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API awards fellowships to nine industry professionals and journalism educators

August 12, 2010


RESTON, Va. – The American Press Institute has awarded fellowships to nine industry professionals and journalism educators for its 2010 Fall/Winter seminars.

The fellowships provide seminar tuition, hotel, group meals and some travel. They are intended to offer greater access to API leadership and industry development seminars for journalism educators, future leaders and those from smaller or independently owned newspaper organizations.

The recipients include:

Holly Anderson, magazine and local features editor, Idaho Statesman, Boise, winner of the William L. Winter Fellowship, to attend “8 Steps to Profitable New Products.”

Jason Begay, assistant professor/director of Native American Journalism Projects, The University of Montana School of Journalism, Missoula, winner of the Minority Journalism Educators Fellowship, to attend “Beyond the Newsroom” and “The Next Generation of Media Managers.”

Jodi M. Bell, vice president of revenue development, The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle, winner of the William L. Winter Fellowship, to attend “Maximizing Sales Force Effectiveness.”

Douglas Campbell, professor of Communication Media, Lock Haven (Penn.) University, winner of the James H. Ottaway Fellowship, to attend “Digital Delivery.”

Jackie Kaczmarek, executive editor, The Sentinel in Hanford, Calif., winner of the Malcolm F. Mallette Fellowship, to attend “Digital Delivery.”

Jeramiah Martin, Interactive Sales Manager, Idaho Statesman, Boise, winner of the William L. Winter Fellowship, to attend “The Next Generation of Media Managers.”

John Scott, digital director, The Indianapolis Star/Star Media, winner of the Edmund C. Arnold Fellowship, to attend “Digital Delivery.”

Randall Smith, professor, Donald W. Reynolds Chair of Business Journalism, University of Missouri School of Journalism, Columbia, winner of the James H. Ottaway Fellowship, to attend “New Revenue Models That Work.”

David Trinko, senior content editor of The Lima (Ohio) News, winner of the Malcolm F. Mallette Fellowship, to attend “Beyond the Newsroom.”

To learn more about the fellowships API offers and how to apply please visit:

About The American Press Institute
The American Press Institute ( is an independent non-profit educational center providing skills-based training and leadership development in the news industry, offering seminars, workshops and custom programs for newspaper professionals and organizations.


Joplin Globe has ‘Reporter of Year’

July 6, 2010

Joplin Globe reporter Wally Kennedy has been named reporter of the year by Community Newspaper Holdings
Inc. in the company’s Best of CNHI editorial contest.
Kennedy received his award based on a collection of work from 2009. His entries included a story about a Cherokee County, Kan., turkey farmer who faced financial ruin after losing a production contract; the struggle of a Joplin man who is seeking recognition for America’s atomic veterans of World War II; and a critical look at the lack of communication within the Tulsa, Okla., and Springfield forecast offices of the National Weather Service in connection with the May 10, 2008, tornado.
Individual winners in the CNHI competition receive a plaque and a $400 prize.
Kennedy, a Joplin native, is a 1975 graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism. He began working at The Globe in 1976 as a beat and police reporter.
In addition to his regular reporting duties, Kennedy writes a weekly column, “Watching Range Line,” and a business blog for
Kennedy is active in Joplin Helps Haiti, which is coordinating relief for earthquake victims in Haiti. Recently
at Missouri Southern State University, Faces of Haiti, a post earthquake photo essay by Kennedy, was shown in connection with Hope for Haiti Day.
Also winning a CNHI award was a series of stories written by Globe reporters Derek Spellman and Greg Grisolano on unrest at Missouri Southern State University. It was a finalist for the public service award.
The Globe’s website was a finalist in the website-of-the-year category.

An ode to a mentor:

July 6, 2010

The name Ed Heins remains synonymous with education, hard work
You might not know the name, but hopefully you remember the man. A co-worker and I used to call him “the Tall Man.” Not the most creative nickname we’ve ever come up with. Ed Heins stood about 6-5 or 6-6,
maybe taller. He worked in our industry for 55 years, had snow-white hair (seemingly forever), and had the raspiest voice you’ll ever hear.
Since I first met Ed in the latter ’80s, it seemed I was almost playing a “shadow” game with him. You know,
when your dad’s walking along the sidewalk on a sunny day, casting a shadow. Then you kind of put yourself in the shadow, and it continues to look like there’s still just one shadow. (Just me?) Anyway, Ed cast a huge shadow in oh so many ways.
When I first met Ed, he was teaching at the J-School, and I was just entering as a student. He was a guest lecturer in several of my classes. Yes, I didn’t pay attention.
Ed became the general manager at the Columbia Missourian. At the same time, I started doing ad layout for the
Missourian. I didn’t interact with Ed then, but we each knew who the other was — spent two
years “knowing” each other.
After graduation, I joined the Suburban Journals in the classified department. Guess who had just become the editorial director days before I started. Yep — Ed. I became a manager at the Journals and started to at least “speak” to Ed. Not much though. At the time, unfortunately, we were going through a major, nonlocal buyout and things were pretty tense. Yet, we chatted here and there.
Seven days before Christmas in 1991, the corporate guys decided to give the axe to half the managers. (I still have Jerry Berger’s column from the Post-Dispatch, “Pink Slips for the Holidays”). Anyway, Ed and I simultaneously got the boot.

A few months later, I showed up at The St. Louis American. But wait! No Ed Heins! Well, oddly enough, we hired Ed as a consultant about four months or so later. What the heck?Here’s the shadow — the Tall Man — again.Since we were a relatively small company, with about 18 employees at the time, it was inevitable that I would work more closely with Ed than I ever had. I was only about 26 at the time, so, to be honest, I still thought of Ed as the old teacher. I would politely listen to him and his raspy voice, but in the back of my immature mind I was thinking “yeah, yeah, yeah.”I’m not sure if it was because I just had my first child or what, but suddenly, I started actually listening to Ed. He hadn’t been teaching students in the last few years, but suddenly he again had a student in me.As a consultant, although Ed was with us only a few years, he did a lot for the St. Louis American. In fact, wellover a decade later we still have several items in place purely because of Ed Heins. Publisher Donald Suggsand I continue to be grateful to Ed. In short, although he recently passed (May 4), Ed Heins’ wisdom continues to help us save costs and create revenue to this day.WHY? Because he passed his knowledge along to us. He could have taken/kept all the accolades to himself, about cost savings and the like, but he didn’t. He sat me down and taught me. Even though he was a consultant, Ed was the first one in the office every day. He’d get the coffee going, and then a little later I’d show up, and he’d have a seat in my office. At the time knew absolutely nothing about many aspects of the industry, including the whole “printing” aspect. Because of Ed, I now feel I do. He sat me down and taught me, like educators are supposed to do.
Ed started a monthly special section for us called “Health Matters.” In typical Ed Heins style, not only did he start it, he wrote all the copy, edited it, sold all the ads for the section, and oversaw the layout. He even drove the boards to the printer (before the digital age, folks).
Ed did it all himself. “Health Matters” has become “Your Health Matters,” and it now runs twice per month, continues to earn revenue, and has been named Best Regularly Scheduled Section several times in recent years in various newspaper contests.
In the Columbia Missourian’s obit about Ed, Abby Rogers quoted former managing editor George Kennedy as
saying, “Ed should be remembered as a creative, hard-working executive, who created this publication (a weekly
publication) that really made it possible for the Missourian to continue to exist.”
Not surprising, if you know Ed. If there’s one other term to describe Ed besides “teacher,” it’s “hard-working.”
On a very, very personal note: when the January issue of this magazine came out, introducing yours truly as the 2010 MPA president, take a guess at the first call I received. It was Ed. I have to tell you how great it was then, and it means even more now. He took the time to call me. Teacher calling student.
I felt like I just won the Super Bowl, and my former coach was calling me with congrats. Usually I’m quite the
jokester, but this time I’m glad I made the right move. I told Ed that there’s no way, no way I’d be in the position I’m in at the American or MPA, or have the knowledge I have, without him. It’s true.
Guess it’s time to cast my own shadow, while at the same time mentoring others and sharing what Ed taught me.
Thanks, Ed. Thanks for giving me the opportunity. Thanks for teaching me. Thanks for being my shadow. Thanks for everything, Tall Man.

Obit – Don Kirkpatrick

March 31, 2009

Don W. Kirkpatrick, 71, died on March 29, 2009 unexpectedly at his home in Independence. Don was born January 3, 1938, in Warrensburg, MO son of Jessamine and James C. Kirkpatrick.

Don married his high school sweetheart, Annetta Fraley, on June 23, 1956. He is survived by his wife, Annetta: a daughter, Dee A. Yancey and husband Craig of Holden; and two sons, James K. Kirkpatrick and wife Kristy of Pleasant Hill and Larry D. Kirkpatrick and wife Marla of Warrensburg; 6 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Don attended Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg from 1956-58 and the University of Missouri School of Journalism from 1959-61 before returning to the family newspaper in Windsor. Annetta and Don published The Windsor Review, a weekly newspaper in Windsor, MO in the 1960’s and published The Lamar Democrat, a daily newspaper in Lamar, MO from 1972-74. During these years he was a member and actively involved in the Missouri Press Association.

In 1974 Don became Director of Advertising at The Daily Star-Journal, Warrensburg, and held that position until he retired from the newspaper business in 1998. In 1999 he began his employment with L-3 as a contract employee for the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics in Kansas City, and was employed there at the time of his death.

Don served on the Executive Board of the Missouri Baptist Convention from 1986 until 1991, during which time he served on the Word&Way Baptist newspaper committee. He was named as a charter member of the newspaper’s Board of Trustees from 2001 until 2006, serving as chairman for two years. He returned to the Board of Trustees again in 2008 and was currently serving on the Word&Way Board.

Serving the Lord and being with his family were his greatest joys. He leaves a legacy of faith to his wife, family and all who knew and loved him. He loved to work in the yard and enjoyed growing his flowers. He was ordained as a deacon in 1969 and was currently a member of Second Baptist Church in Liberty, MO.

A memorial visitation and celebration of Don’s life will be held from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, April 5, 2009 at the Second Baptist Church, 303 E. Kansas, Liberty, MO. A private family graveside service will be held at Sunset Hills Cemetery in Warrensburg. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Word&Way, 3236 Emerald Lane, Suite 400, Jefferson City, MO 65109-3700 or at

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.

Star wins awards

October 7, 2008

The Kansas City Star’s Features sections were judged best in their class in the annual Missouri School of Journalism Lifestyle Journalism Awards, which were announced in August.
The Star also won the top award in consumer affairs reporting for an investigative series about insurance companies.
Reporters Mike Casey, Mark Morris and David Klepper and photographer Chris Oberholtz were cited for the winning series.
More than 100 newspapers submitted more than 1,100 entries. Winners receive $1,000 and a crystal vase trophy.


April 16, 2008

Helen Sosniecki, who has owned three weekly newspapers and published a small daily in Missouri during a 34-year career, has joined Interlink Inc. as its Senior Sales and Marketing Manager. Interlink, based in Berrien Springs, Mich., provides circulation management and ad-billing systems for more than 1,200 community newspapers.

Sosniecki, with her husband, Gary, owned the Humansville Star-Leader from 1980 to 1986, the Webster County Citizen in Seymour from 1988 to 1999 and The Vandalia Leader from 2003 to 2007. From 1999 to 2003, they were editors and publishers of The Lebanon Daily Record and vice presidents of its parent company, Lebanon Publishing Co., in Lebanon, Mo. She also has worked for The Jackson, Tenn., Sun, the Marion, Ill., Daily Republican and the Wichita, Kan., Eagle-Beacon. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Sosniecki is a past president of the Ozark Press Association, a past National Newspaper Association representative on the Missouri Press Association board, and, with her husband, was a vice president of the Missouri Associated Press. The Sosnieckis shared the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors’ lifetime-achievement award, the Eugene Cervi Award, in 2003. They also shared the NNA Community Development Award in 1998. Each received NNA President’s Awards in 2007.

Sosniecki has been a longtime customer of Interlink and supporter of its circulation management and ad-billing systems.

“Interlink has long been the favorite of publishers of many of America’s finest community newspapers,” Interlink founder Bill Garber said. “To have a representative of one of those legendary publishing partnerships join Interlink is unprecedented. That Helen chose Interlink as a platform from which to, in a very real way, personally help secure the future of community newspapering is a great honor.”

Companies typically sell either circulation programs or mailing services. “Interlink is the only newspaper-circulation-system vendor to secure USPS certification for its integrated mail preparation and address verification. Because we control the process, we deliver greater flexibility and precision while greatly simplifying personalized subscriber care,” Garber added.

“Helen knows firsthand how very good for business it is to partner with Interlink to take impeccable care of subscribers and advertising accounts,” Garber said.

The Sosnieckis live in Le Claire, Iowa.

Helen Sosniecki may be reached at