Parting Publisher: Moving On: DMG chief Michael Scott promoted to paper in Pennsylvania
HOUGHTON — Publisher Michael Scott is leaving the Daily Mining Gazette, and the Houghton Rotary Club saluted his service to the community at a Thursday luncheon.
While it is important to tell the story of the Houghton Rotary Club, said Eli Karttunen of the organization, often the telling gets neglected. He said it is largely due to the members being biased and wanting to spend their time and their efforts making a difference.
“But in order to have a viable rotary club,” said Karttunen, “it’s important to tell that story, and sharing our story with others. And accomplishing that, we’ve had a great partner in the Daily Mining Gazette for a number of years, and over the last dozen or so, it’s been led by Michael Scott.”
Scott, who became publisher of the DMG in Nov. 2006, will leave for Pennsylvania at the end of this month to take the same position at another newspaper owned by the Ogden Newspaper chain.
During the 11 years Scott has been at the Mining Gazette, he has also served on the board of UP Kids (Goodwill Farm), as well as the board of the United Way, and the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce.
He also sits on the board of Ducks Unlimited and the Woodcock Society, and has been involved in KETA. He is also an ordained minister serving the Trinity Episcopal Church in Houghton.
The search for the next publisher is currently underway. An announcement will be made once the process is completed.
“I and my wife, Connie, are very appreciative for the opportunity to be part of the Copper Country for the past 11-plus years. You welcomed us in the fall of 2006, and we are thankful for the many great relationships, both professional and personal, that have developed.”
Before coming to Houghton, Scott was the publisher of the Daily Press in Escanaba, and previously was the advertising manager at the Daily News of Iron Mountain, his home town.
Scott addressed the club members to thank them, and he discussed how important local community newspapers are to the Nutting-Ogden family.
“It’s a huge responsibility for a local community for telling the story,” Scott said. People forget that the local newspaper is the first recorded history of any particular day in this community. It is a legal recorded history, he added, because of the dateline on every page.
“The good, the bad, and the ugly,” Scott said, “but, it’s all true. And 50 to 100 years from now, somebody’s going to come back and read those pages.”
That, said Scott, is a huge responsibility to the staff, the entire staff.
“The family firmly believes in these things strongly enough that in the past nine months, they’ve purchased seven newspapers, the latest one is in Ogden, Utah.”
Scott said the purchased the paper he is transferring to approximately nine and a half months ago, along with three others.
“I was asked if this would be something I would be interested in going to, because they would need my services there, and it’s kind of hard to say no.”
Scott said the decision was difficult, because it is hard to leave a community he has been involved with for over a decade. He added that both he and his wife, Connie are yoopers.
“She’s from Marquette,” he said, “and I’m from Iron Mountain. We’ve spent time in just about every single town in this area with papers, and for other businesses. It’s sweet and it’s flattering, and it’s humbling, that all of your work is noticed. I appreciate that, but it’s also bitter leaving people like you.”
Scott’s last day as publisher at the DMG is May 29.
Scott said throughout his tenure, Daily Mining Gazette employees have always done everything they could to put a quality product in the hands of readers on a daily basis, expressing confidence that that effort will continue.
“It has been a pleasure working working with them,” he said.
The Daily Mining Gazette will continue to preserve, protect and defend freedom of the press and promote telling the truth through journalism, he said.
“I am so grateful to have been a part of this,” Scott said.