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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.”


Chicago investors buy weekly in Canton

August 2, 2010

After more than 40 years of ownership by the Steinbeck family, the Press-News Journal in Canton has been sold to Chicago-area investors Bob Ely and Phil Calian.
“We’re not going anywhere. We have the same staff. We’ll have the same news product. We’ll carry the same brand name,” said Dan Steinbeck, the Press-News Journal Editor.
“Phil and I have been looking to purchase a weekly Midwest newspaper for the past three years. The Press-News Journal is our first purchase,” said Ely.
“The Press-News Journal is a quality product with exceptional community relationships, a true tribute to the skills and love … the entire Steinbeck family invested in building the newspaper and supporting Lewis County the past 42 years.
“We are pleased we are able to work with the Steinbecks to continue their stewardship of the paper,” Calian said. “Counter to the thoughts of many Wall Street types, we believe small newspapers — especially those who know how to embrace their community and
provide relevant news and local information — have great futures. The opportunity for many of these newspapers, including the Press-News Journal, is to marry readers and advertisers and their modern on-line habits with a weekly newspaper product,” Calian said.
The print version will continue, but the website will be expanded, the owners said.
Last year the Press-News Journal offered on-line as well as print full-issue subscriptions.
The May 30, 1968, Canton Press-News and Lewis County Journal told of the purchase of those two newspapers by JoAnn Steinbeck and the late David Steinbeck from the late L.L. and Thelma Dimmitt.
All three Steinbeck children – Dan, Deanna Schmidt, and Jennifer Pegler, and their spouses and children – have worked at the paper.
Steinbeck is current editor/publisher. Pegler is office manager. JoAnn Steinbeck has been the bookkeeper.
The sale was coordinated through Julie Bergman of W.B. Grimes & Company Media Mergers and Acquisitions.
—Press-News Journal

Missourian asks for operating proposals

October 7, 2008

A group representing the Columbia Missourian, the daily newspaper produced by students in the Missouri
School of Journalism, is requesting proposals from publishers interested in forming a partnership with the Missourian.
The Missourian has been operating at a deficit for a number of years, and the university wants it to come up with a way to cut losses.
The Columbia Daily Tribune and the company that owns the Jefferson City News Tribune, WEHCO Media of Arkansas, have expressed an interest in trying to work out a partnership with the Missourian.
The Missourian Publishing Association board of directors met in early September, but no decisions were made regarding a partnership.

Raytown Tribune ceases publication

October 7, 2008

St. Joseph-based NPG Newspapers closed down the weekly Raytown Tribune, which was founded in 1925.
Its last issue was Aug. 28.
NPG, a division of the News-Press & Gazette Co., publisher of the St. Joseph News-Press, acquired the Tribune in 2004 when it purchased the newspaper division of Townsend Publications. NPG later bought Sun Publications, another group of weeklies in the Kansas City region.
NPG then combined some of the Townsend and Sun publications.
The Tribune had more than 1,000 paid subscribers, but most of its circulation of about 11,000 was free.
Another weekly, the Raytown Post, serves the market with a circulation of about 3,500. It was founded in 1975.
Lee Sawyer, NPG’s general manager, said the Raytown paper didn’t fit well geographically with the rest of the operation, and running the paper was “a big challenge.”

Republican-Clipper adds online edition

October 7, 2008

Bethany — The Republican-Clipper now has an online edition of the paper for sale by subscription that contains the same content as the printed newspaper.
The Clipper will be available online on Wednesday, the same day it arrives in local stores.
The Clipper is partnering with a company called Courier to post the newspaper online each week. Courier is maintaining an archive of the newspaper beginning with the Aug. 13 issue.

McClatchy to cut 1,400 jobs nationwide, 120 at The Star

June 16, 2008


The McClatchy Co., owner of The Kansas City Star and the third largest newspaper publisher, said today the company will reduce its workforce by 1,400 positions nationwide.

The move — affecting about 10 percent of the company’s workforce — comes as part of a restructuring plan to “manage through today’s difficult advertising market,” the company said in a release.

A combination of voluntary and involuntary buyouts will save the company about $70 million a year, part of a plan to reduce overall expenses by nearly $100 million over the next four quarters, the company said.

The Star’s reductions include about 120 full-time equivalent positions. Reductions will occur in every division, Mark Zieman, The Star’s president and publisher, said this  morning in an e-mail to employees.

“We are confident in our ability to navigate to a stable and prosperous future as an integrated media company,” Zieman said in the e-mail.

“We remain — and will continue to be — our community’s pre-eminent and most trusted supplier of news and advertising information, in both print and online,” Zieman said.

The newspaper industry has been struggling for the past few years as advertisers have migrated to the Internet and readers have moved to the Web and other sources for news. Gary Pruitt, McClatchy’s chief executive, said in a release that the company is making a transition from a traditional newspaper company to a multimedia company.

“The effects of the current national economic downturn — particularly in real estate, auto and employment advertising — make it essential that we move faster now to realign our workforce and make our operations more efficient,” Pruitt said in the release.

“I’m sorry this requires the painful announcement we are making today, but we’re taking this action to help ensure a healthy future for our company.”

In the past, Pruitt said, McClatchy has relied on voluntary buyouts and attrition to cut staff. The strategy helped the company cut its workforce by 13 percent between the end of 2006 and April 2008, the company said.

“It’s important to recognize this move as part of a continuing, strategic vision for successful future operations, not solely a response to today’s adverse conditions,” Pruitt said.

The McClatchy Co. publishes 30 daily newspapers including The Miami Herald, The Sacramento Bee and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. It also publishes 50 non-daily newspapers and dozens of local Web sites.

The news came as McClatchy reported this morning that overall sales for May decreased 15.1 percent from the same month in 2007. Advertising revenues were down 16.6 percent compared to a year ago.

For the first five months of the year, total sales dropped 14.2 percent and advertising revenues declined 15.4 percent.

In early trading today, shares of McClatchy were down 1.8 percent, or 15 cents, trading at $8.

News Press restructures, cuts staff

June 5, 2008

News-Press & Gazette Co. of St. Joseph is implementing a new strategic plan that has resulted in cutting staff at the News-Press and the community newspapers it publishes in Kansas and Missouri.
Among the positions eliminated was that of longtime reporter and opinion page editor Mark Sheehan. His last day with the paper was March 21.
The company offered severance packages to those who lost their jobs.
Executive editor Dennis Ellsworth has the added title editorial page editor.
Publisher David Bradley said the changes being made are an effort to reduce costs during a period of economic slowdown, declining advertising revenue and increased costs for newsprint and fuel.