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Checked accesskpa.com lately? There’s a new release posted

By David Thompson | September 07, 2018

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve posted a news release on www.accesskpa.com so I wanted to draw your attention to one that’s now available. The Patrick Rudd Project announces a benefit concert featuring Chris Knight, Andy Brasher, and Big 5 – the 101st Airborne Air Assault Band in Madisonville. The concert takes place Friday, October 5, at the Ballard Convention […]

Kentucky Congressional delegation didn’t help on newsprint tariff opposition

By David Thompson | September 07, 2018

The effort to defeat the proposed newsprint tariff attracted a large number of organizations and associations with a nationwide coalition called STOPP — Stop Tariffs on Printers and Publishers. The coalition pushed members of Congress to support small businesses — local newspapers — and 131 Representatives and 50 Senators did support the effort with testifying, co-sponsoring legislation or contacting Department […]

Reporter was detained doing her job and she doesn’t want it to happen to others

By David Thompson | September 07, 2018

Colorado editor: ‘I didn’t want to be pushed around’ By David Beard, Poynter Institute Susan Greene was on her way to the bank when she saw a group of Denver police standing around a man who was naked on the pavement. The editor of The Colorado Independent, who has covered criminal justice issues for much of the past few decades, […]

Federal agency maintains newspaper notice

By David Thompson | September 07, 2018

When government agencies say they plan to “modernize public notice requirements,” it’s often code for their intention to eliminate newspaper notice. And when it’s a federal agency our skepticism is elevated because federal officials generally aren’t as sensitive as their state-level peers to the important role that newspapers still play in keeping citizens informed. So kudos to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which issued a proposal […]

Newsletter engagement strategies to grow community, readership

By David Thompson | September 07, 2018

Email newsletters have long been an essential distribution channel for publishers, but new engagement strategies are evolving to help publishers stand out in a crowded inbox and build an enthusiastic readership. The Wall Street Journal’s Head of Product for Newsletters Annemarie Dooling led a discussion among news audience engagement and product professionals from a dozen publications about the ways in […]

Cannot vs. would not comment

By David Thompson | September 07, 2018

By Doug Fisher, Common Sense Journalism Fairly regularly, I see sentences like this in stories: “Mayor Jane Darby said she cannot comment because the lawsuit is ongoing.” (Group sues Edisto Beach after town bans religious worship services from its civic center). She certainly can comment if she wants to, unless there is a clear policy, law, etc., that prevents her. […]

Kentuckian Mike Duncan confirmed by U.S. Senate to USPS Board of Governors

By David Thompson | August 31, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) commented Tuesday on the Senate confirmation of President Donald J. Trump’s nominee, Robert M. “Mike” Duncan, of Inez, Kentucky, to serve on the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service (USPS): “I would like to congratulate my friend Mike Duncan on his confirmation to serve on the Board […]

Mountain Advocate goes global — again

By David Thompson | August 31, 2018

By Charles Myrick, editor@mountainadvocate.com Knox County’s local news source for over 100 years, The Mountain Advocate, has now garnered international recognition twice this summer. Earlier this summer, Mountain Advocate publisher Jay Nolan sat down with a reporter from The Economist magazine. That interview touched on the resilience of locally-owned community newspapers, in contrast to the corporately-owned media outlets seeing their staffs […]

It’s gotta be the heat: What else would be keeping newspapers from registering for the 2018 News and Ad Contests?

By David Thompson | August 31, 2018

  We’ve climbed to 29 newspapers that have registered for the 2018 KPA News and Ad Contests. That’s up a grand total of six newspapers in the past two weeks. So the heat wave we’re experiencing must be the reason. Otherwise, a minute isn’t a long time to take to get your newspaper signed up and ready to go. It’s […]

NMA Perspective: ITC made the right call in reversing newsprint tariffs

By David Thompson | August 31, 2018

By David Chavern, President & CEO, News Media Alliance We applaud the International Trade Commission (ITC) for reaching a final, unanimous negative determination that Canadian imports of uncoated groundwood paper, which includes newsprint used by newspapers, do not cause material harm to the U.S. paper industry. The Department of Commerce recently upheld the tariffs and, though they revised them to […]