12 Aug, 2014

Jim Normandin, Publisher of TH Media and Vice President of Woodward Communications, Inc., will be leaving the company at the end of August to lead the Telegram and Gazette (T&G) in Worcester, MA, which has a 70,000 daily/80,000 Sunday circulated newspaper.  Jim delivered T&G as a youth as well as appeared in the sports section of the paper numerous times as a standout student athlete. T&G was recently acquired by Halifax Media Group.  Jim, and his wife Jody, will be returning to an area of the country where they have many family and friends as well as where Jim started his professional newspaper career.  Jim joined WCI in February 2004 as Publisher of the Telegraph Herald and was later promoted to VP of Newspapers. 


Steve Fisher will take over as TH Media Publisher on September 1st.   Fisher, currently the publisher of Woodward Community Media and General Manager of Woodward Printing Services, started at WCI in 2001 as the Telegraph Herald’s Retail Advertising Manager.   Fisher held several roles at TH Media from June 2001 to April 2009, including its General Manager.  Steve will continue to lead WCM and WPS.  In making this announcement, Tom Woodward, CEO & President stated, “Steve’s current roles, related success, and community involvement over the past 13 years made him an excellent choice for his new role as TH Media Publisher.  I’m excited for Steve and the company as this allows Steve to grow and continue to advance our collaboration strategy.”

20 Jun, 2014

Woodward Community Media publications won a total of 78 awards, including 29 first-place awards and three General Excellence awards at state, regional and national competitions for work completed in 2013.


The properties entered five competitions among them – the Iowa Newspaper Association (INA), Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA), Midwest Free Community Papers Association (MFCP), Wisconsin Community Papers (WCP) and Association of Free Community Papers (AFCP).


Dyersville Commercial/Cascade Pioneer’s Will Cushman took first-place honors in Outstanding Young Journalist award from the INA, and the Dyersville Commercial was first in Best Total Newspaper Design. Alana Gogel’s creative ad design won first place honor in the Ad Creation competition. The combined location (Eastern Iowa Shopping News/Dyersville Commercial and Cascade Pioneer) led the division in first-place awards (10) and total honors (25).


The Grant-Iowa-Lafayette Shopping News (Platteville) won first place from AFCP in Best Cover Design with its new Farm section and second place in General Excellence from WCP as part of a haul of 22 total awards, including nine first place.


Unified Newspaper Group staff teamed up for several awards, including both first and second place in All-Around Newspaper Photography, a three-person Business Reporting win and a team effort in producing the first-place winner in Special Section Editorial for Verona Progress. UNG took home 21 awards, including seven first-place finishes.


The Richland Center Shopping News was first in AFCP’s Innovative Idea Contest and won two General Excellence awards – second in WCP and honorable mention in AFCP – in taking home 10 awards (three first place).


Congratulations to all!


Unified Newspaper Group staff Jim Ferolie, Bill Livick and Anthony Iozzo hold the five first-place awards won from the WNA for its three weeklies.