Archive for the ‘Muncie’ Category

Ind.: Muncie’s Metzger assumes second pub post

October 16, 2008

In the latest consolidation of publisher jobs, Publisher Juli Metzger (left) of The Star Press in Muncie, Ind., will also be publisher of the Palladium-Item in Richmond. The two cities are 41 miles apart.

Metzger replaces longtime Gannett executive Bob Robbins, who is retiring, effective Nov. 30, after less than a year at Richmond.

[Photo: Gannett]

Tipster: Muncie cuts circulation director’s job

June 26, 2008

As the company looks for more ways to cut labor costs, a reader tells me that The Star Press in Muncie, Ind., recently eliminated its circulation director’s position. “This was to ‘improve the financial health of the newspaper and in no way spoke to the quality and/or quantity of work done by the current director,'” my reader quotes management as having said.

The work will now be done by a “circulation agency” at The Indianapolis Star, the reader says.

Can anyone else confirm — and add details? What director-level positions have been axed at your paper or TV station? Post a note in the comments section, below. To e-mail confidentially, use this link from a non-work computer; see Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the green sidebar, upper right.

[Image: the June 19 Star Press, Newseum]

Hot Off the Press: The Star Press

June 19, 2008

This morning’s Star Press in Muncie, Ind.; click on the image for a bigger view. The paper continues to push the envelope on over-the-top Front Page designs. Today’s lede about the famous fat cat and his creator, Muncie native Jim Davissays: “Stick some candles in the lasagna; it’s Garfield‘s 30th birthday! Word has it that, while the fat cat’s creator, Jim Davis, is taking a low-key approach to marking this milestone, the folks at Paws Inc., will celebrate the day with a picnic, perhaps an afternoon of golf, maybe even some water balloons.”

Too much art, too little text — or just right? Your thoughts, in the comments section, below. To e-mail confidentially, use this link from a non-work computer; see Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the green sidebar, upper right.

[Image: Newseum]

Hot Off the Press: Indiana primary editions

May 7, 2008

My pick for best-looking front is The Star Press in Muncie. Click on any of these three images for a bigger view.



[Images: Newseum]

Muncie reporter socked by GOP voting official

April 10, 2008

Star Press reporter Nick Werner, 27, was interviewing a Ball State University student yesterday about hundreds of last-minute voter registration applications collected by Sen. Barack Obama‘s campaign, when the reporter and a Republican voter registration deputy, Will Statom, 56, exchanged words. “Werner said Statom made a sarcastic remark about his reporting while he was interviewing the student,” the paper said today. “The reporter said he then told the Republican appointee to ‘shut up.'” Statom passed Werner, witnesses said, then turned around and shoved the reporter into a wall.

I’ve had critics threaten my life and my reputation. But I didn’t rise to the bait. What’s the strongest way you’ve reacted to a critic? Your thoughts, in the comments section, below. Use this link to e-mail feedback, tips, snarky letters, etc. See Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the green sidebar, upper right.

[Image: this morning’s Star Press, Newseum. Hat tip, Romenesko]

Hot Off the Press: The Star Press

March 21, 2008

This is today’s Star Press in Muncie, Ind.; click on the image for a bigger view. The paper’s front-page design and its photography are often impressive: Editors encourage designers to go big with art. Plus, that’s a strong lede photo (by staff photographer Chris Bergin) of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s campaign visit yesterday to nearby Anderson. The paper’s coverage of her visit also included video. Plus, watch Bergin’s terrific slideshow and interviews of people who’ve gotten tattoos — including an entire family, tattooed to honor a relative who died in Iraq. And check out the paper’s staff photography blog, too.

The Star Press at a glance:

  • President and Publisher: Juli Metzger
  • Executive Editor: Gene Williams
  • Founded: 1899
  • Joined Gannett: 2000
  • Employees: 169

[Image: Newseum]

Cutlines Only: The Star Press

January 19, 2008

Matt Abrell celebrates a basket in the second half of a game pitting Central and Southside high schools Friday night in Muncie, Ind. Central dominated most of the game and won 58-52, The Star Press says today. Photo by Chris Bergin, Star Press via the Newseum.

Cutlines Only showcases Gannett website art. E-mail suggested links here; see Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the green sidebar, upper right. Or leave a note in the comments section, below.

Hot Off the Press: The Star Press

December 23, 2007

This is today’s Star Press in Muncie, Ind.; click on the image for a bigger view. The Press looks very design-driven — which I like. On a slow holiday weekend, there’s nothing wrong with going big with photography, and that’s what editors did this morning in a package about Camp Atterbury‘s 76th Infantry Brigade, gearing up for a tour in Iraq. That’s got to be a heartbreaking event for Central Indiana.

“After a huge sendoff Jan. 2 in the RCA Dome, all 3,400-plus members of the 76th will travel to Fort Stewart, Ga., home of the 1st Army, to start intense live-fire training that will ready them for their convoy escort mission in Baghdad,” the story says. Theirs will be the biggest deployment of Indiana National Guard troops since World War II, and the largest number of national guard troops sent at one time from any state since WW II, the paper says.

Online, the relatively small Press publishes an impressive 13 blogs. (A small quibble: None of them has an “about-this-blog” explainer, a standard feature telling readers what a blog is, well, about. It’s similar to a nut graph in a story. About Gannett Blog is one of my most-read items.) The Press‘ blogs include one I’ve never seen at a paper — a photo blog (there’s that design emphasis again). Among its four contributors, Chris Bergin wrote about a new gadget called a Lensbaby. “It’s a cheap plastic lens that has a very narrow field of focus,” Chris says. “You bend the lens to get the focus and effect you want and off you go.” Chris offers this example:

The Star Press at a glance:

  • President and Publisher: Juli Metzger
  • Executive Editor: Gene Williams
  • Founded: 1899
  • Joined Gannett: 2000
  • Employees: 169

[Image: Newseum]