Archive for October 2007

Sosnieckis sell Vandalia Leader

October 21, 2007

The Vandalia Leader has been sold by Helen and Gary Sosniecki to Lakeway Publishers of Missouri Inc., owned by the Jack Fishman family of Morristown, Tenn.
Lakeway owns eight other newspapers in east-central Missouri: The Bowling Green Times, The Louisiana Press-Journal, the Troy Free Press, The Elsberry Democrat, Hermann Advertiser-Courier, the New Haven Leader, The Lincoln County Journal and the Centralia Fireside Guard. They also publish several newspapers in eastern and middle Tennessee and several specialty magazines, and operate other businesses.
Fishman is a former president of the National Newspaper Association (NNA) who currently serves on the national board of The Associated Press.
The sale was announced Oct. 17 by the Sosnieckis, partners in Leader Media LLC, which has owned the 133-year-old Leader since Sept. 1, 2003, and by Lakeway. The sale was expected to close Nov. 1. The last issue of The Leader published by the Sosnieckis was Oct. 31.
Lakeway also owns Press Journal Printing in Louisiana, where The Leader has been printed since 1970.
Ron Schott has been named general manager and editor of The Leader. Walt Gilbert, publisher of Lakeway’s Missouri newspapers, will serve as publisher.
The Sosnieckis previously owned weekly newspapers in Humansville and Seymour. They bought The Leader after serving as editors and publishers of The Lebanon Daily Record.
Gary Sosniecki served as president of the Missouri Press Association in 2004 and continues on the board of the Missouri Press Service.
Helen Sosniecki is completing her second year as the MPA’s representative to the National Newspaper Association.
Gilbert, the new publisher in Vandalia, has more than 38 years of experience in the weekly-
newspaper business.


Birthday – Dodie Maurer

October 7, 2007

• Belton — Dodie Maurer, who became majority owner with her husband of The Belton Star-Herald in 1965, observed her 80th birthday anniversary in September. She remains involved with the weekly as one of its most popular columnists.

Mizzou Alumni Association honors Diuguid

October 7, 2007

Lewis W. Diuguid, an executive and columnist of The Kansas City Star, was among recipients of Mizzou Alumni Association Faculty-Alumni Awards. Sixteen people were honored Oct. 5 at a program in Columbia.
Diuguid began his career with The Star in 1977, the same year he graduated from MU. He has personally funded journalism scholarships for minority students and was a founding member of the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists.
Duiguid has written two books.

MU students to cover the Beijing Olympics

October 7, 2007

As many as 50 students from the Missouri School of Journalism will travel to China in 2008 to report on the Beijing Olympics. The students will spend the majority of next summer in China.
The program is a partnership between the Journalism School, the organizing
committee of the Beijing Olympics and Renmin University of China in Beijing.
The Journalism School operates study-abroad programs in 14 countries.
Students will apply for the program. Those chosen will receive training at Renmin University and provide coverage of events for the organizing committee under the supervision of a faculty adviser.

St. Joseph News-Press award winners

October 7, 2007

• St. Joseph — Two St. Joseph News-Press writers won awards in a national competition sponsored by the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors.
Kristen Hare won first place in the General Feature and Short Feature categories.
Betsy Lee won third place in the Narrative Feature category.
The awards won by Ms. Hare come with cash prizes totaling $1,500. Awards were presented Sept. 27 in Savannah, Ga.

Rolla Daily News – Editor for a Day Contest

October 7, 2007

• Rolla — The Rolla Daily News sponsored an “Editor For A Day” contest as part of its Customer Appreciation Day on Sept. 26. Those entering had to write in 100 words or less why they wanted to be the editor for a day.
The winner worked with news editor Alan Gerstenecker, wrote a column and helped decide on the day’s page-one news.

Versailles Leader Statesman – online newspaper

October 7, 2007

• Versailles — The Leader-Statesman and other papers of Vernon Publishing Inc. have partnered with a company called Courier to create their online newspapers. Papers will be posted each week, and subscribers will be able to download and read every page exactly as they appear in print.
Vernon Publishing Co. publishes newspapers in Versailles, Eldon, Tuscumbia, Stover, Laurie and Tipton.
October 2007