Home' Local Media Today : March 2007 Contents SUBURBAN PUBLISHER
An Official Publication of
Suburban Newspapers of America
Suburban Publisher is published by
SNA, the only non-profit trade
association in North America that
specifically represents the needs
and interests of suburban and urban
SNA Mission Statement: SNA is a
professional organization that rep-
resents and supports the suburban
newspaper industry through leader-
ship, education, promotion,
research and the advancement of
Suburban Newspapers of America,
116 Cass Street
Traverse City, MI 49684
Web site: www.suburban-news.org
SNA Officers & Directors
Chairman of the Board
First Vice Chairman
Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc.,
Second Vice Chairman
Recorder Community Newspapers
Metroland Media Group Ltd.
Arizona Daily Star
Immediate Past Chairman
Enterprise NewsMedia, LLC
Sun Times News Group
The Daily Herald
Cape Girardeau, MO
Eden Prarie, MN
Antelope Valley Press
NorthWest News Group of
Crystal Lake, IL
Campbell Hall, NY
Patuxent Publishing Company
Evening Post Community
President, Nancy Lane
Vice President, Al Cupo
Advertising & Membership
Marketing Manager,Kim Cole
Information Technology Director
SCAN Manager, Deanna Lewis
SubPub Editor, Deb Shaw
SNA Foundation Executive
Director, Susan Karol
Operations Mgr Bonnie Pintozzi
Membership Manager, Valerie Donn
Communications Director, Clara Cherry
Accounting Manager, Janice Norman
Who is Roger Plothow? Tell us
A contrarian. I like to stir things up,
go against conventional wisdom. It
gets me in trouble sometimes. I
sometimes have to be reminded that
the conventional wisdom is right. On
the other hand, I’ve never had a
good idea that I didn’t steal from
How did you get into the newspa-
I was doomed to be in this business.
I became infatuated with journalism
in junior high school and took my first
job – a sports stringer – as an 18-
year-old recent high school graduate.
I’ve had nearly every newsroom job
but photographer and became a pub-
lisher by pretending that I know what
I was doing. So far, no one’s caught
What do you like most about the
business? The least?
The daily challenge – every day is
When the well runs dry, how do
you recharge the spark?
Go to Mexico or the Caribbean and
read trashy novels.
What do you know now that you
wish you knew when you started
in this business?
That I don’t know very much. I was
much smarter when I was 23.
The only thing I know for sure
about the business of running
I don’t know anything for sure other
than it helps to have a loving and
Who/what is your major influence?
Like most people my age I was
inspired by the work of Woodward
and Bernstein, which was my initial
motivation. Since then I’ve worked
with some great people. My second
editor, Paul Merz, was brilliant. I’ve
had some inspiring and generous
publishers: the legendary Harvey
McGee at the Sonora (California)
Union Democrat, Jack Morgan at the
Hanford (California) Sentinel (who
later went to the Napa Register), and
my current boss, Jerry Brady.
The world would be a vastly better
place if only people would.....
Behave like grown-ups.
What three accomplishments are
you most proud of?
My current marriage.
The Post Register’s Scripps Howard
National Journalism Award.
No one is better than I am when it
Knowing that I’m not best in the world
I still can’t quite get the hang of.....
If you could have dinner with any-
one, living or dead, who would it
Joseph Smith, founder of the
Mormon Church. I have many ques-
If you couldn’t be a newspaper-
man, what would you like to be
Traveling the world nine months a
year and resting the other three.
What do you do for kicks?
Tennis, travel, reading, occasional
bad golf, thinking too much
Roger Plothow is publisher of the
Post Register in Idaho Falls, ID. He
is reached at 208-522-1800 or
“I like to stir things up,
go against conventional wisdom.”
SAVE THE DATE!
SNA Publishers’ &
begins March 28
A rare opportunity to participate in
highly developed and groundbreaking
training is available later this month at
the SNA Publishers’ & Editors’ confer-
ence in Tampa, FL. Day one of the 3
day gathering will be a workshop dedi-
cated to the principle of ‘Creating
Growth Through Disruptive
Innovation.” It will provide hands on
workbook style learning that will enable
participants to return home with a work-
ing plan to implement. Many newspa-
pers are sending a team of executives to
participate in this session and SNA has
created exceptional pricing packages to
The full conference agenda and registra-
tion details are at www.suburban-
news.org or 888-486-2466.
Featuring a special one day symposium on May 22:
Interactive Strategies for Suburban & Community Newspapers
The Radisson, Miami, FL
See page 12 for more details.
Links Archive April 2007 February 2007 Navigation Previous Page Next Page