About David Thompson

Fellowships to learn about ‘Cash Register Justice’ available from John Jay College Center on Media

By David Thompson | May 17, 2019

If you read about criminal justice, you know that the U.S. incarcerates more individuals per capita than any other nation.  But did you know that a large percentage of the incarcerated are behind bars because they are unable to pay bail, or to come up with accumulated fees and fines associated with both felony and non-felony convictions? The problem of “Cash […]

Ernie Pyle Museum offering 3 columns, 4 photos as 75th anniversary of D-Day approaches

By David Thompson | May 10, 2019

His columns and photos are available to use as you wish The 75th anniversary of D-Day is an appropriate time for us to recall the sacrifices made by those serving and who had served in our Armed Forces. To mark this occasion, the Ernie Pyle World War II Museum in Dana, IN, and Scripps Howard Foundation offer this reprint of […]

With Memorial Day near, remember to use photos of soldiers from your county killed in Vietnam

By David Thompson | May 10, 2019

It was mentioned last week and with Memorial Day (Monday, May 27) not far away, I wanted to remind you about accessing the pictures of soldiers from your county who were killed in Vietnam. All photos of those soldiers are now posted on the Wall of Faces and in the form of a Memorial plaque to each one. Shown is […]

Future of Transylvania student news site, ‘The Rambler,’ in doubt after school stops payments

By David Thompson | May 10, 2019

By Linda Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader lblackford@herald-leader.com   Students and administrators at Transylvania University are battling over the future of the school’s digital news site, The Rambler. The student journalists who work at The Rambler have stopped publishing it to protest the administration’s plan to stop paying the site’s adviser, professional journalist Tom Martin, and the students who work there. The editor-in-chief, […]

Newspaper Leadership Summit will kick off NNA Convention

By David Thompson | May 10, 2019

The National Newspaper Association will hold its 2019 Convention in Milwaukee and as a kick-off event, NNA and the Wisconsin Newspaper Association are co-sponsors of a Leadership Summit. It will be a stand-alone event, allowing attendees to register only for the summit without committing to the entire convention. The cost is $99 and more information will be available in the […]

Was it postponed or canceled? There’s a world of difference and they aren’t interchangeable

By David Thompson | May 10, 2019

It’s a pet peeve I’ve had for quite a while and have meant to mention it before. But I’ve put it off, postponed it as such. Didn’t want to cancel the need to mention it, just didn’t get around to it. Until this week when a release from the state crossed the desk. The Kentucky Commission on Proprietary Education had […]

Obituaries: John Filiatreau; Sharman Moore

By David Thompson | May 10, 2019

LOUISVILLE —  John Filiatreau, 69, of Louisville, passed away from a heart attack on Monday, May 6, 2019. John was an esteemed journalist and columnist for The Courier-Journal during the Bingham years, and a writer with Presbyterian Church USA. He was a lifelong poet. He was a spectacular husband, father and grandfather, a great friend, a splendid wit, and had an amazing gift for sarcasm. He was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous […]

Her ‘retirement’ was short-lived as newspaper staff had to cover shooting at UNCC

By David Thompson | May 10, 2019

Sports writer for ‘Niner Times’ was one of those who suffered life-threatening injuries By Emma Way, Charlotte (NC) Magazine Three hours before a shooting was first reported on University of North Carolina-Charlotte’s campus, Alexandria Sands tweeted that she was “officially a retired college newspaper editor. Thank you for letting me tell your stories, #UNCC.” At around 5:42 p.m., as she […]

New Orleans Times-Picayune lays off its entire staff

By David Thompson | May 10, 2019

By Aaron Murch Following the sale of Pulitzer prize-winning newspaper the New Orleans Times-Picayune to a local competitor, the entire staff of the 182-year-old newspaper was told their jobs would be eliminated in 60 days. The media conglomerate Advance Publications, which purchased the New Orleans daily in 1962, sold it to a smaller, Baton Rouge-based newspaper family the Advocate. Last Friday, after announcing […]

Student intern talks about what he learned working for a newspaper that failed

By David Thompson | May 10, 2019

From Jennifer Nelson, Reynolds Journalism Institute Thought your readers might be interested in a post about what one student learned from a failed newsletter at a newspaper he interned at this semester. “I may have learned far more about audience engagement through the struggles than I would have if the newsletter succeeded,” he said. “I was forced to be creative, […]