Like others who preceded him, Brent R. Sumner, publisher for about 10 years of the Orem-Geneva Times, works long days.
The 42-year-old businessman is president of the Utah Press Association and active in civic affairs in the Utah County community, where the newspaper has been published since 1937.It used to be called the Voice of Sharon. A name change to the Orem-Geneva Times was made in 1942.
"If anyone wants to become wealthy, this is not the business (to get into)," said Summer. "You can't look to financial returns to be successful. Most publishers fall into the mold of wanting to make the community better. They want to serve people and they enjoy publishing a quality newspaper," Sumner said.
Sumner, who has been involved in newspapering and other printing most of his life, received a degree in advertising at Brigham Young University. His father, Harold B. "Jack" Sumner, was publisher of the Orem newspaper beginning in 1953.
Brent Sumner has been a commissioner for the Orem Baseball Babe Ruth League, which involves 1,400 children. He served on the Utah Valley Community College Advisory Board, was a director of the Orem Sertoma Club and recently became a Kiwanian. Two years ago he was presented an award for service to the Provo-Orem Chamber of Commerce.
Newspapering and other activities keep Sumner busy.
"One time you might see me in a suit and tie, but another time wearing an apron," said Sumner, who Saturday was working to meet a printing deadline on a brochure for the Orem City Fitness Center.
Kenneth G. Adams, 40, Morgan, is another of Utah's young publishers. He has been editor and publisher of the Morgan County News for 10 years and was president last year of the press association.
He is a resource teacher at Morgan High School. He received a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's degree in special education and is working on a doctorate in administration and secondary education.
Adams was a Morgan County commissioner for six years and has been a member of the Morgan Economic Development Council and a director of the Morgan Business Association.
In Tooele County, Joel Dunn has been in the newspaper business 40 years and publisher for 27 years of the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin.
His father, Alex Dunn, was publisher of the paper from about 1920 to 1964 and his grandfather, James Dunn, published the Tooele Transcript from about 1894 to about 1920.
In eastern Utah, Jack R. Wallis is a third-generation publisher of the Vernal Express, directing operations of the weekly since the early 1970s.
Newspapering "has been good to me. It is fascinating (business) and has (undergone) lots of changes. The change to offset printing in the early 1980s was the most remarkable change I've seen" in many years of work, said Wallis, whose son, Steve, is the editor of the Vernal paper and a member of the press association board.
Before offset printing there was hot-metal linotypes, letter presses, cox-o-type, letter roll-fed presses and sheet-fed presses. The latter was limited to one sheet of newsprint being fed into the press at one time.
Wallis called attention to electronic composition, to laser printers and desk-top publishing computers. The latter, he said, has dropped the price of equipment about five-fold.
Even after 40 years in the publishing business, Joel Dunn says newspaper publishing and other types of printing are still challenging and exciting.
He said he believes weekly papers have a brighter future than do daily publications.
But the future of all newspapers is clouded, Dunn said, because of advertising revenue.
"But there is no reason for it because we are still a viable medium . . . ," he said.