I’ve always viewed this job as a rare opportunity to give back and apply what I’ve learned about this business. It has been a passion and a calling since I first started writing about prep sports for 20 cents an inch when I was a high school student in the suburbs of Chicago.
The top winners based on points are honored at the ONMA Convention Luncheon.
Kirk Dougal and Lane Moon have been appointed to the Ohio News Media Association Board of Trustees to fill current vacancies. Because these vacancies occuried in the middle of two board members' terms, ONMA Presidnt Ron Waite appointed Dougal and Moon to finish the remainder of those terms.
Ohio State Rep. Rick Perales, R-Beavercreek, presented the Ohio News Media Association with a proclamation from the Ohio House of Representatives thanking association members and staff for their support of House Bill 139.
News On the Green, an online news source and free monthly print publication, has joined the Ohio News Media Association. The print version of News On the Green is bundle-dropped monthly along with home-delivered and mail copies in and around Yankee Lake Village, Brookfield Township and Masury, Ohio. They also have some print distribution in western Pennsylvania.
On January 25, 2019, the National Labor Relations Board, in a 3 to 1 Decision, ruled that Super Shuttle drivers at the Dallas Fort Worth Airport were independent contractors and not employees. In making this ruling, the NLRB reversed the NLRB’s FedEx Decision. The FedEx Decision had engaged in legal adventurism, dramatically diminishing the importance of entrepreneurial opportunity, making it easier to find employee status. This writer opined at the time that the FedEx Decision was inconsistent with U.S. Supreme Court precedent and the intention of Congress after it’s 1947 amendments to the National Labor Relations Act.
Monica Nieporte and I have started working together as the ONMA prepares for our executive director transition at the end of March when I depart. One of the duties I will miss the most is being first point of contact for legal hotline calls. You know you’ve made a difference when you can provide rapid response for members facing problems that run the gamut from major libel suits to thorny questions involving open records or advertising regulations.
When Tommy Thomason invited me to spend a couple of days at the Texas Center for Community Journalism a few months ago, I was quick to answer. I don’t work in Texas nearly as much as I used to, and I was ready go back to my old home state. (I attended college in Texas back in the day.)
After three generations of Archbold Buckeye ownership by the Taylor family, the newspaper has been sold. Mary Huber, general manager and advertising director, and David Pugh, news editor, have purchased the 113-year-old publication from Ross Taylor, his wife, Sharon, and children Brent and Jania.
The end of the 132nd General Assembly brought mainly good news for ONMA members for three reasons. First, we helped pass good bills or made progress on several of our legislative priorities. Second, several bills that concerned us were made far better because of our efforts.