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Gatehouse cuts salaries

June 2, 2009

GateHouse Media New England on June 1 began cutting salaries an average of 7.75 percent temporarily for all employees.
According to the company’s website, GateHouse Media New England publishes nearly 100 newspapers in Massachusetts. GateHouse publishes about 15 newspapers in Missouri.

In a memo to employees today, the company said it had asked leaders of its unions to immediately negotiate the temporary pay cut. The salary reductions will generate $2.5 million in savings this year, the company said.

The size of the pay reduction will vary depending on an employee’s salary, ranging from 7 percent up to just under 15 percent for the company’s top earners.

Cope named CEO of American Consolidated Media

December 18, 2008

Former GateHouse Media executive and Neosho Daily News Publisher Randy Cope has been named CEO and co-president of American Consolidated Media:

“Randy has approximately 20 years of operational and managerial experience in the U.S. community newspaper sector,” Macquarie CEO Mark Downey said in announcing the appointment at the company’s annual meeting in Sydney.

“Randy’s appointment is another step in the process that began 18 months ago, when Macquarie and ACM sought to grow ACM into a more substantial business,” Downey said. “Significantly, since then ACM has grown to the fifth-largest small-market community newspaper group in the U.S.”

Dallas-based ACM was founded ten years ago by Jeremy Halbreich, who resigned as CEO this summer, a year after the chain was acquired by Macquarie. ACM publishes 104 dailies and non-dailies in 10 states.

ON THE MOVE – August

August 14, 2008

Here is the On the Move column so far for the September magazine.

€ West Plains ‹ Dennis Crider retired Aug. 1 as sports editor of the West Plains Daily Quill.
Crider joined the Quill in 1969 as a writer/photographer. Allison Wilson took over as sports editor.
In his farewell message, Crider said he planned to travel with his wife, Phyllis, play music, work on a couple of books and expend on selling photographs at arts and crafts shows.

€ Springfield ‹ Dorothy Gardner retired on Aug. 17 as vice president after 20 years with the Springfield Business Journal. She plans to spend more time with her family and with volunteer work.

€ Platte City ‹ Patty Stubbs, owner with her husband Lee of the Platte County Citizen, has become a licensed emergency medical technician and is working on getting paramedic certification.
She has ceased working at the newspaper, where she was the office manager and helped with sales and production.

€ Rolla ‹ Floyd Jernigan was named publisher of the Waynesville Daily Guide and the Rolla Daily News beginning Aug. 4. He replaced Joel Goodridge.
Jernigan, 52, previously was publisher of the Duncan Banner in Oklahoma, a daily newspaper of about 8,000 circulation. He also has been publisher of the East Oregonian in Pendleton, Oregon, and the News-Record in Miami, Okla.
Jernigan and his wife, Barbara, have three children.
GateHouse Media Inc. owns the Rolla and Waynesville papers.

€ Mercer ‹ Sheila Hogue has joined the Mercer Mirror as a writer, photographer and ad sales rep. She spent her youth in the Missouri and Arkansas areas but moved to Mercer from Dallas, Texas.
She has worked around the country as a photographer and entertainer. Before joining the weekly she was secretary for the Princeton/Mercer United Methodist Church.

€ Independence ‹ Michael Glover has joined the staff of The Examiner as the reporter covering health and public safety and Jackson County government.
A Higginsville native, Glover is a 1999 graduate of Lafayette County High School. He earned a degree in journalism from Missouri State in 2004.
Glover worked for more than three years as a reporter for the Fort Scott Tribune in Kansas.

€ Holden ‹ Joanie Lerda is a new ad sales rep for the Holden Image and Penny Saver shopper. She also sells for the Lone Jack Corridor and the Crest Ridge Corridor.
Lerda and her son live in Holden.

€ Marshall ‹ Rachel Harper has left the news staff of the Marshall Democrat-News. She now is a unit public affairs representative for the Missouri Army National Guard. She focuses on units and armories in Clinton, Harrisonville, Lexington, Marshall, Sedalia, Warrensburg and Whiteman Air Force Base.

€ Cassville ‹ Leatrice Strother retired as editor of The Barry County Advertiser in July. She had worked with The Advertiser since August 1976.
Melonie Roberts of Pierce City succeeded Strother. Roberts has worked at The Branson Beacon, The Miller Press, The Greenfield Vedette, The Marionville Free Press and The Monett Times.

€ St. Louis ‹ The Post-Dispatch has promoted Blake Dickie to vice president of production. Dickie has been with the newspaper since 2002 and has overseen the production department since 2007.

€ Republic ‹ Rodger Wheeler has been named sports editor of the Republic Monitor.

€ Kansas City ‹ The Star has promoted Tim Doty from director of classified advertising to vice president over all advertising. Doty, 51, succeeds Peter Ricker, who left the paper in May to become senior vice president of advertising at The Arizona Republic in Phoenix.
This is Doty’s second stint with The Star, following jobs with newspapers in Arkansas, Tennessee, Ohio and Indiana. He first joined The Star in 1984 as an account executive. He left in 1990 to become retail sales manager of The Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock.
Doty returned to Kansas City in 2007 to become vice president of marketing for Firefly Marketing Communications. In December he rejoined The Star as director of classified advertising.
He now oversees about 200 employees. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas, is married and has two children.

Randy Cope resigns from Gatehouse

February 29, 2008

Randy Cope, a former publisher of the Neosho Daily News, resigned as co-chief operating officer of GateHouse Media, effective Jan. 28.
Cope’s resignation ended five decades of his family’s involvement with the Daily News. In 1952, Cope’s grandfather, Howard W. Bush, took the reins of the Neosho Daily Democrat and renamed it the Neosho Daily News.
Cope’s father, Kenneth, became publisher of the paper when Bush died in 1969. Kenneth and his wife, Anne, became sole owners in 1983. He served as publisher and she as editor until she retired in 1991.
In 1987 the Copes sold the paper to American Publishing Co. Kenneth remained publisher until taking another position with American Publishing. Randy Cope then became publisher. In 2005 Randy was named co-president of what had been renamed Liberty Publishing Co. The company again was renamed, becoming GateHouse Media.
Cope named Rick Rogers publisher of the Daily News in 2005.
Randy, his wife, Pam, and three children live in Joplin.

Gatehouse buys 2 Missouri papers from Morris Publishing

December 10, 2007

Morris Publishing Group is selling 17 newspapers, including the Independence Examiner and the Hannibal Courier-Post, to GateHouse Media, Inc. for $115 million. Morris, which bases its operations in Augusta, Ga., will use the cash to pay down debt. The sale will leave the company with 10 medium-sized newspapers.
GateHouse, headquartered in Fairport, N.Y., has 86 daily publications in 19 states.
Other daily newspapers being sold are the Dodge City (Kan.) Daily Globe, The Newton (Kan.) Kansan, The (Pittsburg, Kan.) Morning Sun, the Hillsdale (Mich.) Daily News, The Holland (Mich.) Sentinel, The Grand Island (Neb.) Independent, the York (Neb.) News-Times, The Daily Ardmoreite (Okla.), The Shawnee (Okla.) News-Star, the Yankton (S.D.) Daily Press& Dakotan, The Oak Ridger (Tenn.), and the News Chief (Winter Haven, Fla.).
The nondaily newspapers are La Estrella (Dodge City, Kan.), The Girard (Kan.) City Press and the Vermillion (S.D.) Plain Talk.
Also sold was a commercial printing operation, Flashes Publishing (Mich.), which also publishes The Holland Sentinel and the Flashes Shopping Guides.
All the newspapers sold were formerly part of Stauffer Communications, Inc., a Topeka-based media company. SCI sold its holdings to Morris in 1995.
The publisher of the Hannibal Courier-Post, Jack Whitaker, is president-elect of Missouri Press Association. He will succeed Dave Bradley of St. Joseph on Jan. 1.

Higdon named Gatehouse Media ‘Above and Beyond’ Winner

December 7, 2007

• Neosho — Todd Higdon, staff writer for the Neosho Daily News, has been named the first winner of GateHouse Media’s Above and Beyond monthly contest. He won for his coverage of the church shooting on Aug. 12 that killed three and wounded several.
Higdon was on the scene within 15 minutes, taking photos and interviewing witnesses. He later answered questions for CNN.