Author archives: John Crouch

Sarasota Herald-Tribune wins top honors at 2016 APME Innovation in Journalism Awards

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Congratulations to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, which recently received a number of awards at the 2016 Associated Press Media Editors Innovation in Journalism Awards for its investigative piece “Insane. Invisible. In danger.

The investigation into the poor conditions of mental health facilities in Florida, written in partnership with the Tampa Bay Times, won the Public Service Award, the APME Foundation Sweepstakes Award as the best overall public service work and the Al Neuharth Award for Innovation in Investigative Reporting.

The Herald-Tribune also won the Community Engagement Award, the International Perspective Award and was named as one of three finalists for the Innovator of the Year award, the winner of which will be named in September.

For more information, visit bit.ly/1Re0zNm.

The Journal Record recognized by Oklahoma Associated Press at annual contest

20.05.2016 John Crouch Awards

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Congratulations to the team at The Journal Record, which recently received a total of 32 awards at the Oklahoma Associated Press awards banquet, including being recognized for general excellence and its website.

First-place awards were given to Dale Denwalt for Business Feature, Business Spot News Reporting and General News Reporting; Brent Fuchs for General News Photo and Sports Photo; Sarah Terry-Cobo for Investigative Reporting, Public Service Reporting and Spot News Reporting; Ted Streuli for Personal Columns; Bryan Richter for Non-page one layout; and to Molly M. Fleming for Spot Sports Reporting.

Second-place awards were given to Sharon Beuchaw for Business Feature and Headlines; Adam Brooks for Editorials; Brian Brus for Feature; Dale Denwalt for Investigative Reporting and Public Service Reporting; Bryan Richter for Page one deadline layout and Graphics/Illustrations; and Brent Fuchs for Spot News Photo.

Third-place awards were given to Molly M. Fleming for Business Feature; Sarah Terry-Cobo for Business Spot News Reporting and Investigative Reporting; Ted Streuli for Editorials and Investigative Reporting; Brent Fuchs for General News Photo and Feature Photo; and to Rip Stell for Sports Photo.

Honorable mentions were given to Kaelynn Knoernschild for Feature, Brent Fuchs for Feature photo, Rip Stell for General News Photo and Molly M. Fleming for General News Reporting.

For information, visit journalrecord.com.

Best of GateHouse 2015 contest winners announced

A huge congratulations goes to all of the winners in the 2015 Best of GateHouse contest, which honors the efforts our incredible journalists put into covering their communities.

Special recognition goes to our Editor of the Year, Paul Pronovost, for his amazing leadership at the Cape Cod Times in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

This year’s contest included changes to many existing categories and the addition of several new categories, including

  • Audience Interaction
  • Best Use of Digital Tools
  • Best Web Project
  • Catalyst for Community Change
  • Public Service Journalism
  • Section Front Designer of the Year
  • Videographer of the Year

Here is a video of David Arkin, Senior Vice President of Content & Product Development, announcing the winners of Newspaper of the Year and our Editor of the Year.

For a complete list of all of the 2015 Best Of GateHouse winners, click here, and be sure to check out BestOfGateHouse.com for detailed information on each winning entry, including PDFs and links to award-winning journalism.

GateHouse Media participates in United Way’s Day of Caring

GateHouse Media would like to recognize the finance team in Pittsford, New York, for their participation in the United Way of Greater Rochester’s Day of Caring community event on May 12.

The team, led by Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer Keri Curtis, raked leaves, moved dead trees and picked up fallen branches at Mt. Hope Cemetery, which is one of the United State’s first municipal cemeteries, founded in 1818. A registered historic landmark, the 196-acre area houses about 350,000 graves, including those of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass.

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For more information on the Day of Caring, visit unitedway.org.

Sales Manager — Gadsden, Alabama

The primary responsibility of the Sales Manager is to increase print and digital advertising revenues by actively engaging with MMSEs in field calls, client visits and overall revenue driving activities. This position directly affects and is responsible for achieving or exceeding print and digital revenue in the market.

Key Responsibilities

  • Consistently meets/exceeds all print and digital revenue targets
  • Demonstrates expert knowledge and understanding of all GateHouse Media sales and marketing assets, including all newspaper products, digital products and digital marketing services (Propel) and able to transfer the knowledge to direct reports
  • Follows GateHouse prescribed best practices on Pipeline Management and Gap Analysis, reviews all required sales process activities and provides direction and feedback to increase closing ratios
  • Reviews market activities to develop new business by understanding customer needs and selling products and services that provide value to the customer
  • Drives customer retention through excellent customer service and in person visits
  • Effectively communicates with management to provide accurate revenue forecasts and market intelligence that may impact revenue (+/-)
  • Maintains the highest levels of personal and professional behavior in the workplace and in the market
    Ensures that the team consistently meets and/or exceeds revenue goals. Always aware of performance to goal; measures sales executive performance by revenue to goal, quarterly and annually. Ensures that high levels of performance are always top of mind
  • Holds staff accountable to revenue goals, objectives, KPIs and other metrics. Creates effective formal activity metrics for staff
  • Spends significant time with MMSEs visiting customers in the field with the purpose of deepening account relationships; uses these opportunities to coach staff
  • Manages staff to consistently maintain a forward, robust pipeline. Stays current on potential wins
  • Understands methodology for goal setting and applies that methodology accordingly. Has an in-depth knowledge of MMSE accounts, prospects and each prospect’s potential. Establishes aggressive but realistic goals for staff; incorporates staff’s input in the goal setting process
  • Develops a strong sales plan with team and holds staff accountable for achieving their plans
  • Provides appropriate mix of direction and strategy. Collaborates with the staff on strategy, innovation, etc., to ensure that new ideas are developed and presented to clients
  • Drives consultative, customer-centric selling behaviors. Ensures that each MMSE consistently presentproducts/services appropriate to client needs and constantly monitor the “health” of the relationship between the client and MMSE
  • Reviews and critiques all presentations and campaign proposals and coaches MMSE on improving this process
  • Meets 1:1 with each MMSE every week to review performance to goal, new business opportunities and challenges

Position Requirements

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Knowledge of competitive media landscape; use for new business development and sales analysis
  • Ability to coach and develop cold calling and other prospecting techniques including social media where applicable
  • Highly motivated, self-starting individual with initiative and drive to succeed through others
  • Ability to close new business and lead a team to exceed sales targets
  • Successful track record of pushing past rejection and achieving results, and coaching others to do so
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to build and deliver effective presentations
  • Strong networking and community involvement skills
  • Eagerness to learn, continually seeking to improve sales skills and the skills of others
  • Strong time management and follow up skills
  • Organized with an attention for detail
  • Computer and software experience with MS Office programs including Excel, Powerpoint, and Word
  • Must possess a valid state driver’s license and reliable transportation

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Sales, Marketing or Business preferred; or equivalent work experience in media related business
  • Sales management experience, preferably in outside sales environment
  • Prior experience in digital marketing sales highly desirable

GateHouse Media and all subsidiaries are Equal Opportunity Employers and value diversity in our workplace.

Apply online here.

Multimedia Sales Executive — Spartanburg, South Carolina

The primary role of the Multimedia Sales Executive (MMSE) is to increase print and digital advertising revenues by achieving or exceeding the revenue goal in their assigned territory. The MMSE will develop and present audience based, multimedia sales campaigns to meet the diversified needs of our customers and maximize customer ROI.

Key Responsibilities

  • Consistently meets/exceeds all print and digital revenue targets
  • Develops and demonstrates expert knowledge and understanding of all GateHouse Media sales and marketing assets, including all newspaper products, digital products and digital marketing services
  • Represent and embrace new non-traditional products and services that the company may introduce as we look to diversify new revenue streams that capitalize on our customer base and scale
  • Follows GateHouse prescribed best practices on Pipeline Management and Gap Analysis and completes all required sales process activities
  • Regularly and customarily engaged in person with customers
  • Drives customer retention through excellent customer service
  • Develops new business by understanding customer needs and selling products and services that provide value to the customer
  • Effectively communicates with management to provide accurate revenue forecasts and market intelligence that may impact revenue (+/-)
  • Maintains the highest levels of personal and professional behavior in the workplace and in the market

Position Requirements

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Knowledge of competitive media landscape; use for new business development and sales analysis
  • Ability to prospect new business via cold calling and other prospecting techniques including social media where applicable
  • Highly motivated, self-starting individual with initiative and drive to succeed
  • Ability to close new business and exceed sales targets
  • Successful track record of pushing past rejection and achieving results
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to build and deliver effective presentations
    Strong networking and community involvement skills
  • Eagerness to learn, continually seeking to improve sales skills
    Strong time management and follow up skills
  • Organized with an attention for detail
  • Computer and software experience with MS Office programs including Excel, Powerpoint, and Word
  • Must possess a valid state driver’s license and reliable transportation

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Sales, Marketing or Business preferred; or equivalent work experience in media related business
  • Minimum of one year sales experience, preferably in outside sales
  • Prior experience in digital marketing sales highly desirable

GateHouse Media and all subsidiaries are Equal Opportunity Employers and value diversity in our workplace.

Apply online here.

GateHouse Media papers named among best in state in Ohio Associated Press Media Editors competition

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A big congratulations to the teams at The (Canton) Repository and The Columbus Dispatch, which were recently recognized as being among the best in the state at the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors competition.

The Repository was honored with a general excellence award in its division in addition to the 33 individual awards its staff received.

The Dispatch was honored with a general excellence award in its division in addition to the recognition it received for its website and the first-place awards it earned for both its daily sports section, for a special sports section on college football and for its public service reporting on suicide. Its staff also received a number of individual awards.

For a complete list of individual winners from The (Canton) Repository, visit bit.ly/1WBKmKy.

For a complete list of individual winners from The Columbus Dispatch, visit bit.ly/1VYHvL7.

Shawnee News-Star recognized by Oklahoma journalism associations

17.05.2016 John Crouch Awards

Congratulations to the entire Shawnee News-Star team, which was recently honored by the Associated Press/Oklahoma News Executives and The Society of Professional Journalists Oklahoma Pro Chapter.

The newsroom received a first-place award for its website, which on average receives 350,000 page views a month, and placed fourth in the General Excellence category from the AP.

Individual awards were received by Tina Bridenstine, who placed third in Page 1 deadline layout; Ed Blochowiak, who placed fourth in sports photography; and Kim Morava, who placed fourth in spot news reporting.

The Society of Professional Journalists awarded photographer Ed Blochowiak first place and sports editor Billy Brown second place for sports photography. Kent Bush earned a third-place award for his personal columns.

The News-Star was also presented with the Jerry Marx Memorial Award by the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety/Oklahoma Highway Patrol in recognition of traffic safety stories.

 

For more information about the Associated Press awards, visit bit.ly/1smzmDL.

For more information about The Society of Professional Journalists awards, visit bit.ly/23ZQgnF.

Director, Information Technology – Columbus, Ohio

Description
GateHouse Media is searching for a Director, Information Technology, with responsibility for support for multiple properties, interfacing with the Regional and Local publishers and with the Corporate and local IT staffs to provide remote and on-site support for the designated properties.

Under general direction of the VP, Information Technology, this position plans, organizes and directs the IT activities for a specified geographic region for GateHouse Media. The position works closely with a peer group of IT Directors to ensure that processes and operations are consistent and leveraged as appropriate. The position also works closely with the corporate IT Shared Services team to coordinate application support and integration into other standard infrastructure and systems, supporting the pre-defined strategies and plans.

The position reports to the VP, Information Technology to develop plans and budgets for local contracts and resources with the goal of reducing expenses and to provide appropriate IT support to revenue generating opportunities.

The Director, IT has supervisory responsibility for staff members supporting field resources in the local properties and as an onsite point for Corporate application and infrastructure employees who are working out of those locations. This position is based in Columbus, Ohio.

Successful project execution of implementing the standard software/hardware in the field will be a key activity for this role, working closely with the corporate IT directors to prioritize projects and align local and corporate resources. This individual will have responsibility for leading projects within and external to his/her organization. Support of local systems varies based on the non-common systems implemented at the local properties and the complexity of production and distribution requirements at those locations.

Merger and acquisition related experience is highly valued in this role.

Additional qualifications include:

  • A minimum of ten or more years professional experience in the media industry
  • At least 5 years experience in a senior management level position
  • Deep understanding of core newspaper business systems across advertising, circulation and finance
  • Specific knowledge and experience with digital advertising platforms
  • Strong industry vendor relationships across core newspaper business systems
  • Exceptional communication skills—both oral and written—with an impressive reputation for building and maintaining relationships with people at all levels of an organization
  • Strong track record of managing multiple priorities and competing demands
  • Strong computer skills with advanced knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software
  • Undergraduate degree is required in a technical discipline. MS or MBA is a plus

Apply at dispatch.com/careers

GateHouse Media and all subsidiaries are Equal Opportunity Employers and value diversity in our workplace.

Executive Assistant to President – Las Vegas, Nevada 

BASIC FUNCTION
Perform varied, complex and highly confidential administrative work requiring a high degree of judgment and knowledge of the organization’s mission statement, policies, practices and procedures to include typing correspondence, screening phone calls and incoming mail, greeting business associates, making arrangements for meetings and other various duties to support the executive’s successful completion of goals and objectives. Organize seminars/workshops/meetings and project work without supervision. Exercise discretion in performing job functions. Maintain complex and sensitive information.

WORK PERFORMED
(1) Plan, format and type correspondence, records, reports and other materials, some of a highly confidential nature (including salaries and performance ratings), from documents, dictation, longhand or rough copy notes.

(2) Obtain manual and computer statistical information; compile data; set up and maintain confidential records, reports and files. Follow up on request from colleagues/managers and supply information that is within scope of authority.

(3) Screen phone calls and take messages, place and return calls within limits of executive’s calendar which contains appointment, meetings conference and travel itineraries which include notifying appropriate parties and greeting visitors.

(4) Manage office workflow and administration such as maintaining supply inventory, keeping expense accounts other records up to date. Attend and record minutes of executive committee meetings. Serve as liaison between executives and GHM MA properties.

(5) Develop and maintain relationship with the public including local business and community organizations.

(6) Perform a variety of additional duties to support company and departmental goals, including, but not limited to scheduling and planning periodic employee meetings, luncheons and local operating committee meetings. Making decisions to support managers as needed.

(7) Facilitate communication between multiple properties/management across the entire country both written and through telecommunication. Work to develop systems to streamline communication and efficiencies in the gathering and dissemination of information.

EQUIVALENT EDUCATION LEVEL REQUIRED
Minimum 2-year Associates degree in business/marketing equivalent work experience.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
5 or more years’ administrative experience. Industry experience in media, sales or marketing helpful

SPECIFIC SKILLS REQUIRED
Excellent math skills to assist in preparation of budgets, reports, travel expense forms, etc. Advance PC skills to include Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Internet research skills and Google applications knowledge. Excellent knowledge of English grammar and business language, proofing skills for grammar, typographical errors and content. Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills. Good knowledge of office and business procedures and scheduling. Ability to work independently and follow through on projects with a minimum of specific instruction. Ability to manage multiple priorities in a deadline- oriented environment. Demonstrated ability to conduct research projects on the Internet.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
The ideal candidate will have strong organizational and problem solving skills and pays attention to details and accuracy. The successful candidate will be an individual who is a self-starter and highly motivated who takes initiative and has aggressive follow through and follow up skills.

You must be able to work in an intense fast paced environment with ability to adapt to ever changing priorities. You must have strong communication skills and ability to interface professionally with all levels of the organization. You must be able to coordinate and execute multiple projects and priorities and work independently to get the job done. You must be a team player.

FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Purchase office supplies; maintain expense accounts. Prepare various reports, meetings and events.

EMAIL JASON TAYLOR AT JTAYLOR@GATEHOUSEMEDIA.COM TO APPLY

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