17 05, 2021

Selby joins Wick Communications board

2021-05-17T13:19:01-07:00May 17th, 2021|Tags: , , , , , |

John R. “Jack” Selby has joined the Board of Directors for Wick Communications, the parent company of the Sierra Vista Herald/Review. Selby is managing director at Thiel Capital in Los Angeles, and was an original employee with PayPal, where he eventually became a corporate officer/senior vice president overseeing the company’s international and corporate operations. Selby is involved with several companies, including SpaceX, Palantir, Affirm, Blend, Bird and Openspace, [...]

19 03, 2021

Wick Community Journalists Earn Perfect Score as Trusted News Sites

2021-04-28T15:56:40-07:00March 19th, 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Nutrition Label for Wick Communications   NewsGuard, a journalism and technology company that rates the credibility of news and information websites, has collectively awarded 22 Wick Communications websites and their associated newsrooms a perfect 100 out of 100 score for credibility and transparency. In stating that Wick Communications’ community news coverage “generally takes a neutral tone” and that sites clearly label opinion content, NewsGuard said, [...]

2 03, 2021

Daily Leader joins Wick Communications

2021-03-02T09:56:08-07:00March 2nd, 2021|Tags: , , , , , |

The Madison Daily Leader, a business started in Lake County more than 140 years ago, will be joining Wick Communications, a family-owned newspaper group. FRANCIS WICK (left), president and CEO of Arizona-based Wick Communications, poses with Jon Hunter, publisher of The Madison Daily Leader and head of Leader Printing, next to the Madison newspaper's web press on Monday. Hunter announced that The Daily Leader is joining Wick [...]

16 12, 2020

Don Judd named Director of Information Technology

2020-12-16T09:10:43-07:00December 16th, 2020|

Wick Communications Co is pleased to announce Don Judd, Senior Network Engineer, has been promoted to Director of Information Technology on the Executive Team, effective immediately. Don started with Wick in 2005 as IT Manager at the Sierra Vista Herald and was subsequently promoted to Senior Network Engineer at the home office in 2011. Don has worked diligently to improve network infrastructure and security over the last 9 [...]

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 [...]

8 10, 2020

NABUR Journalist Product Manager Work Samples

2020-10-22T11:31:00-07:00October 8th, 2020|

  Community journalism examples from Wick's Neighborhood Assisted Bureau Reporting (NABUR): Community-Driven Story Idea By Madeline Happold, Wenatchee World journalist product manager A Wenatchee (Wash.) NABUR community member's question about open playgrounds and local rules and regulations concerning them during the COVID-19 restrictions led to the creation of an interactive map on NABUR and a story that was reverse-published into the print edition. View on Wenatchee NABUR (free [...]

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 [...]

2 10, 2019

Green Valley News/Sahuarita Sun wins several awards

2019-10-02T11:19:12-07:00October 2nd, 2019|

The Green Valley News/Sahuarita Sun won several awards in its circulation category in the Arizona Newspapers Association contest Saturday. The awards were for work from May 1, 2018, through April 30, 2019, and were handed out at the ANA Fall Convention and Annual Meeting at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino near Chandler. “I’m proud of our efforts, particularly this past year,” Publisher Dru Sanchez said. “Our advertising team continues [...]

1 10, 2019

NI wins 24 awards in state newspaper contest

2019-10-02T11:18:08-07:00October 1st, 2019|

The Nogales International won 24 awards from the Arizona Newspapers Association during the ANA’s annual Some of the awards picked up by the Nogales International at the 2019 Arizona Newspapers Association convention last weekend in Chandler. convention last weekend, with prizes coming in areas ranging from news, investigative and multimedia reporting, to photography, page design and advertising. In all, the NI and its staffers won 10 [...]

30 09, 2019

Herald/Review named ‘Newspaper of the Year’ by ANA

2019-09-30T20:10:06-07:00September 30th, 2019|

The Herald/Review was named “Newspaper of the Year” Saturday by the Arizona Newspapers Association, one of 22 awards the Herald/Review received at the Herald/Review Publisher Jennifer Sorenson holds the Newspaper of the Year award, which was awarded to the Herald/Review on Saturday by the Arizona Newspapers Association. Better Newspapers Contest and Excellence in Advertising Contest in Phoenix. While 21 awards were won within the Herald/Review’s division [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

23 08, 2018

Mike Rand has joined Wick Communications as CFO

2018-08-28T18:20:50-07:00August 23rd, 2018|Tags: , , , |

Mike Rand, CFO “Mike brings a body of experience that will help build upon the work of previous CFOs,” CEO Francis Wick said. “His eye on hitting targets and ability to drive successful deals in M&A puts Wick in a very exciting position as we move forward.” Rand moved to Wick after 20 years with News Media Corp. in the greater Chicago area, where he [...]

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 [...]

27 06, 2018

McDermott Named New Managing Editor at the Daily News Media

2018-06-27T21:50:57-07:00June 27th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Carrie McDermott We are happy to announce the promotion of Carrie McDermott to Managing Editor of Daily News Media effective immediately.  McDermott joined Daily News Media in 2011 as the Wilkin County reporter. A native Californian, she moved to Wahpeton from Riverside, California in January 2010 after working 17 years at The Press-Enterprise, a regional newspaper in Southern California. She held a number of positions including copy [...]

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 [...]

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