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May. 02, 1994
Undated (AP) _ A summary of developments in the news industry for the week of April 25-May 2: Landmine Kills Two Photographers, Wounds Writer
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) - Two American photographers were killed and an American writer was injured when their car ran over a landmine near Mostar.
Bryan Brinton, accredited to Magnolia News, a Seattle weekly, died the May 1 blast, according to U.N. officials. Also killed was Francis William Tomasic of Bloomington, Ind., who was working for Spin magazine.
William T. Vollmann, a novelist who is a senior contributing writer for Spin, was slightly injured and taken to a Spanish military hospital in the region, said Maj. Antonio Albariz, a spokesman for Spanish U.N. troops in nearby Medjugorje.
Spin spokesman Jeff Raban in New York said Tomasic was Vollmann's photographer and interpreter. He said Vollman, 34, of Sacramento, Calif., was in stable condition.
Vollman's most recent novel, ''Butterfly Stories,'' is about two American newsmen cavorting with prostitutes in Thailand and Cambodia. He also wrote ''Whores for Gloria,'' ''You Bright and Risen Angels'' and five other books.
Brinton contacted Magnolia News on April 25 from Croatia, offering his photographs for free if the paper would give him press credentials, and the paper agreed, editor Jack Arends said.
Albariz said the car ran over a mine near a dam at Salakovac, about six miles north of Mostar in southwestern Bosnia.
The dam is on the front line between Bosnian Croat and Muslim-led government forces in the region. The road was marked as being mined, he said.
--- Researcher: Traditional Newspaper Format and Content a Turnoff
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - To recapture younger readers, front pages need to be more of a menu of the day's news than a showcase for top stories, and coverage needs to be briefer, a newspaper researcher said.
''It is time to get rid of some sacred cows,'' Kristin McGrath, president of MORI Research, said in a panel discussion April 26 at the annual convention of the Newspaper Association of America.
McGrath studied attitudes of people ages 25-44 who demographically ought to be loyal readers but only read newspapers no more than three days a week.
As part of the study, 15 newspapers designed new prototype sections aimed at young readers. Adults in the study then told editors and researchers what they liked and disliked.
The most successful ideas will be tested this summer at six newspapers and a report will be issued about their performance, said Gregory Favre, executive editor of The Sacramento Bee, which participated in the research.
''Too often we look for formulas and try our best not to be different even if being different works,'' Favre told colleagues.
Other participants in the panel discussion were Sandra Mims Rowe, executive editor of The Oregonian in Portland, and Richard E. Cheverton, managing editor of planning and strategy for The Orange County Register in California.
Young adults said they found most news repetitive and irrelevant, according to McGrath.
''The same types of things always seem to be newsworthy, murders, disasters,'' she said. ''The cumulative effect ... is repetitiveness. Only the names and faces change. The news remains the same.''
She also said the traditional front-page format was a turnoff.
''(Potential readers) told us over and over again that they would like the front page to be a menu or guide to the day's paper rather than a place to showcase the top five or six stories,'' McGrath said.
Other findings suggest editors should move away from writing stories as if they were news to readers. In many cases, the news has been on radio or television by the time it gets into print.
McGrath also said printed news should be briefer, since time is at a premium with many young readers. Mixed in could be in-depth stories that give perspective and detail unavailable elsewhere.
''(People) want their news as either a quick bite or a very satisfying meal,'' she said.
--- Author Says Newspapers Overplay Race
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Newspapers should stop making race a matter of black and white, Nobel and Pulitzer prize-winning author Toni Morrison told publishers.
Why mention ''racial differences when race makes no difference?'' Morrison asked the audience April 27 at the convention of the Newspaper Association of America.
Newspapers too often regard crime and poverty as black problems, she said.
Morrison cited news accounts of blacks fearing the arrival of Hispanic immigrants and the resulting battle for jobs. The real differences, she said, were class and language, not race, and whites were not in the equation.
Morrison said reporters frequently get trapped by the adage that there are two sides to every story.
''There are never just two sides,'' she said. The real information is ''in between.''
--- Newspapers Can Be Information Highway Leaders, But Must Be Unique
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Newspapers can thrive in the high-tech era by emphasizing their unique qualities and tapping the enthusiasm of reporters, management consultant Tom Peters said.
Peters, author of ''Liberation Management,'' said mimicking television's approach to news is not the answer.
If newspapers aim for brevity and an appeal to the ''lowest common denominator,'' it shouldn't be surprising when readers defect to TV, Peters said April 26 at the Newspaper Association of America convention.
Peters said he was amazed at the amount of information he obtained from the San Jose Mercury News' Mercury Center, an online news and information service he described as ''C-span but faster.''
He said newspapers are moving toward what he called a period of ''creation intensification'' when daring, new concepts are rewarded.
A panel discussion followed during which Jay Harris, chairman and publisher of the San Jose Mercury News, said that ''being unclear at this point is the right thing to be.''
However, he added that newspapers must ''hold fast'' to the role they serve in the community.
Peters agreed there had to be what he called ''an awesome respect for truth'' but said this did not rule out innovation.
He called for unleashing the passion of reporters and even questioned valuing a college diploma over a ''fire in the gut.''
Other panel members included Louis Weil III, publisher and CEO of The Arizona Republic and The Phoenix Gazette; Ron Martin, editor of the Atlanta Journal and Constitution; Deborah Howell of Newhouse Newspapers, and William Winter of the American Press Institute. Newspaper Association Elects New Officials
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Charles T. Brumback, chairman and chief executive officer of the Tribune Co. in Chicago, was elected chairman of the Newspaper Association of America.
Other newly elected officials include vice chairman Uzal Martz Jr., president and publisher of the Pottsville (Pa.) Republican; secretary John J. Curley, chairman, president and CEO of Gannett Co. Inc., and treasurer David C. Cox, president and CEO of Cowles Media Co.
Brumback and his fellow officers took office April 27. Immediate past Chairman Frank Bennack Jr., CEO and president of The Hearst Corp., was chairman of the nominating committee.
Officers generally serve one year, then rotate upward through the leadership positions. Under this procedure, the position of chairman should be filled by Martz in 1995, Curley in 1996 and Cox in 1997.
At its annual meeting on April 26 the association also re-elected members of its board of governors to a one-year term. The board of directors will replace the board of governors and the executive board on Oct. 1, 1994, under a provision approved April 24.
The association consists of 1,087 U.S. and Canadian newspaper members and 361 associate members.
--- Daniels Re-Elected AP Chairman
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Frank Daniels Jr., president and publisher of the News and Observer Co. of Raleigh, N.C., was re-elected chairman of the board of directors of The Associated Press.
Harold R. Lifvendahl, senior vice president of Tribune Publishing Co. of Chicago, was re-elected vice chairman at the board's reorganization meeting on April 25.
Louis D. Boccardi was re-elected president and chief executive officer of the news cooperative.
Other AP management officers re-elected to one-year terms were Patrick T. O'Brien, vice president and chief financial officer; James M. Donna, vice president and secretary; and vice presidents William E. Ahearn, Claude E. Erbsen, Walter R. Mears, John W. Reid, Wick Temple and James R. Williams.
Also re-elected from the AP were assistant secretaries Lilo Jedelhauser and Lee Perryman, treasurer Paul Jenssen and assistant treasurers Daniel Boruch and Scott Johnson.
--- Brown, Curley, Five Incumbents Elected to AP Board
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Judith W. Brown, chairman, editor and publisher of The Herald of New Britain, Conn., and John J. Curley, chairman, president and CEO of Gannett Co. Inc., were elected to the board of directors of The Associated Press, and five incumbents were re-elected at the news cooperative's annual meeting.
Re-elected April 25 were Robert H. Hartmann, chairman and publisher of The Evansville (Ind.) Press; Gregg K. Jones, co-publisher of The Greeneville (Tenn.) Sun; Donald E. Newhouse, president of The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J.; Mary Schurz, editor and publisher of The Advocate-Messenger and The Kentucky Advocate of Danville, Ky., and George W. Wilson, president of the Concord (N.H.) Monitor.
Brown was elected to the two years remaining of the term of Michael W. Johnston of the Thomson Corp. in Toronto, who resigned. Jones was elected to represent a city of under 50,000 population.
Directors were elected to three-year terms from among 12 nominees. Voting was based on membership bonds held by the newspapers that make up the news cooperative.
Curley, 17,377 bond votes
Frank A. Blethen, publisher and chief executive officer of The Seattle Times, 9,333
Robert J. Danzig, vice president and general manager of Hearst Corp., Houston Chronicle, 4,434
George E. Riggs, publisher and CEO of Lesher Communications Inc., Contra Costa Times of Walnut Creek, Calif., 2,360
Louis A. Weil III, publisher and CEO of The Arizona Republic and The Phoenix Gazette, 7,216
In the separate contest for election to the board to represent a city of under 50,000 population, Jones received 16,810 bond votes. R. Victor Dix, publisher of The Daily Record of Wooster, Ohio, received 4,148.
--- Pentagon: No Attempt to Limit 'Early Bird'
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon says it wasn't attempting to snub news organizations when it ordered changes in the content of the famed Early Bird, a daily news digest of newspaper clippings.
On April 25, a Pentagon official canceled an earlier directive that told Early Bird editors to focus on compiling clips from three newspapers: The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
Cliff Bernath, a principal deputy for public affairs in the Pentagon, said his original memo was ''not correct. ... There was never an intent to limit the Bird to any particular news sources.''
About 6,000 copies of the publication are produced nightly and faxed to more than 50 locations worldwide for the nation's military and civilian leaders.
The original directive also ordered the digest trimmed to 16 pages on Tuesday through Friday, with 20 pages on Monday to accommodate weekend news. The editors were to exceed those limits only with special permission.
Bernath didn't say what policy the Early Bird staff is now following.
Before the directive was issued, the digest normally ran 20 pages and included items from out-of-town or international newspapers, magazines, wire services, trade publications and editorials.
Because of the shortened length and the fact that the directive also states that defense-related items from the three major newspapers must appear on the day they are published, chances for items from other publications to appear were greatly lessened.
One senior military officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the changes were ordered because ''lots of extraneous stuff'' appeared in the digest, particularly from trade journals.
--- Seminar Covers State Government Finances
WASHINGTON (AP) - A seminar for journalists analyzing state government funding and spending will be held May 6-8.
The conference, conducted by the Foundation for American Communications, will be held at the Hyatt Dulles in Herndon, Va. The cost, including hotel accommodations and meals, is $75.
For more information or to register, call the foundation at 213-851-7372. Texas Regulators Deny Bid for Three-Digit Numbers
AUSTIN, Tex. (AP) - Newspapers and other businesses in Texas can't put special, three-digit telephone numbers to commercial use, the state Public Utility Commission has decided.
Some of the numbers, which end in 11, already are used for some services, such as 911 for emergencies. The newspapers wanted to provide information services.
But the three-member PUC on April 27 agreed with an administrative law judge, William Newchurch, that allowing the businesses to use the scarce three-digit numbers would give them an unfair competitive advantage.
The commission has said a policy must be developed on who can use the numbers for what purpose, said PUC spokesman Guillermo Garcia.
Under the proposal rejected by the PUC, a special three-digit number might have been available to customers seeking, for example, classified advertising information. Customers would be charged for the service on their telephone bills, and payments would be forwarded by the telephone company to the newspaper or other business.
Newspapers had argued that providing information services is in the public interest. But Newchurch had said the public might have other ideas for the best use of three-digit numbers.
The newspapers that asked to use the numbers included The Dallas Morning News and several owned by Cox Newspapers Inc.: the Austin American-Statesman, Longview News-Journal, Waco Tribune-Herald and The Lufkin Daily News.
Other businesses that applied were Infodial Inc., LCT Long Distance Inc., New Times Inc., SMR Systems Inc., United Bell and Mobile Telecommunication Technologies Inc.
--- New Mexico Paper Wins Sex Discrimination Suit
ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - A judge ruled in favor of the Albuquerque Journal in a sex discrimination lawsuit filed by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Tamar Stieber last year.
State District Judge Robert Scott dismissed the case on April 27.
Stieber, a reporter for the newspaper's northern New Mexico edition, said in the lawsuit that the Journal had breached her employment contract in the areas of assignments and equal employment issues.
Stieber also alleged in the June 1993 lawsuit that the Journal's actions caused her emotional distress.
Stieber won a Pulitzer Prize in 1990 for her stories that linked L- Tryptophan, an over-the-counter dietary supplement, to a rare blood disorder.
Journal attorney Jim Dines said the judge agreed with the newspaper's position that there is no legal basis under state law for the claims made against the newspaper.
Stieber's attorney, Ray Twohig, said the decision will be appealed to the state Supreme Court.
Stieber also has filed a lawsuit against the newspaper in federal court, and that case is pending.
--- Former Russell County Judge-Executive Wins Lawsuit Against Paper
JAMESTOWN, Ky. (AP) - A jury awarded $1 million to a former county judge who said he was libeled in three editorials by The Times Journal, a weekly paper.
Terril Flanagan sued the newspaper in March 1993, saying the editorials, which were critical of his handling of county finances, caused him to lose his position as Russell County judge-executive.
Flanagan served four terms as the county's top elected official until he lost the Democratic primary last May by one vote.
The April 28 verdict stunned The Times Journal managers, who had argued the case as a basic free-press, free-speech issue.
''This verdict cannot be allowed to stand, and we will appeal,'' said Dave Cazalet, the editor and publisher of The Times Journal, which has a circulation of 4,200.
Flanagan contended that the editorials included wrong information, misrepresented his actions as judge-executive and damaged his reputation.
The editorials criticized Flanagan for supporting a payroll tax, questioned his support for a county health insurance plan and accused him of not working with county magistrates on the annual budget.
He called the editorials part of a plan to push him out of office. Establishing such a pattern was the basis for his proof of malice.
Flanagan's lawsuit sought damages totaling $3.5 million. Because jurors agreed that the editorials caused Flanagan to lose last May's primary, they awarded him $160,000 in damages to make up for the loss of the four-year, $40,000-a-year position. An additional $340,000 was awarded for personal hardships and $500,000 to punish the newspaper.
--- Libel Suit Filed Over Internet Article
SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. (AP) - A company marketing products on the Internet computer network filed a libel suit against a man who criticized the firm in an article distributed to other network users.
The suit is believed to be the first time an Internet user has been sued for libel, said Bruce W. Sanford, a lawyer with the Washington law firm of Baker and Hostetler.
Sanford is representing Brock Meeks of Spotsylvania County, whose article about Suarez Corp. Industries of North Canton, Ohio, prompted the suit filed March 22 in Common Pleas Court in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.
The suit seeks unspecified damages and an injunction barring Meeks from writing about the company in the future.
Meeks, a reporter for Communications Daily in Washington, occasionally writes stories on his own from home and sends them out on Internet, the worldwide personal computer network.
He sent out the story earlier this year criticizing an offer made by Suarez for free Internet access. Meeks said he responded to the solicitation, but received only an offer for a $159 self-help book and software package.
Steven L. Baden, the company's general counsel, said that along with the book and software offer, Meeks should have received an application for subscribing to the Electronic Postal Service, which Suarez is marketing. EARNINGS:
The following companies reported first-quarter earnings:
THE WASHINGTON POST CO. said earnings fell 28.2 percent from a year ago, when a onetime gain for an accounting change was included.
The company said its earnings were up 1 percent if the 1993 gain were excluded from the comparison.
The publishing and broadcasting company earned $28.8 million, or $2.46 per share, for the first quarter compared with $40.1 million, or $3.40 a share, a year ago.
First quarter revenue slipped 1 percent to $358.5 million from $361.7 million in 1993.
CAPITAL CITIES-ABC INC. said earnings doubled, reflecting improved advertising demand and stronger performances in its broadcasting, cable TV and newspaper businesses.
Capital Cities-ABC said it earned $116.1 million, or $7.56 a share, in the three months ended April 3 compared with $58.4 million, or $3.55 a share, in its first quarter ended March 28, 1993.
Revenue rose 19 percent to $1.40 billion from $1.18 billion a year earlier.
The latest results were inflated because the quarter was six days longer than normal and included the ABC TV Network's broadcast of the Academy Awards show, aired later in the year in 1993.
The 1993 results were depressed by $12.1 million due to early debt redemptions.
--- U.S. Press Group: 32 Countries Jail Journalists
NEW YORK (AP) - China heads a list of 32 countries holding journalists in jail, according to a U.S. association of foreign correspondents.
At least 148 journalists are imprisoned worldwide, in countries with ''a long history of suppressing press freedom, like China and Cuba,'' but also in a dozen countries experimenting with democracy, including Albania, Croatia, Ethiopia, Kuwait, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan, the Overseas Press Club of America said April 27.
China is holding 26 journalists behind bars, followed by Kuwait with 22, Ethiopia with 18, and Turkey and Syria with 12 each, the New York-based group said.
In letters to leaders of the 32 governments, the group said it demanded the release of ''journalists arrested for practicing their profession.'' Their confinement breaches a United Nations human rights charter, it said.
At least 85 journalists were murdered last year and 47 were kidnapped, the group said.
--- Television Columnist Resigns From Sacramento Bee
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Television columnist Bob Wisehart resigned from The Sacramento Bee after questions were raised about similarities between his April 13 column and an earlier piece in a Florida newspaper.
Bee Executive Editor Gregory Favre said ''a critical ethical mistake had been made,'' in connection with the column, which suggested ways local television programming could be improved.
Favre's comments were reported in the Bee's April 25 editions.
Wisehart joined the Bee in 1984.
Wisehart's column contained passages similar to those found in a March 17 column in The Orlando Sentinel. Both columns suggested similar changes for local television news, among other things.
In 1987, Wisehart was suspended for five months following a similar incident.
--- Federal Judge Rules City's Boycott of Oakland Tribune Illegal
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge ruled that the city of Oakland's boycott of The Oakland Tribune was an illegal attempt to intervene in a labor dispute.
U.S. District Judge Charles Legge ruled April 29 that federal labor law prohibited the City Council's actions last September, when it voted to cancel the city's Tribune subscriptions and legal advertising and endorsed a union boycott of the newspaper.
The judge ordered the city to restore its subscriptions and refrain from canceling legal advertising. He also barred the city from endorsing the union boycott, but said Mayor Elihu Harris and individual council members could speak out on their own.
The suit also sought $5 million in damages against the city. Asked if the damage claim would be pursued, Roger Grossman, publisher of The Tribune and vice president for administration of Alameda Newspapers Inc., said, ''Let's wait and see.''
City Attorney Jayne Williams disagreed with the judge's assessment of the role the city was trying to play.
''We didn't feel that we were regulating a labor dispute,'' she said. ''We were acting as a consumer,'' concerned with the quality of the newspaper that carried the city's official legal advertising.
She said a decision on an appeal would be up to the City Council.
Hayward-based Alameda Newspapers bought The Tribune in 1992 and owns four other local papers. The company has not reached agreement on a labor contract in more than six years of negotiations with the Northern California Newspaper Guild, which represents editorial employees.
The City Council's Sept. 14 resolution said the new owners had ''embarked on a course of anti-labor conduct,'' eliminating 500 Tribune jobs and offering a low-wage contract. The resolution urged residents to stop buying and advertising in Alameda Newspapers publications until the labor dispute was ''successfully resolved.''
The judge said the city was trying to ''regulate the outcome'' of a labor dispute, a task reserved by federal law to the National Labor Relations Board and to the operation of the private marketplace. BROADCAST: CNN, Intel to Test Transmission of TV News to Personal Computers
ATLANTA (AP) - Business executives will be able to tap into CNN reports by switching on their personal computers with a system to be tested by the network and chip maker Intel Corp.
Cable News Network and Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel said April 25 they would begin testing the service in May.
The service makes use of Intel's multicast video technology. In multicast, video signals are compressed and delivered to PCs via local area networks, or LANs. Intel said the technology does not require special computer monitors or decompression hardware.
The tests will involve programming from CNN and Headline News.
--- Italy's Stet Signs Multimedia Pact With Bell Atlantic
ROME (AP) - The Italian state telecommunications company and Bell Atlantic Corp. have agreed to develop interactive television in Italy and other markets.
The April 26 deal with STET gives Philadelphia-based Bell Atlantic a foothold in the expanding European interactive television business. STET, meanwhile, gains a powerful partner in developing services combining phones and televisions.
The project envisions customers using a telephone line and TV to order movies and conduct transactions such as paying bills or buying airline tickets. A test is scheduled among 2,000 Italian households in November.
Bell Atlantic will have an option to purchase up to a 49 percent stake in STET's interactive multimedia services group.
In turn, Bell Atlantic will provide consulting services, technology and software to develop interactive services for STET.
--- PERSONNEL: Maucker Promoted to Editor of Sun-Sentinel In Fort Lauderdale
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Earl Maucker, managing editor for more than 13 years at the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, was named editor and a vice president of the newspaper.
Maucker, 46, succeeds Gene Cryer, who earlier this year announced his retirement effective June 30. He has been with the paper since December 1980.
Maucker's promotion was announced April 29.
Maucker, a U.S. Air Force veteran and graduate of Southern Illinois University, came to the Sun-Sentinel after serving as managing editor of the Springfield (Mo.) Daily News.
Prior to that, Maucker spent six years at the Rockford (Ill.) Morning Star, where he worked his way up from reporter to city editor, news editor and then assistant managing editor.
He also worked at the Alton (Ill.) Telegraph.
--- Fortune Names Kiechel Managing Editor, Replacing Loeb
NEW YORK (AP) - Walter Kiechel III will replace Marshall Loeb as managing editor of Fortune magazine.
Loeb, who will reach Fortune's mandatory retirement age of 65 for a managing editor this month, will become editor-at-large. The changes were announced May 2 by Jason McManus, editor-in-chief of Time Warner Inc.
Loeb became managing editor of Fortune in 1986. During his tenure, the magazine won two National Magazine Awards.
Loeb also is a daily commentator on CBS radio and was the host of CNBC's FORTUNE week.
Kiechel, 47, joined the magazine in 1977, and most recently was executive editor.
For most of the 1980s, Kiechel edited the magazine's coverage of managerial issues. For the past 10 years, he wrote a column called ''Office Hours'' that dealt with management issues. A collection of the columns was published as a book called ''Office Hours: A Guide to the Managerial Life.''
--- Christopher Named SPJ Director
GREENCASTLE, Ind. (AP) - Gregory Christopher has been named director of the Society of Professional Journalists, the nation's largest organization of journalists.
Christopher, 28, has been acting director since January, when Ernie Ford resigned. Christopher joined the SPJ in 1991 as the group's marketing and development director.
A six-person search committee recommended Christopher over 100 applicants, and it was unanimously approved by the board of directors at its annual meeting April 29.
SPJ was founded in Greencastle in 1909 and currently has 13,500 members. Paul Kuroda Named AP Photo Editor in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Paul Kuroda, director of photography at the Daily Breeze in Torrance, Calif., has been appointed photo editor for The Associated Press in San Francisco.
The appointment was announced April 27 by Dan Day, chief of the San Francisco bureau.
Kuroda, 40, succeeds Jodie Steck, who recently became assistant chief of bureau for photos in the news service's Los Angeles bureau.
Kuroda was a finalist for the 1992 Pulitzer Prize in feature photography for a photo essay done for The Orange County Register in California on illegal immigration. The National Press Photographers Association named him photographer of the year for his work at the Register in 1990.
Kuroda began his career as a photographer at a weekly newspaper in Clovis, Calif. He also worked for The Fresno Bee in his hometown before moving to the Register in 1988 and the Daily Breeze in 1993.
--- Brigitte Greenberg Named Correspondent in New Haven
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Brigitte Greenberg, a newswoman for The Associated Press in San Diego, has been named correspondent in New Haven.
The appointment was announced April 28 by Mary Anne Rhyne, chief of bureau in Hartford, Conn.
Greenberg, 26, joined the AP in Hartford in September 1990 and transferred to San Diego the following year.
She is from Oakdale, N.Y., and earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from Northwestern University.
She succeeds Larry Rosenthal, who recently became news editor for the AP in Hartford.
NAMES IN THE NEWS:
- Mark LaFrancis, 45, was named managing editor of The Natchez (Miss.) Democrat. LaFrancis previously was managing editor of The Griffin (Ga.) Daily News.
- William J. ''B.J.'' Riley was named publisher at The Portsmouth (Ohio) Daily Times. Riley previously was publisher of The Richmond (Ky.) Register. DEATHS: Daniel F. Flavin
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Daniel F. Flavin, a former editor of The Dispatch Sunday Magazine, died April 22. He was 78.
He was hired as a copy boy at the former Ohio State Journal in 1935 and went on to become an assistant managing editor.
He became editor of the Columbus Star in 1960 and joined The Columbus Dispatch four years later as TV editor. He became Sunday editor in 1966 and was appointed Sunday Magazine editor in 1977.
He retired in 1978.
Flavin is survived by two sons and two grandchildren. Adam J. Kalb
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Adam J. Kalb, a former president and publisher of The Idaho Free Press and The News Tribune newspapers in Nampa and Caldwell died April 27 at age 81.
Kalb was publisher of The Idaho Free Press for 22 years before retiring in June of 1977.
He was instrumental in negotiating the purchase of The News Tribune in Caldwell in April of 1956, becoming publisher of the two Canyon County newspapers which later consolidated as The Idaho Press-Tribune in 1980.
Kalb is survived by his wife, a step daughter, two sisters and four grandchildren. Russell Kirk
MECOSTA, Mich. (AP) - Russell Kirk, former National Review columnist and author of ''The Conservative Mind,'' died April 29 at age 75.
He wrote more than 25 books and columns for publications including The New York Times, Christianity Today and the Yale Review.
Kirk took pride in being a bit of an eccentric, frequently disdaining modern technology. He never had a driver's license and didn't allow a television into his house until recent years.
He wrote a column for the National Review from 1955 to 1980. He also was a frequent lecturer on the college circuit and had recently finished his memoirs, ''The Sword of Imagination.''
Kirk is survived by his wife, four daughters and a sister. Howard Sochurek
MIAMI (AP) - Howard Sochurek, a former Life magazine photographer who pioneered computer imaging techniques widely used in the medical field, died April 25 at age 69.
In the 1950s, Sochurek covered the Korean War and was awarded the Photographer of the Year Award in 1955 and the Overseas Press Club's Robert Capa Award.
He served as chief of the Time-Life Moscow bureau in the late 1950s.
In 1970, Sochurek bought a NASA imaging computer and used it in the colorization and manipulation of photographs. The techniques were used to enhance X-rays and CAT scans.
Sochurek is survived by his wife and a daughter. William S. White
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - William S. White, a World War II correspondent, political reporter, columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, died April 30. He was 88.
White joined The Associated Press at age 20 and covered Washington and World War II before joining The New York Times in 1945. He was the Times' chief congressional correspondent when he left in 1958 to write a syndicated column.
He retired in 1973, but returned to column writing in the 1980s for The State Journal of Frankfort.
''The Taft Story,'' his biography of Robert A. Taft, the Republican senator, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1955. His other books included ''The Citadel'' and his memoirs, ''The Making of a Journalist.''
He is survived by his wife, two daughters, three grandchildren, one sister and one brother.
NOTES FROM EVERYWHERE: During her luncheon speech at the AP annual meeting in San Francisco on April 25, first lady Hillary Clinton said she prefers speaking to reporters outside Washington because they ask ''more substantive, more penetrating questions about issues.'' In Washington, she said, reporters often have ''a hit-and-run sense of their questions'' because journalism there is ''driven mercilessly by the 24-hour news coverage that we are now the victim of.''
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