About David Thompson

CNHI sold to previous owners, Retirement Systems of Alabama

By David Thompson | January 04, 2019

In part, from The Rural Blog, a publication of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., one of the country’s largest owners of community newspapers, announced Wednesday that it had been acquired by the Retirement Systems of Alabama; the financial details weren’t announced. Both are headquartered in Montgomery, because CHNI has been owned by RSA for most of its […]

Fighting to Keep Public Notices in Newspapers

By David Thompson | January 04, 2019

The public loses out when government makes it harder to find out what it’s doing By Maryanne Reed, Dean, West Virginia University Journalism School Reprinted from Nieman Reports, January 3, 2019   Reading public notice ads in the classifieds is about exciting as watching paint dry, but it’s necessary reading for some. In Carmel, California, a 99-year-old woman was able to […]

ABC submits new regulations on alcohol advertising

By David Thompson | January 04, 2019

The Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) commission is proposing to consolidate all prohibited alcohol advertisements into one regulation (currently, malt beverages and wine/spirits have their own regulations).  Fundamentally, ABC is proposing to make the prohibitive language more general which would conceivably give them more enforcement flexibility. It also appears the proposed changes are intended to eliminate redundant regulations as a part […]

T-shirt for Christmas

By David Thompson | January 04, 2019

  He slipped up and said my shirt had finally arrived. That was stepson Koh Kraner speaking as we planned Christmas with Teresa’s kids. I figured it was probably some kind of dress shirt or maybe a University of Kentucky t-shirt. A couple of days later all eyes were on me as I opened that Christmas gift. The box was […]

Obituary: J.T. Norris (Jim) Jr., KPA President in 1970, former Daily Independent publisher

By David Thompson | January 04, 2019

James T. Norris, Jr was born 11/03/1928 in Ashland to the late Frances Cochrane Norris and James T. Norris, Sr. Jim, as his friends called him, attended Ashland schools before attending Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H., and then graduated from Kentucky Military Academy. He then attended Vanderbilt University, where he earned a B.A. degree in English. After college, he […]

Can’t ‘drone’ without a phone. Here’s some apps to make your drone journalism safer, better

By David Thompson | January 04, 2019

By Judd Slivka, Director, Aerial Journalism, Reynolds Journalism Institute Judd Slivka is RJI’s first director of aerial journalism. He is also an assistant professor of convergence journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism. I’m sitting in my car in a freezing cold field in northern Missouri, waiting for a Phantom 4 Pro’s batteries to warm up so they can recharge. […]

First Amendment tour includes D.C., Charlottesville, VA

By David Thompson | January 04, 2019

In the Footsteps of the First Amendment is a tour of Washington DC and Charlottesville, Va., April 24 – April. 28. The tour includes 5-star accommodations, a VIP after hours experience at the Newseum, a private docent-led viewing of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights at the National Archives, a private tour of the U.S. Capitol, an exclusive behind the scenes, […]

Shutdown shuts down FCC on Thursday

By David Thompson | January 04, 2019

From our friends at the Kentucky Broadcasters Association and From Inside Radio The 116th Congress was sworn-in Thursday and despite plans by House Democrats to pass legislation that would reopen most of the federal government, there’s little appetite in the White House or Senate to go along with the deal. Barring a last minute change, that means the Federal Communications […]

Department of Interior makes changes to FOIA during ‘down’ time

By David Thompson | January 04, 2019

From American Society of News Editors During one of the “downest” of downtimes in recent memory – on the Friday between Christmas and New Years during a government shutdown – proposed changes to the Department of Interior’s Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) regulations were published to the Federal Register. This opens a 30-day filing window during which interested parties can […]

Wishing you a Happy New Year and very Happy 150th Anniversary year to KPA

By David Thompson | December 28, 2018