About David Thompson

Chuck Todd of NBC News to keynote Al Smith Awards Dinner Sept. 26 at Marriott Griffin Gate

By David Thompson | July 19, 2019

KPA members to get special discount as David Thompson receives Al Smith Award from IRJCI, SPJ By Al Cross, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues Chuck Todd, political director of NBC News and host of “Meet the Press,” will be the keynote speaker on the evening of Sept. 26 in Lexington as KPA Executive Director David Thompson receives the […]

Internship at Lebanon Enterprise is ‘eye-opening,’ and just might lead to a career in newspapers

By David Thompson | July 19, 2019

Since 1993, the Kentucky Journalism Foundation/Kentucky Press Association has funded up to 24 summer internships with KPA member newspapers. The internship program is open to any college student either attending a Kentucky college/university or a graduate of a Kentucky high school. In 2019, KPA/KJF funded 15 internships at $4,000 apiece. When the student completes or is nearing the end of […]

Special Session began this morning but some legislators were 100 miles away

By David Thompson | July 19, 2019

The governor’s call for a Special Session to address part of the pension crisis was gaveled in at 8 a.m. today but some seats in the two chambers were vacant. That’s because number of legislators weren’t anywhere near Frankfort. Some legislators will be scattered throughout Northern Kentucky for interim joint committee meetings that were already scheduled. No fewer than six […]

Special Session gives media a trial run on new House Chamber accommodations

By David Thompson | July 19, 2019

For the last few weeks, members of the media have been working with House leadership on the media accommodation area of the House chambers. I’m not sure what precipitated the discussion but have been privileged to some of it. At KPA’s offering, we were able to survey other state press associations on how their state legislature makes space available for […]

KIPA students getting back-to-school ready with August 16 ‘camp’ at Western

By David Thompson | July 19, 2019

College journalists from across the state will meet at Western Kentucky University on Friday, Aug. 16 for the annual back-to-school boot camp. KIPA is still finalizing the schedule but session topics will range from how to develop enterprise projects to maximizing digital platform, marketing and branding, powerful visuals and collaboration. Hours will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. CST. For more information […]

46 sign up to help judge Maine Press Association news, advertising contests

By David Thompson | July 19, 2019

Contest judgings by state press associations are reciprocal agreements. Kinda like “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.” But in this case, it’s “you judge our contests, we’ll judge yours.” And that’s where we stand this year with the Maine Press Association. It’s the first time KPA has ever judged or been judged by the Maine newspapers. Currently, 46 KPA […]

East Bound and Down: Lack of truck drivers can mean late deliveries, higher transportation cost for newsprint

By David Thompson | July 19, 2019

Reprinted with permission of the National Newspaper Association/Publisher’s Auxiliary By Tony Smithson Tony Smithson For those of us who grew up in the ’70s, the Smokey and the Bandit movies painted a pretty glamorous portrait of long-haul truckers. Of course, like most movie glamor, the reality is a lot different. The long hours away from home, stagnant wages and growing […]

Former weekly newspaper editor enters Democratic primary to unseat Mitch McConnell

By David Thompson | July 19, 2019

Former Stanford Interior Journal editor, Michael Broihier, has thrown his hat into the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. Broihier, 57, was with his hometown weekly for five years, the last three as editor. By Daniel Desrochers, Lexington Herald-Leader, ddesrochers@herald-leader.com Another Democrat has announced he wants U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s seat. Michael Broihier, a Marine Corps veteran and farmer from […]

High School Basketball Hall of Fame set to induct 12 more players and coaches

By David Thompson | July 19, 2019

The Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame will be introducing its second class of inductees during ceremonies August 2-3 in Elizabethtown. Twelve players and coaches will be inducted on Saturday, August 3 at the State Theater on West Dixie Avenue. A Night with the Champions kicks off the induction weekend on Friday, August 2, at the Pritchard Center, also […]

Fall Chapter Series at 29 newspapers after first week of signups

By David Thompson | July 19, 2019

The 2019 KPA Fall Chapter Series begins September 15 and in the first week since the announcement, 29 newspapers representing more than 112,000 subscribers have signed up. As yet untitled, the 10-week series features the newspaper industry and KPA’s 150th anniversary year. Again here’s a synopsis and information about getting signed up to carry the series. Woody and Chloe are […]