On Second Thought

Newsprint tariff is for real; if you don’t act now, it’ll be too late soon

We’ve had articles in On Second Thought about a proposed tariff on newsprint since back in mid-March. I’m betting some of you never paid attention and an equal amount thought, “Oh, it’ll never happen so...

Senate Bill filed to help newsprint tariff issue; KPA asks McConnell, Paul for support

With thanks to Frankfort State Journal publisher Steve Stewart and general manager Catherine Boone, the KPA Executive Committee has written both Kentucky Senators, asking for their support of S. 2385, known as the “Protecting Rational...

KPNS: Its future depends on funding by participating newspapers

Since it began on October 1, 2009, there’s been one constant with the Kentucky Press News Service. “It’s free for the foreseeable future,” with foreseeable being the operative word. That future is here and we’re...

It wasn’t funny if you’ve never heard the word ‘kerning’

And I’m willing to wager Ed Henninger won’t be betting on the Preakness favorite; find out why kerning noun (printing) the adjustment of space between the letters of words to improve the appearance of text matter     We’re driving to Bardstown Saturday and wife Teresa is doing her usual thing....

Kentucky Standard wins Landmark’s highest honor for investigation, impeachment of Bardstown mayor coverage

By Kentucky Standard Staff The Kentucky Standard took first place in six out of 16 categories in a multi-state journalism contest organized by its parent company. One of those first place wins was the Landmark Community...

Record Herald editor Tom Mills suffers stroke

Tom Mills, long-time editor of the Greensburg Record Herald suffered a stroke last weekend. Record Herald publisher Walt Gorin reported Monday morning that Tom was in a U of L stroke ICU unit.  His speech seems...

Herald-Leader sues Kentucky legislature for documents related to sexual harassment

BY DANIEL DESROCHERS, ddesrochers@herald-leader.com The Lexington Herald-Leader filed a lawsuit late Monday against the Legislative Research Commission, seeking documents related to a sexual harassment complaint filed in 2015 against a member of the House of Representatives....

Picture Kevin Slimp singing Willie Nelson’s ‘On The Road Again’

By Kevin Slimp, Technology Guru So much to write about, so little space. It’s been a whirlwind of a week for me, beginning in Knoxville, Tennessee, where I caught a flight for a “quick trip”...

Don’t sell your paper short

By Peter Wagner, N’West Iowa Review What could you get for your newspaper or shopper if you decided to sell it in today’s market? Publishers could expect to retire comfortably on the proceeds from selling...

Jumping inside: Henninger is not a fan

    By Ed Henninger, Henninger Consulting I am no fan of jumps. Anyone who has been to my workshops and/or followed my blog knows that. The main reason why I don’t like jumps is...

Digital journalism’s disappearing public record, and what to do about it

By Sharon Ringel and Angela Woodall, Columbia Journalism Review THE AVERAGE NEWS CONSUMER is awash in data. This abundance presents challenges not just to the daily act of staying informed, but to the work of keeping...

ITC to hear newsprint tariff testimony in July

July 17, 2018, will be the critical date for the Stop Tariffs on Printers and Publishers Coalition, as it tries to roll back tariffs imposed upon Canadian newsprint shipments into the U.S. That is the...

Lyle Lovett lends his support to #SaveStudentNewsrooms, recalling his days working for one

  Texas A&M journalism grad Lyle Lovett speaks out for student newspapers By Dave Thomas, American-Statesman staff As student newspapers across the country are campaigning to #SaveStudentNewsrooms from the financial pressures that are taking a...

Progress editor who challenged Eastern Trustees proves faith News Journal has in her

Trent Knuckles was excited to hear about the work of Jennifer Perkins, the Eastern Progress editor who refused to back down from the Eastern Kentucky University Board of Trustees and pursue an Attorney General’s Decision...

Sharon Burton announces ‘candidacy,’ and campaign slogan

Adair County Community Voice publisher Sharon Burton, and a former State At-Large KPA Board member, has announced her candidacy for the upcoming May primary (wink, wink.) On her Facebook Page, Sharon wrote: “I have decided...

Morehead News changing to once weekly

The Morehead News will change its publication days from Tuesday and Friday to once a week on Wednesdays, effective June 6, the newspaper has announced. Publisher Eddie Blakeley said the change is being made for...

Messenger Inquirer using Groupon approach for NIE funding

  You’ve seen the Groupon approach. Buy a special deal for $50 to a restaurant but pay only a portion of that amount. The Owensboro Messenger Inquirer’s Newspapers in Education approach to fund-raising is similar....

E-cig advertising will require warning as of August 10

As of August 10, all e-cig advertising will need a required warning statement. This appears more stringent than cigarette advertising because it requires the warning statement to be in the upper portion of the ad,...

Tipton joins Marshall U. Journalism Hall of Fame

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – Marshall University’s W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communication will induct five new Hall of Fame members this fall. Betsy Alderman is a 1979 graduate and earned a master’s...

Recipe for revenue is a recipe for success!

Publishing a recipe card a day made nearly $1,000 a month for The Times Leader in Martins Ferry, Ohio, and readers called if it was left out. Although the 9,000-circulation daily across the Ohio River...