Archive for September 2010

Bookstaver to retire at News-Leader

September 29, 2010

News-Leader staff • September 28, 2010

Linda Ramey-Greiwe will become president and publisher of the Springfield News-Leader effective Oct. 11, the Gannett Co. announced today.

Ramey-Greiwe will succeed Thomas Bookstaver, publisher of the News-Leader since 2002. Bookstaver today announced his retirement effective Oct. 8.

Ramey-Greiwe — pronounced Ray-mee Gry-vee — also will be West Group vice president for Gannett, with oversight responsibility for the U.S. Community Publishing markets in Mountain Home, Ark.; St. Cloud, Minn.; and Sioux Falls, S.D.

“What excites me is the impact we can have on a community and the things we can do,” Ramey-Greiwe said. “I’m excited to be coming back to Missouri.”

She is a University of Missouri home economics journalism graduate. She holds an MBA from Webster University. She and her husband have family outside St. Louis.

Since January 2008, Ramey-Greiwe has been president of the Newspaper Network of Central Ohio.

She has been active in the Newspaper Association of America and served on the Display Federation Board. She currently serves on her local United Way and YMCA board. She is also active in Rotary.

Ramey-Greiwe is an avid bicyclist and runner. She and her husband, Terry, have two children.

Ramey-Greiwe began her career with Gannett in Green Bay, Wis., in advertising. She also has worked in Rockford, Ill., Louisville, Ky., Palm Springs, Calif., and Phoenix, primarily in advertising roles, and as a publisher in Salinas, Calif.

“Linda is a native Missourian and we are delighted to welcome her back to the area. She’s an innovative and experienced leader and brings a customer-first focus,” said Laura Hollingsworth, West Group president of U.S. Community Publishing, and president and publisher of The Des Moines Register.

“Tom has had a terrific career at Gannett. He has played an important role in helping Gannett move forward and meet consumers’ changing needs. He has earned his retirement and we wish him well,” said Robert Dickey, president of U.S. Community Publishing. “He leaves a strong team in place and Linda will build on his successes, finding new ways to grow our business and better serve our customers.”

Bookstaver’s career with Gannett began in 1973 when he went to work as a computer programmer at the Marion, Ind., Chronicle-Tribune. He was a publisher at the Valley News Dispatch in Tarentum, Pa., the Herald-Dispatch in Huntington, W.Va., the Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser and the Post Crescent in Appleton, Wis., before coming to the News-Leader. He also was finance director at the Tennessean in Nashville.

Bookstaver is vice president of Gannett’s West Group. He was previously vice president of the company’s Midwest and Piedmont groups.

He’s seen plenty of changes in the industry over the years, but he believes newspapers still have a key role in communities.

“That’s the one thing that still has not changed. I need a credible resource to tell me what I need to know about my community,” he said.

He intends to stay in the Springfield area.

“I feel like I’m really blessed to wind up in a community like Springfield,” he said. “It’s just a great place to live.”

A high priority, he said, is going to be spending more time with family, “being with my family when they want me to be there, not when I can be there.”

Duane Dailey to be honored

September 21, 2010

Duane Dailey, longtime agriculture journalist and photographer, is being honored Friday, Sept. 24 with a reception, 3 to 5 p.m. at the Reynolds Alumni Center on the campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia.

Dailey writes a weekly column, published by a number of Missouri newspapers.  He is one of those dedicated people who attend most Missouri Press Association annual conventions and many of the state’s district press association meetings.

In 2006, he was inducted into the Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame in Washington, MO.  And, for years he has assisted with the Missouri Photo Workshop, sponsored by the Missouri School of Journalism.

You may send your congratulatory wishes to Duane Dailey, 511 W. Worley, Columbia, MO 65203-3324.

VOTERS READ NEWSPAPERS!

September 16, 2010

Recent reports from Pulse Research, Inc. show that most people read their local community newspaper for information about local politicians and their campaigns (July 2010).  53% respondents said newspapers are their primary source compared to just 22.4% for television. Radio, the Internet and direct mail only received 12.2% combined!

The most recent Media Audit report shows the cume audience “past year voted in local, state, national election” of the Columbia (MO) Daily Tribune nearly doubles that of the two local TV news stations (June 2009).  Add the 30 other newspapers, which have avid readers within the two TV news signals, and newspapers are clearly the distinct leader in reaching likely Mid-Missouri voters.

Scarborough reports relating to The Kansas City Star have similar results (2009).  None of the four local network television stations in Kansas City come anywhere close to the reach of The Star – in PRIMETIME!  Kansascity.com is even 36% higher than the nearest local tv website, beating it by more than 100,000 adults.

St. Louis?  Running a spot on every newscast on KSDK for an entire week would reach 676,800 (41%) of Missouri voters in the St. Louis DMA.  (How many Illinois voters do they reach?  Illinois voters who can’t vote in Missouri.)  You’d reach TWICE THAT many Missouri voters running in the Post-Dispatch, Suburban Journals & STLtoday.com for a week (1,107,100 or 67%). Scarborough 2009.

And, don’t forget the many community weekly, community daily, and niche newspapers that round out the metro- and non-metro areas of Missouri.  Our state has more than 300 newspapers.

So the question remains, why do politicians and advocacy groups dump the largest portion of their budgets into a medium that is barely half as effective as newspapers?

Voters read newspapers.

What is OpenMissouri?

September 8, 2010

OpenMissouri is a project created by David Herzog, a faculty fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism.  The one-year pilot project is designed to promote government transparency by informing journalists, information professionals, citizens and businesses about offline data held by state agencies.  The keystone of the project will be a website, to launch in November, that will feature a card catalog that provides information and how-to tips on accessing offline databases and descriptive details about the information they contain.  Users will also be able to post actual data that they uncover during research projects.

So far OpenMissouri has the support of the Missouri Press and Broadcasters associations and the Missouri Sunshine Coalition and is actively seeking organizations and individuals to lend support by:

Spreading the word about OpenMissouri

Following the project on Twitter: @OpenMissouri

Helping build data card catalog

Using the website

Participating in conversations on the site

Contributing data

More information:  http://www.rjionline.org/fellows-program/herzog/index.php

— University of Colorado may drop Journalism School

September 2, 2010

The University of Colorado has announced a proposal to discontinue its School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Faced with budget cuts and citing the rapid evolution of digital media, the university will consider creating a broader school of information, and decide whether it should close its traditional journalism school.

An exploratory panel will work this semester to consider a new program for “information and communication technology.”

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication has 647 undergraduates, 58 master’s students and 26 doctoral students. Another 684 undergraduates are in the pipeline as “pre-journalism” majors.

Rust Communications names regional vice-presidents

September 1, 2010

Cape Girardeau, Mo. — Rust Communications has elevated three of its veteran group publishers to roles as regional vice-presidents, working with Rust newspaper publishers in different regions of the country.

Ron Kemp, based in Arkansas, has added the responsibilities of papers in southwest Missouri, central Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Idaho. Bud Hunt, based in southeast Missouri, has added responsibilities there as well as in western Tennessee. Randy List, based in Indiana, has added responsibilities in central Tennessee and Iowa.

The announcement was made August 31 by Rust Communications co-presidents Rex Rust and Jon K. Rust.

“The secret to our company’s success has long been excellent publishers who are committed to their communities,” said Jon K. Rust. “Maintaining the special culture here – hardworking, respectful, faithful, fun, innovative, familial and open – was vital to us in determining our management structure for the future.”

“We have great confidence in Ron, Bud and Randy,” said Rex Rust. “We look forward to them taking expanded leadership roles throughout Rust. This is a management transition, which we developed over the past year, but sadly implemented earlier than planned.”

Former chief operating officer Wally Lage died unexpectedly in August.

Rust Communications is a family-owned media company with 19 daily and more than 30 weekly newspapers in eight states. Besides newspapers and related web sites, the company publishes numerous niche magazines, operates commercial printing operations and is partial owner of 17 radio stations. The new positions of regional vice-president will report directly to the co-presidents. Gary W. Rust is chairman of the board.