Archive for July 15, 2008


July 15, 2008

€ Park Hills ‹ Jim York, publisher of the Park Hills Daily Journal for the past five years, has taken an executive management position in Cincinnati with The E.W. Scripps Co. He will lead the information technology group for Scripps’ 15 newspapers.
Before being named publisher in Park Hills, York was vice president of information technology for the former Pulitzer Newspapers, Inc. Lee Enterprises now owns the Pulitzer publications, including the Daily Journal.
Gary Berblinger, controller, has been named interim publisher in Park Hills.

€ Independence ‹ Sports reporter Dick Puhr, 75, and community reporter Frank Haight, 72, have spent nearly a half century each at The Examiner writing stories about local people. They retired this spring.
The Examiner held a public reception for the two on May 29.
Both of the reporters continue to work as correspondents, writing stories and weekly columns. Puhr started writing about local sports in 1959. Haight has been writing for The Examiner since 1961.
Puhr didn’t miss a day of work in 44 years until a kidney stone operation laid him up for a bit.

€ Concordia ‹ Chris Post was named interim editor of The Concordian in May. He is on summer break from Missouri Valley College in Marshall, where he is a professor of mass communications. He served as senior staff writer of The Marshall Democrat-News for eight years.
Post and his wife, Callie, live on a small farm outside Marshall with their four children. Post has a journalism degree from the University of Central Missouri and is working on a master’s degree through Eastern Michigan University.
Shelly Arth, owner/publisher of The Concordian, said she is searching for an editor for the weekly.

€ Dexter ‹ Mike McCoy has joined the news staff of the Daily Statesman. He is a native of Dexter and attended Westminster College in Fulton.
McCoy worked at the Statesman in the mid-1970s before moving to Arkansas. He has worked as editor and city editor for Graves Publishing Co. in Nashville, Ark., since 1982.
McCoy replaced Sacha Champion, who accepted a position nearer her Poplar Bluff home. He joins Corey Noles as a full-time writer for the Statesman.

€ Columbia ‹ Caroline Dohack has been hired as lifestyles editor at the Columbia Daily Tribune. She manages the Sunday section that carries fashion, fitness, travel, home décor and society news.
Dohack is a graduate of Doniphan High School. She attended Cottey College in Nevada, then transferred to the School of Journalism at MU.

€ Carrollton ‹ Klarissa Olvera, Carrollton, a junior at the Missouri School of Journalism, is working as a summer intern at the Carrollton Democrat.

€ Elsberry ‹ Mariah Suddarth, Elsberry, is working as a summer intern at The Elsberry Democrat. She’ll be a junior this fall at the Missouri School of Journalism.

€ King City ‹ King City High School student Megan Saeidi is interning at the Tri-County News for the third consecutive summer. She’ll be a senior this fall.

€ Springfield ‹ Cheryl Lindus, ad director for the Springfield News-Leader since July 2005, has been named president and publisher of the Montgomery Advertiser in Montgomery, Ala.
The News-Leader and the Advertiser are owned by Gannett Co. Inc.
Before joining the News-Leader Lindus was the ad director of the Hunting, W.Va., Herald-Dispatch and ad director of the Star Press in Muncie, Ind.
Gannett presented her with a President’s Ring in 2007 in recognition of her achievements.


Associate publisher named at Southeast Missourian newspaper

July 15, 2008

Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Southeast Missourian

A newspaper veteran with a history of new media innovation has been named associate publisher of the Southeast Missourian, said Jon K. Rust, publisher of the newspaper. The executive, Jim Maxwell, is currently president and publisher of the Pocono Mountains Media Group, which includes a 20,000-circulation daily in eastern Pennsylvania and several nearby weeklies.

Maxwell has also been named vice president of operations for Rust Communications, a family media group based in Cape Girardeau with 18 daily and more than 30 weekly newspapers in eight states.

“Jim is coming on board not only to provide additional management strength in Cape Girardeau and other regional newspapers, but we have identified him as the next chief operating officer of Rust Communications,” Rust said. “For the next 18 months, he will be working closely with current JIM MAXWELL COO Wally Lage, who will transition to a consulting role in 2010.”

The chief operating officer and vice president of operations both report to brothers Rex Rust and Jon K. Rust, co-presidents of Rust Communications. Gary W. Rust is chairman of the board.

“Jim has a great understanding of what makes dynamic communities tick and how important a community newspaper is to area progress,” Rex Rust said. “For the past eight years, he has played vital leadership roles with the Ottaway newspaper group, a division of News Corporation, which also owns the Wall Street Journal and Fox TV.

“We’re excited about Jim and his wife Patty joining our newspaper family,” Rust added.

Maxwell is a native of Oregon and a former teacher and high school coach before entering radio and newspaper sales. He has worked in newspaper markets both much larger and smaller than Cape Girardeau, and he is a former corporate advertising director for Ottaway, a publicly traded company. As publisher of the Pocono Record, he was recognized by the American Press Institute for his newspaper’s initiatives in mobile news delivery and the Internet.

“We conducted an extensive search process before hiring Jim,” Wally Lage said. “Several publishers from throughout our company were involved, and we’re thrilled to have him join the team. I really think the folks within the Rust organization and the communities we serve will determine quickly that Jim is a quality guy.”

The Maxwells have one daughter who attends school and works in the New York City area. Jim Maxwell will begin at the Missourian next Wednesday.