Newsroom meetings

We are reintroducing standup newsroom meetings this month, designed to share important news, discuss key topics, and address any questions you may have.

Beginning on May 9, these meetings will be held generally on the second Thursday and fourth Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m.

Please feel free to submit questions or topics beforehand or ask during the meeting.

We know not everyone can attend every meeting, so a twice-a-month format will allow you to attend regularly.

—  Mike Brice

Meet James Trumm

            James Trumm

Jim is a native of Toledo and has also lived in Maine, Boston, China, Tunisia, and Puerto Rico. A graduate of Ottawa Hills High School, Colby College, and Northeastern University School of Law, his earliest published works were book reviews for The Blade and travel articles for The Village Voice of Ottawa Hills.

In 1980, he was one of 10 plaintiffs in a suit brought by the ACLU against the Selective Service System which sought to declare draft registration unconstitutional on grounds of sex discrimination. The case went to the Supreme Court under the name Rostker et als. v. Goldberg.

In 2017, he became the managing editor of ConsumersAdvocate.org, whose parent company eventually acquired Money magazine. He has written and edited numerous articles on consumer finance for those publications as well as for the Miami Herald, the Kansas City Star, the Sacramento Bee, and US News & World Report.

Travel is his passion. He has visited 54 countries, including Iceland, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Laos, Morocco, Bolivia, and all seven nations of Central America. He is on the board of the World Affairs Council of Northwest Ohio. He volunteers in various capacities with the Toledo Metroparks and was recently honored as the outstanding new volunteer of the year.

He currently lives in the Westgate area of Toledo.

Proudfoot named City Editor; Brice becomes Managing Editor

Rona Proudfoot

Mike Brice

Rona Proudfoot, who has worked on the copy desk at The Blade since she arrived in 2015, has been named the newsroom’s City Editor. Rona will be taking over later in May.

Rona, who often serves as the News Editor, will replace Mike Brice, who has been named and has been working as the Managing Editor.

A graduate of John Carroll University with a physics degree, Rona has experience in both newspapers and television. She has done some reporting, copy editing, photography, and also social media work.

Before coming to The Blade, Rona worked at WKYC-TV in Cleveland as a social media producer. Before that, she worked at the Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria and the Plain Dealer in Cleveland.

Mike was most recently the City Editor, but he also has been the Digital Manager at The Blade. Mike obtained an undergraduate degree in communications from the University of Toledo, a certificate in integrated marketing from West Virginia State university, and a master’s degree in communications from Weber State University.

Summer road trips are back

Features is restarting a day-trip series for the Saturday travel page, featuring destinations within about an hour and a half of Toledo.

The stories would run 1-2 times per month.

In the past, reporters have gone to the Armstrong Air & Space Museum in Wapakoneta, the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, and a petting zoo in Ann Arbor.

Anyone in the building is welcome to pitch a day-trip idea to our Features Editor, Vincent Lucarelli.

We’ll begin running them on Saturdays in May.

Meet Yarko Kuk

Yarko Kuk

Yarko started as a Blade employee in the early 1980s, as a paperboy in Ottawa Hills. After graduating from Ottawa Hills high school in 1985, he pursued a print communications degree at the University of Toledo, where his father taught foreign languages. From 1985 to 1991 he worked part time for The Blade as a copy messenger / news assistant / reporter.  He had a pair of summer internships, one in 1988 at the Mansfield (Ohio) News-Journal and one in 1989 at the Allentown Morning Call. He was also a reporter and editor for the UT student newspaper, The Collegian, where he got to know such current and former Bladeos as Melissa Burden, Tony Bassett, and Larry Vellequette.

 Read Yarko’s full bio

Meet Alexa York

Alexa York

Originally from Luckey, Ohio, Alexa did not plan on pursuing journalism. She graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2020, where she studied music education and German. While at BGSU, she played trumpet in the marching band and was involved with several music ensembles across campus. However, after graduating she decided to try something new and spent a year in Bitterfeld, Germany teaching English through the Fulbright Program. 

 Read Alexa’s full bio

Top 10 biggest style mistakes

News Editor Alicia Gruver will be providing regular Style Snapshots for us so we can better adhere to our style. To get things started, we are pointing out what we’re calling the Top 10 biggest style mistakes.

1) We use the Oxford comma. (Ex. red, white, and blue.)
2) We say news conference, not press conference.
3) When we refer to days within the week, we use the day, not the date.
4) Protesters and advisers are spelled with an “e” and not an “o” at the end.
5) There is a comma between months and years (Ex. January, 2022).
6) Use periods when abbreviating legislative bills. (Ex. H.B. 51.)
7) Jr. and Sr. get commas around them. (Ex. Martin Luther King, Jr.,…)
8) We use single quotes in cutlines.
9) Numbers are used with percentages, and we spell out the word “percent.” (Ex. 1 percent.)
10) Health care is two words and is hyphenated if used as a modifier to another word (Ex. health-care workers.)

Sheila Howard named first quarter Eddy winner

Sheila Howard

Each quarter the newsroom recognizes an employee who’s made a significant contribution to the paper. For the first quarter of 2024, that employee is Sheila Howard.

Sheila joined The Blade in January 2023, having written three books and done some freelance journalism.

In 12-plus months she has more than risen to the challenge of daily journalism. Although hired as a general assignment writer, she has managed to forge a strong relationship with the Lucas County minority communities thanks to her ongoing stories which give members of those communities a voice.

From day-in-the-life stories and coverage of community events to profiles of visiting dignitaries, she has spotlighted these readers and their concerns. This has often entailed weekends. In return, readers now routinely reach out to Sheila with tips and ideas for stories.

To celebrate her citation, Sheila has requested that we bring in charcuterie boards for the newsroom. Look for that to happen on March 14.

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