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Reed Begins Term as NFC President

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Reed Begins Term as NFC President

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The TMS chairman discusses what he hopes the Newspaper Features Council will accomplish

Robert Reed, who was president of Tribune Media Services from 1974 to 1991, has that little again--this time with the Newspaper Features Council.

The current TMS chairman will serve a two-year NFC term -- which, under a new organization bylaw, retroactively began on January 1. Reed presided over his first NFC board meeting on April 7 in Washington, D.C.

Other new NFC officers include first vice president Marty Claus, who is managing editor/business and features at the Detroit Free Press; second vice president David Hendin, senior vice president/editorial director, United Media; and secretary/treasurer Ron Patel, associate managing editor/features the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Reed, 63, said he and other NFCers have several goals for this year and beyond. For instance, they want to update the organization's popular Career for You in the Comics advice booklet for aspiring creators as well as distribute a series of 21 get-out-the-vote cartoons.

These drawings, by 21 different cartoonists, would be sent free to newspapers to publish in countdown fashion during the three weeks immediately prior to this November's election. The effort is being coordinated by Hendin.

Reed said other NFC goals include increasing newspaper feature readership and adding new members. The organization has almost 90 members - down from 119 five years ago due to the recession and other factors. …

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