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Kentucky at top of signatures on newsprint tariffs

By David Thompson | July 13, 2018

Last week, I included a link to send a letter to the International Trade Commission chair opposing the proposed tariff on newsprint. The News Media Alliance was hoping for 10,000 signature to show wide support for doing away with the tariff. And as of last Thursday morning, NMA was about 1,000 signatures short. Have no fear! The industry and the […]

CNHI properties undergo active shooter training

By David Thompson | July 13, 2018

From Denis House, London Sentinel Echo What would you do if someone came into your business and starting shooting? In light of the recent incident at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, where a gunman killed five people, Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc., asked their papers to have local law enforcement come in and give a training seminar for employees on […]

New Jersey spends $5 million to transform local media; it’s not really good news for our industry

By David Thompson | July 13, 2018

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy recently approved dedicating $5 million to the Civic Information Consortium, a first-of-its-kind nonprofit with a mission to revive, strengthen and transform local media in New Jersey. Legislation that will create the consortium, nicknamed the Civic Info Bill, passed the legislature and is on Gov. Murphy’s desk awaiting his signature. Sounds like great news, right? Well, […]

Marshall County, other students to protest Oliver North’s visit to western Kentucky

By David Thompson | July 13, 2018

Contact: Bobbie Foust, 270-703-6839, email: bobbiefoust@gmail.com    Western Kentucky students, most from Marshall County, will “just say no” to Oliver North when he appears at a Republican rally on Aug. 3. The event is a political preliminary on the eve of the Fancy Farm Picnic on Aug. 4. Marshall and Calloway county Republicans are hosting North’s appearance at Lovett Auditorium on the […]

Who says there aren’t jobs with newspapers? — publisher, media consultant, reporters, publication manager for KSBA and even a managing editor need in Alabama

By David Thompson | July 13, 2018

Shelbyville seeking publisher The Sentinel-News is seeking a publisher for its Shelbyville newspaper. The Sentinel-News publishes a semi-weekly newspaper on Wednesday and Friday with a circulation of over 5,500, a weekly TMC with circulation of 20,000, an active website and other specialty sections. The ideal candidate should be results-oriented, a strong strategic thinker with excellent organizational and time management skills […]

Wanted man’s picture on Independent’s Facebook Page leads to apprehension

By David Thompson | July 13, 2018

Putting an escapee’s photo on the Salyersville Independent’s Facebook Page paid off quickly for the Magoffin County Sheriff’s Office. SALYERSVILLE – Three are behind bars now after one woman allegedly tried to sell methamphetamine in a Magoffin courtroom. Telby Fields, 24, of Mount Olive, Kentucky, was in court on Monday, July 2, for a scheduled court date in an earlier […]

A tussle over airspace. Could news drones be collateral damage?

By David Thompson | July 13, 2018

From Reynolds Journalism Institute There’s a movement afoot that would severely limit how drones can be used – and it would essentially make using a drone for journalism illegal in many cases. Judd Slivka, director of aerial journalism at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, has written about it for RJI’s site. This is a piece that breaks this news in […]

LMA to host Women in Local Media Summit in conjunction with Media Transformation 2018

By David Thompson | July 13, 2018

Half-day event to take place on September 25 in Kansas City The Local Media Association invites you to join them for an open, honest and productive discussion in Kansas City this fall. The Women in Local Media Summit will address the diversity challenges that the media industry faces with a focus on changing and improving it.  The situation is not […]

Peter Wagner: Printed publications continue to evolve and fill need

By David Thompson | July 13, 2018

The biggest problem publishing newspapers today is public perception. Every newspaper, from the largest metro to the smallest family-owned community weekly, is judged by the actions of all the others. If a large chain decides to reduce the number of day they publish or the size of their news room both broadcast and social media report it as a sure […]

One way to handle advertisers who resist change

By David Thompson | July 13, 2018

By John Foust, Raleigh, NC Colleen is a veteran ad manager who has worked with just about every type of advertiser. “One of the most challenging prospects was a second-generation owner of a building supply company,” she told me. “He had a loyal base of long-time customers, but his market share was declining. “Every advertiser wants to attract new customers,” she […]