About David Thompson

Support local high school journalism through KHSJA

By David Thompson | August 31, 2018

High school journalism teachers and students across the state have started a new school year.  Over the past two decades, many Kentucky newspapers have supported high school journalism by sponsoring their local school(s) in the Kentucky High School Journalism Association. Most years, nearly 75 percent of our member schools has been sponsored in KHSJA by their local paper(s). You’re receiving […]

Shed light on the epidemic of suicides

By David Thompson | August 31, 2018

By Jim Pumarlo High-profile deaths always grab headlines. Suicides especially draw attention as witnessed by the deaths of renowned fashion designer Kate Spade and chef Anthony Bourdain. The news was carried in big and small newspapers alike. Yet, when suicide strikes in our own communities, many newspapers ignore the news. It’s time that all newsrooms have a thoughtful conversation on […]

Are either of DJI’s new drones right for journalism?

By David Thompson | August 31, 2018

By Judd Slivka, Director — Aerial Journalism; 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 DJI leads the market in consumer and prosumer drone sales, so when they release a product, it makes a splash. The company released two new versions of the Mavic Pro this […]

Google AMP beat Facebook Instant Articles, but publishers start to question AMP’s benefits

By David Thompson | August 31, 2018

Google unveiled its open-source Accelerated Mobile Pages format in 2016 to improve the mobile web by making pages load faster (and match Facebook‘s own fast Instant Articles format). While Instant Articles has fallen out of use with publishers, AMP has contributed to Google overtaking Facebook as a traffic referral source. But despite AMP becoming a growing share of web traffic, […]

Finally some good news: Trust in news is up, especially for local media

By David Thompson | August 31, 2018

After decades of declining trust in the press, coupled with relentless rhetorical attacks on the media by President Trump, there’s finally some good news: Trust in media is up since last year, and the great majority of Americans trust their local news sources. The new Poynter Media Trust Survey found 76 percent of Americans across the political spectrum have “a […]

11 Facebook page optimizations for small publishers

By David Thompson | August 31, 2018

When was the last time you conducted a thorough review of your publication’s Facebook page setup? Do you click through all of Facebook’s page tips pop up? Have you tried the “View as Page Visitor” function to see how the public sees your company on the platform? Don’t feel bad if you haven’t made changes to your Facebook page in […]

So your news organization has real, paying digital subscribers. Now how do you keep them?

By David Thompson | August 31, 2018

By Shan Wang, Nieman Lab Raking in first-time subscribers is one thing. Getting these paying news readers to stay paying is another. A new WAN-IFRA report walks through several case studies of news organizations (note: mostly European), that have found some success retaining their paying subscribers, through an elusive combination of consistently offering readers the news experience they want, and […]

It can be ‘taxing’ on journalists to report accurately how local government agencies are raising revenue

By David Thompson | August 24, 2018

By Al Cross, Extension professor, UK School of Journalism and Media/Director, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues Local governments, school boards and other taxing authorities in Kentucky have begun one of their most important annual tasks: deciding how much property tax their constituents will pay. These are significant events of considerable public interest, but they’re sometimes mis-reported by local news […]

Will Herald-Leader building be the new city hall or not?

By David Thompson | August 24, 2018

Preliminary council vote ended in 6-6 tie with Mayor breaking the deadlock to approve the proposal; but will it hold on final action? A work session of the Lexington Fayette County Urban County Council to consider the proposal of relocating city hall to the Lexington Herald-Leader building resulted in a 6-6 vote but it won preliminary approval when Mayor Jim […]

Advertise in the special 150th Anniversary KPA Directory

By David Thompson | August 24, 2018

Here’s a chance for newspapers to get their name and special information in front of ad agencies, advertisers and state government offices by advertising in the special 150th Anniversary KPA Yearbook and Directory. Information was mailed earlier this week to each KPA newspaper so when that envelope arrives, open it up, read about the directory, the ads sizes, the costs […]