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December 20, 2015
Harold W. Andersen, 92, the former publisher of Nebraska's largest daily newspaper and first American to be president of the International Federation of Newspaper Publishers, died Thursday, Dec. 17, at the Nebraska Medical Center of natural causes. "He loved being a journalist," his wife, Marian, said. "That's what drove him. " Mr. Andersen started his career as a reporter in 1945, and was publisher and chief executive of the Omaha World-Herald from 1966 until 1989. He also served high-profile roles for groups representing newspapers around the country and the world, including the American Newspaper Publishers Association and the World Press Freedom Committee.
NEWS
October 2, 2015 | BY DAN SPINELLI, Daily News Staff Writer spineld@phillynews.com, 215-854-5906
THE HEADLINE read: Philadelphia City Paper to stop existing . And beneath it last night on the alternative weekly's website: We were surprised, too . Yesterday, Broad Street Media LLC, which also owns the Northeast Times and the South Philly Review , bought the Philadelphia City Paper from Metro Corp. and said the weekly would cease publication next Thursday and some content would appear in longtime competitor Philly Weekly . "While we respect the history Philadelphia has with City Paper , we have made a commitment to Philly Weekly that we intend to honor," Broad Street Media publisher Perry Corsetti said in a statement.
NEWS
September 27, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
John A. Severance, 79, of Malvern, a former newspaper advertising executive, died Friday, Sept. 18, at Lankenau Hospital of complications from a previous surgery. Born in Berwyn, Mr. Severance was the son of Kathryn Holman Severance and Alexander Severance, basketball coach at Villanova University for 25 seasons and a justice of the peace in Berwyn. Such officials are now called district judges. Mr. Severance graduated from St. Agnes High School in West Chester and Villanova University.
NEWS
September 15, 2015 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
Louis William "Bill" Sabatino, 70, a longtime labor relations executive for the company that owned The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, died Sept. 6 at his home in Gulf Shores, Ala. He was diagnosed with leukemia last year and was under a physician's care at the time of his death. A professional football defensive lineman for the Cleveland Browns and the Atlanta Falcons in the late 1960s, Mr. Sabatino went on to become a federal mediator before his career as a newspaper executive.
BUSINESS
August 13, 2015 | By Joel Wee, Inquirer Staff Writer
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram - the trinity of social media - have changed the way public relations professionals do business. Where once they worked mostly to get their clients in print, more PR professionals now are needed to curate a company's Web content, devise online campaigns, and develop strategies to deal with complaints and maintain corporate reputations. "The advent and continual evolution of social media has made PR even more critical to organizations," said Kate Shields, president of Vault Communications in Plymouth Meeting.
NEWS
August 1, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robert W. Lambert Sr., 76, of Westville, who retired in 2006 as a machinist for The Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News, died of lung disease Thursday, July 23, at Elmwood Hills Healthcare Center in Blackwood. Tom Riley, production maintenance director for the newspapers' publisher, Philadelphia Media Network, had known Mr. Lambert since 1991 and said "he was a quiet and skillful machinist. " Mr. Lambert, Riley said, "helped maintain and repair the pressroom equipment. " Before assuming his current job, Riley was the machine shop manager and Mr. Lambert's immediate superior.
NEWS
July 15, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ronald L. Martin, 67, of Tabernacle, executive editor of the Burlington County Times from 1996 to 2008, died of cancer Saturday, July 11, at Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice in Mount Holly. Steve Todd, the newspaper's general manager since 2010, who had first met Mr. Martin at the Willingboro paper in the 1970s, said, "He was a true local community journalist. " "He was a great leader in the newsroom," Todd added. Beyond the newsroom, Todd said, "he was one of the directors for the Ellis Family Foundation . . . created by Shirley Ellis, one of the owners of the newspaper.
BUSINESS
July 1, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia's tentative agreement with the owners of The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com calls for no increase in health-care costs and the end of unpaid furloughs for Guild members, the union said. In an e-mail to its members Monday morning, the Guild announced that it had negotiated a two-year deal with Philadelphia Media Network that also included no changes to the health-care plan for at least the first year of the contract.
NEWS
June 5, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
AFTER MONTHS of contentious negotiations over health care and seniority rules, members of the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia last night authorized a strike if no resolution can be reached with the owner of the city's two daily newspapers and their website. "Striking is a last resort, and we certainly hope it doesn't come to that," Guild president Howard Gensler said at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Center City, where paper ballots were cast. "If it does, it's because the company forced the membership's hand.
NEWS
June 5, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Members of the largest union representing employees at The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com voted Wednesday evening to authorize strike preparations as ongoing contract negotiations have yielded no breakthroughs. The vote - 263-19 in the main unit and 24-7 in the unit representing Philly.com employees - authorized the executive board of the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia to plan for a strike by 445 employees at the city's two largest newspapers and their companion website.
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