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14 10, 2020

The Argus welcomes new leader

2020-10-14T14:43:31-07:00October 14th, 2020|

WESTERN TREASURE VALLEY Brad Bailey is the new publisher of The Argus Observer in Ontario, and its sister publication, the Independent-Enterprise in Payette, which now prints inside the Argus. This month, he will celebrate 29 years in newspapering. Before taking the opportunity to come to Ontario, his most recent assignment was as general manager for three newspapers in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. Prior to that, Bailey was publisher [...]

14 10, 2020

Sean Flaherty named publisher at The Wenatchee World

2020-10-14T12:28:37-07:00October 14th, 2020|

WENATCHEE — Sean Flaherty has been named publisher of The Wenatchee World. Flaherty, 56, has been serving as the paper’s general manager since June 2019. He joined the operation as advertising director in April 2018. The announcement of Flaherty’s new role was made Friday by Francis Wick, president and CEO of Arizona-based Wick Communications, which purchased the newspaper from the Woods family in 2018. The company owns 27 [...]

7 10, 2020

Local Media Association profiles Wick’s NABUR project.

2020-10-07T11:34:40-07:00October 7th, 2020|

With new hyperlocal platform, Wick Communications asks its readers: Won’t you be my NABUR?   Local Media Association is profiling some of the first Google News Initiative Innovation Challenge winners in North America and how they’re putting funding to work developing sustainable business models, diversifying revenue streams, and increasing audience engagement. Read Full Article on LMA site Webinar from Sept. 29:

27 07, 2020

Romney named new chair of Wick Communications

2020-07-27T13:24:13-07:00July 27th, 2020|Tags: , , |

John Romney said what has worked for newspapers in the past will work for them in the future — connect with audiences and report relevant, engaging stories. Figuring out how to do it successfully on a rapidly evolving digital platform is an ongoing challenge but offers significant opportunities. Romney, who joined the Wick Communications Board of Directors in 2017, became chairman in March. He spent 35 years working [...]

13 03, 2020

What ‘death of the newspaper’ stories leave out

2020-03-13T11:17:08-07:00March 13th, 2020|

By Ryan Binkley and Francis Wick You may have recently learned—from a newspaper, perhaps—that McClatchy, one of the largest newspaper publishers in the country, filed for bankruptcy protection. For the sky-is-falling industry observers, it’s the latest sign that newspapers are joining the horse and buggy in the broom closet of nostalgia and obscurity. There is no room for the printed news, they would tell you. Not in a [...]

5 03, 2020

Kim Smith named editor of the Eastern Arizona Courier, The Copper Era and the Arizona Range News

2020-03-05T09:58:41-07:00March 5th, 2020|Tags: , , , , , |

Kim Smith SAFFORD – Kim Smith has been named editor of the Eastern Arizona Courier in Safford, The Copper Era in Greenlee County and the Arizona Range News in Willcox. She begins her duties March 9.  Smith, 53, graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has reported for newspapers in Arizona, Texas and Nevada. She has spent the last three years [...]

6 02, 2020

Reilly Kneedler Named Wick Digital Audience Editor

2020-02-06T10:55:57-07:00February 6th, 2020|Tags: , , , , |

Wenatchee World staff writer Reilly Kneedler has been named to the newly created role of Wick digital audience editor. While the position is new to Wick Communications, the role has been an integral part of the success that larger news organizations such as The Washington Post have had in growing their digital subscriptions to support the newsrooms that provide the essential service of local journalism to their communities.  [...]

29 01, 2020

Keith named new publisher for Courier, Copper Era, Range News

2020-01-29T10:46:46-07:00January 29th, 2020|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Sarah Keith SAFFORD — The newspapers serving Graham and Greenlee counties, as well as Willcox, have new leadership. On Tuesday, Wick Communications announced that Sarah Keith would be assuming the duties as publisher of Eastern Arizona Courier, Copper Era, and Arizona Range News newspapers, effective immediately. “I am looking forward to becoming part of the community, learning more about the area and the wonderful people that make [...]

25 10, 2019

Google Announces Funding for Wick’s Innovative Social Media Community Project

2019-10-26T22:42:27-07:00October 25th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , |

Google announced this morning it is providing funding for Wick Communications’ innovative initiative to create a journalist-curated, hyperlocal social media platform to develop critical community connections. The news came as part of Google’s larger announcement of recipients of its inaugural North America Google News Initiative (GNI) Challenge funding to support projects that drive digital innovation and develop new business models. The GNI is funding 34 projects, selected from a [...]

1 09, 2019

Daily Iberian moves to historic downtown

2020-01-03T09:49:30-07:00September 1st, 2019|

A new chapter in Teche Area local media started this weekend when The Daily Iberian and Acadiana Lifestyle have moved out of their respective offices and relocated in the heart of downtown New Iberia. Staff for both publications, which are owned by Wick Communications, have been working for the past several weeks to move technology, furniture and office supplies, not to mention the decades of archives that were [...]

26 06, 2019

Nogales International tops in local news coverage in national contest

2019-09-30T20:11:34-07:00June 26th, 2019|

The Nogales International won first place in its division for Best Local News Coverage when theNational Newspaper Association announced the winners of its 2019 Better Newspaper Contest last week. “This newspaper's coverage of tensions at an international border sets it apart from other community newspapers,” the judges’ comments stated. “The news writing is thorough, compelling and detailed.” It was one of four awards won by the paper and [...]

21 06, 2019

Diana Hermes advertising manager of the Wahpeton, North Dakota

2019-07-03T12:54:43-07:00June 21st, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Daily News and News Monitor Publisher Tara Klostreich has named Diana Hermes advertising manager of the Wahpeton, North Dakota, operation, effective June 18. “I am pleased to announce the promotion of Diana Hermes to advertising manager of the Daily News and News Monitor,” Klostreich said. “She has done an excellent job leading the advertising department and is ready for the next step.” Hermes joined the Daily News in [...]

2 05, 2019

Wick Communications acquires The Delta County Independent from longtime owners

2019-05-06T16:48:19-07:00May 2nd, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Stakeholders in the purchase of the Delta County Independent stand in front of the Meeker Street newspaper office Tuesday afternoon. From left, they are Delta County Independent production manager Ron Sunderland, former DCI co-owner Pat Sunderland, Wick Communications CEO Francis Wick, Montrose Daily Press/DCI publisher Dennis Anderson, Bob Wick, former DCI co-owner Randy Sunderland and DCI advertising director Roxanne McCormick.     www.deltacountyindependent.com The Delta County [...]

17 10, 2018

Quincy Valley Post-Register earns awards

2018-10-17T16:30:15-07:00October 17th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

  The Quincy Valley Post-Register, a recently acquired Wick Communications weekly newspaper in central Washington, won several awards in the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association competition in October. The paper also has been named 2018 Business of the Year by the Quincy Valley Chamber of Commerce. Washington Newspaper Publishers Association (WNPA) awards: Second place: Topical In-Paper Special Section Second place: Multiple Advertiser Ad, 1 or 2 full pages, Jessica [...]

9 10, 2018

GV News, Sahuarita Sun win awards in state contest

2018-10-09T22:48:02-07:00October 9th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

The Green Valley News and Sahuarita Sun won several awards in its circulation category in the Arizona Newspapers Association contest Saturday. The awards were for work from May 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018, and were handed out at the ANA Fall Convention and Annual Meeting at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino near Chandler. “This year's awards are a testament to the hard work put in by [...]

9 10, 2018

NI wins 17 awards from Arizona Newspapers Association

2018-10-09T22:22:48-07:00October 9th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

The Nogales International and its reporters won a total of 17 journalism awards, including eight first-place prizes, in the Arizona Newspapers Association’s 2018 Better Newspaper Contest. The awards were announced Saturday evening in Chandler at the conclusion of the ANA Fall Convention. The Nogales International competed in the division for non-dailies with a circulation under 3,500, with judging by the Utah Newspapers Association. The competition included work produced [...]

31 07, 2018

Wick names new Director of Production

2018-07-31T23:14:32-07:00July 31st, 2018|Tags: , , |

  Rob Bauwens Sierra Vista, AZ - Robert Bauwens has been named Wick-Director of Production. In this new role he will work with the production managers in Montrose, Colorado; Ontario, Oregon; Pierre, South Dakota; Wenatchee, Washington; and Wasilla, Alaska. He will still oversee the Sierra Vista operation that serves Wick's Arizona markets. "Wick Communications is excited to have someone with Rob's extensive background and desire to consistently improve [...]

30 07, 2018

Miller named publisher of Sidney Herald

2018-07-30T23:22:14-07:00July 30th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

Kelly Miller has been named publisher of the Sidney Herald in Sidney, Montana. “We are pleased to bring someone with Kelly’s experience to the Sidney Herald.” said Wick Communications group publisher, Ken Harty. Kelly Miller, a 20-year veteran of the newspaper industry, was most recently publisher of the Mineral Daily News Tribune, a daily owned by Gatehouse Media. Kelly specializes in sales training and has a strong background [...]

25 07, 2018

Argus Observer takes home state honors

2018-07-25T19:54:27-07:00July 25th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

The Argus Observer in Ontario, Oregon, took home two awards in the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association’s 2018 Better Newspaper Contest. Argus entries were entered in dailies with 10,000 or less circulation. Editor Leslie Thompson won first place in Page One Design. Judging was based on use of headlines, photography, content, makeup and typography. The newspaper also took home third place in spot news coverage. Stories submitted in this [...]

18 07, 2018

Wick names new publisher for Argus and sister paper

2018-07-18T23:20:14-07:00July 18th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

Stephanie Spiess has been named publisher of The Argus Observer in Ontario, and its sister publication, Independent-Enterprise in Payette.  “Wick Communications is proud to bring someone of Stephanie’s caliber to the Observer” said Wick Communications group publisher, Ken Harty. Stephanie Spiess Spiess most recent assignment was as publisher of the Sidney Herald in Sidney, Montana where she has been publisher since October 2016. Prior to that she [...]

20 06, 2018

Sidney Herald editor receives distinguished service award

2018-06-20T16:42:51-07:00June 20th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Montana Newspaper Association awarded longtime Sidney Herald editor Bill Vander Weele with the Distinguished Service Bill Vander Weele is presented the award from Montana Newspaper Association president Darla Downs. Award during the organization’s 133rd annual convention held in Billings during the weekend. This is the first year that the Montana Newspaper Association has given out the honor that is based on service to the newspaper [...]

12 06, 2018

Dan Shearer has been named Editorial Director for Wick Communications

2018-06-15T06:38:33-07:00June 12th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

Dan Shearer Dan Shearer, editor of the Green Valley News and Sahuarita Sun, has been named Editorial Director for Wick Communications. In his new role he will come alongside the company's 17 editors at nearly 30 newspapers in 10 states to strengthen content, encourage best practices, sharpen management skills and keep on top of industry changes. “Dan brings a very exciting perspective to community journalism that [...]

8 05, 2018

News-Monitor Media wins 15 first-place awards!

2018-05-08T22:20:58-07:00May 8th, 2018|

The News-Monitor Media won 15 first-place awards among mid-size weeklies at the annual North Dakota Newspaper Association’s Better Newspapers contest. Karen Speidel took first place in front page design, personal column – serious for a column about Richland County Sheriff’s office “Protecting Richland mile by mile,” for an editorial about “Newspapers are vital partners,” and sports reporting on a story about Wyndmere High School seniors Charlie Moffet and [...]

8 05, 2018

Wahpeton Daily News Media is top small daily in state of North Dakota

2018-05-08T22:16:53-07:00May 8th, 2018|

Record awards won in Better Newspaper contest For the second year in a row, the Daily News Media was named best small daily in the state of North Dakota after winning the sweepstakes award at the Better Newspaper Contest held by the North Dakota Newspaper Association. After compiling points from 66 awards, a record for the Daily News Media, the paper was named as the top small daily [...]

8 05, 2018

13 First Place Awards for Williston Herald in North Dakota

2018-05-08T22:09:02-07:00May 8th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Williston Herald Managing Editor Jamie Kelly won the Photo of the Year award for his photo of a rainbow above the Hedderich’s sign during the July 10 fire that destroyed the building.   Managing Editor, Jamie Kelly, receiving the "Photo of the Year" award from NDNA advertising director Michael Casey     A rainbow, caused by the spray from fire hoses, appears in front [...]

29 03, 2018

Wick Communications Acquires Wenatchee World

2018-04-20T19:23:42-07:00March 29th, 2018|

The Wenatchee World, which has been published by the Woods family for 111 years, has been sold to Wick Communications, a third-generation family owned and operated media corporation, of Sierra Vista, Ariz. The announcement was made today by World Publisher Rufus G. Woods and Wick Chief Executive Officer Francis Wick. The asset sale, for an undisclosed amount, will take effect on March 31. “It has been our privilege [...]

5 03, 2018

Fitzpatrick returns to Wick to lead digital in new role

2018-06-15T06:27:47-07:00March 5th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

Sean Fitzpatrick Sean Fitzpatrick is returning to a leadership role within Wick Communications and will take the newly created executive role as director of the digital for the company. He starts in his new role on March 7. “Sean’s skill set, coupled with his passions for the business and industry, adds to an already dynamic digital team and accelerates our go-forward strategies,” said Wick Communications CEO [...]

18 01, 2018

Bohl is New “Hands-on” Director of Audience Development for Wick

2019-07-08T16:57:17-07:00January 18th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

Ken Bohl Kenneth Bohl moved from Bismarck, N.D. to warmer climate and exciting challenges in Sierra Vista as the audience development director for Wick Communications. He has been involved with the circulation side of the newspaper industry since 1986, managing multiple circulation departments in various states and cities, including Bismarck, Ukiah and Vallejo, Calif., as well as Flagstaff. Bohl’s 32-year trajectory has given him “the experience [...]

9 01, 2018

Congratulations Tara Klostreich! Named Publisher of the Wahpeton Operation

2018-01-09T17:49:07-07:00January 9th, 2018|

Wick Communications group publisher Ken Harty has named Tara Klostreich publisher of the Wahpeton operation, effective January 9. “I am pleased to announce the promotion of Tara Klostreich to publisher of the Daily News, News-Monitor, Southern Valley Living and Southern Valley Shopper,” Harty said. “She has done an excellent job leading the newspaper as general manager  and is ready for the next step.” Klostreich joined the Daily News [...]

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