About David Thompson

LDF Committee awards $63,685 for reimbursements in 11 qualifying legal cases

By David Thompson | March 22, 2019

The KPA Legal Defense Fund Committee, composed of five KPA Past Presidents and general counsels Jon Fleischaker and Michael Abate, met during the Winter Convention with a record 12 applications for reimbursement. The committee voted to approve 11 applications, denying only a libel suit application. The biggest single award involved the College Heights Herald ($13,926). That on-going case began when […]

April 15 is deadline for Tom/Pat Gish award for courage, tenacity, integrity in rural journalism

By David Thompson | March 22, 2019

Nominations for the Tom and Pat Gish Award for courage, tenacity and integrity in rural journalism are being accepted through April 15. To nominate a candidate, send a detailed letter explaining how the nominee shows the kind of exemplary courage, tenacity and integrity that Tom and Pat Gish demonstrated at The Mountain Eagle in Whitesburg for 51 years. Documentation does not have to accompany […]

14 have confirmed interns for 2019 program

By David Thompson | March 22, 2019

Fourteen of the 15 internships for the summer of 2019 have been confirmed and the final slot may be finalized by the end of the day. The program is operated by the KPA Past Presidents, offering 15 internship positions for the 10-week period during the summer. Each intern receives $4,000 through the Kentucky Journalism Foundation. The list of Host Newspapers, […]

LG&E/KU finalist for Department of Defense’s highest employer award

By David Thompson | March 22, 2019

KPA Associates Division member, LG&E /KU Energy, LLC has been named a finalist for the 2019 Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest recognition given by the Department of Defense (DoD) to employers for their exceptional support of members of the National Guard and reserve. The announcement was made by Philip Miller, state chairman of the Kentucky Committee for Employer Support […]

Perfect timing on News-Graphic’s ‘Leader of the Pack’ movie

By David Thompson | March 22, 2019

A little over a month ago, the Georgetown News Graphic premiered a movie, ‘Leader of the Pack,’ about Scott County High basketball coach Billy Hicks. The movie was brainchild of, produced and directed by James Scogin, son of the News Graphic publisher Mike Scogin. It was James’ idea to do the movie as a tribute to Kentucky’s first high school […]

May 1 is deadline for Al Smith Award from SPJ/IRJCI

By David Thompson | March 22, 2019

The Bluegrass Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues seek nominations for the Al Smith Award, given annually for public service through community journalism over a lifetime by a native or resident of Kentucky, or someone who has spent a significant portion of his or her career in the state. The […]

Bluegrass SPJ offering $1,000 scholarship; memorializes Carl West

By David Thompson | March 22, 2019

The Bluegrass Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has created an opportunity for students to pursue career goals in journalism by awarding at least one $1,000 annual scholarship. This year’s scholarship will be given in the name of Carl West, a life-long journalist and founder of the Kentucky Book Fair. West served reporting stints in Northern Kentucky, Frankfort, […]

And then there was one

By David Thompson | March 22, 2019

The final day of the 2019 Kentucky General Assembly will be Thursday, March 28. The final day is recognized as a “veto override” day but with some legislation still in play and so far no vetoes from the governor’s office, expect the House and Senate to spend the day trying to get through more legislation. That could also lead to […]

Visual impact equals high readership and that begins with the front page

By David Thompson | March 22, 2019

By Ed Henninger, Henninger Consulting Do you want grab the attention of your readers with your very first page? Of course you do! With every issue, you want your front page to have high readership. You want it to be your best-read page. You can get that strong readership by making sure the design of the front is compelling. And […]

Have you noticed that all the really successful online retailers offer free delivery?

By David Thompson | March 22, 2019

By Peter Wagner, Creative House Print Media Consultants Amazon sets the bar high with Amazon Prime two-day delivery of everything from A to Z. Their product inventory includes everything from a difficult-to-find book to necessary groceries for dinner that night. Target has purchased a start-up delivery firm, Shipt, that recruits part-time workers to pull and fill a customer’s order from […]