Keller speaks at Rotary Club
Rob Keller, publisher and advertising director at The Jamestown Sun, spoke at the July 22 Jamestown Rotary Club meeting. Keller was introduced by Rotarian Austin Bauer.
Keller started his career selling insurance and later started selling advertising for The Sun. He recently took over as publisher and advertising director.
The Sun has been in existence for more than 100 years and has expanded its print brand to digital media. The Sun is now more of a multimedia organization with mobile media growing in popularity, Keller said. The Sun newspaper is still the primary publication, but readers using mobile devices to access the product have grown from 15 percent to 42 percent in the last few years, he said.
The Sun is owned by Forum Communications Co., and the newspaper is printed at one of the company’s printing plants in West Fargo, N.D., Keller said. During a recent power outage one evening that lasted beyond midnight, the decision was made to complete the newspaper the next morning. The Sun office received more than 1,000 calls from subscribers wanting to know where the paper was, Keller said. The paper appeared on the Sun’s website by noon and had more than 1,200 hits on a story that appeared. Keller said that print and mobile complement each other.
He also discussed aspects of letters to the editor. The Sun reserves the right to edit letters.
Keller said that Forum Printing, which is owned by Forum Communications Co., is one of the top print shops in the nation.
Dave Smette gave a “Rotary Moment” update. Rotarians can stay updated through the District 5580 Facebook page. The new district governor will visit the Jamestown Rotary Club on Oct. 7.
Guests at the meeting were K.C. DeBoer, Jamestown Regional Medical Center executive director; Bryan Davidson, district director of the Boy Scouts of America; and Jackie Williams, U.S. Bank.
Nick Schmidt presided over the meeting. Sergeant-at-arms Quincy Backen collected “Happy Dollars,” Katie Andersen gave the invocation, and Marv Tokach was song leader.
Harold Bensch is in charge of today’s program. Joan Morris will lead the songs, and John Jensen is the Sergeant-at-arms. Bob Badal will lead the invocation.