Archive for August 2009

Carnahan issues name deadline

August 31, 2009


Missouri business owners face a deadline of Aug. 28, 2009 to renew fictitious name registrations that were filed on or before Aug. 28, 2004. This is the first time that those registrations have had to be renewed, said Secretary of State Robin Carnahan.

Fictitious names are registered by individuals who want to do business under a name other than their actual name. Corporations and limited liability companies must file a fictitious name if they conduct business under a name other than the name of their company.

To look up your expiration date, visit

To renew, click on the “Renew Online” link in the left-hand column on the same page.

To download a registration form, visit

For more information, contact the secretary of state’s corporations division at (866) 223-6535.


Obit – Angus McDougall

August 24, 2009

Angus W. “Mac” McDougall a legendary force in photojournalism, editing and education died in Columbia, Mo., Thursday, August 20, 2009. He was 92.

Mac set standards of excellence in photography, photo editing and photojournalism education. As a Milwaukee Journal photographer, he was an innovator in the use of high-speed strobe technology and in using multiple pictures to tell stories. He tested his theories of visual communication and formed many of his principles of picture editing as associate editor of International Harvester World, a Chicago-based corporate magazine. He co-authored the definitive picture-editing book, “Visual Impact in Print,” and “Picture Editing and Layout.” His other book, “A Photo Journal,” is a rich chronicle of his newspaper photography from the 1940s and 50s. His most recent book, “Pacesetters in Journalism”, was published just last year, a retirement project shared with former student John Dengler. As professor McDougall taught hundreds of students during his ten years as head of the Missouri School of Journalism Photojournalism Sequence and director of the Pictures of the Year competition. He pressed his photo students to become adept in all aspects of journalism, especially visual reporting, writing, design and management so they would have the credibility to cause change in newsroom thinking. Many of his students moved into leadership roles in the nation’s metropolitan newspapers. Mac’s emphasis on meaningful photography in lock step with supportive words and presented with impact is his legacy.

Born in Milwaukee, Wi., to Archibald and Meta McDougall, he grew up in Waukesha, Wi.,  where he attended high school and then Carroll College and married his high school sweetheart, Betty.  With a Master’s in English, he taught high school for two years before pursuing his dream to work as a photographer. After a year’s course in New York he showed his portfolio to Stan Kalish at the Milwaukee Journal, looking for a critique. He was hired on the spot. The Journal was a center of synergy between technology and creating a new visual content for newspapers. Mac’s “experiments” with the just-invented electronic strobes were published in the newspaper and many national photography magazines.

He was named Magazine Photographer of the Year in 1955 in the Pictures of the Year (POY) competition and left the Journal to join International Harvester in Chicago as a photographer and photo editor. He brought a strong editorial approach to the corporate environment. With his contemporary from IH, Gerald Hurley wrote Visual Impact in Print, which after more than 30 years is still considered a primary reference work for picture editing and use. He was named Picture Editor of the Year in the 1965 Pictures of the Year competition. He served on the prestigious faculty of the Missouri Photo Workshop for at least 20 workshops, guiding students in the principals of documentary photography applied to everyday life in small Missouri towns.

When Clifton Edom retired from the teaching photojournalism at the University of Missouri, he handed the reins of the program to Mac. From 1972 to 1982 Mac preached a comprehensive approach to his students, believing that they had to be adept at all aspects of journalism: visual reporting, writing, design and management. He encouraged his best students to go to small newspapers where they could immediately exert tremendous influence. When the work of these young picture editors was rewarded in contest after contest, they “moved up” and were hired into the nation’s metropolitan newspapers. Former student and current faculty member Rita Reed says of Mac, “He possessed a great passion for photojournalism and commitment to excellence that when combined with his ability and eagerness to connect deeply with his students made learning infectious and exciting. He is the greatest evangelist for photojournalism I have ever met.”

He was professor emeritus from the University of Missouri and received numerous accolades during his career, including, the National Press Photographers Association’s Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award and the Robert F. Garland Educator Award, the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism and was inducted into the Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his daughter Bonnie and her husband John Latimer of Elgin, Ill., and son Angus Craig McDougall and his wife, Kathleen, of Louisville, Ky., four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Another daughter, Lorna, died earlier. A private service was held earlier. His wife and life partner of 70 years, Betty, died in February of this year.

In 2008 Mac and Betty made substantial gift to the Missouri School of Journalism, which established The Angus and Betty McDougall Center for Photojournalism Studies. Their desire was to preserve the work of photojournalists for research and educational use.

The family requests that memorials be made to the McDougall Center at the Missouri School of Journalism. Checks may be made payable to the McDougall Center, School of Journalism, 103 Neff Hall, Columbia, Mo., 65211. For other methods of contributing, contacting the Office of Development 573-882-0334.

Schuver named Branson publisher

August 12, 2009

Special to the BDN
Michael Schuver has been named publisher of the Branson Daily News. The announcement was made Tuesday morning to the staff of the 98-year old newspaper. Schuver fills the position left vacant when former publisher Ted Delaney resigned last month.

The new publisher has served as an officer and stockholder of Tri-Lakes Newspapers, Inc., the parent company of the Branson Tri-Lakes newspaper, for the past 18 years.

Schuver is executive vice president of Lancaster Management, Inc., the Alabama-based family-owned company which owns and manages the newspaper.

A native of Iowa, Schuver has been in the newspaper business all of his life. He has published newspapers in Iowa and was an award-winning journalist at newspapers in several other states. While living in other areas, Schuver was involved with local chambers of commerce and other civic organizations.

“Moving forward, our goal here at the newspaper is very simple,” Schuver said. “We want to give our readers a terrific newspaper to read. We also want to give our advertisers an effective and affordable way to market their goods and services.”

Schuver, 52, holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Iowa. He and his wife, Dianne, have three grown children.

“Dianne and I are very excited about moving to the Branson area,” Schuver said. “We have been working and vacationing here for a long time so it has almost been a second home for us. We’re looking forward to meeting many of the great people of the Tri-Lakes Area.”


August 11, 2009


Online Audience Figures Come as New Research Indicates Newspaper Advertising Remains the Most Powerful Tool for Advertisers Who Want to Motivate Consumers to Take Action

Arlington, Va. – Newspaper Web sites attracted more than 70.3 million unique visitors in June (35.9 percent of all Internet users), according to a custom analysis provided by Nielsen Online for the Newspaper Association of America.   Newspaper Web site visitors generated 3.5 billion page views during the month, spending 2.7 billion minutes browsing the sites over more than 597 million total sessions.

“The newspaper audience continues to expand as publishers aggressively capitalize on their investments in digital properties, adding robust features and launching new products to attract a highly valuable consumer audience,” said NAA President and CEO John F. Sturm.  “Advertisers who want to reach consumers ready to make purchasing decisions continue to use the trusted newspaper brand to ensure their messages are heard through the crowd.”

From Nielsen Online:

Click here for hi-res version of chart

Source: Nielsen Online Custom Analysis*
These audience figures reflect Nielsen’s introduction of its new methodology, part of an effort to provide a significantly larger sample size, which allows more newspaper Web sites to be reported with greater depth and granularity.  As a result of this change, comparisons with prior period reports are not statistically valid. Further details on this new methodology are available at the conclusion of this release.

New Research: When Consumers Read Newspaper Ads, They Take Action

The latest Nielsen numbers come as early data from a MORI Research survey of 3,000 adults**, indicates that newspaper advertising remains the leading advertising medium cited by consumers in planning, shopping and making purchasing decisions.  The study, part of a series entitled “American Consumer Insights,” also found that 82 percent of adults said they “took action” as a result of newspaper advertising – from clipping a coupon or making a purchase to visiting a Web site to learn more.

“The latest numbers from Nielsen Online, coupled with early data from MORI Research, speak to the ongoing strength of newspaper Web sites and the enduring reach of the medium’s print product, which attracts nearly 105 million readers each day,” said Randy Bennett, NAA’s senior vice president of Business Development.  “As the financial environment improves and advertisers return to spending, they will want to reach the valuable and engaged consumer audience that only newspapers can deliver through their multiple platforms.”

NAA Perspective and Analysis

Bennett provides further perspective on the newspaper Web audience, as well as the MORI research in NAA’s latest podcast.
Early results of the research indicate:

Newspaper Readers Seek Out Advertising Content: Nearly six in 10 adults (59 percent) identify newspapers as the medium they use to help plan shopping or make purchase decisions.
Newspaper Readers are Involved: 41 percent of U.S. adults say newspapers are the medium used most to check out ads – more than radio TV, Internet, magazines and catalogs combined.

Newspaper Readers Take Action: 82 percent of U.S. adults took some action as a result of a print newspaper ad in the past 30 days: 61 percent clipped a coupon, 50 percent bought something advertised and 52 percent visited a store.
Newspaper Readers Value Insert Advertising: 73 percent of adults regularly or occasionally read newspaper inserts, and 82 percent have been spurred to action by a newspaper insert in the past month.

* Effective with June 2009 data, Nielsen has made several enhancements to the NetView service, including an increased sample size of more than 230,000 panelists, more granular reporting and improved accuracy and representativeness. Due to the enhancements, trending of previously-reported data with current results may show percentage differences attributable to these product enhancements and should only be compared directionally.

** MORI Research conducted this phone and Internet survey of more than 3,000 adults for the Newspaper Association of America. MORI Research is a division of Frank N. Magid Associates, a leading research-based consulting firm serving an international clientele from offices in Minneapolis, New York, Los Angeles, and Marion, Iowa. Engagements range from tactical and operational issues to strategic direction and are informed by the perspective gained from broad and deep experience over the past 50 years in all sectors of the media, communications and entertainment industries.

NAA is a nonprofit organization representing the $47 billion newspaper industry and more than 2,000 newspapers in the U.S. and Canada. NAA members include daily newspapers, as well as non-dailies, other print publications and on-line products. Headquartered near Washington, D.C., in Arlington, Va., the Association focuses on the major issues that affect today’s newspaper industry: public policy/legal matters, advertising revenue growth and audience development across the medium’s broad portfolio of products and digital platforms. Information about NAA and the industry also may be found at

Small papers mostly avoid industry woes

August 11, 2009

The Associated Press
Monday, August 10, 2009

Newspapers are hurting all over the United States, but the pain is less severe at small publications such as The Blackshear Times in Georgia.

The weekly newspaper fills an information vacuum in a county of 17,000 people who live about 75 miles from the closest metropolitan market, in Jacksonville, Fla. That has made it easier for The Times to hold on to its 3,500 subscribers and keep its revenue stable in a recession that’s ravaging much of the newspaper industry.

“CNN is not coming to my town to cover the news, and there aren’t a whole lot of bloggers here, either,” said Robert Williams, The Times’ editor and publisher. “Community newspapers are still a great investment because we provide something you can’t get anywhere else.”

The scarcity of other media in small- and medium-sized cities has helped shield hundreds of newspapers from the upheaval that’s causing dailies in big cities to shrink in size and scope as their print circulations and advertising sales decline.

Less competition means the print editions and Web sites of smaller newspapers remain the focal points for finding out what’s happening in their coverage areas.

In contrast, large newspapers carry more national news, as well as local, and have many competitors, including Web sites and television and radio stations. They report much of the news the day before printed newspapers reach homes and newsstands. Large newspapers’ Web sites also provide the news for free a day ahead of print editions.

Perhaps even more important, newspapers in smaller markets still haven’t lost a big chunk of their revenue to Craigslist and other online classified advertising alternatives that have become the bane of large newspapers.

Print ads for everything from jobs to jalopies were a gold mine for newspapers until Craigslist began expanding an online service for free classified ads in 1999. Today, Craigslist blankets most major metropolitan markets while publishing about 40 million classified ads each month.

In 2000, classified advertising accounted for nearly $20 billion, or about 40 percent, of the U.S. newspaper industry’s revenue. In 2008, classified ads in U.S. newspapers had dwindled to less than $10 billion, or about one-quarter of the industry’s revenue. Subscription and single-copy sales traditionally contribute just 20 to 30 percent of newspapers’ revenue.

Now it appears the highly profitable classified ads in the print editions of large newspapers could dwindle to virtually nothing within the next few years, said media analyst Mike Simonton of Fitch Ratings. “There is still more pain,” he predicted.

Smaller newspapers have been defying the ominous trend, based on a recent study of the finances at 125 U.S. newspapers of different sizes by the Inland Press Association, a trade group. The classified ad revenue among daily newspapers with circulations of less than 15,000 actually rose by an average of 23 percent in the five years ending in 2008, the study found.

Overall ad revenue for daily newspapers with less than 15,000 in circulation rose by an average of 2.5 percent in the same time frame. Meanwhile, ad revenue dropped 25 percent at daily newspapers with circulations greater than 80,000, according to Inland Press. “The bigger they are, the harder they are falling,” said Ray Carlsen, Inland Press’ executive director. Smaller newspapers also have largely avoided the deep staff cuts made by the rest of the newspaper industry, which has eliminated more than 100,000 jobs since 2005.

The Inland Press study found daily newspapers with circulations of less than 50,000 were spending more on their newsrooms in 2008 than they were in 2004.

Obit – Robert Homer Smith

August 5, 2009

Robert Homer Smith, 70, of Monroe City died in his home on Monday, Aug. 3, 2009. He and his wife, Hazel, were the former owners of The Media, the Edina Sentinel, The LaBelle Star, Star Printing in Kahoka and former partners in A&S Printing in Monroe City. He was presently serving as economic development coordinator for the city of Wayland.

He was born Nov. 8, 1938 in Clinton, Iowa to Homer Henry and Effie Geneva Baker Smith. He was a 1957 graduate of Dallas Center High School, Dallas Center, Iowa; a 1959 graduate of Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Mo., and a graduate of the United States Naval Academy.

He was employed by the state of Iowa for a number of years before moving to Kahoka. He was united in marriage to Hazel Bledsoe on April 26, 1980 in Kahoka.

Survivors include his wife, Hazel; a son, Theron Smith and wife, Shonda of Adel, Iowa; four stepdaughters, Deborah Gardner and husband, Dan, of Falls Church, Va., Barbara Rodenhiser and husband, Roy, of Miriam, Idaho, Kathy Primm and husband, Bruce, of Granby, Conn., and Brenda Borher and husband, Brooks, of Turlock, Calif.; two grandchildren, Aspyn Robert Smith and Addyson Gail Smith of Adel, Iowa and eight step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A sports enthusiast, Smith played basketball, baseball and football in high school, played basketball at Wentworth and rowed crew while at the Navel Academy. He also enjoyed golfing, fishing and hunting. A skilled trap shooter, he was once named as one of the 20 best trap shooters in Iowa. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and a Shriner, a former member of the Missouri Press Association. He was currently serving as a member of the Silver Haired Legislature from Monroe County. He also enjoyed traveling. He was a member of the Monroe City Christian Church.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009 at the Garner Funeral Chapel, Monroe City. Rev. Steve Goughnour will officiate; burial will be from the St. Jude Cemetery, Monroe City. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday evening at the Garner Funeral Home.

Honorary casket bearers will be Harold Garner, Larry Spalding, Albert Spalding, Bill Lewis and Bob McClintock. Active casket bearers will be Danny Spalding, David Addison, Woody Woodson, Gene Howes, Jack Bishop and Lee Anderson. Memorials have been suggested to the Monroe City Nutrition Center. Garner Funeral Home and Chapel are in charge of arrangements.