Announcements

Home Town Cook’n Thanksgiving recipe contest winners announced

GateHouse Media has awarded more than $5,000 in cash and prizes to the winners of its first Home Town Cook’n Thanksgiving recipe contest:

Soups category winner: Ellen Verdugo, Gloucester, Massachusetts, for Mushroom-Chestnut ‘Tres Leches’ Soup with Espresso and Thyme
Vegetable dishes category winner: Jaemuk Jeong, Athens, Georgia, for Kabocha Casserole
Non-turkey entrees category winner: Dianna M. Wara, Washington, Illinois, for Twisted Lime & Cranberry Pork Roast
Cakes and cobblers category winner: Patricia A. Harmon, Baden, Pennsylvania, for Blackberry Apple Cobbler with Cinnamon Chip Ice Cream Scone Topping
Grand prize winner: Loanne Chiu, Fort Worth, Texas, for Thanksgiving Aromatic Pumpkin Beef Ribs

Each category winner received a $500 American Express gift card, and the grand prize winner received a culinary experience trip for two to their choice of New Orleans, New York City or Napa Valley.

Twelve finalist recipes – out of more than 1,100 submissions – were prepared and judged Oct. 27 at Columbus State Community College in Ohio. Four members of the school’s culinary program assessed the recipes on taste, visual appeal and creativity, and chose the winners. Winning recipes will be posted at hometowncookn.com after Nov. 20 and a collection of recipes from the contest will be published in GateHouse Media newspapers and on their websites Nov. 22 and 23, Thanksgiving Day.

The contest entry program was provided by Cook’n, a digital recipe organization and sharing tool. Cook’n lets users snag recipes from anywhere online and access them on any device through the Cook’n app. Users can also compile and print cookbooks, get the nutritional value of recipes, create shopping lists and weekly meal plans and more.

GateHouse Media launches national scholarship competition

GateHouse Media recently launched a scholarship contest for college-bound students across the nation.

Students are asked to select either the word “impact,” “trusted,” “community” or “local” and submit an essay of up to 500 words explaining what the word means to them.

The competition will award five $1,000 scholarships and one $3,000 grand prize scholarship.

For more information, visit GateHouseScholarship.com.

ZipRecruiter, GateHouse Media launch partnership to transform hiring in 550 markets across US

ZipRecruiter and GateHouse Media recently announced a partnership that makes ZipRecruiter the exclusive recruitment advertising partner for GateHouse Media. The partnership, which will launch Oct. 1 in more than 550 markets across the U.S., will power GateHouse recruitment pages — online and in print — that reach more than 21 million readers every week.

Local businesses in GateHouse Media markets will be able to leverage the power of ZipRecruiter’s candidate matching algorithm and email job alert program, all while maintaining their relationship with their local GateHouse newspaper and account manager.

GateHouse Media readers who are in the job search process will also benefit from this partnership and can now search and apply to jobs through their trusted, local newspaper — in print and online — faster and easier than ever before. Jobs posted through GateHouse Media will also be available to search and apply to in ZipRecruiter’s mobile job search apps.

“We’re excited to team with GateHouse Media to power their recruitment pages,” said Ian Siegel, CEO and co-founder of ZipRecruiter. “Our core mission is to quickly connect employers to great candidates, and this partnership will put our sophisticated matching technology to work in doing just that for millions of GateHouse Media readers nationwide.”

“We’re always looking for the best tools and most-valuable services to offer our 225,000 local business partners,” said Kirk Davis, CEO of GateHouse Media. “Working with ZipRecruiter will allow us to provide the business community in all our markets with the easiest and most cost-effective way to manage their hiring needs. And we’ll provide a quicker, streamlined way for job seekers in all our markets to find the best job for them.”

This is ZipRecruiter’s largest partnership with a national media company and represents an expansion of their publishing partnership program, which spans 1,000 partners across North America and the United Kingdom. For GateHouse, this is a unique, first-of-its-kind national partnership that will bring a consistent recruitment platform to digital and print properties.

GateHouser rescued from Harvey floodwaters, with help from another Gatehouser

Houston residents have returned to their hurricane-ravaged homes, ready to rip out drywall, tear up carpets and sift through the destruction for surviving valuables.

Robin Good, director of business development with GateHouse Media, was among those homeowners. As devastating as her situation is, it could have been worse.

Good and her elderly dog were nearly stranded in their home in Katy, Texas, while the flood waters rose. But a connection with another GateHouse employee resulted in a timely rescue.

The Thursday before the storm really hit, Aug. 27, Good was returning home from a business trip. Officials were urging residents to shelter in place, so Good stocked up on supplies, made sure all her devices were charged and prepared to hunker down.

“It didn’t seem so bad that night and of course there was no flooding. It was overcast the next day but the sun came out,” Good said. “Then we got 48 inches in 48 hours. Houston floods, but I’ve never had a problem before.”

Still, Good’s home hadn’t lost power, and her backyard only had a little flooding. Saturday and Sunday go by, and the roadways leaving Good’s neighborhood were unpassable. She was stranded — but still safe. The water hadn’t risen.

That changed on Monday, when the water swiftly began flooding her yard, then her home.

Good retreated to her attic but didn’t have an ax in case she needed to break through. She began posting increasingly distressed status updates on Facebook, where they were seen by a friend.

Aimee Thomas, a multimedia account executive with the StarBanner in Ocala, Florida, met Good for just a week when Good was in Florida on a work trip. The two hit it off and friended each other on Facebook.

Thomas happened to have a friend who lived in Sugar Land, Texas — about 20 miles from Houston — who had a Jeep prepared for rescues. Thomas put the two in contact, and Good was whisked to safety as the waters closed in around her.

The water was too high for the Jeep to make it to her house, so Good waded through waist-deep water to make it out. Her 13-year-old dog, Bonnie, swam “for the first time in her life,” Good said.

As the storm raged, Good made it to Dallas, where her niece met her. The two drove 22 hours to North Carolina. After an agonizing wait, Good was finally able to get back into her house late last week.

The house, she said, is a complete loss.

“I put some things up on shelves, but at that point you just get out. You get out with your life,” Good said. “About 80 percent of people in Houston don’t have flood insurance and I’m one of those people.”

Now, she’s facing the monstrous task of cleanup.

“We’re tearing every bit of drywall out now. All the floors. All the furniture,” she said. “It looks like a war zone.”

Steve Lundblade named general manager of Sentinel, Kansan

Steve Lundblade

Steve Lundblade was recently named the general manager of the McPherson Sentinel and the Newton Kansan in Kansas.

Lundblade is a Wichita native and has more than 20 years of experience in the journalism industry. He has previously held positions at the Wichita Eagle, the Kansas City Sar and at the magazine division of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Lundblade will oversee day-to-day operations for both publications, as well as revenue, circulation and news budgeting.

For more information, visit the McPherson Sentinel.

GateHouse parent company announces Morris Publishing Group acquisitions

GateHouse Media’s parent company, New Media Investment Group, recently announced its acquisition of 79 publications and related assets from Morris Publishing Group.

Assets include 11 daily newspapers, including The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, Florida, and The Augusta Chronicle and Savannah Morning News in Georgia.

The acquisition also includes Morris’s Main Street Digital group, substantially all weekly and niche print products and all related websites and digital operations.

For more information, visit New Media Investment Group.

Mike Murphy named Missouri VP of operations

Mike Murphy was recently named as GateHouse Media’s vice president of operations for the state of Missouri.

Murphy has served as senior group publisher in north central Missouri since 2014, where he has been responsible for newspapers in Boonville, Brookfield, Chillicothe, Hannibal, Kirksville, Mexico and Moberly.

As VP of operations, Murphy will retain the responsibilities of his former position and take on the day-to-day operations of several other publications in Missouri, including the Columbia Daily Tribune, and oversee Tribune Publishing Co. operations.

For more information, visit the Hannibal-Courier-Post.

Ellis Smith named general manager of The Hawk Eye

Ellis Smith was recently named as the new general manager of The Hawk Eye in Burlington, Iowa.

He most recently served as digital editor of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, where his work garnered several industry awards and he was also part of the paper’s “The Poverty Puzzle” reporting project, which earned the Free Press a finalist position for the Pulitzer Prize.

He is a graduate of the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Georgia, where he was editor-in-chief of the college’s newspaper, the West Georgian, and also produced a daily live newscast UTV-13.

For more information, visit The Hawk Eye.

Denise Robbins named new Senior Vice President of Consumer Marketing

Denise Robbins was recently named as GateHouse Media’s new Senior Vice President of Consumer Marketing.

Robbins brings 20 years of success in developing multichannel marketing, strategic partnership and innovative consumer revenue programs to the role, and will be responsible for GateHouse Media’s consumer marketing strategy and revenue growth. This includes both print and digital subscriptions and the development of new consumer-driven revenue streams. In addition to working closely with corporate and field circulation leaders, she will partner with GateHouse’s content, product and strategy teams on the development of new products and services.

“As we continue our effort to achieve year-over-year revenue growth, it is essential that we both optimize our traditional newspaper circulation revenue and develop new consumer revenue streams,” said Kirk Davis, CEO of GateHouse Media. “Denise’s experience, using consumer insights and data to drive business strategy, will be a significant asset for us.”

Most recently, Robbins served as Executive Director/Consumer Revenue for The New York Times, where she led acquisition marketing and customer experience for the newspaper’s print subscription business. She previously served as VP and Corporate Director for New Bay Media, an NYC-based private equity portfolio of more than 60 music and consumer electronics publications. In this role, reporting to the CEO, she had responsibility for consumer revenue across the enterprise. Robbins launched her career in a variety of marketing positions with specialty publishers, beginning in circulation marketing at Dow Jones/IDD enterprises.

Matt Leclercq named new Fayetteville Observer executive editor

Matt Leclercq was recently named as the new executive editor of The Fayetteville Observer in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Leclercq began at the Observer in 1999 as a community news intern and has since held multiple positions at the newspaper, most recently as the managing editor, a position he has held since 2014.

“Matt is the perfect fit in leading the Observer newsroom moving forward,” Publisher Bob Gruber said. “The time he has spent in Fayetteville gives him a unique understanding of the market from day one. He has a great understanding of both our platforms of print and digital. I am excited to have Matt join the executive team at the Observer.”

Leclercq holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a native of New Orleans and grew up in Arkansas and western North Carolina.

For more information, visit the Observer.

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