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10 That Do It RIGHT - Quad-City Times

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10 That Do It RIGHT - Quad-City Times

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Davenport, Iowa

The Quad-City Times is one of those good, smaller regional newspapers whose emphasis can be described as local, local -- and local. So what were a reporter and photographer for the Q-C Times doing in Kenya for 12 days not long ago? A local story, of course.

It seems that, each year, the Times sponsors a distance-running event, the Bix 7, named after one of Davenport's most renowned natives, the early jazz trumpeter Bix Beiderbecke. The race attracts around 20,000 runners, and since it's become a regular leg on the worldwide circuit, Kenya's world-class racers started competing and, invariably, winning. After a few years of that, "the community was disconnecting," says the Times' 39-year-old editor, John Humenik. "They wondered, 'Who are these people?' There was some animosity."

So the paper sent a reporter and photographer to Kenya, meeting and staying with the runners and their families, visiting their schools and training camps. "We felt it was significant, since what we do is make connections in the community," Humenik says. That year, when a Kenyan won the Bix 7, the runner was greeted with wild cheers.

That may be one reason weekday circulation jumped nearly 3,000 copies over the year-earlier period, to 52,642, in the latest ABC report, with the Sunday number declining slightly. …

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