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Rural journalists encouraged to apply for this major ethics award!

By David Thompson | November 16, 2018

The Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is accepting applications for the Anthony Shadid Award for Journalism Ethics until Jan. 15, 2019. “Now in its ninth year, the Shadid Award recognizes ethical decisions in reporting stories in any medium, including print, broadcast and digital, by journalists working for established news organizations or publishing individually,” the center says. “The award […]

NNA engages new management team

By David Thompson | November 16, 2018

The National Newspaper Association, an organization of 2,400 members representing community newspapers across the United States, has engaged Lynne Lance Association Management (LLAM) to operate its headquarters after Jan. 1, 2019. Lance previously served as NNA’s chief operating officer during its management by Illinois Press Association. NNA’s management relationship with IPA ends December 31. “NNA has benefitted from the solid […]

Newspaper’s idea benefits advertisers, teachers, students, parents

By David Thompson | November 16, 2018

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent Reprinted with permission from the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association Bulletin When elementary school children in Wilson, N.C., go home with communications folders for their parents, so do ads from The Wilson Times. “Our advertisers love it, because it’s not very often that we can give them an opportunity for something that will last so long. […]

California newspapers show resiliency through wildfires devastating the state

By David Thompson | November 16, 2018

Newspapers are resilient. It matters not what the situation, what the weather or what else it might be, newspapers are going to focus on doing job one and that’s to get the news to the people. Perhaps it’s not always in printed form but they have other resources to use — websites, Facebook, other forms of social media. With the […]

Reporters Committee: White House must reinstate credentials for CNN’s Jim Acosta

By David Thompson | November 16, 2018

From the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press In response to news that the White House revoked credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta, the Reporters Committee made the following statement: “The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the nation’s premier defender of the legal rights of journalists, joins the White House Correspondents’ Association in vehemently objecting to the […]

‘Still, We Speak’ now available for pre-publication orders; think about one for your public library

By David Thompson | November 09, 2018

Wednesday, we sent an email to everyone on our list serves, announcing the pre-publication sales of John Nelson’s “Still, We Speak,” looking at the first 150 years of the Kentucky Press Association. The cost until January 14 is $28 and that includes the state sales tax and shipping. After January 14, the 114-page book will be $29.95 plus tax. And […]

From the newsroom into politics

By David Thompson | November 09, 2018

To get into politics or not? That’s an issue that some newspapers have policies against, not allowing employees to hold a government office while working with the newspaper. Then again, there are those that don’t have such a restriction. Some Tuesday election results show that to be the case. Pamela Hoots, staff writer of the Adair Progress in Columbia, will […]

Looking deeper into ‘Still, We Speak,’ KPA’s 150th anniversary book by John Nelson

By David Thompson | November 09, 2018

By Bobbie Curd, The Advocate Messenger John Nelson says many will be surprised by the role Danville has played in the history of the Kentucky Press Association when they read “Still, We Speak.” The book he spent the last year and a half writing will be published soon in celebration of KPA’s 150th anniversary. Nelson came up with the title from […]

Open Government may have lost strong supporter in House race

By David Thompson | November 09, 2018

Five votes. That’s the difference in a race for the 96th House District and unless a recount shows otherwise, Open Government will lose one of its strongest supporters in the Kentucky General Assembly. Rep. Jill York, R-Grayson, is in one of the closest races in Kentucky and prior to any recount, is shown losing by five votes — 7,136 to […]

Saints, sinners and mistakes: The Courier-Journal details some behind-the-scenes stories of its first 150 years

By David Thompson | November 09, 2018

This year the Courier Journal is celebrating its 150th anniversary, with its first edition published Nov. 8, 1868. Read about our history here.  By Andrew Wolfson, Louisville Courier-Journal Some of the best stories in the 150 years of the Courier Journal never made it into the paper, for the simple reason that they were about the paper and its staff. Some […]