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FLETCHER NAMED PRESIDENT OF SOUND PUBLISHING
Gloria Fletcher has been named President of Sound Publishing, based
in Paulsbo and Bellevue, Wash. Fletcher’s
appointment was announced by Rick
O’Connor, Chief Operating Officer of Black
Press of Victoria, B.C., Sound Publishing’s
parent company, and company owner David
Fletcher comes to Sound from Gatehouse
Media, where she was Regional Vice President
responsible for 85 publications spread
over 13 states based in Joplin, Mo. Prior to
GateHouse, she was Division Vice President
for Community Newspaper Holdings Inc.
from 2000 to 2007, responsible for their
Oklahoma group. She also worked for
American Publishing Company from 1988
to 1999, after beginning her career working for a small daily in Woodward,
Okla., in 1985.
She is an honors graduate of the University of Oklahoma and serves on
the board of directors of the Local Media Association (formerly Suburban
Newspapers of America). Gloria is married with two sons, ages 14 and 17,
and she and her family are excited about the move to Seattle and the Pacific
Sound Publishing, Inc., owns and operates 38 community newspapers
and 14 Little Nickel publications in the greater Puget Sound area. In fall of
2011, Sound Publishing added the Peninsula Daily News (Port Angeles),
Sequim Gazette and Forks Forum to their community newspaper holdings.
Collectively, Sound Publishing has circulation of 773,126.
MONICO HEADS GATEHOUSE COMMUNITY NEwSPAPERS
Nick Monico, Vice President of Community
Publishing, has been tapped to oversee all
community newspapers within GateHouse
Media Inc., headquartered in Fairport, N.Y.
GateHouse Media currently serves local
audiences of approximately 10 million per
week across 21 states through hundreds of
community publications and local web-
Monico brought an impressive back-
ground and collaborative style when he
joined GateHouse in 2010. He has enjoyed
much success managing newspaper groups
of various sizes and competitive circum-
“Nick is an extremely talented media executive who will do a phenomenal
job leading our community division. He inherits a great team of field lead-
ers so we are well positioned for a very successful year.” says Kirk Davis,
GateHouse President and COO.
MORONEY NAMED NAA CHAIR;
BARRETT BECOMES OFFICER
James M. Moroney III, publisher and
chief executive officer of The Dallas
Morning News, has been elected to serve
as the Newspaper Association of America’s
next chairman. The gavel was passed to
Moroney by last year’s chairman, Michael
E. Reed, CEO of GateHouse Media Inc.,
during NAA mediaXchange 2012 last
month. Reed will continue to serve on
the NAA Board of Directors as immediate
Additionally, Donna Barrett, president and
CEO, Community Newspaper Holdings Inc.,
has been elected NAA treasurer.
LMA MEMBER BREAKS PAGE COUNT RECORD
The Landmark, a paid circulation weekly newspaper serving five towns north of
Worcester, Massachusetts published its largest issue ever early last month,
Founded in 1976, the April 5 edition of The Landmark was a record 160 pages. The
issue included a 32-page “Hey Kids” section focused on family activities in the area
for the spring and summer. The Landmark’s front-page story detailed a local catholic
college’s decision to rescind an invite to the wife of Senator Ted Kennedy to speak at
“We hear a lot about the supposed struggles of newspapers these days, and I
couldn’t be more proud of our staff here as they once again have proved the claims
to be overblown,” said Publisher Gareth Charter. “This issue of The Landmark is not
only the largest ever in terms of pages, but it carries advertising from over 360 local
businesses. The advertising revenue surpassed our previous high for a single issue
by 20 percent!”
The paper carried a special offer to subscribe that included free access to all archives
and news on the paper’s companion website.
“Truly local newspapers and websites, that are trusted local brands, have an incred-
ibly bright future in our opinion,” added Charter. “Our staff lives, works, and plays
here and we care about these communities. The Landmark matters here, and local
businesses have shown that to be true this week in record numbers.”
In addition to The Landmark, the Holden Landmark Corporation publishes Worcester
Mag, the Leominster Champion, The Millbury-Sutton Chronicle and baystateparent
magazine, all in print and digital forms.
LEE NEwSPAPERS ROLL OUT UPDATED
AND ENHANCED APPS FOR SMARTPHONES
Lee Enterprises has deployed a major upgrade of its apps for iPhone and Android
smartphones in all 52 of its newspaper markets, improving mobile delivery of local
news, information and advertising throughout the day.
Greg Schermer, Lee vice president for interactive media, said the advanced apps
include an improved user interface, expanded content and new advertising oppor-
“We’ve added features our readers have been asking for -- detailed weather forecasts,
classified advertising, and obituaries,” he said. “We’ve also added the ability for users
to access our deeply discounted deals of the day via a ‘deals’ tab.”
Mary Junck, chairman and chief executive officer, said mobile audience and revenue
growth are among Lee’s top priorities.
ACN SELLS NORTHERN VIRGINIA NEwSPAPERS
American Community Newspapers has sold the company’s Northern Virginia divi-
sion to HPR Hemlock LLC. The division’s weekly newspapers include Leesburg Today,
Ashburn Today, the Arlington Sun Gazette and the Great Falls, McLean, Oakton and
Vienna Sun Gazette. Specialty publications include the quarterly Loudoun Magazine,
and monthly Loudoun Business and Middleburg Life magazines. This suite of publica-
tions has a combined circulation of more than 191,000.
Dirks, Van Essen & Murray represented American Community Newspapers in the
HPR Hemlock, based in Fort Worth, Texas, was formed to make media acquisitions,
particularly newspapers and their websites and mobile products. The company’s
philosophy centers on finding strong news providers with local and regional readers
and advertisers and management experienced in their local markets. Growth markets
and community journalism are primary to the company’s acquisition strategy.
“These community weekly newspapers and their targeted specialty publications
have been serving Northern Virginia for a long, long time and HPR Hemlock will be
relying on the people who have built these businesses to continue to run them as if
they own them,” said Richard L. Connor, a longtime media executive, who is helping
with the transition following the acquisition.
GATEHOUSE JOINS OTHER MEDIA COMPANIES IN FIND N SAVE
GateHouse Media joined three other major media companies in backing Find n
Save, a full-service, local online shopping platform designed and deployed to provide
a standardized marketplace for national advertisers and an engaging shopping experi-
ence for consumers.
Find n Save, launched in November, has 125 affiliate markets. Other companies
investing in Find n Save include Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., Lee Enterprises
and The E.W. Scripps Company.
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