‘A true newspaper man,’ The World-Herald’s Jack Schrieber is also recalled as ‘one of the good guys’
A newspaper man to his core, John “Jack” Schrieber got his first job as a teenager at his hometown paper in Coleridge, Nebraska.
Schrieber, 73, later continued his career at The World-Herald, joining the newspaper in 1970 and remaining an employee until his death Dec. 18 from oral cancer. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the West Center Chapel, 7805 West Center Road.
“Like many of us who knew Jack, I will miss him dearly. Jack was a true newspaper man and a dedicated employee who loved The World-Herald,” said Mike Charleston, director of information technology for the newspaper. “He was one of the good guys and a consummate gentleman.”
Schrieber’s wife, Teri, said, “The cancer spread very quickly after it was diagnosed. He died peacefully on our 20th wedding anniversary. I miss him so much. When he walked through that door every night, I always felt like everything was fine.”
Schrieber’s lifelong interest in newspapers began as a freshman in high school. The Coleridge Blade hired him as an apprentice — also known as a printer’s devil — in 1960, Charleston said. At the Blade and then the Wayne Herald, Schrieber did whatever was needed, from sweeping up to operating Linotype machines.
In 1968, Jack earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Wayne State College. He taught music at Allen Consolidated School near Wayne until 1970.
He never lost his love for newspapers and spent his summers selling ads for license plate books at the Wakefield Republican. Schrieber returned to newspaper work full time when he was hired at The World-Herald to oversee typesetting for ad creation as the assistant manager of dispatch.
Among the highlights of his 48-year World-Herald career, Schrieber helped convert the newspaper to electronic typesetting in 1972. That led to an interest and eventual position in electronic advertising production and supervision.
Schrieber moved to electronic maintenance in 1978. “I didn’t know the positive or negative end of a battery, but they were willing to give me a chance,” he later told colleagues. He took classes and learned on the job.
Based on his experience in electronic maintenance, Schrieber transitioned to information technology in 1987. During his 31 years in IT, he supported systems for editorial content management, archiving and production pre-press.
In 2017, he received the Nebraska Press Association’s Golden Pica Pole Award, which is given for 50 or more years of service to Nebraska newspapers.
“Jack was well respected in IT and had many friends around The World-Herald,” Charleston said. “He was a dedicated employee, taking calls at any hour of the day or night. He loved newspapers, especially ours, and was committed to helping get the paper out, no matter what.”
In his free time, Schrieber enjoyed all Husker sports.
“It didn’t matter if was football, basketball, volleyball or whatever else, Jack lived and breathed Husker sports,” Teri Schrieber said. “If it was Huskers, it was always Go Big Red.”
In addition to his wife, Schrieber is survived by a son, Jeff, of Omaha; a daughter, Sara Annin of Bellevue; a brother, Harlan of Hooper, Nebraska; and a sister, Julie Mills of Sioux City, Iowa. Memorial donations are directed to Wag N Train Terrier Rescue.