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APME UPDATE • June 21, 2018 

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Aug. 8, 2018: Early bird deadline for NewsTrain workshop in Greenville, S.C.
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Aug. 22, 2018:
Early bird deadline for NewsTrain workshop in Denton, Texas
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NewsTrain workshop in Denton, Texas
March 2019: NewsTrain workshop in Toronto
April 2019: NewsTrain workshop in Denver
2019: NewsTrain workshops in Austin and Milwaukee

Associated Press Media Editors announces winners of the 2018 AP Staff Excellence Awards

HONORING THE BEST IN NEWS, MULTIMEDIA AND PHOTOGRAPHY

 

June 21, 2018

 

New York – Coverage of news events that tested the human spirit and challenged how we see ourselves won top honors in the 2018 Associated Press Media Editors Awards for AP staff.

 

Hurricane Harvey, the collapse of the caliphate in Mosul and the plight of Rohingya refugees all showcased AP’s ability to put together powerhouse teams of journalists anywhere in the world and produce award-winning work.

 

There were also individual honors for journalists who single-handedly made a difference with their efforts.

Sarah Rankin of the AP’s Richmond, Virginia, bureau was recognized for excellence by a staffer 30 years old or younger for a body of work that included breaking coverage of the Charlottesville white nationalist rally that turned violent. “Rankin combines tenacious reporting with elegant writing and multimedia skills,” judges said.

Rachel La Corte of AP’s Olympia, Washington, bureau was honored for her relentless reporting on state lawmakers who claimed they were exempt from public disclosure laws. “Through her reporting,” judges said, “AP got a powerful coalition of news organizations in Washington state to bring suit in this legitimate case of interest to the public.”

And Jae C. Hong won both the top award and honorable mention for photo feature stories: first place for his photos of homeless people in Los Angeles, and honorable mention for photos of people who eke out a living dressing as superheroes for tourists on Hollywood Boulevard. Judges – who did not know both series were by the same photographer – were struck by the unusual access to the subjects, which could only have been earned by putting in long stretches of time with them.

The annual AP contest honors the best staff work in news, multimedia and photography. Committees of judges are made up of national board members of the Associated Press Media Editors. Winners will be recognized at the ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference, September 11-12 in Austin, Texas.

“The breadth and depth of the work that The Associated Press produces every year is remarkable,” said Thomas Koetting, deputy managing editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and coordinator of this year’s contest judging. “The judges were impressed and inspired.”

Full listing of winners


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Nominations Needed for The Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership

“Diversity is a core value as important as upholding our First Amendment responsibilities as a free press,”  Karen Magnuson, the executive editor of the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, NY, recently wrote.

 

“How could we inspire inclusive problem-solving in our community if we are not inclusive ourselves?”

 

We are seeking nominations for individuals or news organizations whose actions and work reflect a strong commitment to diversity in honor of the late Robert G. McGruder, a former Detroit Free Press executive editor and former managing editor of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland.

 

McGruder died of cancer in 2002 but spent his career championing diversity throughout our industry.

 

Nominees should have made a significant contribution during one or more years to improving diversity both through retention and recruitment in their workplaces and also through news content.

 

The Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership is co-sponsored by The Associated Press Media Editors and the American Society of News Editors.

 

This year’s winner will be announced during the annual APME-ASNE conference Sept. 9-12 in Austin, Texas. The winner receives $2,500 and a leadership trophy.

 

As Magnuson wrote in the above-mentioned column to her news organization’s readers, “Without question, embracing diversity is the right thing to do, but it’s also a business imperative in a multicultural society. Diversity of thought is part of the solution. It inspires more creativity that drives innovation. It leads to more robust community conversations that may lead to positive change.”

 

Please consider nominating someone for this worthy honor.

Read more: https://www.apme.com/news/404418/Nominations-Needed-for-The-Robert-G.-McGruder-Award-for-Diversity-Leadership.htm 


ASNE-APME hotel rooms going away quickly, book now!

Are you planning to attend the ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference Sept. 11-12in Austin, Texas? We strongly encourage you to book your hotel room as soon as possible before the rooms we've reserved at the nightly rate of $219 sell out.

Currently, the ASNE-APME room block at the onsite hotel at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center is sold outf or the night of Sept. 12, though there are still rooms available at the hotel outside of our block.If your reservation includes the night of Sept. 12, then the online registration system won't let you reserve a room. Instead, please call 512-404-1900 and reference the program name "ASNE-APME" to book any stays that include the night of Sept. 12.

Some highlights of the conference from our interactive schedule:
 
Innovation Track: Does Local Opinion Still Matter?: In one word: Yes. How can you focus your opinion writing on issues that are critical to your community and make changes? What are the new digital storytelling techniques, other than narrative argument, that you can use to state your case? Confirmed speakers:Rick Christie, editorial page editor, The Palm Beach Post;O. Ricardo Pimentel, editorial writer and columnist, San Antonio Express-News; and David Plazas(moderator), opinion engagement editor, The Tennessean.

This session is sponsored by The Lenfest Institute for Journalism and Philadelphia Media Network.

Sept. 11 Luncheon: A Conversation with A.G. Sulzberger:Arthur Gregg Sulzberger became the publisher of The New York Times on Jan. 1, 2017. There could not have been a more critical moment. As Donald Trump prepared to take office, the 37-year-old Sulzberger assumed command of one of the world's most important news institutions. As if the job weren't hard enough, Sulzberger soon faced a president who routinely lambasted the "failing" New York Times. Sulzberger and the newsroom stood their ground and the results have been anything but "failing." Sulzberger has presided over a surge in readership, revenue and subscribers. Under his watch, the newsroom broke the seminal story of 2017, a Pulitzer Prize-winning work that rocked Hollywood and spawned the nationwide #metoo movement. And the Times' coverage of Trump provided one exceptional revelatory piece after another.
 
Sept. 12 Luncheon: A Conversation with Google:We'll chat with Google news executive Chrissy Towle on the company's news efforts. Towle is a Google veteran having just entered her 13th year at Google. Towle currently manages the News & Local Media team working with the largest publishing partners in the United States. Towle's team facilitates and strategizes with those partners to ensure optimal use of Google products to drive maximum revenue and profitability. Towle graduated from Santa Clara University with a major in Communication and Journalism.

Registration and hotel

The registration fee is $275 for members of ASNE and APME and $375 for nonmembers. Lunch tickets are $40 a piece and can be purchased when you register or separately through the online store.
 
A terrific group rate is available at the on-site hotel at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center for $219/night Sunday, Sept. 9, through Tuesday, Sept. 11. Make a reservation online.
 
Our room block is sold out for the night of Sept. 12. However, there are currently still rooms available at the hotel for the night of Sept. 12 outside of the ASNE-APME block. If your reservation includes the night of Sept. 12, then the online registration system won't let you reserve a room. Instead, please call 512-404-1900 and reference the program name "ASNE-APME" to book any stays that include the night of Sept. 12.

Reservations must be made by Thursday, Aug. 9 (no extension after this date).

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Scholarships available for two fall NewsTrains

APME’s NewsTrain is bringing affordable training in digital-journalism skills to Greenville, S.C, on Sept. 7-8 and Denton, Texas, on Sept. 22.

There are five diversity scholarships funded by the APME Foundation for each workshop. Apply to be a Greenville diversity scholar at http://bit.ly/2MjKPPH by July 27. To apply for the Denton scholarships, fill out the form at http://bit.ly/2HNjou2 by Aug. 10.

Columbus, Ohio, NewsTrain alum and diversity scholar Khristopher J. Brooks posted a video of some of what he experienced in October 2017 and wrote about his experience here.

Greenville NewsTrain will offer a day and a half of digital training on Sept. 7-8, 2018,at the Younts Conference Center at Furman University.

Training Sessions Include:

• Storytelling on mobile: making smart choices
• Data-driven enterprise off your beat
• Getting your story read: maximizing and measuring social media for branding and audience engagement
• Becoming a verification ninja
• Mobile newsgathering: better reporting with your smartphone
• Using social media as powerful reporting tools
• Can you unplug? Making time to have a life

Early-bird registration is $75 through Aug. 7; the rate increases to $85 on Aug. 8.

You Will Learn How To:

• Identify the best way to tell a particular story on a small screen.
• Identify a data set from your beat that will likely produce a story, and sort and filter in Excel to locate a potential story.
• Improve your writing on social media, establish your brand, encourage community engagement, and measure how well your social media efforts are working.
• Identify accurate content and debunk hoaxes.
• Use social media for sourcing, spotting news trends and verifying user-generated content.
• Turn your smartphone into a versatile, multimedia reporting tool in the field.
• Better manage your time and that of your newsroom teams.

Among our accomplished trainers are:

Derrick Ho guides the strategy and development roadmap for native apps and web, balancing user needs, business requirements and internal resources for McClatchy's newspapers. @derrickhozw

Cal Lundmark is the social media editor at The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C. @calundmark

Ron Nixon is in the Washington, D.C., bureau for The New York Times and is a former training director for IRE. Nixon consistently gets top marks for his data-enterprise training sessions at NewsTrain. His first career job was in South Carolina. @nixonron

Taylor Shaw is the social media and analytics editor at The News and Observer in Raleigh, N.C. Previously, she worked in digital media for broadcast TV. @taylorcshaw

To learn more, visit http://bit.ly/GreenvilleNewsTrain or email Laura Sellers, NewsTrain program assistant.

Denton NewsTrain will offer a full day of digital training on Sept. 22, 2018,at the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas in the University Union, room 333, 1155 Union Circle. It is 41 miles north of Dallas and 38 miles north of Fort Worth.

Training Sessions Include:

• Data-driven enterprise off your beat
• Shooting smarter video with your smartphone
• Getting your story read: maximizing social media for branding and audience engagement
• Use data visualization to tell better stories
• Storytelling on mobile: making smart choices

Early-bird registration is $75 through Aug. 22; the rate increases to $85 on Aug. 23.

You Will Learn How To:

• Identify the best way to tell a particular story on a small screen.
• Identify a data set from your beat that will likely produce a story, and sort and filter in Excel to locate a potential story.
• Improve your writing on social media, establish your brand, encourage community engagement, and measure how well your social media efforts are working.
• Sequence your best five shots to produce video news clips of under one minute with minimal editing.
• Design informational graphics with impact, such as maps and charts, using free and easy-to-use tools.

Among our accomplished trainers are:

• Dallas Morning News Interactive Editor Dana Amihere will lead the data-visualization session. @write_this_way

Tawnell D. Hobbs joined The Wall Street Journal in July 2016 as the national K-12 education reporter. @tawnell

Hannah Wise, audience engagement editor at The Dallas Morning News, will lead the way in the social media branding session.@hwise29

To learn more, visit bit.ly/DentonNewsTrain or email Laura Sellers, NewsTrain program assistant.

To get updates for any of the upcoming NewsTrains, visit this page and signup.


WATCHDOG REPORTING

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Legislator-graft case spotlights Arkansas ethics-law flaws

Providence Journal: Untangling R.I. health care: A look at the big players

The (Toledo) Blade: Inspections rate three nursing homes in Lucas County as lowest overall score

Columbus Dispatch: 'Cost-cutting' middlemen reap millions via drug pricing, data show

Cleveland Plain Dealer: A lead crisis of city's own making: Despite cleanup, residents face eviction

The New York Times: Pregnancy Discrimination Is Rampant Inside America’s Biggest Companies

Newark Star-Ledger: Where can you get paid $466K a year to wash trucks? Special deals, union clout at N.J. port

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Nation's big cities, including St. Louis, struggle to bring killers to justice

Des Moines Register: How Polk County funneled $844,000 to private schools through a corporation despite its ban on religious funding

Chicago Tribune: Almost nothing is known about dozens of concealed carry shootings in Illinois. Why?

Honolulu Star Advertiser: Delays have big impact on Oahu domestic violence cases

Denver Post: Colorado public schools are paying millions to settle lawsuits when educators fail to report sex abuse of students, but those educators avoid legal consequences

San Francisco Chronicle: Decades-old ‘leadership’ camps push teens to the brink with unproven, painful methods

AP Investigation: Fish billed as local isn’t always local

READ MORE IN THE WATCHDOG ROUNDUP

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OPEN RECORDS / FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

Alabama town bans media, out-of-towners from meetings

Gov. Parson says he won't block people on social media

Vancouver port to pay $500K to settle open meetings lawsuit

Edwards asks judge to force Wayne State to release Flint Legionnaires' docs

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INDUSTRY NEWS

Celebrity deaths force media to examine suicide reporting

AP: How and when we report on suicides

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette fires editorial cartoonist

AP moving East Regional desk from Philadelphia to New York City

Hundreds of Washington Post employees sign petition slamming billionaire owner Jeff Bezos' 'shocking pay practices'

Americans grapple with recognizing facts in news stories: Pew survey

Tronc finally realizes it has a stupid name

Post-Gazette employees, newsroom editors emphasize they are separate from editorial pages

APG purchases Sun Coast Media Group

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EDITORS IN THE NEWS

Bossick named LDN managing editor

David Bossick has been named managing editor of the Ludington Daily News, effective today.

Joining him in newsroom leadership is Jeff Kiessel as assistant managing editor.

Both have won many press awards and have established solid roots in the community.

Bossick, a Central Michigan University graduate, has been sports editor at the Ludington Daily News since September 2011. Previously he was sports editor at a daily newspaper Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. He started his journalism journey as a news writer at CM Life and then at Caro, at a twice-weekly newspaper in the Thumb.

“I’m looking forward to carrying on the traditions and living up to the expectations our readers have for us at the Daily News. We, as a newspaper, won’t be able to do that without our readers’ continued thoughts, questions and concerns. Thankfully, we have a supportive staff throughout our building here, previous managing editors nearby and our readers to help guide the way,” Bossick said.

“Although I’ve covered sports most of my 18-year career, my roots are deep with covering local news.

Hjellming named Faribault Daily News publisher

The Faribault Daily News and The Kenyon Leader will see a change in leadership effective Thursday, June 21.

Chad Hjellming has been named publisher of both papers, following the resignation of Sam Gett. Gett, who has been with the company for 11½ years and at the Daily News since April 2014, has accepted the publisher’s job at the Globe Gazette in Mason City, Iowa.

“While we all will miss Sam’s calm and confident demeanor, he leaves us in good stead. His caring for employees, the community and for great journalism define his time here,” said Regional President Tom Murray, who added that Gett was “a great help and resource to me as I came into the Southern Minnesota group 18 months ago. I wish him the best going forward.”

A native Minnesotan, Hjellming, 46, joined the newspaper’s parent company, APG of Southern Minnesota, in May 2015 as Northfield News general manager. By that December he took on the publisher’s role at Northfield News and was named general manager at the company’s weekly publications in Waseca, St. Peter, Le Sueur and Le Center.

Hjellming, who started his journalism career at his hometown paper, Caledonia Argus, previously served as zone sales manager for the Rivertown Multimedia Group, which includes the Red Wing Republican-Eagle and Farmington Independent. Prior to that, he worked as a general manager, managing editor and reporter at various southern Minnesota newspapers.

New editor named to lead The Virginian-Pilot and Daily Press

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — One editor will lead the two daily newspapers that cover Virginia's Hampton Roads region.

The Virginian-Pilot reported Thursday that Marisa Porto will edit the Norfolk-based newspaper and the Daily Press in Newport News.

Media company Tronc bought the Pilot last month and already owns the Daily Press, where Porto has been editor.

Formerly Tribune, Tronc also owns The Chicago Tribune and The Baltimore Sun.

Porto said she was excited "to give a wider voice to some issues in Hampton Roads." The Pilot covers south Hampton Roads, while the Daily Press covers communities to the north.

Porto takes over for Steve Gunn, who has left the Pilot.

In a statement, Gunn wished Porto and the newsroom well and said he "loved the opportunity to serve Hampton Roads with great local journalism."

Read more: http://www.dailypress.com/business/dp-nws-daily-press-virginian-pilot-20180614-story.html

Bill Nagel Named Publisher of the San Francisco Chronicle

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun 14, 2018--Hearst Newspapers today named Bill Nagel publisher of the  San Francisco Chronicle, replacing Jeff Johnson who was named president of Hearst Newspapers in February. The announcement was made by Hearst President and CEO Steven R. Swartz and Johnson.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180614005893/en/

Bill Nagel, publisher of the San Francisco Chronicle (Photo: Business Wire)

With more than 4,000 employees across the nation, Hearst Newspapers publishes 24 dailies and 64 weeklies, including the  San Francisco Chronicle,  Houston Chronicle,  The New Haven Register  and  Albany Times Union. It also operates digital marketing services and directories businesses under the LocalEdge brand.

The  San Francisco Chronicle  is the largest newspaper in Northern California and the second largest on the West Coast. Acquired by Hearst in 2000, the  San Francisco Chronicle  was founded in 1865 by Charles and Michael de Young and has been awarded six Pulitzer Prizes for journalistic excellence.

Feeley named executive editor for The News Journal

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Mike Feeley, a veteran news executive from Pennsylvania, has been named executive editor of The News Journal of Wilmington, Delaware's largest-circulation daily newspaper.

Feeley, who also will lead the News Journal's website, Delaware Online, will assume his duties July 9. He replaces David Ledford, who retired in March.

Feeley has served as senior director of content for PennLive and The Patriot-News in Harrisburg. He helped lead a team that won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting for coverage of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal at Penn State University.

Feeley started his career at The Press-Enterprise in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, before moving to The Patriot-News and PennLive in 1989.

The News Journal reports that Feeley says he plans to focus on digital media but still maintain a strong print presence.

Read more: https://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2018/06/13/mike-feeley-pennlive-editor-news-journal-delaware/697426002/

Mike Feeley named executive editor of The News Journal

Mike Feeley, a Pennsylvania native and a top editor at PennLive, has been named executive editor of The News Journal and Delaware Online.

Feeley, 52, was the senior director of content for PennLive and The Patriot-News in Harrisburg.

He was one of the leaders of the team that won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting for its coverage of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal at Penn State University.

“It’s exciting to join such a talented newsroom with a rich history of investigative journalism,” Feeley said. “I’m looking forward to collaborating with the staff to generate high-impact journalism that reaches the largest audience possible.

A graduate of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Feeley, the youngest of three brothers, started his career at The Press-Enterprise in Bloomsburg, before moving to The Patriot-News and PennLive in 1989. The organization, which covers the entire state, has more than 40 reporters and about four to five editors, he said.

Read more: https://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2018/06/13/mike-feeley-pennlive-editor-news-journal-delaware/697426002/

New Los Angeles Times owner Patrick Soon-Shiong names veteran journalist Norman Pearlstine executive editor

The Los Angeles Times has a new owner, a new editor and, after years of upheaval, a new path forward.

On the day that Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong completed his $500-million purchase of the 136-year-old newspaper, the L.A. biotech billionaire announced he was naming veteran journalist Norman Pearlstine as its executive editor.

Pearlstine has spent 50 years in journalism helping shape some of the nation’s most prominent publications — including Time Inc. magazines, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News and Forbes. It was the first major move by Soon-Shiong, who also bought the San Diego Union-Tribune, Spanish-language Hoy and several community papers from Chicago newspaper company Tronc.

During the last two months, Pearlstine, 75, has served as an advisor to Soon-Shiong, charged with creating a transition plan for The Times. He will now execute that plan.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-fi-ct-norman-pearlstine-latimes-editor-20180618-story.html


IN MEMORIAM

Hamilton Gregory dies - was AP newsman, soldier, author and educator

Hamilton Gregory of Asheville, North Carolina, died on June 9, 2018 at Mission Memorial Hospital. He was 74 years old. (He worked in the AP's Chattanooga bureau from 1963-66.)

He is survived by daughter Jessamyn Gregory of Edneyville, son James Gregory of Youngsville, Louisiana, daughter June Gregory of Asheville, and grandchildren Brooke, Gracie, Blake, Demi, Kristin, Makayla, Bailey, and Ty.  He was predeceased by Merrell Gregory, his beloved wife of 44 years.

He was the author of a bestselling college textbook, Public Speaking for College & Career, which has been used by over two million students in the U.S. and Canada. A Chinese-language edition was sold in mainland China.

He also wrote an Amazon.com bestseller, “McNamara's Folly: The Use of Low-IQ Troops in the Vietnam War,” which was highly acclaimed by leading veterans for its exposé of Project 100,000, a program that sent mentally limited men into combat in Vietnam. Anthony Zinni, a four-star general in the U.S. Marine Corps, wrote, "Hamilton Gregory has written a superb account of the debacle that was Project 100,000. This book should be read by every one of our political leaders who need to understand the effects of stupid decisions made by those who do not understand the nature of war."

Read more: https://www.ashevillemortuaryservices.com/notices/HughHamilton-Gregory

Murray Fromson, Champion of Press Freedom, Dies at 88

Murray Fromson, a well-traveled print and broadcast reporter who helped found the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press at a time when journalists faced hostility during President Richard M. Nixon's administration, died on Saturday in Los Angeles. He was 88.

His son, Derek, said the cause was Alzheimer's disease.

Professor Fromson, who also had a long career at the University of Southern California, joining its journalism faculty in 1982 and directing its journalism school from 1994 to 1999, covered many of the biggest news stories of his time: the Korean War, the Vietnam War, civil rights, the famine in Bangladesh and more.

One of those stories was the 1969 trial in Chicago of antiwar leaders on charges related to violence at the Democratic National Convention there in 1968. Mr. Fromson, working for CBS News at the time, became concerned about the aggressive stance being taken by John N. Mitchell, Nixon's attorney general, toward reporters and principles of journalistic confidentiality.

Read more: https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/longtime-cbs-news-correspondent-murray-fromson-dies-88-55776292

Hazel Dicken-Garcia, longtime University of Minnesota journalism professor who helped shape the study of media history, dies

Hazel Dicken-Garcia's impact in life is measured in the hundreds of former students who now fill newsrooms and university lecture halls nationwide.

Hailed as a trailblazer, she helped shape the study of journalism history and ethics and was an author, including of a well-known book on journalistic standards. But it was her work as a University of Minnesota professor for 30 years that she may be remembered for most.

"She was a towering figure in journalism history," said Kathy Roberts Forde, a former U colleague who is now an associate journalism professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. "In her generation, she was one of the top journalism historians. Her legacy lives on not only in her work, but in her students."

Dicken-Garcia died May 30. She was 79.

Read more: http://www.startribune.com/hazel-dicken-garcia-longtime-university-of-minnesota-journalism-professor-who-helped-shape-the-study-of-media-history-dies/485618442/

Longtime Jonesboro Sun owner-publisher John Troutt dies

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — John Troutt Jr., who rose from Jonesboro Sun carrier at age 10 to the newspaper's owner and publisher, has died at age 88.

Troutt died late Thursday at St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro, The Sun reported. Funeral arrangements are pending.

The son of the business manager of The Sun, which his family owned, Troutt began writing sports and obituaries at the paper while in the eighth grade. His father, John Troutt Sr., sent his son to business school to learn how to type. He went on to the University of Arkansas, where he was the first editor of student newspaper The Traveler to be appointed instead of elected.

After graduation in 1950, he returned to The Sun as principal reporter before he was drafted into the Army. He returned and advanced to city editor and managing editor before inheriting the paper from his uncle, owner-publisher Fred Troutt, in 1980.

Under his leadership, The Sun's circulation grew to 31,000 on Sundays and 28,000 on weekdays. In 1982, he switched the afternoon newspaper to a morning cycle and published seven days a week for the first time since 1968, when a Saturday edition was dropped.

Troutt was an ardent advocate and defender of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act passed in 1967. The newspaper pressed more than a dozen cases under the law without a defeat. While he was editor and publisher, The Sun was nominated three times for the Pulitzer Prize, finishing as a runner-up to The Miami Herald in 1998 for The Sun's coverage of the Westside school shootings.

He remained as owner and publisher of The Sun until the family sold the paper to the Paxton Media Group of Kentucky in 2000.



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