won a total of five awards from the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors.

Photographer Ted Schurter won first place in the feature photography category for an image of the May 6 wedding ceremony of Brandon Thomas and Destini Schafer at Memorial Medical Center and Executive Editor Angie Muhs earned a first-place award for editorial writing.

Editorial page editor Kate Schott earned a second-place award in editorial writing and photography editor Rich Saal took home a second-place digital storytelling award for his “Counter Culture” project.

The newspaper earned second place in the best website category.

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Bill Albrecht named new GateHouse Media Ohio group publisher

Bill Albrecht in Sioux Falls, S.D., Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. (Emily Spartz / Argus Leader)

Bill Albrecht (Photo: Emily Spartz / Argus Leader)

Bill Albrecht was recently named as the new group publisher in the GateHouse Media Ohio group of papers that includes Canton, Massillon, Dover/New Philadelphia, Cambridge, Wooster, Ashland, Kent and Alliance dailies and all subsidiary products along with the full suite of digital assets.

Albrecht will also serve as the publisher of the Wooster Daily Record and the Ashland Times-Gazette.

Before to joining GateHouse, Albrecht held several executive positions within Gannett, and most recently served as president of Argus Leader Media in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Prior to that, he was the group president and publisher for the Media Network of Central Ohio and Publisher of the Newark Advocate.

He is a graduate of the University of South Dakota with a degree in mass communications, advertising and public relations. He has also been on the Newspaper Association Boards in both Ohio and Minnesota.

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Sarasota Herald-Tribune honored with Batten Medal

4.04.2017 John Crouch Awards

Herald-Tribune logoThe Sarasota Herald-Tribune‘s Bias on the Bench was recently named as the winner of the American Society of News Editors‘ 2017 Batten Medal for achievement in public service journalism.

Reporter’s Emily Le Coz, Elizabeth Johnson and Josh Salman piece on racial bias in Florida court system was up against work from The Boston Globe and the Houston Chronicle.

From the judges:

“This is data reporting at its best, using the records to illustrate beyond a doubt the racial biases that regularly come into play in sentencing. The shoe-leather reporting was equally impressive, delivering powerful anecdotes that reinforced what the data has already told us and bringing this important issue to life. All of this was packaged elegantly, and powerfully, for the web. Bravo!”

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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.

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